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Alexis Petridis

Alexis Petridis

    Mbongwana Star: thrillingly wrong-footing Congolese music
    Mbongwana Star: thrillingly wrong-footing Congolese music
    The video for Mbongwana Star's debut single, Malukayi, was a mysterious and rather compelling thing. Figures loom out of a low-lit,...
    FKA Twigs: A mystery that's worth solving
    FKA Twigs: A mystery that's worth solving
    It increasingly feels as though trying to nurture an atmosphere of mystery in pop isn't worth the bother. For years, it was taken as read that pop...
    A career of being contrary
    A career of being contrary
    In December 1964 Lou Reed released what was effectively a solo single under the name the Primitives. Do the Ostrich wasn’t the first...
    Keeping up with Mr Jones: Where’s David Bowie Now?
    Keeping up with Mr Jones: Where’s David Bowie Now?
    When David Bowie chose to break a decade’s silence by releasing a single, Where Are We Now?, on his 66th birthday, dissenting voices...
    He predicts the end but can’t stop working
    He predicts the end but can’t stop working
    It is a Thursday morning and Nick Cave — tanned and beauti­fully suited — is receiving the press in the upstairs room of a charming...
    Bowie on top of the pops again
    Bowie on top of the pops again
    A few months ago, BBC TV repeated David Bowie’s Top of the Pops performance of Heroes from ­October 1977....
    Bobby Womack: From soul survivor to the bravest man in the universe
    Bobby Womack: From soul survivor to the bravest man in the universe
    The nurse attending to Bobby Womack wears an expression for which the phrase “long-suffering” was invented. “Can I give you your...
    Winehouse posthumously polished up for Christmas market
    Winehouse posthumously polished up for Christmas market
    Lioness: Hidden Treasures by Amy Winehouse (Island)
    You get what you need
    You get what you need
    It seems surprising that Robert Plant is never considered part of rock's sexagenarian awkward squad, that select cabal of artists who've turned...
    Ageing (dis)gracefully
    Ageing (dis)gracefully
    An unspoken etiquette exists for rock stars who re-emerge after a long period out of the limelight. Their rehabilitation is dependent on appearing...
    Flawed but not futile
    Flawed but not futile
    History tells us that life as a rock star is far from a bowl of cherries. The only rock stars who seem to survive with their minds relatively...
    Return of the death rattler
    Return of the death rattler
    With just hours to go until release, the competition to see who can slather Bob Dylan's 32nd studio album with the most deranged praise known to...