Beyoncé's fists-up feminism is the climax of a revolutionary year for women in pop
By Sarah Ditum - 13 December 14:59

From Pretty Hurts to Flawless, Beyoncé has turned her extraordinary voice into a powerful tool for expressing hurt and fury at sexism and the cult of beauty in the music business. Why aren't men making music this good?

Welcome to the new era of Britney: the head–shaving pioneer of Middle America
By Kate Mossman - 12 December 13:08

With so many writers and a production-driven style, Britney’s voice can sometimes be a lonely thing at the centre.

Lady Gaga's new album Artpop is a chaotic, creaking, mad juggernaut
By Kate Mossman - 20 November 11:52

Lady Gaga's new album cranks the chaos engine.

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Judging the Mercury Prize, David Bowie, and Eminem’s mother
By Kate Mossman - 14 November 12:35

Having previously turned down a Kit Kat ad campaign, David Bowie is now fronting one for Louis Vuitton. But how does one get him out the house?

John Tavener: The search for the music of God
By Caroline Crampton - 13 November 12:08

The celebrated English composer has died at the age of 69. While he was better-known for pieces like <em>Song for Athene</em> and <em>The Lamb</em>, listening to his 2003 work <em>The Veil of the Temple</em> is the best way to appreciate his genius.

Lily Allen in Hard Out Here.
Lily Allen's Hard Out Here mocks every stupid sexist pop video you've seen in the last five years
By Holly Baxter - 12 November 18:09

Also, Lily Allen's balloons are funnier than Robin Thicke's balloons.

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30 years on, is it time to say goodbye to the 'Now That's What I Call Music!' compilations?
By Matt Grimes - 12 November 15:54

How do the long-running CD compilations fit into a music industry dominated by streaming music, downloads and digital platforms?

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The Tudors: Italian versions of English royals, done almost perfectly by the Welsh National Opera
By Mark Ronan - 07 November 11:57

After seeing Schiller’s play Maria Stuart, Donizetti created a new Tudor opera in which a central feature would be the meeting between Anne’s daughter Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots. Such a meeting never took place but it makes for riveting drama, part

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How do you convince an adult audience to embrace puppetry?
By Helen Babbs - 07 November 11:41

It was Shakespeare that first drew me down an alley in Islington to the Little Angel Theatre (the self-declared home of British puppetry) in 2004. Its collaboration with the RSC on a production of Venus and Adonis for adults was nothing new but was a reve

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Lou Reed: Why no one wanted to write his obituary
By Kate Mossman - 01 November 11:41

There's a reason the Lou Reed tributes were so banal.

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Amanda Palmer: How to drink with your fans
By Amanda Palmer - 28 October 12:00

The internet has ushered in a new era of intimacy between artists and their audience.

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What Robin Thicke learned from his father about women
By Nora Caplan-Bricker - 25 October 11:37

Thicke's interview in the US version of Elle magazine reveals choice tidbits such as his father's advice: “I know she’s pretty, but you stared at her and followed her across the room. What if there’s a prettier girl sitting two tables away?"

The Coens' concert.
Meet the folks: The Coen brothers’ musical odyssey continues, on stage and on film
By Kate Mossman - 23 October 9:00

To coincide with the release of "Inside Llewyn Davis", the Coen brothers held a glitzy tribute to American folk - where Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan were joined on stage by Joan Collins and Jack White.

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Opera where all the stage’s a prison
By Alexandra Coghlan - 17 October 14:57

We may have been a long way from the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, but with singing this good and orchestra playing freed from the dampening pit of an opera house, Puccini’s score was alive with protest and beauty.

Rufus Norris.
Who is Rufus Norris, the National Theatre's new Artistic Director?
By Jasper Rees - 15 October 13:18

Nicholas Hytner's replacement has only been directing a short time - he is an unorthodox choice, whose signature is inclusiveness.

The Miley Cyrus complex - an ontology of slut-shaming
By Laurie Penny - 11 October 8:55

Sexual performance is still the only power this society grants to young women, and it grants it grudgingly, rushing to judge and humiliate them whenever they claim it.

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Acid house Shakespeare: Sex, drugs and do-si-dos
By Andrew Billen - 10 October 15:54

I have never seen such a druggy, cannabis-hazed, acid-housed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meanwhile, Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones are failing to earn a standing ovation for their Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.

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The Ring cycle: Dead silence at the opera
By Mark Ronan - 10 October 15:49

In contrast to the boos at Bayreuth, at the end of Die Walküre during the Longborough cycle, there was a dead silence lasting at least a minute.

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Changing the way you think about pop music
By Andrew Harrison - 10 October 10:45

This book is a liberating antidote to decades of the kind of sanctimonious rock histories that examine in forensic detail the lives of often minimally popular musicians yet consider chart music – the stuff people actually like – beneath their notice.

Rhian Lois as Adele in ENO's 'Die Fledermaus'.
Die Fledermaus and Elektra: Emotional trauma and tortured self-examination at the opera
By Alexandra Coghlan - 07 October 12:30

This autumn, there's a generous helping of dark, psychological drama available in London's opera houses.

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How do we talk about gang culture?
By Alan White - 04 October 10:40

In a climate where we still don't understand the London riots, we need to keep the dialogue about gang culture open in any way we can.

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Peter Gabriel: Pop stardom and reimagining politics
By Kate Mossman - 03 October 16:02

Peter Gabriel had an early exodus from Genesis and found pop stardom. But first of all he wants to discuss the modern schooling system.

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A piece of music lasting 639 years
By Kieran Haynes - 03 October 15:03

As the performance started, there wasn’t much to see or hear, because it began with a 17-month-long rest.

Antonín Dvo?ák.
Antonín Dvořák and the alchemy of American classical music
By Ed Vulliamy - 03 October 10:00

In the 1980s Ed Vulliamy made a pilgramage to Spillville, Iowa where Antonín Dvořák was inspired to compose his "American" String Quartet. Here he traces the entry of a quiet but profound influence on American music.

Dancers of Cuba national ballet perform during a rehearsal for Swan Lake
Ballet dancers’ brains adapt to stop them going dizzy
By Jo Adetunji - 27 September 10:18

Years of training in “spotting”, the technique of quickly and repeatedly bringing your gaze to two specific points in front and behind you, certainly helps, but new research suggests that the brain’s ability to adapt plays a powerful role.

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Is Elton John now public property?
By Kate Mossman - 26 September 12:52

He's cited Lindsay Lohan as inspiration for one of his latest songs, and dedicated another to Tom Odell. As he brings his new album to The Roundhouse, Kate Mossman asks if he belongs to us all.

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The music of horror films
By Antonia Quirke - 26 September 12:28

From the lullaby in Rosemary's Baby to Bernard Herrmann's final score in Taxi Driver, an unforgettable episode of BBC Radio 3's In Tune discussed music in thrillers.

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Breeches, brocade and bonbons
By Alexandra Coghlan - 26 September 12:21

The trio Baroque Encounter play an unusually intimate gig at the Handel House Museum.

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Pretending to be rich to get closer to the Beatles
By Nicholas Lezard - 26 September 11:39

If this is the price I have to pay to see rooms once frequented by Ringo Starr, then I'll pay it.

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The Pet Shop Boys on texting Cameron and Russian homophobia
By Jude Rogers - 26 September 11:30

Part Gilbert and George, part Jeeves and Wooster, the group are apparently too old for radio.

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