Music

Lana Del Rey review – ‘Hollywood sadcore’ shines in Australia

While questions of artificiality still seems to arise when discussing Lana Del Rey’s work, on stage her sincerity is undoubtable. Photograph: Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images For hours, throngs of Lana Del Rey devotees have been camped outside Qudos Bank Arena to secure front-row spots to her Sydney show. They are mostly young women, many brandishing the unofficial uniform of the night: flower crowns ... Read More »

Jon Hopkins Teases New Music

Jon Hopkins has shared a four-minute video trailer featuring new music. You can watch it above. The animated clip, which is titled ‘Trailer 2018’, gives fans a chance to hear the first new material from the producer since 2015, and comes five years on from the release of his last studio album, Immunity. “I’m so happy to share some brand new ... Read More »

No alternative: how brands bought out underground music

Timberland hosts rap gigs. Princess Nokia makes films for Maybelline. And Red Bull is the new school of rock. Have brand partnerships destroyed counterculture? Or are they all that’s keeping it alive? Is it possible, in 2017, to sell out? Not so long ago, cosying up to big business was considered the gravest sin an underground artist could commit – ... Read More »

New music to listen to this week: XamVolo

One of my favourite new artists XamVolo is about to drop his best track to date, so it’s a kick that we get to premiere it today on The Independent.  “Feels Good”, the latest single from the Liverpool-based artist, lays all his jazz-influenced cards on the table and samples a rare version of “Thelonius” by Thelonius Monk. Produced with Paul Phamous [To Pimp A Butterly], it’s a ... Read More »

TCA announces new music programme

A new eight-month-long music programme will bring together classical musicians from around the world to perform in Abu Dhabi. Run by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, the season includes the return of the concert series Abu Dhabi Classics (running from October 2017 to May 2018), Umsiyat (January 2018) and performances by students and graduates from Bait Al Oud. “Our Music ... Read More »

Fifth Harmony: Fifth Harmony review – frustratingly patchy pop

Fifth Harmony, left to right: Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui. Having been reduced to a four-part harmony following the departure of Camila Cabello, US girl band Fifth Harmony’s self-titled third album simultaneously feels like a statement of intent and a hastily cobbled together swansong. There are flashes of brilliance, on the low-slung, sweaty R&B of He Like That ... Read More »

Songs for the eclipse – 10 of the best

. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart Songwriter Jim Steinman originally penned his 1983 smash from the point of view of a despondent vampire for a proposed musical he wrote based on Nosferatu. Tyler’s sore-throated vocals perfectly matched the strained drama of Steinman’s music. Together, they created both a great pop song and a staggering piece of kitsch. Either ... Read More »

Who Still Steals Music These Days?

Shutterstock Despite music being everywhere online these days and available to anybody who wants to listen to their favorite tunes while still supporting the artists in one way or another, millions of people are still stealing music. It’s a sad fact, but who is actually committing these crimes and robbing musicians of the sales and royalties they deserve in today’s ... Read More »

The slime mould instruments that make sweet music

It is probably safe to assume the slime mould Physarum polycephalum doesn’t long for the limelight. It normally spends its life quietly eating microbes surrounded by decaying wood and leaf litter. But this humble single-celled organism has nonetheless found itself centre stage in an unusual musical movement. Eduardo Miranda thinks we’ve spent too much time building wacky instruments and touchscreen controllers for making ... Read More »

Music Monday for July 24

Whither Christian Jonassen? The day Christian Jonassen came into my life—courtesy of Bob Moss and Mike Kirkland, who handed me a copy of his debut album—was one of the most confusing and happiest days of my life. The towering towhead with ice-blue eyes could’ve crushed my skull with one swat, but he was soft-spoken and gentle, resembling a huge kindergartener. ... Read More »