John Morgan, Wurzels Drummer, Dies at 80

The Wurzels' drummer died in hospital after catching Covid-19 while on tour in the United Kingdom. Following the Wurzels' performance at Manchester Academy earlier this month, Somerset guitarist John Morgan, originally from Lydney, Gloucestershire, got sick with coronavirus and died at the age of 80 on Friday at Gloucester Royal Hospital, accompanied by his family. […]

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The New British Jazz Messengers

Nubya Garcia has had a fantastic year, with a performance at the Proms, a Mercury Prize nomination, and critical praise for her first album, Source. More significantly, the saxophonist is one of a number of young Black British jazz performers who are introducing new audiences to the genre and acting as role models for future […]

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Unreleased 2001 Bowie Album Official Toy Release

As part of the current round of posthumous reissues, David Bowie's missing 2001 album Toy, which included new songs and updated renditions of lesser-known songs from 1964 to 1971, is getting an official release. Toy was described by Mark Plati, the album's co-producer, as "a moment in time captured in an amber of joy, fire, […]

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Amy Winehouse Retrospective at Design Museum

A significant retrospective of Amy Winehouse's life and work will portray her as a "music intellectual," with personal artifacts, such as her first electric guitar and handwritten notes, on exhibit for the first time, as well as an immersive tour. Amy: Beyond the Stage, which debuts on November 26 at the Design Museum in London, […]

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Tokyo Games Art Installation Has BMW Robots As ‘Gardeners' by Bruges, Jason

At the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, a large-scale robotic art project aims to interrupt urban life. “The Constant Gardeners,” a site-specific outdoor piece by London-based multi-disciplinary artist and designer Jason Bruges Studio, explores how, through art and design, technology can become a positive tool, encouraging us to slow down and reconnect in new and […]

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Branding 101 for Musicians, with Designer Chiao Chen Lu

When you're cruising through Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, or wherever you get your music, it can be super easy to look at some established artist with their slick album covers and killer artist headshots and think, 'that doesn't seem so hard.' But have you ever heard the phrase 'so good he makes it look easy'? […]

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