In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living
A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.
Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert
After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.
Inside India: Election, Promoting the Vote
A view of news and daily life on the Indian subcontinent for the week of April 10, 2014.
Map of seperatist movements around the world
The conflict in Ukraine is a classic example of competing aspirations and identities – here’s a look at seperatist movements around the world.
In pictures: Fishing communities in the Northern Emirates
Fishermen in Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain worry that new regulations to protect fish stocks are harming their trade. We look at both communities through the lens of our photographers.
Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace
Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.
April 16, 2014
Slint’s Spiderland - now remastered and reissued in a box set – was never going to top the charts, but it has proved profoundly influential in the decades since its release.
A sound of freedom: a compilation of Mestre Cupijó’s music introduces the Brazilian fusion of escaped slaves
April 10, 2014
In Brazil, escaped slaves founded their own communities and developed their own music, music which is celebrated in a joyous new compilation.
March 20, 2014
Neneh Cherry's latest album combines her glorious voice with Four Tet's wise and reserved production nous.
March 13, 2014
As her fourth studio album is released, the Sahrawi singer Aziza Brahim reflects on the responsibilities of being a voice for a stateless people.
March 6, 2014
A new album from Teodor Currentzis, the maverick Greek conductor who once billed himself as the saviour of the classical genre, is one of the freshest recordings in recent years, Feargus O’Sullivan writes.
February 27, 2014
The expat rock band White City have emerged as a driving force in Kabul’s nascent underground music scene, organising an annual festival in Afghanistan and, now, taking their sound abroad, writes Adam Workman
February 13, 2014
The latest album by Wild Beasts favours synthesisers over guitars, but still hews to the themes of previous works – weekend wildness, love, passion and the magic of the moment, John Robinson writes.
January 30, 2014
Nashville is enjoying a resurgence. New country artists are being lauded, the classic 1975 Robert Altman film about the city is being re-released and the iconic music of the legendary Buck Owens is showcased in a new two-CD set, writes Andy Battaglia
January 23, 2014
In African countries such as Ghana, the most innovative music is often found only on tape. But an American website is now making it available to the rest of the world, writes Dave Stelfox
January 16, 2014
A new book on the French pop genre yé-yé profiles the stylish women who captured the hearts and minds of the country’s youth in the 1960s, in much the same way as Beatlemania did on both sides of the Atlantic, writes James McNair.
January 9, 2014
The great American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie is often remembered as an anti-establishment figure, but a new box-set collects work recorded for the US government, writes Dan Hancox.
January 2, 2014
The latest Miles Davis box set will be released as it was originally recorded – in monophonic form – and the result is a revelation, Andy Battaglia writes
December 25, 2013
In the past 12 months, several major composers had milestone anniversaries, including Wagner, whose music caused one of at least two controversies at La Scala, the famed Milan opera house, writes Feargus O’Sullivan
December 19, 2013
A trip to Mali by the musical collective founded by Blur’s Damon Albarn to record an album in October, coincided with the announcement by Islamists of a ban on music in the northern part of the country, John Robinson writes