Anwen Crawford

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

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The Monthly music wrap: February 2019


On the precarious state of live music in NSW and the impact of proposed festival-licensing laws

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Clicks, plinks, hoots and thuds: Matmos’s ‘Plastic Anniversary’


The American experimental duo embrace the ‘sounds’ of a ubiquitous material

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Female fandom and Jessica Leski’s ‘I Used to be Normal’


They’ve been dismissed and patronised, but Beatlemaniacs, Directioners and other fangirls are very self-aware about their boy band ‘affliction’

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Twisted sisters: Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’


Sentimentality ruins the magic of this otherwise unsettling and actively cruel film

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‘McQueen’: a vivid portrayal of a galvanising personality


The first feature documentary on fashion designer Alexander McQueen is unlikely to be the last

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Low’s ‘Double Negative’: studies in slow transformation


Twelve albums in, the Minnesota three-piece can still surprise in their unique way

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Remembering Aretha Franklin


The Queen is dead; long live the Queen

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Tragedy eclipses talent in ‘Whitney’


Kevin Macdonald’s documentary inadvertently downplays Houston’s impact on pop music history

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The disappointment of The Carters’ ‘Everything Is Love’ and Kanye West’s ‘Ye’


New albums from Beyoncé and Jay-Z and Kanye West bare all yet share nothing