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10 of the worst music videos readers' choice
Thursday, 18:30 24 April 2014
Following the recent monstering of Avril Lavigne's Hello Kitty video, we asked readers to nominate other pop promos that are even worse examples of the video director's artDisagree with these choices? ..
Readers recommend: songs about crosses results
Thursday, 18:07 24 April 2014
From Springsteen's tale of double-crossed lust to Tracy Chapman's struggle with inner demons, RR regular TakeitawayGuru picks the playlist from last week's threadWhen I found out that this weeks playl ..
Pet Shop Boys, CBeebies and Military Wives among Proms debuts
Thursday, 18:03 24 April 2014
Other highlights of this year's BBC Proms season include the Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the return of both Daniel Barenboim and Marin Alsop, announces outgoing director Roge ..
Connolly/Neven/Martineau review 'Reminds us just how Wagnerian Duparc is'
Thursday, 17:45 24 April 2014
Wigmore Hall, LondonDeploying two low voices also allowed us to focus on the pervasive darkness of mood within the musicHenri Duparc's slender output consists of a couple of orchestral pieces that we ..
Basel SO/Davies review minimalist works maximise power and excitement
Thursday, 17:42 24 April 2014
Warwick arts centre, CoventryDennis Russell Davies underscores the strengths of Basel SO with contemporary works by Pärt, Glass and AdamsOrchestras generally go on tour with safe, familiar repertoire ..
A ticket to ride with the Rails
Thursday, 17:41 24 April 2014
What's it like to gig in London and New York on the same day? We joined the husband-and-wife folk duo on their whistle-stop Record Store Day journeyBrick Lane, in east London, wakes up early on Record ..
Music Weekly podcast: a month of noise from Necro Deathmort and more
Thursday, 17:09 24 April 2014
Luke Turner brings us a joyful noise as he rounds up the month in ear-bleeding music. Plus tracks from Lykke Li, Babe and Benjamin Brooker in Singles Club Continue reading...
Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots review no revelations, but dazzlingly lovely songs
Thursday, 15:59 24 April 2014
It's hardly the big personal reveal that it's been promoted as, but Damon Albarn's first solo album is still a lovely piece of workAt the height of Britpop when antipathy between fans of Blur and ..
Proms 2014: The shadow of war, Strauss and sentiment
Thursday, 15:24 24 April 2014
This year's Proms season is full of interest and perhaps a few missed opportunities, while - as ever - British music old and new will be well represented, writes Martin Kettle News: Pet Shop Boys, CBe ..
Marissa Nadler review powerful, gently drawn anguishes
Thursday, 15:14 24 April 2014
Cafe Oto, LondonNadler delivers Lynchian torch songs, lovers' laments and suicide ballads oozing American gothic and LA noir33-year-old Bostonian Marissa Nadler has a voice that drives critics to poet ..
Ivor Novello nominations pitch young talent against musical heavyweights
Thursday, 14:41 24 April 2014
London Grammar, Palma Violets and Arctic Monkeys in running for awards celebrating best of British songwritingThis year's Ivor Novello award nominations pitch young British talent against musical heav ..
Avril Lavigne's Hello Kitty, and other terrible music videos
Thursday, 12:28 24 April 2014
Open thread: In the wake of the online furore over Avril Lavigne's latest promo, we want your nominations for the worst music videos of all timeBehold, the most controversial music video of the week, ..
RZA issues 30-day ultimatum to decide fate of Wu-Tang Clan album
Thursday, 09:58 24 April 2014
Rap group's leader says they have to resolve their dispute with Raekwon, who has condemned new material as 'mediocre'Wu-Tang Clan's leader RZA has issued a 30-day ultimatum for the hip-hop group's com ..
Morrissey has been 'brainwashed' says Canada's fisheries minister
Thursday, 09:26 24 April 2014
Politician says those who condemn the Canadian seal cull should 'talk to the people whose lives are affected by the seal hunt'Canada's fisheries minister has called Morrissey "brainwashed" f ..
The Jezabels' stoush with music critics
Thursday, 04:14 24 April 2014
Hayley Mary is right to say that male writers routinely put down pop and women but that's not why her band is being dissedHayley Mary, singer with the Australian indie band the Jezabels, doesnt like m ..
Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) review
Thursday, 04:00 24 April 2014
Enmore Theatre, SydneyHe may not have quite the same zip of old, but the restless country troubadour is still king of his domainA certain duke and duchess are hogging the limelight here at the minute. ..
The Sundays together again inflight magazine
Wednesday, 18:19 23 April 2014
Singer Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin hint at new songs in a rare interview with American Airlines' magazineIn an age of digital media blitzes, social media storms and carefully timed cam ..
Parklife how does Blur's album sound 20 years on?
Wednesday, 18:13 23 April 2014
Reader's panel: This week mark's the 20th anniversary of the album that defined Britpop and turned Blur into megastars. How well has Parklife stood the test of time?Parklife, Blur's third studio album ..
Khovanskygate review Birmingham Opera Company go big
Wednesday, 17:49 23 April 2014
Cannon Hill Park, BirminghamMussorgsky's epic arguably gets one too many contemporary glosses in Birmingham Opera Company's new staging, but there's no doubting the musical quality"For our first ..
The Men They Couldn't Hang review rowdy 30th anniversary shindig
Wednesday, 17:37 23 April 2014
Shepherd's Bush Empire, LondonThe pioneering folk-punkers didn't just rework the past at their 30th anniversary celebrations, but they always went full-tiltThis was The Men They Couldn't Hang's 30th-a ..
Federico Colli review piano-playing of wonderful subtlety
Wednesday, 17:17 23 April 2014
Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonSplit between introvert and extrovert figures, Schumann's Sonata No 1 was the perfect fit for the shy but sharp-dressing Federico ColliFederico Colli closed his Southbank d ..
The 101 Strangest Records on Spotify: Peter Walker "Second Poem to Karmela" or Gypsies Are Important
Wednesday, 17:02 23 April 2014
Meet the inhouse trip accompanist of LSD guru Timothy Leary, and his second far-out album Born into a deeply musical family, and a fanatically keen guitar player from a young age, Boston-born Peter Wa ..
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos 1 and 15 review Netherlands RSO/Wigglesworth
Wednesday, 16:45 23 April 2014
Mark Wigglesworth's completed cycle emerges as one of the finest of recent times(BIS)The first release in Mark Wigglesworth's Shostakovich cycle for BIS (of the Seventh Symphony) appeared as long ago ..
Joel Compass performs Forgive Me and Lost Without U
Wednesday, 16:34 23 April 2014
Launching our new series of live performances, in asssociation with Muzu.tv, here's up and coming R&B singer Joel CompassWe're pleased to launch a new performance series here with emerging R&B ..
Ryan Tedder: One Direction are so normal it almost turns you off
Wednesday, 16:00 23 April 2014
The OneRepublic frontman on working with Harry Styles, Beyoncé's writing skills and Bono's casual attitude to securityHi, Ryan! Where are you right now?I'm in Denver, Colorado, just finishing a bunch ..