FRAN: News

TIMOTHY MONGER / allmusic.com On their second outing as Fran, Chicago-based singer/songwriter Maria Jacobson and her small cadre of collaborators create intimate indie pop that is smart, poignant, and deeply reflective. Much has changed in the three years since their debut, 2019’s A Private Picture. That album introduced Jacobson’s literate, confessional style, which, when sung […]

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BOB DYLAN: His 20 greatest albums … the long read

THE INDEPENDENT It’s a tantalising thought that even at 80, Dylan may still have great work left in him, writes Graeme Ross Bob Dylan, the rock era’s greatest and most influential poet, celebrates his 80th birthday on 24 May. It is also 60 years since Dylan recorded his debut album and began a career that […]

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JUSTIN FAULKNER: Serving the Music

Paul Naser writes: The rare balance of passionate ambition and mature dedication that are the hallmark of young professionals puts them in a category all their own. More often than not they began honing their skills at an early age and it seems as if life conspired to help them succeed. Justin Faulkner, the young […]

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GRAND FUNK LOST IMMORTALS: Did this ’70s rock group disappear in the realm of mediocrity?

Bob Smith writes … The band began as a trio back in 1969 and took their name from a railroad company that had a line running through their home town of Flint, Michigan. The band saw tremendous popularity in the early 1970’s quickly becoming a well recognized band. By 1971 the band was selling out […]

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NAIM: Vinyl news

Naim Records was created by Naim founder Julian Vereker in 1993. The label combines his love for music with his quest to deliver the best sound quality, from the studio to the listening room. Naim Recs has traditionally given a voice to musicians whose music may not have had the chance to be heard by […]

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PODCAST: Our pick of the day – Bach and Stravinsky

Ryan Wigglesworth conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers in a carefully curated concert of music by Stravinsky and Bach. Live from City Halls Glasgow. Presented by Kate Molleson Bach/Stravinsky: Chorale Variations ‘Vom Himmel hoch da komm’ ich her’Bach: Komm, Jesu, kommStravinsky: Symphony of Psalms 8.30 Interval, Kate introduces recent recordings which […]

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JAZZ: Karrin Allyson fares better at the microphone than the piano

  Howard Reich:  The pleasant, thoroughly intelligent, often-engaging, sometimes frustrating show set that Karrin Allyson played Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club started out strongly and ended that way, too. In between, it lost some steam when Allyson headed to the piano to accompany herself. A voice as distinctive and a stage presence […]

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John Hiatt, Laura Nyro, John Lee Hooker, Emmylou Harris…. – Newport Folk Festival 1989 (3CD)

The Newport Folk Festival takes place at Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode Island, a beautiful setting and a favourite of many acts.  This gem saw stunning performances by John Hiatt, Laura Nyro, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, John Lee Hooker, BB King all captured & broadcast by KGNU-FM. Disc 1 01 Radio Intro [0:48] 02 […]

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RAMONES: WBUF FM Broadcast, Buffalo, NY, February 8TH 1979 (CD)

This outstanding performance by New York’s punk pioneers was taped for radio broadcast shortly after Marky Ramone joined the band, and captures them at the peak of their powers, tearing through many of their most renowned songs in typically energetic style. It’s presented here in superb fidelity, with background notes and rare photos. 1. Rockaway […]

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MAHLER: Podcast

Edward Seckerson discusses the greatest performers and recordings of the composer’s works This week’s Gramophone Podcast is a special longer edition focusing on the music of Mahler. It coincides with the publication of the latest in our series of our souvenir publications drawing together our century-long coverage of major composers, ‘Gramophone Presents Mahler’. For this […]

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SPOTIFY: Former streaming service subscribers on why they have ditched mod cons for MP3s, CDs and other DIY music formats

Meg Lethem was working at her bakery job one morning in Boston when she had an epiphany. Tasked with choosing the day’s soundtrack, she opened Spotify, then flicked and flicked, endlessly searching for something to play. Nothing was perfect for the moment. She looked some more, through playlist after playlist. An uncomfortably familiar loop, it […]

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Jazz: Michael Feinstein: What I Learned From The Gershwins

Michael Feinstein, the singer and pianist known as the “ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” has a serious pedigree to back up that title: a real-life connection to one of America’s greatest songwriting teams. It’s the subject of Feinstein’s new memoir, The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs. (A CD of Feinstein […]

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SPOTIFY: The 101 strangest records there. Per Henderak Haetta – Pieras Mikkal

An extraordinary recording of nomadic herders, which uses just a single voice and drum to redefine our concept of melody. Taken from Folkways’ proudly chart-shunning Lappish Joik Songs from northern Norway, Pieras Mikkal is an extraordinary recording made by the folksong collector (and now professor emeritus of ethnomusicology at Columbia University) Dieter Christensen in the […]

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KARAJAN: News

A classic Gramophone article, by HC Robbins Landon, March 1964 Herbert von Karajan in 1969 (Reinhard Friedrich / Archiv Berliner Philharmoniker) SCENE I. A warm summer’s day in Salzburg. The square in front of the Festspielhaus is the scene of subdued activity; from within come sounds of rehearsing. Chorus members are lounging about, waiting for […]

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TAYLOR SWIFT: The long read

She has 11 Grammys, nine major-label albums, university courses studying her work and an unstoppable fandom… so how did Taylor Swift conquer the music industry? Ahead of her 10th record, ‘Midnights’, Zoya Raza-Sheikh explores how Swift’s songwriting is the secret to her success “Haters gonna hate…” but Taylor Swift’s influence over pop is undeniable. From […]

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BBC NEWS: Fans and bands fear regional network that helped launch careers of Ed Sheeran and Little Simz will be cut back as BBC confirms changes to schedules

THE GUARDIAN / Dave Simpson It is the nationwide network of weekly regional radio programmes and festival stages that has helped launch the careers of British superstars such as Ed Sheeran, Florence + the Machine, Celeste and Little Simz. But now, the future of BBC Music Introducing is believed to be under threat. For days, […]

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PODCAST OF THE DAY: Schubert

Ian Skelly introduces a selection of great concert performances from around Europe with a focus on Romania, including a performance of Schubert’s last symphony from the 2022 George Enescu Festival, and the BBC Concert Orchestra playing Enescu’s first Romanian Rhapsody. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001h5ch Including: Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances Sz56Pétri Kumela (guitar)Cecilia Zilliacus (violin) Joseph Haydn: Piano […]

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Why was Paul McCartney knighted, but not John Lennon or George Harrison?

TODD B writes … All four Beatles were made Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1965. There are five classes to the Order of the British Empire (Member, Officer, Commander, Knight Commander, and Knight Grand Cross) and MBE is the lowest level with the highest being Knight. But in Lennon’s case […]

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