The Guardian - Contemporary Music
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Elvis Presley's daughter accuses Barry Siegel of 'reckless mismanagement' of assets inherited from her father, as Siegel claims she squandered fortune Lisa Marie Presley has sued her former financial manager Barry Siegel, accusing him of reckless and negligent mismanagement of her inherited estate, according to US reports. She claims that her cash reserves were whittled down to $14,000 (10,000) because of poor investments in the estate she inherited after the death of her father, Elvis Presley, in 1977. In response, Siegel has brought his own action, which claims that Presley is looking to blame others instead of taking responsibility for her actions, and alleges that she squandered much of her fortune.
Featuring Tinashe's breathy banger, Ne-Yo's downbeat D'Angelo sampler, and Factory Floor's retro Warp-style bleeper Continue reading...
(Atlantic) What would a piece of soft furnishing sound like if turned into a song? Or a Thomson Holidays brochure? Or an Instagram post in which blandly attractive people have non-specific good times in a blandly attractive bar? The Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy supplies the answer on an album of songs about relationships written, seemingly, from the perspective of someone who has learned about them from watching the romcoms Matthew McConaughey was starring in during his dark ages. Continue reading..
(Roadrunner) Eight years after singer Brendan Yates and guitarist Brady Ebert started rehearsing in a neighbour's garage, the Baltimore quintet's riotous live shows have made them one of the most discussed bands in hardcore. Their second album follows a major label bidding war, after which they opted to go with metal label Roadrunner. This isn't as strange a decision as it seems, as Turnstile push at the boundaries of their own genre.
(Awesome Tapes from Africa) The obscure outsider artist from beyond the west has become a familiar trope for old music excavated in far-flung places, thanks in part to the eagle-eyed tape rummaging of intrepid label owners such as Brian Shimkovitz. Under his Awesome Tapes from Africa banner, Shimkovitz has released countless lost records by musicians who probably never thought they'd find recognition again, including Ghanaian synthpop dude Ata Kak, who Shimkovitz spent years tracking down after he discovered one of his dusty cassettes in a street market (and who has toured extensively since it was reissued). Continue reading.
(City Slang) The organ is a strange and compelling instrument, its pedal board capable of moving the secular and religious alike. We hear it played in celebration, when new life begins and vows are made, and also at the end, in requiem for the dead. Little wonder, then, that gothic composers such as Sweden's Anna von Hausswolff find themselves drawn to its power.
Barbican, LondonFrahm jokes about his musical limitations, but his piano solos are quiet riots that transport you to a higher plane He might be the most popular solo pianist on earth at the moment but the Berlin-based neo-classical star Nils Frahm will be the first to admit that he's not a classical pianist of any description. In this two-hour show there is little harmony or chordal development, scarcely any improvisation, and - with the exception of the jagged, nerve-wracking, Michael Nyman-ish piano solo Hammers - little virtuosity. What you get in spades, however, is texture - something that the classical conservatoires and jazz modules have always ignored.
Theresa May responded to his criticism, his fans include Jeremy Corbyn and the C of E - and he still inspires a young black audience When Stormzy and producer Fraser T Smith started work on the grime star's debut album, the pair would fantasise about the possibility of it winning Brit awards. Last night at the O2 in London, they got their moment. Not only did the 24-year-old south Londoner win best British male, but 2017's Gang Signs & Prayer scooped album of the year, beating commercial behemoth Ed Sheeran in both categories.
An intriguing instrumental set mixes everything from ambient styles to free jazz. Plus, the verdict on other must-listen world music albums this month Korean musicians have created some of the most exhilarating, unexpected folk-rock fusion work of the last few years, with bands such as Jambinai and Black String matching traditional instruments against guitars and electronica. Now comes composer and multi-instrumentalist Park Jiha, who is also fascinated by ancient Japanese instruments and influences, but takes a more gentle, hypnotic approach - which can still prove unexpected and often unsettling.
In the course of a single week, rumours of the pop pair splitting up and getting back together have done the rounds like a bout of gastroenteritis It's not often that a showbiz melodrama plays out so neatly inside a week, like an earthy four-part BBC drama, or a bout of the trots. But the past seven days have given us the perfect celebrity serial: one that began with a tabloid expos and ended with Jack Whitehall kink-shaming live on ITV. This, of course, is the ballad of Cheryl-doesn't-currently-have-a-surname and Liam Payne.
The LA singer-songwriter has gone from Disney Channel starlet to maker of sublime queer electropop. She explains how Katy Perry's iffy-in-hindsight I Kissed A Girl helped start her journey It is almost 10 years since Katy Perry first sang, I kissed a girl just to try it, with the immediate caveat: I hope my boyfriend don't mind it. Since then the song has been reassessed as evidence of a culture that fetishised queerness and feared it.
