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Fred Waine

Album Review: Black Country, New Road: For the first time

"The songs that have now been crystallised on 'For the first time' have always existed, and will always exist, in a state of perpetual evolution – they talk to each other, to their own predecessors, and to the rest of the cultural sphere in which they exist."

High hopes, near misses, and hidden gems: the mystery of Expected Goals in the Premier League

"Interpreting Expected Goals is a tricky business: does Brighton’s huge xG underperformance mean that we’re much better than we think, absolutely crap, or just really unlucky?"

‘Change Is Your Responsibility’ – more than just a song

"When Paddy hit me up, I was like: this is 100% something I want to be the voice on."

Six of the best: live albums

With the absence of ordinary gigs from our venues seeming certain to continue, our focus this week is on finding other ways to get...

Hooks and Hardbacks: a summer music reading list

For the music obsessives among us, the pieces of literature that stick longest in our minds are overwhelming those which take music itself as a subject....

Review: Jerskin Fendrix’s ‘Winterreise’

Weird things are happening in the world of pop music. Charli XCX and Carly Rae Jepsen have bounced back from ‘Boom Clap’ and ‘Call Me Maybe’...

Review: Four Tet’s ‘Sixteen Oceans’

Fred Waine praises Kieran Hebden's latest offering for its evocation of natural themes

Review: ‘Sorry’ at the Jericho Tavern

Asha Lorenz’s eyeballs roll back into her skull. One half of the songwriting duo behind the band Sorry, she scowls the chorus of ‘Right...