The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony
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Friday 08 November 2013
The songs that are hot on our playlist this week
Has penning movie soundtracks become a must-do for musicians? Arcade Fire and Jon Hopkins join the bandwagon
Thursday 07 November 2013
Arcade Fire have written the music for Spike Jonze's Her
Wednesday 06 November 2013
The kilt is making a comeback this season, from traditional Scots tartan to minis and punky versions, writes Holly Swayne
Tuesday 05 November 2013
The Fun Lovin' Criminals frontman grew angered by the 'next lines' round
Monday 14 October 2013
Baines seeks to capitalise on Cole’s England absence
Friday 11 October 2013
Rockumentaries used to focus on chart-toppers, but now the cult heroes of times past are in the spotlight, says Pierre Perrone
Gentleman's relish: Henry Lloyd-Hughes is set to star alongside Hollywood's finest in 'Hello Carter'
Wednesday 09 October 2013
Eight years ago, the actor almost gave up on his thespian aspirations but now has a growing reputation. It’s been worth the struggle, he tells Miranda Kiek
Tuesday 08 October 2013
The musician, an influential figure in the Irish punk scene and the writer behind 'Thousands Are Sailing', has passed away at the age of 56
Monday 07 October 2013
English Touring Opera have a sure touch in choosing repertoire: their exhumations of neglected works are always successful. Thus it was with Francesco Cavalli’s Jason, in its day the most popular opera in Europe. Cavalli sang and played the organ under the tutelage of Monteverdi, and in Jason there are stretches when you could easily believe it was by his great master: the ritornelli, the ornamentation, the whole thrust of the music feels Monteverdian, until you are pulled up short by something which reminds you it’s not.
Friday 27 September 2013
Listen below to take in tracks from 25-year-old singer/songwriter Lauren Pritchard A.K.A Lolo.
Thursday 26 September 2013
Less than two years ago, the Manic Street Preachers played the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena. Now, they play to a tenth of that audience size, the intimacy of this west London venue - and others on this tour - ideal for their new, 11th studio album, Rewind the Film, which revolves around gentle acoustic modes. It seems that in their middle age the Welsh band are embracing subtlety (musically, at least).
Thursday 26 September 2013
The Pixies without bassist Kim Deal should feel like a jam sandwich cream without the sugar-coated jam. The best bit is surely missing and with it the warmth and the evocative, breathy vocals the charismatic Deal provides.
Sunday 22 September 2013
Anyone who expected the Followills’s sixth album to reignite what first fired them up as a band of brothers (plus cousin) hadn’t reckoned on the limiting matter of their mutation into a stadium brand.
Friday 20 September 2013
A 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana's final album, In Utero, is released on Monday. Those who worked with the band, and musicians inspired by their music, talk to Elisa Bray
Tuesday 17 September 2013
Tonight we have come expecting the casual, ramshackle charm and strangely whimsical grace of Babyshambles circa 2009 and Grace/Wastelands but the band’s new album, Sequel to the Prequel seems almost unnaturally controlled and surprisingly vibrant.
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Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
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