Without him... folk music would not have flourished as it did
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Tuesday 28 January 2014
Duw Duw, Just Peachy Records
Thursday 19 December 2013
Hammersmith Apollo, London
Monday 09 December 2013
A music documentary that oozes irritating smugness
Monday 23 September 2013
Have they got a new album out?
Thursday 19 September 2013
English musicians have long lagged behind their neighbours to the north
Saturday 07 September 2013
Ry Cooder once told me he’d stopped touring with a band because he just couldn’t make any money from it – which makes these isolated 2011 San Francisco shows all the more precious.
Monday 19 August 2013
The Green Man festival’s Brecon Beacons setting regularly startles with its beauty. The Black Mountains – more like lush green hills – and open sky which tower over its stages don’t dwarf the performers, instead making them feel part of something bigger. A diverse bill leaning towards folk and Americana often rises to the landscape’s challenge.
Saturday 17 August 2013
This Sardinian trio's third album illustrates the fact that in the 21st century there's nothing less progressive than progressive rock.
Friday 09 August 2013
Daft Punk may be the most successful act since Kiss to make an impact while disguising their identities, but they are not alone. A psychedelic outfit claiming to hail from the backwoods of Sweden have been causing a stir while hiding behind ritualistic masks, and telling an unlikely backstory.
Saturday 03 August 2013
The first thing to note in Shemer's beautifully measured Goldberg Variations is the pitch of his Franco-Flemish harpsichord, a whole tone lower than modern concert pitch.
Friday 26 July 2013
While acknowledging that there must be omissions when the two sets of the Stones' Hyde Park shows are condensed down into one manageable download album package, I'm frustrated that so many of my favourites have been cut in favour of a more populist sequence. But there's no denying the power of a set stuffed with riffs like “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin' Jack Flash”, played with that inimitable loose/tight dialectic that characterises the Stones at their best. And it's worth it for “Paint It Black” alone.
Friday 12 July 2013
The Killers, The Script and David Guetta also among headliners
Saturday 06 July 2013
The Mallorcan singer goes a bit more uptempo on this, her sixth album, and it’s a welcome move.
Friday 21 June 2013
See the videos below for tracks from some of country music's biggest, and some of the newest, stars.
Friday 14 June 2013
Best known for his Schubert lieder, tenor Mark Padmore here performs Alec Roth's arrangements of songs and poems for voice and guitar, ranging from a sequence of Thomas Wyatt poems of love lost, to the more reflective, crepuscular tone of modern verses on nocturnal themes by Vikram Seth.
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