A deliberately frothy take on an under-documented moment in US politics
Richard Hawley and Maps
A retro sandwich with a shoegaze filling: Richard Hawley plus Maps, Vincent Vincent And The Villains at Astoria, London (February 12)
When Hawley runs through jaw-dropping covers of Ricky Nelson’s ‘Lonesome Town’ and Hank Williams’ ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ in the encore, it’s clear this is a man utterly in love with what he does and with the talent – and quiff – to pull it off. No wonder Arctic Monkeys love him so much: thanks to his referencing the past, he’s making the future look a lot brighter.
The second album from Piper and Skylar Kaplan is danceable, euphoric and pleasingly trippy
Mumford & Sons’ collaborative steps into world music aren’t embarrassing – but they’re not essential either
The iconic DJ Shadow returns with a mixtape-like album that frustrates as much as it fascinates
A Western that revolves around a trio of gun-wielding female leads, and has a clear and consistent feminist message