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Future Days review an absorbing history of Krautrock and 1970s Germany

David Stubbs's story of Can, Kraftwerk and Germany's postwar generation is enthusiastic and well researchedAt the dawn of the 1970s, British rock had sunk into the mellow denim heaven of Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles and other American middle-of-the-roadster

Sinead O'Connor live review a tigress tamed?

The extraordinary, tear-jerking force of Sinead O'Connor at her best is undermined by too much mid-tempo pop rock.

Royal Blood review muscular debut from Brighton two-man riff factory

(Warner Bros)In January, Brighton duo Royal Blood seemed like a tokenistic entry on the BBC's Sound of 2014. The two twenty-nothing friends might have looked a little like a bearded Disclosure dipped in black Dylon, but they sounded like a riff factory, o

Enough war to last several lifetimes at the Edinburgh festival 2014

Review: Hespèrion XXI, The Sixteen, Collegium Vocale Gent, Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake, Alban Gerhardt and Steven Osborne at the Usher Hall Continue reading...

Enough war to last several lifetimes at the Edinburgh festival 2014

Review: Hespèrion XXI, The Sixteen, Collegium Vocale Gent, Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake, Alban Gerhardt and Steven Osborne at the Usher HallFrom the plains of Troy to the fields of Flanders, war is the theme of this year's Edinburgh international festi

The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society review James Yorkston in reflective mood

Before building a fine body of work as a solo artist, Scottish folk singer-songwriter James Yorkston came to prominence as a member of the Fence Collective.

Quilter: The Complete Songbook Volume 2 review full of pleasures

Mark Stone (baritone), Stephen Barlow (piano) (Stone Records)This second of four discs will be the first complete recording of the songs of Roger Quilter (1877-1953). As well as setting Blake, Byron, Keats, Binyon and the Earl of Rochester, the Sussex-bor

Byrd: The Three Masses, Ave verum corpus review splendour and finesse

Choir of Westminster Cathedral/Baker(Hyperion)Byrd's double life, in public a member of Queen Elizabeth I's Chapel Royal in a newly Protestant England, in private a covert Catholic, directly shaped his music. Grand works such as the Great Service are amon

Thérèse Raquin review Pippa Nixon is a compelling presence

Theatre Royal, BathA fine cast rescues a melodramatic new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin Continue reading...

The James Plays review Rona Munro's timely game of thrones

This historic Anglo-Scottish co-production delivers epic sweep but insufficient psychological depth.