Maybe when you are Brazil’s most revered percussionist (Vasconcelos has played with Jan Garbarek and Pat Metheny among others) you feel obliged to stretch the bashing-and-tapping-things envelope. For there doesn’t appear to be any musical reason for what sounds like underwater conga playing or, for that matter, rigorous crisp packet shaking.
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Friday 05 July 2013
The latest project of former Cajun Dance Party and Yuck songwriter Daniel Blumberg, Hebronix finds him marrying his natural pop melodic sensibilities to quixotic rock arrangements rooted in American indie modes.
Saturday 18 August 2012
Dispatch are untethered to a label and built up a following through a personal connection with fans, yet 100,000 see them play.
Saturday 28 July 2012
'Keith Richards is my favourite guitarist. It's amazing he's still walking'
Friday 20 July 2012
This relaxed port city is full of rhythm. Linda Cookson heard it ... all along the watchtower
Wednesday 11 July 2012
The news that a judge threw out a claim by Apple – that Samsung's Galaxy Tab infringes on its all-conquering iPad – has shaken the judiciary to its core. This is mainly because High Court Judge Colin Birss showed remarkable astuteness by insisting Samsung's products were "not as cool" as Apple's. British judges long stand accused of being out of touch with the general public, with their cluelessness regarding popular culture providing particular amusement,
Tuesday 19 June 2012
The veteran Welsh actor Victor Spinetti has died of pancreatic cancer, his agent said today.
Sunday 17 June 2012
Supra-referential power-pop like this was fashionable in certain strata in the late-1970s, and you can see why.
Saturday 16 June 2012
Classic krautrock collection makes for a real find
Sunday 10 June 2012
Sooner than you could say "one-hit wonder", Sam Sparro sank from the public eye.
Tuesday 22 May 2012
It was a case of sex, drugs and rockeries as Ringo Starr, Roger Daltrey and Sir Cliff Richard joined other special guests to enjoy an exclusive preview of the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday.
Wednesday 09 May 2012
Hundreds flock to theatre for a part in a new musical, reports Charlie Cooper
Saturday 21 April 2012
With their thick beards and bygone attire, The Band went against the ethos of kaftans and flares
Friday 20 April 2012
Guitarist Bert Weedon, who played with stars including Frank Sinatra and inspired millions to pick up the instrument with his Play In A Day books, has died at the age of 91.
Friday 20 April 2012
Forty years ago, Electric Warrior was one of the twin pillars upon which glam-rock was built (the other, Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, would arrive nine months later).
Monday 16 April 2012
“Hi, how are you these days?” begins Daniel Johnston, in 'Lost in My Infinite Memory'.
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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