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Readers recommend: songs that express excess results
Thursday, 13:32 23 October 2014
Climbing over the top of a lavish superfluity of song nominations from last weeks topic, RR regular bluepeter picks his favourite examples of overkill Continue reading...
Alvin Stardust dies aged 72 after short illness
Thursday, 13:29 23 October 2014
Pop singer best known for 1970s hits such as My Coo Ca Choo was recently diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer Continue reading...
S Club 7 reunion: testing the power of pop nostalgia
Thursday, 13:14 23 October 2014
The 90s pop act are getting back together for charity. Should the recent appetite for reunions give them hope of another bite at fame? Continue reading...
The Specials' Gangsters symbolised the fight against the fascists at my front door
Thursday, 12:45 23 October 2014
For a kid who had the National Front marching past his house, only one group on Top of the Pops really presented themselves as an ally Continue reading...
Watch Tinchy Stryder & The Chuckle Brothers - To Me, To You
Thursday, 10:47 23 October 2014
After months of waiting, the grime MC has finally unveiled his video featuring TV presenters Paul and Barry Elliott Continue reading...
Listen to Tell 'Em I'm Gone by Yusuf, also known as Cat Stevens
Thursday, 10:07 23 October 2014
Artist releases his first album since 2009s Roadsinger, a declaration of freedom which features new material and covers reworked with strands of blues and rootsCat Stevens steps out for first US tour ..
Rare Neil Young live album, Time Fades Away, gets Black Friday reissue
Thursday, 09:13 23 October 2014
Youngs first live album now limited to just 3,500 copies features eight previously unreleased tracks which were performed over the course of a 1971-1973 tourYoung releases three versions of protest so ..
Paris Hilton earns up to $1m for a single DJ set
Thursday, 08:54 23 October 2014
My mother always told me its not polite to discuss money, but its true, reality star told press. Im very proud. Ive worked hardParis Hiltons DJ debut: was it a complete fiasco? Continue reading...
Mobo awards 2014 in pictures
Thursday, 02:24 23 October 2014
Jamelia, Nicole Scherzinger, Mel B and Tinie Tempah were among the stars who turned out for the 2014 Mobo awards held at the SSE Arena in London Continue reading...
Mobo awards 2014: Sam Smith takes home four prizes
Thursday, 01:35 23 October 2014
London soul singer awarded best RnB artist and best song for his hit Stay With Me at Wembley ceremony Continue reading...
Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande may be popular but they're not country
Wednesday, 23:05 22 October 2014
Why are the CMA awards giving pride of place to pop stars when countrys most talented women are left outside the spotlight? Continue reading...
quartet-lab: a string quartet who open your ears to new ways of listening
Wednesday, 22:03 22 October 2014
At last nights Wigmore Hall concert, quartet-lab created a framework within which anything was possible, permissible, and comprehensible. Continue reading...
Q awards: Wilko Johnson receives icon award following battle with cancer
Wednesday, 21:25 22 October 2014
Dr Feelgood star receives Q icon award, while Kasabian beat Kate Bush to pick up trophy for best act in awards 25th year Continue reading...
CMJ's opening night: Amanda X, Dune Rats, J Fernandez, Charly Bliss, Roomrunner
Wednesday, 20:03 22 October 2014
In his first report from New Yorks music showcase, Brad Nelson sees some mammalian Australians, geometric indie rockers and experiences densely joined grooves from Baltimore Continue reading...
Mercury nominees 2014: Kate Tempest
Wednesday, 16:34 22 October 2014
Bookies favourite Tempest has awards for her poetry but with hip-hop album Everybody Down she has moved towards the mainstream and the Mercury judges love a female MC Mercury nominees 2014: Jungle Me ..
Peter Hill: Messiaens La Fauvette Passerinette, etc CD review hugely rewarding
Wednesday, 16:30 22 October 2014
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Jake Bugg review minimum showmanship, maximum talent
Wednesday, 16:27 22 October 2014
Alexandra Palace, LondonThe 20-year-old Nottingham singer-songwriter barely acknowledged the crowd, but so hypnotic were his tumbling rhythms and wrong-side-of-the-tracks observations that it didnt ma ..
The Turn of the Screw review compelling, challenging and creepy
Wednesday, 15:18 22 October 2014
GlyndebourneJonathan Kents production of Brittens ghost story is revived to haunting effect, with standout central performances from the children Continue reading...
Arthur Russell: 'Comedy is the highest form of art' - a rare interview from 1987
Wednesday, 14:21 22 October 2014
Following the release of Red Hot + Arthur Russell, a new covers album paying tribute to the late artist, heres an interview, originally published in Melody Maker, with the slippery master of the avant ..
Death from Above 1979 review circle pits and shirt-free moshing
Wednesday, 13:37 22 October 2014
Electric Ballroom, LondonThe duos confrontational chaos of yore has been traded for something more nuanced, but the crowd still went ballistic Continue reading...
The playlist: hip-hop Drake, Freddie Gibbs, Lil Mouse and more
Wednesday, 12:54 22 October 2014
Divisive track Tuesday gets an is-it-funny? video/remix and Lil Mouse has more money than my Math teacher Continue reading...
Culture Club review Boy George puts his self-destruction behind him
Wednesday, 12:47 22 October 2014
Heaven, LondonKarma Chameleon twangs far harder than the original on Culture Clubs first tour in 12 years Continue reading...
Suede: 10 of the best
Wednesday, 12:00 22 October 2014
We remember when it was all council blocks and drug-addled crones having bad sex around here to mark 20 years since Dog Man Star, here are 10 classics from Suede Continue reading...
Stairway to Heaven: the story of a song and its legacy (and hear an unreleased mix)
Wednesday, 11:16 22 October 2014
Led Zeppelins Stairway to Heaven continues to prop up best-ever lists. But what made it great? Jimmy Page and some of the songs admirers explain its magic Continue reading...
Dutch Uncles - In N Out: track premiere
Wednesday, 10:59 22 October 2014
Manchester indie group return with a funk pop track which describes the primal urges of mankind with an oddly matter of fact approach Continue reading...