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Amyl and the Sniffers review – a blizzard from Oz

Electric Ballroom, LondonChannelling singer Amy Taylor’s rage and joyous abandon, the Australian punk band bring their second album to glorious fighting lifeWe are living through what often feel like end times for genre. If recording studios had windows, rulebooks would be flying out of them constantly, endangering passersby. Crossover smashes such as Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road have been obvious manifestations of this shift. But colouring inside the stylistic lines has been in decline for a while...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Punk, Indie, Taylor, Old Town Road, Amyl, Amy Taylor, Electric Ballroom LondonChannelling


‘Dancing kept me sane’: how black British youth found a home in northern soul

From winning dance competitions to confronting Nazis, black veterans of the 70s soul all-nighters share their stories – and counter the idea that the movement was exclusively whiteIn the run-up to Christmas in 1977, viewers of Granada TV were offered a glimpse inside a little-understood world. The documentary maker Tony Palmer had ventured inside the Wigan Casino, the centre of the northern soul scene, to shoot a 30-minute film called This England.Palmer didn’t know anything about the club, the ...
Tags: Music, England, Race, Soul, Culture, Pop and rock, Palmer, Smokey Robinson, Wigan, Northern Soul, Black History Month, Granada, North Of England, Wigan Casino, Tony Palmer


‘You can’t cancel me, I’ve got bills to pay!’: music stars on pop’s strange 2021

Laura Mvula, Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno, Snail Mail, BackRoad Gee, Sigrid and Eris Drew mull over the year’s big stories, from Britney’s freedom to battles over plagiarism and streamingHow did you feel coming into 2021, after the unprecedented bleakness of 2020? Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Dance music, R&B, Electronic Music, Kasabian, Britney, Laura Mvula, Eris Drew, Laura Mvula Kasabian, Serge Pizzorno Snail Mail BackRoad Gee Sigrid


Daniel Johns and the fame trap: get famous enough to buy back the freedom you once had | Brigid Delaney

The anxiety that results from extreme fame can become a prison, but it can be escapedFame. You wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy, particularly not if your enemy was very young.Fame of the extreme kind – when you are a household name and your image is worshipped on bedroom walls and all manner of fantasies are projected on you – can be experienced as a form of trauma. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, Culture, Pop and rock, Daniel Johns, Brigid Delaney, Australian Music


Paul Weller’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!

Drawn from the Jam, the Style Council and his solo work, all of it powered by romance, storytelling and political vim, here is the best of a British songwriter unbounded by genreOn the B-side of A Solid Bond in Your Heart lurks Weller’s mea culpa take on the sudden demise of the Jam, the arrogance of youth and the perils of becoming the Voice of a Generation. “I was a shit-stained statue / Schoolchildren would stand in awe … I thought I was lord of this crappy jungle.” Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Soul, Culture, Pop and rock, Punk, R&B, Paul Weller, Style Council, Weller, The Jam


Eighties pop star Debbie Gibson: ‘The price of fame is high. I have a therapist on speed dial!’

Squeaky clean, uncool and old before her years, the US singer blazed a trail for young women creating their own material. Having dealt with stalkers, addiction and illness, she’s backThirty-three years ago – in musical terms, an epoch – Debbie Gibson was the most famous American teen pop star on earth. At 17 she was as loved by teenagers as Billie Eilish was at 17, in polar opposite ways. Gibson, uncool and critically dismissed, was the wholesome, toothsome innocent who sang upbeat, unapologetic...
Tags: Music, US, Billie, Culture, Pop and rock, Gibson, Debbie Gibson, Billie Eilish, Eilish


‘It’s repulsive to me’: the bitter feud of indie-rockers the Wrens

Their 2003 album The Meadowlands earned them adulation, but a long-promised followup never arrived. Now their frontman is back as Aeon Station – and his former co-writer is very unhappy…Before taking flight as indie-rock heartbreakers the Wrens, Kevin Whelan and Charles Bissell were an awkward, prickly pair who met at a graduation party in an abandoned house. “I never had any friends or girlfriends,” the affable Whelan, 51, says with a self-effacing laugh from the New Jersey home he shares with ...
Tags: Music, New York, Music Industry, Culture, Pop and rock, New Jersey, Indie, Whelan, Bissell, Charles Bissell, Kevin Whelan


Readers review Adele’s 30: ‘so powerful’ or a ‘depressive black hole’?

