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Diana Jones: Song to a Refugee review – tender testimony to bruised lives

3 hours ago
(Proper)Jones’s sorrowful vocals bear witness to the dreams and hardships of those crossing the US-Mexico borderBrought up in New York by adoptive parents, Diana Jones later traced her birth family to Tennessee and a musician grandfather, and her r... more info

Melanie C: ‘The tabloids were cruel and heartless’

5 hours ago
The musician, 46, on the Spice Girls’ fiery combination, grappling with lockdown and the lows of being famousI had a lot of success with the Spice Girls, but in my 30s there were times when I believed my moment had passed; that I should just go out... more info

Fleet Foxes: Shore; Sufjan Stevens: The Ascension review – postcards from the edge

5 hours ago
(Anti-/Asthmatic Kitty)Comeback albums from two pioneers of American indie rock chime with the times in very different waysUpheaval, transformation, succour: many of us are either actively witnessing – or desperately seeking – these conditions ri... more info

One to watch: Nathy Peluso

6 hours ago
The stylish Argentinian singer with a huge social media following embraces traditional Latin sounds, trap and R&BNathy Peluso has built up a huge social media following, thanks in part to the videos she posts of herself doing sexy-weird things such a... more info

Janelle Monáe: ‘What is a revolution without a song?’

12 hours ago
From starring roles in Moonlight and Hidden Figures, to a genre-busting musical career, the actor and singer has always gone her own wayA downside, perhaps, to the sheer imaginative power of Janelle Monáe is that it’s hard not to bring unreasonabl... more info

Songs about sewage and space travel? It's prog-folk band Hen Ogledd

1 day ago
Richard Dawson’s ‘wonky’ pop quartet are influenced by Billie Eilish, cats and 12th-century composer Hildegard von BingenIt is about halfway through our video chat that Trouble turns up. While Hen Ogledd officially comprise Dawn Bothwell, Rhodr... more info

Van Morrison review – transcending the pandemic with mystic soul

1 day ago
Palladium, LondonMorrison brings warmth to the cold space of a socially distanced theatre, leaving aside his anti-lockdown songs for a thrillingly extemporised setIt is different, that’s the first thing. No matter that Van Morrison steers clear of ... more info

Red Hot at 30: how compilations used big music stars to combat Aids

1 day ago
Over three decades, artists like David Bowie, Madonna and George Michael all gave their names, and music, to a project that aimed to shine a light for those who needed it mostFor millions of people, the current situation feels entirely new. For John ... more info

'I have a sense of urgency': Sufjan Stevens wakes from the American dream

2 days ago
The cult singer-songwriter made his name as a whimsical chronicler of US history. Now he’s made an electropop album about his country’s evilsThe Oscars were an ordeal for Sufjan Stevens. “Honestly, one of the most traumatising experiences of my... more info

Michael Kiwanuka's Mercury win is well deserved: his is a sincere, superb album

2 days ago
His victory was broadcast to the masses on The One Show — let’s hope this brilliant musician will be further embraced by the mainstreamThere is a sense in which the Mercury prize has benefited from the coronavirus pandemic. True, the award ceremo... more info

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