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Guardian, The

The Guardian is a British national daily newspaper, founded in 1821, and owned, with The Observer, a Sunday weekly newspaper, by The Guardian Media Group.

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland (Polydor)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, November 1968

THERE ARE 19 naked ladies on the cover 
of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland (Polydor 613 008/9). Pictured 
inside, Jimi has a flicker of the lip-licking ...

Joni Mitchell: Clouds

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, June 1969

JONI MITCHELL has written songs for Tom Rush, and the Fairport Convention have used her songs on both their albums. ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan, The Band: Isle of Wight Festival

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, September 1969

The gospel according to Dylan ...

The Rolling Stones: Jumping Jack Jagger

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1969

THE WIDENING gap between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has been labelled as the contrast between aesthetics and politics. The difference between the two ...

Cream, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall: Union Jack Blues

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1969

MEETING JANIS Joplin a few months ago, before her Albert Hall concert, I was staggered to feel how nervous she was. Then she explained. She ...

Brinsley Schwarz, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Van Morrison: Van Morrison, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Brinsley Schwartz: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, April 1970

I WAS ON that New York trip last weekend, too. My brief was to listen to the music. I have to report that as soon ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Hollywood Festival, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, May 1970

Disgracing The Grateful Dead ...

The Isle of Wight Festival: Three Shades Of Wight

Overview by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, September 1970

APART FROM the music, what went on at the Isle of Wight last weekend? Here are the most popular theories. ...

Janis Joplin: An Appreciation by Geoffrey Cannon

Memoir by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1970

AN EVENING at the Royal Garden Hotel in April, 18 months ago. I was meeting Janis Joplin. I fished around for a while, trying to ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: The Anarchic Rock of the Young and Doleful

Profile by Steve Turner, Guardian, The, December 1976

And then there was punk. Tonight the Sex Pistols, focal point of the newly dubbed punk generation, take off on their first concert tour of ...

Tom Waits: He's a Coppola Swell: Tom Waits

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, March 1981

THE FIRST TIME Tom Waits visited London, in 1976, he earned the dubious distinction of being thrown out of the club were he had been ...

Billy Bragg: Captain’s Cabin, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 1983

PLACING, a heavy burden on a small but genuine talent, Billy Bragg has been hailed as the next big thing. ...

Joni Mitchell: Wembley Arena

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, April 1983

WITH JONI Mitchell, the music and the life are inseparable. As a confessional songwriter the appeal is based on identification; with those of us who ...

Atlantic Records

Essay by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1984

Atlantic and other classic R&B issues are at last being reprinted — in Britain. Mick Brown reports ...

Eric Clapton: Live At Wembley

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1984

ONE HAS ALWAYS suspected that Eric Clapton's worst enemy was his own reputation. Few people live with – much less live up to – the ...

The Neville Brothers: Live At The Shaw Theatre, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1984

THE NEVILLE Brothers are an institution whose time would seem to have come. Four brothers from New Orleans, their contribution to Crescent City music over ...

Fats Domino, Ray Charles: Thorns In Velvet: Fats Domino and Ray Charles at the Capital Jazz Festival

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1984

AMONG the collection of venerable antiques paraded for this year’s Capital Jazz Festival – couldn’t the organisers find anybody of note under the age of ...

Marvin Gaye: Heart and Soul

Obituary by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, April 1984

MARVIN GAYE, who was so shockingly killed in Los Angeles on Sunday, one day before his 45th birthday, was not only a consummate soul music ...

Joan Baez: The Folk Heroine Mellows With Age

Interview by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, June 1984

In 1959 Joan Baez walked out on stage at the Newport Folk Festival and touched off a wave of adulation that was to reach almost ...

Bob Dylan: Wembley Stadium

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, July 1984

ALL SUMMER, Christians have been performing in football stadiums; first we had Luis Palau, then Billy Graham, and now Bob Dylan. But as it turned ...

Michael McDonald: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 1985

THIS SHOW proved one thing and proved it triumphantly: you can be a paunchy, greying white Californian with a supremely uncool-looking band and still have ...

Notes That Are Music To His Ears: Clive Davis

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1985

What do Barry Manilow, Donovan, Janis Joplin, and Springsteen have in common? They owe a lot of their success to Arista Records’ boss Clive Davis. ...

Suzanne Vega: Live At The LSE, London.

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1985

Chess metaphors, the myth of Odysseus and the woman he left behind, being a "small blue thing", and, possibly if you listen hard enough, love ...

Neil Young: Old Ways Diehard

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, September 1985

The old Crosby, Stills and Nash hippie has taken on a new redneck colouration with firm roots in country music. Adam Sweeting looks back from ...

Bobby Womack: Testament of a preacher man

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, October 1985

FOR ANYBODY remotely interested in black music, past and present; in the continuity between the halcyon days of rhythm and blues and church music and ...

The Oyster Band: Out Of Their Shells

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, January 1987

Mark Cooper on The Oyster Band's place in the "roots" dance revival ...

Rough Trade Records: Rough At The Top

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, February 1987

In the record industry big doesn’t always mean best, and the independent Rough Trade have beaten the big boys in fostering new talent and ideas. ...

Randy Newman: The Star And Snipes

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, May 1987

Mark Cooper talks to Randy Newman, standard bearer against the smug and prejudiced ...

The Beastie Boys: Burden of the Beasties

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, Guardian, The, May 1987

WHEN THE Beastie Boys step on stage in Brixton tonight at the start of their British tour everyone – the media, authorities, and fans alike ...

The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Slayer: Def Jam: Don't Knock The Rock – Rap It

Report by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, June 1987

Mark Cooper on how Def Jam crossed over punk with rap, white with black, and stayed cool with both sides ...

10,000 Maniacs, R.E.M.: REM and 10,000 Maniacs: Rulers Of The Campus

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, September 1987

College rock is alive and gigging in the US. MARK COOPER hears why from Michael Stipe of REM and Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs ...

Pink Floyd, Roger Waters: Roger Waters: Out of Troubled Waters

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, November 1987

Roger Waters now finds himself in competition with his one-time colleagues in Pink Floyd – he doesn't like it but there are compensations. Mark Cooper ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: Good and Bad Vibrations

Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Guardian, The, 1988

Beach Boy Brian Wilson owes his survival to his doctor and a regime of psychotherapy, diet and exercise, he told Jeremy Gluck. ...

Leonard Cohen: Cohen's Way

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Guardian, The, February 1988

WE LIVE IN THE days of the flood, says Leonard Cohen. "Most of my psychic landmarks have evaporated. I'm reluctant to apply the psychic realm ...

Fleetwood Mac: All Meat With The Big Macs

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, May 1988

As Fleetwood Mac start a major tour Mark Cooper talks to Christine McVie about the band that refused to die ...

Ry Cooder: Back Slider

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, May 1988

Ry Cooder is on the road again. He talks to Mark Cooper ...

Martin Carthy: A Passage to England

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, December 1988

Martin Carthy believes in the power of performance, not purity. Mark Cooper meets the folkie who refuses to play safe. ...

Morrissey: Wolverhampton

Live Review by Len Brown, Guardian, The, December 1988

WITH A soft Charles Hawtrey-style "hullo" and a shower of flowers. Steven Patrick Morrissey returns to the stage. It's two years since his uniquely English ...

Luther Vandross: The Soul Survivor

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, March 1989

Mark Cooper on the awesome presence that is Luther Vandross ...

10,000 Maniacs: A Lioness's Share of Woe

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, May 1989

Natalie Merchant is fighting the world's battles in her songs. Mark Cooper finds out why. ...

Bobby Brown: Bobby Bites The Bullet

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, June 1989

Mark Cooper meets the young American soul star everybody's gunning for ...

Carole King: Stepping Out Of The Shadows

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, July 1989

Carole King is coming out from behind her piano because she wants to rock. Mark Cooper reports ...

Bob Mould, Husker Du: Bob Mould: Out of the Warehouse

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, July 1989

DESPITE THE flood of veterans currently patching up ancient quarrels for one last sack of ancient dollars, divorce rather than reconciliation remains the common fate ...

The Neville Brothers: At Last The Legend Lives

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, October 1989

The Neville Brothers, long held in awe by fellow musicians, are finally selling records. Mark Cooper on the London-bound band. ...

Kate Bush: Bushwacked by Kate

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, October 1989

THE WOMAN pouring tea in a hotel near EMI records has a wide, warm smile and speaks with such endearing openness that you wonder if ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Keeping Her Cool

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, October 1989

Shot to stardom 10 years ago, Rickie Lee Jones has fought her way back – no less cool but much more confident. Mark Cooper reports ...

Rickie Lee Jones

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, March 1991

AS ANY OF the fans who have helped to sell out her shows in London and Glasgow this weekend will know, Rickie Lee Jones likes ...

Rock at the Movies

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, Guardian, The, July 1991

FASHIONS IN FOLK devils, like all other fashions, are subject both to painless expiry and to unexpected and possibly incongruous resurrections. ...

Jane's Addiction: Lollapalooza

Report by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, August 1991

LOLLAPALOOZA means a bizarre happening. ...

U2: Achtung! Saint Bono

Profile by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, November 1991

All but canonised in Ireland, U2's lead singer preaches redemption through rock 'n' roll. But now he's learning to write about girls. Sean O'Hagan profiles ...

Sonic Youth: Here Come The Noise Terrorists: Sonic Youth

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, July 1992

THUNDEROUS mantra-grooves and jagged fanfares of atonal brass boom across the parched grass of New York's Central Park, though it could equally well be Monterey ...

Tom Waits: A Mellower Prince Of Melancholy

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, September 1992

HE MIGHT STILL dress as though he staggers around sniffing under dustbin lids, but now the self styled Oddball Kid refuses to play his old ...

Nina Simone: Diva Of The Dives

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, November 1992

APPROACHING 60, Nina Simone, Princess Noir with the famed attitude, has got used to putting punters in their place. A one-time classical musician she should ...

Pet Shop Boys: MTV Launches in Russia - and the PSBs Cut the Ribbon!

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Guardian, The, June 1993

2002 NOTE: This piece about the launching of MTV Russia was published by the Guardian in London, by Tip magazine in Berlin, and by the ...

Pulp: Metropolitan University, Leeds

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, April 1994

IN A MORE just world it would now be time to set aside the macho posturings of the rock burn-out and the dead-ends of the ...

Beck: Manchester University

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, November 1994

IS THIS the age of the neurotic self-obsessive? Sold out signs at Beck's debut UK gig suggest that his curious blend of twitchy unease and ...

Manic Street Preachers: Bible Of Hate: Manic Street Preachers: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 1994

SINCE achieving cult fame in 1990, the Welsh quartet have preached nihilism juiced up with arty quotes from the Situationists and literary figures. The not-entirely-novel ...

Kurt Cobain, Manic Street Preachers: Is This Music To Die For?