It’s the biggest album of the year – and Guardian readers are split on whether Adele’s latest magnum mope-us is raw or overdoneIt’s so upfront and honest. You know exactly the story she’s telling, and even if you haven’t experienced divorce yourself, you feel every word of it. Her voice is sounding better than it’s ever done, using so much more of her range – just listen to Love is A Game. Gone are the lofty metaphors that hint at heartbreak, replaced with extremely raw and naked lyrics that wel...
Tags: Music, Adele, Culture, Pop and rock


The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights dethrones the Twist as all-time No.1 Billboard single

Blinding Lights was 2020’s biggest song both in terms of sales and size, cementing the Canadian singer’s status as global pop megastarThe Weeknd’s hit single Blinding Lights has officially been crowned the all-time No 1 song on the Billboard single charts, ousting Chubby Checker’s 1960s hit the Twist.The song, an instant synth-pop classic, debuted in late November 2019 and topped the weekly Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in April and May 2020, going on to spend a record-shattering 90 consecuti...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Billboard Music Awards, The Weeknd


2022 Grammys: Jon Batiste, HER and Justin Bieber lead nominations

Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X also among those with multiple nominations in top categoriesThe highly versatile, socially conscious pianist, singer and composer Jon Batiste has topped this year’s Grammy nominations, with 10 nods.Batiste’s nominations straddle everything from the top prizes of record and album of the year, to inclusions across R&B, jazz, roots and classical categories. His score for animated film Soul, made with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Na...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Justin Bieber, Grammys, Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails, Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross, Batiste, Rodrigo Doja Cat Billie Eilish


Crazy Frog returns, like it or not: ‘There will always be a place for novelty songs’

With genitalia proudly exposed, the amphibian raced up the charts in 2005 and irritated much of the UK. Why has it been allowed a second chance? Its handler explains himselfFor a few months in 2005, you couldn’t move without encountering Crazy Frog. First sold as a ringtone, his nonsensical catchphrase, “Rring ding ding ding baa baa”, entered the national vocabulary. Then it became the most popular – and divisive – single of 2005, coupled with a CGI video of an explicitly naked frog on the lam i...
Tags: Music, UK, Media, BBC News, Culture, Pop and rock, UK charts, Crazy Frog First


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 itWhen you are the most powerful, popular artist in the world, you can insist on anything. And so Adele has persuaded Spotify to hide its shuffle button, to encourage listeners to listen to her new album 30 – and, presumably, every other album – in the order intended by the artists. “We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Adele, Culture, Pop and rock, Music Streaming, Digital music and audio


Adele interview bungle leaves Australian TV reporter ‘mortified’ and reportedly costs station $1m

‘This is the most important email I have ever missed,’ Seven’s Matt Doran says after failing to listen to singer’s new album 30An Audience With Adele review – a master comedian at workA “mortified” Australian TV reporter has tried to explain how he bungled an exclusive interview with the singer Adele about her new album.The host of Channel Seven’s Weekend Sunrise, Matt Doran, and a crew flew to London for the chat, which reportedly cost A$1m to secure and would have been Adele’s only Australian ...
Tags: Music, London, Media, Adele, Pop and rock, Australian media, Channel Seven, Doran, Matt Doran


Adele interview bungle leaves Australian TV reporter ‘mortified’

‘This is the most important email I have ever missed,’ Seven’s Matt Doran says after failing to listen to singer’s new album 30An Audience With Adele review – a master comedian at workA “mortified” Australian TV reporter has tried to explain how he bungled an exclusive interview with the singer Adele about her new album.The host of Channel Seven’s Weekend Sunrise, Matt Doran, and a crew flew to London for the chat, which was reportedly part of a package that cost A$1m and would have been Adele’s...
Tags: Music, London, Media, Adele, Pop and rock, Australian media, Channel Seven, Doran, Matt Doran


Adele interview bungle leaves Australian TV reporter red-faced – and she doesn’t go easy on him

‘This is the most important email I have ever missed,’ Seven’s Matt Doran says after failing to listen to singer’s new album 30An Audience With Adele review – a master comedian at workA “mortified” Australian TV reporter has tried to explain how he bungled an exclusive interview with the singer Adele about her new album.The host of Channel Seven’s Weekend Sunrise, Matt Doran, and a crew flew to London for the chat, which reportedly cost A$1m to secure and would have been Adele’s only Australian ...
Tags: Music, London, Media, Adele, Pop and rock, Australian media, Channel Seven, Doran, Matt Doran


Madonna, drugs and helicopter-trained dogs: the dark, starry life of William Orbit

