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Madonna - Madame X

Madonna – Madame X

by Nick Smith

Madonna is back with her first new music in four years, the product of her lived experiences in her new home city, Lisbon, which she…



Calexico & Iron And Wine – Years To Burn


Fourteen years since their last collaboration, the In The Reins EP, Tucson’s favourite sons Calexico and Virginia’s Iron And Wine have once again come together...

PicaPica – Together And Apart


“From a distance,” according to no less an authority than the RSPB, “the noisy chattering magpie appears black and white. However, take a closer look...

Tame Impala @ O2 Arena, London


Tame Impala’s journey from a band in thrall to mid-period Beatlesy guitar psychedelia to one playing emotion-baring, electronically bolstered stadium rock has been striking. While...

Aurora – A Different Kind Of Human


For her second album proper, Aurora goes big. If visual proof were needed for this, compare the cover of last year’s extended EP Infections Of...

Pixx – Strange Mercies


It’s been two years since Pixx, aka Hannah Rodgers, introduced herself to the world with her debut album The Age Of Anxiety. Although Rodgers had...

The Divine Comedy – Office Politics


The future, increasingly, is electronic. If you were born before laptops were really a thing, you might have an eternal faith in our digital landscape....

Dylan LeBlanc – Renegade


Dylan LeBlanc’s last album, Cautionary Tale, presented the Muscle Shoals singer-songwriter in fine form – his voice soft and supple, the arrangements elegant and bright. Renegade...

Festival Review: Best Kept Secret 2019


It really is a well-kept secret. A short drive from the North Brabant city of Tilburg in the southern Netherlands, a three day festival has...

Froth – Duress


It’s a case of less reverb coated shoegaze, more stripped-back lo-fi containment for Froth’s fourth album, the band now down to a trio of frontman...

Plaid – Polymer


From the pioneering techno-adjacent sounds of the Artifical Intelligence scene to IDM’s skittering rhythms and offbeat melodies, Plaid have spent a sizeable amount of time...

Death & Vanilla @ Shacklewell Arms, London


Appropriation and deviation are the cornerstone of any great work of Art. First you appropriate a chosen style, by researching, doing cover versions – or...

Filthy Friends @ Garage, London


Musical terminology can be a troublesome thing at times. ‘Collaboration’ is seen as a positive force to be applauded yet there’s something about the term...

Finn Andrews @ St Pancras Old Church, London


In a recent interview Finn Andrews confessed to “fully embracing being miserable”, yet his music on this solo tour is making fans anything but. While...

Ex Hex @ Hare & Hounds, Birmingham


Ex Hex walked through the crowd at the Hare & Hounds, making their way to the stage, in what seemed like a perversion of natural law....

Lust For Youth – Lust For Youth


Lust For Youth is a project that draws on a deceptively complex network of influences. Their dreamy synth textures are reminiscent of Depeche Mode, but...

Richard Hawley – Further


As Richard Hawley steps back into the ring, his first punch is the hardest. Eighth solo album Further blasts out of the corner with the...

Skepta – Ignorance Is Bliss


While Skepta‘s last album Konnichiwa was showered with acclaim from critics trying to catch the grime bandwagon, three years later it sounds more like a...

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – And Now For The Watchamacallit


Perth, Australia has become synonymous with psychedelic rock since Tame Impala and then POND took off over a decade ago. Whatever they’re putting in the...

Dido @ Roundhouse, London


After 15 years away from life on the road, Dido announces “It feels surreal!” as she greets the warm and excited crowd at Camden’s Roundhouse....

Melanie De Biasio @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


Since she released her debut album back in 2007 Belgian singer and flautist Melanie De Biasio has been spoken of predominantly in a jazz music...