Bloc Party

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‘I will outshine them all’: the enduring genius of Bloc Party
As US pop-punk band Paramore claim the London band as the primary influence on their new album, we look at how Bloc Party bridged the gap with emo – and continue to inspire young artists today

Jenessa Williams

06, Dec, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Leave to Remain review – spirited gay-marriage musical from Kele Okereke
In Okereke and Matt Jones’s play, directed by Robby Graham, the story, song and movement are seamlessly integrated

Michael Billington

25, Jan, 2019 @10:57 AM

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From the Internet to Vampire Weekend: can a band survive when members go solo?
When the band have a break and its individual members go it alone - things will never be the same again

Gavin Haynes

18, May, 2018 @12:00 PM

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What to see this week in the UK
From Funny Cow to Julian Opie, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days

Steve Rose, Michael Cragg, John Fordham, Andrew Clements ,Jonathan Jones, Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

20, Apr, 2018 @11:29 AM

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Kele Okereke: Fatherland review – goodbye disco, hello folk

Paul Mardles

08, Oct, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Festival No 6 review – Charlotte Church throws curveballs and the Flaming Lips ride unicorns
The Portmeirion festival headliners were as eccentric as the location, with operatic pop covers from Church and a typically psychedelic turn from Wayne Coyne

Alexandra Pollard

11, Sep, 2017 @1:25 PM

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Kele Okereke webchat – your questions answered on protest music, Pixar films and #GrimeForCorbyn
The Bloc Party frontman is about to release his third solo album, inspired by becoming a father – he’s in the office to answer your questions

Guardian music

07, Jul, 2017 @12:08 PM

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Kele Okereke: ‘Tenderness is important’
The Bloc Party frontman on masculinity, his magpie eye for musical influences and the lessons of impending fatherhood

Killian Fox

13, Nov, 2016 @9:00 AM

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10 songs you didn't know were inspired by literature
From David Bowie’s 1984 to Firework by Katy Perry, art imitates art in this selection of literature-inspired songs

Kuba Shand-Baptiste

20, May, 2016 @8:04 AM

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The best books-and-music pairings
Listening to music and reading not only can go together, but can make fantastic partners and intensify both experiences. Here are your favourite pairings – with couples like Stephen King and Petshop Boys, sci-fi and Aphex Twin or Atwood and Beach House

Marta Bausells

03, Feb, 2016 @4:45 PM

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Bloc Party: Hymns review – a brave and successful reinvention
Kele Okereke’s band swap angst for joy on their spiritual new album

Phil Mongredien

31, Jan, 2016 @8:00 AM

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Bloc Party: Hymns review – modernised sound marred by ham-fisted sensuality
Bloc Party’s first album in four years updates its sound and its lyrical references, but the compelling unease of old is gone

Kate Hutchinson

28, Jan, 2016 @10:00 PM

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