Arts and Entertainment

Blog faves, BBC Sound of 2013 poll, world tour…and the trio hadn't even released an album. Can it live up to the hype?

Album: Jimmy Screech, The Remedy (MAP Music)

The self-styled "veteran soldier from the south-east with a swagger and a bop from mi heel to mi top", Jimmy Screech may be the man to push the capital's bashment scene firmly into the mainstream.

Austra: Lead vocalist Katie Stelmanis talks performing live, electronic and classical music

Katie Stelmanis, the lead vocalist of Toronto's electronica-meets-goth-baroque trio Austra, speaks exclusively to The Independent Online.

Lady Gaga makes threesome confession

Lady Gaga once had a threesome.

Lady Gaga wants older lover

Lady Gaga likes older men.

A Slow Air, Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Atholl is a man who keeps his feelings tightly zipped inside a sturdy fleece.

Heads Up: Biophilia

Apps, crackles and pop – Björk presents the science of sound

Being Modern: Advertising music

In advertising as in film, music is a tool to manipulate our emotions. Unlike in film, though, the music tinkling away in the background of ads is a subtle device to make us empty our wallets. Devious.

Album: Jeremy Polmear, Stephen Stirling, Richard Saxel, Music for Oboe, Horn and Piano (Oboe Classics)

Oboe, horn and piano is a rare but oddly beguiling blend of timbres, albeit a combination mostly avoided by composers, perhaps due to the difficulty resolving the contrasts of instrumental colour and character.

Album: Lady Gaga, Born This Way (Polydor)

First things first: that cover is simply awful, its adolescent heavy-metal imagery – "ride me, wild one!" – effectively destroying in a single stroke Lady Gaga's methodically built reputation as a serious style icon with an intelligent grasp on her own visual presentation.

Lady Gaga never enjoyed sex

Lady Gaga only recently "actually enjoyed sex".

Album: Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi, Rome (Parlophone)

Rome is a labour of love for Gnarls Barkley's Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi.

Album: Moby, Destroyed (Little Idiot)

A supposed "soundtrack for empty cities at 2am", Destroyed was recorded by Moby while touring, and has an appropriately unrooted feel, full of spooked solitude.

Science of Speech, Hammersmith Apollo, London

When this show was announced in February, it looked like New York hip-hop was making a stand against today's questionable customisation of the genre or someone had worked out a way to neatly cash in on the legendary reputations of two groups and an MC who've each carved a credible niche in music history. Rakim, for instance, has been every rapper's favourite rapper for the last 25 years, responsible for inspiring lyricists to move beyond pre-school wordplay in favour of more complex rhyme schemes and metaphors. Tonight, he's a respectful warm-up performer, cooly reeling off classics like "Paid in Full" and "Don't Sweat the Technique" with just the help of a DJ. It feels a little rushed and if he'd had 20 more minutes, he might have converted some of the youngsters in the crowd who couldn't help but look on at the 43-year-old obliviously.

Nitin Sawhney, Royal Albert Hall, London

Nitin Sawhney is not one for the spotlight. Sitting stage right at the Royal Albert Hall, playing wondrous melody lines on his acoustic guitar as a series of singers belt out lead vocals next to him, he looks like just another member of the band; in reality, he is so much more.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Vietnam & Cambodia
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Bruges
India & Nepal
Japan
Berlin, Dresden, Meissen & Colditz
Prices correct as of 17 October 2014
Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker