Experimental music

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Cult guitarist Roy Montgomery on Flying Nun, grief and embracing mistakes: ‘It’s an existential thing’
Beloved by the likes of Dry Cleaning and Grouper, Montgomery’s life has been hit by more than one tragedy, stories he traces in meditative instrumentals

Stevie Chick

29, Nov, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Julia Holter: The Passion of Joan of Arc review – strikingly contemporary, piercingly loud live score
The mercurial composer’s brilliant score perfectly captures the raging agony and beatific ecstasy of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent movie masterpiece

Dave Simpson

24, Nov, 2022 @12:07 PM

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Richard Dawson on his post-apocalyptic new album: ‘I would have to booby-trap a cave to survive’
The Newcastle musician’s seventh album, The Ruby Cord, continues his commitment to world-building – here, a ravaged landscape inspired by gaming, slowness and ‘old-fashioned melody’

Michael Hann

22, Nov, 2022 @11:31 AM

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Mali Obomsawin: Sweet Tooth review | Jude Rogers's folk album of the month
In their freewheeling debut album, this artist from the Abenaki First Nation repatriates the music of their people

Jude Rogers

18, Nov, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘Between hilarity and severity’: how Bogshed transfixed a cult audience
John Peel loved them; the NME was briefly thrilled. But as a career-spanning Bog-Set is released, our writer recalls how for a select few their awkward sounds were life-changing

Rhodri Marsden

15, Nov, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Nik Turner, Hawkwind co-founder and saxophonist, dies aged 82
Member of influential British space-rock band also played in Sphynx, Inner City Unit and Space Ritual

Tom Ambrose

12, Nov, 2022 @3:21 PM

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Gal Costa was a flamboyant revolutionary in Brazilian music
As one of the founding artists of the Tropicália movement in the late 60s, she became known for her fearless voice, which captivated audiences for five decades

Felipe Maia

11, Nov, 2022 @10:50 AM

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Duval Timothy: Meeting With a Judas Tree review | John Lewis's contemporary album of the month
The pianist’s meditative solos are mutilated by multiple effects pedals, drones, voices and even birdsong – but it only adds to the mystery

John Lewis

11, Nov, 2022 @8:30 AM

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Tom Skinner on the Smile, Sons of Kemet and going solo: ‘It gives me a blank slate to explore’
The Sons of Kemet drummer explains how he’s keeping his cool while launching his debut record, working with Jonny and Thom from Radiohead – and preparing for the birth of his second child

Ammar Kalia

08, Nov, 2022 @8:54 AM

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Low’s Mimi Parker was a voice of hope and healing in indie rock
The vocalist and drummer, who has died aged 55, was ‘a little reluctant’ to form a band with her husband, Alan Sparhawk. But her songwriting and hushed, strong voice saw Low create breathtaking music that was both beautiful and unsettling

Stevie Chick

07, Nov, 2022 @11:02 AM

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Special Interest: Endure review – jackhammer beats and punk catharsis
The New Orleans band provide a release from tough times with a hardcore album inflected by funk, glam rock and disco

Emma Garland

04, Nov, 2022 @8:00 AM

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‘Nobody will do anything for us – we’ll do it ourselves!’ Newcastle’s wild DIY music scene thrives against the odds
Funding is drying up and venues are closing – but from pagan folk to deep techno to raw noise, the underground music scene in the north-east is exploding

Joe Muggs

03, Nov, 2022 @4:20 PM

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