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Charli XCX and Lorde’s conflict resolution is the year’s most powerful pop moment | Alim Kheraj

Squabbles between pop stars have been around for decades, but this one is different – by reconciling in song, the two singers expose pressures put on women while asserting their agencyIn an era of pop full of openly hostile beefs or barely-subliminal sniping that can go on for years between warring parties, this week has brought something rare and significant:...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 23:14
Kings of Leon review – mesmeric power from masters of the restrained anthem

First Direct Arena, Leeds The newly invigorated band have a rare gift for stadium-sized rock that is refreshingly understated, delivering a 27-song set of triumphsFormed in 1999 by travelling preacher’s sons Caleb, Jared and Nathan Followill and their cousin Matthew, Kings of Leon delivered two benchmark albums of Dust Bowl garage rock Americana before...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 17:51
No perky cockneys? How Henry Moore’s sheltering souls puncture our blitz bravado

On the eve of a general election, the artist’s drawings of Londoners sheltering from Nazi bombs in the Underground come as a sobering yet welcome reminder of British decencyWhen the blitz began in September 1940, Londoners sought the safety of deep Underground stations and tunnels – and Henry Moore, the most famous British modern artist of the age,...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 17:22
Tell us: will you be drinking at music festivals this summer?

Ahead of Glastonbury next weekend, we’d like to hear your approach to alcohol this festival seasonAs festival season really gets going with Glastonbury next week, we would like to know how you’re intending to handle drinking at outdoor music events this summer.Are they a chance to let loose in the sun and have a good time? Are you reconsidering your...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 15:52
The best translated fiction – review roundup

Clean by Alia Trabucco Zerán; Comrade Papa by GauZ’; The Son of Man by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo; Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans KeilsonClean by Alia Trabucco Zerán, translated by Sophie Hughes (4th Estate, £16.99) There’s no hanging about in Chilean author Alia Trabucco Zerán’s third novel, which opens with images of rabbits being frightened to death,...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 15:52
Linda Thompson: Proxy Music review – rueful songs of love and ageing with an all-star cast

(Storysound) The extended Thompson clan, the Proclaimers and Rufus Wainwright are among those lending their voices to a moving set from a folk greatAs a singer-songwriter, what do you do when you are robbed of your voice? You call in your team, your proxies, to lend their pipes – hence the title of this first album in a decade from Linda Thompson (and...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 15:52

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