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Facepalm Along with Justin Bieber to His Godawful New Album Art

When your eyes first alight on the cover artwork for Justin Bieber’s new album Justice, you might think to yourself, “I’ve been that hungover,” or “I, too, hate having my picture taken,” or, “This new Teenage Mutant Turtles reboot looks sick.” But only true Beliebers could see such a collection of questionable… Please click the link below …

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Architects: For Those That Wish to Exist review – a scream in the face of climate doom

(Epitaph)Cobweb-blasting singing, brain-invading melodies and skin-scouring riffs offer no relief from this wrestling match with impending disaster Climate crisis rock hasn’t exactly taken off in recent years. Mainstream music’s reliance on easily digestible emotional journeying grates awkwardly against the catharsis-vacuum that is the Earth’s current trajectory. Those who have tackled the topic have often taken …

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: Carnage review – vivid visions of apocalypse and absolution

(Goliath Records Ltd)Cave’s rich writing and Ellis’s dense sounds form a reliably potent picture of locked-down end-times and the fantasy of redemption Next month sees the British publication of Mark Mordue’s book Boy on Fire: The Young Nick Cave. It’s a fascinating read, both as an occult history of Australian punk – it’s hard not …

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Rina Sawayama Reveals Mercury Prize and BRIT Awards Nationality Requirements Have Changed

Last July, Japanese-British singer Rina Sawayama revealed she was ineligible to win a Mercury Prize or BRIT Award for her critically acclaimed album, SAWAYAMA, due to an archaic nationality requirement. She’d lived in the UK since she was a toddler, but because she lacked a British passport, she wasn’t up… Please click the link below …

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Billie Eilish Discusses Documentary, New Album During Interview on Colbert: Watch

On Tuesday night, Billie Eilish appeared on A Late Show with Stephen Colbert for an exclusive interview to promote Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, her upcoming Apple TV+ documentary. Over the course of 20 minutes, Eilish  discussed being a pop star during a pandemic, recording her new album, and… Please click the link below …

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The Hold Steady: Open Door Policy review – Springsteen-isms welcome

(Positive Jams)The Brooklyn-based rockers add a splash of brass to their everyman stylings on this lyrical eighth album Given Craig Finn’s powerful depictions of the minor triumphs and tragedies of normal working Americans in his lyrics, dog-whistle Springsteen comparisons – “blue-collar rock”, say – have inevitably followed Brooklyn-based six-piece the Hold Steady and their take …

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Lael Neale: Acquainted With Night review – music to feel absently blue to

(Sub Pop)The folk-pop songwriter meanders between memory and fantasy on her concertedly quiet Sub Pop debut Virginia-raised, LA-based artist Lael Neale is keen to avoid fuss. To avoid the “arduous production” of early recording sessions, on her Sub Pop debut, she strips things back to minimal instrumentation and embraces the imperfections of a first take. …

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