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Clockenflap: our pick of the first day of this year’s festival
Music reviews: Hudson Mohawke, Everything Everything, The Orb
CD reviews: Charli XCX; Nicki Minaj; D’Angelo and The Vanguard

Charli XCX has become a ubiquitous presence on other people’s hit songs – from Icona Pop’s I Love It (which she co-wrote) to Iggy Azalea’s ubiquitous Fancy.

21 Dec 2014 - 12:10AM
CD reviews: Charli XCX; Nicki Minaj; D’Angelo and The Vanguard

Charli XCX has become a ubiquitous presence on other people’s hit songs – from Icona Pop’s I Love It (which she co-wrote) to Iggy Azalea’s ubiquitous Fancy.

Album of the Week: Confidence, by Trash Kit

What makes a band authentic? In the age of the crafted image, we've become professional ironists, practised at recognising artifice and ridiculing sentiment. Perhaps authenticity, then, lies in the ability to befuddle this urge - in short, to make us feel something.

13 Dec 2014 - 10:37PM
Album of the Week: Confidence, by Trash Kit

What makes a band authentic? In the age of the crafted image, we've become professional ironists, practised at recognising artifice and ridiculing sentiment. Perhaps authenticity, then, lies in the ability to befuddle this urge - in short, to make us feel something.

CD reviews

In lieu of a Christmas album, M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, in their bonny collaboration as She & Him, have released a collection of old standards titled Classics. Some songs, such as Stars Fell on Alabama and Time After Time, will be familiar to most listeners, and others, including Maxine Brown’s fantastic Oh No, Not My Baby and This Girl’s in Love With You, may be new.

13 Dec 2014 - 10:37PM
CD reviews

In lieu of a Christmas album, M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, in their bonny collaboration as She & Him, have released a collection of old standards titled Classics. Some songs, such as Stars Fell on Alabama and Time After Time, will be familiar to most listeners, and others, including Maxine Brown’s fantastic Oh No, Not My Baby and This Girl’s in Love With You, may be new.

Music: Iggy Azalea; Pitbull; Tony Allen

It’s unorthodox to release another album a mere six months after your major-label debut, but that’s what Iggy Azalea has done.

6 Dec 2014 - 11:28PM
Music: Iggy Azalea; Pitbull; Tony Allen

It’s unorthodox to release another album a mere six months after your major-label debut, but that’s what Iggy Azalea has done.

Album of the Week: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, various artists

Another year, another Hunger Games. But the real winner of this year's games is Lorde, who blows her competition out of the water with this expertly assembled soundtrack, featuring a diverse group of young musicians who represent the cutting edge of pop.

 

17 Apr 2015 - 4:53PM
Album of the Week: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, various artists

Another year, another Hunger Games. But the real winner of this year's games is Lorde, who blows her competition out of the water with this expertly assembled soundtrack, featuring a diverse group of young musicians who represent the cutting edge of pop.

 

Album of the week: Seeds, by TV On The Radio

TV on the Radio's fifth studio album has only a trickle of the haunting, stunning beauty that made their third work, Dear Science, among the best of the decade.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27PM
Album of the week: Seeds, by TV On The Radio

TV on the Radio's fifth studio album has only a trickle of the haunting, stunning beauty that made their third work, Dear Science, among the best of the decade.

CD reviews: One Direction; Andy Stott; Various Artists

A confession: before the release of Four, I could not have named a single One Direction song. It’s one cultural phenomenon that simply passed me by (Simon Cowell created them? Harry Styles is one?). So I’m not in a great position to comment on One Direction’s emotional and musical maturation over the course of their career.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27PM
CD reviews: One Direction; Andy Stott; Various Artists

A confession: before the release of Four, I could not have named a single One Direction song. It’s one cultural phenomenon that simply passed me by (Simon Cowell created them? Harry Styles is one?). So I’m not in a great position to comment on One Direction’s emotional and musical maturation over the course of their career.

CD reviews: Pink Floyd; Foo Fighters; Damien Rice

Half a century into their career, Pink Floyd are more interested in mythmaking than music-making. Their 15th and (self-professed) “final album”, The Endless River shot to No1on the UK charts, beating out the Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift.

22 Nov 2014 - 11:15PM
CD reviews: Pink Floyd; Foo Fighters; Damien Rice

Half a century into their career, Pink Floyd are more interested in mythmaking than music-making. Their 15th and (self-professed) “final album”, The Endless River shot to No1on the UK charts, beating out the Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift.

Album of the Week: Gay Dog Food by Mykki Blanco

Is Mykki Blanco the future? Like his Brooklyn counterpart Shamir, Blanco heralds a new era of gender play, along with a new generation of audiences comfortable with queer identity. The Village Voice just put him on its cover, above the caption "Gender Ninja".

 

22 Nov 2014 - 11:15PM
Album of the Week: Gay Dog Food by Mykki Blanco

Is Mykki Blanco the future? Like his Brooklyn counterpart Shamir, Blanco heralds a new era of gender play, along with a new generation of audiences comfortable with queer identity. The Village Voice just put him on its cover, above the caption "Gender Ninja".

