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Disobedient Objects review raw protest in genteel surroundings

A thought-provoking history of the tools of protest comes with the inbuilt irony of being staged in a grand old museum.

The Nether review dark desires in a nightmare world

There are plays – such as Great Britain, Richard Bean's recent take on the phone-hacking crisis – that react with quicksilver swiftness to the times we live in.

The Boy Who Fell Into a Book review a knockout mix

Alan Ayckbourn's tale of fiction coming to life makes an inspiring leap from page to stage.

Gluck: Opera Arias review Daniel Behle delivers a fine recital

Three hundred years since his birth, Gluck is still remembered for a mere handful of arias, yet he was the most powerful operatic reformer of his time.

Sweet Visitor review Nancy Kerr veers from the outstanding to the drab

(Little Dish)Fiddler, singer and English folk stalwart Nancy Kerr delivers a solo debut of all original material, though you wouldn't know as much, so steeped are its songs in the tunes and diction of tradition. Kerr's poised vocals, spirited violin and e

Welcome to the Jungle review Neon Jungle's debut is a mixed bag

Neon Jungle got off to a good start with the entertaining strop-pop of debut single Trouble, but subsequent releases have been less fun, setting the girls' vocals to the yawningly predictable build and drop of EDM.

Hypnotic Eye review Tom Petty and company are impossible to dislike

Tom Petty and co's 13th studio album, their first since 2010's well received Mojo, is a rocked-up affair full of mid-tempo bluesy intonations. Opener American Dream Plan B sets the tone with a hard edge before melting into the chorus, All You Can Carry hi

Rimsksy-Korsakov: Scheherazade review an eclectic, exotic delight

The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic's penchant for drawing on different styles and cultures reinvigorates an overplayed workRimsksy-Korsakov, whose symphonic tone poem Scheherazade is based on a tale from the One Thousand and One Nights, would have delighte

Lese Majesty review Shabazz Palaces take hip-hop into another dimension

(Sub Pop)Hip-hop is constantly being tweaked and nudged in new directions, but rarely is it reconfigured as radically, and thrillingly, as on this second album from Shabazz Palaces. Their previous work set the template free-flowing, futuristic rap dusted

That's It! review New Orleans's Preservation Hall Jazz Band know not to change a thing

Founded in 1961 as a platform for veteran New Orleans musicians, Preservation Hall bears nightly witness to the city's unique musical tradition, constantly changing but ever the same.