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Don Letts: ‘Punk was a refuge from racism’

The DJ and musician, 64, on being black and British, finding a scene, and why punk’s not deadJamaican people love country and western. My first musical memory is sitting at home with my dad, listening to incarnations of what would become reggae on his sound system. But as well as Prince Buster, and Toots and the Maytals, my dad loved things like Welcome to My World by Jim Reeves. It was the storytelling he could relate to.I know the exact moment I wanted music to be my life. I was 14 or 15, it w...
Tags: Music, London, Life and style, Culture, Punk, Pete Townshend, Vic, Buster, Keith Moon, Don Letts, Toots, Jim Reeves


Yves Tumor: Gospel For A New Century

Tennessee-raised pop-electronic artist Yves Tumor (aka Sean Bowie) announced his follow-up to the 2018 EP, Safe In The Hands Of Love, in the form of 3 April’s Heaven To A Tortured Mind. The project’s first single, “Gospel For A New Century,” harkens back to looming funk releases from experimental groups like Parliament-Funkadelic, but pulls in elements reminiscent of eclectic acts ranging from Prince to TV On …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Rock, Pop, Culture, Tennessee, Listenup, Electronic, New Music, Parliament Funkadelic, Yves Tumor, Sean Bowie, Hands of Love, Gospel For A New Century


ONR feat. Carina Jade: Sober

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and self-taught producer ONR (pronounced “honor”) channels sonic energy from the ’80s in his latest track, “Sober,” which features guest vocals from Carina Jade. It’s ONR’s debut release on Warner Records and a first glimpse at his forthcoming Must Stop EP (out 15 May). Directed by Omar Al-Zidjali, the music video for the Scottish artist bleeds color and form in a bedroom …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Listenup, New Music, ONR, Warner Records, Carina Jade, Omar Al Zidjali


Music industry fears bands will be unable to tour UK without visas

Professional body urges ministers to clarify proposed post-Brexit immigration rules The music industry has urged the government to clarify its proposed immigration rules amid fears that bands from the EU will not be able to tour the UK without written permission or a visa.They are the latest to warn of the economic risks posed by the new immigration rules which have already drawn criticism from the agriculture, hospitality and social care sectors. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Politics, UK, Eu, UK News, Music Industry, Immigration and asylum, Culture


The Voodoo Children: Caroline

An indie rock composition centered on the subject of support in times of emotional tumult, Nashville-based The Voodoo Children’s “Caroline” churns and stirs and chugs along. Steered by musician and artist JT Daly, the music collective’s debut EP, Instant Nostalgia, will release sometime later this year. If this lead single is any indicator, one can expect more thoughtful, moody tunes from the band and its …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Nashville, Listenup, New Music, Daly, Caroline, JT Daly, The Voodoo Children


US rapper Pop Smoke, 20, shot and killed in home invasion

Two masked and hooded men are reported to have attacked the rapper, regarded as one of the most promising talents in the USNew York rapper Pop Smoke has been shot and killed in an apparent home invasion, according to multiple sources speaking to NBC and TMZ.The rapper, real name Bashar Jackson, 20, was at home in Hollywood, Los Angeles, when two men wearing hoodies and masks entered the house and fired multiple shots, according to police sources quoted by TMZ. He was pronounced dead at a hospita...
Tags: Music, Nbc, US, Los Angeles, US news, Rap, Culture, West Hollywood, Hollywood Los Angeles, USNew York, Bashar Jackson


Pop star, producer or pariah? The conflicted brilliance of Grimes

Claire Boucher has spent a decade battling the press to reclaim her reputation. Dating Elon Musk means she’s never been more controversial – but could her new album set her free?Grimes has always had a tortured relationship with visibility. No sooner had Claire Boucher broken beyond the Montreal warehouse scene at the turn of the 2010s than she was telling journalists that she only fronted her music because she couldn’t afford to hire someone to do it for her. She wanted to be Phil Spector – tho...
Tags: Music, Elon Musk, Celebrity, Women, Music Industry, Culture, Canada, Pop and rock, Grimes, Electronic Music, Montreal, Experimental music, Napoleon, Phil Spector, Claire Boucher, Boucher


Dave attacks Boris Johnson in Brit awards performance: 'Our prime minister's a real racist'

