Robbie Williams is getting back into the swing of things with a new album mixing cover versions of classics and his own songs.
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Monday 15 April 2013
Lyle, 55, pips Guan, 14, on the final round but predicts a big future for youngster
Friday 12 April 2013
Steve Earle's latest album pulls no punches in its survey of the American social landscape. The “low highway” of the title track is a sort of hardship highway travelled by the underclass. It's Springsteen territory, occupied with pride in songs like “21st Century Blues” and the elegiac closer “Remember Me”.
Thursday 31 January 2013
Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of popular The Andrews Sisters singing trio of the 1940s and 1950s, has died in California at the age of 94, her spokesman said yesterday.
Thursday 29 November 2012
Her nasal soprano bellows out into the 20,000-strong throng, rising up and up to reach the gravelly top notes of “I Remain”. But where’s Alanis? The crowd can’t see her. There’s a full band but no sign. We crane our necks to double check that the bass player with long hair isn’t her (it's a big venue).
Sunday 18 November 2012
Generous, creative – and still groovy after all these years
Sunday 28 October 2012
The Channel 4 newsreader is to be opening act at London festival
Wednesday 29 August 2012
"We consider this the last show of the Relationship of Command tour," keyboardist/guitarist Jim Ward lets us know at the end. "It’s taken us 12 years to finish." Then he adds, of his four band-mates: "I love these dudes more than life itself."
Sunday 08 July 2012
Six albums down the line, Dirty Projectors – aka David Longstreth and his band – show no signs of settling into any one formula.
Saturday 07 July 2012
'Mitch Mitchell wasn't the most accurate drummer ever, but he had that swing...'
Sunday 24 June 2012
Two sisters from the non-Alabama Birmingham playing western swing and bluegrass with their dad on banjo and steel guitar.
Friday 03 February 2012
There's always been an easy-listening element to the McCartney oeuvre, but the lite-jazz treatment of standards on Kisses on the Bottom seems like a misstep.
Thursday 05 January 2012
For the end of their London Christmas season, English National Ballet dive into Strictly Gershwin with a will. Derek Deane’s production blends ballet and ballroom, with a dollop of tap dancing and a fair bit of padding. The dancers do it all with care and attention. At the back of the American in Paris crowd scenes, you can spot corps dancers giving their steps a flirtatious edge.
Friday 09 December 2011
This 3CD set attempts to map out the most exhaustive pre-history of rock'n'roll so far committed to one album, and for the most part it does a pretty decent job, tracing the line back as far as the 1916 "The Camp Meeting Jubilee", a pre-blues minstrel-tent recording of such scratchy authenticity it sounds like a parody.
Friday 08 July 2011
Displaying Olympian knowledge of this protean genre, Gioia combines facts and background information in an absorbing narrative that tootles along, from ragtime which peaked in 1909, to the "struts and prances" of vocalist Jamie Cullum (born 1979).
Sunday 24 April 2011
Pure gold: nearly three hours of classic 1950s Holiday (mostly recorded for Norman Granz on Clef), for about a fiver.
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