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The Big Listen: Mogwai – As The Love Continues

Stuart Braithwaite finds his voice on the cinematic post-rockers’ 10th album, with the Glaswegians still sounding fresh 25 years on from their first release.

The Genius Of… Murder Ballads by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

With its terrifying stories of murder, vengeance and grotesque brutality, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ ninth album is tough going. Yet, 25 years ago, it became a million-selling commercial success thanks in part to an appearance from the princess of pop. 

The Big Listen: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – New Fragility

After coming through a challenging time in his personal life, album six finds the Brooklyn band’s founder and sole remaining member asking the big questions.

The Big Listen: Foo Fighters – Medicine At Midnight

Three years since their last album, Dave Grohl and the gang return with what the world needs right now: a succinct Saturday night record packed with riffs, hooks and several metric tonnes of pop-friendly bombast.

The Big Listen: Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams

The unflinchingly honest 20-year-old Londoner has been riding a wave of hype for nearly a year now, but her debut album confirms she’s a rare talent who smashes even these lofty expectations.

The Big Listen: Steven Wilson – The Future Bites

The prog magician’s sixth solo album finds him delving deeper into his pop side while critiquing rampant consumerism and delivering his renowned fretboard virtuosity.

“I wanted to create an amp where if I was going to a blues gig, all I’d need is the amp”: Carmen Vandenberg

The Bones UK guitarist and one-time Jeff Beck collaborator tells us why the new limited-edition signature Blackstar CV30 is her perfect amp.

The Genius Of… Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue by Martin Scorsese

Finally set for release on DVD and Blu-ray, Martin Scorsese’s account of one of the greatest tours in the history of live music is “an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy”. Capturing carnival leader Bob Dylan at the peak of his powers, it’s worth watching for the all-star guitar playing alone.

The Big Listen: Buck Meek – Two Saviors

With Big Thief back in the studio working on a new album, their Texan guitarist Buck Meek treats us to a second solo record in three years.

“This is folk music”: Bonny Light Horseman on celebrating the classics

A year on from the release of Bonny Light Horseman’s stunning debut album, Josh Kaufman reflects on breathing new life into centuries-old folk songs, reducing Justin Vernon to tears and lending The National his guitars.
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