Now this is a place with real pedigree. I don't mean it used to be owned by Pierre Koffmann or helmed by Marco Pierre White or picked up a Michelin star under Raymond Blanc. Oh no. In Edwardian times it was a theatre-cum-dancehall-cum-bioscope (an early form of cinema, where punters could watch footage of King Edward VIII's funeral).
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Saturday 08 June 2013
Like track one of Black Sabbath's debut, this starts with big, sludgy Tony Iommi doom-chords and Ozzy Osbourne mournfully wailing a rhetorical question ("Is this the end of the beginning?").
Friday 24 May 2013
The family of murdered Drummer Lee Rigby fought back tears as they paid tribute to him today.
Thursday 23 May 2013
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that the soldier killed in yesterday's incident in Woolwich, South East London, is believed to be Drummer Lee Rigby, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (attached to the Regimental Recruiting Team in London).
Friday 17 May 2013
Since the 1980s, John Zorn has composed 500 songs inspired by traditional Jewish music, a series known as the Masada Book, variously recorded by adventurous musicians such as Marc Ribot and now Pat Metheny.
Saturday 04 May 2013
This double CD plus DVD and book combo offers a fascinating glimpse into pan-Caribbean music and culture from the 1920s to the 1970s, with the archive collection of original Pathé newsreels on the DVD particularly resonant, but there’s a seeming randomness to the project that irks.
Friday 03 May 2013
Widely tipped for success, Anglo-American duo MS MR deal in a similar kind of blandly alienated, metrosexual pop to Hurts, with Lizzy Plapinger's sultry-soulful vocals allied to Max Hershenow's electronic pop arrangements.
Tuesday 30 April 2013
James McNair talks to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's latest inductees
Friday 26 April 2013
Hubcap Music – so titled because one of the guitars he uses was made from “two hubcaps and a garden hoe” – finds Seasick Steve back on form, with an album steeped in gritty boogie and even grittier attitude.
Wednesday 24 April 2013
It may have the presidential seal of approval but football fans in Brazil are reserving judgment on their answer to the vuvuzela.
Saturday 20 April 2013
Junip's second album, although less cloying than singer Jose Gonzalez's solo stuff, still resides in the folktronica zone.
Saturday 13 April 2013
Hardy, the 69-year-old Parisienne pop icon, returns with, this time, no generation-hopping collaborations with Anglo-American indie stars.
Saturday 06 April 2013
At first it seems like the more stripped-down sound, utilising additional electronic percussion, has taken the wind out of the sails of this experimental band from London and Kenya.
Friday 22 February 2013
Thom Yorke: Samey sounds spoil Radiohead frontman’s debut album with supergroup
Friday 15 February 2013
'Nick Cave is the quintessential frontman'
Sunday 03 February 2013
As a teenage Rio surfer, Valle wrote "Summer Samba (So Nice)", a huge bossa hit. Now, retro-specialist label Light in the Attic has pointed its torch at his neglected early 1970s LPs, when coded lyrics protesting the military dictatorship were partnered by musical excursions into funk, psychedelia and prog.
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