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  1. May 2, 2014

    Chuck E Weiss: Red Beans and Weiss – review

    Veteran LA boho Chuck E Weiss – who palled around with Tom Waits in his thirsty beatnik days and inspired Rickie Lee Jones...

  2. July 5, 2013

    Goldheart Assembly: Long Distance Sound Effects

    Having set out their stall with the gentle melodic rock of 2010’s Wolves and Thieves, London band Goldheart Assembly return...

  1. March 1, 2013

    Various Artists: Son of Rogues Gallery

    A scurvy crew of fairweather sea-dogs is pressed into service for this belated second shipping of sea-shanties and pirate...

  2. December 14, 2012

    Have an indie little Christmas

    Whether you’re religious or not, Christmas involves the renewal of tradition. Ever since Bing Crosby first crooned about the...

  3. December 6, 2012

    So postmodern it’s criminal

    What is the difference between a film plot and a human being? If you blindfold human beings, they cannot walk a straight...

  4. October 12, 2012

    Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll

    Having played piano on Paul McCartney’s misbegotten standards album Kisses on the Bottom, Diana Krall now takes her own trip...

  5. April 20, 2012

    Grooves from Granny’s attic

    They are the antiques collectors among audiophiles. Fans of the 78rpm record fall into raptures about the “warmth” of the...

  6. February 6, 2012

    Last year brought some great music

    From Mr Justin Tooth. Sir, James Mackintosh is resorting to some lengths to create a connection between last year and 1986...

  7. January 13, 2012

    ‘I like being manipulated’

    Actors who think they can sing are commplace. But unlike other truant thespians – Scarlett Johansson with her wretched album...

  8. December 5, 2011

    Brad Mehldau and Joe Henry, Wigmore Hall, London

    This concert, closing Brad Mehldau’s two-year tenure as artistic director of the Wigmore Hall Jazz Series, featured the...

  9. October 22, 2011

    Tom Waits: Bad As Me

    For his first studio album in seven years, Tom Waits brings together different strands of his performing persona, from the...

  10. June 12, 2010

    Ed Harcourt: Lustre

    Ed Harcourt Lustre (Piano Wolf) The sleeve of Lustre pictures Ed Harcourt, with his wife and child, hauling a skiff onto a...

  11. February 2, 2010

    Hal Willner's I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues?

    Producer Hal Willner, musical supervisor of Saturday Night Live , has what he calls an "expanding address book". He has made...

  12. 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...

  13. January 2, 2010

    Tom Waits: Glitter & Doom Live

    Tom Waits Glitter & Doom Live Anti- Tom Waits is great performer who plays live lamentably rarely, so this document of...

  14. December 4, 2009

    Jesca Hoop

    It's not hard to warm to someone who gets us to be quiet, in the plushy snug of a gastropub, by singing a cappella , and...

  15. November 28, 2009

    Jesca Hoop: Hunting My Dress

    Jesca Hoop Hunting My Dress Last Laugh “Like going swimming in a lake at night,” Tom Waits says of Jesca Hoop’s music. The...

  16. November 20, 2009

    Bob Dylan, United Palace Theatre, New York

    Nearly a whole verse into the fourth song of Bob Dylan’s performance at the United Palace Theatre, the audience emitted a...

  17. November 13, 2009

    Norah Jones: The Fall

    Norah Jones The Fall Blue Note Norah Jones’ languorous voice and easy harmonies are diverted into moody alt-country on The...

  18. October 30, 2009

    Rickie Lee Jones: Balm in Gilead

    Rickie Lee Jones Balm in Gilead Fantasy Rickie Lee Jones celebrates the 30th anniversary of her recording career with a...

  19. October 15, 2009

    An over-fertile imaginarium

    Oh dear, even the title screams "Terry Gilliam". Lay on the rococo wackiness; gild all available lilies; let a thousand...

  20. October 14, 2009

    Film releases: October 14

    Oh dear, even the title screams “Terry Gilliam”. Lay on the rococo wackiness; gild all available lilies; let a thousand...

  21. September 7, 2009

    Quadrophenia

    The bland, standard musical-theatre singing voice would be of no avail here. The Roger Daltrey bellow is what's required,...

  22. September 6, 2009

    Quadrophenia, Theatre Royal, Brighton, UK/touring

    The bland, standard musical-theatre singing voice would be of no avail here. The Roger Daltrey bellow is what’s required,...

  23. March 23, 2009

    Lyle Lovett, Royal Festival Hall, London

    It’s hard to hear Lyle Lovett’s songs of footloose cowboys and broken relationships without recalling the poker-faced...

  24. March 16, 2009

    Lowside of the Road

    Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits By Barney Hoskyns Faber £20, 609 pages FT Bookshop price: £16 All rock performers,...

  25. March 14, 2009

    Tom's wild years

    All rock performers, to varying degrees, create a public persona. David Bowie became an alien, Mick Jagger was a foppish...

  26. March 4, 2009

    Songs From A Lost Piano

    It took three months of ferreting about junk shops and following leads for Matthew Bourne to assemble six battered,...

  27. March 3, 2009

    Songs From a Lost Piano, Bush Hall, London

    It took three months of ferreting about junk shops and following leads for Matthew Bourne to assemble six battered,...

  28. September 6, 2008

    World - David Honigmann

    Joan Baez Day After Tomorrow Proper Now in the 50th year of her career, Joan Baez's new CD, produced by Steve Earle, takes...

  29. August 2, 2008

    Pop : Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

    Randy Newman Harps and Angels Nonesuch Harps and Angels , Randy Newman's first album of new material in nine years, is a...

  30. July 26, 2008

    Live music

    Tom Waits July 27-28, Edinburgh Playhouse A sadly sporadic live performer, Tom Waits pays a fleeting visit to our shores on...

  31. June 21, 2008

    Pop Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

    Sigur Rós Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust EMI Sigur Rós have ventured from their Icelandic fastness to record their...

  32. May 17, 2008

    Pop - Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

    Sparks Exotic Creatures of the Deep Lil' Beethoven Records Exotic Creatures of the Deep isn't the most original album...

  33. April 12, 2008

    World - David Honigmann

    Melingo Maldito Tango Manana Tango has never been grittier than in the hands of Daniel Malingo and his backing band, Los...

  34. February 18, 2008

    Marseille Figs, The George Tavern, London

    The Marseille Figs have effected a brilliant collision of folk styles. The suited, trilby-ed trio occupy the centre of a...

  35. October 27, 2007

    POP RICHARD CLAYTON

    Robert Plant/ Alison Krauss Raising Sand Decca The leonine Led Zep vocalist lies down with the innocent lamb of...

  36. October 26, 2007

    An irresistible reluctance to please

    America has always had a pull for Richard Thompson. Even when Fairport Convention, where he served his apprenticeship, was...

  37. August 31, 2007

    Norah Jones - Hammersmith Apollo, London

    Soothing and wholesome, Norah Jones is the musical equivalent of camomile tea. Or is she? The opening to her show suggested...

  38. August 30, 2007

    Nora Jones, Hammersmith Apollo, London

    Soothing and wholesome, Norah Jones is the musical equivalent of camomile tea. Or is she? The opening to her show suggested...

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