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Arts Writer — Guardian
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Gin and The Bee Gees, that's about the size of it

The Special Aka: In the Studio review - weird, vivid nightmares on Jerry Dammers’ utterly compelling final album — No artist has ever announced their arrival quite like the second incarnation of the Specials, in early 1982. The Special AKA, as they were now known, were in an invidious position.

Why Marina and the Diamonds' Froot is the one album you should hear this week - video — Froot, the follow-up to Marina Diamandis's chart-topping 2011 album Electra Heart sees the Welsh singer-songwriter - aka Marina and the Diamonds - abandoning the self-conscious kookiness, ridding herself of her onstage persona and ditching the help of blue-chip pop songwriters for hire. Her new look suits her, says Alexis Petridis

Jam City: Dream a Garden review - modern psychedelia with a dark edge — Announced via last year's single Unhappy, producer Jack Latham's radical new direction did not meet with untrammelled delight from fans of his previous work. It's obvious why. His acclaimed debut Classical Curves offered post-dubstep club music, but if you had to characterise its successor, you'd be more likely to describe it as shoegazing: it features Latham's wispy vocals buried beneath woozy electronics.

Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly review - challenging but gripping — In the days since Kendrick Lamar's third album was released online - so unexpectedly that it appeared to take even his record label by surprise - its creator has been mentioned in the same breath as some very lofty names indeed. Reviewers have invoked Parliament-Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone.

Paloma Faith: ‘The music industry is scared of politics’ — Backstage at the Brighton Centre, seated alongside Paloma Faith in her dressing room, Owen Jones wants to know what I think about him delivering a speech on stage in a couple of hours. He's going on in between Faith's headlining set and the support band, US blues rockers Vintage Trouble.

George Clinton: funk legend talks to Alexis Petridis — The music George Clinton made between the late 60s and the early 80s is such an essential part of the fabric of pop, so familiar from the umpteen times it's been sampled, that it's easy to forget what a bizarre and unique phenomenon Parliament/Funkadelic was: two bands and a multitude of offshoot projects all running concurrently, with an ever-shifting cast of musicians, who sold millions of albums of raw, uncut, experimental funk.

Rocking the casbah: the gig of a lifetime that put Iranian women back on stage — Three years ago, the Iranian singer and composer Sara Najafi came up with the idea of hosting a concert in Tehran, her hometown. It was a plan so audacious, it seemed slightly nuts. The concert would be "a festival of the female voice" featuring solo singers - not just Iranians, but artists from France and Tunisia, too.

Why Broadcast's reissued back catalogue are the albums you should hear this week - video — Under-appreciated but hugely influential, Broadcast were one of the most intriguing, creative and mysterious bands of the 90s and 00s. Four years after singer Trish Keenan's death, a set of reissues of their albums demonstrates just how remarkable their 'Alice through the testcard' sound was, says Alexis Petridis

SXSW 2015: the up-and-coming bands you need to see — PC Music's adventures in good taste have been some of the most divisive over the past 12 months. Are they just a bunch of posh art-school kids taking the piss, or is there something more intriguing to their saccharine happy hardcore-meets-pop creations?

Tobias Jesso Jr: Goon review - wilfully retro songs in the prevailing 70s style — As a musical example of how first impressions can be misleading, Tobias Jesso Jr takes some beating. When he first came to notice, after posting a song called Just a Dream on YouTube, accompanied by a photo of its composer seated at a piano as a child, the most immediately appropriate comparison seemed to be with Daniel Johnston, the mentally ill singer-songwriter famously beloved of Kurt Cobain.
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Mar 20, 2015

Hats off to whoever in Brighton is defacing the posters for the movie It Follows in some style

Mar 20, 2015

RT @salihughes: I don't know anyone in this industry who isn't really chuffed about this.…

Mar 20, 2015

@LoveCulture Different opinions, horses for courses etc. etc.

Mar 20, 2015

@Greg_Defected Ooh, that sounds great. Will email you my address.

Mar 20, 2015

@robboffard I hate doing stuff like that - I'd rather spend time with an album. Hence the first listen review, then another later, by me

Mar 20, 2015

@robboffard Yeah when an album drops unexpectedly like that, the laws of the internet dictate you have to get a review up as quick as poss

Mar 17, 2015

RT @Dorianlynskey: But he's not racist of course. He just finds a lot of black men on a stage "threatening" for non-racist reasons.

Mar 17, 2015

RT @Dorianlynskey: Surprise surprise, anti-Kanye petition fool says it's just "banter" and calls Kanye's Brits performance "threatening"…

Mar 17, 2015

You can, if you're so inclined, hear my interview with the great @george_clinton from yesterday's Guardian Event here…

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