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‘Women are meant to sound pretty? Bullshit’

Marianne Faithfull talks heroin, The Rolling Stones and ’60s London

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This month’s best gigs

From Marianne Faithfull to Tame Impala, here are London’s best gigs this February

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The Last Shadow Puppets

Alex Turner  and Miles Kane revive their retro rock side-project

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Iggy Pop

The official King of Punk plays new stuff and some deathless Iggy classics with Josh Homme

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Pet Shop Boys

London’s iconic synth duo hit the Royal Opera House for a four-night residency this summer

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You can hear Kanye West’s new album live… at the cinema

So Kanye West has a new album, and the first place you can hear it will be… your local Vue cinema. ‘Swish’ (EDIT: it’s called ‘Waves’ now) will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York on Thursday February 11, accompanied by a 90-minute performance by the Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft. The whole thing will be screened live at Vues across the UK – including London branches – for ‘music fans and Kanye enthusiasts alike’. (Is it mean to say that’s kind of unfortunate phrasing?) Oh, and it’s possible that we’ve also just discovered what the album art looks like. Tickets for Kanye West’s ‘Waves’ screenings are on sale now.

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The best nights out in London this week

Look no further – here are the best parties in town this week…

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Uptown punk: celebrate 40 years of subculture at Punk London

Forget about those guys holding signs in Camden Market. London's punk legacy is about much more than safety pins, mohicans and two-quid selfies. It's 40 years since punk first exploded in this city, bondage trousers became the height of fashion and attitude knocked learning how to play an instrument off the top of any aspiring musician's to-do list. Launching this week and taking place across town throughout 2016, Punk London is a major series celebrating London's status as the international capital of punk (sorry, NYC). We mean it, maaaaaan.  Find out more about Punk London

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Celebrate David Bowie's life at these eight tribute nights

What better way to pay tribute to David Bowie – musical genius, performer and boundary breaker – than by dancing the night away to his music? A whole heap of London club nights are putting on Ziggy specials over the next few weeks to celebrate the work of the singer. Here are our picks.  How Does It Feel To Be Loved: Bowie special, The Shacklewell Arms, Jan 15, 11pm, tickets £6 in advance The long-running club night is holding a Starman special.  Burn Down The Disco Bowie tribute nights, O2 Academy Islington, Jan 16, 8pm, tickets £5.55 in advance Burn Down The Disco already had Bowie nights scheduled for January, but after his death they sold out. They're holding an extra night to pay tribute of the singer with 50 percent of profits going to Cancer Research. Absolute Bowie, The Garage, Jan 16, 7.30pm, tickets £15.75 in advance The David Bowie tribute act are taking the stage at Highbury's legendary indie rock venue.  Celebrating The Life & Music Of David Bowie, The Shacklewell Arms, Jan 16, 11pm, £5 on the door The venue's regular DJs will be spinning music from Bowie, his contemporaries and recent collaborators. All proceeds will be donated to War Child. Starman, Bloc Bar, Jan 17, 5pm-1am, pay what you can on the door The Kentish Town venue is putting on what it describes as a night of performance and music with acts including Pi the mine, Johnny Jones and Ruby Wednesday. All proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Burning Down The House's Bowie tribute night, Vog

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Tenebrae: Poulenc, Durufle + more

Nigel Short directs Poulenc's Quatre Motets Pour Un Temps De Penitence, Salve Regina and Figure Humaine, Durufle's Quatre Motets De Severac -Tantum Ergo and Brumel's Lamentations of Jeremiah, alongside pieces by Messiaen and Perotin.

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Total Immersion: The Music Of Louis Andriessen

Following on from Britten Sinfonia’s tribute to Dutch minimalist composer Louis Andriessen, BBC SO presents another of its day-long composer explorations. It culminates in an evening concert in which the orchestra under Clark Rundell plays the third part of Andriessen’s geometric-obsessed opera ‘De materie’ (1984-5), a suite from the surreal Spaghetti Western opera ‘ROSA, Death of a Composer’ (1994), ending with the UK premiere of orchestral piece ‘Mysterien’, inspired by the writings on Thomas à Kemplis. With Synergy Vocals and Fanny Alofs (speaker).

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The Mozart Salons: Concert Two

The second of two concerts in which violinist Peter Sheppard Skӕrved (Kreutzer Quartet) explores Mozart’s sonatas with pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar in the atmospheric Victorian music hall. On the bill are four Mozart sonatas for violin and piano, plus the London premiere of David Lancaster’s ‘Rough Cut’ (2015) for solo violin.

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Shakespeare 400: Mendelssohn

The first of three concerts in which Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and his own Monteverdi Choir in concerts marking the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. They begin with 15-year-old Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 1, then his later score for a production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

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The 100 best party songs

Plug in your biggest speakers and party hard with our playlist of guaranteed floorfillers

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The 50 best ’80s songs

From pop hits to hair metal, grab your Walkman and celebrate a golden era of musical excess

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The 50 best ’90s songs

From Britpop to hip hop and R&B to riot grrrl, we’ve picked the 50 best songs of the 1990s

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The 100 best London songs

London calling! This is the sound of the city, distilled into a hundred songs

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The 20 best R&B songs

Get slow, smooth and sexy with our ultimate R&B playlist

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The 20 best house tracks

Time Out writers and Rinse FM DJs pick the finest four-to-the-floor tracks ever made

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The best music venues in London

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Union Chapel

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Brixton Academy

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Royal Albert Hall

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Koko

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The O2

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Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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