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Tim Burgess: Typical Music review – eclectic adventure shows boundless lust for life
The Charlatans frontman’s songs of love and life after Covid range from driving pop to Sparks-ish electronica, sumptuous arrangements and modern psychedelia

Dave Simpson

23, Sep, 2022 @7:30 AM

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott: ‘As we can see from the current climate, we’re groomed for serfdom’
As they release a new album, the former Beautiful South musicians answer your questions, from whether we will escape Tory rule to how they deal with ageing

As told to Dave Simpson

15, Sep, 2022 @3:00 PM

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‘The uncertainty is the worst thing’: the energy bill crisis facing UK independent music venues
Price rises mean many of the country’s smaller venues, such as Band on the Wall in Manchester, risk redundancies and downscaled operations in the coming months

Dave Simpson

13, Sep, 2022 @2:59 PM

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Toyah on It’s a Mystery: ‘I told Princess Margaret I was a punk rocker. She said “How ridiculous”’
‘There was a vinyl shortage when it was released. Old records had to be sent to the factory to be melted down and pressed. But soon it was selling 75,000 copies a day’

Interviews by Dave Simpson

12, Sep, 2022 @11:24 AM

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Loudon Wainwright III review – classic songwriter still mischievous and misanthropic at 76
Performing highlights from his 26th album, Wainwright entertains a boisterous Yorkshire crowd with witty yarns and meditations on family

Dave Simpson

08, Sep, 2022 @2:20 PM

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Nina Nesbitt: Älskar review – still capable of writing like a sassy teen
The Scottish singer-songwriter balances catchy pop with reflections on a young woman’s navigation through society and the music business

Dave Simpson

02, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The Proclaimers: ‘If you’re going to propose at our gig, make sure you’re sober enough to get in’
Pop twins Craig and Charlie Reid answer your questions about walking 500 miles, the joy of hearing Hibs fans singing Sunshine on Leith and being asked how they met

As told to Dave Simpson

01, Sep, 2022 @1:00 PM

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‘I went from the outskirts of Glasgow to LA and stretch limos’: Altered Images on making Don’t Talk to Me About Love
‘We were young and bolshie, telling experienced people what to do. The producer later told me: You guys really pushed me to the edge’

Interviews by Dave Simpson

29, Aug, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Altered Images: Mascara Streakz review – Clare Grogan is reinvented as a retro disco diva
80s-influenced electropop gets a contemporary makeover as erstwhile giggly teen Grogan returns stronger than ever after 39 years

Dave Simpson

26, Aug, 2022 @7:30 AM

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‘It takes time to reveal its profundity’: our music critic reviews the sound of Nasa’s black hole
The space agency’s release of noise from 200m light years away has been compared to everything from Pink Floyd to Björk. Here’s what a professional reviewer made of it

Dave Simpson

23, Aug, 2022 @2:06 PM

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Hot Chip: ‘Joe once hit Alexis with a baseball bat!’
Joe Goddard and Al Doyle answer your questions about their favourite remixes, working with Jarvis Cocker and what really is the best sauce for hot chips

As told to Dave Simpson

04, Aug, 2022 @3:51 PM

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Gary Numan: ‘I thought my comeback would take four years – not 41!’
Four decades after walking away from fame, synthpop’s pioneering superstar is filling stadiums once again. The ex-Tubeway Army frontman talks about overcoming death threats, panic attacks and losing 997,000 fans

Dave Simpson

04, Aug, 2022 @5:00 AM

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