Psychedelia

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Grace Slick and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane: how we made White Rabbit
‘I wrote it on a $50 piano with eight or 10 keys missing, but I could hear in my head the notes that weren’t there’

Interviews by David Jesudason

23, Aug, 2021 @2:27 PM

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Mega Bog: Life, and Another review – a beautiful, bewildering fantasy
Meaning eludes the listener in Erin Birgy’s sixth album, an oblique, jazzy folk-pop offering that, with time, reveals itself

Rachel Aroesti

23, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Witch: the glory and tragedy of Zambia’s psych-rock trailblazers
Influenced by British bands, the Zamrock movement dominated the 1970s until social unrest and Aids dismantled it. As a new documentary is released, Witch frontman Jagari takes a break from gemstone mining to tell his extraordinary life story

James Balmont

05, Jul, 2021 @9:30 AM

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The best albums of 2021 so far
From drill’s high watermark to Tuareg rock, Colombian pop and London jazz, here are our music editors’ picks of the best LPs from the first half of the year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Alexis Petridis and Laura Snapes

14, Jun, 2021 @3:16 PM

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‘Black music is my superpower. It’s my way of showing love’: the art of Georgia Anne Muldrow
The LA musician, who has unleashed another of her psychedelic funk and hip-hop beat tapes, talks about social justice, her time in Brixton and the battle over ‘woke’, a word she helped popularise

Christine Ochefu

28, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields: ‘We wanted to sound like a band killing their songs’
The band have released only one album since 1991 classic Loveless, yet their influence remains undimmed. Their frontman discusses destroying buildings with noise, losing his mojo – and preparing new music

Alexis Petridis

27, May, 2021 @2:30 PM

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Experience: I was electrocuted on stage
I was singing live, literally, as a huge current travelled through me. It was like being hit by a bus

Stephen Brayne

21, May, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The Coral: Coral Island review – glorious psychedelia for sunny days
Nostalgic without bitterness or regret, the melodies pour out of this double album themed around the titular resort

Michael Hann

30, Apr, 2021 @7:30 AM

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The Who Sell Out: still a searing satire on pop’s commercial breakdown
Filled with product placement and advertising, the band’s newly reissued 1967 album put the pop in pop art, by showing how closely music was entwined with capital

Alexis Petridis

26, Apr, 2021 @10:03 AM

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Tash Sultana: ‘The kicks in the gut don’t hurt so much any more’
After surviving drug-related psychosis, the teenage busker-turned-overnight global sensation has found space in the pandemic to slow down

Janine Israel

17, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Julia Stone, Middle Kids, Tash Sultana: Australia's best new music for February
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

04, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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'The god of hellfire returns!' Can Arthur Brown incinerate Covid?
Known for his face paint, flaming helmet and 1968 hit Fire, the 78-year-old is back with a molten-hot manifesto for music in the pandemic era

Dave Simpson

17, Aug, 2020 @5:00 AM

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