South London rapper, who won album of the year for Psychodrama, also called for support for the Windrush generation and castigated the media over their coverage of Meghan MarkleAll the live performers at the 2020 Brits – reviewedSouth London rapper Dave has accused Boris Johnson of being a racist on stage at the 2020 Brit awards.Performing Black, a freestyle track that charts the difficulties of black Britons and celebrates black excellence, he added a newly written final verse that began: “It i...
Tags: Music, London, Rap, Dave, Culture, Theresa May, Pop and rock, Boris Johnson, Brit awards, Grenfell Tower fire, Meghan MarkleAll


Harry Styles 'threatened with knife during Valentine's Day mugging'

Former One Direction member reportedly handed over cash during incident in Hampstead, North LondonSinger Harry Styles was reportedly mugged at knifepoint in London on Valentine’s Day.The 26-year old former One Direction member was “threatened with a knife” on Friday near midnight, according to police, but was unharmed after handing over an unspecified amount of cash. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, London, UK News, Culture, Harry Styles, Hampstead North


Papooz: Figs and Gorgonzola

French dance-pop duo Papooz (composed of rhythm guitarist Armand Penicaut and vocalist/lead guitarist Ulysse Cottin) returns with “Figs and Gorgonzola,” a laid back and charming tale of love. The comfortably catchy single follows up the group’s well-received 2019 album release, Night Sketches. Papooz will embark upon a North American tour starting 18 February in Brooklyn.
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Listenup, New Music, French music, Papooz, Armand Penicaut, Ulysse Cottin


How Sudan's star of the tambour defied death and dictatorship

Once lauded as one of Sudan’s finest musicians, Abu Obaida Hassan faded into obscurity under the Bashir regime and was even pronounced dead. Now he is back – to global acclaimThe unpaved outskirts of Omdurman, Sudan’s second city, seem like an unusual place to find a musical superstar, but Abu Obaida Hassan is far from ordinary. The frail man in his 60s who holds court in the shaded yard of a squat brick house represents a musical revolution, one that electrified traditional Sudanese music. Stra...
Tags: Music, Africa, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Governance, Sudan, Khartoum, Bashir, Omdurman Sudan, Abu Obaida, Abu Obaida Hassan, Merowe


U.S. Girls: 4 American Dollars

A playful tune about the perils of living in our money-driven society, “4 American Dollars” by U.S. Girls (aka Meghan Remy) features poignant lyrics about the inner workings of our economy and Remy’s bank balance: “In this world where they say: ‘It’s not personal, it’s business’ / Moving numbers from account to account / Keeping secrets in an offshore fount / My money is quick to count / I …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Pop, Soul, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Pop Music, Remy, U.S. Girls, Meghan Remy


Rwandan gospel singer and critic of president dies in police cell

Official account of Kizito Mihigo’s death in custody likely to be met with scepticismA popular Rwandan gospel singer who was found guilty in 2015 of conspiracy to murder or harm President Paul Kagame has been found dead in a police cell in the country’s capital, the authorities have said.Kizito Mihigo killed himself in Kigali on Monday, a police statement said. The 38-year-old was an ethnic Tutsi survivor of the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 Tutsi died as well as moderate Hutus who tr...
Tags: Music, Africa, World news, Culture, Rwanda, Paul Kagame, Kigali, Tutsi, Kizito Mihigo


Andrew Weatherall, British producer behind Screamadelica, dies aged 56

The DJ, producer, remixer and musician, who took acid house into the mainstream, suffered a pulmonary embolismAndrew Weatherall, the British musician, DJ and record producer known for helming Primal Scream’s Screamadelica, has died aged 56.His management wrote in a statement: “We are deeply sorry to announce that Andrew Weatherall, the noted DJ and musician passed away in the early hours of this morning, Monday 17th February 2020, at Whipps Cross Hospital, London. The cause of death was a pulmon...
Tags: Music, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Dance music, Primal Scream, Andrew Weatherall, Screamadelica, Whipps Cross Hospital London


Elton John cuts short New Zealand gig after catching pneumonia

Singer ‘deeply upset and sorry’ for cutting short farewell concert in AucklandSir Elton John has said he is “deeply upset and sorry” for cutting short a concert in New Zealand after being diagnosed with a mild form of pneumonia.The musician, 72, was performing at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday when he lost his voice and broke down in tears on stage. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Elton John, New Zealand, Auckland, Mount Smart Stadium, AucklandSir Elton John


