Usher Hall, Edinburgh
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Friday 19 August 2011
At least three people were killed last night, and 71 injured, when a stage collapsed during stormy weather at a Belgian music festival.
Sunday 07 August 2011
Friday 17 June 2011
Arriving unheralded by even the merest hint of advance notification, Hell the Sequel represents the belated reunion of Eminem and Royce Da 5' 9", an 11-track EP that outlasts many an album.
Tuesday 03 May 2011
Chrysler, the US car maker, is in profit for the first time since emerging from bankruptcy in 2009. The company posted net income of $116m in the first three months of the year.
Friday 01 April 2011
Monday 14 February 2011
Arcade Fire were overwhelmed by their shock 'Best Album' Grammy win.
Wednesday 09 February 2011
What can a landmark rap anthology tell us about the links between the poetry of the street and the poetry of the page?
Friday 21 January 2011
The notorious reputation of American rap as synonymous with the music of crotch-grabbing, booty-shaking, gangsta-glorifying, blinged-out machismo is both endorsed and challenged by a groundbreaking anthology. Featuring over three hundred rap lyrics written between 1978 and 2010, The Anthology of Rap (edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois; Yale, £19.99, 867pp) makes the history, development and variety of the genre plain to see in vivid detail. But the editors invite us to consider their anthology as something more than a collection of lyrics, spoken word or slam poetry. They write that this is rather "a collection of rap's best poetry".
Friday 31 December 2010
It all started with Enter The Ninja, the bizarre music video that went viral and suggested that "Zef" – a new genre of rap music – had been born. In the space of a few months earlier this year, South African double act Die Antwoord were catapulted from being an act that played to a few dozen people in Cape Town bars, to a major international act, signed to Polydor and embarking on a lengthy world tour.
Friday 19 November 2010
There's nothing on Pink Friday with quite the incendiary impact of her cameo on Kanye West's "Monster", but there's enough to confirm the buzz about Nicki Minaj being the future of female hip-hop.
Friday 12 November 2010
Perhaps trying to distance it from the darker world of sexual violence that dominated Rated R, Rihanna has described Loud as "really sassy and flirty", though listening to tracks like the masochist drama "Love the Way You Lie" and the bluntly-titled "S&M", this seems somewhat disingenuous.
Thursday 29 July 2010
Sir Tom Jones is on course to become the oldest male musician to have a UK number one album, with his record Praise And Blame leading the way in midweek sales.
Sunday 18 July 2010
If you've switched on the radio this summer, you'll already have heard Professor Green's utterly functionless, and funkless, cover of SOS Band's "Just Be Good to Me" which proves that "feat Lily Allen" is a caveat on a par with "may cause nausea".
Friday 02 July 2010
Sunday 20 June 2010
What'd be nice, after the umpteenth Eminem album about Eminem, would be a record that stands on its own legs and addresses the world beyond.
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
- 1 Crystal meth addict 'gouged out his eyes and ate them' while high on drug, Australian MP claims
- 2 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 3 Group of students refused entry to Leicester nightclub 'because they are black'
- 4 Irish people are travelling home from all over the world so they can vote to legalise gay marriage
- 5 Arsenal fan asks the Queen for tickets to the FA Cup final - gets a reply from Buckingham Palace