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Au/Ra: Only Human After All

Jamie Lou Stenzel greets me enthusiastically in the boardroom of her record label, a lightbulb smile beaming ear-to-ear. At 16-years-old, Au/Ra , as Stenzel is known professionally, is one of the youngest on the label’s roster. We’re surrounded by images of global pop superstars who were signed at a similar age and with her debut single, "Concrete Jungle" receiving over 15 million streams globally, you can’t help but feel Au/Ra’s image will be up alongside the others soon...

Meeting Bazil Meade MBE: “Music absolutely saved my life"

When Bazil Meade MBE founded the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) with three other people in 1982, he had no idea how popular the choir would become – nor did he expect LCGC would one day be celebrating its 35th anniversary – especially after their original plan was for the choir to do just a single, one-off performance. Fast forward 35-years, and the choir has travelled far. They’ve graced the stage at The Brits, Glastonbury and The Grammy Awards...

Vox Lux and the Scandi-pop collaborations that changed the landscape of music

Cinema’s fascination with pop music resulted in high-profile Oscar wins for A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this year – and the fascination certainly shows no signs of slowing. More music biopics are expected – Rocketman is released later this month – and hitting screens today is another: Brady Corbet’s fascinating Vox Lux. A fictional story of popstar 'Celeste', few recent films have presented pop as much as a monster as this. Within weeks of surviving a school shooting, Celeste...

In Conversation with Clive Anderson

When Clive Anderson presented the very first episode of Whose Line is it Anyway? on Radio 4, he was working as a full-time criminal barrister. Fifteen years into his career, Anderson hung up his barrister’s wig when his television career took off – first, as the gregarious host of Whose Line (an initial six episode stint on Radio 4 turned into a ten year run on Channel 4) and next when he helmed his very own prime-time chat show. For a short time, the two very distinct professional worlds Anderson inhabited crossed paths and, much to his surprise, had more similarities than he first thought...

The Big Read – Black Honey: "Ladylike can go fuck itself"

Brighton rockers Black Honey are a band of dandy dreamers living the DIY dream on a shoestring – but the album they’re working on, with strings and horns and ‘Parisian noir’ inspiration – sees them reaching for the sky. As they play NME’s Girls To The Front, Elizabeth Aubrey meets them to hear how ADHD, Billie Eilish and a hatred of the pop world forged their sound and fuels their work. PICTURES: Chloe Hashemi Izzy Baxter-Phillips is shouting in the basement of London’s Shacklewell Arms, an hou

Albums of the week: The Chemical Brothers and Bruce Hornsby

After 27 years and six No 1 albums, you don’t necessarily expect dance duo The Chemical Brothers to shake things up. Nevertheless, their ninth record sounds like a reconnection with clubland as they dispense with the big-name vocalists and focus on momentous beats and a new-found manic energy. Pummelling tunes like Free Yourself, Got to Keep On, and MAH (Mad as Hell) were road-tested at Alexandra Palace last year and seem primed to become live fixtures. While there are fruitful collaborations w

Mahalia at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, review

Seven years after signing to Asylum Records — also home to Ed Sheeran and Charli XCX — Mahalia Burkmar earned a superstar welcome as she took to the stage at a sold-out Shepherd’s Bush Empire show. It was a poignant moment. Still only 20, Leicester-born Mahalia was 13 when she signed a record deal amid a wave of hype and early comparisons to Erykah Badu. Yet in the intervening years, mainstream success has largely eluded her. After two busy years that have seen Mahalia step up to larger venues

Albums of the week: Jenny Lewis, Lucy Rose and These New Puritans

It has has been five years since Jenny Lewis’s last album, The Voyager, earned praise for its soul-baring realism. A tumultuous time for the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman, it dealt with everything from the break-up of her band to struggles with depression; it also explored her fractured relationship with her father — and his subsequent death. Life hasn’t been much kinder to Lewis in the ensuing years; she’s lost her mother to cancer, split with her partner of 12 years and has spoken out in suppo

These New Puritans – 'Inside the Rose' review

These New Puritans have made a career out of difference, often pushing the sonic senses of listeners to extremes as they delve into the deconstructed, the abstract and the obscure. “I want music that sharpens you,” TNPs’ Jack Barnett said in a recent interview, adding that music should “amplify your nervous system.” The description couldn’t be more apt for Inside the Rose, their first LP since 2013’s Field of Reeds...

Albums of the week: Sigrid, Dido and Sarah Tandy

Sigrid Raabe, at 22, is a very millennial kind of pop star. Make-up-free, typically dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, the Norwegian singer looks like she should be breezing around the office of a hip tech start-up rather than centre stage everywhere from Glastonbury to the Nobel Peace Prize concert. There’s no diva preening in her songs, which often feature requests to be respected for who she is. “Can I be basic with you?” she requests of a lover on the airy synthpop of Basic. Her roaring breakt
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