A sideways look at the world of music
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Tuesday 23 April 2013
Outlook Even in the midst of a general economic malaise, some groups will be benefiting. It shouldn't come as much surprise that among the cheerful contingent are the people behind Primark, the discount clothes retailer.
Friday 19 April 2013
Dick Van Dyke, the star of Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, has cancelled a public appearance in New York suffering with a “yet-to-be diagnosed neurological disorder”.
Friday 12 April 2013
Alice in Chains are taking promo to a whole new level. The American heavy-metal band have produced a polished mockumentary, titled AIC 23, to promote their new album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which is out next month. In the 11-minute film, the four band members talk about the band disguised as spoof musicians, with the help of prosthetics by the Oscar-winning make-up artist Matthew Mungle, who worked on Edward Scissorhands, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Schindler's List.
Wednesday 03 April 2013
The Rolling Stones will play a Summer concert in the heart of Mayfair for those who find Glastonbury’s muddy fields too tortuous to negotiate.
Monday 01 April 2013
"You know how it is, you get into a conversation about prostates and it never ends," the sprightly 73-year-old quips after his wee departure before the giddy encore. "You are a god," a devotee yells upon Ian Hunter's return at this intimate venue.
Saturday 30 March 2013
If the mainstream view of Flaming Lips is a hybrid of ELO, Neil Young and the Ronettes, fronted by a benign Gandalf figure who turns every show into a giant children's party for grown-ups, then The Terror will do more than any of their albums in recent years to destroy it.
Friday 22 March 2013
Alt-country star Ryan Adams (pictured) has, over the years, released metal, hard rock and hip-hop among his prolific output, so his fans have become accustomed to the unexpected. Now it has emerged that he has formed a punk trio called Pornography, with singer Leah Hennessey and Johnny T Yerington.
Thursday 07 March 2013
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” singer Bonnie Tyler will represent Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.
Thursday 07 March 2013
This brand of Ronseal rock can't compete with the Rolling Stones - but the four blokes in denim still prove compelling
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Wednesday 06 March 2013
The music is the usual box-ticking corporate pop
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.
Monday 04 March 2013
The original Status Quo bandmembers reunited this week to rehearse for their first nationwide tour in 30 years.
Friday 01 March 2013
The ultimate gift for middle-aged rockers: a £2,000 scale-model of The Who’s stage set-up
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.
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.
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