May 16, 2013
With his urge to chronicle America 'warts and all', Van Dyke Parks has straddled the divide between elite and popular culture to brilliant effect. Read Article American magpie: on his new album, Van Dyke Parks returns to his first release 45 years on
The British synth-poppers Johnny Hates Jazz return after a 25-year hiatus with a quite respectable follow-up to their hit album.
Read Article The 1980s synth-poppers Johnny Hates Jazz return - minus the suits
May 09, 2013
Since the end of Abba in 1982, Agnetha Fältskog's mystique has only been increased by her avoidance of public life - but now she's back with a new album, her first new material in 25 years. Read Article Abba's Agnetha Fältskog returns with her first album of original material in 25 years
May 04, 2013
Nader Mansour of The Wanton Bishops says growing up in crisis-hit Lebanon has given him a deep sense of connection with his chosen music genre, writes Shirine Saad
Read Article Members of blues band Wanton Bishops point to Beirut upbringing as inspiration
Apr 27, 2013
Now in their 60s, Iggy and The Stooges make a valiant attempt to recreate the savage energy that made them such a seminal force, writes John Robinson
Read Article Iggy and the Stooges' Ready To Die demonstrates a will to return to their high-energy roots
Apr 20, 2013
New releases of two of Elvis Presley's more memorable performances – comeback shows in Honolulu and New York City – find him at his best, despite the white jumpsuit, writes Andy Battaglia
Read Article New Elvis Presley live albums showcase memorable comebacks - and his iconic jumpsuit
Three eagerly anticipated exhibitions honouring the diverse careers of Roy Lichtenstein, Yoko Ono and David Bowie have opened recently. But, asks Jonathan Gornall, is the curatorial aim to consolidate their legacies or to reconstruct them completely?
Read Article Retrospectives can also serve to revise an artist's body of work
Apr 13, 2013
The latest album from the publicity-shy electro-pop duo The Knife contains some thrillingly unconventional songs, but some of the tracks are so unusual that they don¿t even sound like music, writes Nick Levine
Read Article New album by The Knife a dramatic departure from previous works
Apr 06, 2013
Singer Sky Ferreira got her first big break recently with the online success of her single Everything is Embarrassing, but the 20-year-old American remains a work in progress, writes Nick Levine.
Read Article There is no limit for rising US pop singer Sky Ferreira
Mar 30, 2013
Sharif Sehnaoui has brought the ideas of free jazz and improvisation into Beirut's music scene, through is record label and the forthcoming Irtijal festival of unusual music-making. Read Article Improvisational sounds run free in Beirut
Mar 23, 2013
The young composer Mohammed Fairouz has won praise and honours for his melding of classical western forms and Arabic melodic conventions. Read Article Mohammed Fairouz and the politics of experience
Mar 16, 2013
David Bowie's new album is a resurrection of sorts. The Next Day is his first album in 10 years, and its keynotes are urgency, anger and shock, writes John Robinson. Read Article New David Bowie album unexpected, engaging and urgent
Mar 12, 2013
Nassim Al Saba is the first four-part Arabic choir to emerge from the Gulf and one of only a few in the world. Anna Seaman reports Read Article Nassim Al Saba choir take their sound around the world
Large stadium for the recently announced New York City Football Club is planned for iconic tennis site. Omar Rahman reports from New York Football eyes Flushing Meadows
In truth, darts is one of few sports where the professionals are more often than not in no better physical shape than the rowdy crowds that cheer them on. Dubai dart tournament promises to be exciting
Companies in the UAE are finding themselves facing a legal minefield caused by the global reach of tough and sometimes conflicting US and UK anti-corruption laws. John Henzell reports.
Bribery laws go beyond borders
With Muslim families, you must say "mashallah" with every compliment lest someone think you are jealous and have the evil eye. Mashallah: what it means, when to say it and why you should
Pain in lower back forces world No 2 to look beyond second grand slam tournament in the calendar year. Andy Murray pulls out of French Open through injury
Vin Diesel, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano on the Fast & Furious franchise. Fast & Furious 6 - start your engines
Coke Studio, now in its second season, blends Khaleeji pop with RnB. The collaboration of Shamma Hamdan and Jay Sean in Dubai
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