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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Wednesday 15 February 2012
Every now and then, if you’re very lucky, you get to witness a live performance that blows everything else away. A gig that’s so inspiring it leaves you with a lasting smile etched on your face and a burning desire to download every track the artist has ever recorded. Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce Vieux Farka Touré.
Friday 27 January 2012
During musical predictions season there is little time to consider the fates of those acts tipped for greatness in previous years. Take indie duo The Big Pink. Three years ago, on the back of one well-received single, they were shortlisted for the BBC's Sound of 2009, then given the NME award for best new act.
Friday 27 January 2012
Vocals - Lux Interior
He was The Cramps' frontman – he died about three years ago. His voice was so spooky and so scary, as if a ghoul or a skeleton could sing. He was really punk rock.
Sunday 22 January 2012
As the BBC recreates the pairing of Bailey and The Shrimp, Mike Higgins recalls meetings that defined the decade
The Barometer: Lee Ranaldo; Lapalux; Azealia Banks; Fort Romeau; Sleigh Bells; Wavves; Dirty Three; A$AP Rocky; Cloud Nothings
Friday 20 January 2012
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Friday 06 January 2012
The Little Willies are a vehicle for Norah Jones and a few of her friends to express their love of old country music, mostly through covers of songs by the likes of Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Lefty Frizzell and Loretta Lynn.
Friday 23 December 2011
You would think Kelly Jones would have to more to say at his first gigs in a year, yet, true to form, half an hour passes before he can muster a simple “Here’s one for ya.”
Friday 09 December 2011
Drums - John Bonham
For the fact that he was such a musical badass, inventive, intense and our drummer, Matt, will have a real problem with me if I pick another drummer that's not Bonham.
Wednesday 07 December 2011
There are certain shows at which it is cool to be seen. Not the glamorous, sellout arena tours of multimillion-record selling megastars, but a performance by an ascendant act in the midst of their rise to prominence.
Friday 02 December 2011
Thursday 01 December 2011
Rocket From The Tombs were a Cleveland proto-punk legend that remained unrecorded in its brief existence, but would go on to provide the seed-corn from which Pere Ubu would grow.
Tuesday 22 November 2011
Cults are a boy-girl couple, who studied film in New York and started making catching indie-pop on the side. Yes, they are as young, and cool, as one might expect. Darlings of the blogosphere, their career launched almost by accident after they posted a few tracks that showcased just what a good match Sixties girl-group pop layered with reverb and synth could be. They were snapped up by Lily Allen's label – she's in the audience tonight – but while their first album didn't disappoint, this show did.
Sunday 20 November 2011
Pastoral English psychedelicism has a long and curly reach.
Friday 21 October 2011
Battles by name, battles by nature. At least, that's what Gillian Orr found when she met the New York avant-gardists whose attitude belies their fun side
Sunday 21 August 2011
When Annie [lennox] and I meet up now, we no longer talk about the old days [with the Eurythmics]. We've been through so much, what are we going to say? "Remember that crazy time in Oklahoma?" We've both had kids, and now there are all these other experiences to talk about.
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