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Carmen review – Gringyte impresses in Scottish Opera's robust production
Tuesday, 13:34 13 October 2015
Theatre Royal, GlasgowMezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte’s voice is steel-clad in this fail-proof Carmen that will never ruffle too many feathers Related: Facing the music: Justina Gringyte This product ..
'It's been an incredible party': Bellowhead pick their favourite tracks
Tuesday, 12:33 13 October 2015
Ahead of their valedictory tour, the 11-piece folk band tell us about the moments and the music that define their 12-year historyAfter 12 years, five studio albums, and thousands of live dates, Bellow ..
Cult heroes: Sarolta Zalatnay, the Hungarian Janis Joplin who was key to rock's evolution
Tuesday, 12:00 13 October 2015
Restricted by communist rules, but liberated by Hungary’s counterculture, she morphed effortlessly from pop starlet to leather-clad rocker, ethereal hippy and movie star, never quite attaining the i ..
Guy Garvey to curate Meltdown festival 2016
Tuesday, 11:36 13 October 2015
The Elbow frontman will choose the lineup for Southbank Centre’s annual event in London next June Next year’s Meltdown festival will be curated by Guy Garvey, lead singer of Elbow.The frontman and ..
A sweetened PiL: watch the video for Public Image Ltd's The One
Tuesday, 11:00 13 October 2015
The homemade video for the band’s new single finds John Lydon in a mellow moodJohn Lydon was a key, chaotic component of the punk movement, so what would one expect to see behind the scenes during a ..
David Bowie has 'decided to retire' according to live agent
Tuesday, 10:40 13 October 2015
The artist’s booking agent compares Bowie to Phil Collins, and says that he has decided that he will never tour again In news that’ll end all Glastonbury headline rumours for good, David Bowie has ..
The worst band names at CMJ 2015, from Space Bacon to Ringo Deathstarr
Tuesday, 10:30 13 October 2015
It’s not easy to come up with an original band name, but there is a line which can never be uncrossed. Here are some of the worst named bands at CMJListen, no one’s saying choosing a band name is ..
From the ends to the art gallery: meet the producers making grime without the MCs – or even the beats
Tuesday, 10:00 13 October 2015
Grime is having a moment, but on both sides of the Atlantic, rising artists like Visionist and Rabit are taking the genre in new directionsGrime is more buoyant than ever. Beats 1’s Julie Adenuga is ..
Lou Reed biographer alleges history of violence against women
Tuesday, 09:53 13 October 2015
Author of Notes from the Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed, speaks to many of the late artist’s friends and lovers, some of whom claim he was physically abusiveA new biography of Lou Reed has ..
Snoop Dogg and other hip-hop stars align for new reality TV series
Tuesday, 09:52 13 October 2015
The series, tentatively titled Music Moguls, will follow the stars ‘from family to business to their love lives’Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Birdman and Damon Dash are to become a fixture of the sm ..
Last dance: how London's after-hours clubbing scene finally faded out
Tuesday, 08:30 13 October 2015
Trade was the capital’s first ever legal after-hours club, running parties at the now defunct Clerkenwell Turnmills every Sunday. Its 25th birthday party next week will be the last hurrah, but it le ..
Tyler, the Creator threatens to 'sneak' into Australia after feminist outcry
Tuesday, 07:40 13 October 2015
New track labelled ‘tantrum to music’ by feminist organisation Collective Shout whose campaign led to cancellation of rapper’s Australian tourAmerican rapper Tyler, the Creator has taken aim in ..
Luka Lesson: Bones – exclusive video premiere
Monday, 23:50 12 October 2015
The turbulent, black ocean is both a symbol of depression and source of solace for the Byron Bay spoken word artist, in this video shot in his hometownLuka Lesson’s track Bones opens with the line, ..
Titus Andronicus: 'You can’t blaze a path of destruction throughout your life'
Monday, 21:04 12 October 2015
Patrick Stickles’s band has burned through more than 10 members in 10 years and their last album was a 29-song meditation on his battles with depression. With his band due to play at CMJ, Stickles r ..
CMJ 2015: New York's chaotic quest for indie music's next big thing
Monday, 18:46 12 October 2015
In the age where music discovery and consumption happens online, CMJ seems quaint – but the new band showcase still serves a purpose, and it’s a lot of funThis week, the percentage of New York Cit ..
The playlist – new bands: Xylø, Jerry Williams, Car Seat Headrest and more
Monday, 17:30 12 October 2015
Among the young talents, Xylø bring dark pop from LA, there’s puppy love pain for Portsmouth’s Jerry Williams and sardonic indie from a one-man band – listen and let us know what you think“I ..
Pharrell Williams endorses Clinton: 'It's time for a woman' to be president
Monday, 17:24 12 October 2015
Singer backs Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Ellen DeGeneres Show and says ‘women think about things in a holistic way’Pharrell Williams is ready for a woman to be president.Appearing on ..
Die Entführung … review – visual delights and strong cast for Glyndebourne's tour
Monday, 16:43 12 October 2015
Glyndebourne, Lewes, SussexThe comedy of Mozart’s culture-clash piece does not stifle the complexity at the heart of the operaDavid McVicar’s production of Mozart’s clash of cultures comedy retu ..
Steve Mackay: the Stooges' great experimenter
Monday, 15:24 12 October 2015
The late saxophonist had a huge influence on the band’s 1970 album Fun House, in spite of the fact that, by his own admission, his heart lay in jazzIt’s fair to say that Steve Mackay’s legacy is ..
Friedrich Cerha Day review – a fuller picture of the man who finished Lulu
Monday, 15:00 12 October 2015
Wigmore Hall, LondonFrom early radicalism to later, more strikingly personal work, the day celebrated the breadth of the veteran composer’s outputOutside his native Austria, Friedrich Cerha seems de ..