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    1. November 7, 2014

      Parkay Quarts: Content Nausea – review

      Parkay Quarts Content Nausea (Rough Trade) Parkay Quarts are half of Parquet Courts, an offshoot formed while the other half...

    2. October 31, 2014

      For proper outrage, forget pop or hip-hop – head for the opera

      Those raised on the notion that it is pop music’s role to provoke and outrage are looking on aghast at events at New York’s...

    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 director of...

    2. August 22, 2014

      John Cale’s rock and drones at the Barbican

      In a gloomy side-room at the Barbican Centre in London, John Cale joins me at a small table. His hair is long, swept back...

    3. December 6, 2013

      Martin Sharp, artist and designer, 1942-2013

      The swirling, psychedelic posters of Martin Sharp became cultural icons for an era that frequently threatened, in the eyes...

    4. November 1, 2013

      Lou Reed: rock ‘n’ roll animal

      In 1979 when I was 22 years old and writing for the New Musical Express I went to Berlin to interview Lou Reed. He was 37,...

    5. October 31, 2013

      My silent night with Lou Reed

      I saw Lou Reed perform in person just once, and things didn’t go quite the way I expected. I fell asleep and he turned into...

    6. October 29, 2013

      ‘Why do I have to go through this?’

      If for some masochistic reason you wish to experience the full force of Lou Reed’s contempt, then try mentioning his concept...

    7. October 27, 2013

      Lou Reed, a pioneer who kept his edge

      Lou Reed’s influence on rock music can be measured in the opprobrium he attracted. His 1973 solo album Berlin was described...

    8. November 23, 2012

      The louche and the lovely

      Where would you start a history of the Café Royal? Perhaps on the night that Oscar Wilde got so high on absinthe that he...

    9. July 13, 2012

      The list: Five reasons to love rock operas

      The film version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall came out 30 years ago, cementing Roger Waters’ vision of rock stardom, madness and...

    10. October 29, 2011

      Lou Reed and Metallica: Lulu

      Lou Reed and Metallica are an odd coupling, though not as odd as, say, Lou Reed and Maroon 5. Both share an interest in...

    11. August 9, 2011

      Morrissey, London Palladium

      Morrissey is without a record contract and last year he parted company from his management. When someone at the Palladium...

    12. July 9, 2011

      Lou Reed, Hammersmith Apollo, London

      Light entertainment isn’t Lou Reed’s game. Don’t caricature him, though, as a mere curmudgeon. While the London stop of his...

    13. July 2, 2011

      Various Artists: Rave On Buddy Holly

      Various Artists Rave On Buddy Holly (Fantasy Records/Concord Music) The high regard with which Buddy Holly is held is...

    14. March 4, 2011

      Noah and the Whale: Last Night on Earth

      Noah and the Whale Last Night on Earth (Mercury) In their salad days Noah and the Whale were perky folk-poppers who hung out...

    15. February 11, 2011

      Punky 1970s-style rock star dressing

      From left: Gucci, Burberry Prorsum, Balmain, Marc Jacobs Here’s a prediction, as the Grammys and the Brit awards loom: the...

    16. November 2, 2010

      Antony and the Johnsons, Lincoln Center, New York

      Antony Hegarty “Oh I’m scared of the middle place, between light and nowhere,” Antony Hegarty sang in “Hope There’s...

    17. June 26, 2010

      Laurie Anderson: Homeland

      Laurie Anderson Homeland (Nonesuch) Laurie Anderson’s politics in Homeland are what you’d expect from a veteran New York...

    18. June 7, 2010

      Come, been and gone

      Choreographer Michael Clark, now closer to the pension than the pram, remains nevertheless the enfant terrible of British...

    19. June 6, 2010

      come, been and gone, Barbican, London

      Michael Clark Company’s ‘come, been and gone’ Choreographer Michael Clark, now closer to the pension than the pram, remains...

    20. April 21, 2010

      The deafening art of noise

      Lou Reed loves having the last laugh: rarely used synapses in the Reed neural system crackle with joy at the thought of it....

    21. February 1, 2010

      Hal Willner’s I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues?, Lincoln Center, New York

      Sincerity: Rufus Wainwright Producer Hal Willner, musical supervisor of Saturday Night Live, has what he calls an “expanding...

    22. December 23, 2009

      The Feelies: Crazy Rhythms

      The Feelies Crazy Rhythms Domino REM were among those inspired by New Jersey’s The Feelies, whose remastered 1980 debut...

    23. October 10, 2009

      Small Talk: Eoin Colfer

      Eoin Colfer was a primary school teacher when Artemis Fowl, his extremely successful first novel for children, was...

    24. June 1, 2009

      Manic Street Preachers

      Journal for Plague Lovers , Manic Street Preachers' new album, entered the UK chart at No 3 but it's 99.9 per cent certain...

    25. May 31, 2009

      Manic Street Preachers, Roundhouse, London

      Journal for Plague Lovers, Manic Street Preachers’ new album, entered the UK chart at No 3 but it’s 99.9 per cent certain...

    26. April 13, 2009

      Dan Zanes and Friends

      It is common for rock musicians to claim to be "doing it for the kids" but few mean it as literally as Dan Zanes. The...

    27. April 12, 2009

      Dan Zanes and Friends, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

      It is common for rock musicians to claim to be “doing it for the kids” but few mean it as literally as Dan Zanes. The...

    28. January 31, 2009

      My Top 10 American Moments

      For millions of people around the world, Barack Obama's inauguration as US president this month was one of those moments...

    29. January 20, 2009

      A personal American top 10

      Brussels Blog (Tony Barber): For millions around the world, Barack Obama's inauguration as US president on Tuesday is...

    30. Brussels Blog

      January 19, 2009

      The Top Ten American Moments of Your Life

      For millions around the world, Barack Obama’s inauguration as US president on Tuesday is surely going to be one of those...

    31. November 4, 2008

      Stifled by an angel's presence

      An exasperating air of reverence surrounds Antony Hegarty and his remarkable voice. "When I first heard him, I knew I was...

    32. November 3, 2008

      Stifled by an angel’s presence

      Antony and the Johnsons/LSO, Barbican, London An exasperating air of reverence surrounds Antony Hegarty (pictured) and his...

    33. September 12, 2008

      Golden boy Hirst proves the big draw

      “Thick and strong card, 10 by 7.5 inches, in perfect condition. No corner bumps or creases. Crying out to be framed on the...

    34. September 12, 2008

      Golden boy Hirst proves the big draw

      "Thick and strong card, 10 by 7.5 inches, in perfect condition. No corner bumps or creases. Crying out to be framed on the...

    35. July 30, 2008

      Rogue's Gallery

      While making Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest , the film's star Johnny Depp and its director Gore Verbinski hit...

    36. July 29, 2008

      Rogue’s Gallery, Barbican, London

      While making Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the film’s star Johnny Depp and its director Gore Verbinski hit on...

    37. July 5, 2008

      US music lovers can be proud

      From Mr Chip Marshall. Sir, As someone who lived through the haze of the sixties, I enjoyed Ludovic Hunter-Tilney’s...

    38. June 21, 2008

      'Why do I have to go through this?'

      If for some masochistic reason you wish to experience the full force of Lou Reed's contempt, then try mentioning his...

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