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For its first 10 years, this remote mecca for house music battled nature and its neighbours to keep its doors open. Now it is bringing its distinct sound to Europe More from the series: ???? - the St Petersburg rail factory that became a visionary nightclub No matter who is behind the decks come 7am, Warung Beach Club always has the same headline act. The main room of the 2,500-capacity temple to dance music on the Brazilian coast faces east towards the south Atlantic, which means God herself does the lighting.
John Niven lived every part of the rock'n'roll lifestyle. Then one day at a gig, aged 35, he saw the fate awaiting him The playwright Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem, Mojo) and the musician Alex James (Blur, cheese) were staggering out of the Groucho Club back in the late 90s when they had the realisation that they were both nearly 30 - positively youthful for a playwright, but in rock'n'roll terms, a veritable Methuselah. Boxing, as Marsellus Wallace forcefully reminds the ageing prize fighter Butch in Pulp Fiction, is not an industry where people grow old gracefully.
'Hi-fi shops played it as an example of state-of-the-art music. I didn't tell them I made it with Sellotape in my kitchen' I played in rock bands as a teenager and would use a tape machine my grandfather gave me to get processed sounds out of my guitar. During the French student uprisings of 1968, this felt like a way of being rebellious.
Glyndebourne, Lewes Fiona Shaw stages Massenet's flawed yet astonishingly beautiful opera as a surreal, modern-dress phantasmagoria The centrepiece of this year's Glyndebourne tour is a new production by Fiona Shaw of Cendrillon, Massenet's 1899 version of the Cinderella story. It's a curious work, in some respects - astonishingly beautiful, yet hampered by uncertainties of tone and flaws of shape. Massenet follows Perrault's familiar tale, but his need to give Cendrillon and her Prince an extended duet results in a strange interpolated episode, in which the pair, briefly reunited by the Fairy after the ball, express their love in mystical terms reminiscent of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.
Shortlist for this year's prestigious award by a Welsh artist also includes lesser-known bands Toby Hay, Bryde and Astroid Boy Manic Street Preachers, Gruff Rhys and Gwenno are among the nominees for the 2018 Welsh music prize. The award, now in its eighth year, champions diversity in Welsh music and traditionally highlights more left-field albums than the British Mercury prize. Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys won the inaugural award in 2011 for his third solo album, Hotel Shampoo.
The Sage, GatesheadTerry Riley, one-note symphonies and bearded men in dresses all find their place in this uncompromising celebration of experimental music In darkness illuminated by spooky projections, Cee Haines AKA Chaines fuses guitar, clarinet, keyboard, looped banks of her own singing and at one point screaming to produce a mesmeric collage of ecclesiastical beauty and creeping dread. When a young woman in the crowd performs bizarre, interpretative dance movements in slow motion, it's difficult to work out whether she is part of the audience or the performance. Now in its third year at the Sage, after intimate beginnings in 2011 at the Star and Shadow cinema, Tusk is a three-day festival of the experimental, weird and wonderful that features artists who rarely play in the UK.
Alison Owen's Monumental Pictures is due to produce the film about the life of the late British soul singer The family of Amy Winehouse has signed a deal to make a biopic about the late singer. Monumental Pictures' Alison Owen - mother to Lily and Alfie Allen - and Debra Hayward will produce the film. Winehouse's life story will be adapted by Kinky Boots writer Geoff Deane, and shooting is due to start in 2019.
Kings Place, LondonThe versatile Ivory Coast singer's soulful side was overshadowed by her rapid-fire dance routines and a backing band at full tilt Born in Ivory Coast and now based in France, Dobet Gnahor is a striking-looking, highly theatrical performer with a style that blends west African influences with western pop and includes anything from ballads to funk and dance tunes. She is also an impressive, energetic dancer and an effective percussionist. But she needs more distinctive settings for her often socially concerned lyrics, and a more sympathetic backing band.
(Matador). On Kurt Vile's seventh solo album, he covers Charlie Rich's Rollin With the Flow. As song titles go, it's as good a description as any of this Philadelphia native's modus operandi.
