Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford
Anwen Crawford was The Monthly’s music critic from 2013–21.

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Image of Black Country, New Road’s ‘For the first time’

‘For the first time’ by Black Country, New Road


The debut from the latest British Art School Band delivers perfect pop with arch lyrics that owe a debt to Jarvis Cocker

Image of ‘Untitled (Death Song)’, 2020. Artwork by Megan Cope.

Listening to country: ‘Fractures & Frequencies’ and ‘Infractions’


Elegiac installations from Megan Cope and Rachel O’Reilly at UNSW Galleries call for an understanding of the land as a living entity under threat

Image of Mackenzie Davis and Kristen Stewart in Happiest Season

Trite Christmas: ‘Happiest Season’


Despite appearances, this queer romcom is straighter than it seems

Image of album artwork for Brazen Hussies soundtrack

Song sisters


The soundtrack to documentary ‘Brazen Hussies’ shows a breadth of feeling about women’s liberation in Australia

Image of Toots Hibbert, 1976

Ready steady gone


The passing of its figureheads underscores pop music’s waning influence on personal identity

Image showing Sidney Flanigan as Autumn and Talia Ryder as Skylar

Quiet desperation: ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’


Eliza Hittman’s abortion drama is marked by the emotional solidarity of its teen protagonists

Still from The Translators

Bunkered down: ‘The Translators’


With a confusing plot and a reliance on clichés, the French thriller fails to excite

Listening to Roberta Flack


‘First Take’, released 50 years ago, still echoes through the present

Image of Dolly Parton

Audio tapestry


A tangle of red tape is robbing us of music podcasts in Australia