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Taylor Swift: 'I wasn't ready to be friends with Kanye West until he respected me'
Tuesday, 18:09 04 August 2015
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the pop star discusses the role Jay Z played in reconciling Swift with West after his stage invasion at the 2009 VMA awards Related: Taylor Swift still has bad blood ..
Musical activism: Greenpeace is not the first
Tuesday, 17:58 04 August 2015
Greenpeace is using music and a string quartet to protest against Arctic drilling. Plenty of other composers have written works that make meaningful connection between soundscape and landscape. Here a ..
The playlist: metal – Clutch, Grave Pleasures, Powerwolf and more
Tuesday, 17:56 04 August 2015
Clutch turn blues-fuelled hard rock infectious, My Dying Bride perforate your musical boundaries with your eardrums, while there’s dance-friendly post-punk from Grave PleasuresAdored by discerning f ..
50 Cent's expenses include $5,000 per month on gardening
Tuesday, 16:52 04 August 2015
The rapper revealed his monthly expenses at a hearing in Connecticut, after filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a ‘strategic business move’The rapper 50 Cent (real name Curtis James Jac ..
Shooting near Drake afterparty in Toronto leaves two dead
Tuesday, 16:40 04 August 2015
Three also wounded as violence breaks out around nightclub where Drake hosted afterparty for his Ovo Fest music festivalA man and a woman have been killed and three other people left with life-threate ..
Eminem became addicted to exercise following drug rehabilitation
Tuesday, 16:35 04 August 2015
‘I got an addict’s brain, and when it came to running, I think I got a little carried away,’ says the rapper Elton John may have been crucial to Eminem’s recovery from drug addiction, but acco ..
Sun Kil Moon review – instinctive, in-the-moment art from Mark Kozelek
Tuesday, 16:03 04 August 2015
St George’s Church, BrightonKozelek wanders and gestures as if delivering an off-the-cuff talk in an enthralling performance that mirrors his writingBack, then, to the old question of whether, and h ..
L’enfant et les sortilèges review – bright ideas and remarkable singing from the Samling Academy
Tuesday, 15:57 04 August 2015
Sage, GatesheadRavel’s 45-minute opera parable works perfectly for the young singers of the Samling AcademyFor nearly 20 years, a Samling scholarship has been a significant point of departure for yo ..
BBCSSO/Runnicles review – MacMillan premiere and the raw power of Mahler
Tuesday, 14:30 04 August 2015
Royal Albert Hall, LondonJames MacMillan’s dense and complex Fourth Symphony was conducted with affection and dignity; Mahler’s Fifth felt like being locked into someone else’s nervous breakdown ..
Cee-Lo Green apologises for Twitter rape remarks
Tuesday, 13:39 04 August 2015
‘I do realise I’m an artist, that I’m flawed – and sometimes, you know, you don’t think,’ says the singer Cee-Lo Green has admitted that a series of controversial tweets he sent amid accus ..
Cult heroes: E-40, the stalwart working an open-cast mine of futurist rap
Tuesday, 12:00 04 August 2015
A barrage of 16 albums in the last five years is a reminder of the work-rate and inventiveness of the underappreciated Bay Area OG, as well as the forgotten hyphy sound he has championedThere are plen ..
Cambridge folk festival: a visual tour of the city's musical show
Tuesday, 10:40 04 August 2015
Guardian photojournalist Sarah Lee travelled to Cambridge to attend the city’s folk festival, one of the country’s most enduring musical gatherings, which this year featured a line up that boasted ..
Vic Mensa: 'The Gallagher brothers are ultimate dickheads’
Tuesday, 10:00 04 August 2015
Kanye’s punk protege is signed to Roc Nation but he rejects the fake side of fame and the ‘weird shit’ that goes with it. Meet the Chicago rapper with a rock attitudeThe queue starts to form fiv ..
Police have received a number of reported DJ Derek sightings
Tuesday, 09:46 04 August 2015
The missing 73-year-old from Bristol was possibly seen at Yate bus station less than three weeks ago, police have revealedAs the search for missing music scene legend DJ Derek continues, police have r ..
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale file for divorce
Tuesday, 09:02 04 August 2015
‘While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood,’ the former couple sayAfter almost 13 years of marriage, Gwe ..
Opera in Aix-en-Provence: from the archive, 4 August 1958
Tuesday, 06:00 04 August 2015
A few days at Aix, which has the densest and most varied programme, may be followed by a few at Avignon, from which Orange makes an easy day excursionAix-en-Provence, August 3“Le touriste qui, venan ..
Lollapalooza review – Charli XCX and Gary Clark Jr shine amid the storms
Monday, 23:57 03 August 2015
Grant Park, ChicagoIt may feel like a festival struggling to find its identity at times, but Lollapalooza’s mid-market mix still stood out despite the rainWhat is the purpose of Lollapalooza? It is ..
Monterverdi's Orfeo: 'a brilliant and compelling fable to the inalienable power of music'
Monday, 18:55 03 August 2015
Monteverdi might be surprised to find himself hailed as the inventor of the opera, and he disclaimed the role of revolutionary, but his Orfeo is a radical, innovative and extraordinary work The Orpheu ..
BBCSSO/Runnicles review – sheer and impressive drama
Monday, 17:58 03 August 2015
Royal Albert Hall, LondonDonald Runnicles, conducting the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s chorus and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, brought precision and drama to Verdi’s RequiemWhen the conductor Ha ..
Harry Pitch obituary
Monday, 17:19 03 August 2015
Musician whose harmonica-playing graced many pop songs in the 1960s and also film and TV music, notably on Last of the Summer Wine’s theme tuneThe harmonica has often been regarded as a novelty inst ..