Asked to leave Fat White Family due to addiction issues, Saul Ademczewski cleaned up, convened with Childhood's Ben Romans-Hopcraft, and made an album of hope and horror It's seldom that anything involving Fat White Family comes with a heartwarming story attached. They are, after all, a band who describe themselves as an invitation, sent by misery, to dance to the beat of human hatred, whose artistic obsession with the ugliness of life is apparently reflected behind the scenes. Their music springs from a grimy personal world of penury, mental torment and hard drug use: heartwarming isn't really on the agenda.
Ed Sheeran lost out, Jack Whitehall won big, and politics should be on the stage rather than the red carpet - here are the big takeaways from the 2018 BritsKendrick, Timberlake, Stormzy, Dua Lipa and more - every Brits 2018 performance ratedNews: Stormzy and Dua Lipa beat elders to snatch top prizesStormzy asks 'Theresa May, where's the money for Grenfell?'. Este Haim stole the 2018 Brit awards, miming lip-balm application and the words call me while winking like Arrested Development's Lucille Bluth during Jack Whitehall's interview with Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole. (Runners up: her sisters Danielle and Alana corpsing in the background.
Who savaged Theresa May and who smashed up a Lamborghini? The verdict on all of this year's Brit awards performancesAll the wins and performances - as they happenedBrit awards in picturesReport: Stormzy and Dua Lipa beat elders to snatch top prizes. The last time Timberlake played the Brits was in 2013, he came promoting a critically derided new album with a handful of kick-ass singles, so this should feel like Groundhog Day. He comes primed for big-stage performance after his Super Bowl show a couple of weeks back, a pop mashup that was almost avant garde in its insane complexity (or maybe just a bit of a mess) - he didn't actually seem to do much singing, choosing instead to make occasional personal trainer hup! noises and bounding around like a funky televangelist.
It was 'carnage' at the O2, according to Jack Whitehall, but Nile Rodgers just called it a 'vibe'. Dua Lipa and Stormzy were the big winners - the latter's politically charged on-stage freestyle a fitting closer on another yearBrit awards in picturesReport: Stormzy and Dua Lipa beat elders to snatch top prizesStormzy asks 'Theresa May, where's the money for Grenfell?' 10.39pm GMT The pizza's congealed, we avoided having to swig a full bottle in the drinking game, and Ed Sheeran's going home (almost) empty-handed (save for the one award he already knew he'd won).
London grime MC honoured on night when artists carry white roses in protest against sexual harassmentBrit awards 2018 - as it happenedBrit awards in picturesStormzy asks 'Theresa May, where's the money for Grenfell?' at Brit awards. Dua Lipa and Stormzy, two of Britain's most exciting breakthrough pop acts, have beaten much more experienced competitors to the top prizes at the ceremony at London's O2 Arena. Stormzy, AKA 24-year-old south London grime rapper Michael Omari, beat big names including Sheeran and Liam Gallagher in the best British male category, thanks to the piercing flow and emotive balladry showcased on his debut album Gang Signs and Prayer.
Music streaming service is gearing up to make its first physical products as it faces blockade from rivals Spotify is working on a line of category defining hardware products and is ready to start setting up the manufacturing process. The streaming music company intends to create a hardware category akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles, according to job adverts posted over the past year. Continue reading.
The shock-rocker has not yet responded to allegations on Twitter by actor Charlyne Yi that he made inappropriate sexual and racial remarks Actor Charlyne Yi has accused Marilyn Manson of making inappropriate sexual and racial remarks on the set of House, the medical drama starring Hugh Laurie that ended in 2012. On her now deleted Twitter account, Yi wrote: He came on set to visit because he was a huge fan of the show, and he harassed just about every woman, asking us if we were going to scissor, rhino & called me a China man. She continued in a second tweet: It's so triggering to see people come up on the internet who have harassed you.
St John's Smith Square, London Alongside works by Morton Feldman, the experimental music festival centred on the Italian composer's enigmatic pieces that blur instrumentation into electronics Principal Sound is three days of concerts devoted to the music of the last half century. It takes its title from the only organ work composed by Morton Feldman, who was the featured composer at the first event two years ago. There was Feldman in this latest weekend of concerts too, but this time the focus of attention was the late music of Luigi Nono, the fragile, fragmented pieces he composed in the years up to his death in 1990.
O2 Academy Brixton, LondonAfter a string of hits in 2017, fans are giddy throughout the crossover star's biggest London date, despite a momentum-stalling interval After a grand, pyrotechnic-filled entrance, Nigerian superstar Davido walks down from his band's raised platform as if he's descending a Regency staircase, and bounces back the giddy energy in the sold-out Brixton Academy: This is so emotional! Few gigs described as landmark occasions actually live up to the billing, but the Afrobeats singer's biggest London date might justify it. When Davido signed to Sony/RCA in 2016 and proclaimed he was the first African artist to sign a global record deal, some pointed out that wasn't quite true, but a string of epic singles in 2017 - and collaborations with American stars Tinashe, Young Thug and Rae Sremmurd - seem to be building to a serious international crossover. Having seven years' worth of hits in the bank by the age of 25 is certainly a strong start.