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  1. 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 confines...

  2. August 31, 2012

    Animal Collective: Centipede Hz

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

  1. 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...

  2. 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 on...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. February 11, 2011

    Gruff Rhys: Hotel Shampoo

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

  7. 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...

  8. 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 a...

  9. 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 Tin Pan...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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 several...

  13. 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 senior...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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 had...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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 taste. I was...

  20. August 30, 2008

    Pop Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

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

  21. 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 coincide...

  22. 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 rock’s...

  23. 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....

  24. 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 make....

  25. May 3, 2008

    Pop Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

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

  26. 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 consummate...

  27. 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 change,...

  28. 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 change,...

  29. 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 gets...

  30. 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 embattled...

  31. 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...

  32. 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 years...

  33. September 8, 2007

    LIVE PREVIEWS

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

  34. August 25, 2007

    Pop CDs

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

  35. 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 doors...

  36. May 26, 2007

    VISUAL ARTS

    UBS Openings: The Long Weekend Tate Modern, London SE1 Tate's mix of populism and high culture at its most ambitious....

  37. May 19, 2007

    St Ives toasts beach culture of old

    Brian Wilson, former Beach Boy and pop genius, reaches retirement age next month and can reflect on wave after wave of...

  38. May 18, 2007

    St Ives toasts beach culture of old

    Brian Wilson, former Beach Boy and pop genius, reaches retirement age next month and can reflect on wave after wave of...

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