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This is a themed cryptic crossword, with five answers sticking to the theme.

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ACROSS
2/29d. Guitarist for 20-down (or Radiohead), content in retiring, achieved $1000 (4, 4)
4. Reactions of surprise following sound of explosion in ceremonies (7)
8/27d. Golf game beginning with an event of food and tea for the audience (3, 4)
11. Josh goes back to golf hole, ending with a light push (5)
12. Even before Christ shelters man (7)
13/1d. Within trip; it's to pause! (3, 4)
14. Red part appears in beryl's center facets irregularly, causes change in direction of light (8)
15. Nothing ever ends/changes, to English philosopher (4)
18. (See 17-down)
19. Entering Senegal's south initially, extremist having gun lurks (6)
21. Greatly destroy capital having no symbol (4, 2)
22. Intervene in haste, pinning prisoners (4, 2)
25. Back to award lacking width or depth? (4)
26. Poor hero's dressed, going to the sea (8)
28. Recalling episode, finally withdraw from seat (3)
30. Spanning Swedish author's exempla at first (7)
31. T-Rex mutilated a person in the background of show (5)
32. Run in Scottish parish in the middle north (3)
33. Biologist and pseudoscientist to induce dissolution with no infusion of potassium (7)
34. Iranian guy who lost fiancée visits yours truly (4)

DOWN
1. (See 13-down)
2. Curt men ordered a certain brand of multivitamins (7)
3. Refined new composition in the key of G, changing meaning (10)
5. Robot's left with unit of information within; confined in zero gravity like a satellite around Earth? (8)
6. Wizard John's defense? (4)
7. Primarily old, degrading ruins, interspersed, points to a group of historical places briefly (7)
9. Saved tattered writings (5)
10. British aircraft are unnaturally overpowered way after (9)
16. Before noon on both sides of street/road, surrounding eastern capital (9)
17/18a. Anticipate time of event, a desire about it: for them to bring back genre of music (4, 3, 3, 6)
20. Rhythm section becoming prominent from the fifth EP, "False Album": every second of it brought about constant funk, at last! (8)
21. Possessing immense power, with respect to besieging east and west of Lithuania (7)
23. Appear excited without a single note to ready up (7)
24. In Athens' west, stone bulwark ultimately turning crooked (5)
27. (See 8-across)
29. (See 2-across)


P.S. In addition, I have thought about one clue for a while, because it uses a method of cluing that many may perceive as unfair. However, I really want to preserve its surface reading. To the Ximenean adherents more devout than I am, please don't burn me alive for this :(( I promise, though, that, in the future, whenever I use this method of cluing again, I will make use of much fairer examples. (For now though, to be kinder, I will say that the clue needs two spaces for the cluing to be at its fairest, though the surface reading be ruined.)

P.P.S. I am aware of the three consecutive unchecked cells in 10-down and 16-down. I will also make sure to not repeat this next time.

P.P.P.S. The blue colors are just for aesthetics. I'm tired of seeing crosswords all black and white :P

P.P.P.P.S. Finally, this is my second try at cryptic clues, but the first at cryptic crosswords. Do provide feedback, especially if I have erred in cluing methods.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is the grid in plaintext. $\endgroup$ – oAlt Jun 15 '20 at 6:01
  • $\begingroup$ 17/18a should be (4,3,3,6), I believe? $\endgroup$ – Jafe Jun 15 '20 at 6:41
  • $\begingroup$ @jafe Yes. I cannot believe I missed that; apologies. $\endgroup$ – oAlt Jun 15 '20 at 6:44
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    $\begingroup$ I started this but I'm heading off early for the night. Here's my progress (along with a few notes on clues). $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jun 15 '20 at 6:53
  • $\begingroup$ Oh no, I discovered a slight ambiguity in one clue. Edited accordingly, and apologies again. $\endgroup$ – oAlt Jun 15 '20 at 7:39
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Finished grid

