Idles

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Idles v Fat White Family: what the indie showdown tells us about class
The two bands have variously clumsy and bracing things to say about class, race and Britain – but they are at least connecting to something bigger than themselves

Nathalie Olah

14, Oct, 2020 @2:31 PM

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Idles: Ultra Mono review – pummelling riffs and desolate beauty
The Bristol punks return with more precision-tooled muscularity and a hint that they won’t be hidebound by genre

Phil Mongredien

27, Sep, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Idles: 'Vulnerability is the armour'
The Bristol band on the power of sincerity, sharp dressing – and why they’re rising to the haters

Kate Hutchinson

13, Sep, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Lockdown playlists for every mood, part two: chosen by Norah Jones, Joe Talbot and Flohio
Music stars pick soundtracks to get you through the next phase - for when you’re feeling peaceful, spiritual - or full of energy

Jude Rogers

24, May, 2020 @10:00 AM

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'We’re existing on hope': Bat for Lashes, Will Young, Idles and others on music in 2019
Artists including Self Esteem and Jayda G discuss the year’s biggest stories, from Stormzy’s landmark Glastonbury gig to industry problems with abuse

Alexis Petridis

06, Dec, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Idles review – snot, silly walks and compassionate aggro
With snatches of Enrique Iglesias and Mariah Carey, the Bristol punks give a Christmas party feel to their strident, socially conscious stage-dive anthems

Graeme Virtue

03, Dec, 2019 @11:19 AM

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From Dave's deserved win to anti-Boris chants, this was a classic Mercury prize
Dave was a worthy winner on a night stuffed with bold, chaotic performances and challenging music born of a vital, thrilling scene

Alexis Petridis

19, Sep, 2019 @10:30 PM

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Mercury prize 2019: Dave wins for Psychodrama, plus all the action as it happened
Streatham MC beats Idles and Slowthai for the most prestigious award in British music – follow our coverage here

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

19, Sep, 2019 @9:43 PM

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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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2019's Mercury prize shortlist is alive to today's politics and pain
Whether it’s a jazz tribute to Grenfell or punks scowling at a gentrified Dublin, the Mercury prize nominees are plugged into 2019’s most pressing social issues

Alexis Petridis

25, Jul, 2019 @1:35 PM

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Mercury prize 2019: The 1975, Dave, Cate Le Bon and Idles shortlisted
This years often politically inclined nominees also include Black Midi, Foals, Slowthai and jazz collective SEED Ensemble

Laura Snapes

25, Jul, 2019 @10:10 AM

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