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Shabaka: Afrikan Culture review – open-ended shimmer
The saxophonist’s debut solo outing is a shift towards the meditative, but still crackles with his signature energy

Kitty Empire

22, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Kendrick Lamar: Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers review – towards a state of grace
The Pulitzer prize-winning rapper grapples with Black trauma and his own family’s struggles on this brave, electrifying fifth album

Kitty Empire

21, May, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Florence and the Machine: Dance Fever review – a fly on the wall in her therapist’s office
The singer spares no details on her confessional, pared-back fifth album with nods to Madonna and the Stones

Kitty Empire

15, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Michael Kiwanuka review – patience is golden
This most unassuming of soul stars has had to wait a long time to tour his lushly produced eponymous album, and his return brings blissful escape

Kitty Empire

14, May, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Sharon Van Etten: We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong review – mid-paced candour
Holding it all together mid-pandemic, Van Etten’s sixth album of highs and lows struggles to strike a resounding chord

Kitty Empire

08, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Dua Lipa review – a pop star for the ages
Forty dates into a world tour, the British star’s joyous, knowing set doubles down on her flair for homage

Kitty Empire

07, May, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Oumou Sangaré: Timbuktu review – sweet and tender sorrows
This subtle, highly accessible album finds the Malian superstar lamenting the political turbulence of her homeland from afar

Kitty Empire

01, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Mitski review – a triumphant return for the poet laureate of outsiders
After a TikTok hit brought her out of early retirement, the US songwriter reaches deep into her back catalogue for a taut, artful and intense set

Kitty Empire

30, Apr, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Spiritualized: Everything Was Beautiful review – a sweet din of magnificent melodies
The space rockers’ ninth outing is their most assured in a long time, revelling in ecstatic keyboards and orchestral wallopsps

Kitty Empire

24, Apr, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Fontaines DC review – ire, tenderness and very good moshpit
Showcasing tracks from their instant-classic new album Skinty Fia, Dublin’s introspective post-punk five-piece are in their element in a now rare small-scale gig

Kitty Empire

23, Apr, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Favourite festival sold out? Here are the best alternatives
After two long years, festivals are back – but tickets are in short supply. Here are some options if you’ve missed out, featuring rave-jazz parties, fairground rides and organic psychedelia

Kitty Empire, Kathryn Bromwich and Jude Rogers

17, Apr, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Kurt Vile: (watch my moves) review – irresistibly lovely
Tuneful to a fault and happily in the moment, the US singer-songwriter’s latest set is an unalloyed delight

Kitty Empire

17, Apr, 2022 @8:00 AM

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