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Maggie Rogers unveils new song “Give A Little”: Stream

Maggie Rogers is quick to highlight the “wild two years” she’s had since the songs off her breakout EP, Now That the Light is Fading, earned the rising pop artist cosigns from the likes of Pharrell Williams and appearances alongside HAIM and Sharon Van Etten. Now, a few months after sharing new single “Fallingwater”, the Brooklyn songwriter …

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Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande bust a move in new video for “Dance To This”: Watch

Just 24 hours after covering Post Malone, Australia’s Troye Sivan has released a new music video for “Dance To This”, his collaborative single with Ariana Grande. Directed by Bardia Zeinali (BØRNS), the down-to-earth yet feel-good clip stars the two pop artists as they fire up a dance party at a community center. The visual was “inspired …

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Santigold, I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions review – a beguiling summer tracklisting

(Downtown)Ten years after her first album, the eclectic artist is back with a mixtape of poppy island dancehall tunes We are always, it seems, overdue a Rihanna album. The Barbadian superstar is currently putting the finishing touches to an all-dancehall album, expected to drop sometime in the near future, a record that makes perfect sense. …

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James: Living in Extraordinary Times review – big songs and bug-eyed passion

(Sunday Best) Unlike most acts whose salad decade was the 90s, Mancunian veterans James refused to accept their reduced circumstances after reforming 11 years ago. With eight regular players, the band is the largest it’s ever been, and they’re still writing songs that swing for the furthest festival fences. Last album Girl at the End …

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Ones to watch: Yonaka

An assured new EP leaves you in little doubt about this Brighton four-piece who plan to be ‘seriously big’ Mods beware: the rockers are resurgent in Brighton. Youthful quartet Yonaka (singer Theresa Jarvis, guitarist George Edwards, bassist Alex Crosby and drummer Robert Mason) formed in the seaside city three years ago, and have been making …

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Deaf Havana: Rituals review – formulaic machine-made pop

(So Recordings) Norfolk’s Deaf Havana’s nine-year career has been one of regular metamorphosis, as they have shifted from post-hardcore to Top 5-grazing commercial alternative rock. Here, they’re tearing up their own songwriting conventions. After years of writing songs on an acoustic guitar, frontman James Veck-Gilodi penned song titles first, those titles dictated the content and …

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Spider Bags: Someday Everything Will Be Fine review – fuzzy veterans ride an alt-rock ripple

(Merge) One wouldn’t exactly call it a wave, more of a ripple, but the sound of classic US alternative rock – the lineage that stretches from Dinosaur Jr, through Drop Nineteens, into Superchunk and countless other bands – seems to be cropping up again. There always seems to be one band on every indie bill …

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