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No experience marked the life and work of Theodor Adorno so deeply as the confrontation with National Socialism. (More…)

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It doesn’t take long to place Zenobia’s new album Halak Halakwhich translates as a slangy “Welcome, Welcome!” – in the Middle East. (More…)

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2020 will be remembered as the year race broke. Not in a popular sense, to refer to the 1991 Dave Markey documentary about American punk. Rather, as the year that diversity became a subject of crisis, again. (More…)

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The short twentieth century, running from 1914 to 1989 is generally divided into two halves. The first, ending 1945, is the era of mass slaughter. (More…)

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As I stared up at the mountains I love, glowing a beautiful and terrifying orange, trying to suppress a cough that just kept coming, listening to the new Sleaford Mods collection All That Glue was surreal. (More…)

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A whirring mechanical device that hasn’t settled into a rhythm; a keening tone that wobbles slightly over the top; a thump that falls precisely where a beat wouldn’t: Alles in Allem, the new album by Einstürzende Neubauten, opens with a reminder of their origins as musicians who call the very idea of music into question. (More…)

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Everyone loves a good villain, especially one whose presence validates overlooking our own failings. (More…)

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Scacco Matto sounds like a mosaic of Europop hits from the early 1980s. The album is made from pieces so tiny, their arrangement so abstract, that it transcends the referentiality of so much postmodern music. (More…)

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Every track on Vladislav Delay’s new album Rakka starts with the letter R. Each feels more relentless than the last, from the opening title track through “Rakkine” (“contraption”), “Rampa” (“cripple”) and “Rasite” (“burden” or “albatross”). (More…)

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