Report by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, March 1995

AN ARTICLE in this week's Melody Maker describes some of the dozens of letters the paper has been receiving every week since Richey James's departure ...

PJ Harvey: Queen of the Night: P.J. Harvey

Profile by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, June 1995

SHE’S TAKING America by storm. She’s very fashionable at the moment. She’s hipper than hip. That’s what Paul McGuinness says; he’s the manager of U2 ...

Melissa Etheridge: One of the Boys

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, November 1995

As a woman, Melissa Etheridge’s success in the major league of American rock is remarkable, as an out lesbian it’s unique. Lucy O’Brien meets a ...

Lou Reed: Life After The Leather Jacket

Interview by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, February 1996

MY ORIGINAL IDEA vis a vis this whole Lou interview situ and how to break his notoriously Siberian icepack reticence was to kick things off ...

Everything But The Girl: Walking Wounded (Virgin)****

Review by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, May 1996

ONCE KNOWN by cynics as Everything But A Laugh, Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn spent much of the Eighties exploring the lonely outer fringes of ...

The Spice Girls: Girls Just Wanna Be Loaded

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 1996

LAST WEEK, the world was as it should have been. Gary Barlow was number one, the summer's foreign novelty hit, 'Macarena', was panting just behind ...

Drugs In Rock Culture: Don’t Try This At Home

Essay by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, August 1996

TAKING DRUGS CHANGES things. It changes your blood stream and brain waves and bank balance; your heart rate and slang of choice and the circumference ...

Townes Van Zandt: Keeping Quiet For The Sake Of A Song: Townes Van Zandt 1944-1997

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, January 1997

OTHER MUSICIANS revered Texan song writer Townes Van Zandt who has died of a heart attack aged 52, but he made real efforts, helped by ...

Elvis Presley: 25% Of The King: Col. Tom Parker

Obituary by Michael Gray, Guardian, The, January 1997

COLONEL TOM PARKER, the flamboyant tent-show hustler who was Elvis Presley's Svengalian manager, has died in Las Vegas at the age of almost 90. He ...

Sinead O'Connor: An Inconvenient Woman: Sinead O’Connor

Profile and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, April 1997

Sinead O’Connor bothers people. American audiences were outraged when she shunned their national anthem, the pop establishment was vindictive when she refused a Brit, and ...

David Bowie: Hanover Grand, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 1997

Bowie wants to meet his public so he plays a small London club – heaven or what? Some fans paid 100 pounds for a ticket. ...

Dave Godin and Deep Soul Treasures

Profile and Interview by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, September 1997

IN POP'S millenial time travel, the compilation has become an art form in itself: a highly practical method of mapping a history that is still ...

Drop The Dread, Honky: Why White Artists Wanna Be Black

Essay by James Maycock, Guardian, The, October 1997

IN 1959, JOHN Howard Griffin, a white journalist, dyed his skin black and travelled through the southern states of America. He found the experience ...

Robert Palmer

Obituary by Michael Gray, Guardian, The, December 1997

ROBERT PALMER, THE distinguished American music journalist and blues expert, has died in New York aged 52. ...

Frank Sinatra: Nelson Algren's The Man With The Golden Arm

Retrospective by James Maycock, Guardian, The, 1998

How Nelson Algren's acclaimed novel was made into Hollywood's first film about heroin. ...

Hip-Hop: Puppets On A String?

Essay by James Maycock, Guardian, The, January 1998

How & Why Black Rappers Exploit Racial Stereotypes (With references to historical precedents through 20th century) ...

Garbage: Trash Aesthetics

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 1998

'Only Happy When It Rains', 'Queer', 'Subhuman'. And those are just the titles of Garbage's harrowing songs. Caroline Sullivan on a band with a troubled ...

Glastonbury: Pop Feast Kicked Off By Football

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 1998

Caroline Sullivan sorts fab from drab ...

Kylie Minogue: Little Miss Boomerang

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, August 1998

Kylie Minogue has probably had more brickbats than bouquets since she quit soap stardom to become a pop singer. But, with a new record in ...

Rock’n’Role: Are Singers The New Feminist Icons?

Overview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, December 1998

IN THE US, they call it the Third Wave – a new feminism for a new generation. It is fuelled by popular culture in general ...

Billie Holiday, Miles Davis: Billie 4 Miles: A Kind Of Blue Love

Essay by James Maycock, Guardian, The, February 1999

MILES DAVIS CONFESSED twice in his candid autobiography he fancied Billie Holiday. "She had such a sensuous mouth," he remarked, "I thought she was ...

Blur: 13

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 1999

Down and outstanding ...

Catatonia At The Brixton Academy

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 1999

'EVERY MORNING when I wake up, I thank the Lord I'm Welsh,' sings Catatonia's Cerys Matthews, and 3,000 people sing it back to her, voices ...

Tom Waits: Mule Variations (Epitaph)

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, April 1999

I'D HATE TO be the neighbourhood psycho on Tom Waits's street. You'd never quite feel safe, terrorised by those all-seeing, scarecrow eyes, observing your every ...

Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde: The Great Pretender

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, April 1999

CHRISSIE HYNDE, wild woman of rock, sits in a private members' club in London's Portman Square in a finely tailored pinstripe suit. Despite the elegance ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, The Sugarhill Gang: Good Boys Of Rap

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, April 1999

Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five And Melle Mel: 'Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel' (Sequel)The Sugarhill Gang: Rapper's Delights (Sequel)Various Artists: Sugarhill Club Classics ...

Ralph McTell: Streets of Melton Mowbray: Ralph McTell

Report and Interview by Andy Farquarson, Guardian, The, May 1999

MELTON MOWBRAY isn't the most obvious place to search for heroes, treasure and sentimental stories. But all three are here tonight somewhere. ...

Catatonia: Glowing In The Dark

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 1999

RED DRAGON flags, rugby shirts and the strains of 'Road Rage' drifting across the moist night air — it could only be Wales's second-biggest band ...

Celine Dion: Up Too Close And Personal: Celine Dion: Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, July 1999

THREE SONGS IN, a smiling Celine Dion decides she wants to talk to us, "personally". ...

Aretha Franklin: Jerry Wexler: Aretha And Me

Interview by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, August 1999

JERRY WEXLER, co-founder of Atlantic Records and in-house producer, was picking himself up off the floor of Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama when he received ...

Elastica: Six Track EP (Deceptive) *

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, August 1999

FOR ALL THE TREMORS, speculation and mystique you might generate by disappearing off the face of the earth after a classic debut album, there's always ...

Live Killers

Comment by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, September 1999

HERE'S A JOKE. Last night, I met an alien outside a pub in north London. We got chatting about hobbies and stuff, and he ended ...

Nitin Sawhney : The Outsider: Nitin Sawhney

Profile and Interview by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, September 1999

Nitin Sawhney says he feels like a stranger in England, where he was born, and in India, the land of his parents. The tension has ...

The Clash, Joe Strummer: Joe Strummer: Definitely Not Admitting Defeat Yet

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 1999

"I THINK GOOD manners will come back. In America, kids saw punk rock as a licence to be as rude as possible. I didn't like ...

Funkapolitan: Bish, Bash, Posh: Class and British Pop

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, October 1999

As Tony Blair calls for a classless society, he might be surprised to learn that the world of pop music is riddled with toffs. Self-confessed ...

The Incredible String Band: An Incredible String Reunion: An Interview with Robin Williamson

Interview by Andy Farquarson, Guardian, The, October 1999

To those of the Rizla generation who spent the summer of 1967 rolling joints on its album sleeves, the Incredible String Band occupies near-mythic status. ...

Jimmy Webb: Pizza on the Park, London ***

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, October 1999

WHEN THE Boo Radleys wrote a song called 'Jimmy Webb is God' they presumably weren't gripped by a vision of the Lord playing a gig ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: "Deja Vu Again"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, October 1999

THERE'S NO MISTAKING the portly middle-aged man with the walrus moustache beached on a sofa at the Dorchester hotel, plucking the chords of Neil Young's ...

Chuck Prophet: Underworld, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, November 1999

IN 1989 CHUCK Prophet was the snake-hipped, guitar-slinging foil to Dan Stuart's punch-drunk sheriff in American rock'n'rollers Green On Red. ...

The Isley Brothers: It's Your Thing: The Story of the Isley Brothers (Epic) *****

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, November 1999

THE MOST DEFINITIVE summation of The Isley Brothers' career so far begins not with a song but a real, live shriek. ...

Foo Fighters: At the Brixton Academy

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 1999

The number of rock drummers who've realised they were destined for headier things at the front of the stage can be counted on two fingers: ...

Henry Rollins: LSE Old Theatre, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, November 1999

SOMEWHERE UP there, reclining on a celestial tobacco cloud, Bill Hicks must cast a rueful eye towards the one-man stand-up multi-gym that is Henry Rollins. ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend: Peter Rabbits

Interview by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, December 1999

I'M LAUGHING, BUT Pete Townshend is frightening me. "Yes!!!!!" he shouts, and bangs hard on the table in his Richmond studio, for the second time ...

The Spice Girls: Robotic Neurotics: Spice Girls: Evening News Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, December 1999

YOUR BAND may take a year off, but if you are a Spice Girl you just can't keep out of the headlines. ...

Royal Trux: Bang, Crash Brilliance: Royal Trux: Scala, London

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, December 1999

ROYAL TRUX don't give a damn and don't care who knows it. ...

Almost Famous: 1973 and all that

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, Guardian, The, 2000

1973 AS A rock and roll annus mirabilis? Six thousand miles away from the old Rolling Stone office in San Francisco, it felt more like ...

Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans: Bobby Sheen

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 2000

WHENEVER HE MADE records under his own name, Bobby Sheen, who has died aged 57, was out of luck. But as Bob B Soxx, the ...

Steely Dan: Librarians on Acid

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, January 2000

STEELY DAN have always split people down the middle. On one side sit major dudes like William Gibson, who delight in the apparent disjunction between ...

Oasis: Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (Big Brother) **

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, February 2000

FOR HAS-BEENS APPARENT, Oasis still possess remarkable powers of intimidation, but in the build-up to Standing on the Shoulder of Giants they've cunningly switched tactics. ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Machina/Machines of God (Hut) *

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, February 2000

FOR THE DIZZY hippy posing as disaffected slacker, Smashing Pumpkins were the perfect band to help you dream your way through the grunge era. ...

Cypress Hill: Astoria, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, March 2000

THE ONGOING debate about the decriminalisation of cannabis seems redundant when a substantial proportion of the 1,800 people shoehorned into the Astoria have voted with ...

Julian Cope: Royal Festival Hall, London ****

Live Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, April 2000

IT HAS BEEN a long time since Julian Cope could be described merely as a singing psychedelic mystic eco-warrior. ...

Radiohead: No Surprises: Radiohead And Their Kind

Report by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, April 2000

After the success of OK Computer, Radiohead's next album is one of the most eagerly awaited records ever. Perhaps, says BARNEY HOSKYNS, that's why copycat ...