He was a techno-classical genius loved by pop stars from U2 to Britney. Then he was sectioned in his 60s after a drug-induced breakdown. The superproducer explains how he came back aroundThere was a point in the early 00s when William Orbit was poised to go interstellar. He was one of the great pop architects of the Y2K era, the Mark Ronson or Jack Antonoff of his day. He produced Madonna’s Grammy-sweeping Ray of Light, with its magnetic techno-lite, in 1998; Blur’s 13 a year later; and made hit...
Tags: Music, UK, Lorde, Culture, Pop and rock, Dance music, Madonna, Mark Ronson, Electronic Music, Britney Spears, Charlie, All Saints, Jack Antonoff, William Orbit, Will.i.am, Britney Then


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 regimeDid you have any heroes in the beginning of your career that you wanted to move or look like? JoeHillI didn’t look at singers and think: “That’s how I want to move,” but I sorta wanted to sound like ’em. I started off with Eddie Cochran – that rough-edged voice – and moved on to Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack and David Ruffin. I went f...
Tags: Music, Soul, Culture, Pop and rock, Elton John, Blues, Sex Pistols, Rod Stewart, Kenny Everett, Eddie Cochran, David Ruffin, Otis Redding Sam Cooke Bobby Womack


‘I considered having kids with Brad Pitt’: Melissa Etheridge on music, motherhood and coming out

Eighteen months after she lost her son to opioid addiction, the singer-songwriter has released a new album. She talks about her troubled childhood, the happiness she has found with her wife – and her refusal to grieve‘Helloooooh! How are you? I’m good, I’m good.” It takes me about three seconds to warm to Melissa Etheridge. The American singer-songwriter has been through hell in the past few years, but you won’t find her moaning. For someone who has endured so much – Etheridge lost her 21-year-o...
Tags: Family, Music, UK, Country, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, LGBT rights, Blues, Parents and parenting, Brad Pitt, Melissa Etheridge, Al Gore, Beckett, Etheridge, Inconvenient Truth Continue


‘Annoying snobs was part of the fun’: Paul McCartney and more on the Beatles’ rooftop farewell

As Peter Jackson’s TV series Get Back recasts the Fab Four’s final days in a more positive light, the ex-Beatle remembers the responses to their historic gig above the streets of LondonIt’s lunchtime on a cold Thursday in January 1969. After weeks of sometimes difficult rehearsals and recordings, the Beatles and their new songs finally – and spectacularly – collide with the outside world. The occasion is now fixed in their iconography. On 30 January on the roof of 3 Savile Row, the London HQ of ...
Tags: Apple, Music, London, Television, Media, Film, Documentary, John Lennon, Disney, US, George Harrison, The Beatles, Society, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock


Adele: 30 review – the defining voice of heartbreak returns

(Columbia)While the topic of her divorce is all-consuming, the singer seems to be pushing gently at the boundaries of what people expect of herThere is a sense in which 2021’s biggest single – 84.9m streams in a week on one platform alone; straight to No 1 in 25 countries; a song that received more first-week plays on US radio than any other song ever – wasn’t so much a comeback as an act of global reassurance. The world may recently have lurched from one unimaginable crisis to another, but Adel...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, US, Adele, Divorce, Soul, Culture, Pop and rock, Amy Winehouse, R&B, Adele Adkins


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’I was in a band called the Electric Crayons and we managed to get a gig supporting the Charlatans. They had a different singer, Baz Ketley, then. I ended up jumping on stage and singing one of their songs. Shortly after that, I got a call from the band. They didn’t ask me to audition. It was more a case of: “Would you like to come down to Wednesbury in the Midla...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Charlatans, Midlands, Dictaphone, Wednesbury, Electric Crayons, Baz Ketley


Weight loss, deadlifts and divorce: what we learned from Adele’s One Night Only special

In her TV concert special, the singer got personal in an interview with Oprah Winfrey about her dreams of a nuclear family, fixation with her weight loss and how much she can deadliftAdele opened up about the pain of her divorce, losing the dream of a nuclear family, commentary over her weight and her strained relationship with her late father in a candid, ranging interview with Oprah Winfrey.During the sit-down in Winfrey’s rose garden, recorded prior to her first concert in more than four year...
Tags: Music, Television, Adele, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, US television, Cbs, Oprah Winfrey, Winfrey, Simon Konecki


Weight loss, deadlifts and divorce: what we learned from Adele’s TV special

In her One Night Only concert special, the singer got personal with Oprah Winfrey about her dreams of a nuclear family, fixation with her weight loss and how much she can deadliftAdele opened up about the pain of her divorce, losing the dream of a nuclear family, commentary over her weight and her strained relationship with her late father in a candid, ranging interview with Oprah Winfrey.During the sit-down in Winfrey’s rose garden, recorded prior to her first concert in more than four years fo...
Tags: Music, Television, Adele, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, US television, Cbs, Oprah Winfrey, Winfrey, Simon Konecki


