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CD: Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

Kieron Tyler

“I’m having too much fun, my arms around the toilet like a long-lost chum, I’m kneeling at the throne…I’m learning what it means to really pray.” Four tracks into Perpetual Motion...

A Song For Jenny, BBC One

Matthew Wright

Rev Julie Nicholson, bereaved by her daughter’s death in the 7/7 bombings, became known as the vicar who can’t forgive. Her 2010 memoir, also entitled A Song For Jenny, detailed...

theartsdesk in Moscow: Free thought vs. cultural politics

Tom Birchenough

Last year’s Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) played out in the shadow of conflict in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and a year on you could be forgiven for...

CD: Xaos - Chaos

Mark Kidel

The Xaos project arises out of a lineage that goes back to the early days of the world music phenomenon, at the start of the 1980s, when Jon Hassell spoke of “Fourth World” sounds...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Sex Pistols

Kieron Tyler

Sex Pistols: SpunkFor an album that was never meant to be widely available, what’s become known as Spunk has had a surprising afterlife. The bootleg Sex Pistols album first became...

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Richard Thompson

Russ Coffey

On paper, Richard Thompson's career seems every bit as exotic as one of his songs. At the age of 18 he helped found folk-rock pioneers, Fairport Convention. Later, in the...

Rock 'n' Roll America, BBC Four

Barney Harsent

One, two, three o’clock, four o’clock rock… For those who orchestrated the swing from blues to rock ‘n’ roll, it’s getting...

Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, James Horner, Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic

Graham Rickson

Bach to Moog: A Realisation for Electronics and Orchestra Craig Leon (Moog synthesizers and conductor), Jennifer Pike (...

Terminator Genisys

Jasper Rees

Oh Arnie. For two terms Arnold Schwarzenegger retooled himself as the Governator who could save California from debt,...

Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's Globe

Alexandra Coghlan

If Simon McBurney’s Measure for Measure for the National Theatre and Declan Donnellan’s recent Cheek By Jowl production...

Zimerman, LSO, Rattle, Barbican

Peter Quantrill

Over the past decade Krystian Zimerman and Sir Simon Rattle have created and evolved a performing idea of Brahms’s D minor...

Albert Herring, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music

Alexandra Coghlan

Some of the best nights of opera to be had in London come courtesy of students. It’s not something we talk enough about,...

CD: Alternative TV - Opposing Forces

Thomas H Green

Apart from Simon Reynolds paying tribute in Rip It Up And Start Again, his definitive history of post-punk – notably to the...

Desktop Dungeons

Stuart Houghton

At first glance, Desktop Dungeons is a slick update on the classic "roguelike" dungeon adventure. You move your hero around...

NYCC, NYJO, Southwark Cathedral

David Nice

Cleopatra in her barge gliding down the nave of Southwark Cathedral? Only figuratively, in the hypnotic “Half the Fun”...

theartsdesk at Glastonbury Festival 2015

Caspar Gomez

Caspar Gomez stays offline at Glastonbury. This report arrived at theartsdesk two days later handwritten by fax with an...

Amy

Kieron Tyler

“I don’t think I could handle it, I think I’d go mad.” It’s the sort of answer given by anyone asked how they’d react to...

Orson Welles: The Great Disruptor

Demetrios Matheou

No-one could joke about the tragic aspect of Orson Welles’s career, the fact that his inestimable promise had only been...

Linneaus Tripe, Victoria & Albert Museum

Marina Vaizey

Linnaeus Tripe? Shades of a minor character in Dickens or Trollope, but in fact the resoundingly named Tripe (1822-1902) was...

The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre

Alexandra Coghlan

Geoffrey Rush has done it, Gyles Brandreth has done it, Stephen Fry came close to doing it, and now David Suchet is giving...

DVD: The Man with the Golden Arm

Kieron Tyler

When The Man with the Golden Arm was released in British cinemas in January 1956, it was given an “X” certificate by the...

Imagine... Jeff Koons: Diary of a Seducer, BBC One

Fisun Güner

Feelings. Whoa whoa whoa feeeelings. Just like that Morris Albert hit of the Seventies for star-crossed lovers everywhere, I...

{150}, National Theatre Wales/Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Dylan Moore

The brackets around {150} are ambiguous, almost apologetic. The 150th anniversary of Y Wladfa (The Colony), the semi-...