Matthew Sweet: In Reverse (Zomba)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, May 2000

MATTHEW SWEET began the '90s with the much-feted Girlfriend, an album of angular, bittersweet power pop markedly different from the meaty rage of Nirvana and ...

The Dandy Warhols: A Toast To The Wasted: The Dandy Warhols: The Cockpit, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, June 2000

AS IGGY POP would testify, you can always rely on the British public to take a drug-frazzled American wacko to their hearts. ...

Cat Power: The Spitz, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, June 2000

A shuffle in the dark: Cat Power leaves Keith Cameron ill at ease ...

Richard Ashcroft: Alone With Everybody (Hut) **

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, June 2000

KINDRED TO THE hippie but more English, less articulate, less political, more self-serving and better at fighting, the dippie is a breed of musician that ...

Eliza Carthy, Kate Rusby, Kathryn Williams: Sandals Out, Piercing In: The New Folk Sirens

Overview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, August 2000

LIVERPUDLIAN ARTIST Kathryn Williams is among the nominees for this year’s Mercury music prize – and hotly tipped to win. Last year Kate Rusby was ...

Little Feat: Forum, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, September 2000

THERE WERE THREE groups who vividly chronicled life in post-Woodstock America. The Band sought refuge from the psychedelic intensity of the period in the country's ...

Bob Dylan: Vicar St, Dublin *****

Live Review by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, September 2000

THE 800 TICKETS for this suddenly announced "intimate" show supposedly sold out in 15 seconds. For the select multitude, then, this was a night of ...

Magazine: Maybe It's Right to Be Nervous Now (Virgin, 3CDs) ****

Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, September 2000

FOLLOWING AN initial period of liberation, punk, like all revolutionary forces, soon substituted new orthodoxies for those it had blown apart. ...

Radiohead: Victoria Park, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, September 2000

FOR DARLINGS of an allegedly slack generation, you can't deny Radiohead have high standards. This is the band who recently took 373 days to record ...

Bill Frisell: Let your fingers do the talking

Interview by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 2001

Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell has worked with everyone from Chet Baker to Marianne Faithful. So why start taking lessons now? Richard Williams met him ...

All Saints: When The Saints Go Marching Out

Retrospective by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, January 2001

THEY'VE BEEN on the verge of it before, but this time it looks as though All Saints are finally splitting up. Caroline Sullivan laments the ...

Natalie Cole: King and I

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, February 2001

Natalie Cole has been a prostitutes' tout, a junkie and the winner of no fewer than eight Grammys. She tells Dave Simpson about scandal, success ...

Rickie Lee Jones at the Jazz Cafe

Live Review by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, February 2001

RICKIE LEE JONES is something of an anomaly. Her latest album, It's Like This, has just been nominated for a Grammy – but how many ...

Kylie Minogue: Camping with Kylie: Kylie Minogue: Manchester Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, March 2001

HAVING RECOVERED FROM the pretensions of duets with Nick Cave and songwriting with the Manic Street Preachers, Kylie has returned to the fluffy pop we ...

Laura Nyro: Songs in the Key of Life: Laura Nyro's Angel in the Dark

Review by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, April 2001

THIS ALBUM IS incomplete, but so was Laura Nyro's life. It is the project on which she was working when she died of ovarian cancer ...

Shane MacGowan and Simon Napier-Bell: The Sound And The Fury

Book Review by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, April 2001

Black Vinyl, White Powder, Simon Napier-Bell (390pp, Ebury Press £16.99)A Drink With Shane MacGowan, Victoria Mary Clarke and Shane MacGowan (360pp, Sidgwick & Jackson £15.99) ...

Outkast: Partners in Rhyme: OutKast

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, May 2001

One of them is a blonde-wigged, teetotal vegetarian who reads Pushkin. The other breeds pitbulls in his spare time. Together they have been called the ...

Rufus Wainwright: "My Parents the Folk Heroes"

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, June 2001

THE WITTIEST REQUEST from the crowd at Rufus Wainwright's New York show last week was for ‘Rufus is a Tit Man’, a song written aeons ...

Travis: Songs in the Key of Life: Travis

Interview by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, June 2001

IF THERE IS ONE thing you can be completely sure of, it is this: at some point today, a U.K. radio station will play a ...

Slaves to the Rhythm: Is Napster Dying?

Report by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, July 2001

After leading the digital music revolution, Edward Helmore says former fans won't flock back to Napster when it relaunches this summer ...

The Human League: Human Remains: The Human League

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, July 2001

Two decades after their synthpop assault on the charts, the Human League are back. ...

Erykah Badu: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, July 2001

I HAVE SEEN Bowie atop a giant glass spider and U2 stuck inside a lemon, but I cannot recall an entrance like Erykah Badu's. ...

Mercury Rev’s Dark Dream

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, August 2001

ON MAY 28, 1998, Jonathan Donahue and Sean "Grasshopper" of Mercury Rev sat rather dejectedly in a diner in Woodstock, New York, and talked about ...

War Within War: Black Americans And The Vietnam Conflict

Retrospective by James Maycock, Guardian, The, September 2001

The Vietnam war saw countless numbers of America's young men – both black and white – thrown into combat. They were there to fight the ...

Aphex Twin: Tank Boy: Aphex Twin

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, October 2001

From Limp Bizkit to Madonna, everyone wants to work with the Aphex Twin. But those high-paying jobs aren’t important, he tells Paul Lester. He’d only ...

Alicia Keys: "I love Chopin… He's my dawg": Alicia Keys

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, November 2001

Stevie loves her, Oprah's after her and Prince is always on the phone. As Alicia Keys prepares to storm the UK charts, Ian Gittins meets ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: George Harrison 1943-2001

Obituary by Chris Welch, Guardian, The, December 2001

George Harrison, singer, guitarist, composer and filmproducer: born Liverpool 25 February 1943; MBE 1965; married1966 Pattie Boyd (marriage dissolved 1977), 1978 OliviaArias (one son); died ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: Grandmaster Flash

Interview by Frank Broughton, Guardian, The, January 2002

A RECENT SURVEY suggests that up to 62% of the world's population is now a famous DJ. In hotspots like Shoreditch, it's easier to find ...

Slipknot: Meet'n'Greet in Glasgow: Slipknot

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, February 2002

IT'S VALENTINE'S SAY afternoon in Glasgow and a strange kind of love is afoot. Outside the city’s Virgin Megastore, a tearful 13-year-old boy is gasping ...

Mary J. Blige: "My Boyfriend Was Trying To Kill Me. There Were Weapons."

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2002

THE WORLD LOVES a troubled diva, and for 10 years Mary Jane Blige has provided her public with a continuous flow of what her friend, ...

Ike Turner: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2002

IF YOU didn't know Ike Turner was 70 before this show, you certainly did within minutes of his swaggering entrance. ...

Gwen Stefani, No Doubt: Gwen Stefani: "We'll make one more album, then I'll get pregnant"

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2002

Gwen Stefani and No Doubt are back. But maybe not for very long. She talks to Caroline Sullivan ...

The Buzzcocks: Part-time Punks: The Buzzcocks

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, March 2002

The Buzzcocks were one of punk's most influential bands. Now, 25 years on, Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto are recording together again. Paul Lester meets ...

Zero 7: The Teaboys Done Good: Zero 7

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, March 2002

Paul Lester meets Zero 7, the recording studio flunkies turned clubbers' favourites. ...

Ol' Dirty Bastard, Wu-Tang Clan: Ol' Dirty Bastard: Portrait Of The Artist In Jail

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Guardian, The, March 2002

He was the clown prince of hip-hop, famously appearing onstage with the Wu-Tang Clan while on the run from the police. Now Ol' Dirty Bastard ...

Lester Bangs: Pills And Thrills

Retrospective by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, April 2002

ALTHOUGH HIS NAME is already starting to be listed among the ranks of the elite late 20th-century literary trailblazers, Lester Bangs – the fragile-hearted, drunken ...

Elvis Presley, Otis Blackwell: Otis Blackwell 1932 - 2002

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, May 2002

Prolific writer behind some of Elvis’s greatest hits ...

Queen: Mercury Rising: We Will Rock You

Comment by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, May 2002

A new West End musical, We Will Rock You, plunders Queen's back catalogue for tunes. But, says Peter Paphides, it misses the chance to tell ...

Glastonbury

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2002

"IF YOU LOOK right through the centre of the Pyramid stage," says Michael Eavis, waving at the steel framework that squats surreally in the middle ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Hard Times: Arthur Lee

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, May 2002

Arthur Lee was once bigger than Hendrix or Jim Morrison. Back on the road after six years in jail, Love's frontman talks to Paul Lester. ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Meet the Osbournes

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, June 2002

YOU KNOW THAT embarrassing scenario where you go round to visit a married couple and they end up having an unholy ruck in front of ...

Paul Oakenfold

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, June 2002

TWO YEARS AGO, Paul Oakenfold was getting profoundly bored. The original post-acid house superstar DJ, known to friends and relatives as ‘Oakey’ and to the ...

ABBA: Abba: Supertroupers

Interview by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, June 2002

People were often a bit sneery about Abba, born of Eurovision, duded out in satin and feathers, quintessentially pop. Only years after the group broke ...

Television: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, June 2002

IT WAS SOMETHING of a coup to recruit Television for David Bowie's Meltdown festival. The glacial new-wavers made rock history with their 1977 debut album, ...

Timothy White 1952-2002

Obituary by Chris Charlesworth, Guardian, The, July 2002

IN HIS POLKA-DOT bow tie, cream chinos and white buckskin shoes, Timothy White, who has died aged 50, cut a stylish figure in a profession ...

Isaac Hayes: A Black Woodstock: Wattstax

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, Guardian, The, July 2002

Intro: This is about 1000 words longer than the version published by The Guardian. There’s much more on the concert, more quotations and more on ...

Spandau Ballet: Wild Boy: Gary Kemp

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, August 2002

Spandau Ballet did more than provide a soundtrack for XR3i-driving Essex casuals in the 1980s. At least that's what Gary Kemp, the band's creative force, ...

Beck: I'm a Muso, Baby: Beck

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, September 2002

Beck's new album, written after a nasty split with his fiancee, is so forlorn that the music press is afraid for his health. But, he ...

Cathy Dennis, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Songwriters: Musical Chairs

Special Feature by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, September 2002

Today's pop stars, say their critics, aren't half as talented as their predecessors because they have little or nothing to do with writing their songs. ...

Beenie Man: Beenie There, Done That

Interview by Lulu Le Vay, Guardian, The, September 2002

One of the biggest stars of Jamaican dancehall, Beenie Man's outgrowing the reggae charts and going global. Lulu Le Vay meets him as he gets ...

Shaggy: It Was Him: Shaggy

Profile and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, October 2002

THE WESTIN RIO MAR hotel in Puerto Rico is a textbook playground of the rich and famous. Way beyond merely luxurious, the baroque décor is ...

