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Elisha Sessions Elisha Sessions | 12:29 UK time, Thursday, 23 August 2012

Last week...

On Monday we told you that Jessie Ware was in Maida Vale studios to record live versions of some of the standout tracks on her new record, Devotion, for Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank, including 110% and Wildest Moments. The show expires on Saturday but we've got highlights that will be up for the next three weeks.

Andy Williams

Andy Williams

We also told you about Andy Williams' remarkable collection of duets from his 1960s variety show, where he sang with the likes of Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and more. If you're a particular fan of Andy Williams himself (hey, it happens; Nelson Muntz couldn't get enough) then you'll likely want to see the solo programme, too. Moon River, stuff like that. And those eyes.

On Tuesday we told you about Tim Garland and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra doing Ellington and more at Royal Albert Hall as part of the Proms season. As above, the programme's expiring as you read this but there is a short clip which gives you the flavour of it.

Wednesday we gave you a little nudge to not forget about BBC Introducing with Jen and Ally, which aims to bring you two hours of the best up-and-coming bands from every corner of the United Kingdom every week.

On Thursday we pointed you toward Radio 2's highlights of the Country Music Association's annual music festival in Nashville, the biggest, oldest country music fest in the world, filling an American football stadium with fans of Kenny Rogers, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Kip Moore, and of course, plenty more. This is a 4-part series, so dig in.

We also let you know that Green Day played songs from their unreleased album on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show... right off their own iPod. Their management was not pleased, to put it mildly. You've got less than a week to hear it before it vanishes from the servers. After that you'll have to wait for the actual release.

Today we let you know that Reading + Leeds 2012 kicks off today (yes, that's the way you spell it now, with a plus, like Florence + the Machine, even though when speaking it you say "and", not "plus"). The Cure are headlining. The last time they played the Reading festival stage was 33 years ago, when they were touring to promote their very first record.

Coming up...


Norman Jay on the Good Times Bus

In addition to Reading + Leeds there's the Notting Hill Carnival, of course. Robbo Ranx's dancehall show last night was just ridiculously good. Things keep warming up over the weekend and kick into full-blown heavy vibes on the bank holiday Monday, especially on 1Xtra, which will be broadcasting live from Carnival all afternoon and airing a two-hour set from Norman Jay in the evening, recorded live on the Good Times bus.


If your tastes run more to opera, the cast of the English National Opera's 2009 production of Britten's Peter Grimes reunites for one night only to perform it again. It's considered one of Britten's best works; in the words of conductor Edward Gardner, "It's a piece that, at its best, feels unshackled and dangerous, and very un-English."

New albums

We have reviews of Aiden Grimshaw, Bill Fay, Bloc Party, Cate Le Bon, Dylan LeBlanc, Evan Caminiti, Goat, Jessie Ware, JJ DOOM, Owl City, Ry Cooder, Stealing Sheep, The Darkness, The Heavy, Tom Bancroft: Trio Red, Trey Songz and Yeasayer.


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