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Madness review – still nutty after all these years
The British pop institution head out on their by now traditional festive December tour, performing their classic hits to a rapturous response

Dave Simpson

05, Dec, 2021 @11:11 AM

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‘A nation’s fabric unravelling’: stars on Sly Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On at 50
Musicians from Nile Rodgers to Johnny Marr, Moor Mother and Booker T Jones discuss Sly and the Family Stone’s drug-fuelled landmark in US social commentary

Dave Simpson

02, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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‘I wrote it from the perspective of a night light’: How They Might Be Giants made Birdhouse in Your Soul
‘I’m completely happy that we fall within the noble tradition of the one-hit wonder in the UK’

Interviews by Dave Simpson

29, Nov, 2021 @3:52 PM

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James review – shamanic Mancs provide spiritual nourishment
Led by Tim Booth, the band play an adventurous set that shows them still questing for enlightenment

Dave Simpson

26, Nov, 2021 @11:31 AM

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Sam Fender review – euphoric homecoming has them hollering in the streets
A rapturous crowd offer a hero’s welcome to the singer whose epic anthems deliver eeriness, intimacy and utter exhilaration

Dave Simpson

19, Nov, 2021 @12:01 PM

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Rod Stewart: ‘I got Elton a fridge for Christmas. He got me a Rembrandt’
Answering Guardian readers’ questions, the singer discusses his epic railway modelling, his admiration of the Sex Pistols and the secrets of his hair regime

As told to Dave Simpson

18, Nov, 2021 @1:00 PM

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The Charlatans: how we made The Only One I Know – ‘I’m still not sure which bit’s the chorus’
‘I came up with it on the way to the garage to get fags. I had to pelt back to my mum and dad’s to get my Dictaphone before I forgot it’

Interview by Dave Simpson

15, Nov, 2021 @3:01 PM

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Steps review – sugar-coated extravaganza of bangers
Two-hour set of joyously choreographed hits showcases a band who look to be having almost as much fun as their audience

Dave Simpson

12, Nov, 2021 @11:22 AM

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Paula Yates flying to Vienna with Ultravox: Midge Ure’s best photograph
‘She was coming with us to write about the making of the video for Vienna. She was a natural poser. All I had to do was point the camera and press the button’

Interview by Dave Simpson

10, Nov, 2021 @12:28 PM

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Jarv Is … review – Jesus, rave and Pulp classics in Cocker’s cocksure revue
With his fabled stage moves still wonderfully intact, Jarvis Cocker leads his current band through songs that quizzically examine an ever-changing world

Dave Simpson

03, Nov, 2021 @12:27 PM

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Nubya Garcia review – music does the talking in triumphant comeback
The Londoner’s cosmopolitan jazz comes loaded with meaning and emotion, but she also proves to be an engaging raconteur

Dave Simpson

01, Nov, 2021 @12:31 PM

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Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode: ‘Regret is a weird word. I don’t look back on my life like that’
The Depeche Mode frontman answers your questions, on his new covers album, taking early dance lessons from Mick Jagger and the right way to load a dishwasher

As told to Dave Simpson

21, Oct, 2021 @1:56 PM

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