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Goat: Secretive Swedes go global

Goat: Secretive Swedes go global

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.

Album review: Chris Thile, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Nonesuch)

Once again, the protean malleability of J.S. Bach's genius is demonstrated by the unusual transcription of his work - in this case, the Violin Sonatas and Partitas - to another instrument, the mandolin. The Punch Brothers' mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile was first drawn to Bach by the rhythmic “groove” of Glenn Gould's 1981 re-recording of The Goldberg Variations. Thile's country and improv roots lend more rubato accents than some might prefer, but he liberates the pieces from their conservatoire corsets. The dazzling deftness of his fingering in the Presto and Double Presto sections evokes a kind of giddy delirium and his feathery technique wrests the tenderest of emotions from the second Sonata's Andante.

In at the sharp end: Johnny Borrell

These top rockers just can't cut it on their own

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Album review: Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines (Polydor/Interscope)

It's amazing what one hit can do for an act's profile: Robin Thicke had laboured long and hard with little recognition outside the core US R&B audience until the single “Blurred Lines”, its loping groove irresistibly peppered with cowbell, wrought its magic on a global scale.

Just for the record: David Shrigley

I'll always have my childhood passion up my sleeve...

Forget the money: designing record covers is a labour of love, says David Shrigley

Motorhead cancel summer gigs due to Lemmy Kilmister's ill health

Metal band Motorhead have been forced to cancel a number of summer concert dates due the ill health of frontmant Lemmy Kilmister.

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Album review: Mark Padmore, Morgan Szymanski, Alec Roth: Sometime I Sing (Signum Classics)

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.

Album review: Sigur Rós, Kveikur (XL)

Kveikur finds Sigur Rós in more forceful and declamatory mood than usual, a shift heralded by the explosion that ushers in the heavy guitar riff and juddering bass of “Brennisteinn”.

Album review: Nino Machaidze, Arias & Scenes (Sony Classical)

It's not hard to understand why Nino Machaidze has become something of an overnight sensation since her 2008 breakthrough in Roméo et Juliette at Salzburg. In this selection, the Georgian coloratura soprano combines phrasing of nuanced subtlety with top notes of stunning power, ranging from the lilting, seductive “Quando men vo” from La Bohème to the impassioned gusto of her dramatic Violetta in an extended scene from La Traviata climaxing with a joyous “Sempre libera”.

Album review: Queens Of The Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork (Matador)

Since 2007's Era Vulgaris, Josh Homme has undergone both life-threatening medical emergency and life-affirming parenthood, band break-up and superstar collaboration, all of which made recording this follow-up rather fraught – hence the ironic title.

Miles Kane, Don't Forget Who You Are (Columbia)

Album review: Miles Kane, Don't Forget Who You Are (Columbia)

Album of the Week: Singalong anthems with a Sixties beat and lots of swagger

Breakfast Show’s Nick Grimshaw

Nick Grimshaw and Rizzle Kicks lined up for pair of new Channel 4 music shows

DJ Nick Grimshaw and chart stars Rizzle Kicks have been lined up to host a pair of new music shows for Channel 4.

Daniel Kitson

Comedy review: Daniel Kitson: After The Beginning, Before The End Theatre Royal Brighton Festival

Daniel Kitson’s new show is a reflection on reality, memory and our sense of self. Hardly wall-to-wall giggles, you might think, but this publicity-shy, TV-shunning, Perrier Award-winning comic’s talent lies in burrowing into the human psyche and dispensing profound nuggets through tales in which, more often than not, he is the hapless protagonist. After The Beginning, Before The End is like a TED talk with added LOLs.

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