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Issue No. 2441

How Big How Blue How Beautiful. Florence and the Machine

Out now.

Indie band Florence and the Machine are making a comeback with their upcoming third studio album. 

It will be released later this year, but fans got an unexpected preview with the release of an album trailer, How Big How Blue How Beautiful. 

Its instrumentals are both powerful and minimalist, which gives it its live sound. 

See the trailer online at

Joanne Robertson Black Moon Days. 

Feeding Tube Records. Out now.

Black Moon Days is artist Joanne Robertson’s second LP. The album is a haunting mix of soft vocals and acoustic and electronic sound. 


Eventim Apollo Hammersmith London W6 9QH. 20 and 21 February. Tickets from £36.

Soul artist D’Angelo hadn’t released a record for 14 years until the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner inspired him to release Black Messiah last year.

He’s playing two dates in London as part of his European tour. 

A Northern Soul

BBC Radio 4. 2.15pm on Wednesday 18 February

Mark is a middle class teenager who’s just landed his first job in a car factory. 

After meeting car worker Jerry he gets hooked on Northern Soul music. 

But 35 years later, Mark’s a journalist and interviews Jerry about the end of the scene. 

Jerry recalls a time of union power and working class freedoms confronted by the rise of the political right. 

But old scores about class, music and identity quickly resurface. 

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Tue 17 Feb 2015, 15:56 GMT
Issue No. 2441
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