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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Saturday 14 July 2012
Serene surroundings for an Americana feast
Saturday 07 July 2012
A new wave of women aren't content to use the guitar to simply accompany songs. They have forged brave new ways to play the instrument, argues Chris Mugan
Saturday 23 June 2012
'I like sparse, pretty guitar lines... and Romy Madley-Croft is great at writing and playing them'
Saturday 23 June 2012
Beachwood Sparks are the group whose 2000 debut effectively kick-started the whole revival of laidback, harmony-draped Californian country-rock.
Monday 18 June 2012
The US photographer Jim McCrary created over 300 album covers, including Reach Out by Burt Bacharah, Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Joe Cocker, Now & Then by The Carpenters, Nuthin' Fancy by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Two Sides of the Moon by Keith Moon and Remote Control by The Tubes.
Monday 11 June 2012
Gary Barlow and his Commonwealth Band have leapt to the top of the chart this week with Jubilee anthem Sing.
Monday 21 May 2012
When the French folk-pop singer Mina Tindle supported fellow Gallic artist Camille at the Barbican recently, you could tell the lesser known musician had fairly slayed the audience, when before her final song, someone shouted out for Tindle to introduce herself (it may have been a savvy employee of her record label, mind you, but still...).
Saturday 12 May 2012
But for a chance encounter in a B&B in west Wales, Jodie Marie might never have got a record deal. She still can't quite believe it's all happening, she tells Elisa Bray
Sunday 06 May 2012
Twenty-odd years after "Don't Leave Me This Way" and "Me and Mrs Jones", vocalist Morris sounds better than ever – deeper, stronger, sassier – in this beautifully detailed Italian concept album of 10 superior pop songs arranged and conducted for voice and cello orchestra by Enrico Melozzi.
Saturday 05 May 2012
Friday 27 April 2012
The tenor saxophonist Andrew Love played on some of the most enduring soul records to come out of Memphis in the 1960s.
Sunday 22 April 2012
Why being gay is 'bad for business', even now
Sunday 15 April 2012
Sunderland 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0: Wolves manager accentuates the positive but eight-point gap to safety shows need for miracle
Tuesday 10 April 2012
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
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