Jordan Davis was once told his songs had ‘too many words,’ but audiences don’t seem to mind

“I knew eventually that it was going to be a thing, just because of the climate we’re in now,” Davis said. He hopes that it could inspire other artists to do the same, as he described the packed rooms when Ashton opened up on the first leg of the tour: “It’s not like (people) are […]

TLC: ‘I will never forget the day we were millionaires for five minutes’

Fifteen years on and in their late 40s, the pair didn’t think that they would be playing their first ever London gig. May’s solitary date at Koko in Camden Town sold out in a day, to an army of fans singing and sweating on its sticky floorboards. “We haven’t had bad performances where we’ve been […]

Van Dyck paintings unearthed by saleroom sleuth

The painting will be displayed in its unrefined state in a major loan exhibition, Finding Van Dyck, at Philip Mould Fine Paintings in London. Mould, who will present a BBC1 series, Fake or Fortune, from June 19, plans to reveal some of his art sleuth secrets, such as how to “read” through dirt and discoloured […]

Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle: nine hours of ‘challenging’ art on film

Cremaster 2’s riffs on the story of Gary Gilmore, a noted murderer who was the first American executed by the state when capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. There is a recreation of the gas station killings, plus an appearance by Norman Mailer as Harry Houdini, discussing the concept of metamorphosis. Lots of connections here. […]

As Australian arts moves online, here is where to check out comedy, theatre, music, drag, visual art and more

Can’t visit the Sydney Opera House?Australia’s most recognisable built structure, and premier home of the arts, has been forced to shut up shop. In response, the Sydney Opera House has launched From Our House to Yours. Every Wednesday to Sunday night at 6:00pm, the Opera House will release archival footage, live broadcasts and even premieres.

8 Years in Obama’s America

sep. 9 Representative Joe Wilson gives a shout-out to Obama during a joint session of Congress: “You lie!” Sep. 10 An upstart conservative website founded by Andrew Breitbart publishes undercover videos recorded inside the nonprofit ACORN in which conservative activists appear to ask for — and receive — advice on the sex trade. ACORN eventually […]