Tame Impala: Is It True

From Tame Impala’s newest album, The Slow Rush, “Is It True” spotlights the band’s affection for funk-inspired bass lines and percussion. Strutting and sultry, the track’s instrumental sets the scene for frontman Kevin Parker’s love song: “We started talkin’ ’bout devotion / The kind that goes on eternally / And I tell her I’m in love with her / But, how can I know that I’ll …
Tags: Music, Design, Tame Impala, Dance, Culture, Bass, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Kevin Parker, Psych, Psych-Pop, Psychedelic Funk


DJ Diaki: Balani Fou review | Ammar Kalia's global album of the month

(Nyege Nyege Tapes)DJ Diaki’s debut is a speeding cascade of sound that skilfully re-creates the pounding atmosphere of Malian street party Balani Show Recent years have seen some of the most exciting dancefloor-focused music moving further and further away from its spiritual homes of Detroit, Chicago, Berlin or London. Now, styles such as South African gqom or Angolan kuduro-techno are pushing their way into club sound systems with rattling tempos in excess of 200bpm and unpredictable polyrhyth...
Tags: Music, London, Africa, Culture, Dance music, Mali, Electronic Music, Nyege Nyege Tapes, Ammar Kalia, DJ Diaki, Balani Fou, Nyege Nyege Tapes DJ Diaki, Detroit Chicago Berlin, Diaki


Rubbish mixtape: fan reunited with cassette 25 years after losing it

Stella Wedell astounded to spot tape in exhibition of art made out of plastic marine debrisA music fan has been reunited with a cassette tape she lost while on holiday 25 years ago after it washed up on a beach hundreds of miles away.Stella Wedell was 12 when she took the tape on a Spanish holiday to listen to songs by the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Shaggy and Bob Marley on her Walkman. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Germany, Environment, UK News, World news, Culture, Pollution, Art and design, Bob Marley, Plastics, Stella Wedell


Grimes: Delete Forever

Written the night Lil Peep passed away, “Delete Forever” is pretty and airy, despite tackling the topic of opioid addiction. From Grimes’ fifth album Miss Anthropocene, the tune begins with acoustic guitar (reminiscent of “Wonderwall” by Oasis) before the beat kicks in around the 50-second mark. With country-inflected violin and banjo, the song has a different sound from the Canadian musician’s recent releases, but her …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Country, Culture, Grimes, Oasis, Acoustic Guitar, Listenup, New Music, Synthpop


'I want to scream when I hear The Specials': readers on the songs they can't listen to any more

Following Guardian writers on the songs they can no longer listen to, here are some of the soundtracks you mentionedThird year at university, the bloke I was flat sharing with played Ghost Town by The Specials every morning as his alarm. Every morning for a damn year. I used to like Ghost Town, it’s one of the great protest songs (and its appearance on Father Ted is sublime). Now I want to scream whenever I hear it. It was like torture. Melvazord Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Ted, Culture, Pop and rock, Ghost Town


Okay Kaya’s Valentine’s Day Playlist for COOL HUNTING

"I wanna tickle that little part of the back of people’s brains," the Norwegian musician tells us “Making a playlist for someone is a big deal to me,” Norwegian singer/songwriter Okay Kaya (aka Kaya Wilkins) says, when discussing the Valentine’s Day playlist she crafted for us. “I wanna tickle that little part of the back of people’s brains.” But ultimately, she says the question “Will …
Tags: Music, Design, Disco, Pop, Culture, Indie, Playlists, Folk, Songwriters, Singers, Valentines Day, Kaya, Okay Kaya, Kaya Wilkins


Caleb Landry Jones: Flag Day / The Mother Stone

From actor and musician Caleb Landry Jones’ debut album, The Mother Stone (out 1 May on Sacred Bones), lead single “Flag Day / The Mother Stone” and its accompanying music video guide audiences down a psychedelic, cinematic rabbit hole. The seven-minute song sprawls outward with colorful, carnivalesque energy. Landry Jones recorded the track, and others from the album, using his personal collection of Casios and …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, New Music, Landry Jones, Caleb Landry Jones, Psych, Listen Up


