Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart dies at 67

The musician, seen as one of the best rock drummers in history, died of brain cancer in California The Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart has died at the age of 67. The Canadian musician had been diagnosed with brain cancer three years ago and died on 7 January in Santa Monica, California. A representative for the band confirmed the news after a spokesperson for Pearts family released a statement. It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer, a Geddy Lee, the bands …

DaBaby boom: meet the controversial rapper taking over America

After a frenetic year, the Grammy-nominated star is the hottest rapper in the US. He talks about his quest to be the best and the forces that could bring him down Its impossible to know where to focus your attention. On the six members of Jabbawockeez, the dance troupe wriggling on stage like breakdancing stormtroopers? The wobbling pair of blowup kewpie dolls? Or maybe the man with DaBoy Baby carved in Carolina blue script on his chest? Then DaBabys track, Bop, explodes from the loudspeakers and a new sensory assault begins: backflipping dancers in black Billion Dollar Baby tracksuits; synchronised routines from people in Nasa flight outfits; a dancer with red booty shorts who bounces on her head, splits her …

Michael Stipe: Who would I say sorry to? Everyone I slept with before the age of 27

The REM frontman on smoking, Susan Sontag and how it feels to be in love Born in Georgia, Michael Stipe, 60, became REMs frontman in 1980. The band became internationally famous in 1991 with the Grammy award-winning album Out Of Time. Last October, Stipe released his first solo song, Your Capricious Soul, with Extinction Rebellion; he has just released another, Drive To The Ocean, via his website. Stipe lives with his partner, Thomas Dozol, in New York and Berlin. When were you happiest?Can I say: maybe tomorrow? What is your greatest fear?Existential. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?My ego and selfishness. What is the trait you most deplore in others?Not recognising how brilliant I am. Aside from …

Surviving R Kelly Part II: what can we learn from the horrifying update?

The second season of Lifetimes harrowing documentary detailing decades of abuse allegations against the musician covers a larger culture of complicity If the world worked as it should, there would never have been a Surviving R Kelly, the documentary series detailing nearly three decades of alleged sexual abuse much of it against minors, and almost entirely against young African American women by the R&B musician. By the time the series, produced by the activist dream hampton, aired on Lifetime last January, the allegations against R Kelly had long been public, and mounting. But it took a six-hour television event to do what multiple public lawsuits, highly publicized child sexual abuse imagesand a trial, a widely circulated tape involving sexual acts …

20 for 2020: unmissable culture and rising stars

Normal People gets a TV adaptation, Lana Del Rey performs her acclaimed new album, Top Gun 2 is given permission to land, and theres new talent galore 1. Theatre and TVSam Wanamaker Playhouse, so sadly she will cop it at the end (no great spoiler it is a Jacobean tragedy after all). She laughs. At the audition I said: Do we have to see another woman die? So many plays Ive done, women die: in Yerma, Billie died; in Blood Wedding, Aoife died Teixira has a point, but this bloody litany also serves as a handy summary of the 27-year-olds impressive CV. Since graduating from the Royal Welsh College in 2014, shes played opposite Vanessa Kirby in Polly Stenhams Miss …

‘An Einstein among Neanderthals’: the tragic prince of LA counterculture

David Lynch, Devo and others remember the murdered outsider Peter Ivers, who dressed in spandex, sang about frankfurters and pre-empted the pop energy of MTV When the musician and actor Peter Ivers was found dead in his apartment in downtown Los Angeles on 3 March 1983, at just 36 years old, he was not as successful as he had wanted to be. He pined for mainstream acceptance, but stayed stuck stubbornly left of the dial. With an indomitable spirit, he whirred through the worlds of comedy, film and music, able to conjure good fortune for those around him, if not always for himself. Ivers career highlights read like a fabrication; he acted as a talent spotter, dot joiner and circumstantial …

The best songs of 2019 that you didn’t hear

From rural new age to political soul, Guardian writers pick their favourite underappreciated tracks of the year Kalie Shorr F U Forever Maine native, Nashville transplant Kalie Shorr has, as they say, bars. F U Forever is an immaculate character assassination that exposes an exs weak tricks and reveals him for the grasping bully he really is one who lays his hands on her while their friends are over for dinner, gaslights her into thinking shes a hysteric and makes her pay for everything then buys her a random ring with his tax return. Now Im wearing that stupid ring on my pretty little middle finger, Shorr sings in the triumphant chorus, so I can say F U forever! Its …

George Michaels sister found dead on Christmas Day

Death of Melanie Panayiotou not being treated as suspicious, say police George Michaels sister Melanie Panayiotou was found dead at her home on Christmas Day, police have said, three years to the day since the Big Issue, Panayiotou talked about the romantic comedy Original Article : HERE ;

