Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford
Anwen Crawford is The Monthly’s music critic.

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The heat of a moment: Ziggy Ramo’s ‘Black Thoughts’


A debut hip-hop album that calls for a reckoning with Indigenous sovereignty and invites the listener to respond

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Moral bankruptcy


Robodebt stemmed from the false ideological division between the deserving and undeserving poor, but the government still clings to moralistic language

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Snap-back: Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’


The British singer’s serendipitous album delivers shining pop with a reigning attitude of fortitude

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A bellyful: ‘The Trip to Greece’


Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon continue to charm in their final food odyssey

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Teen sensation


In the midst of a pandemic, people are reverting to the music they loved – and found solace in – as teenagers

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The ripple effect: Cable Ties’ ‘Far Enough’


A big year turned on its head for the Melbourne band

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Wage fright


COVID-19 isolation rules have seen artists’ livelihoods disappear

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Grime boss: Stormzy


The rapper and MC’s second album ‘Heavy Is the Head’ is another triumphant step bringing black British culture forward

Coronavirus: cancelling culture


How the COVID-19 crisis could be catastrophic for Australia’s already vulnerable arts sector