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Hayley Williams blazed a trail from teen angst to adult self-acceptance
The Paramore rebel was my idol at 13. Having made great music in the face of sexism and trauma, she is my idol now too

Jenessa Williams

29, Mar, 2021 @7:18 AM

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The Royal Albert Hall at 150: 'It's the Holy Grail for musicians'
It’s hosted opera greats, suffragette rallies, Hitchcock films, sports events, sci-fi conventions – and, of course, the Proms and countless rock gigs. Artists from Led Zeppelin to Abba recall their moments on the hallowed stage

Interviews by Michael Segalov

29, Mar, 2021 @5:00 AM

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'We have to nurture each other': how Olivia Rodrigo and Gen Z reinvented the power ballad
Olivia Rodrigo’s global hit Drivers License is the epitome of new-school pop songwriting, where sexuality is complex, emotions are specific and bombast is traded for intimacy

Laura Snapes

19, Feb, 2021 @12:54 PM

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Paramore's Hayley Williams: 'A lot of my depression was misplaced anger'
The singer-songwriter’s first solo album, Petals for Armor, was born out of therapy, a failed marriage and the turbulent relationship with her bandmates. What has it taught her about herself?

Laura Snapes

12, Mar, 2020 @1:00 PM

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50 great tracks for February from David Bowie, Waxahatchee, J Hus and more
From US Girls’ ritzy funk to Jeff Parker’s melodic revamp of a Joe Henderson classic, check out 50 new tracks and read about our 10 favourites

Michael Cragg , Michael Hann, Ammar Kalia, Jude Rogers, Dave Simpson and Laura Snapes

03, Feb, 2020 @10:28 AM

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Reverb remixes: the musical meme that's celebrating loneliness
The online phenomenon, which remixes hits to sound like they are playing in an eerie setting, is more than a meme: ‘It’s like we’re coming together to experience being alone’

Hannah J Davies

24, Apr, 2018 @9:00 AM

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Paramore review – slick stadium pop act just as earnest as when they were emo
Hayley Williams claims to have done a lot of growing up since her band’s angsty days, but has lost none of her magnetic intensity during their reinvention

Alexis Petridis

14, Jan, 2018 @12:20 PM

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Kendrick cruises, Wiley confuses and Gaga goes OTT: the essential pop for 2018
Can Lady Gaga get away with murder? Will Kendrick Lamar stay on top? Are Franz Ferdinand set to blossom? And has Harry Styles’ transformation only just begun? We preview the new year’s pop highlights

Alexis Petridis

02, Jan, 2018 @6:00 AM

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The best albums of 2017: the full list
St Vincent tops our countdown of this year’s most outstanding sounds, from complex rap to moody rock, alt-R&B, inventive grime and more

05, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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The top 100 tracks of 2017
In the year the album’s power eroded, we collate the 100 best songs of 2017 as voted for by Guardian critics – and put them in a giant playlist

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

04, Dec, 2017 @11:00 AM

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The best albums of 2017 so far
From Richard Dawson’s medieval Britain to Pixx’s super-contemporary take on pop – plus sharp records by stars such as Kendrick Lamar and Drake – 2017 is already shaping up to be a great musical year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

30, Jun, 2017 @5:00 AM

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The 1975, Alt-J and Paramore: this week’s best UK rock and pop gigs
Matty Healy and co take their magnetic pop on tour, Leeds indie trio kickstart the O2’s 10th birthday party and the emo-turned-synth-pop outfit are back

Rachel Aroesti

09, Jun, 2017 @10:00 AM

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