You've finally secured a table at the hottest new restaurant in town. For weeks it's been all over Instagram; everyone you know is talking about it. After thwarted efforts to arrive ad hoc (thanks to queues that stretch round the block), you're now here, and it's time to enjoy your meal over some polite chit chat. Except, sorry, what was that? I CAN'T HEAR YOU! Your night descends into a nightmare cocktail of shouting and dejected silence. If you're Nigella Lawson, this leaves you unable to even taste your food. "It's utterly draining," Lawson recently said of loud, thumping music in restaurants. "And it drowns out the taste of the food." Yet, in many instances, restaurants and music do go hand-in-hand and, these days, your grilled fish is as likely to be paired with a carefully curated vinyl collection as a glass of chardonnay. At Ynyshir in Wales, you might find an "On Record Tonight" section of the menu, featuring chef's picks such … [Read more...] about Does a good music playlist make restaurant food taste better?
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PUBLISHED: 13:51 23 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:51 23 May 2019 Andrew Clarke Classic rockers Magnum are performing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on June 11 2019 Photo: Magnum Archant Rock legends Magnum are looking to bring down the house when they play The Apex in Bury St Edmunds at the beginning of June. Magnum, who were regular visitors to the Top 40 of both the singles and album charts in the 1980s and '90s, came together in the Midlands in the mid-Seventies and released their debut album 'Kingdom Of Madness' in 1978, followed by 'Magnum II' in 1979 and their first live album 'Marauder' in 1980. During this period they toured relentlessly with the likes of Def Leppard, Blue Oyster Cult and Judas Priest.Their 'Chase The Dragon' album, released in 1982, was the first to enter the Top 20, and was accompanied by a sold out UK tour. 1983's 'The Eleventh Hour', 1985's 'On A Storyteller's Night' and 1986's 'Vigilante' album (produced by Queen's Roger Taylor) all … [Read more...] about Classic rockers Magnum looking to whip up a storm at The Apex
By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Styx was a regular on the album and singles charts. With songs like “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Mr. Roboto,” and so on and so on, the original works of Styx clearly struck a chord with the public. Then something happened. New music stopped flowing from the band, which comes to Stamford on May 23. Their last album of new songs was 2003’s “Cyclorama.” Styx, which is now Tommy Shaw, James Young, Lawrence Gowan, Chuck Panozzo, Ricky Phillips, and Todd Sucherman, opted to put the focus on their catalogue as they toured year after year. Questions from press and fans about new music typically were sidestepped. The decision to record new music wasn’t the result of a lack of material, said Gowan. There was plenty of material, he said. New music is the lifeblood of a band, said Gowan. In sound checks, he said the band typically … [Read more...] about Styx forges new music for fans
Photos by Timothée Lambrecq Summer is here, and with it comes road trip season. Here’s our essential Icelandic playlist. Roll down the windows, turn up the volume, and off you go. Buddies and beatsJoey Christ’s legendary track “Joey Cypher.” It’s basically a time capsule of Iceland’s legendary 2017 summer, back when times were simpler, Costco was just opening, and Iceland’s rap explosion was in full flow. In three short minutes, Joey cemented himself into the zeitgeist of Icelandic pop history with a chorus that fans and haters alike can recall at a moment’s notice. Warning: this is a serious earworm. If that track wets your whistle, throw on “Tarantúlar” by Úlfur Úlfur to follow. HJC Sofia Coppola road-moviePrins Póló’s instant classic “Lifið, Ertu að Grínast?” ( “Life, Are You Kidding Me?” in English). Never mind sunny—it’s positively … [Read more...] about Grapevine’s Ultimate Iceland Road Trip Summer Playlist
PUBLISHED: 17:20 03 April 2019 Rebecca MacNaughton Chilly Gonzales will come to Norwich in May to play at Norwich Theatre Royal. Picture: Alexandre Isard Archant You have to really watch Chilly Gonzales perform to understand what makes the self-described “musical genius” tick. Countless YouTube videos show him taking to the stage in a dressing gown and slippers as he offers the crowd a mix of musical styles on a genre-defying playlist. His performances are, by turns, intense, intimate, funny and provocative. “I like to play with the audience’s emotions,” he admits. “I like to disrupt.”At the heart of it, Chilly Gonzales – real name Jason Charles Beck – is a classically trained pianist who began learning to play at an early age. “My grandfather was my first teacher,” he says. “He represented the respectful side of music – the humanist tradition which builds on itself and means … [Read more...] about Self-declared “musical genius” to perform in Norwich as part of bumper festival line-up