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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Monday 31 December 2012
"Fairytale Of New York" by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl has reached one million sales, 25 years after it was first released.
Sunday 02 December 2012
This collection of collaborative covers trawls Holland's Hootenanny shows, with a dozen specially recorded tunes thrown in.
Wednesday 14 November 2012
British boy band One Direction are on target to achieve the fastest-selling album of the year as Take Me Home looks unstoppable in the race for this week's number one.
Friday 09 November 2012
A venue brimming with 12,000 people does not immediately appear to be the most suitable setting for a singer/songwriter who made his name with an album created in solitude, whilst holed up in a cabin in deepest Wisconsin.
Sunday 28 October 2012
The Channel 4 newsreader is to be opening act at London festival
Saturday 20 October 2012
This eighth annual weekend of serious-minded public debate, organised by the Institute of Ideas, features 12 strands, 80 sessions and more than 350 speakers, and revolves around the eurozone crisis and the state of European democracy, freedom and equality, with Ivan Krastev, Rob Riemen, Thierry Baudet, Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Gáspár Miklos Tamás among the key speakers.
Wednesday 17 October 2012
"In America, we feel a pressure to be cheerful," quips Suzanne Vega, a songwriter not renowned for her chirpy material. However here celebrating the 25th anniversary of her finest album, Solitude Standing,she appears relaxed and engaging.
Monday 08 October 2012
A book and CD show how influential the band remain, says Pierre Perrone
Saturday 06 October 2012
'My husband is a very underrated guitarist'
Wednesday 29 August 2012
Move on, definitely nothing to see here. If we all ignore them, they might just go away.
Tuesday 21 August 2012
After some muted outings, the sketch group Pappy's are back to their lovable best, on the kind of form that saw them shortlisted for Edinburgh's comedy award in 2007 and will probably get them a place on this year's list, too.
Sunday 05 August 2012
In 2008 that arbiter of popular culture the Daily Mail called Francis "the next big thing". What followed was a debut album that didn't quite deliver and nine months in a hospital bed with anorexia.
Monday 30 July 2012
Plan B has stormed to the top of the charts with his new album, film soundtrack Ill Manors.
Saturday 21 July 2012
One of the commonest of all critical vices is reviewing the work you wish you'd experienced instead of the one you actually did. But it struck me this week that there are actually two versions of this vice – opposed to each other by almost 180 degrees.
Saturday 14 July 2012
Remix albums are usually tedious affairs simply involving the fitting of more contemporary rhythm undercarriages to tracks that don't need them.
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If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
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