(Concord) I sang every note of the new record after I got the diagnosis, Elvis Costello confided recently. Last July, he cancelled a handful of dates after he toured too soon after surgery to remove a small tumour. Unsurprisingly, at its best, Look Now - Costello's 31st album - comes freighted with vivid feeling as well as sophisticated instrumentation and arrangements.
(Universal). The British singer-songwriter Ella Mai has found huge success in the States. Handpicked by behemoth hip-hop producer DJ Mustard via Instagram, her schmaltzy, throwback-style R&B track Boo'd Up this year made her the first UK artist to top the US R&B charts since 1992 (the last was Lisa Stansfield's All Woman).
(Hudson). The Scottish singer's garlanded 2017 album, A Pocket of Wind Resistance, is a hard act to follow. A companion piece to a theatrical show (now a book), it's part memoir, part eco-meditation, part songbook and part spoken word.
Gorilla, ManchesterKnown more for his hits with Beyonc and Rudimental, the 23-year-old Londoner kicks off his first headline tour with an all-dancing pop extravaganza Standing at 6ft 4in in his Converse high tops, the London singer and producer-to-the-stars MNEK cuts a strapping figure as he prowls around the stage, tossing his plaits. There's a lot of presence here to pack into turquoise sequins. MNEK is, essentially, clad in a two-piece suit made of iridescent mermaid.
An eccentric Dutch trio bringing a sense of humour - and some unusual transportation - to their scratchy, eclectic post-punk Driving around in a vintage, bright orange Unimog - a monstrous decommissioned military vehicle that belches fumes - sums up the ethos of Dutch post-punk trio the Homesick: eccentric, a bit mad, but a whole lot of fun. The same sense of mischief that compelled drummer Erik Woudwijk to save up from the age of 12 to buy the Unimog also fuels their scratchy, lo-fi anthems lampooning Christianity and exploring teenage boredom. The provincial provocateurs - Woudwijk, bassist Jaap van der Velde and guitarist Elias Elgersma - hail from the unlikely rock'n'roll hotbed of Dokkum, in the north of the Netherlands.
The counter-cultural icon contemplates everything from growing up in a commune to walking away from the 80s spotlight and her new album Broken Politics On the train to speak with Neneh Cherry about her fifth album, Broken Politics, I get an email from her publicist. Just to let you know, it says, Neneh's dad died yesterday. It is hard to imagine anyone would be in the mood to talk to a journalist after hearing such news.
Three years ago British artists made up half the global top 10. Now the biggest new stars barely make a mark overseas. What is behind this sea change - and is there a way back? Has the UK music business lost its magic touch for creating pop superstars? The UK music industry will celebrate the inaugural National Album Day on Saturday, but top-selling new albums by British pop artists are few and far between in 2018.
To mark 10 years since Glasvegas released Daddy's Gone, we explore the failing fathers of pop, from Flight of the Conchords to Madonna It has been a while since we last heard from Flight of the Conchords. So long that some of us had to mentally recalibrate what they looked like when they debuted new song Father and Son on TV recently. The track (sharing its title with Cat Stevens's 1970 classic) is a conversation between a father and his son: the dad berating his son for being young and naive; the son berating his father for being old and staid.
Chle Howl returns with a defiant roar, Mariah gets back to balladry, while Sharon Van Etten drops lo-fi for synthpop Continue reading...
(Ghostly International) Matthew Dear doesn't call himself King Chameleon lightly. The Texan-born producer, DJ, sometime University of Michigan lecturer and leftfield electronic artist has spent almost 20 years operating under a range of pseudonyms - Audion, Jabberjaw and False - and rifling through genres like a sock drawer. The fifth album under his own name is no different, but mostly he channels an eclectic range of loosely post-punk-era styles into heavy electronics.
(10 Summers/Interscope Records) The curse of the one-hit wonder is a hard one to shake, especially for a newcomer with a platinum-certified international hit such as Boo'd Up. South London-born R&B singer Ella Mai broke through this year while touring this lovestruck anthem in the US - despite it being released almost 12 months prior - and there is pressure for her to cement herself in the scene beyond a single track. Related: Ella Mai: 'If it were up to England, Boo'd Up definitely wouldn't be where it is now' Continue reading.