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Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool review – something they've never achieved before

Radiohead have always sounded like a band in constant motion: every album has seemed like an agitated shift from the last (XL)<p>Last Tuesday, the world was treated to the improbable spectacle of tastemaking US music website Pitchfork earnestly trying to explain 1960s and 70s UK kids’ show Trumpton to …

The Unthanks win best album at Folk Awards

<b>The Unthanks have won album of the year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for the ambitious, melancholy Mount The Air.</b><p>The record, which received a host of five star reviews, is notable for its 10-minute title track, which marries a traditional Dorset folk song with Miles Davis-inspired trumpet figures.<p>…

Coen Brothers

Influences: Man Made

Nile Marr started making music in his teens, drawn towards acoustic aesthetes such as Nick Drake or John Martyn.<p>As he grew older, though, he pushed …

Indie Music
Northwestern University

3 Artists From Abroad, For International Jazz Day

This Saturday is International Jazz Day. And this year, NPR has a man on the inside.<p>Bassist Christian McBride, host of <i>Jazz Night In America</i>, is in town for the all-star show at the White House. So he took the opportunity to swing by NPR headquarters and speak with host Audie Cornish about some of …

Hugh Masekela

Inside the National's Epic Grateful Dead Tribute

Indie-rock band and friends show Deadhead roots on all-star 59-track LP<p>Guitarists Bryce and Aaron Dessner of the National never saw the Grateful Dead …

Grateful Dead

The Pod Couple: episode one - your new audio guide to the best podcasts and digital radio

At the Telegraph, we know that our readers are also listeners, inquisitive, well-informed and discriminating. It’s why our daily radio listings are in the same size type as those for television. And why I have been reviewing radio for the newspaper since 1975. And why we’re the only newspaper in …

Radio Industry

Did You Know the Standard-Bearers For Audio Technical Excellence Were … Steely Dan?

<b>WHAT:</b> “How Steely Dan Composes A Song,” an explainer on the technical brilliance of your bong-toting uncle’s favorite band.<p><b>WHO:</b> YouTube-based weekly video series, The Nerdwriter.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> Anyone younger than, say, 47, may have developed an urge to roll their eyes upon hearing yet again the …

Steely Dan

Bill Evans Trio: Some Other Time review – exquisite, enthralling jazz

(Resonance)<p>This enthralling session by the late Bill Evans (a crucial pianistic influence on stars from McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock to Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau) was recorded five days after a famous performance at the 1968 Montreux jazz festival by Evans, bassist Eddie Gomez …

Debbie Harry: 'Music matters. YouTube should pay musicians fairly'

The Blondie singer outlines why she’s joining the crusade to demand better payments for musicians from the video streaming service<p>As a singer-songwriter with more than 40 years of experience in the music industry, I have witnessed large shifts in the economics of the business. The most extensive of …

James Taylor on the Beatles, Sci-Fi, What He's Learned About Marriage

Singer-songwriter talks classic cars, contract regrets and how his shows are like the Grateful Dead's<p>Last summer, James Taylor released his first …

Grateful Dead

The enduring musical legacy of Twin Peaks

Earlier this week, experimental pop duo Xiu Xiu released their tribute to the music of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s iconic TV series <i>Twin Peaks</i>. Originally commissioned by Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art for a Lynch retrospective, <i>Xiu Xiu: Plays the Music of Twin Peaks</i> includes a rockabilly cover of …

Eddie Vedder

Flashback: Neil Young Declares 'Even Richard Nixon Has Got Soul'

Listen to Young's 1976 song 'Campaigner' in which he expresses some sympathy for the former president<p>Neil Young ripped into Richard Nixon for his …

Richard Nixon

The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds Celebrates its 50th Anniversary: Artists Pay Tribute to the Eternal Teenage Symphony

“Nothing has ever made me feel more connected to the universe and ultimately to the work of my father. For this, I have Mr. Wilson to thank.”Sean Ono Lennon on Pet Sounds<p>“Pet Sounds is like the first emo record.”Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum

Vinyl Starter Kit: Which records to invest in, what to look for, where to buy - Features - Alternative Press

