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Taking to the sea for a hit of jazz heroes | Letter
Wednesday, 21:04 01 July 2015
Tim Jonze writes about British pop singers who sailed the transatlantic liners to bring rock to this country (The sailors who taught Britain how to rock’n’roll, G2, 1 July), apparently without not ..
Winehouse, Austen, Kafka and Monet: why does the work of great artists get destroyed?
Wednesday, 19:44 01 July 2015
Amy Winehouse’s label boss has admitted destroying some of the singer’s demos. She’s not the only one whose archive is incompleteAmy Winehouse may be under scrutiny again with the release of Asi ..
St Vincent: 10 of the best
Wednesday, 16:48 01 July 2015
One of the most compelling artists of this generation, Annie Clark writes restless, songs that defy convention – from solo stunners to incredible collaborationsSt Vincent’s debut album Marry Me is ..
Thanks, eh: musicians that made it big when they moved to Canada
Wednesday, 16:25 01 July 2015
Sure, Drake and Justin Bieber went the other way – but on this Canada Day we celebrate the many non-Canadians who hit their stride once they moved northThere’s plenty of home-grown talent that hel ..
Glastonbury's rubbish: going against the green ethos ruins it for everyone
Wednesday, 16:09 01 July 2015
Despite the 40,000 bins, Worthy Farm after the festival is an apocalypse of scrap metal, plastic bottles and abandoned tents. It’s enough to stop me going backThere was a moment on Thursday at Glast ..
Thielemann makes history as first music director for Bayreuth – with free parking
Wednesday, 15:32 01 July 2015
The controversy-torn Wagner festival has appointed Christian Thielemann as its first independent music director. Unusually, this news emerged in the car parkChristian Thielemann has been officially ap ..
Erik Satie: a life less ordinary
Wednesday, 15:28 01 July 2015
Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No 1 might be a pop classic, but there’s much, much more to the fascinating and eccentric French composerFilm-makers have missed a trick with the life of Erik Satie. A bio ..
Philharmonia/Dohnányi review – lithe, passionate playing
Wednesday, 14:43 01 July 2015
Royal Festival Hall, LondonChristoph von Dohnányi can really energise a score, and brought great vitality to the orchestra’s season-closing programme of Bartók, Mozart and BeethovenReturning to th ..
Bostridge/Wybrew review – special Schumann singing
Wednesday, 14:41 01 July 2015
Mansion House, LondonThe singer’s German diction was immaculate, and together with pianist Sebastian Wybrew he vividly illuminated three lesser-known Schumann cycles The programme that Ian Bostridge ..
Loz Speyer review – genre-bending trumpeter deserves a bigger stage
Wednesday, 14:36 01 July 2015
Vortex, LondonSpeyer’s jazzy improv outfit, Inner Space Music, delivered a consistently intriguing set of Cuban dance, American jazz and European free musicTrumpeter Loz Speyer, a well-kept secret o ..
The Flying Dutchman review – Opera North's perfect theatrical storm
Wednesday, 14:32 01 July 2015
Town Hall, LeedsOpera North continues to revitalise Wagner, dramatically presenting his voyage into gothic fantasy as a quasi-cinematic digital experienceIn just under five years, Opera North has tran ..
Bucks Fizz: more than just a Kwik Save Abba
Wednesday, 13:59 01 July 2015
They were put together for the Eurovision song contest, but the UK’s answer to Abba were more successful and daring than people care to remembeThe white heat of the post-punk era created new pop, a ..
Listen to Charlie Fink's single My Heartbeat Lost Its Rhythm
Wednesday, 13:45 01 July 2015
The former Noah and the Whale frontman returns with his debut solo track – and news of his score for the Old Vic’s adaptation of Dr Seuess’s the LoraxWhen Noah and the Whale split back in April, ..
Iggy Azalea criticises press for stirring row with Britney Spears
Wednesday, 11:53 01 July 2015
‘I feel like the media wants women in music to get out and mud-wrestle each other,’ tweets the Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea has blamed the media for creating a “beef” between her and Britney Spea ..
Rolling Stones 'do a Bowie'– career-spanning exhibition in London
Wednesday, 11:00 01 July 2015
The Rolling Stones – Exhibitionism will include more than 500 objects from the band’s six-decade historyYou might think rock stars can gain enough affirmation (and cash) from their music. Take the ..
Kendrick Lamar – watch his new video for Alright
Wednesday, 10:13 01 July 2015
The latest clip for To Pimp a Butterfly shows Lamar and his crew at loggerheads with the policeKendrick Lamar’s new video, for Alright, dropped overnight in Tuesday. The clip continues to explore th ..
Guns N' Roses have recorded enough music for 'two or three albums'
Wednesday, 09:41 01 July 2015
However, band members admit they have no idea when it will be releasedGuns N’ Roses have recorded enough material “two or three albums”, according to guitarist Richard Fortus. Whether that means ..
Amy Winehouse's demos will never be released – because her label boss destroyed them
Wednesday, 09:28 01 July 2015
Universal CEO David Joseph says the decision to destroy her early recordings was ‘a moral thing’One of the grimmer sights in recent years has been the raiding of the vaults of dead superstars to u ..
Cunard Yanks: the sailors who taught Britain how to rock'n'roll
Wednesday, 09:00 01 July 2015
They worked on the transatlantic liners that shuttled between Liverpool and New York in the 1950s – and every time they docked, they brought fresh sounds and fashions to an eager cityOne solitary re ..
Michelle Obama hosts girl scouts for first ever White House campout – video
Wednesday, 07:54 01 July 2015
As part of her Let's Move! Outside healthy living campaign, the first lady welcomes a troop of girl scouts to camp out on the south lawn of the White House, which is officially one of the US's 58 nati ..