Girl of the Golden West; Flood of Beauty review

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Susan Bullock as Minnie ‘radiates naturalness and humanity’ in The Girl of the Golden West. Photograph: Tristram Kenton If Puccini was good at endings, he was even better at beginnings.... Read More

Cerys Matthews: the perfect seduction playlist

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Ravel’s Bolero may be the perfect pulling tune, but there are plenty of other more subtle options out there. Photograph: Allsport Dear Doctor, Apart from Ravel’s Bolero, what’s on your... Read More

Neil Young’s Pono: is it the future of sound?

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The Pono music player. Photograph: Franz Krachtus/AP It looks like a Toblerone but it still managed to raise $ 6.2m on Kickstarter, far exceeding its funding target of $ 800,000.... Read More

Ed Sheeran’s X named best selling album of 2014 so far

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Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran performs in concert during his X World Tour 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) Photograph: Owen... Read More

Daniil Trifonov review a hugely imaginative musical mind

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Ease and poise … Daniil Trifonov. Photograph: Roger Mastroianni We have heard enough of Daniil Trifonov in London over the past couple of years in recitals and concertos to know... Read More

Kanda Bongo Man review keeping the party going

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Relaxed but insistent … Kanda Bongo Man. Photograph: Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images Kanda Bongo Man has always been a stylish figure, and tonight, with his trademark hat and matching... Read More