Talk about suspense. Further to the news that Prince is soon releasing PLECTRUMELECTRUM, his first album with all-female rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, a short teaser for their track "PRETZELBODYLOGIC" went up on YouTube this week. Warning: blink and you'll miss it. The album was written and recorded in Prince's Paisley Park recording studio in Minneapolis, London and New York. Meanwhile, at time of writing, we are still waiting to know exactly which "iconic venues in and around London" Prince will be playing on the Hit and Run Tour any time from Monday. Keep your diary clear…
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Sunday 04 April 2010
He is Paul's son, and for about half the songs here there can be no mistaking the lineage.
Friday 12 March 2010
Paul Brady is the singer-songwriter's singer-songwriter, arguably held in higher esteem by peers such as Dylan, Carole King and Van Morrison than by the general public. Hooba Dooba is a typically assured set, opening in surprisingly funky manner with the gurgling clavinet and soulful organ of "Cry It Out", Brady advising blasphemy when dealing with the pain of failed love.
Friday 12 March 2010
Join with us," The Feeling command on one of their less forgettable numbers, a request tricky to perform when they are ensconced halfway up the French Alps. For that is where you will find them next week as the good-time band get to curate their own festival, Little World.
Friday 05 March 2010
"Set aside an afternoon, pull down the shutters and immerse yourself in it... It might take a week, a month, or even a year for it to yield up all its treasures; but after only a week in its company, this reviewer's instincts tell him that 'Have One on Me' is a masterpiece." - musicomh.com
Sunday 28 February 2010
Sunday 14 February 2010
Do we really need an Italian Tom Waits?
Sunday 24 January 2010
Unavailable for years, this is Brazilian singer/songwriter and guitarist Gilberto's debut from 1959: the single most defining artefact in what Antonio Carlos Jobim (who produced, arranged and partly composed) called bossa nova's "revolution with beauty".
Sunday 17 January 2010
Earnest Swedish singer-songwriters are not exactly thin on the ground, and on first few listens Von Poehl sounds too much like all the others: unobtrusive, polite, nothing to jump up and grab you.
Thursday 14 January 2010
The first time you hear Caitlin Rose, the Nashville-born singer-songwriter whose country-tinged arrangements are threatening to make a big impression in 2010, you'll thank your lucky stars that she chose to pursue a career in music rather than go to college.
Thursday 14 January 2010
For once, the guest really is special. The unannounced treat at Martha Wainwright's first show since her son Arcangelo was born two months premature in November is his granddad, Loudon Wainwright III – aka the "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole" of the savagely raging song which made Martha's name. "We won't be singing that song tonight," she assures him. Its fury at his parenting had clearly blown itself out anyway, even before grandparenting became the new priority, with Martha guesting on Loudon's latest record and at a New York show. Still, when he strides onstage, the healing hug you might expect becomes a professional passing of an acoustic guitar. They do embrace when he leaves, détente achieved.
Sunday 10 January 2010
There are quirky female singer-songwriters in the indie-rock idiom and there's Veirs, who is idiomatic only in the sense that she uses funny tunings, blues-free harmony, never swings and never calls a spade a spade when she can avoid the subject altogether.
Sunday 20 December 2009
Gilmore has gravitas. Her solemn contralto is warm as a hearth, still as a pine forest at night.
Sunday 01 November 2009
At last, the organ-grinder. Or at least, that is how the debut from the Strokes leader will uncharitably be viewed – coming as it does after nearly all of Casablancas' monkeys have dropped at least one solo record.
Friday 23 October 2009
"Sufjan's first foray into the classical realm... 'The BQE' is a great addition to the his catalogue, not simply for its novelty, but for its quality as well. It isn't likely to satiate fans' hunger for a true 'Illinoise' follow-up, however." - creative deconstruction.com
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