Queens Of The Stone Age: Monarchs of Rock: Queens of the Stone Age

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, October 2002

"I’VE BEEN CHASING my tail trying to have a good time on this tour," grumbles Josh Homme, the towering 6’ 4" frontman of Queens Of ...

hear'say: Hear'Say, Gone Tomorrow

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2002

In it for the fame, the manufactured popstars didn't have so much as a slogan to fall back on when the going got tough. Caroline ...

Norah Jones at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, October 2002

At 23, Norah Jones is both old beyond her years and curiously insecure in front of an audience, even such a plainly partisan one as ...

So Solid Crew: Crew's Control

Profile by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, October 2002

They raced from zero to inner-city heroes in one summer, then stalled in scandal. But don't write off So Solid – there's a serious business ...

Ginsberg's Flannel And Other Stories

Book Review by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, October 2002

In the Sixties, Barry Miles, 322pp, Jonathan Cape, £17.99 ...

Tom Jones, Wyclef Jean: Tom Jones: 'When You're Working With Bling-Blings, You Gotta Wear Bling-Blings'

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2002

Caroline Sullivan is left breathless by Tom Jones's hip-hop makeover ...

Björk: “In England they think I'm one of the Teletubbies”: Björk

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, October 2002

Björk looks back on two decades of music, fame and scrapping with the media. ...

Jeff Buckley: Keeper of the Flame

Report and Interview by Mark Paytress, Guardian, The, October 2002

IT IS FIVE YEARS since Jeff Buckley took his final, mid-evening stroll into the Wolf River, a sleepy tourist spot on the outskirts of Memphis, ...

Justin Timberlake: Justified (Jive) **

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2002

SOME SAY in all seriousness that this album of generic R&B crotch-grabbing will establish Britney's former squeeze as the new Michael Jackson. ...

Rhythm Kings: The Musicians of Motown

Essay by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, November 2002

So many things made the Motown sound special – the singers, the songs, even the food. But what about the musicians? ...

Jefferson Airplane: High Priestess: Grace Slick and ‘White Rabbit’

Retrospective and Interview by Mark Paytress, Guardian, The, November 2002

White Rabbit has just come out top in a poll to find the finest drug song ever. Mark Paytress discovers that its writer/singer Grace Slick ...

Seven Inches Of Heaven

Report by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, November 2002

For adolescents, it was a thrill – the first music they owned. Singles survive in the CD age as bootlegs and indie specials. Their covers ...

Guns N' Roses: Meltdown

Report by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, January 2003

With Guns N' Roses, he was one of the biggest – and baddest – rockers on the planet. Now his new album is a decade ...

The Libertines: 'We Believe In Melody, Hearts And Minds': The Libertines

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, January 2003

PETE DOHERTY and Carl Barat – joint singers, guitarists, songwriters and ideologues of east London-based quartet the Libertines – are having an argument about an ...

Pushing the pressure point

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, January 2003

THE NEWS THAT the Vines have been sent back to Australia, following a bout of Ricky Gervais/Grant Bovey-style pat-a-cakes onstage between singer Craig Nicholls and ...

Penny Valentine 1943 - 2003

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, January 2003

Richard Williams mourns "probably the first woman to write about pop music as though it really mattered". Below, some examples of what made Valentine such ...

Lou Reed: The Raven

Review by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, January 2003

IF ANYONE IS still wondering, more than a quarter of a century later, what Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music was all about, they need look ...

Rock In The Dock

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, January 2003

A FEW WEEKS ago, a nationwide leap in gun crime was lent grim focus by the murder of two young women at a party in ...

Asian Dub Foundation: Rappers With A Cause: Asian Dub Foundation

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, January 2003

They helped secure the release of the warehouse worker Satpal Ram from prison. Now they're tackling domestic violence, asylum, the war on terror and the ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: Get Carter

Interview by Ted Kessler, Guardian, The, January 2003

America's favourite hip-hop artist Jay-Z is hanging up his mic. After all, what's left to talk about when you've achieved everything? Ted Kessler raps things ...

The Bay City Rollers, Courtney Love: Courtney Love: Love Will Tear Us Apart

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2003

I WISH I'D saved the emails. There were eight, spanning December 1999 to April 2002, all written in unpunctuated lower-case. ...

Zwan: Billy Corgan

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, February 2003

BILLY CORGAN has been dreaming of Christina Aguilera, pop's best undressed woman. She was staying at the same London hotel as Corgan's new band, Zwan, ...

Adrian Sherwood: It's My Turn

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, February 2003

THERE'S NOTHING about the outside of Adrian Sherwood's home in north London to explain why the likes of Sinead O'Connor, Sly and Robbie, Primal Scream ...

Blur, Oasis: Live Forever

Film/DVD Review by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, March 2003

THERE ARE MANY reasons to see Live Forever, the new documentary about the 1990s Britpop years. Mostly they involve Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn being ...

Altered Images, The Belle Stars, Dollar, Five Star, The Human League, Kim Wilde, Visage: The Here And Now Tour: Many Happy Returns

Report and Interview by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, March 2003

To some, the Here And Now Tour is a has-beens cabaret, to others it's a harmless trip down memory lane. Peter Paphides reports from the ...

The White Stripes: The Sweetheart Deal

Interview by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, March 2003

"SPERAMUS MELIORA; resurget cineribus" – the motto of the city of Detroit translates as "We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes". ...

Fleetwood Mac: Excess Baggage: Fleetwood Mac

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, April 2003

Mental illness, drug abuse, affairs, breakups - it's a miracle that Fleetwood Mac are still alive. But here they are with a Rumours-era lineup, and ...

Blur: Think Tank

Review and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, April 2003

Backstage at L'Espace Clacquesin, a former brewery 20 minutes from the centre of Paris, Blur are relaxing. The band has just performed for 200 invited ...

Beck: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, April 2003

AS A PROFESSIONAL ENIGMA, Beck Hansen has a reputation to maintain, and it is tiring work. He feels compelled to stay one step ahead of ...

Busted: You Are So Busted!

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, May 2003

THE WORDS ARE TALL, luridly colourful and carefully stitched onto a bed sheet, and the sentiment is unambiguous. As Busted guitarist Matt Jay’s eyes alight ...

Macy Gray: Shepherds Bush Empire, London ***

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, May 2003

HER RECORD COMPANY had spent the day warning everybody that she would be on stage at 9pm, not 9.15pm as advertised, but in the end ...

Neil Young: "Will I be deported?"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, May 2003

IT IS DIFFICULT to find supportive things to say about George Bush unless your construction company is rebuilding Iraq, but it would be a droll ...

The American Song-Poem Anthology: Music By The Metre

Review by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, June 2003

SO YOU THINK it's only since the rise of manufactured pop, with its endless boy and girl bands, each a more faded and insipid photocopy ...

Happy Mondays: Shaun Ryder: "I look all right, don't I?"

Interview by Ted Kessler, Guardian, The, June 2003

Two years ago Shaun Ryder was finished. He had lost his money, his mates and the plot. With a new album out, he tells Ted ...

Kings of Leon: Electric Ballroom, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2003

THE SUREST SIGN that Kings of Leon are having a moment is the 180 requests for this show's 40 press tickets. ...

Terry Hall: Fun Boy Free: Terry Hall

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2003

TERRY HALL asks if we can delay the first question until he's had a cigarette. He's not a big small talker, so there's an awkward ...

Closing Time

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, August 2003

ON JULY 3, the House Of Lords failed to block government moves to introduce a new law requiring pubs, clubs and cafes to apply for ...

The Rapture: A New York State Of Mind

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2003

Out of time, ahead of fashion – the Rapture are the real sound of New York. If they can make it there, says Caroline Sullivan, ...

Ian MacDonald, 1948-2003

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, September 2003

PROBABLY NO other critic – not even the late William Mann of The Times, with his famous mention of pandiatonic clusters – contributed more to ...

She Bop II: Rock Chicks Fight Back

Comment by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, September 2003

Lucy O'Brien reflects on her monumental history of the music business ...

It's A Family Affair

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2003

Juggling a baby and a career is difficult enough for anyone – but how do you manage it when you're a pop star? Caroline Sullivan ...

The Thrills: Filesharing etc.: Money Pit

Comment by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, October 2003

Who are the victims of music filesharing? Peter Paphides reveals the real band of thieves ...

Chic, Tony Thompson: Tony Thompson

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Guardian, The, November 2003

TONY THOMPSON, WHO has died of cancer aged 48, was among the finest of all pop/rock drummers. Although his name is frequently absent from the ...

Kylie Minogue: The Butt Stops Here

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2003

So she's 35, but does that really mean Kylie should cover up, asks Caroline Sullivan ...

Ryan Adams: I've been jumping off bridges

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Guardian, The, November 2003

The one good thing about projectile vomiting is that at least your T-shirt stays clean. Ryan Adams's frat-house top is a spotless scarlet, its brightness ...

The Thrills: Weirdo Magnets: The Thrills

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, November 2003

IT IS A COLD but sunny Saturday lunchtime in Capitol Hill, a boho district of Seattle full of cafes and shops with names like Natural ...

Bob Dylan: Why I Love Bob Dylan

Comment by Martin Colyer, Guardian, The, November 2003

LAST SATURDAY IT was forty years ago that JFK was assassinated. Yet by November 1963, Bob Dylan had already been performing in Greenwich Village for ...

The Guitar: Axes To Grind

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, November 2003

ACCORDING TO A body of instrument suppliers called the Music Industries Association, in the last 12 months the British people bought no less than 700,000 ...

Elton John: How Sir Elton Recovered His Cool

Comment by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 2004

WHEN THE VERY first psychedelic rock star, William Blake, declared that the fool who persists in his folly shall become wise, he hit on a ...

Scissor Sisters: Fun with Filth: Scissor Sisters

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, January 2004

They come from New York's shock art scene and they write songs about drugs, drag queens and cruising. Paul Lester meets clubland's hottest new act, ...

N*E*R*D, Pharrell Williams: The Hit Man: Pharrell Williams

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, February 2004

He co-produced nearly 20% of tracks currently being played on British radio. But he is also a star in his own right - as a ...

Rhyme and Punishment

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, February 2004

YOU MAY HAVE heard this yarn – it's one of those things people email each other, that they might share a chuckle at the foibles ...

My Bloody Valentine: I Lost It: Kevin Shields Speaks

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, March 2004

In his first interview for 12 years, My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields talks to Paul Lester about his madness, making Alan McGee cry - and ...

Jan & Dean: Jan Berry

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, April 2004

Teen dream and surf-pop star ...

Morrissey: "Somebody Has To Be Me": Morrissey

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, April 2004

NOW 44, STEVEN Patrick Morrissey is, to quote one of his songs, a handsome devil. ...

Stairway To Hell

Essay by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, April 2004

THEY ASKED ME to write this piece about "self-destruction and its place in rock" and that immediately set me to thinking: what do they mean ...

