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The Blank Canvas review operatic novices make their mark
Monday, 18:41 01 September 2014
King's Head, LondonThe winner of last year's Opera Up Close Flourish competition for new composers and librettists impresses in all aspects Continue reading...
End of the Road festival review expertly curated indie rock
Monday, 18:00 01 September 2014
Larmer Tree Gardens, WiltshireAmerican upstarts St Paul and the Broken Bones deliver a stupendous set, while indie darling St Vincent triumphs Continue reading...
Rhuna Martin obituary
Monday, 17:48 01 September 2014
Pop's weighty issue: All About That Bass and other body-positive anthems
Monday, 17:28 01 September 2014
Physical scrutiny of female pop artists is intense, but stars such as Meghan Trainor, with her breakthrough chart smash, are fighting back with fierce celebrations of flesh Continue reading...
Proms matinee 3: London Sinfonietta/ Edwards review visceral and dazzling
Monday, 15:22 01 September 2014
Cadogan Hall, LondonA programme marking the 80th birthday of Peter Maxwell Davies captured the composer's trademark fluency and invention Continue reading...
The playlist new bands: Salt Cathedral, Mother, Kamp! and more
Monday, 14:38 01 September 2014
A super supergroup, Charli XCXs sometime drummer gone solo and a Polish trio obsessed with 80s Manchester and Ibiza Continue reading...
Cold Specks review dark soul that's as frustrating as it is beguiling
Monday, 13:55 01 September 2014
Rough Trade East, LondonCanadian Al Spx's second album was a big step forward from her 'doom soul' debut, but her live show is still in transition Continue reading...
Prom 58: Salome review intense, unsparing and magnificent
Monday, 12:58 01 September 2014
Royal Albert Hall, LondonNina Stemme's radiant Salome stole the show as Donald Runnicles treated Strauss lovers to a delicious rarity Continue reading...
Tricky Adrian Thaws: Exclusive album stream
Monday, 11:22 01 September 2014
Have a listen to the Bristol mavericks eleventh album, one week ahead of its release, and let us know your thoughts Continue reading...
Five albums to try this week: Sinkane, Pulled Apart by Horses and more
Monday, 10:58 01 September 2014
From mysterious Lewis to the Pierces soft rock, here are the pros and cons of five records out this week Continue reading...
Neil Young said to be prepping orchestral album entitled Storytone
Monday, 10:37 01 September 2014
Fans discover a clue on the website of composer Chris Walden, who notes arrangements for an upcoming Young album, out in November Continue reading...
Final day of Electric Zoo festival cancelled for second year running
Monday, 09:41 01 September 2014
Following warnings of extreme weather conditions, the EDM event in New York was cut short this weekend Continue reading...
Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and more sign up for Scottish yes vote rally
Monday, 09:17 01 September 2014
A Night For Scotland showcase intended to help the countrys yes supporters prepare to move up another gear before the referendumScottish independence: what the musicians thinkPaul McCartney joins cele ..
Kate Bush has eight entries in this week's UK Official Albums Chart
Sunday, 21:59 31 August 2014
A return to live performance after 35 years propelled sales, putting her success behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles Continue reading...
Laura Mvula review charismatic, candid and ferociously gifted
Sunday, 18:32 31 August 2014
Mvula's gripping performance in an intimate setting brought to mind the intensity of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan Continue reading...
Prom 57 review Daniel Harding's debut makes too much of Mahler
Sunday, 18:23 31 August 2014
A rushed performance of Mahler's Second Symphony found neither Harding nor the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at their best Continue reading...
Leaf through history with the programme from Kate Bushs 1979 tour
Sunday, 17:59 31 August 2014
There may not have been quite the same level of excitement surrounding the singers 1979 tour, but a look through the official programme shows that she still had the power to captivate her fans Continu ..
Artist Roger Dean at 70 - in pictures
Sunday, 11:32 31 August 2014
Roger Dean, the famed artist, designer, architect, and publisher, turns 70 on 31 August. Featuring some of his greatest fantasy landscapes and designs for artists such as Yes and Asia, lets celebrate ..
The 10 most anticipated albums this autumn
Sunday, 10:30 31 August 2014
After summers slowdown in major releases, autumn brings out the big guns. Our music critics pick their highlights including the return of Adele and Alt-J, hiphop attitude from Nicki Minaj, Pink Floyds ..
Kate Bush review a magical new dawn
Sunday, 10:00 31 August 2014
Hammersmith Apollo, LondonWhat is truly thrilling about Kate Bush's comeback is how little her voice, or her questing spirit, have changed Continue reading...
Indiana: No Romeo review dance-pop that's no stranger to despair
Sunday, 10:00 31 August 2014
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Mary J Blige interview: 'The UK is a better place to make music than the States'
Sunday, 10:00 31 August 2014
The soul singer talks about her month in London making an album with the cream of British talent including Disclosure, Naughty Boy and Sam Smith and why she just had to meet Mitch Winehouse Continue r ..
Simon Rattle: 'Learning music is a birthright. And you have to start young'
Sunday, 08:30 31 August 2014
The conductor on his lifelong love of the Proms, performing with Mr Bean and becoming a father again at 59 Continue reading...
Swimmin' Time review Shovels & Rope deliver winning bluesy lo-fi
Sunday, 01:25 31 August 2014
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Proms 50, 53, 54 review the rough with the smooth
Sunday, 01:09 31 August 2014
Royal Albert Hall, LondonPlush Czech and Hungarian orchestras contrasted with John Eliot Gardiner's bracing early music forces Continue reading...