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David Byrne’s Meltdown

The ex-Talking Heads talks us through the best bits of his Southbank Centre festival programme

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Blur – ‘The Magic Whip’

Reunited and it tastes so good: Blur’s comeback album is full of delicious licks

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London’s favourite music venue: vote now

We’re looking for London’s best place to see live music – and we need your help

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Meet George The Poet

Struggling to care about the General Election? Then lend George Mpanga your ears

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Quiz: can you spot the fake doom metal band?

Which of these bands is playing Desertfest this weekend, and which have we just made up?

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Hot tickets

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This month’s hottest gigs

See the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Jon Hopkins and Nadine Shah in London this April

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Just announced!

Get ’em while they're hot: here's our weekly list of the capital's latest top tickets to be released

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Sufjan Stevens

Two nights in London with the masterful singer-songwriter from Detroit

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Lianne La Havas

South London’s answer to Erykah Badu previews her new album gig in the gorgeous Wilton’s Music Hall

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The best upcoming gigs in London

The best classical concerts in London

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The Barenboim Project 2015

Daniel Barenboim is in town, conducting his Staatskapelle Berlin in concertos with soloists pianist Martha Argerich and violinist Lisa Batiashvilli for two nights in late April. Later, for a week-long series in May and June, Barenboim the pianist gives four recitals of Schubert piano sonatas.

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Ensemble Intercontemporain: Boulez at 90

The contemporary music group founded by Pierre Boulez in 1976 is conducted by Matthias Pintscher in Boulez’s ‘Mémoriale’ and ‘Sur Incises’, alongside Pintscher’s ‘Choc (Monumento IV)’ and Yann Robin’s ‘Asymétriades’. Followed by Michael Barenboim playing Boulez’s ‘Anthèmes 2’ for violin and electronics.

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Ljova: Emigré

City of London Sinfonia’s laid-back ‘CLoSer’ series continues with violinist/violist Ljova playing his blend of classical, Russian folk, jazz, Balkan, gypsy and klezmer music. It’s part of the ensemble’s ‘Emigré’ series (the soloist’s parents left Moscow for New York in 1990).

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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Rachmaninoff

London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski continues its survey of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s orchestral music with Piano Suites (four movements, arranged by Yuri Butsko) and Symphony No 3. Plus, tenor Vsevolod Grivnov is the soloist in ‘Ten Songs’ (arranged by Jurowski’s grandfather, with whom he shares his name).

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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 love songs

Say hello to your new smoochy-time playlist – it’s Time Out’s pick of the best love songs ever made

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The 50 best break-up songs

Heaven knows you’re miserable now – so you may as well enjoy it with our ultimate break-up playlist

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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 50 best karaoke songs

Warm up those vocal cords, take a swig of something strong, and show us what you've got

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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 best music venues in London

Union Chapel

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Brixton Academy

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Royal Albert Hall

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Koko

Users say
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The O2

Users say
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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