Why Nick Drake is not the patron saint of the miserable

Nick Drake, the singer-songwriter who died 40 years ago, was not recognised in his lifetime. But his melancholy legend does his music a disservice, argues Alan Connor “It may surprise you to hear that during the last few weeks, I’ve been extraordinarily happy with life and I haven’t a clue why. It seems that Cambridge […]

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Delaney Gibson’s new music video “Stars”.The new single taken from her album “Tall Like The Tree”, a video directed by Travis Mauck.

Charlotte Gomes who runs the Project Light Agency writes to us as follows:  Independent singer/songwriter, Delaney Gibson’s unique style of confessional, theatrical-pop music is on full display with her new album, Tall Like the Tree (2014). With the direction of Canadian Producer, Joshua Bartholomew and string arranger, Laura Mihalka, Out came 11 cinematic, brave and […]

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The Concept Album reappraised

John Cahill writes:  I’ve always had mixed feelings around concepts albums; some of my favourite albums of all time are concept albums; yet the amount of really bad concept albums is huge – and this style of album has been responsible for some really bad music. Here below is a brief overview of the concept […]

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 2. Mussorgsky, CD review

Geoffrey Norris of The Daily Telegraph writes as follows: “Having chosen Khachaturian for their first Onyx disc last year, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits turn to more substantial music for this follow-up, with Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” Symphony, the Ravel orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and the original version of Night on […]

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Essential Listening: Room For Thought (Vinyl LP) by Dulcimer

Largely known for their fantastic album “As I turned as I had turned as a boy” from 1971, a true folk-rock delight, British group Dulcimer had also recorded a second album to make it released that same year, but for some reason it went unreleased. So here’s finally the first ever vinyl release of this […]

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Philosophy of Music Education Review

The Philosophy of Music Education Review disseminates philosophical research in music education to an international community of scholars, artists, and teachers. It regularly includes articles that address philosophical or theoretical issues relevant to education, including reflections on current practice, research, issues, or questions; reform initiatives; philosophical writings; theories; the nature and scope of education and […]

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Apple to push Beats to all iPhones according to FT

Apple is planning to push its Beats music streaming service to every iPhone in the new year, according to a report in the Financial Times newspaper. Apple will include the Beats app in its latest update to the iOS operating system used on iPhones and iPads, writes the FT. Apple purchased Beats, known primarily for […]

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The impact of background music on adult listeners

Background music has been found to have beneficial, detrimental, or no effect on a variety of behavioral and psychological outcome measures. This article reports a meta-analysis that attempts to summarize the impact of background music. A global analysis shows a null effect, but a detailed examination of the studies that allow the calculation of effects […]

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It’s ‘rubbish’ that Robert Plant turned down £500m Led Zeppelin reformation offer, says publicist

Sean Michaels writes:  Report about former Zeppelin singer rejecting offer from Sir Richard Branson is not true, says his PR representative. Robert Plant’s publicist has described as “rubbish” a Daily Mirror report that he rejected a £500m Led Zeppelin reunion. The paper claims Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones had both signed on for the […]

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From Fargo to Hannibal, this is a golden age for TV music

Melissa Locker writes:  Whether sparse and tense, or lavish and operatic, TV shows now have scores as impressive as their cinematic counterparts. We talk to the composers behind some of the best. Television is having a moment. From Mad Men and True Detective to House of Cards and Boardwalk Empire, the small screen is no […]

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Bryan Ferry: Loop De Li exclusive video

Bryan Ferry premieres his new music video for Loop De Li on Telegraph.co.uk Catherine Gee writes: It may be 43 years since glittery cool kids Roxy Music exploded on to the British music scene but singer Bryan Ferry remains as prolific as ever. The 69 year-old is soon to release his 14th solo album, Avonmore, […]

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The heart of country: How Nashville became music city USA

This historical biography of the city that is the glittering hub of country music reveals the dynamic relationship between commerce and art, music and the market, that has defined Nashville since 1925. It explores the conflicts and demons that have confronted Nashville’s artists and music industry down the years, such as the creative pressures of […]

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Communication Breakdown

Steve Guttenberg (Stereophile) writes:  Classical and jazz notwithstanding, an awful lot of new music is highly compressed, processed, and harsh, and it’s about time we got used to it. Musicians, producers, and engineers are, in large part, on board with the sound, and any suggestion of making less-compressed recordings, with a wider dynamic range, is […]

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Bob Dylan’s back pages: the truth behind the Basement Tapes

The Basement Tapes have never before been heard in their entirety. Now, with the official release of all 138 songs, Dylan expert Clinton Heylin examines the myth and the reality of one of rock’s seminal long-lost masterpieces. In June 1975, between Blood on the Tracks and Desire, Bob Dylan approved the release of the most […]

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