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Considered, refined and varied adult pop from this mongrel NY band.
When you think of the description “girl band”, the latest batch of simpering, over-sexualised X Factor rejects springs to mind. Add choir into that mix and you have a bunch of operatic 16-year-olds of the young Charlotte Church variety. However, all-singing, all-dancing, all-girl band Gaggle have a new kind of look and sound that manages to defy any kind of label that is thrown at them.
Kicking tunes that balance raw garage-rock elements and heaps of emotion from this female duo.
The esoteric French wunderkind takes a new, tropical tack on his electro-adventure.
Singer-songwriter with broad appeal and a bagful of tunes? Step forward, Mr Watson.
Example treads water on this glut of imagination-free club anthems.
The giants of rock, metal and pop descended upon the Royal Park to put on some of the most anticipated shows of the year.
Third LP is an engrossing ensemble effort that pushes post-rock into pleasant new territories.
What surreal convergence of events could last week lure a clutch of journalists into the basement of Abbey Road studios to hear ’80s pop stars reclaim the “lost art of crooning”?
Early signs that a true talent may yet be in our midst on this promising, evocative debut.
Complex but compulsive rhythms, divine textures and infectious songs: First Mind reveals Mulvey’s huge talent as songwriter, musician and arranger.
Intense, exotic heat and beats characterise this startlingly good debut LP - do yourself a favour and check it out.
Hynde heads for the waters of sleek AOR pop-rock with her first official solo LP. But is this an expedition that’s doomed to fail?
A unique take on an album of cover versions, this is a warm, scratchy document of Young’s visit to a vintage recording booth owned by Jack White.
Most recognisable for his playfully geeky glasses, Alexis Taylor cuts an unlikely figure among pop’s glossy major players.
There’s an international elite of music-theatre stars who are the Sondheim circle: people so identified with him, they seem to be not just interpreters but co-creators.
By tradition St Jude’s usually has a large-scale choral concert, and this year it’s a complete Handel oratorio which happens not be Messiah – nothing so standard - but the piece that arguably invented English oratorio ten years before it. If only by accident.
Amid the artificial twangs of electro-pop and ground-shattering beats of drum and base, folk music is enjoying a steady revival, with artists such as Laura Marling, Ed Sheeran and Mumford and Sons scooping up Brit Awards.
A trunk full of rare, remastered and rip-roaring soul from the songwriting powerhouse trio that turned helped build the Motown empire.
Veteran big cheese of the gloomy indie world goes epic and honest in this return to form.
When George Michael embarked on his Symphonica tour in 2011, he said to those around him: “This is about the voice – this part of my career is about the voice.”
The crossroads at which versatile entertainer Ray Quinn now finds himself is one many stars of reality television will likely recognise.
A greater reliance on electronica and soundscapes offer glimmers of beauty in an otherwise underwhelmingly par-for-the-course performance.
Arena-sized duo pour psych and prog into the mix for a trippier eighth album.
New band rising from the remnants of others pack melody and songwriting chops in a suitacse of heavy rock for an exciting trip.
The former lead guitarist of The Black Crowes ploughs a soulful, spiritual furrow of Americana on his fifth solo LP.
If there’s one buzzword in fashion this year, it’s “normcore”. Blending in with the bland has suddenly become cool, and now fatherly chinos and flip-flops are making an unlikely ascension on to the catwalks.
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Musicians can often seem spoilt, but the journey that has brought Camden-based singer-songwriter Tom Hickox to the release of his first album has filled him with gratitude.
Albert Hammond has been creating hit songs for more than 40 years and, since writing his first, Little Arrows, at the age of 24, he has been responsible for the sale of around 360 million records worldwide, including more than 30 chart-toppers.
Two seemingly unstoppable forces - one a band, one a compilation series - converge on this cornucopia of cool.
Not many festivals would argue that they got too big for their own good, but Camden Crawl has long been one for the musical purists.
Brit-rock revivalists’ debut loses none of its rough-hewn bravado - but bonus material underwhelms.
Bold mission statement, vivid and varied interpretations, all rolled into a multimedia package to be awed by.
From folk club intimacy to arena-sized anthemics, Rookie is epic, affecting, intelligent and evocative.
Fiona Stewart can look at the astronomic growth of the UK’s festival scene with a measure of pride.
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Standing on the doorstep of his Belsize Park residence, Nigel Kennedy doesn’t greet with a handshake, but a hug. In one swoop, this gesture betrays the spiky-haired violinist’s divisive status over the years.
The first time I try to contact Johnny Borrell, it doesn’t work. The reason, I soon discover, is because he’s been waiting for my call in a Southern Basque region of France, in a village so remote it only has one working telephone, which is manned in a restaurant by staff who can’t speak English.
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Like Howie B, Paolo Nutini is another Scotsman who’s spent half a decade perfecting his next release, and by this evidence, patience is a virtue.
Heralded as one of the lynchpins of the ‘90s trip-hop scene, Howie B has always treated genre as a fluid concept, but even by his standards Down with the Dawn is a diverse affair.
A surprising - and welcome - debut that spits out grunge, pop and electro cuts with beguiling confidence.
The latest salvo from the unlikely heroes of stately and understated English songwriting.
Like many of its north London neighbours, Belsize Park hides a sleazy history beneath its prestigious, modern veneer.
Barry ‘The Baker’ Auguste was the roadie for punk rockers The Clash. Here, he recalls the band’s formative years in Chalk Farm.
Don’t expect another slice of The English Riviera’s slick electro-pop from Joseph Mount et al. Awkward, inward... lovable?
Third outing for the girl who clearly wants - and arguably deserves - more than Motown re-rubs and peppy wronged-woman rants. Maybe next time?
Propulsive beats and surreal, attention-grabbing electro makes for a record that punches above it weight.
Considered, refined and varied adult pop from this mongrel NY band.
When Jane Fonda travelled to Vietnam in 1972, the Oscar- winning actress was campaigning against the “war crime” of American bombs targeting the country’s vital dyke system. But during her visit, the political activist was photographed laughing while seated on a Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun, an act which infuriated US war vets and earned her the nickname Hanoi Jane.
Edward Petherbridge may be best known for a long career as an acclaimed classical actor, but he has many other creative talents up his sleeve.
I catch up with him on his lunch break in between rehearsing for his celebrated two-man play, My Perfect Mind, which he describes as a “lite King Lear spin-off” and a humorous and touching show about his life, acting and his experience of not playing Shakespeare’s monarch because of a stroke in 2007.
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