Category: Music

  • Me and the muse: Kamasi Washington on his sources of inspiration

    Me and the muse: Kamasi Washington on his sources of inspiration

    The saxophonist Kamasi Washington, 34, is a key figure in the Los Angeles jazz scene. As well as leading his own band, the Next Step, and collaborating with a variety of jazz musicians, he has worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill and Chaka Khan. Washington was a distinctive presence on Kendrick Lamar’s […]

  • ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor – the man who invented thrash

    ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor – the man who invented thrash

    If you want to know how important Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor was to the development of metal, go on to YouTube. There you’ll find a clip from 2011 of “the big four” – the four founders of thrash metal, Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth – jamming together, playing the song without which they would never […]

  • Watch extracts from the Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance’s Goldberg Variations

    Watch extracts from the Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance’s Goldberg Variations

    Goldberg Variations – tenary patterns for insomnia is a collaboration between Glasgow-based string orchestra Scottish Ensemble and Swedish-based contemporary dance company Andersson Dance. 11 musicians and five dancers have created a new interpretation of Bach’s keyboard work in which both musicians and dancers are choreographed together as a single entity. The Ensemble musicians not only […]

  • Adele’s platinum-certified single Hello tops singles chart for third week

    Adele’s platinum-certified single Hello tops singles chart for third week

    Adele’s record-breaking single Hello has spent three consecutive weeks at No 1 on the UK singles chart. Since its release on 23 October, Hello has become thefastest-selling single in the UK this year and broken the record for most downloads in a week in the US. As well as topping the singles chart, Hello was […]

  • Rachel Platten tops the UK singles chart for the first time

    Rachel Platten tops the UK singles chart for the first time

    Singer-songwriter Rachel Platten has scored her first ever UK No 1, topping the official singles chart with the track Fight Song. The power ballad first entered the top 100 at No 68 last week, and climbed 67 places this week, following her success in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Belgium. “I feel so […]

  • Rolling Stones to enter the studio this year, says Ronnie Wood

    Rolling Stones to enter the studio this year, says Ronnie Wood

    The Rolling Stones are to enter the studio before the year is out to begin work on their next album, according to guitarist Ronnie Wood. Keith Richards has been suggesting the group would begin work on their 23rd studio album – by the count of UK releases – next year. “They need to, it’s been […]

  • Julia Holter review – magical mystery tour of classical, pop, jazz and all between

    Julia Holter review – magical mystery tour of classical, pop, jazz and all between

    It’s not unusual for a singer-songwriter who performs under their own name, as Julia Holter does, to introduce the musicians in their backing band towards the end of a live set. It’s rare that they point to the sound man and introduce him, too, as Holter does with Ernst Hölscher. But that is typical of […]

  • Amy Winehouse, my sister and addiction

    Amy Winehouse, my sister and addiction

    Iremember where I was the day that Amy Winehouse died. I had run into a shop in Soho to buy a birthday present, when I heard an exchange between the girl at the till and her customer. “She died of an overdose. It was just on the radio,” the cashier said in a “sad news” […]

  • Alicia Keys laments ‘heartless’ justice system in reform pitch to Congress

    Alicia Keys laments ‘heartless’ justice system in reform pitch to Congress

    From time to time, celebrities visit Washington to join advocates in favor of a cause – often raising the profile of an issue by giving extra weight to an otherwise routine press conference or committee hearing. On Monday, the singer-songwriter Alicia Keys chose a decidedly low-key way to do this, delivering an impassioned plea to […]

  • Lady Gaga hit on head by pole at Auckland concert

    Lady Gaga hit on head by pole at Auckland concert

    Lady Gaga has been struck on the head by a pole while performing a concert in New Zealand. The singer was hit on Sunday during the third of three shows in Auckland. Clips posted online show a backup performer accidentally striking Gaga with the set prop while removing it from the central stage. Gaga, holding […]

  • U2 review – primal scream therapy delivered from an arena-rock stage

    U2 review – primal scream therapy delivered from an arena-rock stage

    Few bands would regard playing six nights at the O2 as a step down. For U2, whose previous, stadium-filling 360° tour lasted two years and was the highest grossing tour of all time, this run of dates counts as positively intimate. The Irish superstars are promoting their 13th studio album, last year’s Songs of Innocence, […]

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    Iremember where I was the day that Amy Winehouse died. I had run into a shop in Soho to buy a birthday present, when I heard an exchange between the girl at the till and her customer. “She died of an overdose. It was just on the radio,” the cashier said in a “sad news” […]