tue 16/07/2019

New Music Features

Q&A special: Rave for Haiti

joe Muggs Grime rapper Jammer, one of hundreds of artists involved with Rave For Haiti

Amongst all the musical benefits for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, one club event which took place on Wednesday night in London stands out as a small, but powerful, beacon of hope. Not because it could rival Jay Z and U2 for levels of funds raised, but because it represented levels of commitment, self-motivation and unity among the capital's multi-ethnic youth subcultures that flies in the face of scare stories about gang violence, drugs, educational failure and all the rest of it....

Read more...

theartsdesk in Nashville: Writing a Song With Guy Clark

Peter Culshaw

Nashville is much more than the Grand Ol’ Opry, big hairdos and rhinestones, and I was looking for something beyond the occasionally enjoyable...

Read more...

Interview: Andy Serkis on playing Ian Dury

Jasper Rees

The career of Andy Serkis tends to point in one direction: darkness visible. Onstage, more recently on screen, he has inhabited a series of characters for whom violence is second nature. His Bill Sikes was utterly deranged, though a pussycat next to his Ian Brady in Longford (pictured below), whose ghastly charisma he seemed intuitively to understand. Serkis’s performance-captured Gollum gave global audiences the creeps.

Read more...

Electronica 2000-9: Back to the Grass Roots

joe Muggs

The received opinion is that the music of the 2000s has been characterised by fragmentation, discontinuity, faddishness and a lack of coherent identity.

Read more...

Music Business 2000-9: The Medium, the Message

Robert Sandall

The point at which the, ah, Noughties revealed themselves to me as a decade in search of more than just a decent name arrived when Sky News' showbiz gofer phoned up to ask me to come on and blah about this exciting new band that everybody was talking about, Arctic Monkeys.

Read more...

Pop Music 2000-9: The Triumph of the Noughty Girls

Peter Culshaw

The girls have produced the best pop of the Noughties: Kylie’s “Can’t get you out of my Head”, Missy Elliot's “Get Ur Freak On”, Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love”, Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab”, Duffy’s “Warwick Avenue” and Lady Gaga's "PokerFace" were just way better and more innovative pop music than that produced by the legion of blokey indie types (with a few honourable exceptions, like the Arctic...

Read more...

Don't Mention the RBS in Edinburgh

graeme Thomson

It was a month before Christmas and I was watching venerable folkies the Battlefield Band at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall. Halfway through their set they played “Robber Barons”, a new song about the nefarious medieval practice of German feudal lords charging exorbitant tolls on traffic travelling on the Rhine; as the verses mounted, it moved – seamlessly, like all good folk songs – to expose the habits of the unscrupulous bankers of the early 21st century.

Read more...

Garifuna Blues: Aurelio Martinez and Andy Palacio

Peter Culshaw Aurelio Martinez (right) with mentor Youssou N'Dour

The new album of Honduran singer Aurelio Martinez hasn’t got a title yet, or a record label, and will probably come out next year. But already there’s enough buzz about him and it for his UK debut to bring out the great and good from the world music scene. Editors, PRs, DJs, record company types, promoters and journalists were out in force on a rainy December night last Friday in the decidedly un-fiesta-like atmosphere of Islington’s Union Chapel.

Read more...

PBS6: launch of Geordie supergroup

Alice Vincent Getting to know you: first rehearsal of Geordie folk pioneers PBS6

Common assumptions about the folk scene in Newcastle would conjure up images of regulars at busker’s night in the pubs around Ouseburn valley. Not so far from the truth, perhaps. But a new project started by Will Lang, who happens to be a tutor at Newcastle Universit, is revitalising the North-East’s traditional association with the genre. PBS6, a supergroup - if you will - of young, exuberant musicians from backgrounds varying from jazz to Irish accordion mastery, are launching their new tour...

Read more...

Thea Gilmore Rediscovers Christmas

Adam Sweeting

As Bob Dylan has reminded us recently, The Christmas Album is one of those music industry traditions more likely to deserve an ignominious burial rather than praise. Fortunately, Thea Gilmore has galloped to the rescue with Strange Communion, an artfully shaped collection of songs that shines flickering light into the mystical roots of the Yuletide season.

Read more...

Pages

Subscribe to theartsdesk.com

Thank you for continuing to read our work on theartsdesk.com. For unlimited access to every article in its entirety, including our archive of more than 10,000 pieces, we're asking for £3.95 per month or £30 per year. We feel it's a very good deal, and hope you do too.

To take an annual subscription now simply click here.

And if you're looking for that extra gift for a friend or family member, why not treat them to a theartsdesk.com gift subscription?

latest in today

CD: Sum 41 - Order In Decline

Sum 41 were one of those light-weight punk-ish bands in unfeasibly large pairs of shorts that washed up in the wake of Green Day’s early success...

Django Bates Belovèd Trio, Evan Parker, Wigmore Hall review...

"Genius" is a word to be used sparingly, but Django Bates surely is one. “A musical polymath and prodigiously gifted composer” went the citation...

Don Giovanni, Longborough Festival Opera review - Mozart in...

One of the features of the converted barn that forms the theatre at Longborough is a trio of statues that tops the front pediment of the building...

Bob Dylan and Neil Young, BST Hyde Park review - flat-out br...

It was billed as a moment of musical history: two of the great icons of rock'n'roll sharing a double-headline. A dream ticket. Except, of course,...

Robin Ince, Soho Theatre review - fun among the chaos

How to describe a show that by Robin Ince’s own admission doesn’t have a narrative strand, and for which he has written several pages of notes...

Florence + the Machine, BST Hyde Park review - mastering the...

It’s a rare thing that musicians sound better live than they do on Spotify. But Florence Welch sings a note perfect set – even when jumping up and...

CD: Sabaton – The Great War

It’s been 20 years since Sabaton’s formation in 1999, and the Swedish power...

Gina Apostol: Insurrecto review – a treacherous archipelago...

As in other countries born out of 19th-century uprisings against imperial power, the literary roots of the Philippines run deep. Executed by the...

theartsdesk Q&A: Lia Williams on the challenges of theat...

Lia Williams is not an actor who looks for easy options. Twice she has played two characters in the same production, switching between them for...