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Adele is right – an unshuffled album is the proper way to listen
By getting Spotify to discourage the mixing up of an album’s song order, Adele is standing up for artistic vision even as the very nature of streaming erodes it

Michael Hann

22, Nov, 2021 @1:46 PM

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Alan Hawkshaw the best-known British composer you’d never heard of
The late musician’s track The Champ was sampled on more than 700 other records, while others pop up everywhere from Jay-Z songs to Milk Tray ads. What links them all is his compositional joy and irreverence

Michael Hann

18, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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‘I saw something in Bruce Springsteen that nobody else saw’: the world according to Stevie Van Zandt
The Boss’s trusty sideman has many plans – from saving central America to TV Hogmanay at the Playboy Mansion – and he’s more than happy to share his rock wisdom

Michael Hann

05, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Lovers’ Guide at 30: did the bestselling video make Britain better in bed?
It featured an erect penis, and could be bought on the high street. The groundbreaking film changed attitudes to sex and censorship – paving the way to the Pornhub era

Michael Hann

21, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘A summer of love!’ Musicians on the awesome, tearful return of gigs
From Sleaford Mods in London to Mogwai in France, bands and performers talk about the strange and wonderful experience of returning to the stage after 16 months of deprivation

As told to Michael Hann

02, Sep, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Deafheaven: Infinite Granite review – rock at its most majestically beautiful
Fifth album by San Francisco band finds intense and yes, ethereal, shoegaze taking over from black metal

Michael Hann

20, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Brian May: ‘I never have a single day without thinking about Freddie’
As he reissues his debut solo album, the Queen guitarist recalls how making it helped him cope with a time when his band, marriage and the life of Freddie Mercury were coming to an end

Michael Hann

05, Aug, 2021 @12:07 PM

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Big quiffs, zombies and dead crows: the wild world of psychobilly
The turbocharged twist on rockabilly enraptured 80s punks and rock’n’rollers – and alienated plenty more – with its food fights, ferocious club nights and phantasmagoria

Michael Hann

30, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Dusty Hill’s voice, tone and passion for the blues lifted ZZ Top into greatness
With the bassist’s death aged 72, one of rock’s great partnerships comes to an end, where raunch met ranch in absurdist, progressive American music

Michael Hann

29, Jul, 2021 @10:55 AM

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The Coral: Coral Island review – glorious psychedelia for sunny days
Nostalgic without bitterness or regret, the melodies pour out of this double album themed around the titular resort

Michael Hann

30, Apr, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Dry Cleaning: New Long Leg review - terrific post-punk poets of the everyday
Florence Shaw’s laconic spoken delivery is a highlight in a talented band making the quotidian exciting

Michael Hann

02, Apr, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Nergal: the extreme metal musician fighting Poland's blasphemy laws
The acclaimed and controversial Behemoth frontman faces possible prison time for a photo of his foot on a religious icon. He argues that Poland must become secular to evolve

Michael Hann

18, Mar, 2021 @9:30 AM

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