Earl Okin: The Unluckiest Man In Pop

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2004

After 35 years in the business, Earl Okin is about to release his first album. He tells Caroline Sullivan why it's taken him so long ...

Kanye West: Forum, London

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, May 2004

A PROTEGE OF Jay-Z and Damon Dash, Kanye West is not one to hide his light under a bushel. ...

Kasabian: Field Of Dreams

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, June 2004

The true spirit of Glastonbury is alive and well — but you'll find it at a farm in Leicester not Somerset. Dave Simpson meets Kasabian ...

Polyphonic Spew

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, July 2004

THERE IS NO PERSON more deluded than he or she who has a song programmed into their mobile phone. ...

Pete Doherty: Peter Doherty: Fez Club, Sheffield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, July 2004

IN recent weeks, Peter Doherty has been reported as having racked up a heroin/crack addiction costing £250 a day, skipped out on three attempts at ...

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, August 2004

"WE LOVE PLAYING HERE," Gillian Welch told us more than once, and since she and her musical soulmate David Rawlings were on for more than ...

Har Mar Superstar: Welly Club, Hull

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, August 2004

THE WELLY isn't a place you'd expect to find a "superstar". Its name implies somewhere you'd only really want to step into when it's raining; ...

Beenie Man: Tatchell v Beenie Man: Arrest This Development

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, September 2004

LET'S HOPE THAT no friends of the Jamaican dancehall artist Beenie Man have recently reminded him that the only thing worse than being talked about ...

Girls Aloud: How I Became a Girl Aloud

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2004

Caroline Sullivan spends a week in the shoes — the very painful shoes — of the UK's number one girl band ...

Estelle: "The only way I'm going on the cover of FHM is in a body bag"

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, September 2004

Estelle, the loudest new voice in hip-hop, talks to Dave Simpson ...

Manic Street Preachers: Not So Manic Now: Manic Street Preachers

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, October 2004

TOP OF THE POPS audience members are nothing if not versatile. Five minutes ago, on the last Friday evening in September, they were directing their ...

Dave Godin: Champion of Black Music who coined the term "Northern Soul"

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, October 2004

WHEN THE MUSICIANS and singers of the first Motown Revue – the Miracles, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, "Little" Stevie Wonder and Earl Van ...

French Rock'n'roll: What – No Accordion?

Interview by David McKenna, Guardian, The, October 2004

CALL A COMPILATION Le Nouveau Rock'n'roll Français and, even now, you risk sparking associations with the figure most people take to represent the old French ...

One Hit Chunder

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, October 2004

THE ONE AND Only, a hardback celebration of one-hit wonders by Tom Bromley, is a touch too self-satisfied a stocking filler, inviting us, not for ...

The Thrills: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, November 2004

WHEN THE THRILLS first blazed out of Dublin in 2002, there was something sweetly charming about a bunch of naive Irish lads writing eulogies to ...

Alison Krauss and Union Station: Lonely Runs Both Ways

Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, November 2004

THIS IS KRAUSS'S first studio album for three years, though in the meantime she's delivered a bestselling live album, won three Grammy awards, and made ...

Gwen Stefani: Love. Angel. Music. Baby. ***

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2004

A GENUINE CHARACTER — which immediately distinguishes her from 90% of other successful pop females — Gwen Stefani has made a solo debut that's as ...

Xmas LPs: Worst Christmas On Record

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, December 2004

THE CHRISTMAS SINGLE is a thing of thudding familiarity - brace yourself again for Jona Lewie to make his annual re-emergence, bludgeoning you like a ...

Dimebag Darrell, Pantera: Just a Good Ol' Boy: Dimebag Darrell

Obituary by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, December 2004

Former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was murdered on stage by a lone gunman last week. Edward Helmore celebrates the life of the influential and charismatic ...

Hanson: Boys To Men

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, January 2005

Hanson want to be taken seriously as an alt-rock band. But will anyone forgive their teeny-bop past? By Caroline Sullivan ...

Plush: 12 Bar, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, January 2005

PLUSH'S LIAM HAYES isn't a man who does things easily. He released his first single in 1994, his first woozy LP in 1998, and didn't ...

Low: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, February 2005

FOR THE DEVOTED fan, watching Low rock out must be like watching Bob Dylan switch on the amplifiers at the Manchester Free Trade Hall. ...

Hunter S Thompson: Rock of Rages

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, February 2005

FOLLOWING HUNTER S THOMPSON'S suicide, many obituarists, looking for a representative snippet of the Doctor's bug-eyed vitriol, served up the following trenchant assessment of the ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road: Where Magic Was Made

Profile by Paul Trynka, Guardian, The, March 2005

Paul Trynka looks back at the relationship between the biggest band of all time and the studio that helped them create their sound ...

INXS Need You Tonight

Report by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, March 2005

IT'S NOT THE sort of job that often gets advertised. Michael Hutchence, notwithstanding his bizarre death, aged 37, in 1997, generally looked like he was ...

Nas: Hip-Hop Violence: Pop Goes The Weasel

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 2005

FOR THE RECORD: guns don't go bang but pop, a noise a lot like a jumbo bottle of champagne being opened. As this was a ...

Laura Nyro: Lady Lightning: Laura Nyro

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, April 2005

"EXPERIENCED A catastrophe so profound that its effects would never quite fade" (Laura Nyro) ...

Mötley Crüe's Titty-Cam

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, May 2005

I HAVE JUST SPENT two weeks on the road with Mötley Crüe. Our sweep through Canada and the US Midwest took in Edmonton, Des Moines, ...

Moloko, Roisin Murphy: Roisin Murphy: Her Time Is Now

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2005

When Moloko split up, Roisin Murphy found herself without a band, a plan or a partner. She tells Caroline Sullivan how half an hour of ...

The Tube: Sound Of The Underground

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, May 2005

THE RELEASE OF the first series of The Tube on DVD is a chance to give kudos to a groundbreaking programme that naively but bravely ...

Live8: Just Another Gig – With Added Feelgood Factor

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2005

NEARLY EVERY A-lister worth the name is doing their bit, making Live8 the first truly all-star charity show since Live Aid. Madonna! U2! Coldplay! You ...

Tanita Tikaram: "I Was An Odd Kid"

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2005

SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO, during her first flush of success as a precocious young songwriter, Tanita Tikaram was lampooned by 'Smash Hits'. Under a photo of ...

Chip Taylor: Lock 17, London ****

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, July 2005

EVEN BEFORE he met Carrie Rodriguez, Chip Taylor's life had the authentic ring of fiction about it. ...

Kanye West: Natural Born Show-off: Kanye West

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, August 2005

PRESS PLAYBACKS tend to be uncomfortable affairs. A record label, eager to unveil its latest prestige release but terrified of a stray copy leaking on ...

Goldfrapp: Supernature

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, August 2005

LAST WEEK, Gyles Brandreth gave an entertaining account of his first attempt to become a Conservative MP. Fresh out of university and bursting with his ...

Arctic Monkeys: Fast and Furious: Arctic Monkeys

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, September 2005

IT'S A RADIANT late September day outside a recording studio in rural Lincolnshire. Summer is still clinging on by its fingertips, a lawnmower purrs in ...

Sun Ra: Space Is The Place

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, October 2005

"FUCK THE GHETTO! Look to space!" That, according to Wayne Kramer of MC5, in a nutshell was the message of Sun Ra, as conveyed over ...

4AD: For The Records

Profile by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, November 2005

YOU'D IMAGINE THE minimal and portentous name 4AD, with its arcane, spiritual overtones (4AD is the year many historians believe Christ was actually born), to ...

John Lennon: Lennon Online

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2005

When You Can't Really Function You're So Full Of Fear, A Digital Downloader Is Something To Be ...

Marvin Gaye: Seaside Healing

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, November 2005

IN SPRING 1981, in an act akin to James Brown relocating to Hull, a 42-year-old cash-strapped Marvin Gaye took the Southampton ferry to the Belgian ...

Arctic Monkeys: Whatever They Say They Are, That's What They Are

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, January 2006

EARLIER THIS week, the Times dealt the Arctic Monkeys the backhanded compliment of labelling them "spotty poets". It's the "poets" that concerns us here. ...

Johnny Cash: Cash Upfront

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, January 2006

WALK THE LINE, James Mangold's cinematic telling of the early life of Johnny Cash, takes its title from one of its subject's best-known songs. ...

Serge Gainsbourg: What A Drag

Comment by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, April 2006

THROUGHOUT MY CAREER as a music journalist, I've often found myself sharing the same orbit as some of the more maladjusted talents of the late ...

The Futureheads: Grump Up The Volume

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, May 2006

The Futureheads have grown up and discovered how to write "classic tunes". But don't expect any airs and graces, says Jude Rogers ...

Scritti Politti: Hearts and Flowers: Scritti Politti

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, May 2006

It's seven years since Green from Scritti Politti released an album – time spent boozing away in self-doubt. So what brought him back to his ...

Matthew Herbert: Fuelled By Outrage

Interview by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, May 2006

"CHECK THESE OUT," says Matthew Herbert aka Dr Rockit, Radio Boy, modern-day big-band leader, seductive deep-house purveyor, moments after answering the door to his studio-cum-pad ...

The Dixie Chicks: Dixie Chicks: 'We Had A Song At No 1. The Next Day It Was At No 70'

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2006

NATALIE MAINES has a little cluster of black teardrops tattooed on her lower leg, trickling from her ankle down to her foot. Dixie Chicks' poised ...

Don't Mention The War – Unless You're Over 50

Comment by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, June 2006

NEIL YOUNG'S latest album, Living With War, was supposed to be more than a collection of protest songs. To optimistic critics of the occupation of ...

Brian Eno: The Big Chill

Essay by Michel Faber, Guardian, The, July 2006

GLEAMING METAL DOORS slide open noiselessly at the touch of a button, and I step into the secret subterranean studio of Brian Eno. The atmosphere ...

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: Syd Barrett: Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Obituary by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, July 2006

Syd Barrett, the most famous recluse in rock, is dead. It would be easy to mourn the founder of Pink Floyd as a casualty of ...

Pet Shop Boys: Jewel in the Crown: Pet Shop Boys

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2006

ON A BALMY summer's evening, the grounds of the Tower of London shudder to the art-disco thunder of the Pet Shop Boys' 1988 hit 'Left ...

New York Dolls: The New York Dolls: 'Before Us, There Was Nothing'

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, July 2006

Punk pioneers the New York Dolls imploded in a haze of heroin three decades ago. Now they're back – and this time, finds Ian Gittins, ...

The Costa del Sol: Elvis Has Left The Cantina

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2006

ELVIS PRESLEY is having a grand time. He is cuddling up to tipsy girls and giving them individual verses of 'Return to Sender' as they ...

Christina Aguilera: Koko, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2006

MAKING AN ENTRANCE worthy of Kylie, Christina Aguilera looks stunning. Having reined in her penchant for leather and cleavage and adopted a look inspired by ...

