Anwen Crawford


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



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Hole in Los Angeles, December 1994. L-R: Melissa Auf der Maur, Courtney Love, Patty Schemel, Eric Erlandson. © KROQ-FM

What the future sounded like

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1994 might be one of the best years popular music has ever had

Review: Pet Shop Boys in Concert

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Pet Shop Boys are unusual. A pokerfaced parody of a pop band who happen to write brilliant pop music, they have achieved commercial success on a level that most bands can only dream about, while sidestepping the constrictions of celebrity. You might just …

HTRK. © Robert Bellamy

Sex and sadness in HTRK’s ‘Psychic 9–5 Club’

The Melbourne band's new album owes as much to tragedy as to the clubs of London and Berlin

A poetic tribute to My Kitchen Rules

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Home cooking. It’s our dream. It’s got to be perfect. Losing is not an option. We’ve got to nail these dishes. We’ve sacrificed so much to be here. This is our last chance. Simple ingredients. Luxe ingredients. Anything could happen. …

Record store day

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When I was a teenager I’d occasionally skip school, catching the train two hours into Sydney so that I could spend the day looking around the city’s record stores. This revelation will probably alarm my mother. My personal map of the city …

Kanye West at the Grammy Awards in 2006. © Kevin Winter / Getty.

The world’s biggest rock star

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Kanye West and ‘Yeezus’

The Muppets vs Wes Anderson

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Muppets Most Wanted and The Grand Budapest Hotel both have plots that involve wrongful imprisonments. I know who I felt most sorry for, and it wasn’t Ralph Fiennes as Monsieur Gustave H., a hotel concierge turned convict in Wes …

Noah: A catastrophic spectacle

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In the dark of the movie theatre I took notes on Noah. These read, in part: DOOM STRINGS Motley leathers That’s a lot of CGI for talking rocks Slave trade? Cannibalism? WTF?? Ray Winstone! STOP THE LOUD Alas, my caps-locked pleas …

‘True Detective’

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HBO / Foxtel Showcase

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