Tag Archives: Music

French rap superstar Niska: ‘American rappers don’t respect our art’

The voice of young France, Niskas tunes boom from cars and shisha bars, and hes worked with Skepta and Diplo. So why do the US rappers at Paris fashion week bypass his suburb? Niska is running late from his soundcheck in Brixton, south London. I am expecting the 25-year-old French-Congolese rapper to be slightly the Read more »

Benedict Cumberbatch on the explosive power of letters: ‘They’re grenades!’

Noel Fielding, Thom Yorke and Cumberbatch tell us why they love Letters Live, the performances of correspondence where anything can happen Its a blustery Saturday night and around 900 people are lined up to go to church. The faithful have come to the Union Chapel, in Islington, London, to receive wisdom from those stepping up Read more »

The 20 best music documentaries ranked!

We rate the best films on the music scene down the decades, from Bob Dylan to Blur, Anvil to Amy Winehouse 20. Starshaped (1993) This catches Blur on the brink of the Britpop explosion, looking keen but confused, and often the worse for wear. Car-crash highlights include Damon Albarn falling off a speaker and John Read more »

Louder than bombs: my journey in war and music

In this extract from his new book, Ed Vulliamy reflects on his life as a war correspondent and how music from Sarajevo to the Paris attacks can reveal truths when words fail Sarajevo, August 1993 The day before my 39th birthday, I was reporting on what came to be called the Dobrinja water-queue massacre in Read more »

‘He was high-brow, low-brow, every-brow!’ the genius of Leonard Bernstein

Composer, conductor, inspiration, FBI suspect Leonard Bernstein was born 100 years ago this August, and this summers Proms will celebrate his work. Musicians, critics and his own family remember an astounding talent Marin Alsop: Bernstein the inspiration Bernstein was impossibly brilliantin so many different areas: a genius conductor, composer, author, pianist, thinker, activist, educator and Read more »

How England’s first wave of heavy metal football conquered Europe | Paul Doyle

In the 1970s and 1980s, English success on the pitch and on stage was rooted in a bleak, uncompromising landscape where the only escape was to become a footballer or start a band Originally published in here, and follow Eight by Eight on Twitter. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/20/how-englands-first-wave-of-heavy-metal-football-conquered-europe Kareem MaizeHi my name is Kareem Maize and Read more »

Bryce Dessner of The National: ‘The Grateful Dead are part of folklore’

The indie giants have made a five-disc covers compilation in honour of the Dead. Here their guitarist talks about their impact, how Sonic Youth were their natural successors and why theyre so much more than a jam band You wouldnt think it, but The National pursue on Day of the Dead (4AD), a five-disc tribute Read more »

‘Guy Clark’s songs were like Peckinpah movies that powerful’

Friends and peers pay tribute to the late country star whose songs, which brought a literary gravitas to the genre, were covered by the best in the business Guy Clark, a songwriter who elevated American popular song by infusing it with literary depth, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, David Olney, Billy Joe Shaver, among others. Read more »

Ravi Shankar opera to get posthumous world premiere

Sukanya, a Hindu tale named after the sitar greats wife and completed by their daughter Anoushka, will be semi-staged at Leicesters Curve with the LPO The world premiere of Ravi Shankars only opera will be presented next May in a production at Leicesters Curve theatre. The world-famous musician, first to bring Indian music to a Read more »

Run The Jewels on Trump: ‘It’s going to be horrible’

Critically adored and politically astute, Killer Mike and El-P mix talk Bernie Sanders, bromance and being in sync Is there a tax write-off thing for cults or is that just religions? asks Jaime Meline AKA El-P, as he sits in a practise room on LAs Sunset Boulevard, where brought their new album forward and dropped Read more »