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In the latter half of the 1980s, Wendy James’s band Transvision Vamp created quite a stir. Their music, including a chart-topping second album, was fizzing, bright-coloured, punky...
Now that Renaissance altarpieces live for the most part in museums and not churches, our experience of them is, quite literally, flat. Once, the winged altarpieces so popular in...
With a raft of high-quality digital effects available, real stunts might seem a little old-fashioned. In truth, the art of the stunt is alive and well: according to veteran...
At the end of Episode Five, Brian Cox's savvy old Field-Marshal Kutuzov gave the order to retreat and abandon Moscow, with hardly a hint of Tolstoy's council of war. That left the...
For its 6 April 1985 issue, the NME chose The Long Ryders as its cover stars. The colour picture of the band was emblazoned “A Shotgun Wedding of Country and Punk.” The Los...
Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat’s first three albums were recognisably folky. Her main instrument was the autoharp. Good Advice is different. With its more upfront...
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Love at first sight, a six-day week and the satisfaction of a job well done
A clutch of great performances well filmed, but brevity sells Tolstoy short
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Lynn Alleway's documentary gets up close and personal, but reveals little
Transvision Vamp's vamp makes a not entirely convincing stab at New York punk
The complete works of the ill-fated band which marked out Americana’s ground zero
A captivating fresh approach from the Canadian singer-songwriter
Star soprano shines in adventurous new works
Early works from a French 20th century giant, Russian piano concertos and Australian saxophone music
29-year-old Lithuanian conductor follows Andris Nelsons in Birmingham
Peter Brook revisits The Mahabharata with a perfection that ultimately feels chilly
Shakespeare's tale is told quietly here but with tremendous charm and impact
David Lindsay-Abaire's examination of grief is smart and sincere, but too studied
Virtuoso works by the Netherlandish master dazzle and beguile
Monet triumphs in a celebration of nature tamed
The pioneer of colour photography you have yet to hear of