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  1. August 8, 2014

    Various Artists: Mali All Stars: Bogolan Music – review

    This compilation of tracks recorded at Ali Farka Touré’s Studio Bogolan in Bamako is a perfect who’s who of the Malian music...

  2. July 25, 2014

    Latitude festival, Suffolk

    Latitude, at Henham Park in Suffolk (“More than just a music festival”) celebrated its ninth edition last weekend. It is now...

  1. July 20, 2014

    Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK – review

    There had been monsoon warnings; there had been reports that yoga would be taking place on site this year, but nothing had...

  2. May 2, 2014

    Damon Albarn, Rivoli Ballroom, London – review

    It’s all been rather mysterious, the end of Blur. One moment Damon Albarn and his reactivated Britpop colleagues were...

  3. April 25, 2014

    Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots – review

    The 20th anniversary of Britpop was almost marked by a new Blur album. But after appetite-whetting new songs surfaced...

  4. April 2, 2014

    Atomic Bomb: Who Is William Onyeabor?, Barbican, London – review

    Like a Nigerian funk version of Waiting for Godot, the main attraction didn’t turn up. William Onyeabor was present...

  5. December 6, 2013

    Africa Express Presents: Maison des Jeunes

    The French military intervened in Mali last year to overturn an Islamist uprising. Now comes a group of western musicians...

  6. February 14, 2013

    Champagne and limousines – the glamorous side of accountancy

    It sounds like the beginning of a joke: the Three Tenors and an accountant were in a New York penthouse apartment. Plácido...

  7. August 13, 2012

    Blur, Hyde Park, London

    Over in the Olympic Stadium a few miles away, the London 2012 Games were ending with a closing ceremony bonanza that...

  8. August 3, 2012

    Blur: Under the Westway

    Are the curtains coming down on Blur? Plans to write a new album appear to have been shelved and Damon Albarn has alluded to...

  9. July 20, 2012

    World is not enough

    Last week in Hyde Park, Paul Simon, accompanied by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, performed his seminal album Graceland. This...

  10. June 29, 2012

    The Diary: AN Wilson

    The scribbler’s life is never done. My kind publishers, Toby Mundy and Margaret Stead of Atlantic Books, have commissioned...

  11. June 27, 2012

    Dr Dee, Coliseum, London

    What a strange and beguiling piece of work this is. Written and composed by Damon Albarn (from Blur to Gorillaz via Monkey:...

  12. June 8, 2012

    Bobby Womack: The Bravest Man in the Universe

    Spend any time with workaholic Damon Albarn and chances are you’ll end up with an album. That’s what’s happened to Bobby...

  13. May 4, 2012

    Damon Albarn: Dr Dee

    Dr Dee is the soundtrack to Damon Albarn’s self-described “strange pastoral folk” opera about the Elizabethan magus John...

  14. April 27, 2012

    Graham Coxon, HMV Forum, London

    The British guitar band is going the way of the barbershop quartet. Only one new one (The Vaccines) broke through last year....

  15. April 4, 2012

    A marriage of the artistic and the financial

    When Loretta Tomasi joined English National Opera, the organisation was engulfed in turmoil and its finances were rocky....

  16. November 5, 2011

    DRC Music: Kinshasa One Two

    DRC Music is a scrappily enjoyable collaboration between Congolese musicians and a western delegation led by Damon Albarn...

  17. October 31, 2011

    Another Honest Jon’s Chop Up!, Barbican, London

    The first Honest Jon’s Chop Up, in 2008, showed off the London record label’s stars and friends in a free-flowing,...

  18. August 13, 2011

    Baxter Dury: Happy Soup

    This is the sound of the suburbs on the rebound from a lost weekend in the Algarve. “Isabel” has a skulking ska-meets-new...

  19. July 3, 2011

    Dr Dee, Palace Theatre, Manchester

    There is a thrilling sense of foreboding in the opening moments of Dr Dee, Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris’s widely...

  20. April 16, 2011

    Gorillaz: The Fall

    Gorillaz The Fall (Parlophone) While touring Gorillaz’s Plastic Beach last year in the US, Damon Albarn didn’t spend his...

  21. December 7, 2010

    UK to host ‘Cultural Olympiad’

    An array of the world’s leading artists will perform in the UK for a 12-week cultural festival held to celebrate the London...

  22. November 15, 2010

    Gorillaz, The O2, London

    Leading the charge: Damon Albarn America has done wonders for Gorillaz. Damon Albarn last week announced that he has...

  23. May 2, 2010

    Gorillaz, Roundhouse, London

    Focal point: Damon Albarn, the Gorillaz vocalist, at the Roundhouse Gorillaz should by rights have been a disaster. A rock...

  24. February 6, 2010

    Massive Attack: Heligoland

    Massive Attack Heligoland Virgin Massive Attack were never a barrel of laughs but the last decade has seen them slump into a...

  25. September 21, 2009

    Massive Attack

    "If a thing's worth doing, it's worth doing slowly," is the motto on Massive Attack's MySpace page - nobody can say the...

  26. September 20, 2009

    Massive Attack, Brixton Academy, London

    “If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing slowly,” is the motto on Massive Attack’s MySpace page – nobody can say the...

  27. June 24, 2009

    Harmony after the break-up

    The problem with rock band reunions is that all the nice words surrounding them - reconciliation, healing, closure - just...

  28. June 23, 2009

    Harmony after the break-up

    Blur Goldsmiths College, London The problem with rock band reunions is that all the nice words surrounding them –...

  29. January 3, 2009

    World - David Honigmann

    U-Cef Halalwood Crammed The London-based Moroccan DJ pulls in all sorts of collaborators for this album of Maghrebi beats....

  30. November 18, 2008

    Dark talent in a different light

    Scott Walker never listens to his songs after recording them. Who can blame him? The 1960s heartthrob, who as leader of The...

  31. November 17, 2008

    Dark talent in a different light

    Drifting and Tilting: The Songs of Scott Walker, Barbican, London Scott Walker never listens to his songs after recording...

  32. November 15, 2008

    World - David Honigmann

    Amadou and Mariam Welcome to Mali Because Amadou and Mariam are back with a follow-up to their groundbreaking Dimanche a...

  33. November 8, 2008

    Live music

    Kanye West November 8, Odyssey Arena, Belfast then touring Either an act of hubris or evidence he's a true pioneer, Kanye...

  34. October 26, 2008

    Africa Now, Barbican, London

    Africa Express – a marathon free-form jam session bringing together African and western artists – rolled into London last...

  35. August 16, 2008

    Pop - Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

    Damon Albarn XL It's staggering to think Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher were once seriously considered rivals. In...

  36. July 26, 2008

    Reviews Music - Monkey: Journey to the West

    This Monkey has made quite a journey already. Having started life as a co-production between the Théâtre du Châtelet in...

  37. July 8, 2008

    An Honest Jon’s Chop Up!, Barbican, London

    Honest Jon’s is a Ladbroke Grove record shop that set itself up as a record company in conjunction with the...

  38. July 2, 2008

    Cultural high - British Museum is top draw

    More than 6m people - a new record - visited the British Museum over the past year, making it the most visited cultural...

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