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Aki Rissanen: Amorandom review – advanced ideas with a street-sharp attack

(Edition)<p>Aki Rissanen, the 36-year-old Finnish composer and improviser, is a classical graduate who found jazz, winning plaudits for it at festivals as big as Montreux, and star collaborators including US saxophonist Dave Liebman. Rissanen’s left-field metamorphoses of the familiar have been …

Rokia Traoré: Né So review – reflective and lyrical

(Nonesuch)<p>The Malian singer continues to cut a singular trajectory through modern music. On the heels of a fine, Miles-esque outing with trumpeter Erik Truffaz comes a sixth solo album, like 2013’s <i>Beautiful Africa</i> cut with producer John Parish, though with fewer rock influences. The guitars and …

In a world where films end as soon as their characters say the title, only Limp Bizkit survives

The greatest movies, as everyone knows, are the ones that include a rap song on the end credits that explains the plot of the thing you just watched (see <i>Deep Blue Sea</i>, most Will Smith films). The second-greatest movies are the ones that have their characters say the movie's title. It's a little bit …

Google's Data Saver extension helps Chrome load pages faster and lighter

Chrome's Data Saver mode has been around on Android for some time now, helping users load pages faster and eat up less of their data plan in the process. Today, Google's rolling out the same useful tool for Chrome on the desktop via an extension. Once installed, the Data Saver extension will keep …

Software

Listen to PJ Harvey's new track The Wheel

The double Mercury winner returns with the first song taken from her ninth studio album The Hope Six Demolition Project – let us know what you think<p>There are few artists who can get five-star reviews of an album before it’s even been made. Recording her record in full view of the public in a …

New band of the week: Essaie Pas (No 87)

French-Canadian duo giving artily abstract and pulsatingly pretentious dance music a good name<p><b>Hometown:</b> Montreal.<p><b>The lineup:</b> Marie Davidson (voice, keys), Pierre Guerineau (keys, production).<p><b>The background:</b> While the world waits for the return of LCD Soundsystem, you could always while away the …

Neneh Cherry on jazz and rebellion - the Guardian Radio Hour podcast

From Sun Ra to the Slits, Neneh Cherry kicks off our new NTS radio series in London with a show dedicated to the spirit of punk in jazz and jazz in punk<p>Neneh discusses how being raised free jazz trumpeter Don Cherry opened her ears to a wide range of musicians. Through her stepfather she met …

Designing the Perfect Table of Contents: 50 Examples to Show You How

<i>Anyone who’s ever read a book is familiar with the infamous Table of Contents.</i> Rumored to be one of the most boring design elements of all time, it’s …

Graphic Design

Hear Radiohead's unreleased James Bond theme song for Spectre

Were you not a fan of Sam Smith's "Writing on the Wall," the somewhat overwrought theme song for <i>Spectre</i>? Would you have preferred, say, Radiohead to soundtrack the opening to the latest James Bond film? Turns out that very nearly happened — the band was actually asked to write the <i>Spectre</i> theme …

'He speaks to us': why Shostakovich was a great communicator

Shostakovich liked a joke. He also loved great Russian novels – and his love of wordplay is evident in his music, if you care to join the conversation. Composer and Shostakovich expert Gerard McBurney explains<p>Recently, in a little book by Colm Tóibín about the American poet Elizabeth Bishop, I was …

Why Darren Hayman's Florence is the one album you should hear this week – video

Darren Hayman was once the frontman of Hefner. His solo career has been fascinating and eclectic, says Alexis Petridis. He’s prolific, too – Florence is his third album this year. Unlike his other work, which has been conceptual, this album isn’t. It brings together the threads that tie together …