Placebo: ‘It’s not the end of the world. It’s just the end of the human species’

The alt-rockers brought gender fluidity into the 90s mainstream – and are now reckoning with climate apocalypse, surveillance culture and how to escape our horrific realityOn the screen of my phone, Brian Molko is trying to dodge the camera’s gaze. I’m in Colorado, video calling him in London, watching him chain smoke from across the Atlantic. He sometimes casts glances at the lens, mostly doing his best to forget it’s there.Over the past 25 years, Molko’s band Placebo have often grappled with t...
Tags: Music, London, Colorado, Culture, Atlantic, Pop and rock, David Bowie, Belgium, Michael Stipe, Brian Molko, Molko, Stefan Olsdal Molko


Let’s Eat Grandma: ‘How can I view death purely in a negative way when someone I loved is dead?’

Childhood friends who would finish each other’s sentences, Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth were growing apart. Then Hollingworth’s boyfriend died aged 22. The pop duo explain what they learned in a devastating yearLet’s Eat Grandma arrive in a cafe after their Guardian photoshoot, looking exactly like a pair of pop stars. Jazzed up in opulent jewel tones and immaculate eyeliner, they are both tall – about 5ft 9in – but the resemblance ends there. Rosa Walton has the plump red curls of a 40s m...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Kate Bush, Electronic Music, Hollingworth, Jenny Hollingworth, Rosa Walton


Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version) review – getting back together with a classic

(Republic)Swift re-records the 2012 album on which she first embraced synth-pop, tweaking songs and adding others: a mix of saccharine fluff and superb keepersAfter Fearless earlier this spring, Taylor Swift reaches the second instalment of her project to re-record (and regain ownership over) the six albums she released for label Big Machine, which were apparently sold out from under her to an old foe. Held up as a classic, 2012’s Red is one half some of the greatest pop songs of all time – I Kn...
Tags: Music, Taylor Swift, Culture, Jake Gyllenhaal, Pop and rock, Ed Sheeran, Swift, Phoebe Bridgers, Snow Patrol, Gary Lightbody, Red Taylor


‘Music dug up from under the earth’: how trip-hop never stopped

Fused from jungle, rave and soul, trip-hop filled the coffee tables of the 90s, and is now inspiring Billie Eilish’s generation. So why is the term so despised by many?Nobody really wanted to be trip-hop. The stoner beats of Nightmares on Wax’s 1995 Smokers Delight album were era defining, but it carried the prominent legend: “THIS IS NOT TRIP HOP”. James Lavelle’s Mo’ Wax label flirted with the term after it was coined by Mixmag in 1994, but quickly switched to displaying it ostentatiously cros...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Dance music, Electronic Music, Clubbing, Geoff Barrow, Massive Attack, James Lavelle, Portishead, Billie Eilish, Lou Rhodes, Martina Topley-Bird, Drum'n'bass, Mark Rae


Sonic Youth’s greatest songs – ranked!

As they release two live albums to benefit abortion support groups, we rate the best of the New York band who collided alt-rock with the avant garde in a thrilling noiseGiven short shrift on release, the reputation of the dense, chaotic, beat poetry-infused NYC Ghosts & Flowers has been burnished at least a little by time. The title track, which slowly builds over seven minutes from hushed intro to cacophonous climax, is the perfect example of the dark, bad-dream power the album wields at its be...
Tags: Music, New York, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Experimental music, Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore


Damon Albarn: The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows review – beautifully haunting

(Transgressive)One of the most driven artists of the Britpop era, now unbothered by commercial success, is back with a second solo album that drifts along in a melancholy, stoned mistWhen May’s Glastonbury livestream finally creaked into life, it offered viewers an interesting study in contrasts. At 9pm, Coldplay appeared, rolling out the big hits from their 20-year career on an illuminated platform in front of the Pyramid stage, the empty field filled with lights. It was a performance with a di...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Gorillaz, Blur, Glastonbury, Dee, Albarn, Fela Kuti, Kronos Quartet


Post your questions for Rod Stewart

Returning with new album The Tears of Hercules, the six-decade hitmaker takes questions on his astonishing careerNearly 60 years after his career began, Rod Stewart is returning on 12 November with what he’s talking up as “by far my best album in many a year”, The Tears of Hercules – and he will answer your questions about it and anything else in his long career.Stewart, 76, has had an astonishing life, starting out as a teenage busker and aspiring footballer who ditched the beautiful game for m...
Tags: Music, London, Culture, Pop and rock, Rod Stewart, Stewart, Jeff Beck Group, Ronnie Wood Continue