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Howard Male

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Howard has written on music for the Independent, Songlines, The Word and other publications. He is also a musician and has just completed his first novel, Etc Etc Amen.

Articles by Howard Male

CD: Kel Assouf - Tikounen

When the Tuareg band Tinariwen first started to come to prominence a decade or so ago, world music purists tried to lay claim that they were purveyors of what they called "desert blues". The reason...

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Oliver Sacks remembered

Oliver Sacks, peerless explorer of the human brain, has today died of cancer aged 82. Inspired by case histories of patients suffering from neurological disorders, Sacks's eloquent musings on...

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DVD: The Servant/Accident

These two 1960s movies have more than just their director, Joseph Losey, and their writer, Harold Pinter, in common. They also both star Dirk Bogarde, escaping his matinee idol mould to...

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David Bowie Is, Victoria & Albert Museum

How much more of a melancholy experience walking round this exhibition would have been if its subject hadn’t just sprung a new album on us that’s so suffused with energy and life. It’s meant that the...

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Salif Keita, Royal Festival Hall

The only time the great Malian singer spoke at any length to last night’s audience was when he said, “I don’t know my birthday. I don’t know the day or the year. So any day can be my birthday. So can...

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CD: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away

With BBC Four currently mourning the passing of the LP, it’s encouraging that some artists still like to confine themselves to the format’s time limitations and its implicit requirement that the...

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Sahara Soul, Barbican Hall

Bassekou Kouyaté’s ngoni looks like a real bugger to play. Its hollow body is the size and shape of a child’s cricket bat and its rounded fretless neck is thinner than that of a broomstick. It’s a...

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CD of the Year: Tiger Cats - Isle of Dogs

How does one choose just one favourite album of the year? Should it be the one that knocked you for six on a first hearing, the one that you admired rather than loved but nevertheless admired an...

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Lives in Music #2: How Music Works by David Byrne

Reading How Music Works feels a bit like breaking into David Byrne’s house and randomly nosing around the Word files on his computer. First there’s some stuff about whether specific types of music...

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DVD: Peep Show - Series 8

I suspect that this cruel, clever sitcom is more loved by men than women, because what woman really wants to delve this deeply into the murky pool of the unreconstructed male psyche? But after a...

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Let’s Wrestle, Tigercats, Omi Palone, The Lexington

Twenty-first century rock bands have a problem, and it’s a problem that they’ve had for decades: how to stay focused on the rebel oomph of distorted guitars, rudimentary drumming, sorting-out-...

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CD: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra - The Jazz Age

It might have looked good on paper; the best of Bryan Ferry revisited in a 1920s swing jazz style. But in practice, rather than reveal previously unrecognised properties of some of the most haunting...

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Krystle Warren, Soho Theatre

The last time we reviewed Krystle Warren on theartsdesk one reader responded by suggesting that it couldn’t be long before this Missouri-born singer-songwriter was as big as Beyonce (although he didn...

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Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life, More4

Perhaps only someone as supremely confident of his world view as Richard Dawkins might think he could come up with a TV series that would live up to such an all-embracing title. But at least in this...

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Mama Rosin, Jazz Café

For several years now this Swiss trio have been combining their love of old Cajun and Zydeco tunes with an arthouse-meets-punk aesthetic strongly influenced by the Velvet Underground and The Clash....

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The Marc Bolan 35th Memorial Concert, Shepherd's Bush Empire

Marc Bolan’s voice was as inseparable from his songs as the sheen and shimmer of one of his Biba satin jackets was inseparable from the jacket itself. That unique faux-posh phrasing, singing...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Middle Temple Hall

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DVD: The Hateful Eight

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Marcus Brigstocke, Soho Theatre

Observational comic gets some gripes off his chest