Stevie Wonder has spoken out about comments he made regarding the sexuality of soul singer Frank Ocean last week.

Speaking to the Guardian, Wonder had said that he thought Ocean – who publicly revealed that his first love had been a man earlier this year – might be 'confused'. He said: "I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused. People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond."


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Even though each artist gets at least a 45-minute slot - and everyone on the main stage gets an hour or more - there's still a lack of epic outros at End Of The Road.


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The second day of Dorset's End Of The Road is a scorcher – not bad for the first day of autumn. Van Dyke Parks must be pleasantly surprised, if he's still around.


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It's the last day of summer, as Van Dyke Parks tells us, repeatedly. He's right, of course, but it's also true that there are still two days left of End Of The Road, pretty much the last festival of 2012.


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The first set of Zappa’s mammoth series of reissues is reviewed in the new issue of Uncut, dated October 2012, and in shops now. To accompany David Cavanagh’s in-depth, three-page examination of the dozen re-releases, here’s a feature from November 2010’s Uncut (Take 162), in which members of the guitarist and composer’s various bands recall the madness and precision that went into some of his most important works. Interviews: John Lewis

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As she releases her new album, The Devil You Know, singular LA singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is set to answer your questions in Uncut as part of our regular Audience With… feature.

So is there anything you’ve always wanted to ask her?

What was it like working with musicians as diverse as Dr John and Mike Watt?
Just how hard was the protracted writing and recording of Pirates?
What happened to all those berets and spandex suits?

Send your questions to us by noon, Wednesday August 29 to uncutaudiencewith@ipcmedia.com.


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Afrika Bambaataa has stated that he plans to open a museum dedicated to hip-hop.

The musical legend has said that he wants the museum to open in the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Vintage Vinyl News reports that Bambaataa has signed a letter-of-intent to help create the National Museum Of Hip-Hop – however, the museum's future rests on the redevelopment of the former military site with a winning bid from the Youngwood and Associates developers.


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Clinic will release their brand new album, Free Reign, on November 12.

Free Reign is the band's seventh album and has been produced in the group's hometown of Liverpool, by the band themselves alongside Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never).

The album follows their last LP, 2010's Bubblegum and will be put out by Domino on CD, LP and digital download, as well as on a limited edition UFO format, which is a glow-in-the-dark, "cosmic flying disc" which comes along with a download code for the record.


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John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman has been denied parole for a seventh time.

The 57-year-old, who shot Lennon in New York in December 1980, had applied for parole again this year, but was denied following a meeting of the New York State Board Of Parole, reports BBC News.

Sally Thompson, the New York State Board Of Parole's 'deciding board member', wrote to Chapman to tell him of their decision and said that they had decided not to release him as they believed it would "undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialise the tragic loss of life".


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The new issue of Uncut, which hits shelves today (August 24), features Nick Cave, David Byrne, Bob Dylan and Viv Stanshall.


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The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


A lot to get through here, but I'm indebted once more to the resource that is www.nyctaper.com, who this week have posted two amazing live sets by Steve Gunn and Ryley Walker. Elsewhere, there's a new Waterboys track to check out,...