MUSIC

REVIEW: BRITNEY SPEARS @ M.E.N ARENA

Copy: The National 9/11/11 >> The Britney Spears’ gig in Manchester last weekend was a really curious experience. Armed with a notebook – she plays in Abu Dhabi…

BROKEN HEARTS MAKE FOR THE BEST SONGS

Copy: The National, 27/10/11 >> When Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon broke up last week, there were plenty of distraught fans worried that it might signal the end…

BEASTIE BOYS FOR HALL OF FAME

The Booker eh? So yesterday. The next ridiculous prize to get het up about is the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame. Still, like Julian Barnes’ Booker win,…

THE MAN WHO CHANGED MUSIC?

As a former editor of MP3 Magazine (yes, it did exist) it felt right to muse on Steve Jobs’ death in The National. If the iPod had come…

AMY WINEHOUSE’S TIMELESS DESIGNS

As Noel Gallagher’s album is released – and widely expected to do better than his brother’s – I wonder whether Liam is better off concentrating on his clothes…

CLASSICAL MUSIC HITS HIGH NOTE

There was an interesting news story in Variety recently suggesting classical CD sales were on the up in the States. Is this part of a wider trend? Is…