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HAPPY KATE BUSH WEEK, EVERYBODY
Now that the only likeable manic pixie dream girl in the history of the world is playing live for the first time in 35 years, expect a lot of our music coverage to centre around her return. Just for a couple of days, mind.
If you weren’t lucky enough to nab tickets to her series of shows, live vicariously through Alexis Petridis’ five-star review (and Harriet GIbsone’s liveblog from night one, yesterday).

guardianmusic:

HAPPY KATE BUSH WEEK, EVERYBODY

Now that the only likeable manic pixie dream girl in the history of the world is playing live for the first time in 35 years, expect a lot of our music coverage to centre around her return. Just for a couple of days, mind.

If you weren’t lucky enough to nab tickets to her series of shows, live vicariously through Alexis Petridis’ five-star review (and Harriet GIbsone’s liveblog from night one, yesterday).

Taylor Swift has gone from ringletted country artist to feminist role model and the world’s most charming pop star. As she returns with her catchiest material yet, she talks awards-ceremony etiquette, autobiographical lyrics and why she puts nice before naughty. Read the interview

Photo: Kate Head

“Squeeze me, baby, till the juice runs down my leg

The way you squeeze my lemon, I’m gonna fall right out of bed”
— We’ve rounded up the five weirdest sexual lyrics, which includes The Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin), in which frontman Robert Plant talks about his penis like some kind of seedy fruit seller. Ok

He’s sung with Disclosure and Naughty Boy, but until this year nobody knew who Sam Smith was. He talks about his rapid rise from cleaning toilets to being the ‘male Adele’, and his fear of losing it all

The anthem is “a nasty piece of work”, according to the Canadian writer Malcolm Gladwell, who picked a bizarrely sexy Marvin Gaye rendition of it for Desert Island Discs, the long-running BBC Radio 4 series in which celebrities introduce the pieces of music that mean the most to them. “They’re blowing stuff up [in it]. This is their national anthem. It’s about rockets and bombs. Do you need better insight into the heart of the American soul?” he said.

• Why The Star-Spangled Banner is the perfect insight into America’s soul

Tommy Ramone, the last original member from influential band, has died aged 62. 

The band, founded in New York in 1974, had a major influence on punk rock. Tommy Ramone was the last surviving member of its original lineup. He had reportedly been undergoing treatment for cancer. 

• RIP Tommy Ramone: your band captured the sound in my head

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Conchita Wurst: ‘Most artists are sensitive and insecure people. I am too’

In the two months since she won Eurovision, Conchita Wurst has become a global star. Here she reflects on homophobia, gay marriage, Vladimir Putin (‘a very handsome man’) – and her dreams of winning a Grammy

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Photo: Phil Fisk

Dolly Parton offers to take home dog found at Glastonbury festival

Dolly Parton has offered to adopt a dog that was left behind at Glastonbury. The American country singer said she would take the white lurcher back to the US if its owner was not found. Read more

Photo: Dolly the dog was found at Glastonbury festival. (Adam Gray/SWNS.com)

La Roux - live:

These are sullen and internally fractured sentiments, yet they’re still set within gloriously upbeat pop tunes. Read the review

Photo: Gus Stewart/Redferns