<i>You’ve heard from all your friends (and several of your fave artists!) that vinyl is the thing right now, but where do you even start? In honor of</i> …

The Last Shadow Puppets - Everything You've Come To Expect

A triumphant return from Alex Turner and Miles Kane...In the eight years since <b>The Last Shadow Puppets</b> emerged with their defiant mission statement, …

Arctic Monkeys

Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil basically played their album in concert (and it was awesome)

What a pleasure it is to watch two masters at work.<p>That's what I kept thinking Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater, where Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil — two aging giants of Brazilian pop whose friendly collaboration dates to the mid-1960s — played a deeply satisfying concert to begin a brief …

Brazil

Indie is Dead: Bob Weir, Members of The National Talk ‘Day of the Dead’

It's an August afternoon, deep into the summer of the Grateful Dead, and Aaron Dessner is putting the final touches on his magnum opus. For the past …

Dwight Yoakam

Mr. Bojangles, Dance

The song, Jerry Jeff Walker tells us, is about an old street performer he met while in jail in New Orleans. Walker was in for the night after …

The Arts

Dissecting the politics of PJ Harvey’s new album

One of PJ Harvey’s favourite writers, Bertolt Brecht, said that “art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” On her Mercury Prize-winning 2011 album <i>Let England Shake</i>, Harvey struck out at the coalition government in power in the UK at the time, as well as the …

T.S. Eliot

Yes, Led Zeppelin took from other people's records – but then they transformed them

Life as a Zeppelin fan would be much easier if they had come up with every idea themselves. But they always turned their borrowings into something greater than the source<p>And so the latest Led Zeppelin plagiarism case goes to court. This time it’s Spirit, whose claim that Stairway to Heaven’s …

A Director’s Obsession With a Jazz Pianist

An unusual collaboration between artists which will be on display at the Whitney’s ‘Open Plan: Cecil Taylor’<p>Like a gumshoe on the trail of a missing clue, Australian filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson came to New York two years ago and began haunting the city’s bars and jazz clubs. He was looking for …

Piano

When Musicians Boycott to Protest Politics

From Bruce Springsteen to Billie Holiday, artists have thrust themselves—or found themselves thrust—into conflicts, with mixed results.<p>DURHAM, N.C.—Middle-aged men from across North Carolina were preparing to flock to Greensboro this past week the weekend to see Bruce Springsteen perform. Instead, …

Rights & Freedoms

Behind R.E.M.’s Hit ‘Losing My Religion’

It started with a mandolin in Athens, Ga. How R.E.M. came up with ‘Losing My Religion,’ the band’s best-selling single.<p>In early 1991, the release of R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” struck a generational nerve. The angst-driven message song from the band’s seventh studio album “Out of Time” explored …

Alternative Music

Led Zeppelin to face trial over 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright infringement

Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page must face a copyright infringement trial to have a jury determine if the band’s classic 1971 song …

Music Industry Sees First Big Gains in 20 Years Thanks to Streaming Revenue

The music industry got a much-needed bump in revenue last year, thanks to subscription streaming services, according to a new report. But while the …

Flashback: Chicago Play a Smoldering '25 or 6 to 4' in 1970

Check out band back when guitarist Terry Kath was blowing Jimi Hendrix's mind<p>As Rob Thomas pointed out during his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame …

Guitar

Hey! Ho! Let's Go to the Queens Museum

The Queens Museum honors 'Ramones and the Birth of Punk' in a new exhibit.<p>A four-room salute to the three-chord brats that changed the face of music, fashion, and pop culture at large emerges at Queens Museum's new exhibit <i>Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk</i>. Packed with …

Indie Music

News

Fashion<p>/ ClashFashion / 07 · 02 · 2018<p>BOSS Menswear: Autumn/Winter '18 Live Stream<p>Fashion<p>/ ClashFashion / 23 · 01 · 2018<p>Ralph Lauren: Polo Snow Beach …

Nick Jonas

Santigold and her complicated relationship with pop music

When she answered her phone for an interview recently, Santigold was emerging from a tour bus that had been stranded on a Colorado roadside for a day by a snowstorm. But she sounded no worse for the experience, in keeping with a career that has weathered every challenge.<p>Her latest album, "99 Cents" …