Music and Performance
03 September 2009
Every summer, critics want the Mercury Prize shortlist to tell them a story. Some long for a tragedy. They bring up era...
Music and Performance
13 August 2009
Blur and Blair
Music and Performance
26 March 2009
Like two Planet Pop missionaries sent to cheer us up in the stormy economic weather, the Pet Shop Boys are everywhere...
Culture
08 January 2009
Onstage at the Festival Hall, there's a right racket going on. None of the noise I can hear is coming from a...
Music and Performance
13 November 2008
Radio 2 has been through the wringer of late. But in the fallout of the Brand'n'Ross H-bomb it is important to remember...
Music and Performance
30 October 2008
Say this phrase softly: Saturday morning programming. Isn't that lovely? These three words should fall on week-weary...
Music and Performance
23 October 2008
If you were a much-loved crooner of advancing years, your pockets nicely lined with the rewards of your career, what...
Music and Performance
11 September 2008
With Madonna turned freshly 50 and opening her Sticky and Sweet tour at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, what can she do...
Culture
28 August 2008
When I look at this year's Nationwide Mercury shortlist, teeming with great musicians and fabulous tunes, I am proud as...
17 July 2008
Trussed up in blue like a tiny proud peacock, mammaries cantilevered to the heavens, with a wig of peroxide candyfloss...
Music and Performance
12 June 2008
Ten years after Oasis soaked up the multicol oured madness of the Beatles and Blur updated the woozy whimsy of the...
Music and Performance
10 April 2008
Throughout their 28-year career, REM have always stood a little awkwardly among rock music's parade of gaudy gods and...
International Politics
27 March 2008
In early March, Björk's world tour promoting her latest album, Volta, reached the International Gymnastics Centre in...
TV and Radio
06 March 2008
At 00.48am every day, night-time radio begins, ushered in by Viking, Cromarty and German Bight. It finishes at 5.20am,...

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