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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...
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