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Wagner’s Die Walküre: Act III review – spine-tingling
Tuesday, 18:43 28 April 2015
Millennium Centre, CardiffThis bite-sized chunk of Wagner – led by Iréne Theorin’s authoritative Brünnhilde and a demonic but tender Bryn Terfel as Wotan – could induce serious Ring addiction ..
Cult heroes: it was a long wait for Eska’s first album – but it was worth it
Tuesday, 18:27 28 April 2015
Eska Mtungwazi signalled her amazing talent a decade ago. Now she’s finally proved her ability to move far beyond the British soul sceneI moved to London in the early 2000s, and spent the next five ..
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly: panel verdict
Tuesday, 17:14 28 April 2015
Just over a month after its release, we asked five critics to digest it and give their verdict on why it’s been one of the standout moments of the yearOn To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar is the d ..
Brian Couzens obituary
Tuesday, 16:29 28 April 2015
Founder of Chandos Records whose enthusiasm for the technique of audio recording made the classical label a digital pioneer Continue reading...
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith review – somewhere between Radiohead and Love
Tuesday, 13:46 28 April 2015
Brudenell Social Club, LeedsA decorous jazzy sound, terrific lyrics and a fine line in facial hair should be taking the Vancouver singer-songwriter further Continue reading...
Pete Townshend shares track from Classic Quadrophenia
Tuesday, 12:39 28 April 2015
A sample of the guitarist’s symphonic reimagining of the Who’s rock opera is now available, ahead of an album and live show this summerThose curious about Pete Townshend’s symphonic reimagining ..
Sam Smith cancels the rest of his Australian tour
Tuesday, 11:11 28 April 2015
British pop star apologises to fans in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth for decision, which he says was due to a haemorrhage on his vocal cords Continue reading...
David Byrne announces first part of his Meltdown line-up
Tuesday, 10:58 28 April 2015
Experimental theatre, drone metal and flamenco all take their place at the Southbank Centre in London for this summer’s festivalDavid Byrne has revealed the first names on the line-up for the Meltdo ..
Take That bandmates urge One Direction to phone Zayn Malik
Tuesday, 10:50 28 April 2015
Trio regret not calling Robbie Williams following his departure from the group in 1995, claiming it triggered a decade of silenceIf there’s one band who can offer advice about the tumultuous experie ..
Michael Cera to tour with the Unicorns’ Alden Penner
Tuesday, 09:52 28 April 2015
Comedy actor joins the alt-rock artist on tour throughout Europe this summer Continue reading...
Billy Corgan joins TNA Wrestling as senior producer
Tuesday, 09:11 28 April 2015
Smashing Pumpkins frontman plans to put his ‘deep-rooted passion for pro-wrestling’ to use developing programmes for US entertainment company Continue reading...
A night at the opera revisited, 51 years on: Otto Klemperer’s Die Zauberflöte
Monday, 18:53 27 April 2015
BBCSO/Nesterowicz/Osborne review – Rouse's overture is lively but unmemorable
Monday, 17:33 27 April 2015
Barbican, LondonRouse’s Prospero’s Rooms did not leave a deep impression; colourful Lutosławski and Osborne’s brilliant Beethoven fared better Continue reading...
The Proms' problem isn't the programming, it's the lack of imagination
Monday, 17:07 27 April 2015
Critics of this year’s lineup bemoaning events such as the club music prom are missing the point. The BBC Proms is no longer about music; it’s about the PromsI can reveal exclusively the real reas ..
Neil Cowley: The Other Side of Dudley Moore review – funny and moving tribute to the comic actor
Monday, 16:57 27 April 2015
Ronnie Scott’s, LondonA triumphantly diverse tribute to Moore as a sidelined jazz maestro, sympathetically told by a lifelong devotee Continue reading...
How to write a hit song: To Kill a King takes our Radio 1 word-cloud challenge
Monday, 16:20 27 April 2015
We asked the folk-rock group to riff on a word cloud based on lyrics from a recent BBC Radio 1 playlist. The result? A ‘slightly fractured’ A-list song with a storyHow do you get on the BBC Radio ..
The playlist: new bands – Beau NYC, Ji Nilsson, LA Priest, and more
Monday, 14:01 27 April 2015
Soft rock from New York? Hard rock from Spain? We cater to all rock diets in this week’s new band playlist Continue reading...
Nick Cave review – drunk-punk and romance from brimstone polymath
Monday, 13:36 27 April 2015
Royal Concert Hall, GlasgowHypnotic stagecraft and throat-catching solos create a volatile mix of catharsis and rising hysteria – everything you’d want from a Cave experience Continue reading...
Mexrrissey: Mexico Goes Morrissey review – a vibrant tribute to outsider music
Monday, 13:21 27 April 2015
Barbican, LondonThe musicianship zings with joie de vivre as Morrissey’s ouevre gets a Latin makeover, led by a twinkly-eyed Camilo Lara Continue reading...
Sid Tepper, songwriter for Elvis, dies at 96
Monday, 12:34 27 April 2015
The writer of more than 40 hit songs for Presley, and many others for Frank Sinatra and Jeff Beck, has died Continue reading...