Peaches: Filth and Fury

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2006

For Peaches, the famously X-rated rapper, the personal has just got political. Caroline Sullivan hears about her beef with Bush ...

Michael Franti: "The troops thought: this guy's got balls"

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2006

IT'S ALL VERY well to sing anti-war songs in California — but in Baghdad? To American soldiers? Michael Franti tells Dorian Lynskey why he took ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee 1945-2006

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, August 2006

Flower-power myth maker who captured the dark side of the summer of love ...

Timbaland: "I'm up here. Everyone else is down there."

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, August 2006

TIM "TIMBALAND" Mosley, the most in-demand music producer in the world, is tired. But the task of staying awake is made easier because, right now, ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando: 'I Can't Completely Let Go Of Drugs – And I Don't Want To'

Interview by Mat Snow, Guardian, The, August 2006

He was the golden boy of grunge, and then he threw it all away. Evan Dando tells Mat Snow why he wants to make a ...

Ice Cube: Respectability? It Can Wait

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, August 2006

He went from gangsta notoriety to Hollywood stardom. Now Ice Cube has returned to the studio – to show today's rappers where they've gone wrong. ...

Fergie Admits Drugs Shame!

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2006

THE THREE GIRLS on the south London station platform couldn't have been more than 13, and as they waited for the train, they were singing, ...

Patti Smith: The Lady's For Returning

Interview by Mark Paytress, Guardian, The, September 2006

PATTI SMITH knows a thing or two about rock'n'roll heroes. Emerging in a blaze of controversy with her epochal 1975 debut album, Horses, she wrapped ...

The Killers: Empress Ballroom, Blackpool ****

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, September 2006

YOU CAN ALMOST imagine the delight when some bright spark suggested the Killers launch their big comeback in the "Vegas of the North", and the ...

Amy Winehouse: Bloomsbury Ballroom, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2006

WHILE AMY Winehouse has been off making the follow-up to her 2003 Mercury-nominated debut album, Frank, her role as the new kid on the block ...

Stockholm Syndrome

Report and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, September 2006

SWEDEN'S INDIE BANDS are invading the UK, armed only with talent, style, ambition and government grants. Time to surrender, says Jude Rogers ...

Rehab: The Funky Check-In

Report by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, September 2006

What do Pete Doherty, Justin Hawkins and Keane's Tom Chaplin have in common? All have been in rehab recently, some for the first time. But ...

Sting: LSO St Luke's, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, October 2006

STING'S LATEST artistic venture, despite being pregnant with pratfall potential, is a remarkable triumph. ...

Psychic TV: Body Politics

Interview by Mark Paytress, Guardian, The, October 2006

WHEN PSYCHIC TV's Genesis P-Orridge walks out on stage at the Astoria this evening, on a rare visit to London, those who've followed the career ...

Ghostface Killah: Coronet, London ***

Live Review by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, October 2006

"IF YOU listen to my lyrics, you'll know I'm a soul baby," confesses Dennis Coles midway through a typically eccentric set. "And you've got to ...

The Killers: Saints of Sin City: The Killers

Interview by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, October 2006

OVER THE COURSE of 50 years, we have borne witness to the on-going development of popular music, and many diverse faiths and cultures from all ...

Gwen Stefani: The Sweet Escape (Polydor) ****

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 2006

THE NO DOUBT SINGER'S solo output should be the blueprint for any aspiring pop star who doesn't want to sacrifice credibility for the sake of ...

Dion:

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, December 2006

IT'S TEN O'CLOCK on a muggy Florida morning and Dion is ready to talk. He'll talk all day, about his lifelong love of the blues, ...

Nas: Why The Grammys Have Ditched Rap

Comment by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, December 2006

RAP MUSIC, and the commotion, fur and bling that often accompanies its biggest stars, will be noticeably absent from the Grammy awards in Los Angeles ...

Ahmet Ertegun

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Richard Williams, Guardian, The, December 2006

A mogul who nurtured the careers of stars such as Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield ...

How To Beat The Difficult Second Album Syndrome

Comment by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, January 2007

SOPHOMORE SLUMP Or Comeback Of The Year? asked Fall Out Boy in a brilliantly prescient track on their 2005 album From Under the Cork Tree, ...

David Byrne: Imelda – The Nightclub Years

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, January 2007

DAVID BYRNE KEEPS a small black diary on his bookcase, with 'DB – Idears' written on the spine in gold ink. Without rifling through its ...

Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen: Bruce Blew My Cover: Pete Seeger

Report and Interview by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, February 2007

ON THE FIRST Friday of the month, in fine weather and sometimes foul, you will find Pete Seeger, the folk-singing legend and pioneering environmentalist, in ...

Bloc Party: A Weekend in the City

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, February 2007

BLOC PARTY'S second album begins like an episode of Panorama, full of frowning portent and ambition to say something about The State of Britain Today. ...

Pentangle: Britain's Grateful Dead

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, Guardian, The, March 2007

Folk pioneers Pentangle recently played together for the first time in 30 years. This is the perfect time for them to reform for good, says ...

Justin Timberlake: Arena, Sheffield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, April 2007

LATELY, pop has been dominated by guerrilla gigs and scruffily clad bands — but no one told Justin Timberlake. ...

William Orbit: 'People Will See My Heart And Soul'

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, May 2007

POP MUSIC has been good to William Orbit. Two decades at the top of his game as one of dance music's leading producers and remixers ...

Roky Erickson: The Man Who Went Too High: Roky Erickson

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2007

THE MOST IMPROBABLE of rock comebacks began on the night of March 19, 2005 at an Austin, Texas restaurant called Threadgill's. Every year, the eatery ...

John Cale, LCD Soundsystem: John Cale meets LCD Soundsystem

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2007

They are both stars of New York's music scene - pioneers of the coolest pop, separated by 30 years. James Murphy and John Cale get ...

Swamp Dogg Bites Back

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, June 2007

"WHEN I FELT like I needed profanity, I used profanity," Swamp Dogg begins. And as he cheerfully swears his way through his 50 years in ...

Ornette Coleman

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, June 2007

THIS AFTERNOON I will meet Ornette Coleman, the world's greatest living jazz musician. Coleman is an iconoclast's iconoclast, Lou Reed's hero, a saxophonist who plays ...

Al Green: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, June 2007

AL GREEN IS the last of the American southern soul giants of the 1960s and 70s, a survivor where Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Sam ...

Kanye West: Graduation (Def Jam/Mercury) ****

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, September 2007

WHATEVER YOU THINK of Kanye West — genius, prat, prattish genius — chances are he has thought it first. ...

Scissor Sisters, Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie to Ana Matronic: 'I Get The Voodoo Thing. My Dad Milked Snakes'

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2007

Scissor Sister Ana Matronic idolises Siouxsie – so we brought the two together to discuss punks, parents and the male ego. By Caroline Sullivan ...

Erasure: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2007

THE UK TOUR that ended with this Albert Hall show saw Erasure touch down in Preston and Grimsby – towns at the bottom of most ...

Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt: Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt

Retrospective and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, October 2007

"I COULD HARDLY recognise him at first," says Kevin Ayers. "But there, under that great beard, was Robert and he hadn't changed a bit." The ...

Mötley Crüe: Ban this Sixx filth!

Report by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, October 2007

Thought Mötley Crüe's biog The Dirt was the ultimate rock read? Pah! Ian Gittins helped bassist Nikki Sixx write his gruesome journals. Those of a ...

Super Furry Animals: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2007

THERE IS A theory tumbling around that the Super Furry Animals are the Welsh Beatles. ...

Maroon 5: The Band They Hate To Love

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, November 2007

They've sold 2m albums in the UK, 10m in the US. But they can't get a good review. Angus Batey goes backstage with Maroon 5, ...

Amy Winehouse: Carling Academy, Newcastle

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, November 2007

FORTY-FIVE MINUTES after Amy Winehouse is due on stage, there is still no sign of the singer, which offers an opportunity to ponder the latest ...

British Sea Power: Rock Needs To Get Back To Nature

Comment by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, November 2007

Cities have been done to death. More rock bands should take inspiration from countryside, mountains and rivers - like British Sea Power ...

Adele: Move Over, Amy…

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2007

... and Lily, and Kate: there's a new star in town. Adele Adkins is only 19, but her voice has bewitched everyone from Jools Holland ...

George Pringle: The Social, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2007

"JUST WAIT till my husband gets out of prison," sulks the skinny girl, poking a pinky into her mound of frothed hair. The audience titter ...

CSS: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 2007

CANSEI DE Ser Sexy (as they initially were until they gave in to the English-speaking world's lack of enthusiasm for other tongues) have already grasped ...

Sia: King's College, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 2007

A GOOD HALF-DOZEN VOCALISTS have passed through the career-development lab that is Zero 7 (the dance act also known as producers of soft-furnishings pop to ...

Adele, Duffy, Laura Marling: Adele, Duffy et al: This Year's Vintage

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, January 2008

Caroline Sullivan on 2008's big female voices ...

Goldfrapp: Manure Rather Than Manicure

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, January 2008

After past glam excesses, Goldfrapp are turning to nature for inspiration. Jude Rogers heads for their country retreat and hears why they are English eccentrics ...

Laura Marling: 'My songs are not pretty'

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, February 2008

IN A RECENT POSTING on a music website, one of Laura Marling's growing army of fans described her output as "pretty folk songs about boys". ...

Fleet Foxes: America's Next Great Band

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, February 2008

HOMETOWN: Xachua'Bsh, Washington.THE LINEUP: Robin Pecknold, Nicholas Peterson, Skyler Skjelset, Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott. ...

MGMT: "We want to scare the squares"

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, February 2008

MGMT make "future '70s" music, want to be produced by Barack Obama and have played gigs as giant snowmen. Confused? You should be, says Dave ...

Buddy Miles 1947-2008

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, February 2008

Rock drummer who graced the stage with Hendrix in his heyday ...

MGMT: Oracular Spectacular (Sony BMG)

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, March 2008

THIS IS THE first great pop record of the year, a fizzing cherry-bomb that sparkles with energy, ideas and a huge love for music in ...

Jack White, The Raconteurs: Jacks White: Is Jack White Trying To Kill Music Journalism?

Comment by David Bennun, Guardian, The, March 2008

The new Raconteurs album is to be released without pre-publicity. Is this a gesture of fairness to the fans, or an attempt to silence the ...

Terry Callier: The Jazz Cafe, London

Live Review by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, March 2008

ABOUT 40 MINUTES into this riveting performance, Terry Callier cuts to the chase. "We've talked about so much stuff now," he says with a shrug, ...

The Black Keys: Attack and Release

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, March 2008

IN THE SHADOW cast by the mighty White Stripes, blues-rock often lumbers between despair and excess. ...

Portishead: Third

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, April 2008

PORTISHEAD'S THIRD album is initially more a record to admire than to love, its muscular synthesisers, drum breaks and abrupt endings keeping the tension high.  ...

