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    1. July 9, 2015

      Love & Mercy — film review

      Just when you feel “No, I can’t take it” about another truth-based rock drama addressing the tears and horrors of fame...

    2. April 3, 2015

      Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure — review

      Brian Wilson No Pier Pressure (Virgin EMI) While heartening to see the creative flame still burning in Brian Wilson, it...

    1. September 19, 2014

      Hedi Slimane on the ‘Sonic’ vision of his new photography show

      Hedi Slimane has always been obsessed with music. As a designer, formerly at Dior Homme, and as current creative...

    2. April 28, 2013

      The Leisure Society, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – review

      The defining social institutions of the Enlightenment were clubs and societies: groups coming together outside the...

    3. August 31, 2012

      Animal Collective: Centipede Hz

      Following their breakthrough with 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective crash back to earth on Centipede...

    4. June 25, 2012

      Van Dyke Parks, Barbican, London

      This show was always likely to be unpredictable. Van Dyke Parks has long followed a singular path, from child actor and...

    5. June 1, 2012

      The Beach Boys: That’s Why God Made the Radio

      To mark their 50th anniversary The Beach Boys are back singing about cars, ocean and sunshine. “Seems like it could go...

    6. December 10, 2011

      The Beach Boys: The Smile Sessions

       The Beach Boys The Smile Sessions (Capitol) The Smile Sessions salvages the Beach Boys’ celebrated lost album from the...

    7. September 18, 2011

      Brian Wilson, Royal Festival Hall, London

      Brian Wilson didn’t look comfortable in the first half of his show, which was devoted to his new album, Brian Wilson...

    8. May 17, 2011

      Van Dyke Parks, Union Chapel, London

      Van Dyke Parks is best known for a work that didn’t see the light of day for 37 years. Brian Wilson recruited him as...

    9. February 11, 2011

      Gruff Rhys: Hotel Shampoo

      Gruff Rhys Hotel Shampoo (Turnstile) Gruff Rhys, singer with playful Welsh psychedelicists Super Furry Animals, has the...

    10. January 16, 2011

      Joint UK-Cuban venture to build power plants

      A UK and Cuban joint venture will invest $250m in building a biomass power plant near Havana, in one of the largest...

    11. January 7, 2011

      My Little Cheap Dictaphone: The Tragic Tale of a Genius

      My Little Cheap Dictaphone The Tragic Tale of a Genius (Tri-Tone) The Tragic Tale of a Genius is a concept album about...

    12. September 4, 2010

      Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

      Brian Wilson Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin (Walt Disney) George Gershwin, dead at 38 of a brain tumour, straddled...

    13. June 28, 2010

      London offering could value coal producer SRG at £250m

      The country's second-largest coal producer will today launch a London stock market listing that could value it at...

    14. June 27, 2010

      Scottish Resources hopes to raise £25m in IPO

      The country’s second-largest coal producer will on Monday launch a London stock market listing that could value it at...

    15. September 8, 2009

      Brian Wilson, Roundhouse, London

      “Brian is back!” declared a publicity campaign in 1976, celebrating Brian Wilson’s return to The Beach Boys after...

    16. September 4, 2009

      Lyricist who popularised heartfelt suburban values

      Ellie Greenwich was a freshman in high school when she wrote her first song, inspired by a crush she had on a boy in...

    17. August 21, 2009

      Grizzly Bear

      You might expect a US band called Grizzly Bear to be unreconstructed rockers with beards, barrel chests and a rider...

    18. August 20, 2009

      Grizzly Bear, Koko, London

      You might expect a US band called Grizzly Bear to be unreconstructed rockers with beards, barrel chests and a rider...

    19. April 20, 2009

      Labour secretary denies smear role

      Labour’s general secretary was dragged into the Smeargate row on Sunday as opinion polls showed that the email scandal...

    20. February 25, 2009

      Fleet Foxes

      Nirvana and grunge were the soundtrack to recession in the early 1990s. Now, in today's era of economic woe, another...

    21. February 24, 2009

      Fleet Foxes, Roundhouse, London

      Nirvana and grunge were the soundtrack to recession in the early 1990s. Now, in today’s era of economic woe, another...

    22. January 17, 2009

      Pop Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

      Antony and the Johnsons The Crying Light Rough Trade **** Antony Hegarty's mannered, florid singing is an acquired...

    23. August 30, 2008

      Pop Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

      Brian Wilson That Lucky Old Sun Capitol **** Brian Wilson's rehabilitation after decades of mental illness continues...

    24. July 19, 2008

      TV choice - Karl French

      Dan Snow is in notably high spirits throughout the stirring Hadrian (BBC2 Saturday 8.00pm), a documentary timed to...

    25. June 23, 2008

      My Bloody Valentine, Roundhouse, London

      Free ear plugs were available. “You’ll need them,” I was warned. My Bloody Valentine, one of the loudest bands in...

    26. June 16, 2008

      Fleet Foxes, University of London Union

      It’s a fundamental law of Americana that the bushier the beard, the more magical the noise its owner’s mouth will make....

    27. June 14, 2008

      Fleet Foxes

      It's a fundamental law of Americana that the bushier the beard, the more magical the noise its owner's mouth will...

    28. May 3, 2008

      Pop Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

      Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan Sunday at Devil Dirt V2 **** Isobel Campbell, formerly of Belle and Sebastian,...

    29. March 10, 2008

      The Zombies, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

      While hardly in Led Zeppelin’s league, The Zombies’ reunion, after 40 years, was just as welcome in its way. The...

    30. February 26, 2008

      An inconvenient statistic on aviation emissions for greens

      From Mr Brian Wilson. Sir, According to the latest report (May 2007) from the world's leading authority on climate...

    31. February 26, 2008

      An inconvenient statistic on aviation emissions for green lobby

      From Mr Brian Wilson. Sir, According to the latest report (May 2007) from the world's leading authority on climate...

    32. January 7, 2008

      Guide: Arts around the world

      Sydney Sydney Festival 2008 Culture fans in Sydney will be busy for the next three weeks as the city's annual festival...

    33. December 2, 2007

      Blairites lay into Brown over ‘vision’

      Allies of Tony Blair on Sunday ended five-months of virtual silence to launch both open and coded attacks on an...

    34. September 14, 2007

      Business and consumers join critics' chorus

      Business and consumer groups were quick to criticise the Quality of Life report yesterday, taking particular issue with...

    35. September 12, 2007

      California's favourite son shines on

      The Californian fantasy of sun, cars and girls hymned by The Beach Boys still grips Brian Wilson's imagination. Forty...

    36. September 8, 2007

      LIVE PREVIEWS

      Brian Wilson Royal Festival Hall, London, then touring September 10-16 The Southbank Centre doubles as Brian Wilson's...

    37. August 25, 2007

      Pop CDs

      Super Furry Animals Hey Venus! Rough Trade A typical Super Furry Animals song combines addictive tunes with pockets of...

    38. June 4, 2007

      Guide Arts around the world

      Rome PALAZZI OPEN DOORS For the third year running, three of Rome's grandest and oldest palazzi will be opening their...

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