• Miss N,  Music

    It’s Janet. Miss Jackson, if you’re Nasty.

    When I first moved to New York, Prince was playing at Madison Square Garden. I wanted to go. A friend who had been living here for years before I did, told me not to bother because I’d be paying $200 and he’d be too tiny to see anyway. He didn’t tour New York again before his death. Never seeing Prince in one of his legendary 3-hour concerts will forever be a major regret in my life. Thing is, seeing concerts is also a major planning operation in New York. You have to be on top of when the tickets go on sale, so they don’t sell out. You have to…

  • Culture,  Music

    Lady Gaga’s ArtRave for ARTPOP

    “The time has come to put art before pop,” Lady Gaga declared, in a huge warehouse in Brooklyn on Sunday evening. This was after she had just climbed into a flying dress – the first in the world, it appears – and before she performed in front of a giant Jeff Koons sculpture in her likeness. It was all to announce to the world her intentions with this, her third album, titled ARTPOP. “We joke that it’s a hobby, but it’s actually not,” she said at a press conference. “I love nurturing the talents of young people.” The idea behind the flying dress, which lifted a few feet off the…

  • Music

    Fetish – Little Heart

      All Time Low, the first single from Fetish off the first studio album the group has recorded together since 1999’s So Many Prophets, offers a glimpse into the life Little Heart breathes into the band that was once South Africa’s top alternative rock act – becoming the first local band to be signed to EMI’s Virgin imprint, and supporting acts like Skunk Anansie and Placebo on their tours. A band that, back then – through Michelle Breeze’s arresting voice – gave shape and sound to feelings not often expressed on the South African music landscape. Despite a decade between their last performance and the two reunion gigs performed in…