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Major Labels by Kelefa Sanneh review – an unapologetic defence of music’s defining categories
This often fascinating history of genres and their role in establishing our identities would have been even better with more personal touches

Sean O’Hagan

10, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Patti Smith review – communing with a rock’n’roll seer
Protean punk poet Patti Smith, backed by a full band, is in expansive mood in a riveting, career-spanning show

Kitty Empire

09, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Patti Smith review – punk, poetry and the raw power of connection
From punk ragers to stories of Blake and Bunyan, the poet laureate of dissent wrings blood, sweat and love out of every second of stage time

Emma Garland

06, Oct, 2021 @10:45 AM

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‘The strangeness seeped into the music’: how Iceland’s midnight sun inspired Jezabels’ Heather Shannon
The Australian musician talks about creating her aching, jagged new album of solo piano compositions in the wake of chemotherapy

Nick Buckley

03, Oct, 2021 @10:23 PM

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Fontaines DC review – sparks fly for once-in-a-generation post-punk poets
The Dubliners burst brilliantly back on stage with literary-hearted rock that’s up there with the Smiths or the Pogues

Dave Simpson

03, Oct, 2021 @12:35 PM

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Typical Girls review – prison punks are too polite
Clean Break theatre company and the Crucible join forces in Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s worthwhile if underpowered play featuring the music of the Slits

Clare Brennan

03, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The raging return of Idles: ‘We’ve always used violence as part of our vocabulary’
After scoring a No 1 in lockdown, the post-punk band’s singer Joe Talbot reflects on writing about car crashes, substance abuse and Rishi Sunak on their new album

Matt Mills

01, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus announces he is cancer-free
The pop-punk musician was given the all-clear after being diagnosed with stage-four lymphoma earlier this year

Laura Snapes

30, Sep, 2021 @8:54 AM

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Richard H Kirk was prolific, hungry, angry and funky to the end
The Cabaret Voltaire musician exemplified Sheffield’s experimental mindset and transformed British club music

Joe Muggs

21, Sep, 2021 @5:07 PM

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Richard H Kirk, founding member of Cabaret Voltaire, dies aged 65
Influential member of experimental Sheffield band, known for their provocative performances, also maintained a prolific solo career

Laura Snapes

21, Sep, 2021 @2:35 PM

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Floppy mohicans and pre-race cider: Gary Devine, the punk fell runner
The Leeds punk rocker lived a double life, interspersing band rehearsals and punk gigs with twice-daily runs, despite the occasional arrest and moshpit injury. A new book tells his story

Dave Simpson

15, Sep, 2021 @11:19 AM

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Amyl and the Sniffers: Comfort to Me review – harder, more intense, erupting with defiance
Frontwoman Amy Taylor crackles like a live wire with too much current in Melbourne punk band’s electric second album

Andrew Stafford

10, Sep, 2021 @8:00 PM

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