The Miles Davis standard “So What” has been a modal jazz touchstone for 55 years, providing the harmonic canvas for myriad improvisations and reinterpretations.
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Saturday 16 March 2013
For a band routinely dismissed as effete, the Smiths were always a surprisingly muscular rock'n'roll entity, whose musical heft created the liberty for the gladioli-thrashing freak at the front to carry on camping. Like the Rolling Stones with Quentin Crisp as lead singer.
Monday 11 March 2013
Were it not for the return of David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine would surely have provided the ‘serious’ music event of the year with the emergence of mbv, their 22-years in the making follow-up to the alternative classic second album Loveless.
Friday 08 March 2013
Madness singer Suggs will perform in a star-studded evening of music to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Thursday 07 March 2013
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” singer Bonnie Tyler will represent Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.
Wednesday 06 March 2013
The singer and songwriter Bobby Rogers was a founder member of The Miracles, the soul group whose formation predated the launch of Berry Gordy Jr's Motown operation in 1959 and earned them premier status on the company's roster. In 1960 the quintet scored the first million-selling Motown single with the catchy "Shop Around" – containing the peerless advice "My mama told me you better shop around" – co-written by Gordy and their primary vocalist and composer Smokey Robinson. Two years later, Rogers sang tenor lead alongside Robinson's yearning falsetto on "You've Really Got A Hold On Me", an arrangement the Fab Four emulated for the version included on their second album With The Beatles.
Tuesday 05 March 2013
Bruce Springsteen will return to London this summer as headliner of Hard Rock Calling - despite having his set at last year's festival cut short after overrunning.
People, Hell and Angels: New album of unreleased Jimi Hendrix recordings reveal the guitar god's 'artistry'
Monday 04 March 2013
If there were any doubts about the lingering force of fabled rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix more than four decades after his death, his latest release should put them to rest.
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Playful as ever, Richard Thompson has described his latest project as a “weedy power trio” that plays “folk-funk”. Fact is, tonight offers precious little folk, not much funk and his current, highly economical line-up sounds anything but puny.
David Bowie album review - track by track: The Starman pulls off the greatest comeback album in rock'n'roll history with The Next Day
Monday 25 February 2013
Andy Gill listens to Bowie’s first album in a decade – The Next Day (Iso/Columbia) – and says it’s as good as anything he’s ever made
Friday 08 February 2013
The folk songs collated in the 19th century by Sir Francis James Child are the taproot of transcontinental folk culture: a treasure-house of tales for performers from Martin Carthy to Bob Dylan, and a more recent influence on nu-folkies like The Decemberists.
Thursday 07 February 2013
It would be gratifying if the bookmakers were made to regret a rather snooty response to what looked a perfectly legitimate trial for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Huntingdon. For they would certainly have shown greater respect had any among his victims, hailing from more fashionable yards, happened to win the 32Red Chatteris Fen Hurdle in the same style as Chris Pea Green. As it was, they appear to have decided that he was merely exploiting a collective failure to run to form, and still offer 33-1 for Cheltenham next month.
Fleetwood Mac to go their own way performing new songs on tour - and fans outraged at 'tickets that cost more than my rent'
Tuesday 05 February 2013
Fans might clamour for the hits from Rumours but Fleetwood Mac will perform new material on their forthcoming tour.
Tuesday 05 February 2013
Even more than fellow travellers Traffic, Family were in danger of being written out of the annals of British rock history or just remembered for the handful of off-kilter, intriguing hits they scored in the early seventies.
Saturday 12 January 2013
‘There’s a fair chance that this line-up would be a train wreck’
Saturday 05 January 2013
'Being a Muppet shouldn’t exclude him from the band...'
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
- 1 Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed
- 2 James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
- 3 Reading Festival 2014: Tesco branch replaces salad and potatoes for Jagermesiter and vodka
- 4 Here’s the damning letter Robin Williams wrote to his Mrs Doubtfire co-star's principal after they expelled her
- 5 Ferguson protests: 90-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein ‘arrested’ by police during St Louis demonstrations