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Damon Albarn confirms debut solo album
Thursday, 10:02 12 December 2013
45-year-old teases his 2014 LP, produced by XL Records boss Richard Russell, with a 21 second YouTube video• Damon Albarn and Africa Express pop up in Malian capital Bamako - video Reading on mobile ..
Kim Shattuck opens up about Pixies sacking
Thursday, 09:41 12 December 2013
Muffs member reveals she was sacked by the band's manager over the phone, and also wonders whether an ill-advised stage-dive contributed to the splitKim Shattuck has shared details of her ouster as th ..
Sam Smith named as Brits 2014 Critics' Choice winner
Thursday, 09:19 12 December 2013
Singer is the latest artist to receive the honour, previously awarded to Adele, Emeli Sandé and Florence & the Machine• One to watch: Sam Smith - read an interview hereSam Smith has been selected a ..
Top 10 biopics
Thursday, 08:40 12 December 2013
Cinema has always liked telling a good life story, and all kinds of biography – from the humblest to the starriest – have been given a filmic going-over. The Guardian and Observer's critics pick t ..
Molly Beanland (New band of the day No 1,660)
Thursday, 08:00 12 December 2013
Modern-day purveyor of power ballads. Fully expect a semi, if not total, eclipse of the heartHometown: London. The lineup: Molly Beanland (voice, music). The background: Last Friday night we stood for ..
Australian music in 2013: a vintage year
Thursday, 04:48 12 December 2013
While EDM rose and festivals floundered there were brilliant records being made all over the country – in every genreDarren Levin
One Direction among UK top tweeted about topics in 2013
Wednesday, 20:26 11 December 2013
Boy band dominated debate, while Man United's 2-1 defeat by Real Madrid triggered the biggest single tweeting frenzySporting events, dead celebrities and, perhaps inevitably, One Direction, dominated ..
Tabu Ley Rochereau obituary
Wednesday, 19:13 11 December 2013
Singer and bandleader who found worldwide fame with soukous, a Congolese rumbaThe Congolese songwriter, singer and bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau, who has died aged 76, was one of Africa's most popular ..
Elton John: why I performed in Russia
Wednesday, 18:57 11 December 2013
I went to Russia to challenge the wrong-thinking anti-gay laws, and the stigma and isolation faced by people with HIVThere was a lot of speculation about whether I would go to Russia this year. Many p ..
Geek Sleep Sheep – Hitsuji: New music from Japan
Wednesday, 18:40 11 December 2013
Japan's shoegaze revival gathers pace with this new dreampop supergroupRyotaro Aoki
Blog of the week: Spectral Nights
Wednesday, 18:17 11 December 2013
Blog jam: An indie-loving blog from someone who admits to having "watched High Fidelity too many times"
Led Zeppelin comes to Spotify along with free music streaming for mobiles
Wednesday, 17:40 11 December 2013
In a bid for a mainstream audience, the music streaming service now offers free music on mobile, tablet and desktop and is expanding to 20 new countries. By Samuel Gibbs and Stuart DredgeSamuel GibbsS ..
Schreker: Der Schatzgräber – review
Wednesday, 17:30 11 December 2013
Faveyts/Uhl/Very/Clark/Netherlands Opera and PO/Albrecht(Challenge Classics, two CDs)First performed in 1920, Der Schatzgräber (The Treasure Seeker) was Franz Schreker's fifth opera. Though he comple ..
Remember Me: A Desk Opera – review
Wednesday, 17:13 11 December 2013
Rivington Place, LondonClaudia Molitor's 'desk opera' – more quirky, intimate performance art than opera – might be slender, but it has an odd beauty to itWhen is an opera not an opera? When it's ..
Fat White Family – review
Wednesday, 17:07 11 December 2013
100 Club, LondonThis south London six-piece may not be the most original, but stir up a racket so brilliantly bilious it doesn't really matterLike all great bands, Fat White Family look like trouble. ..
David Arnold and Patty Griffin – video
Wednesday, 16:47 11 December 2013
Dylan Haskins catches up with Iceland's latest sensation, Ásgeir, plus Patty Griffin and David Arnold
How the Whale Became – review
Wednesday, 14:59 11 December 2013
Linbury Studio, LondonWith its fascinating score, Julian Philips and Edward Kemp's version of Ted Hughes's creation tales has become an inventive experiment in live theatre"I wish I could sing like th ..
Boyzone: boyband or manband?
Wednesday, 14:56 11 December 2013
Arena, LeedsThere were synchronised jacket removals and earnest ballads aplenty – but newer, more reflective material suggests that Ronan Keating's boys have become menBoyzone's Ronan Keating is rat ..
YouTube's Year in Review brings back memories of Kid President and the Fox
Wednesday, 14:39 11 December 2013
The UK's most trending videos included Tom Daley announcing he is in a same-sex relationship, and Will Smith revisiting the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. By Siraj DatooSiraj Datoo
Neon Jungle – Braveheart: New music
Wednesday, 14:13 11 December 2013
Following an odd year for girl bands in 2013, Neon Jungle might just be able to make things right again in 2014 Reading on mobile? Click here to watch2013 has been a slightly mixed bag for girl bands. ..
Christmas songs: festive fun or cringeworthy crooning? | Open thread
Wednesday, 14:05 11 December 2013
Following news that Costa has banned Cliff Richard's Mistletoe and Wine from its coffee shops, how do you feel about Crimbo tunes?Christmas songs. Love them or loathe them you just can't escape them r ..
Two Door Cinema Club headline Latitude 2014
Wednesday, 14:00 11 December 2013
The Irish trio top the bill at next year's event, with Billy Bragg, Phosphorescent, Cass McCombs and more announcedTwo Door Cinema Club will headline their first UK festival in 2014, topping the bill ..
Benedict Cumberbatch and Gillian Anderson do it by the book | Media Monkey
Wednesday, 13:35 11 December 2013
BBC Sherlock star, X Files actor and a host of other celebrities perform at charity event for the Reading AgencyStars including Benedict Cumberbatch, Gillian Anderson, Nick Cave and Neil Gaiman turned ..
Thousands gather to mourn death of Tabu Ley Rochereau
Wednesday, 13:20 11 December 2013
Rumba pioneer remembered at state funeral in the Democratic Republic of CongoTabu Ley Rochereau, who died 30 November, was commemorated this week at a state funeral in the Democratic Republic of Congo ..
Can you write a Christmas No 1?
Wednesday, 13:13 11 December 2013
If you write your own music, show off your prowess here! We want your original Christmas compositionsMarc Burrows