The classical school of rock

Gramophone magazine writes: Jonny Greenwood and Bryce Dessner are just two of a growing number of rock musicians who are writing music for the ‘classical’ concert hall. Pwyll ap Siôn traces the origins of a musical revolution… It starts with a trickle. In 2004 the London Sinfonietta give the first performance of Jonny Greenwood’s smear, […]

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Was heavy rock born 50 years ago?

The Kinks’ You Really Got Me was released on August 4, 1964. Neil McCormick reflects on its significance http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/11010039/Was-heavy-rock-born-50-years-ago.html

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The tough realities behind vinyl’s comeback

Joel Oliphint writes:  If we’re talking about vinyl in 2014, we have to talk about Jack White. In April, rock‘n’roll’s self-appointed analog evangelist celebrated Record Store Day by teaming up with United Record Pressing in Nashville to put out the “World’s Fastest Released Record.” At 10 a.m., White and his band recorded a live version […]

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Album spins closer towards its final track as a viable format

Hannah Ellis-Petersen writes:”Make no mistake,” declared George Ergatoudis, head of music at BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra, this month. “With very few exceptions, albums are edging closer to extinction.”It was enough for musicians and fans alike to take to social media in their droves to jump to the defence of a format that has […]

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Readers’ letters: Excellent music site

Hello Howard, just a musical site you are very, very unlikely to stumble upon otherwise: http://www.planetaquarium.com/eng/main.html following their recent concert in Royal Albert Hall – hugely influential in Russia since early 80-s, albeit virtually unknown in the West, the No 1 Russian indie group Aquarium.  They have quite a cult following in the USA. Highly […]

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