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Clue explanations

-- ACROSS --
 2/29d. CO(R)Y+WON+G             Guitarist for 20-down (or Radiohead), content in retiring, achieved $1000 (4,4)
 4. POW+WOWS                     Reactions of surprise following sound of explosion in ceremonies (7)
 8/27d. TEE TIME ~tea time       Golf game beginning with an event of food and tea for the audience (3,4)
 11. NUD<+G+_E                   Josh goes back to golf hole, ending with a light push (5)
 12. B(ALAN)CE                   Even before Christ shelters man (7)
 13/1. _P IT'S TO P_             Within trip; it's to pause! (3,4)
 14. _R_+EF(R)ACTS*              Red part appears in beryl's center facets irregularly, causes change in direction of light (8)
 15. Z(er > EN)O                 Nothing ever ends/changes, to English philosopher (4)
 19. SN(E_+AK)S                  Entering Senegal's south initially, extremist having gun lurks (6)
 21. BANGUP (bang-up minus dash) Greatly destroy capital having no symbol (4,2)
 22. _STE PIN_                   Intervene in haste, pinning prisoners (4,2)
 25. RE(-w)AR(-d)                Back to award lacking width or depth? (4)
 26. OFF+SHORE*                  Poor hero's dressed, going to the sea (8)
 28. PE<+_W                      Recalling episode, finally withdraw from seat (3)
 30. ASTRID+E_                   Spanning Swedish author's exempla at first (7)
 31. EXTR*+A                     T-Rex mutilated a person in the background of show (5)
 32. _RI_+N                      Run in Scottish parish in the middle north (3)
 33. LYSE+N(K)O                  Biologist and pseudoscientist to induce dissolution with no infusion of potassium (7)
 34. M(ED)E                      Iranian guy who lost fiancée visits yours truly (4)
 
 -- DOWN --
 2. CENTRUM*                     Curt men ordered a certain brand of multivitamins (7)
 3. REDEFIN*+IN+G                Refined new composition in the key of G, changing meaning (10)
 5. O(R_+BIT+IN)G                Robot's left with unit of information within; confined in zero gravity like a satellite around Earth? (8)
 6. WALL ddef.                   Wizard John's defense? (4)
 7. W(O_)N(D_)E(R_)S             Primarily old, degrading ruins, interspersed, points to a group of historical places briefly (7)
 9. VEDAS*                       Saved tattered writings (5)
 10. AER*+OP+LANE                British aircraft are unnaturally overpowered way after (9)
 16. AM+ST+E+RD+AM               Before noon on both sides of street/road, surrounding eastern capital (9)
 17/18a. WA(IT+FOR+THEM+OME<)NT  Anticipate time of event, a desire about it: for them to bring back genre of music (4,3,3,6)
 20. V+(_U_L_+F+PE)<+C+_K        Rhythm section becoming prominent from the fifth EP, "False Album": every second of it brought about constant funk, at last! (8)
 21. B(EAST+L_)Y                 Possessing immense power, with respect to besieging east and west of Lithuania (7)
 23. PREPA(-a)*+RE               Appear excited without a single note to ready up (7)
 24. A+S(_K+_E)<+W             In Athens' west, stone bulwark ultimately turning crooked (5)

The themed entries

"Cory Wong" (2a/29d), "Tee Time" (8a/27d), "Wait for the Moment" (17d/18a) and "Beastly" (21d) are all songs by Vulfpeck (20d).

Some clarifications

11a refers to musician Josh Dun.
In 30a, the Swedish author is Astrid Lindgren.
In 34a, "guy who lost fiancée" is Ed Brown from the reality show 90 Day Fiancé.
In 6d, "Wizard John" is John Wall of the Washington Wizards.
In 7d, the "points" are compass points (west, north, east, south)
In 24d, "Athens" needs to be read "A, then S". This is the clue mentioned in the P.S. which needs two spaces.

Credits

I looked at Deusovi's partial for 10 down. OP's comment helped with 6 down.
Fixed my explanations for 19a, 21a, 34a and 24d based on OP's comments.

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  • $\begingroup$ :) I will explain some of the clues later; I will assist you first on the missing clue. rot13(Wbua vf n onfxrgonyy cynlre.) $\endgroup$ – oAlt Jun 15 '20 at 8:58
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(19n: Frartny'f gjb-yrggre VFB pbqr vf FA. FAF pbagnvavat RNX. 21n: onat hc = onat-hc (pncvgny zrnavat "svefg-pynff"/"svir-fgne" (eryvrq ba Zreevnz Jrofgre sbe guvf)) jvgubhg qnfu flzoby. 34n: Rq Oebja sebz 90-Qnl Svnaprr (gubhtu, va ergebfcrpg, rira gubhtu gurer rkvfgf pbagebirefl ertneqvat uvz va gur cnfg srj zbaguf, V fubhyq abg unir rkcrpgrq gung znal jvyy xabj gur fubj, yrg nybar jub ur vf :(( ). RQ va ZR. 24q: NFJ pbagnvavat erirefrq RX.) $\endgroup$ – oAlt Jun 15 '20 at 9:20
  • $\begingroup$ Ahh, I now see. It's the one that needs two spaces: rot13(n gura f). $\endgroup$ – oAlt Jun 15 '20 at 9:31
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    $\begingroup$ @oAlt Ah ok, now I see it. I had read the PS's but had already forgotten about that remark. $\endgroup$ – Jafe Jun 15 '20 at 9:33
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, nice to see you identified the theme and the thematic answers as well. $\endgroup$ – oAlt Jun 15 '20 at 10:20

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