Nobody will help us; we'll do everything ourselves. Despite the odds, Newcastle's vibrant DIY music scene is thriving

Left to right: Kenosist, Mariam Rezaei, Me Lost Me, Geoff Kirkwood and Late Girl. Composite: Guardian Design; Fairlight Photography; Michelle Allen; Anya Clayton   Although funding is running out and venues are shutting, the underground music scene in the north-east is booming, with everything from pagan folk to deep techno to raw noise   A 40-minute […]

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Megan Thee Stallion, Coldplay, and Future join US court petition against rap lyrics as criminal evidence

Megan Thee Stallion at Reading festival in 2022. Photograph: Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP   The open letter from Warner Music, Art on Trial: Protect Black Art, also has Alicia Keys, 50 Cent, and Post Malone as signatories   A group of musicians and leaders in the music business, including Megan Thee Stallion, Coldplay, and Future, are advocating for […]

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Kasabian review—raucous electro bounce fills an incredibly huge concert

‘The coat comes off after three songs’ … Pizzorno on stage in Manchester. Photograph: Myles Wright/Zuma Press Wire/Rex/Shutterstock   AO Arena, Manchester As the band's terrifying live performance's new leader, Serge Pizzorno adds fresh funk and soft rock to the group's signature guitar anthems   The day before Tom Meighan was found guilty of abusing his […]

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After early-morning arrest, Lady Leshurr charged with assault

Lady Leshurr. Photograph: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock   The rapper and broadcaster of BBC Radio 1Xtra was detained on Saturday and will appear in court on Monday   Following a confrontation on Saturday in Walthamstow, northeast London, Lady Leshurr has been charged with assault.   Melesha O'Garro, a rapper, presenter of BBC Radio 1Xtra, and participant on Dancing […]

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Japanese Breakfast review: Michelle Zauner energizes a rainy Wednesday

Get it on, bang a gong … Japanese Breakfast at the Hackney Church. Photograph: CPUK/Avalon   Hackney Church, London Despite three prior cancellations, the composer and guitarist exudes an obvious sense of optimism   Even the most famous independent musicians cannot claim to have ever had a year nearly as successful as Japanese Breakfast's 2021. Last […]

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Liam Gallagher alleges "angry squirt." Noel "blocked" Oasis songs from documentary

Liam Gallagher performs at Knebworth in June. Photograph: Harry Herd/Redferns   The singer tweets that the band's brother is "a horrible little man" for blocking the use of their song at Knebworth 22   Oasis songs won't be included in Liam Gallagher's upcoming documentary, he says, because Noel Gallagher, the band's composer, has forbidden the use […]

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