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Live: Sun Ra Arkestra

Sophie Billington is blasted into space as she reports from Sun Ra Arkestra’s tenure at Band on the Wall

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Review: The Commitments

After its record breaking two-year run in the West End, this sensational soul musical comes to the Palace Theatre with a knock-out cast and electrifying atmosphere

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Chuck Berry: Rock and Roll pioneer

In his memory, Tara Bharadia looks over the career and impact of the groundbreaking songwriter

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Live: Mario Biondi

The Italian soul singer seems awkward and lost in translation in a disappointing show, writes Hugh Morris

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Album: Sampha — Process

Process is an emotionally bare and richly compelling debut album, writes Tara Bharadia

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Tracks of the week: 16th January

Geographical metaphors abound in a strong selection of tracks released in the last week, by Joe Casson

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Album: Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love

Childish Gambino confidently trades rap for funk with his latest release, writes James Gill

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Album: The Weeknd – Starboy

Despite some indications that Abel Tesfaye can supply the poetry and melodies he offered so effortlessly in previous work, he appears to have bitten off more than he can chew this time around

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Live: Whitney

Whitney’s warm, soulful Americana is the perfect antidote to a cold, miserable election night, writes Joe Casson

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Live: HONNE

The electro-soul duo have come a long way in a short time, and it’s hard not to watch HONNE perform and not fall in love, writes Tara Bharadia

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Album: Solange – A Seat at the Table

Her sister may have beaten her to the finish line, but Solange Knowles’ effort is more cohesive and understated

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Album: James Blake – The Colour In Anything

James Blake’s 76 minute epic lives up to it’s title, channelling shades of love and loss with extraordinary clarity, through vibrant and varied instrumentals