Sheryl Crow "Feels Like Home" (Warner Bros)
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Saturday 30 March 2013
The novelists Stella Duffy (who is gay) and Julia Crouch (who is not) discuss issues of identity and authenticity that can arise when your lead character is a lesbian – and why authors should simply ignore them all
Friday 29 March 2013
In The Red
Friday 01 March 2013
Keep Calm and Carry On from 2009 found Stereophonics struggling to find a decisive way forward, and while Graffiti on the Train is a significant improvement, it's still something of a patchwork affair, lurching between string-laced pieces like the elegaic title track and “Indian Summer”, soulful blues odes such as “Been Caught Cheating” and “No-one's Perfect”, and out-and-out rockers like the swaggering “Catacomb”.
Wednesday 27 February 2013
Famous film trade mag Variety is adapting for the web by killing off its daily print edition in favour of a once-a-week edition and removing its online paywall. In its honour here are some of its best inside-Hollywood lexicographical inventions (dubbed slanguage):
Thursday 21 February 2013
Emeli Sandé, happily, doesn't look like an identikit winner, but she does sound an awful lot like Adele
Wednesday 06 February 2013
In a television career spent entirely with the BBC, Barrie Edgar demonstrated a parallel loyalty to his home area of Birmingham. Specialising in outside broadcasts and bearing the title TV Producer, Midland Region, he established his reputation in the single-channel era of the 1950s, continuing as the city's production centre became Pebble Mill in the early 1970s. While his credits were as disparate as children's programmes, variety shows and the 1962 consecration of Coventry Cathedral, he also made programmes that reflected his own interests; as a keen horticulturist, he produced BBC2's Gardeners' World, one of several shows that survive him, in varying formats.
Friday 25 January 2013
Just as he was, by all accounts, an unpleasant man blessed with enviably beautiful gifts, so do Tim Hardin's songs clothe often unwelcome sentiments in gorgeous melodies.
Saturday 05 January 2013
Buddy Miller is fast becoming a ubiquitous presence on quality Americana and, through work with the likes of Robert Plant and Richard Thompson, quality Albiona, too.
Sunday 02 December 2012
This collection of collaborative covers trawls Holland's Hootenanny shows, with a dozen specially recorded tunes thrown in.
Thursday 29 November 2012
Experimentation is being pushed to the margins as labels rely on successful producers
Sunday 25 November 2012
Just as the Beatles' musical revolution summed up the spirit of the Sixties, so, Peter Doggett argues, David Bowie was "popular culture's most reliable guide to the fever of the Seventies".
Sunday 28 October 2012
Hip-hop has a difficult relationship with gay culture – could a raft of new club nights fix that? Lemma Shehadi reports
Friday 19 October 2012
The sacking of BBC folk radio DJ Mike Harding is a sad end for one of broadcasting's most tireless characters
Monday 08 October 2012
A book and CD show how influential the band remain, says Pierre Perrone
Monday 27 August 2012
Pop music is going through a prolific period. Elisa Bray reports
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