The Life of a Song: ‘Ice Ice Baby’

Problems started with the single’s huge success

The Who, O2 Arena, London

Youth has always been the band’s creative currency, and here it acquired a special emotive power

Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney on stage at the Roundhouse
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Sleater-Kinney, Roundhouse, London — review

The ‘riot grrrl’ band conducted an energetic, rapid-fire tour through their eight albums

Louise Kwong and Chen Chen in ‘Datong: The Chinese Utopia'
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Datong: The Chinese Utopia, Hong Kong City Hall Theatre — review

A musically intriguing opera about political theorist Kang Youwei

The BBC Symphony Orchestra with Yeree Suh perform Boulez's 'Pli selon pli' at the Barbican
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BBC Total Immersion: Boulez at 90, Barbican, London — review

The composer’s monotonous ‘masterpiece’ was set against works of greater character and variety

Stanley Cowell on stage at the Barbican
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Strata-East Live with Gilles Peterson, Barbican, London — review

A fiery quintet celebrated the work of the artist-owned jazz label Strata-East

Vladimir Jurowski
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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London — review

Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No 2 was a hair-raising centrepiece

Dmitry Belosselskiy in 'Ernani'
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Ernani, Metropolitan Opera, New York — review

James Levine’s conducting enlivened a tawdry production

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Little to be happy about in a Marvin Gaye win

What’s going on when inspiration becomes seen as base plagiarism

Jennifer Koh
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Jennifer Koh, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, US — review

Koh gave a spellbinding recital of Bach and works he influenced

The Life of a Song: ‘I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself’

Characteristic Bacharach-David, the song has shifting tempo and keys and lyric packed with immaculate rhymes

Music venues can’t get no satisfaction

London clubs under threat as rent and rates rocket

Marius Neset, Purcell Room, London — review

The saxophonist delivered emotion with breathtaking fluency

Nash Ensemble, Wigmore Hall, London — review

The music was by turns sombre, haunting, fresh and pictorial

Maurizio Pollini, Royal Festival Hall, London — review

A mature programme of Schumann and Chopin from the pianist

Pacifica Quartet plays Shulamit Ran, Wigmore Hall, London — review

The composer’s new string quartet is ingenious but fragmented

London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London — review

Sensitive playing evoked a pure world of German Romantic poetry

Caribou, Brixton Academy, London — review

The four-piece played dance music of the thoughtful variety

The Wild Man of the West Indies, Hackney Empire, London — review

English Touring Opera’s production of Donizetti is musically mixed

New York Philharmonic/Adès, Avery Fisher Hall, New York — review

The orchestra responded gamely in spite of overconducting

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