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John Renbourn obituary
Friday, 19:47 27 March 2015
Guitarist and founder with Bert Jansch of jazz-folk band Pentangle Continue reading...
Brodinski’s favourite tracks
Friday, 19:00 27 March 2015
The Parisian electro-rap producer and Kanye West collaborator empties the contents of his psychic record bag Continue reading...
Ward Thomas review – the easygoing side of Nashville
Friday, 18:11 27 March 2015
Islington Assembly Hall, LondonThese Nashville-schooled Hampshire twins have bags of confidence, but need to embrace the American country capital’s more experimental side Continue reading...
Clubs picks of the week
Friday, 18:00 27 March 2015
GETME! | Pender Street Steppers | Mumu | Happy Skull x Berceuse Heroique | UKG Fest Continue reading...
New band of the week: Death and Vanilla (No 47)
Friday, 17:46 27 March 2015
Swedish exponents of dreamily lovely psych and lush, late-60s-style baroque popHometown: Malmö, Sweden.The lineup: Marleen Nilsson, Anders Hansson and Magnus Bodin. Continue reading...
Yusuf Islam and Loudon Wainwright III celebrated at BBC 2 folk awards
Friday, 17:28 27 March 2015
Lifetime achievement awards to Islam and Wainwright III announced alongside shortlist for this year’s event Continue reading...
Christian Tetzlaff review – works in progress, in the best sense
Friday, 16:49 27 March 2015
Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonFilling in for Midori, Christian Tezlaff brought a searching, ephemeral quality to his rendition of pieces by Bach and Bartók Continue reading...
Birth, brutality and Beats by Dre: watch new videos from Jamie xx, Florence and the Machine and QT
Friday, 15:56 27 March 2015
This week saw a host of inventive new videos released, from FKA twigs’s perturbing pregnancy to Run the Jewels’ commentary on police violence Continue reading...
The week in music: Willie Nelson's weed, sad boyband fans and more
Friday, 15:10 27 March 2015
From Zayn Malik’s One Direction departure and Willie Nelson’s weed brand to Apple challenging Spotify’s streaming service, here’s our weekly music news roundupYou may have missed a story on 12 ..
John Renbourn: ceaseless explorer of song – appreciation
Friday, 14:07 27 March 2015
‘Just listening to it made me feel drunk,’ said the great guitarist when he went back to his old Pentangle recordings. Pete Paphides pays tribute to a man who could play his instrument better than ..
The playlist – pop: Brandon Flowers, Ronika, Shamir
Friday, 13:14 27 March 2015
Killers vocalist returns; Ronika is poppier than Abba; Sofie de la Torre laments lost love with a whistle solo; Shamir channels Jacko and La Roux while Brayton Bowman sings a digital blues for the Tin ..
Dappy, Py, Ed Sheeran: this week’s new tracks rated and slated
Friday, 13:00 27 March 2015
In the Guide single reviews, no one is safe, especially that ‘dreadlocked Cabbage Patch doll’ Luke FriendPICK OF THE WEEK Continue reading...
Usher review – not even outshone by upside-down twerking
Friday, 12:37 27 March 2015
O2 Arena, LondonThe R&B veteran shrugged off his declining chart fortunes with a stage tour de force that showcased his supreme dancing skills Continue reading...
Why LoneLady's Hinterland is the one album you should hear this week - video
Friday, 11:43 27 March 2015
Five years on from her debut album, Mancunian singer-songwriter Julie Campbell returns with a revitalised, mutant disco sound entirely her own. Hinterland's eclectic, vibrant avant-funk is a beguiling ..
Blur to headline Isle of Wight festival
Friday, 10:54 27 March 2015
The reunited band will appear at the festival a week before their headline slot at Hyde Park in London Continue reading...
David Cameron backs the War on Drugs
Friday, 10:30 27 March 2015
Prime minister tells Attitude magazine his wife introduced him to the Philadelphia indie bandDavid Cameron has offered his support for the War on Drugs. Not the ongoing struggle against the traffic in ..
Willie Nelson to open chain of marijuana stores
Friday, 09:42 27 March 2015
Veteran country star plans to launch his own brand of weed, Willie’s Reserve, to sell in states where marijuana is legal Continue reading...
Ben Stiller's teenage punk band gets picked up by Brooklyn indie label
Friday, 09:22 27 March 2015
Capital Punishment’s Roadkill is to be released on the hip Captured Tracks label Continue reading...
Record collector builds world's largest vinyl hoard – six million and counting
Friday, 08:00 27 March 2015
Brazilian Zero Freitas began with a pocket-money purchase in 1965 and snapped up a million records in a single month last year – and now he is planning a non-profit exhibition centre and lending lib ..
The world's largest record collection – video
Friday, 08:00 27 March 2015
Meet Zero Freitas, Brazilian bus magnate and owner of the world's largest vinyl record collection. Inspired by his mother, Freitas started collecting with a Roberto Carlos record in 1965 and has gone ..