sun 26/04/2015

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Reissue CDs Weekly: Dion

Kieron Tyler

 Dion: Recorded Live at the Bitter End August 1971By 1971, when he was playing the Bitter End in New York’s Greenwich Village, Dion DiMucci had already experienced the equivalent of two separate stints as a pop star. In 1961, he began a run of hits with the swaggering “Runaround Sue”. From then and into 1963 he racked up other classics such as “The Wanderer”, “Ruby Baby”, Donna the Prima Donna” and “Drip Drop”. The arrival of The Beatles in the US charts in early 1964 put paid to his run...

The Fall, Brixton Electric

Tim Cumming

They begin with “My Door is Never” from 2007 album Reformation Post TLC, and close a little over an hour later with “Sparta FC”, from early in the century, and from a long-gone Fall line-up. In between, a flurry of blurred, brutal songs from the new and most recent albums set about pummelling a packed house at the Brixton Electric. There were toxic, thrilling elements to The Fall’s set – in particular the tight fist of vitriolic rock 'n' roll that is “Fibre Book Troll” (‘I wanna fucking...

Ahnen, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Sadler...

Jenny Gilbert

You’re already in the land of the unpredictable with Pina Bausch. Creating unease was her métier. But when she pulls a gag intended to convince you...

John Wood and Paul Harrison, Carroll/Fletcher

Sarah Kent

Described by the Tate as the Laurel and Hardy of the art world, John Wood and Paul Harrison are best known for appearing in superbly timed, comic...

Fitzwilliam Quartet, Hay Chamber Music Festival

Stephen Walsh

If the thought of the annual trek to Hay-on-Wye for the literary festival in May fills you with as much gloom as it does me (and I don’t have to go...

Tales From the Tour Bus: Rock 'n' Roll on the Road, BBC Four

Barney Harsent

A tale of bands in vans that, for the most part, stuck to familiar routes

Classical CDs Weekly: Arnold, Brahms, Bruch, Hartmann

Graham Rickson

British symphonies, German violin concertos and a dark 20th-century opera

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Nick Hasted

Inferior but lively superhero sequel

LSO, Eötvös, Barbican

Peter Quantrill

Rituals of savagery and grief from Stravinsky and Boulez

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, National Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Revival of Caryl Churchill’s 1976 play about radicals in the English Civil War is an acquired taste

W1A, Series 2, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

It's still sharp, but should the BBC be flagellating itself a second time?

ATTHIS, Linbury Studio Theatre

Alexandra Coghlan

A gorgeous play of music and emotion based on the erotic love poetry of Sappho

Panti: High Heels in Low Places, Soho Theatre

Veronica Lee

Drag artist tells her charming and funny story

The Quest Keeper

Stuart Houghton

Keep on movin' in this endless runner, roguelike and more mash-up

Clarion, Arcola Theatre

Marianka Swain

Insider tabloid takedown has real pre-election heft

Public Service Broadcasting, Corn Exchange, Brighton

Thomas H Green

Pathé News rock 'n' rave from an eccentric, independent and very English success story

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Kieron Tyler

Lessons in how we treat each other from Roy Andersson, Sweden’s master of the absurd

Three Tales, Ensemble BPM, IMAX Science Museum

David Nice

Reich and Korot's dynamic reflections on 'progress' get new life from a young ensemble

This World: World’s Richest Terror Army, BBC Two

Tom Birchenough

Untangling the structure of Islamic State reveals the scale of the enemy

Batiashvili, Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim, RFH

Gavin Dixon

Passion and intensity in Barenboim’s Elgar, but often taken to excess

Laura Marling, QEH

Fisun Güner

Her talent may be special, but the evening never truly rocked for the singer-songwriter

The Falling

Kieron Tyler

Fainting, growing pains and the occult in Carol Morley’s seductive filmic waking-dream

Ah, Wilderness!, Young Vic

Marianka Swain

Rarely revived O'Neill comedy is charming, but insubstantial

Argerich, Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim, RFH

David Nice

A Schubert rondo is the unscheduled highlight, but Barenboim's Strauss is all over the place

Who Cares, Royal Court Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Promenade performance of a timely new verbatim play about the NHS fails to thrive

Safe House, ITV

Adam Sweeting

The hills have eyes in this sinister new Lakeland thriller

Handel Singing Competition Final, St George's Hanover Square

Alexandra Coghlan

An exciting showcase, both for young singers and Handel's music

Exit

Tom Birchenough

Hidden feelings discovered amid bleak naturalism in Taiwanese debut

Death of a Comedian, Soho Theatre

Veronica Lee

Few laughs in drama about stand-up comedy

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