Adele's Divorce Album Is Subtly Provocative

For music stars, Las Vegas is a welcoming destination. It's where you go to be validated for a job well done, to rest on a strong legacy at a time when the future may have grown less assured and any timid steps towards it may jeopardize that legacy. Once her struggles, it seemed to be […]

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No One Else Sounded Like Ronnie Spector

In Ronnie Spector's 1990 book Be My Baby, there's an interesting chapter about her singing voice among the jaw-dropping allegations of brutal torture. She claims she was intimidated by the other female vocalists in Phil Spector's stable: she didn't have Darlene Love's or Fanita James's huge, gospel-trained voices. The producer, on the other hand, had […]

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‘Music Comes to You Like a Dream,' Says Michael Hurley, 80

I believe it's OK to refer to myself as an outsider artist. It took a long time for me to join the group." Michael Hurley, a freak-folk singer-songwriter and artist of over 60 years, is pondering his place in the world on Thanksgiving Friday. He's phoning from his little house in rural Oregon, nestled amid […]

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Insane Hyperpop Hedonism to Purge the Anguish of Confinement

While the rest of the world was watching Tiger King or making bread during the first apparently endless lockdown in 2020, British pop maverick Charli XCX composed, recorded, and released a whole album. How I'm Feeling Now, a joint effort with her fans, condensed the boredom, anger, loss, thankfulness, and frenzy of the time into […]

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The Lathums Review - Wigan's Conquerors

Everything about the Lathums' largest ever live event seems like it's meant to announce something significant. This four-piece band, which formed at a Wigan music college in 2019, represents the newest phase of indie guitar revivalism. They have a No 1 album under their belts (their first, How Beautiful Life Can Be, knocked Drake off […]

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Anz, DJ and Producer: ‘This Is Music for All Hours – And Ours'

Pre-party rituals, trips through the club, and echoes of nightlife that linger until the following day: nights out are a confluence of so many stimuli. Anz, a Manchester-based producer and DJ, incorporates these experiences throughout her work. “I always listen to garage before I go out,” she says at a Manchester pub, observing the amusing […]

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