Tokyo skyline during the Red Bull Music Academy 2014 event

Each year, the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) invites two groups of 30 musicians – producers, singers, DJs and players – to come together in a new c(...)

Jah Shaka performing in Spiegeltent Antwerp in  2010. Photograph: Anviss/Flickr  Photograph: Anviss/Flickr

When Jah Shaka speaks it’s hard not to take him seriously. There’s the gentle levity of his Jamaican patois, and his bottomless brown eyes, like th(...)

Working in the arts and journalism is the perfect collision of culinary connections (it also allows you to write sentences as awful and contrived as t(...)

Greg Wilson (left) at a previous RBMA event

ASHLEY BEEDLE What track have you heard recently, and thought, I wish I’d written that? Gregory Porter, 1960 What?. And is there a trac(...)

The Centre of the UniverseBewley’s Cafe Theatre***“My name is John and I want you to join a cult.” John Doran makes no bones about his intent and what(...)

Down and Out in Paris and London by George OrwellBewley’s Cafe Theatre***Phelim Drew’s adaptation and one-man performance of Orwell’s book sets itsel(...)

Bono and  U2 perform during an Apple event yesterday, during which the company announced it  was giving the band’s new album free to iTunes users. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Songs of Innocence***U2’s new album is soaked in the memories of the band’s adolescence. Lyrics are full of references to the Dublin bombings, old fri(...)

Review: Advocacy

AdvocacyProject Arts Centre****Shaun Dunne’s latest work is set in the world of mental health and negotiates the challenging world of care workers an(...)

Harp: A River Cantata Samuel Beckett Bridge****Olwen Fouéré’s voice rolls off the Samuel Beckett Bridge, as dry and warm as leaves on stone. Not for t(...)

James Murphy. Photograph: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

The huge crowd in the electric arena probably speaks more to the paucity of options on Friday night then the unmissability of a James Murphy DJ set(...)