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2009-06-01 10:13:00

LONDON, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unusual collaboration, globe trotting conductor Charles Hazlewood, 'the face of classical music on the BBC' (Daily Telegraph) and Deborah Meaden, investor and star of Dragons' Den, have announced a weekend of world-class, classical music with a high octane, contemporary twist. Called 'Play the Field' (http://www.playthefield.co.uk), the family-friendly festival will take place on Hazlewood's farm in Somerset on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August 2009...

2008-07-16 06:00:29

By Jason Bracelin It's like Christmas in July, and Santa's here to pour a little sugar (and arsenic) in your ears. With the year half over, it's time to take stock of the best of albums of '08 thus far. Here are my current favorites: The Gutter Twins, "Saturnalia": A mix of bourbon and, well, lots more bourbon, this pairing of the dead-voiced Mark Lanegan and the whiskeyed come-ons of Greg Dulli is like a pox on sobriety. Two of rock's best, most distinctive vocalists hiss and moan...

2008-07-01 06:00:32

By Edna Gundersen HOLLYWOOD -- Call it trippy. Just don't call it trip-hop. Third album Third, Portishead's return after an 11-year hiatus, not only heralds a daring reinvention, it hammers the final nail into the coffin of a genre the U.K. trio popularized but never embraced. Third is the band's first studio effort since 1997's Portishead, which built on the success of 1994 breakthrough Dummy, a dark, sensual tapestry of electro-jazz, hip-hop beats and Beth Gibbons' spare, spectral...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'