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Ben Howard: I Forget Where We Were review indie-folk singer finds his darker side

(Island)During the summer of 2013, it seemed that every time one turned on TV festival coverage, there was Ben Howard. Only love! Only love! hed be crooning to a sea of mellow, Boden-clad revellers, seemingly the very model of the Waitrose indie-folk-song

Tony Allen: Film of Life CD review cool, contemporary sounds from the master drummer

(Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi)When you are rightly praised as the greatest drummer Africa has produced, and helped to create Afrobeat along with Fela Kuti, then theres no need for indulgent solos. At 74, Tony Allen has released his 10th album, a cool, cont

Neil Diamond: Melody Road review schmaltzy but well-crafted honeymoon album

(Virgin)Theres soppy, theres schmaltz, and then theres the latest from Neil Diamond. He remarried in 2012, and much of Melody Road radiates honeymoon period: trumpets tootle cheerfully, guitar melodies beam, cherry blossom falls from flutes, and Diamond

Scott Walker + Sunn O))): Soused review menacing but surprisingly melodic

(4AD)Scott Walker indicated after his 2012 album, Bish Bosch, that he was ready for a new direction after a trilogy that included Tilt (1995) and The Drift (2006). But after 36 years exploring the furthest margins of mainstream taste, it shouldnt surprise

Was William Morris actually just a pious bore?

By presenting the artist as a hero of the left, the National Portrait Gallerys new show utterly misses the point about his true revolutionary spirit National Portrait Gallery explores William Morris's belief in art for all.

Loves Labours Lost/Loves Labours Won a perceptive pairing

Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonThe operetta treatment of the first play may be misguided, but Christopher Luscombes directing style comes into its own in the second, Much Ado about Nothing Measure for measure: inside the RSCs costume depart

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce review

The author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry hits a darker but no less compelling noteA nation smiled and wept over The Unlikely Pilgrimage of  Harold Fry, the charming tale of a man who, after hearing from an old friend that she is dying of ca

Simon Stephens: why my Cherry Orchard is a failure

Any English-language version of Chekhov is doomed. The nature of translation means that to think otherwise is folly Continue reading...

National Portrait Gallery explores William Morriss belief in art for all

Anarchy and Beauty exhibition features Eric Gills erotic garden roller and Victorian gay socialist Edward Carpenters sandals.

Cooly G - Wait 'Til Night: album stream

UK funky singer Cooly G returns with an album full of late-night, lo-fi bedroom music ahead of its release on 20 October, listen to the album here Hyperdubs Cooly G uses her new album as an expression of sexuality: on tracks like Your Sex, Want, 1st Time,