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Van Morrison recently suggested that we need to ‘stand up, speak up and fight the pseudo-science’ about Covid-19.

Can we organise a moratorium on the “I never liked [bad person’s] work anyway” construction? The idle boast has been around for a while — no doubt, in(...)

Robert Plant and  Jimmy Page: rock nerds have long whispered about similarities between the opening of Stairway to Heaven and an interlude on the debut album from psych-rockers Spirit. Photograph:  Robert Knight Archive/Redferns

We got bad news from the US appeals court this week. Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven is not to be banned. I’m not certain if the judges actually had(...)

Adam Cohen arrives at the 2017 Juno Awards at Canadian Tire Centre in April 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. Photograph: Getty Images

As you join us, it’s several weeks before the release of Leonard Cohen’s Thanks for the Dance, a posthumous album culled from works begun during sessi(...)

Expectations upended, preconceptions shattered: that’s the shape of Lankum’s world, and it’s a world of wide horizons and imaginations writ large on T(...)

Dr John: belonged to the pantheon of New Orleans keyboard wizards. Photograph:  Valentin Flauraud/EPA

Mac Rebennack, the pianist, singer, songwriter and producer better known as Dr John, who embodied the New Orleans sound for generations of music fans,(...)

Scott Walker on the BBC’s Presenting Nana Mouskouri TV show, 1970. Photograph:  Michael Putland/Getty Images

When David Bowie, Nick Cave and Brian Eno all salute you as a “musical genius”, you are more than an extraordinary talent, your work is woven into the(...)

Hal Blaine. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Hal Blaine, one of pop music’s most prolific and brilliant drummers, who played with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and more, died on Mo(...)

Dr Sinead McArdle, a consultant in emergency medicine in the Mater Hospital

There are some people who can keep their cool in a crisis, like nerveless trained professionals in a hospital’s A&E department. And then there are(...)

Junk Ensemble and Tom Clonan perform Soldier Still at the Mac, Belfast

Soldier Still The Mac, Belfast Tuesday October 17th & Wednesday October 18th 7.45pm £12-£25 belfastinternationalartsfestival.com A hit at this ye(...)

The engaging Damsin Idris as Franklin Saint in  Snowfall

Opening with a swooping, twirling camera shot through the hazy summer sunshine of South Central LA, over a song that would provide the hook to Califor(...)

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