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Mars Volta
Carling Academy Brixton
16 March 2005

After parting ways with screamo angst-riffers At the Drive-In, Cedric Bixler and Omar Rodriguez pulled out their Rush LP collection and grew some mean Afros. The result was a soaring hardcore-prog fusion marked by Bixler's unearthly howl and Rodriguez's penchant for experimentalism, with the ridiculously photogenic pair integrating a panoply of instruments played by a rotating gallery of musicians. -Ashley Brown

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Roots Manuva
Carling Academy Brixton
4 March, 2005

Rodney Smith's pet project is a soulful amalgam of ragga, hip-hop and groovy funk that takes up residence somewhere in the school occupied by Blackalicious, Tricky and the Herbaliser. The new album from the Jamaican- British rapper, Awfully Deep, is thematically shadowy while serving up a hearty plate of his trademark honey-dipped grooviness. -Ashley Brown

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Lemon Jelly
Carling Academy Brixton
11 March 2005

This loungy martini-swigging duo create icily mellowed drum'n'bass soundscapes that incorporate an array of instrumentation and samples. Armed with an impressive background between them - producing for Bjork and Primal Scream, as well as illustration credits for the Face - Fred Deakin and Nick Franglen have quickly become club favourites. -Ashley Brown

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James Brown
The Forum
26 & 27 June 2005
The hardest working man in show business and self-styled sex machine is returning to London for a two-night engagement at the Forum. The indefatigable Brown has had a career spanning six decades, laying down heavy, honey-dipped funk with his trademark howl. He's launched the careers of a number of successful funk vocalists and instrumentalists, scored numerous films, and toured almost incessantly. Do the popcorn with the Godfather of Soul on June 26-27. -Ashley Brown

Van Morrison
Shepard's Bush Empire
19 &20 May 2005
The gypsy soul might not be singing about drag queens and absinthe anymore, but he's just as vital and magnetic as he ever was. His seminal album Astral Weeks, a thing of transcendent beauty, was fiercely original - a poetic and melancholy hybrid of R&B, blues and folk released during a time when jangly pop ruled. Lester Bangs's favourite Irishman reclaims his soulfully sublime rock on May 19 and 20 at Shepherd's Bush Empire.
-Ashley Brown

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Mos Def
Carling Academy Brixton
17 March 2005
Despite acclaimed acting turns in Spike Lee's Bamboozled and the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball and an original career in television, politically-minded Mos Def has been a mainstay in the realm of rock-infused hip-hop with a conscience for over a decade. His music, though, is a world away from the so-called rap-rock polluting radiowaves, combining lyrical substance rapped over bass-laden alterno-rock. -Ashley Brown
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Carling Academy Brixton
21 March 2005

NYC native and hip-hop veteran Nas has achieved the unlikely feat of being simultaneously adored by critics and the mainstream. He derides the selling-out of his contemporaries, though, and remains fiercely independent while sketching complex hip-hop narratives that refuse to yield to the presiding trend of gangsta bling. Self-proclaimed street's disciple, he'll be rhyming at Carling Academy Brixton on March 21st.
-Ashley Brown
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Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
9 July 2004
The inimitable Pavarotti, the world's most famous tenor, is embarking on an international farewell tour that will undoubtedly be bittersweet for fans of his thunderingly beautiful voice. For this tour, he'll be accompanied by conductor Leone Magiera, and he'll play an array of his personal choices from a vast classical repetoire. -Ashley Brown
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Tears for Fears
UK Tour
This intelligent synth-pop duo, who so perfectly maligned the excess of the eighties with their number one hit "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", have experienced an underground resurgence in popularity since Gary Jules covered their morose lament "Mad World". After a decade-long hiatus, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith are touring their homeland yet again.
-Ashley Brown
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Neil Diamond
Earls Court
31 May & 1 June 2005

Known for his large ensemble and tear-jerking wonders, Neil Diamond is it again, with an omnibus UK tour that not only includes London, but Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Bristol.
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Rod Stewart
Earls Court
9, 11 & 12 May 2005

Find out if Rod did, indeed, write the book of love as he makes Earls Court swoon not once, but three times in the month of May. Not only have shows been known to refresh the heartstrings of many women, but rumour is they might also include tight leather trousers.
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(Based on LondonNet sales Jan 27 - Feb 24, 2005)
1. Doves
2. Roots Manuva
3. Mos Def
4. Tony Hadley vs Martin Fry & ABC
5. Goldie Lookin Chain


Die Zauberflote, The Royal Opera House 2005.  Photo:  Catherine Ashmore.Die Zauberflote
14 Feb - 4 March 2005
Mozart's mystical and most popular opera takes on the talents of Simon Keenlyside (Papageno), Will Hartmann (Tamino) and Rebecca Evans (Pamina), who makes her first ROH appearance. Director David McVicar has gained plaudits for his playful interpretation - a must see for this spring's classical catologue.
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(Based on LondonNet sales Jan 27 - Feb 24, 2005)
1. La Clemenenza di Tito
2. The Barber of Seville
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