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    1. October 24, 2014

      Tony Allen: Film of Life – review

      Tony Allen Film of Life (JazzVillage) Instrumental in creating Afrobeat with Fela Kuti in the 1970s, Tony Allen drums with...

    2. September 26, 2014

      Jamie T: Carry on the Grudge – review

      The role that Jamie Treays used to fill – guitar-slinging Britrock urchin spitting out tales from the streets – is now Jake...

    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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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:...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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....

    17. 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....

    18. 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...

    19. 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,...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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 –...

    31. 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....

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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