 

CD reviews: Azealia Banks; Deerhoof; Arca

Deerhoof don't care what you think. The opening song ( Paradise Girls) of their wonky new album, La Isla Bonita, is a jangle of squiggly noises and melodies. "Girls!/Who play the bass guitar/Girls!/Who are smart," sings a cute little nonsensical voice (Satomi Matsuzaki, sounding ridiculously like BMO from the meta-cartoon Adventuretime).

15 Nov 2014 - 8:16PM
CD reviews: Azealia Banks; Deerhoof; Arca

Deerhoof don't care what you think. The opening song ( Paradise Girls) of their wonky new album, La Isla Bonita, is a jangle of squiggly noises and melodies. "Girls!/Who play the bass guitar/Girls!/Who are smart," sings a cute little nonsensical voice (Satomi Matsuzaki, sounding ridiculously like BMO from the meta-cartoon Adventuretime).

Album of the week: Sings Christmas Carols, by MarkKozelek

Mark Kozelek's album Benji (in his guise as Sun Kil Moon) is one of the best of this year, if not the best. Benji combined gently original melodies with an astonishing ability to tell stories that felt both specific and socially pressing. Riding the wave of that big success, Kozelek has released an album of Christmas songs for the season.

15 Nov 2014 - 8:16PM
Album of the week: Sings Christmas Carols, by MarkKozelek

Mark Kozelek's album Benji (in his guise as Sun Kil Moon) is one of the best of this year, if not the best. Benji combined gently original melodies with an astonishing ability to tell stories that felt both specific and socially pressing. Riding the wave of that big success, Kozelek has released an album of Christmas songs for the season.

The Flaming Lips have an unlikely new collaborator in the form of Miley Cyrus
Sounds and fury: guide to Clockenflap 2014

Clockenflap gets bigger and better every year. Here’s our choice of the must-sees acts of the harbourfront festival.

15 Sep 2016 - 2:51PM
Sounds and fury: guide to Clockenflap 2014

Clockenflap gets bigger and better every year. Here’s our choice of the must-sees acts of the harbourfront festival.

Album of the week: 1989, by Taylor Swift

Much has been made of Taylor Swift's decision to move from country music to pure pop. The transition may seem natural but she is divesting herself of a security blanket: in country, she's one of a kind; in pop she's one among many. Now she stands unshrouded and surrounded by potential rivals.

16 Apr 2016 - 12:57PM
Album of the week: 1989, by Taylor Swift

Much has been made of Taylor Swift's decision to move from country music to pure pop. The transition may seem natural but she is divesting herself of a security blanket: in country, she's one of a kind; in pop she's one among many. Now she stands unshrouded and surrounded by potential rivals.

CDs: Flaming Lips; Various Artists; Leighton Meester

It’s not surprising the Flaming Lips would choose to tackle Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, given their own psychedelic aural history. This isn’t the first time they’ve covered albums in their entirety either: first Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, then King Crimson, then the Stone Roses. But Sgt Pepper’s is the most inventive of the bunch, and the most collaborative.

8 Nov 2014 - 11:11PM
CDs: Flaming Lips; Various Artists; Leighton Meester

It’s not surprising the Flaming Lips would choose to tackle Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, given their own psychedelic aural history. This isn’t the first time they’ve covered albums in their entirety either: first Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, then King Crimson, then the Stone Roses. But Sgt Pepper’s is the most inventive of the bunch, and the most collaborative.

Album of the week: Tough Love by Jessie Ware

It's been a knockout year for women in pop music. What men are writing and singing with this kind of emotion, panache and sexiness? The James Blakes and Abel Tesfayes and Frank Oceans of yesteryear have been eclipsed. Now comes Jessie Ware, who kicks up the sound another notch with her gorgeous sophomore album, Tough Love.

 

17 Apr 2015 - 4:53PM
Album of the week: Tough Love by Jessie Ware

It's been a knockout year for women in pop music. What men are writing and singing with this kind of emotion, panache and sexiness? The James Blakes and Abel Tesfayes and Frank Oceans of yesteryear have been eclipsed. Now comes Jessie Ware, who kicks up the sound another notch with her gorgeous sophomore album, Tough Love.

 

Music: Scott Walker & Sunn O))); T.I.; Panda Bear

Scott Walker has journeyed to strange places. In the 1960s, he was a pop icon (albeit an unconventional one) noted for his deliciously baritone balladeering. In the 1980s, he successfully transitioned to an avant-garde noisemaker.

1 Nov 2014 - 11:11PM
Music: Scott Walker & Sunn O))); T.I.; Panda Bear

Scott Walker has journeyed to strange places. In the 1960s, he was a pop icon (albeit an unconventional one) noted for his deliciously baritone balladeering. In the 1980s, he successfully transitioned to an avant-garde noisemaker.

Music: Ex Hex; Vince Staples; Indina Menzel

Ex Hex’s first full album, Rips, has the qualities we associate with a “summer album”: it’s full of fun and life. But don’t we also need those things as the weather turns, too?

25 Oct 2014 - 11:32PM
Music: Ex Hex; Vince Staples; Indina Menzel

Ex Hex’s first full album, Rips, has the qualities we associate with a “summer album”: it’s full of fun and life. But don’t we also need those things as the weather turns, too?

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