It came as a shock last weekend to discover that among my fellow punters at a folk concert back in November 2012 was David Cameron. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister slyly hinted at the hipness of his musical tastes by revealing how he and Samantha snuck into a First Aid Kit gig as the Shepherd Bush Empire. Until then, I had flattered myself that I had a cool and recherché appreciation of music, and that hopefully I had avoided the pretentious music so often accompanied by the word “recherché”.
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Friday 22 February 2013
The singer's memoir is not quite as assured as her lyrics – but still fascinates
Friday 08 February 2013
Recorded at Buddy Miller's Nashville home studio with little more than his core trio, Electric finds Richard Thompson at his most stripped-down and potent, spinning cautionary tales of misplaced wanderers, foolish would-be lotharios, depressed factory workers and dangerously charismatic women with a punch and urgency belied by their often reflective manner.
Sunday 27 January 2013
LA-based five-piece (not a solo artist) Milo Greene trade solidly in American folk-pop.
Saturday 19 January 2013
1. Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Wednesday 09 January 2013
Beyonce will sing the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony.
Monday 07 January 2013
“It is pretty simple, the words are like a nursery rhyme,” the enthusiastic singer encourages us, as he persuades ardent fans to join in with the night’s closing number.
Friday 04 January 2013
From biopics of Paul Raymond and Jeff Buckley to a Nick Hornby rom-com, Imogen Poots has a busy 2013 ahead, she tells Kaleem Aftab
Tuesday 01 January 2013
Brad Pitt and Ridley Scott among big-name admirers hoping to bring singer’s life and music to wider audience
Saturday 29 December 2012
The Bee Gees managed to survive the vicissitudes of showbiz fortune by reinventing themselves according to the changing demands of the mid-1970s.
Wednesday 26 December 2012
Rescuers fight in vain to save two boys and a woman on a bleak day on Britain's roads
Sunday 16 December 2012
A four-disc retrospective (there's also a 10-disc one) of the great bluesman's epic recording career, which began in 1949 in Memphis, and snaked its way through every market variation to which the electric blues might adapt itself.
Wednesday 12 December 2012
10 people, including eight firefighters, have been treated in hospital for breathing difficulties after toxic fumes were reportedly released following a chemical tanker fire which shut parts of the M6 motorway.
Sunday 09 December 2012
Brooklyn-made art-country, long on the circuitous search for “home”, short on the sort of textural embroidery which can overwork such material.
IoS radio review: Songs of the Sacred Harp, Radio 4, Monday
Our Language in Your Hands, Radio 4, Monday
Sunday 09 December 2012
Spirit of the Deep South lives on in the heart
Saturday 08 December 2012
From art to sport, poetry to nature, travel to food, history to music: our writers select the best of the year’s books in a comprehensive guide to the highlights in every shade of the literary spectrum – except grey
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
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