Berlin's nightclubs fight for same cultural status as opera houses

Clubs tell parliament that without protection gentrification threatens their existenceBerlin’s renowned nightclubs are on track to be awarded the same cultural status as opera houses and theatres in order to protect them from gentrification.A group dedicated to protecting the German capital’s nightlife took its campaign to parliament on Wednesday, urging more protection as ever more music venues are closed to make way for new builds, and as residents file more complaints about noise. Continue re...
Tags: Europe, Music, Germany, Berlin, World news, Culture, Clubbing


Against All Logic: Fantasy

Using his performance alias Against All Logic, Nicolas Jaar releases a new album, 2017 – 2019, composed of industrial drums, sound effects and pop samples—plus plenty of Jaar’s signature distortions. A standout single and the album’s opening track, “Fantasy” employs all of the aforementioned but ups the ante by sampling Beyoncé’s 2003 collaboration with Sean Paul “Baby Boy” for its hook, as well as filtered …
Tags: Music, Design, Beyonce, Culture, Industrial, Techno, Listenup, New Music, Nicolas Jaar, Jaar, DownBeat, Nico Jaar, Sean Paul Baby Boy


'We're playing to the world': Galway's European capital of culture year kicks off

Galway 2020 promises everything from Margaret Atwood to art with local asylum-seekers. Its organisers and artists talk about building bridges and creating a lasting legacy for Irish artists‘I know it’s not utopia, but …” Author Sarah Moss has made a decision, she tells the audience at Imagining Ireland. She’s moving to Ireland to discover whether the country of her imagination can survive the test of lived experience. Striking a note of guarded optimism that captured the mood of the evening at G...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, Festivals, Margaret Atwood, Arts funding, Performance art, Galway, European Capital Of Culture, Sarah Moss, Sara Baume, Imagining Ireland, Elaine Feeney


Friday singer Rebecca Black gets candid about teenage struggle: 'I was afraid of the world'

The singer, who faced vicious online bullying after her 2011 song went viral, confronts her struggle in anniversary postThe singer Rebecca Black has opened up about her struggle with depression following the release her viral hit Friday nine years ago.In an emotional social media post to honor the anniversary, Black wrote about feeling “ashamed of herself” and “afraid of the world” during the height of her fame in her early teens. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Technology, Social Networking, Youtube, Social Media, Culture, Black, Rebecca Black


King Princess: Ohio

After performing “Ohio” live with consistency since her first tour, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) finally releases an official recording and music video for the fan-favorite track. Both the song and visuals begin with quiet intimacy, and the latter introduces Straus wearing her theatrical Cheap Queen look. As with the song, the video soon explodes into an anthemic garage-rock performance, cut from captivating live renditions. …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Rock, Culture, Ohio, Listenup, New Music, Straus, King Princess, Mikaela Straus, Cheap Queen


Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder, dies aged 78

South African government pays tribute to singer whose group gained worldwide fame after collaborating for Paul Simon’s GracelandJoseph Shabalala, the bandleader who brought the South African vocal harmony group Ladysmith Black Mambazo to global success, has died aged 78.Shabalala died in hospital in Pretoria and the news was confirmed by the group’s manager, Xolani Majozi. No cause of death has been announced. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Africa, Paul Simon, World news, Culture, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Pop and rock, Folk Music, Choral music, Pretoria, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala Ladysmith Black Mambazo, GracelandJoseph Shabalala, Shabalala, Xolani Majozi


'I cringe when I hear Rihanna now': the songs Guardian writers can't listen to any more

From failed relationships to funeral soundtracks, here are the much-loved tracks that became aural nightmares Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Rihanna, Relationships, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, Blondie


Virtuoso mourns beloved £150,000 piano smashed by movers

Angela Hewitt’s unique F278 Fazioli was destroyed in an attempt to lift it on to a trolleyA unique piano which was treasured by the Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt as her “best friend” was broken beyond repair when it was dropped by specialist instrument movers.The expensive accident happened late last month after Hewitt finished recording Beethoven’s piano variations at a studio in Berlin. She said it left her in such shock that it took her 10 days before she could announce the news to her foll...
Tags: Europe, Music, Germany, Berlin, World news, Culture, Classical Music, Beethoven, Hewitt, Angela Hewitt



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