The Man Who Sold the World, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

Barney Harsent

Normally, if an album as good as The Man Who Sold the World had itself sold the sum total of sod all on release, it would...

 

MEASURE FOR MEASURE, SHAKESPEARES GLOBE Dromgoole lets the light into Shakespeare's darkest comedy in this new production

LINNEAUS TRIPE, VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM Pioneer photographer who had an empathetic understanding of the Indian subcontinent

TERMINATOR GENISYS Schwarzenegger grins through a grim resurrection for the franchise

CLASSICAL CDs WEEKLY: BACH, JAMES HORNER, BALTIC SEA YOUTH PHILHARMONIC Baroque electronics, concert music from a film composer and a multinational youth orchestra

THEARTSDESK Q&A: MUSICIAN RICHARD THOMPSON Folk-rock master on Kanye, songwriting, vagrants, cricket and much besides

ORSON WELLES: THE GREAT DISRUPTOR A major BFI retrospective marks the centenary of the director's birth

ZIMERMAN, LSO, RATTLE, BARBICAN Young Brahms and old Dvořák in tragic vein

ROCK 'n' ROLL AMERICA, BBC FOUR The story of popular music's ground zero had Little Richard and a big impact

disc of the day

CD: Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

Doo wop and honking sax on the musical eccentric’s calling card to a mass audience

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tv

A Song For Jenny, BBC One

Frank McGuinness' adaptation of bereaved vicar's memoir says a lot about bereavement and nothing about faith

Rock 'n' Roll America, BBC Four

The story of popular music's ground zero had Little Richard and a big impact

Imagine... Jeff Koons: Diary of a Seducer, BBC One

Just what is it that makes the kitsch-meister American artist so different, so appealing?

film

theartsdesk in Moscow: Free thought vs. cultural politics

How heavy is the official hand bearing down on Russian culture today?

Six of the best: Film

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top movies out now

Terminator Genisys

Schwarzenegger grins through a grim resurrection for the franchise

new music

CD: Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

Doo wop and honking sax on the musical eccentric’s calling card to a mass audience

Reissue CDs Weekly: Sex Pistols

Another outing for the seminal ‘Spunk’ bootleg

CD: Xaos - Chaos

Masterful blend of ancient and modern Greek sounds

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, James Horner, Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic

Baroque electronics, concert music from a film composer and a multinational youth orchestra

Zimerman, LSO, Rattle, Barbican

Young Brahms and old Dvořák in tragic vein

NYCC, NYJO, Southwark Cathedral

Best of Britain's young choristers and jazz musicians in fabulous Shakespeare homage

opera

Albert Herring, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music

A joyous and brilliantly funny take on Britten's comic opera

Guillaume Tell, Royal Opera

Strong musical values versus a production incongruent with the aims of a masterpiece

Pappano's Classical Voices, BBC Four

Series about great opera singing begins with the queens of the high Cs

theatre

Six of the best: Theatre

A bit of everything in theartsdesk's stage tips

Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's Globe

Dromgoole lets the light into Shakespeare's darkest comedy in this new production

The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre

This affectionate production of a classic does what it says on the tin

visual arts

Linneaus Tripe, Victoria & Albert Museum

Pioneer photographer who had an empathetic understanding of the Indian subcontinent

Imagine... Jeff Koons: Diary of a Seducer, BBC One

Just what is it that makes the kitsch-meister American artist so different, so appealing?

Gallery: Philip Jones Griffiths' Vietnam

The reportage of the Welsh photojournalist is being celebrated in a new exhibition

dance

Flamencura, Paco Peña Company, Sadler's Wells

Top-quality showcase from some of the best in the business

Alston at Home, The Place

New work outshines old in company showcase

Robbins/MacMillan Triple Bill, Royal Ballet

Company strong, principals less so in tame season finale

comedy

Rob Delaney, QEH

Filthy but funny hour from the US comic

Tommy Tiernan, Soho Theatre

Delightful devilment from the Irishman

Nina Conti, Theatre Royal, Brighton

Wonderfully funny evening with a comedian-ventriloquist at the top of her game

gaming

Desktop Dungeons

A tough challenge that rewards strategic play

Batman: Arkham Knight

The finale of this action-adventure trilogy throws the kitchen sink in

Kholat/Neon Struct

Terrifying orienteering and synth-box sneaking await you in these two polished pebbles...

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