Music

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‘I never dance, I fear it might be too beautiful’: Jamali Maddix’s honest playlist
The comedian on his secret love for Rick Astley, his favourite Scouting For Girls song, and singing Sweet Home Alabama for a crowd of Americans

Interview by Alexi Duggins

18, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The ubiquitous Alan Hawkshaw was the best known British composer you’d never heard of
The late musician’s track The Champ was sampled on more than 700 other records, while others pop up everywhere from Jay-Z songs to Milk Tray ads. What links them all is his compositional joy and irreverence

Michael Hann

18, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Lonnie Smith obituary
Turban-wearing American organist who enjoyed popular success playing with some of the US’s jazz greats

John Fordham

17, Oct, 2021 @4:44 PM

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Remi Wolf: Juno review – hardly a dull moment
The Californian’s high-energy debut fizzes with imagination

Kadish Morris

17, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The Gondoliers review – a picture-postcard Gilbert and Sullivan from Scottish Opera
The company celebrated its return to the Theatre Royal with some good old-fashioned – if not downright antiquated – fun and frivolity

Rowena Smith

17, Oct, 2021 @12:41 PM

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Finneas: Optimist review – Billie Eilish’s brother plays it straight
Eilish’s celebrated producer sibling abandons his adventurous instincts on his largely forgettable debut

Michael Cragg

17, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Alan Hawkshaw, Countdown and Grange Hill composer, dies aged 84
Leeds-born musician and producer worked with artists such as Barbra Streisand and was sampled in numerous hip-hop tracks

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

17, Oct, 2021 @10:47 AM

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How Leonard Cohen mined sacred texts for lyrics to his songs
New book reveals extent of the musician’s fascination with scriptures of Judaism and Christianity

Donna Ferguson

17, Oct, 2021 @8:15 AM

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Shannon Lay: Geist review – quietly elegant songs with hidden depths
Contemplative and full of subtle touches – and a Syd Barrett cover – the LA singer-songwriter’s fifth album dives deep

Kitty Empire

17, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Gandhi in heels? Maria Callas statue hits the wrong note
Critics compare figure of famous soprano erected in Greek capital to an Oscar statuette

Helena Smith in Athens

17, Oct, 2021 @7:45 AM

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Randy Bachman to be reunited with his guitar that was lost for four decades
The treasured instrument was stolen from the rock star in Toronto in 1976 and was recently found in a Tokyo shop

Jessica Glenza

16, Oct, 2021 @6:41 PM

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Jo Harrop: The Heart Wants review – a rare mix of delicacy and boldness
The singer’s original material and a guest list of top musicians fit like a glove on this follow-up to last year’s Weathering the Storm

Dave Gelly

16, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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