‘She’s phat, she’s tight, she’s outta control…’ It was supposed to be a routine celebrity interview, but it ended in a jet-ski chase across the harbour and a stand-off with the local police. Tim Cooper hangs out with Macy Gray to see how life is for America’s hottest hip-hop diva.
 

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My 11,000-mile round trip to meet country-soul singer Shelby Lynne began with a disastrous motorcycle journey… and got worse after that.

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Texas troubadour Micah P. Hinson’s plaintive love song stays in your head long after its two minutes are over.

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Baxter Dury – Miami

1st June 2024 · 2010s, 2017, Music

This is skin-crawlingly sleazy – the slippery funk bassline, the euphoric sweep of the strings, the jagged disco guitar… but most of all the words. And the way they’re delivered.

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Texan troubadour Vincent Neil Emerson is one of country music’s minority of Native American performers, coming from the Choctaw-Apache tribe.

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If you’re after a killer chorus, look no further than this song – Cryin’ My Eyes Out (Lyin’ Beside You). Shannon Shaw is a soulful and swaggering garage rock diva with one foot in the ’50s and ’60s and the other in a sweaty underground bar.

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Lana Del Rey must wonder who she has to fuck to win a Grammy Award. Once again this week she walked away empty-handed.

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I loved Ultimate Painting, who lit up my musical landscape from 2014-2018, and I loved their ambition to make music unsullied by any digital processes.

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Sometimes a song seeps its way into your consciousness and just lodges there. Such was the way with this one by the Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

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Kae Tempest and Loyle Carner teamed up to make a South London double act in 2014, blending poetry and hip hop to poignant efect in Guts. 

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