Pop and rock

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Dusty Hill’s voice, tone and passion for the blues lifted ZZ Top into greatness
With the bassist’s death aged 72, one of rock’s great partnerships comes to an end, where raunch met ranch in absurdist, progressive American music

Michael Hann

29, Jul, 2021 @10:55 AM

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The Sparks Brothers review – Edgar Wright’s giddy tribute to the Gilbert and George of pop
The fanboy director’s exhaustive doc follows Ron and Russell Mael over their 50-year career as pop’s great arch humorists

Peter Bradshaw

29, Jul, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Joey Jordison obituary
Drummer and songwriter with the heavy metal band Slipknot whose thunderous playing was enhanced by a sense of theatre

Adam Sweeting

28, Jul, 2021 @5:33 PM

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Tom Jones review – still displaying stunning prowess at 81
Rejecting the hits to perform recent No 1 album Surrounded by Time in full, Jones explores its cover versions with bombast, heart and wisdom

Ian Gittins

28, Jul, 2021 @10:25 AM

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Joey Jordison, Slipknot’s founding drummer, dies at age 46
Family announce that metal musician, who had transverse myelitis, a nerve disease, died ‘peacefully in his sleep’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

28, Jul, 2021 @10:25 AM

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Laura Nyro: the phenomenal singers’ singer the 60s overlooked
Elton John idolised her and she wrote hits for the likes of Barbra Streisand, but her musical ambitions were out of sync with the times. Now a new collection reveals her intense originality in full

Richard Williams

27, Jul, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Latitude festival review: a hyper-real return to glitter, beer and British musical brilliance
The first full-capacity festival since the pandemic began hosted a series of artists – Sons of Kemet and Self Esteem among them – that show how vibrant the UK’s scene still is

Kate Hutchinson

26, Jul, 2021 @12:47 PM

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Money talks: why is selling out OK now?
It’s an argument that’s raged for decades, taking in everyone from the Who to Nirvana to the Spice Girls, but a recalibration of what that term means has changed everything

Laura Snapes

26, Jul, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Bring it all back: why naff noughties pop is suddenly cool again
Perhaps longing for a more carefree era, artists such as Lorde, Billie Eilish and Haim are fondly looking back to when S Club 7 and Shania Twain frolicked in low-rise denim

Rachel Aroesti

26, Jul, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Splendour XR: virtual music festival was an eerie, empty reminder of what we’ve lost
Splendour in the Grass’s virtual edition promised a ‘world-first online experience’ where ‘music, art and culture reigns supreme’. It did not deliver

Shaad D'Souza

26, Jul, 2021 @2:21 AM

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Anne-Marie: Therapy review – a missed opportunity
The singer’s vulnerable pop gets only the occasional look-in on a second album with too many guests at the wheel

Michael Cragg

25, Jul, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Yola: Stand for Myself review – retro country soul with bite
The underrated British singer, now based in Tennessee, returns with more eclectic inspirations

Kitty Empire

25, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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