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07/06/2019

The heat is on: how to make the feelgood hit of the summer

As the days get longer, a strange phenomenon occurs. Everything you do becomes soundtracked by one seemingly omnipresent melody, one incessant beat. You might pride yourself on not knowing what it is, but it will prevail regardless. This is the song of the summer. In 2013 it was the relentless funk of Daft Punk’s . In 2003 Beyoncé was inescapably with Jay-Z; and 1999 rang with Lou Bega’s shopping list of lovers, . Last year, in the UK at least, it was a three-way tie between , and . Those three songs went on to become the three biggest sellers...


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Relatable riffs

When you perfect a project for a long time, the outcome can either be insanely good or ridiculously over-thought. Fortunately for The Sahej Project, their studio album Reminiscence a Lost Canvas which took four years in the making, falls in the first category. The band focused all of their talents and energies into the album and recently debuted it in Bengaluru. Initially a closed-door project between Hreedish Kakoty and Nukul Mehra, The Sahej Project had a very different line-up back then. Hreedish narrates their start-up story, “Nukul and I initiated this as a song-writing project. Seeing the potential our songs...

Celebrating South Indie!

It can be seen as a golden phase for indie music in the country with a host of talent arriving on the scene, each carrying with them fresh ideas. Besides, Indian musicians are making it big at the international level as well. Recently, the South Indian band — Thaikkudam Bridge — was selected to perform live at Summerfest in Milwaukee in the US. And now, another band called Lazie J, which was founded in Thiruvananthapuram and is based in Bengaluru, has qualified as a finalist to the World Song Writing Awards Spring 2019 held in the US. Jay Pillai, founder...
08/07/2019

Block-rocking beaks: Snowball the cockatoo – reviewed by our dance critic

The internet has brought us many dancing sensations, from to or . And now, behold the latest viral star, Snowball, a sulphur-crested cockatoo. The Indiana resident – full title Cacatua galerita eleanora – had his first taste of fame back in 2007, with . Now the twentysomething cockatoo is back in another viral vid, after and discovered he has a large number of discrete movements. Cockatoo choreographs his own dance moves, researchers believe Read more When, as a dance critic, your editor asks you to critique the dancing of a bird, well, it does feel a little like the end...

08/07/2019

Otis Williams: 'The Temptations didn't love themselves'

One of the first times Otis Williams, the founder and last surviving original member of the Temptations, realized his music made an indelible impact on their fans occurred after he received a letter in the mail. “I’m reading it and it said to give them a call the first chance I had,” Williams remembers. “She gets on the phone and told me she was ill and asked: ‘God, don’t take me until I speak to Otis Williams.’ She said she wanted to tell me how much the music meant to her before she died. I didn’t have any idea when...
08/07/2019

'Shout queer!' The museums bringing LGBT artefacts out of the closet

‘Let’s let them know we’re all here,” says Dan Vo, addressing a crowd of at least 100 in a space just off the domed entrance hall of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. It’s the hottest day of the year so far, and the people fanning themselves with gallery maps have come to join the monthly LGBTQ tour, which Vo, a volunteer, helped set up four years ago. “On the count of three,” he bellows, “we’re just going to shout ‘queer’ – celebrating Stonewall, remembering how hard we fought to be here. One, two, three…” The word echoes off the barrel...
08/07/2019

Shawn & Camila: Hot new couple or PR stunt?

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have fuelled rumours they're more than just friends, after being photographed hand-in-hand while out together earlier this month. The pair first sparked speculation of a romance when they teamed up on the track Senorita, for which they appeared in a steamy music video. Camila's subsequent split from boyfriend Matthew Hussey did little to halt the rumours, and images have now emerged of the potential new couple enjoying a cosy date night together in West Hollywood, California. The snaps, posted on Entertainment Tonight Canada's website, showed 22-year-old Camila, wearing a sexy backless black jumpsuit, holding hands...