Iceland has more musicians and bands per capita than any other country in the world. With a population not much bigger than that of Co Galway, Icel(...)

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This Is Spinal Tap: the US Library of Congress has finally smelled the glove

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John Grant: he combines the “emotional turbulence of a 14-year-old’s diary entries with the gnarled wisdom of a Nick Cave or a Leonard Cohen”
Review: John Grant

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You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs (as the song goes), but in fact the opposite – the anti-love song – is desperatel(...)

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Jay-Z and 99 Problems – who’d have come up with that one?

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The fourth studio album from Annie Erin Clark is remarkable for not just its breadth and depth but its protean nature: this is musical shape-shifti(...)

From Russia with bile: Masha and Nadya are reportedly in the doghouse back home

In response to a bunch of arty liberals inviting members of the Black Panthers to a swanky New York dinner party in the 1970s, author Tom Wolfe(...)

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