Pop and rock

Dinner party soundtracker to timeless muse: exploring the Sade complex

The enigmatic musician remains an influence on modern superstars such as Drake and Beyonc. As she releases her first single in seven years we explore why Picture the scene: A dinner party. It could be any dinner party, anywhere in North America or Europe, taking place at any point in the last 30 years, but …

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Courtney Love:’ A Hole reunion? We are definitely speaking about it’

As Live Through This turns 25, the band discuss the trauma and pop tactics that charged its release as well as their comeback Raw, beautiful and highly angry: 25 years ago the grunge movement birthed its most powerful album. A raging takedown of body fascism, self-doubt and sexual assault in pre- #MeToo America, Hole’s Live …

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Kim Gordon: ‘There’s a wall of faceless men I have to climb over’

Shes the art-rock legend who stimulated Sonic Youth punk and now, at 66, she has attained her first solo record. She drives our novelist through LA to talk Donald Trump, existential angst and her anthem called Air BnB Before she came to typify deadpan Downtown New York cool, Kim Gordon was a teenager in 1970 …

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Lykke Li on Rihanna, hypnotism and being a’ difficult’ girl in pop

Releasing her first album since 2014, the songwriter returns with So Sad So Sexy, made after a period of baby momma meltdowns and creative burnouts On a sunny day in the virtually oppressively laid-back Los Feliz enclave of Los Angeles, Swedish emo-pop practitioner Lykke Li is softly fuming. Not merely was she virtually run over, …

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Lykke Li on Rihanna, hypnotism and being a’ difficult’ woman in pop

Releasing her first album since 2014, the songwriter returns with So Sad So Sexy, made after a period of baby momma meltdowns and creative burnouts On a sunny day in the virtually oppressively laid-back Los Feliz enclave of Los Angeles, Swedish emo-pop practitioner Lykke Li is softly fuming. Not only was she nearly run over, …

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Superstar of Cups: the 1960 s all-female band finally record their first album

They opened for Jimi Hendrix and were friends with the Grateful Dead but never got the opportunity to release their own music until now If you were around in their heyday, the Ace of Cups are already legends. They’re the band that opened for Jimi Hendrix in Golden Gate Park in the summer of 1967, …

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Lykke Li on Rihanna, hypnotism and has become a’ difficult’ girl in pop

Releasing her first album since 2014, the songwriter returns with So Sad So Sexy, made after a reporting period newborn momma meltdowns and creative burnouts On a sunny day in the virtually oppressively laid-back Los Feliz enclave of Los Angeles, Swedish emo-pop practitioner Lykke Li is quietly fuming. Not merely was she nearly run over, …

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It’s oh so cultural: the sharpest audios of autumn 2016

Bjrk celebrates 20 glorious years of barrier-breaking, Pink Floyd go back in time, and the Afropunks are coming. Plus, Lady Leshurr, Saint Etienne and Jean-Michel Jarre hit the road Bjrk Digital A digitally decadent festivity of Bjrks 20 -year career arrives in the capital this September. Incorporating performance, movie and installations, the exhibition explores the …

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