The Roots: It's Like A Jungle Sometimes...

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, April 2008

They are a hip-hop purist's dream, constantly touring and constantly praised. But behind the scenes, the Roots have a fight on their hands. Angus Batey ...

Rain Parade: Remembering the Rain Parade

Retrospective by Alan McGee, Guardian, The, May 2008

JUST RECENTLY I've been taken back to the Paisley Underground scene of the early '80s and a band whose music still speaks to me today. ...

Girls Aloud: Brighton Centre ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2008

GIRLS ALOUD long ago ceased to be a guilty pleasure, and are now just a pleasure. It defies the laws of reality TV that they're ...

Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, May 2008

HEARTBREAK OFTEN buckles sad records, turning sentimental confessions into whiny navel-gazing exercises. So thank heaven for Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who avoids this problem beautifully. ...

Rihanna: Sweetness and Steel: Rihanna

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, May 2008

ON A HOT spring day, inside a large, airy studio in the town of Castaic, California, a group of men and women are watching paint ...

Spiritualized: Take Aurally

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, May 2008

Jason Pierce of Spiritualized gives Ian Gittins his perfect pop prescription ...

Kiss: Overblown, Overpaid And Over Here

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2008

For the headliners of Download heavy metal festival, there are millions to be made, fans to ogle (and sometimes sleep with), and platform boots to ...

Dirty Pretty Things: Astoria, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, May 2008

EVER SINCE THE Libertines split in 2004, Carl Barât has been regarded as the more responsible of their two co-vocalists. ...

Bo Diddley

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, June 2008

American pioneer of rock'n'roll who influenced the Beatles and the Rolling Stones ...

Coldplay: Why I Hate Coldplay

Essay by Andy Gill, Guardian, The, June 2008

Pompous, mawkish, and unbearably smug, Coldplay have conquered the charts with the sonic equivalent of wilted spinach, argues Andy Gill. And in the process, they've ...

Ne-Yo: 'Do I Have To Sell My Soul?'

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, July 2008

He's an R&B singer, and songwriter to the stars. But when the music stops, Ne-Yo vanishes from the spotlight. He tells Angus Batey why that's ...

Duffy: Somerset House, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2008

The biggest-selling artist in Britain this year? That would be Wales' Aimee Duffy, sales of whose Rockferry album passed the million mark a few weeks ...

Katy Perry: On Music: Katy Perry — Voice of No Angel

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2008

IT'S BEEN quite a week for sex, music and me. Take last weekend. There I was at the Big Chill festival, hot-browed and clammy-palmed, watching ...

Keane: On Music: Keane – A Successful Turnaround

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, September 2008

Keane are no longer soundtrack material for middle-class tantrums. They now have the sound of a band turning their frowns upside down ...

Katy Perry: Water Rats, London **

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, September 2008

KATY PERRY has found the best way to ensure her debut UK gig is a sellout. Although she has had the No. 1 single for ...

Pink Floyd: Richard Wright

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, September 2008

Keyboard player and founder member of Pink Floyd ...

Russell Simmons: The Hustler

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, September 2008

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons helped Run DMC, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys make it big. But is his greatest talent self-promotion? Angus Batey meets ...

Katy Perry: One Of The Boys ** (Capitol)

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, September 2008

IS THERE NOTHING lipstick lesbianism can't do for a 23-year-old former gospel singer? ...

Mercury Rev: Snowflake Midnight

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, September 2008

TEN YEARS after Deserter's Songs became a gorgeous Americana classic, Mercury Rev have made another masterpiece. ...

Natalie Cole: The Unforgettable Ms Cole

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, September 2008

Natalie Cole is the superstar's daughter who became a Black Panther, a cocaine addict – and a huge success in her own right. As she ...

50 Cent: From The Firing Line To The Firing Range

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, October 2008

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is in a strangely revealing mood as he discusses working with De Niro and Pacino, how getting shot harmed his record ...

Kaiser Chiefs: Off With Their Heads

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2008

THIS SUMMER, Mark Ronson brightly told us that Kaiser Chiefs' new album, their third in four years and the first on his watch, sounded like ...

Kaiser Chiefs: The Forum, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2008

IN 2005, Kaiser Chiefs squeezed into a pop scene that was fixated on arch art-rockers. Today, the band are a neo-Britpop fixture, seemingly sent to ...

The Temptations: The Band That Took Motown Higher

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, October 2008

FORTY YEARS ago this month, the Temptations released a single that would change the face of Motown. Martin Luther King Jr had been gunned down ...

Herbie Hancock: Herbie Rides Again

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, November 2008

He has enjoyed electro, pop and funk incarnations but, as Herbie Hancock tells Andrew Purcell, it's all about playing one right note ...

Hot Chip: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2008

"WELCOME TO the Hot Chip show," shouts guitarist Al Doyle, as if priming the crowd for a Vegas cabaret act rather than five Londoners whose ...

Fleet Foxes: Why Is Our Radical Folk Heritage Ignored?

Comment by Luke Turner, Guardian, The, November 2008

Modern British music is so in thrall to Americana that our own treasure trove of radical traditional folk is in danger of being forgotten ...

Ryan Adams: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2008

DESPITE WHAT Ryan Adams tells us tonight, it wasn't true that this was the first time he had ever played London "without being chemically challenged". ...

Live Music: Is This The End Of The Road?

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2008

Gigs have been shoring up the ailing music industry – but they're not as popular as they once were. Caroline Sullivan reports on growing anxiety ...

ABC, Heaven 17, The Human League: ABC/Human League/Heaven 17: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, December 2008

THERE ARE QUEUES around the building for the Sheffield groups who brought electro-funk (Heaven 17), orchestral disco (ABC) and synth pop (the Human League) to ...

La Roux, Lady Gaga: Lady Gaga, La Roux: Slaves To Synth

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 2008

The male guitar band is dead. The future is electro, female, DIY – and very in your face. Caroline Sullivan talks to the solo acts ...

Florence and the Machine, Lady Gaga: On Music: Lady GaGa and Florence Welch

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, January 2009

Lady GaGa and Florence Welch have been hailed as the new queens of pop. But why pretend they're anything more than cheap imitations? ...

Franz Ferdinand: Tonight

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, January 2009

ON THEIR eponymous 2004 outing, Franz knew exactly what they wanted to do and they executed it to perfection. They conjured something fresh from Orange ...

Buddy Holly: The Angel with the Devil's Music: Buddy Holly

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, January 2009

Fifty years ago, Buddy Holly's life was sadly cut short. Richard Williams salutes the clean-cut 22-year-old who came to Britain and showed a whole generation ...

How The Fanzine Refused To Die

Report and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, February 2009

Blogs are the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to get your music writing out there — but that hasn't stopped a new generation of writers picking ...

Jacques Brel: Jacques The Lad: Jacques Brel

Retrospective by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, February 2009

FIRST THINGS FIRST. Try to forget that Jacques Brel, the Belgian singer-songwriter, is indirectly responsible for Terry Jacks's 'Seasons in the Sun'. Forget also for ...

The Cramps: Lux Interior

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, February 2009

Co-founder of the Cramps, exponents of trash culture and 'psychobilly' music ...

The Ting Tings: The Day-Glo Duo: The Ting Tings

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2009

"ALL I'VE BEEN thinking about," says Jules De Martino, the male half of the Ting Tings, seated in a swish Manchester restaurant, "is steak and ...

Single Vision: Fierce Panda Records

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, February 2009

THE NEW WAVE OF NEW WAVE was never really much cop. It was an early 1990s music press-concocted punk revival scene based around a handful ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: Grandmaster Flash: All Hands On Deck

Profile and Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, February 2009

They thought he was mad, they spat him off stage, he hit the drugs... But Grandmaster Flash gave 'DJ' a whole new meaning. Andrew Purcell ...

Alan Livingston Obituary

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, March 2009

Alan Wendell Livingston, businessman, born 15 October 1917; died 13 March 2009 ...

Island Records: The Secret Of Its Success

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, March 2009

The legendary label, which celebrates its 50th birthday in May, managed in its heyday to achieve that rare feat: combining commercial success with artistic integrity ...

All Bands on Deck: Pirate Radio and The Boat That Rocked

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, March 2009

FOR A FEW WEEKS last spring, a corner of Shepperton Studios became the nerve centre of the fictional pirate station, Radio Rock. Mounted on a ...

Mastodon: Blood, Sweat and Beards: Mastodon

Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, March 2009

IN THE TWO DECADES and change since Metallica's landmark Master of Puppets album debuted, heavy metal has charted an ascendant course, from derided, marginalised and ...

Brian Eno, David Byrne: The Business is an Exciting Mess: Brian Eno and David Byrne

Interview by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, March 2009

DAVID BYRNE IS sitting outside the ladies parlour, upstairs at the Tampa theatre, one of the most spectacular 1920s movie palaces in the US, in ...

The Bay City Rollers: Tam Paton

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, April 2009

Bay City Rollers manager who was mired in scandal ...

Jeffrey Lewis: The Neurotic from New York: Jeffrey Lewis

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, April 2009

A FEW YEARS AGO, Jeffrey Lewis wrote a song called 'Sal's Pizza Has Sold Out To The Yuppie Scum', complaining about the rising cost of ...

Girls Aloud: Sheffield Arena ***

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, April 2009

THE RECESSION does not appear to be affecting Girls Aloud, whose entrance involves pyrotechnics, hydraulic platforms and the whipping-off of glittering white ballgowns to reveal ...

The Clean: Nuns at the Altar of Rock: Flying Nun Records

Retrospective and Interview by Martin Aston, Guardian, The, May 2009

"THERE'S SOMETHING about the antipodes that irritates Britain," reckons Martin Phillipps, on the phone from Dunedin on New Zealand's South Island. Almost 25 years ago, ...

Jackie DeShannon: Return Of The Starry-Eyed Girl

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, May 2009

IT'S LUNCHTIME at Claridge's, and a glamorous blonde in sparkling stilettos shimmers out of the lift. No one bats an eyelid, but then she starts ...

Robyn, Röyksopp: "There's This Idea That You're An Oddball, Far Up At The Top Of The World"

Profile and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2009

Love songs to robots, cement-mixer music, trios with houses on their shoulders… No wonder Scandinavian artists get noticed. Jude Rogers kicks off our Scandipop special ...

Faith No More at The Brixton Academy

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2009

FAITH NO MORE's first gig in 11 years starts on a promisingly high note. A keyboard tinkles a lullaby melody, a spotlight picks out singer ...

Why "Disco sucks!" sucked

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, June 2009

The "Disco Sucks!" campaign in 1979 had racist and homophobic undertones — and, 30 years on, has proven to be a resolute failure ...

Michael Jackson

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2009

The self-styled King of Pop, whose musical gift was overshadowed by his private life ...

Bruce Springsteen: Why Indie Nerds Love The Boss

Report and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2009

Springsteen, a tweepop hero? ...

