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Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Album review: Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Considered, refined and varied adult pop from this mongrel NY band.

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Gaggle sisters doin’ it for themselves

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.

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Honeyblood - Honeyblood

Album review: Honeyblood - Honeyblood

Kicking tunes that balance raw garage-rock elements and heaps of emotion from this female duo.

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Sebastien Tellier - L'Aventura

Album review: Sebastien Tellier - L’Aventura

The esoteric French wunderkind takes a new, tropical tack on his electro-adventure.

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Lewis Watson - The Morning

Album review: Lewis Watson - The Morning

Singer-songwriter with broad appeal and a bagful of tunes? Step forward, Mr Watson.

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Example - Live Life Living

Album review: Example - Live Life Living

Example treads water on this glut of imagination-free club anthems.

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Arcade Fire headlined the British Summer Time stage in Hyde Park

Review: Arcade Fire, Black Sabbath, The Libertines and McBusted at British Summer Time Hyde Park

The giants of rock, metal and pop descended upon the Royal Park to put on some of the most anticipated shows of the year.

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Remember Remember - Forgetting The Present

Album review: Remember Remember - Forgetting The Present

Third LP is an engrossing ensemble effort that pushes post-rock into pleasant new territories.

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Midge Ure

Ultravox’s Midge Ure and David Bowie producer Tony Visconti help rediscover ‘lost art of crooning’

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”?

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George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage

Album review: George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage

Early signs that a true talent may yet be in our midst on this promising, evocative debut.

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Nick Mulvey - First Mind

Album review: Nick Mulvey - First Mind

Complex but compulsive rhythms, divine textures and infectious songs: First Mind reveals Mulvey’s huge talent as songwriter, musician and arranger.

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Glass Animals - Zaba

Album review: Glass Animals - Zaba

Intense, exotic heat and beats characterise this startlingly good debut LP - do yourself a favour and check it out.

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Chrissie Hynde - Stockholm

Album review: Chrissie Hynde - Stockholm

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?

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Neil Young - A Letter Home

Album review: Neil Young - A Letter Home

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.

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Alexis Taylor

Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor steps off the dance floor

Most recognisable for his playfully geeky glasses, Alexis Taylor cuts an unlikely figure among pop’s glossy major players.

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proms at st judes

Proms at St Jude’s: Sondheim from the woman who truly knows him

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.

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proms at st judes

Proms at St Jude’s: Young conductor Theo Bamber braves Handel double

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.

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Bella Hardy

Bella Hardy in party mood as she reaches 30

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.

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Holland Dozier Holland - The Complete 45s

Album review: Holland-Dozier-Holland - The Complete 45s Collection

A trunk full of rare, remastered and rip-roaring soul from the songwriting powerhouse trio that turned helped build the Motown empire.

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Echo & The Bunnymen - Meteorites

Album review: Echo & The Bunnymen - Meteorites

Veteran big cheese of the gloomy indie world goes epic and honest in this return to form.

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George Michael

George Michael voices hopes after illness ‘nearly killed’ him

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.”

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Ray Quinn

Ray Quinn’s back in the swing as Vegas beckons

The crossroads at which versatile entertainer Ray Quinn now finds himself is one many stars of reality television will likely recognise.

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Coldplay - Ghost Stories

Album review: Coldplay - Ghost Stories

A greater reliance on electronica and soundscapes offer glimmers of beauty in an otherwise underwhelmingly par-for-the-course performance.

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The Black Keys - Turn Blue

Album review: The Black Keys - Turn Blue

Arena-sized duo pour psych and prog into the mix for a trippier eighth album.

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Little Matador - Little Matador

Album review: Little Matador - Little Matador

New band rising from the remnants of others pack melody and songwriting chops in a suitacse of heavy rock for an exciting trip.

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Marc Ford - Holy Ghost

Album review: Marc Ford - Holy Ghost

The former lead guitarist of The Black Crowes ploughs a soulful, spiritual furrow of Americana on his fifth solo LP.

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Gabby Young

Gabby Young: A flame-haired musical force of nature

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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A sled can help you carry all your kit for the days of revelling ahead

Festival survival guide: Don’t turn your dream weekend into a nightmare

Packing the right items and avoiding common pitfalls helps make your festival the uplifting experience it should be...