‘We loved each other’: Americas first racially integrated all-girl swing band

The International Sweethearts broke attendance records and toured as a USO act but racism and sexism largely swept them from public record Rosalind Cron is a vibrant 95-year-old in red lipstick. She stands 4ft 8in tall, and is the keeper of a beautiful, under-told story about Americas first racially integrated, all-girl swing band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. She is one of two surviving Sweethearts in their 90s, and a lucid, bright storyteller. She greeted me on an early December afternoon in her assisted living facility outside of Los Angeles, where she had made room for a piano and memorabilia. The International Sweethearts broke attendance records at places such as Washington DCs Howard Theatre, Harlems Apollo Theater, Cincinnatis Cotton Club …

Scott Walker remembered by Michael Morris

Artangels co-director on the great experimental musician, a witty and charming man who freed himself from the trappings of fame and liked to take the bus I first encountered Scott Walker in 1995, when Artangel was presenting a new work by Robert Wilson, a vast installation called HG, at the Clink Street Vaults on the south shore of the Thames. I was told by a mutual friend that Scott was coming to see it, and when we met, he described HG as immersive which Id never heard applied to an art experience before, even though its overused now. When I listened to his new album, Tilt, soon afterwards, immersive was also the word that came to mind. The songs were …

Feline confident? Cats’ last-minute dash to the cinema

Tom Hooper finished off his musical just 36 hours before its premiere. Will this, a turn-off trailer, awards snubs and an impurrfect gestation stop it being Christmas catnip? For film critics, London press screening schedules are devised like a military operation: timetabled, negotiated and cross-referenced by an army of distributors and publicists, with a view generally to keeping each major studio offering out of the others way. The pre-Christmas crush is when the efficiency of the system tends to be most tested, but rarely has there been a scheduling overlap as high-profile and high-stakes as the one we saw on Monday night as the large multimedia Tom Hoopers much hyped, fluorescent film version of the Watch the Cats movie trailer …

Isnt it rich? Why Stephen Sondheim, at nearly 90, is having a new heyday

Songs by the Broadway composer and lyricist are popping up in films and TV shows from Joker to Marriage Story He is an 89-year old reclusive New Yorker who has been working on his new show for the last decade. Yet pop culture fans will have noted that the influence of this particular musical theatre icon is everywhere in 2019: from Marriage Story, the most talked-about film of the moment, to Joker, the years most violently controversial movie, everyone is making a song and dance about Stephen Sondheim. The Broadway composer and lyricist behind Sweeney Todd, West Side Story and Gypsy turns 90 next year, but birthday celebrations seemed to have begun early with homage being paid to his work …

The 50 greatest Christmas songs ranked!

From John Fahey, the Sonics and the Waitresses to Slade, Wizzard and Mariah Carey, we count down the best festive numbers 50. John Fahey The First Noel Tiring of the fact that no one wanted to buy albums of experimental American primitive guitar music, but they bought White Christmas every year, John Fahey recorded an album of Emmy the Great and the loudest, most raucous thing on their 2011 Christmas album this is a song that sounds joyous, but is really about the desire to escape, to anywhere that isnt cold. So long as its not alone. 47. Little Joey Farr RocknRoll Christmas Rocknroll and rockabilly are a treasure trove of Christmas novelty numbers (try Marlene Paulas I Want To …

‘People came to make noise’: Porto’s abandoned mall turned underground music hub

Musicians say Portos DIY studio complex Stop is a crucial arts space in a city dominated by tourism, but authorities say its unsafe and must close A mile east of the Lus I Bridge in the middle of a residential neighbourhood in Porto, Portugals second city, sits a bleak and decaying building. Initially a three-storey car park, then a thriving shopping centre, the building has more recently suffered from years of neglect. Its walls are sprayed with graffiti and plastered with stickers, and the windows are blacked out. But listen closely and you can hear the windows rattle to the sound of drums and electric guitars from dozens of rock, funk, blues and jazz bands. Diogo Azevedo, singer of the …

Plcido Domingo says ‘gallant gestures’ behind sexual harassment claims

Tenor says Spaniards are warm, affectionate and loving in interview with Spanish online newspaper The opera star Plcido Domingo has said accusations against him of sexual harassment in the US have been a nightmare. Speaking to the Spanish online newspaper the Associated Press reported allegations of sexual harassment made by multiple women against him. In August, eight singers and a dancer received a standing ovation at the Salzburg festival, his first performance after the accusations were made public. Eleven more women performances at the Met in New York and Original Article : HERE ;

Kanye West: Nebuchadnezzar review rapper’s first opera is a giant folly

With its ramshackle delivery, halting Bible readings and thunderous choir, Nebuchadnezzar is an outlandish, self-regarding spectacle Rock and pop artists tend to tread very carefully around the issue of classical music. Paul McCartney waited for 30 years of his career to pass by which time he was thoroughly established as one half of the most successful songwriting partnership in history before presenting his first oratorio to the world. Billy Joel and Elvis Costello similarly allowed 30 years to elapse before announcing that they had written classical pieces. Even Roger Waters, a man so untroubled by the concept of modesty he bills himself as a creative genius on the adverts for his gigs, spent 28 years working on his opera Ca …