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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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‘This is the most exciting moment I’ve experienced’: the artists changing the face of metal
Long mired in sexism, racism and homophobia, the rock genre is being transformed by a wave of progressive artists

Dannii Leivers

04, May, 2021 @7:00 AM

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‘Nature is hurting’: Gojira, the metal band confronting the climate crisis
With stirring songwriting that considers grief, philosophy and ecological collapse, the French quartet have become one of the world’s greatest heavy bands. They discuss their journey so far

Matt Mills

30, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘If not hope, then what?’: the musicians finding optimism in dark times
Against a backdrop of Covid, a striking number of musicians, from hard rock to jazz, made music rich with positivity. In the first of a two-part series, they tell their stories

Christine Ochefu, Dave Simpson and Laura Snapes

27, Apr, 2021 @7:23 AM

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While She Sleeps: Sleeps Society review | Ben Beaumont-Thomas's album of the week
The noisy Sheffield band fully realise their pop potential on their fifth album, as they vent thrillingly about society’s manifold ills

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

15, Apr, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Sound of Metal review – Riz Ahmed keeps swirling disability drama on the beat
Darius Marder’s story of a hearing-impaired, ex-heroin addict drummer perhaps tries to do too much – but Ahmed gives it focus

Peter Bradshaw

08, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Baker Boy, Hiatus Kaiyote, Montaigne and others: Australia’s best new music for April
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

Nathan Jolly and Guardian Australia

07, Apr, 2021 @3:24 AM

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Hell Bent for Metal: the podcast for LGBTQ rock fans – with 'horny German werewolves'
Tom Dare’s hilarious podcast celebrates what he calls a ‘really gay’ scene – and has tackled its homophobia

Nick Ruskell

30, Mar, 2021 @7:12 AM

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System of a Down's Serj Tankian: 'If something is true, it should be said'
System of a Down’s political activism helped change the course of Armenian history. But – facing censorship, assassination threats and a divided band – at what price for its frontman?

Kevin EG Perry

24, Mar, 2021 @3:34 PM

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Nergal: the extreme metal musician fighting Poland's blasphemy laws
The acclaimed and controversial Behemoth frontman faces possible prison time for a photo of his foot on a religious icon. He argues that Poland must become secular to evolve

Michael Hann

18, Mar, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Rammstein's lurid lyrics turned me into a keen European
The German metal band’s outrageous antics unsettled my parents, but they opened my mind to a continent and a culture

Keza MacDonald

01, Mar, 2021 @2:01 PM

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'It was tribal and sexual': Alice Cooper on the debauchery of Detroit rock
When the shock-rocker returned to the place of his birth in the 60s, he found a raw paradise of unsegregated rock’n’roll. As Cooper releases an album celebrating the city, he and his peers relive one of the US’s greatest music scenes

Michael Hann

26, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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