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Sunday 29 September 2013
The brilliant Barn Doors and Concrete Floors told an engaging story: what happens when you concentrate a load of Neil Young and Rolling Stones influences into a large, plank-walled byre in upstate New York and then let them run and play.
Friday 27 September 2013
'Keane are one of my biggest influences so it makes sense to have Tom Chaplin as lead singer'
Thursday 26 September 2013
Less than two years ago, the Manic Street Preachers played the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena. Now, they play to a tenth of that audience size, the intimacy of this west London venue - and others on this tour - ideal for their new, 11th studio album, Rewind the Film, which revolves around gentle acoustic modes. It seems that in their middle age the Welsh band are embracing subtlety (musically, at least).
Sunday 15 September 2013
MGMT’s recent rant against the “commercial sensibility” of other bands shouldn’t be taken as an attempt to deflect charges of failing to repeat their own initial commercial flush. Arriving under a mission-statement eponym, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden’s third album stretches the slippery psychedelia of 2010’s Congratulations beyond the point of any return to 2007’s festival-sized debut; it sometimes meanders like a wasted hipster at an Animal Collective after-show.
Wednesday 11 September 2013
Nigel Wray not surprised by developments over European competition
Sunday 08 September 2013
Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory veer closer to the dreamy sensuality of Seventh Tree here than their glam electro-pop outings. Tales of Us has a stately pace and woozy beauty, with cinematic orchestration of swaying strings over acoustic guitar or mossy cello (though "Thea" has the beats and bass to give your sub-woofer a work out).
Sunday 08 September 2013
You could not have dreamed up a better PR warm-up than the one for this Last Night of the Proms, with Nigel Kennedy's multiple baiting of the PC police, and Joyce DiDonato telling all who would listen about her Vivienne Westwood frocks.
Saturday 07 September 2013
This survey of sacred a cappella music linked to the city of York furnishes some surprises, not least the revelation that the earliest surviving sacred polyphony was intended not for church service but the community-based performances associated with the York Mystery Plays.
Friday 06 September 2013
“My boots keep getting stuck on the gum on the floor,” Gabriella Cilmi observes. The dirty surface belongs to Mayfair’s version of a bohemian dive, all shadowy corners and murals of topless, brazen rock chicks. Though Cilmi had one of the hits of the summer of 2008 with “Sweet About Me”, and her naturally throaty voice drew comparisons to Amy Winehouse, success since has been patchy at best. This low-key gig in advance of her third album, The Sting, has the feeling of starting again.
Thursday 05 September 2013
Girls are learning their sexuality is something they perform for others, instead of something they own
Wednesday 28 August 2013
Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends are set to enter the record books with the oldest boyband member to perform on a top-20 album.
Tuesday 27 August 2013
Oh, that man from the TV
Friday 23 August 2013
Naughty but nice driving beats are worth checking out
Wednesday 14 August 2013
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa said she was so happy to land the role of famed opera singer Dame Nellie Melba in Downton Abbey she named her new pet dog after the hit show.
Chris Brown suffers seizure at recording studio because of 'extreme emotional stress, fatigue, legal matters and nonstop negativity'
Sunday 11 August 2013
The 'Look At Me Now' singer suffered a non-epileptic seizure at a Hollywood recording studio on Friday
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27