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The Artist Who Puts Couples in Vacuum Packs

Haruhiko Kawaguchi's claustrophobic images aim to express what we feel when we talk about love.<p>Since 2009, Haruhiko "Photographer Hal" Kawaguchi has made a career out of asking couples he doesn't know to come home and get in the bag. Not many people could pull something like that off, but the Tokyo …

How Billy Walters became sports' most successful and controversial bettor

For four decades, other gamblers have tried to be Billy Walters while investigators have tried to bring him down. And for four decades, the world's …

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Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …

The 7 Biggest Creativity Killers

Andrew and Gaia Grant, authors of Who Killed Creativity? And How To Get It Back, introduce us to some insidious professional killers and recommend ways to stop them.<p>A crime scene investigation is underway to investigate a death. This is not an average death, this is the death of creative thinking. …

I've found classical record buying nirvana – in Tokyo's Tower Records

I'm in Tokyo this week, which is perhaps one of the few – and perhaps only – places where it's still possible to experience that most nostalgic of shopping thrills, an entire floor dedicated to classical music CDs and LPs. Remember that tingling feeling of anticipation and avariciousness? Or maybe …

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell release new duet

Less than a week after their joint arrest for disorderly conduct, Paul Simon and Edie Brickell have released a new duet.<p>Like To Get To Know You, posted to Brickell's Soundcloud page , is an oddly ambivalent love song. "You see my face every night, every day, but I swear you don't see me at all," …

Foxes' Holding Onto Heaven, this week's best new track

Foxes<br>Holding Onto Heaven (Sign Of The Times/Sony)<p>Lots of pop stars insist they don't care about how many albums they sell, or whether anyone likes their music, while nervously eyeing a pile of council tax bills in their flat. But Foxes <i>really</i> wants you to like Holding Onto Heaven – you can hear it …

10 of the best: Joni Mitchell - readers' choice

What are your favourite Joni Mitchell tracks? Alex Macpherson nominated his top 10 on Wednesday, and readers responded with their own suggestions in the comments. Here’s are 10 of the most frequently nominated, along with Alex’s original top 10. Any tracks we've missed? Let us know in the comments …

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of April

Another month means another Recommended Dose from <i>All Songs Considered</i>. We listen to literally hundreds of new electronic music tracks each month, test the standouts on some very loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.<p>You can stream this month's mix here or on NPR …

Lake Street Dive: 'We aim to sound like the Beatles and Motown had a party'

Lake Street Dive didn’t plan to be a pop sensation. When they formed the band, 10 years ago, the four jazz students who met at music college in Boston had rather more avant garde intentions. “We were extremely earnest in the beginning, almost detrimentally so,” says Mike Olson – known as McDuck to …

Cheatahs’ debut could serve as a primer on ’90s indie rock (in a good way)

Listening to the full-length debut of London quartet Cheatahs, it’s tempting to see its 12 tracks as a sort of sampler platter of the best of ’90s …

Neneh Cherry: welcome return for a unique talent

Neneh Cherry is back with a new sound but all the same spirit that made her so explosive over two decades ago, says Bernadette McNulty<p>If any of the winners at <b>last week’s Brit Awards</b> are struggling to find a place to stash their gongs, they could take inspiration from <b>Neneh Cherry</b>. In 1990, the …

Neneh Cherry: Blank Project

"New York City, she speaks to me in tongues," declares Swedish art-pop diva Neneh Cherry on "Across the Water." She gives as good as she gets: The …

Neneh Cherry, Beck and all the new album reviews – in one place

There’s every chance you were too busy staring in confusion at the gliding giant mascot robots during the Sochi Winter Olympics’ closing ceremony to catch this weekend’s latest album reviews. And that’s okay. We’ve rounded up our critics’ favourites, from both Friday’s G2 Film & Music and the …

Mø: from punk activist to pop star

Danish singer Mø has ditched her DIY days for a whole new sound – but that doesn't mean she's selling out. She talks about rightwing politics, the fear of missing out and youth malaise<p>Mø sounds oddly like Jeremy Kyle. "In Denmark we're so privileged," she says. "You get money to study, you get …

Mø review – some of her music's icy purity gets lost

Scandinavian musicians have long enjoyed a reputation as purveyors of immaculate, pristine pop. Karen Marie Ørsted, the 25-year-old Danish singer-songwriter who records as Mø, has in recent months appeared to be in pole position to further this illustrious lineage.<p>Her debut album, the clunkily …

Nickel Creek returns from a 7-year hiatus with a ready-made best-of album

Nickel Creek didn’t officially break up when it went on the dreaded “indefinite hiatus” in 2007, but given the prolific and disparate …

Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

When you consider that critics have been writing about him for over 60 years, it can seem as if there's nothing left to say about Sonny Rollins. But there is – because over the decades, the "Saxophone Colossus" has never stopped growing or adding to his sound.<p>More than once, Rollins has stepped …

Water Balloon Striking a Face in Super Slow Motion

CrazyRussianHacker is back, this time armed with a slow motion camera and an arsenal of water balloons. Shot at 10,000 FPS on a Phantom v2010 camera, …

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Hulk Hands, A Funny Rap Music Video About Two Rich Guys Who Never Take Off Their Novelty Hulk Hands

“<i>Hulk SMASH! Every damn day with my hulk hands!</i>”<p>New York City actors and comedians Dave Ebert and Douglas Widick have a created “Hulk Hands,” a funny …

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All the Vocals In the Song ‘In Your Eyes’ by Peter Gabriel Replaced With Men Clucking Like Chickens

Former Discovery Digital Networks host and writer Anthony Carboni uploaded a version of the song “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel with all the vocals …

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