'Athletes' gave me the same feeling that I experienced decades ago when I first saw 2001, a film that no one could have been prepared for. This dance piece has the same feeling of coming to grips with mortality, fragility, of time passing, and infinity. Like Stanley Kubrick, you can feel this choreographer's utter dedication, his complete self-belief.
Muscle Shoals may be a small town in Alabama, but it has a big musical history.
As always, we've put together a selection of the finest artists we've been checking out on Emerging Icons this week. There's five tunes for you to have a listen to and if you like what you hear, you can get them put on a personal playlist for you to access whenever you like.
With the kind of music I make, I never imagined in a million years that I would look out from stage and see guys and girls wearing One Direction t-shirts singing along to what I'm playing, standing next to guys that are almost old enough to be their fathers and who look like they were the Ramones' number one fans.
For four years JLS followed a formulaic schedule of a lead single release every summer, followed by a less radio friendly ballad in the final quarter of the year, allowing their follow-up conveyor belt 12-track album to be released just in time for Christmas upon the peak of its momentum.
Anthony Hamilton, one of the hardest working and most revered soul vocalist to come out of America will be playing a one-off show at the IndigO2 Arena in London this July.
On Tuesday, I accompanied Labrinth to the Nordoff Robbins centre near Kentish Town. He too didn't know much about the charity but was keen to get involved. What I saw in the music room, after the two therapists had introduced themselves and eked interaction out of the students, was mesmerising.
Jessie is hilarious. I like when she fingers her buzzer like Mystic Meg on a lot of cocaine. She also cannot physically allow another vocal to take centre stage for more than 4.5 minutes I've noticed.
They might not be making the front cover of Rolling Stone anymore, but there is still a place for Counting Crows
Australian electro pop duo Parachute Youth have been dominating club land and DJ playlists in Europe with their dance floor hit 'Cant Get Better Than This' since early last year. Having recently touched down in the UK the 2-man group have a fresh new remix which I've been able to premier exclusively on the Huffington Post!
Minchella learned the business the hard way - perhaps the best way - on the pub circuit, playing professionally for the first time in 1987, two years before the golden break with Ocean Colour Scene.
I think people are 'just creative' and this can be expressed in a number of ways. Bob Dylan and David Bowie create both music and art. Michelangelo could paint and sculpt. For me, it's just another way of expressing myself. One of the artists I admire most is Caravaggio. I saw some of his recently discovered treasures, where he had used oil paint which left exposed raw, unfinished panels of chalk drawing. I tried to recreate something similar for a piece in my recent exhibition, but I'm not sure I've quite done him justice!
Irvine Welsh says he's so consumed by David Bowie album The Next Day it's 'totally fucked up my work.'
If it's new music and awesome gigs you're after, you've come to the right place. You can stop the search and whip your diaries out cos we've got some dates right here that you need to make a note of. NOW.
I met Phil in New York. My manager gave me this amazing opportunity to meet a living legend. Life was sending a gift to me.
Emotions are varying nationwide this morning as four-piece boy band JLS have announced they are to split up. But whilst we all worry about the future of the band (one to have a successful solo career, two of them to disappear, and one to be a future contestant of Walking Through Traffic or whatever flagship Saturday Night ITV show will occur in 2015), lets look back at the history of JLS.