The xx

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The xx's Romy: 'I can now write about loving a woman and not feel afraid'
Her forthcoming solo album is a love letter to formative years of queer clubbing and 00s Euro-dance, as the singer swaps black clothes and bleak moods for Technicolor euphoria

Aimee Cliff

27, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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The 100 best albums of the 21st century
We polled 45 music writers to rank the definitive LPs of the 21st century so far. Read our countdown of passionate pop, electrifying rock and anthemic rap – and see if you agree

Ben Beaumont-Thomas (1-50); Laura Snapes and April Curtin (51-100)

13, Sep, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Every Mercury prize-winning album – ranked!
Following the announcement of this year’s nominees, we run the rule over the 26 albums that have earned the crown, from Klaxons and James Blake to M People and Talvin Singh

Dave Simpson

26, Jul, 2018 @10:45 AM

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Tainted love: how Drake started pop’s erotic comedown
In music, the joy of sex has been supplanted by nihilism and melancholy. Has the digital age made pop lose its loving feeling?

Paul Flynn

15, Jul, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Parklife festival review – Manchester turns night to day with punishing party energy
Liam Gallagher is incongruous, but prompts massive singalongs, while the xx and Confidence Man are other big successes

Daniel Dylan Wray

11, Jun, 2018 @12:44 PM

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All Points East review – Björk brings life to corporate festival newcomer
Big-hitting headliners such as LCD Soundsystem and Lorde made the first All Points East a success, but thin afternoon bills and a fuzzy identity didn’t help

Rachel Aroesti

28, May, 2018 @10:10 AM

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Bon Iver, Frank Ocean and … Shania Twain? Here are the most influential artists in music today
To mark Bon Iver’s reissue of his super-influential debut, Guardian music writers make the case for the musicians they think have had the biggest sway on music right now

Yomi Adegoke, Rachel Aroesti, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Harriet Gibsone, Michael Hann, Kate Hutchinson, Alex Macpherson, Alexis Petridis, Dave Simpson, Luke Turner

01, Mar, 2018 @6:17 PM

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Liam Gallagher, Skepta and the xx to headline Manchester's Parklife festival
Big-name pop, rap and R&B stars flock to Heaton Park weekender, with Lorde, NERD and J Hus also joining the bill

Laura Snapes

31, Jan, 2018 @9:18 AM

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Selfies! Smoking! Snogging! Why pop stars love a house party
From Beastie Boys to Beyoncé, we explore music videos’ enduring obsession with red cups and riotous shower scenes

Michael Cragg

30, Jan, 2018 @9:00 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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All Points East festival announced for London, replacing Field Day and Lovebox
The xx, the National and the War on Drugs are currently confirmed for the 10-day event in May 2018 held in Victoria Park, London

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

23, Oct, 2017 @2:06 PM

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Mercury prize 2017: Sampha wins for Process – as it happened
Glass Animals may have been the bookies favourite, but the south London soul singer wins it. Follow the reaction here

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

14, Sep, 2017 @9:31 PM

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