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Dehd: Blue Skies review – shining melodies on indie-rockers’ biggest songs yet
Each song is catchy and evocative on its own, and taken together they feel casually masterly

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

27, May, 2022 @7:30 AM

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‘Losing my parents made me at ease with talking about love’: Angel Olsen on coming out and being her true self
Written during an eventful time in her life, the notoriously evasive singer-songwriter is opening up on a new Americana record that is as rich with love as it is heavy with loss

Rebecca Nicholson

26, May, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Cathal Coughlan, frontman with Irish indie bands Microdisney and Fatima Mansions, dies aged 61
Singer celebrated for versatile, sometimes confrontational songcraft had suffered a long illness

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

23, May, 2022 @3:28 PM

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Porridge Radio: Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky review – every chorus is therapy, or war
Frontwoman Dana Margolin deep dives into heartbreak in the Brighton band’s entrancing follow-up to 2020’s Every Bad.

Damien Morris

22, May, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Ethel Cain: Preacher’s Daughter review – evocative goth-pop with emotional heft
The introspective singer explores identity and religion amid a backdrop of seedy Americana on this rich, haunting debut

Rachel Aroesti

13, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Sharon Van Etten: ‘I don’t share 99% of my music: sometimes it’s too dark’
The singer-songwriter answers your questions, including the live performers she’s learned the most from, her favourite grape varieties, and whether her mum is still concerned for her wellbeing

As told to Rachel Aroesti

13, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘I want people to listen’: songwriter Nina Nastasia on surviving abuse, grief and psychosis
A favourite of John Peel and Laura Marling, Nina Nastasia gave up music as she endured a controlling partner and botched drug therapy – then even greater tragedy struck. After 12 years away, she returns with a tough, beautiful album

Laura Snapes

12, May, 2022 @3:00 PM

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The Smile: A Light for Attracting Attention review – Radiohead spinoff offers no alarms, some surprises
Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood team with Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner for a debut that may not be head-spinningly different, but is still exceptional

Alexis Petridis

12, May, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Warpaint: ‘This isn’t a Quentin Tarantino movie – it’s an album a band made’
The LA art-rockers have been taking stock, fuelling talk of a split. But the enforced break has brought a fresh perspective and ‘a little more warmth’, the quartet say

Rachel Brodsky

10, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Arcade Fire: We review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
After a weak 2017 predecessor, the band’s new album returns to well-trodden territory. Its peevish lyrics are irritating, but it should avert a slide down festival bills

Alexis Petridis

05, May, 2022 @11:12 AM

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Liverpool Sound City review – mirth, mania and future megastars at resurgent festival
This irreverent, energetic music festival is back in its rightful form – but its reliance on guitar acts undersells city’s vibrancy

Patrick Clarke

02, May, 2022 @10:56 AM

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Toro y Moi: Mahal review – gently seductive but frustratingly half-baked
The seventh album from chillwave’s leading light soars with psychedelic meshes, but is too uneven to cherish

Phil Mongredien

01, May, 2022 @2:00 PM

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