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    1. September 19, 2014

      Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems – review

      On stage Leonard Cohen has devised the perfect persona for his advancing years: that of a gallant chansonnier, knee bent in...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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,...

    23. 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,...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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,...

    28. 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,...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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