Black Midi

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The best albums of 2021 so far
From drill’s high watermark to Tuareg rock, Colombian pop and London jazz, here are our music editors’ picks of the best LPs from the first half of the year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Alexis Petridis and Laura Snapes

14, Jun, 2021 @3:16 PM

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Black Midi review – punk-jazz power is a recipe for success
The London rockers pack a punch with a thunderous recital of their new album. Shame about the sound…

Kitty Empire

05, Jun, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Edinburgh international festival returns with music-heavy lineup
With theatre and dance scaled back, music dominates, including concerts from Simon Rattle, Damon Albarn, Nicola Benedetti and Laura Mvula

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

02, Jun, 2021 @11:28 AM

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Black Midi: Cavalcade review – freakish parade of prog-jazz extremity
There’s a impressive maelstrom of moods on the Mercury nominees’ new album, building to a fantastical, absurdist whole

Tayyab Amin

28, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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From Latitude to Lady Gaga: what to see as music venues and festivals reopen
As live music returns, we pick the best artists launching post-lockdown tours and festival dates – with the Eagles, Beck and Bloodstock leading the charge

Alexis Petridis

14, May, 2021 @3:39 PM

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Black Country, New Road: For the First Time review – one of the best albums of 2021
This remarkably biodiverse seven-piece take the rock band format and soar with it

Kitty Empire

07, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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'30% hate us, 50% don't care': Black Country, New Road, Britain's most divisive new band
Their debut album is getting the best reviews of the year so far, even inspiring a craft IPA with its lyrics. But this inventive seven-piece are already looking forward to what’s next

Daniel Dylan Wray

04, Feb, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Musical notes: how male pop stars are making love songs all about them
Our monthly column continues with further thoughts on festival equality and the lost soul star Kenny Carter. Please share your own observations in the comments

Alexis Petridis, Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

11, Mar, 2020 @6:07 PM

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The 50 best albums of 2019: the full list
Our pick of the year’s finest albums brings American dreaming, teenage dynamism, heartbreak, barbed rap, impetuous indie and beautiful soundscapes

20, Dec, 2019 @9:41 AM

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Mercury prize 2019: rapper Dave wins for 'exceptional' Psychodrama
The south London artist wins the £25,000 prize for an album the Guardian hailed as ‘fearless and incisive’

Laura Snapes

19, Sep, 2019 @9:22 PM

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'Most political in years': critics hail Mercury prize's return to protest music
Artists including Little Simz and slowthai tackle climate crisis, austerity and racism

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

18, Sep, 2019 @1:00 PM

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Mercury hopefuls Black Midi: 'All great art comes from self-indulgence'
Black Midi’s thrillingly unclassifiable racket has earned them industry hype unheard-of for a guitar band today. So how did the diehard experimentalists emerge from the same talent school as Adele?

Rachel Aroesti

18, Sep, 2019 @5:01 AM

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