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Tom Hickox

Songwriter Tom Hickox grateful that dreams are paying off

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.

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Albert Hammond

Albert Hammond still searching for his best song yet

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.

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Various Artists - Late Night Tales - Django Django

Album review: Late Night Tales - Django Django

Two seemingly unstoppable forces - one a band, one a compilation series - converge on this cornucopia of cool.

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Camden Crawl is held June 20-21

Camden Crawl festival rekindling independent spirit

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.

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Oasis - Definitely Maybe (Special Edition)

Album review: Oasis - Definitely Maybe (Deluxe Edition)

Brit-rock revivalists’ debut loses none of its rough-hewn bravado - but bonus material underwhelms.

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Gruff Rhys - American Interior

Album review: Gruff Rhys - American Interior

Bold mission statement, vivid and varied interpretations, all rolled into a multimedia package to be awed by.

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The Trouble With Templeton - Rookie

Album review: The Trouble With Templeton - Rookie

From folk club intimacy to arena-sized anthemics, Rookie is epic, affecting, intelligent and evocative.

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Fiona Stewart
UKFA ceremony, with Caitlin Moran and Pete Paphides
credit to UK Festivals Awards

Green Man festival: Wales’ biggest music party inspired by growing up in Camden

Fiona Stewart can look at the astronomic growth of the UK’s festival scene with a measure of pride.

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Wireless Festival

Win tickets to 30 music festivals in tomorrow’s Ham&High

We’re giving readers a chance to win tickets to 30 music festivals in London and across the UK this summer.

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Nigel Kennedy

Nigel Kennedy is as controversial as ever – but a man you can’t help but like

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.

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Johnny Borrell

‘Humbled’ Johnny Borrell hopes to regain golden touch as Razorlight return

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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Heston will be playing at the Jazz cafe on April 27 (pic credit: Dome Records)

Album review: Heston - Love Junkie

Win tickets to see Heston at the Jazz Cafe on Sunday

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Paulo Nutini Caustic Love

Album review: Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love

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.

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Howie B - Down with the Dawn

Album review: Howie B - Down with the Dawn

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.

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Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

Album review: Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

A surprising - and welcome - debut that spits out grunge, pop and electro cuts with beguiling confidence.

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Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

Album review: Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

The latest salvo from the unlikely heroes of stately and understated English songwriting.

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Belsize Baroque

Belsize Baroque remember sleaze of 18th century ‘pleasure gardens’

Like many of its north London neighbours, Belsize Park hides a sleazy history beneath its prestigious, modern veneer.

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The Clash band memorabilia on display at the Black Market Clash pop-up exhibition and store in Soho to mark the release of the group's remastered collected works Sound System box set and new best of collection, Hits Back.

How The Clash and I took punk underground in 1970s Camden

Barry ‘The Baker’ Auguste was the roadie for punk rockers The Clash. Here, he recalls the band’s formative years in Chalk Farm.

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Metronomy - Love Letters

Album review: Metronomy - Love Letters

Don’t expect another slice of The English Riviera’s slick electro-pop from Joseph Mount et al. Awkward, inward... lovable?

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Paloma Faith - A Perfect Contradiction

Album review: Paloma Faith - A Perfect Contradiction

Third outing for the girl who clearly wants - and arguably deserves - more than Motown re-rubs and peppy wronged-woman rants. Maybe next time?

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St Vincent - St Vincent

Album review: St Vincent - St Vincent

Propulsive beats and surreal, attention-grabbing electro makes for a record that punches above it weight.

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Lapland - Lapland

Album review: Lapland - Lapland

Josh Mease’s introspective, ambient pop proves there’s more to Lapland than reindeer and a bearded jolly man.

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Music See all

Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Album review: Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Considered, refined and varied adult pop from this mongrel NY band.

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Theatre See all

plays upstairs at the gatehouse

Fatal Attraction star comes to the defence of war-hating Jane Fonda in new play

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.

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Art See all

Edward Pethebridge

Famed actor Edward Petherbridge turns talents to painting and writing

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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