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New music round-up (for w/e 19 July 2024)

Our selection of the best new music across a range of genres from the week ending 19 July 2024. Beachwood Sparks pioneered the indie-country genre, pushing Americana into experimental territories with their fusion of twangy country vibes and psychedelic sounds. Their unique niche in the indie music landscape is marked by ethereal melodies and introspective…

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Simply The Best (Swiftumz) – music review

Christopher McVicker, under the alias Swiftumz, has been an influential figure in San Francisco’s music scene for over a decade. Simply The Best marks a significant milestone in Christopher McVicker’s musical journey with Swiftumz. The album presents a rich array of sounds, weaving together intimate, vibey bedroom ballads with sparkling, idealized pop rock. Each track…

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Her Majesty’s Theatre) – musical theatre review

Superlatives hardly do justice to the magnificent staging of one of Disney’s all-time favourites, Beauty and the Beast, which has been revised and enhanced. The striking sets and glorious costuming set the scene for a joyful celebration of song and dance … and the Hollywood ending that everyone wants to see play out. Fast-moving advances in technology…

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