Lady Gaga: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, July 2009

THE 23-year-old formerly known as Stefani Germanotta must be pop's most ruthlessly effective self-promoter since Madonna. ...

Spinal Tap: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, July 2009

NO MATTER how witty they may be, few satires or novelty songs repay repeated listening. So how come a packed Wembley is rocking to the ...

Shakira: On Music: Shakira – The She Wolf Bites

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, July 2009

Shakira's howling alter ego is properly, wonderfully strange, going back to the old rules of pop star alternate personas ...

Sugababes: 'We Took Our Eye Off The Ball'

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2009

After a brush with self-doubt, the Sugababes are back on form. Keisha Buchanan, Amelle Berrabah and Heidi Range talk about their new album, Get Sexy ...

U2: Ego Warriors: U2 Speak Out On Rock-Star Hypocrisy

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2009

Over the years, U2 have taken many a kicking. But the band believe they're unjustly maligned for their unique brand of "stadium activism" ...

ZE Records: 'It Was Like A Fairytale'

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, July 2009

The extraordinary story of the trail-blazing New York label that launched Was (Not Was), Kid Creole and Suicide ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Irwin, Guardian, The, July 2009

ALL GUSHING JET-black hair, radiant smiles and shining eyes, Buffy Sainte-Marie looks fabulous. "Do I? Why thank you..." ...

Speech Debelle : Is Speech Debelle Really "Not Black Enough"?

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, July 2009

Speech Debelle seems to be yearning for another vision of blackness, rather than settling for being "urban" and making race redundant ...

Ellie Greenwich, 1940-2009

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, August 2009

NOT LONG AFTER Ellie Greenwich, who has died at the age of 68, met her future husband and songwriting partner Jeff Barry at a Thanksgiving ...

The xx: xx — A Teen Band With A Difference

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2009

The minimalist four-piece band from a Notting Hill garage are equally awed by Pixies and Aaliyah ...

Ellie Greenwich: Remembering Songwriting Legend Ellie Greenwich

Retrospective by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2009

SHE CHANGED the shape of 60s pop by writing some extraordinary songs, including 'Be My Baby' and 'Da Doo Ron Ron' ...

Muse Make Space for the Music

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2009

WHEN IS MUSIC too much? I'm not talking about the torrent of songs that surround us every day – I've argued how we should work ...

Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear: The 10 Myths of Riot Grrrl

Comment by Everett True, Guardian, The, September 2009

YOU READ a lot of stuff about Riot Grrrl, most of which isn't true. Things such as ...  ...

La Roux: 'Of course Lady Gaga's not my thing'

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, September 2009

IT IS MORNING, and 21-year-old Elly Jackson – or La Roux, arguably the biggest new pop star of the year – is on the Eurostar ...

Spandau Ballet's Reunion: Once More With Girdles

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2009

With 10 top 10 hits, Spandau Ballet were the epitome of 80s pop. After much bitterness and a court case, the band are reunited again ...

Nick Drake: Robert Kirby, 1948-2009

Obituary by Colin Irwin, Guardian, The, October 2009

IN HIS FIRST YEAR as a music student at Cambridge University, Robert Kirby sought to join Footlights, the undergraduates' fabled arts and drama club. He ...

Age of Chance's Bangers and Mash-ups

Retrospective and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, October 2009

Sampling, dance-rock, cross-genre cover versions ... Age of Chance did it all 20 years ago, but no one was listening. As their back catalogue goes ...

The Instrumental Touch

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2009

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC is the neglected child of rock and pop — but it's the absence of a human presence that can make it so interesting. ...

Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, Soft Cell, Yazoo: Electro Pop: One Nation Under a Moog

Overview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, October 2009

As new BBC4 documentary Synth Britannia shows, the synthesizer first dehumanised then re-humanised British pop, fulfilled the DIY promise of punk, and changed how bands ...

Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Ultravox: One Nation Under a Moog: How Britain Went Synthpop

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, October 2009

As new BBC4 documentary Synth Britannia shows, the synthesizer first dehumanised then re-humanised British pop, fulfilled the DIY promise of punk, and changed how bands ...

Dizzee Rascal: Roundhouse, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2009

"DIZZEE RASCAL for prime minister, yeah?" As if to emphasise that he is more than just an east London grime MC these days, Rascal ended ...

Robbie Williams: Writing Off Robbie Williams Is Unfair And Premature

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2009

Expectations of immediate success are threatening to strangle Robbie Williams's comeback at birth, even when his single is selling well and the new album is ...

Phoenix: By the Time They Get to… Phoenix

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, October 2009

GROWING UP IN Versailles, an affluent suburb of Paris, the four boys who would eventually form Phoenix bonded over their love of American pop culture. ...

Brendan Mullen Obituary

Obituary by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, November 2009

Nightclub owner who acted as a catalyst for the LA punk scene ...

Bon Jovi: Alan McGee meets Jon Bon Jovi

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2009

When Creation boss and Oasis mentor Alan McGee confessed his admiration for veteran rocker Jon Bon Jovi on a Guardian blog, we just had to ...

Ellie Goulding: First Sight: Ellie Goulding

Guide by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2009

WHO IS SHE? The 21-year-old future of pop, if you believe the hype. Born in Hereford and brought up in rural Wales, she now makes ...

Journey: Why is Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin'' Back in the Charts?

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2009

The 17th bestselling track in the country is the power ballad 'Don't Stop Believin'' from 1981. How did Journey get so popular? ...

Gil Scott-Heron: I'm New Here

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2009

Rather than treating them like national treasures, let's hope musicians stretch their prejudices about what older artists can do ...

John Mayer: 'You can't make music as a famous person'

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, November 2009

"I BASICALLY VISUALISED a record called Battle Studies as a way to sum up the last two years of my life: what I've learned and ...

Badly Drawn Boy, Goldfrapp, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Rock Stars Storm the Movie Soundtrack World

Overview by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, November 2009

From Goldfrapp to Badly Drawn Boy, from Karen O to Nick Cave, more and more big names are lining up to write music for films. ...

They've Got The X Factor

Profile and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, December 2009

In the last 10 years, The X Factor and its ilk have bucked record-buying trends and breathed new life into a dying industry. We talk ...

Top Of The Noughties Pops

Essay by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, December 2009

Can Bob Stanley listen to every No 1 song from the noughties and escape with his sanity intact? He recalls a musical decade that ranged ...

Simon Reynolds's Notes On The Noughties: Clearing Up The Indie Landfill

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, January 2010

At the start of the noughties, indie was seen as the rubbish dump of contemporary music. But by the end of the decade, it had ...

Vampire Weekend: 'They're Attacking A Version Of Us That Doesn't Exist'

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, January 2010

VAMPIRE WEEKEND are being mobbed in California. By teenage girls. In a skate park normally frequented by crystal meth addicts. What makes this so unexpected ...

So Solid Crew: 'What We're Doing Is Bigger Than Music'

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, January 2010

After a dramatic rise and a messy, destructive fall, So Solid are back. This time they intend to keep the tunes – and the money ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Kate McGarrigle: obituary

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, January 2010

Folk singer and songwriter at the heart of an innovative music-making family ...

Manchester's Music Scene Now Has Everything Everything

Overview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, January 2010

Never mind the Buzzcocks... or Stone Roses, or New Order: Manchester can stop trading on its former glories. Three new bands explain how they are ...

Midlake: 'I Wish I'd Heard Black Sabbath in High School'

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Guardian, The, January 2010

Texas rockers Midlake grew up playing jazz, but fell headlong into a love affair with vintage rock. Here they talk about their latest fixations, and ...

The Low Anthem: The Folk-Rockers Who Sing About Darwin

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, February 2010

"I HOPE PEOPLE don't think we're just relics," says Ben Knox Miller, sincerely, dressed in a jacket fashioned from an old burlap flour sack, and ...

From Mod to Emo: Why Pop Tribes Are Still Making a Scene

Overview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, February 2010

Like-minded music fans have been herding together for half a century — but are die-hard pop tribes now a thing of the past? Do today's ...

BBC 6 Music: The Beauties and the Beast

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, February 2010

Passion, intelligence and wonderful tunes — 6 Music has it all, and found many fans despite its tiny budget. So why on earth is it ...

Air: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, February 2010

WHEN Air first appeared with their 1998 debut album, Moon Safari, the French duo seemed to define the musical zeitgeist. ...

Sparklehorse: Mark Linkous, 1962-2010

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, March 2010

THE AMERICAN singer-songwriter Mark Linkous, who has killed himself aged 47, worked with the Flaming Lips, Daniel Johnston and Danger Mouse, but is best known ...

Joan Jett, Kristin Hersh, Le Tigre, Throwing Muses: What Happened To Angry Female Music Stars?

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, March 2010

Are there any angry women left in rock and pop? Joan Jett, riot grrrl figurehead Kathleen Hanna and others talk about where it went wrong ...

Frank Zappa, Tom Waits: Herb Cohen: Combative label boss and manager of Frank Zappa and Tom Waits

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, April 2010

HERB COHEN, who has died aged 77 of complications from cancer, did not elicit much affection from the artists he managed, but he played a ...

Tinie Tempah: Koko, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, April 2010

THE 21-YEAR-OLD south London grime MC and rapper Tinie Tempah spent two weeks at No. 1 last month with his abrasive single 'Pass Out', and ...

John Grant: Queen of Denmark (Bella Union)

Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, April 2010

JOHN GRANT used to front the Czars, whose failure to translate acclaim into sales no doubt further fuelled his supersized self-loathing. ...

The National: Gloomy … with a Hint of Sunshine

Report and Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, April 2010

IT WAS PAST SIX in the morning, in the bar of Bono's hotel in Dublin. The members of the National and REM were seated around ...

LCD Soundsystem: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, April 2010

HAVING VOWED to disband LCD Soundsystem when he turned 40, James Murphy – who reached that milestone in February – is currently on his (presumably) ...

Pavement Get Back On The Horse

Interview by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, April 2010

Pavement's reunion tour is a gamble in more ways than one — especially for its horse-racing drummer ...

Usher: "The fans want my soul"

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, April 2010

Baring his soul is second nature to R&B superstar Usher, but although he has documented his recent divorce on a new album, he's got to ...

Joanna Newsom: 'Is It Time For A Glass Of Wine?'

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, May 2010

She models for Armani, enjoys a game of baseball and likes to stay out drinking cocktails. Jude Rogers meets Joanna Newsom, the outspoken singer making ...

Grizzly Bear: Freed From Captivity

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, May 2010

Grizzly Bear are the cult indie group that suddenly got rather big. Jude Rogers talks to their frontmen ...

Rage Against the Machine: Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, June 2010

LAST CHRISTMAS a Facebook campaign powered Californian rap-metal veterans Rage Against the Machine to the top of the singles chart, pipping The X Factor victor ...

Frank Sidebottom: Chris Sievey 1955-2010

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, June 2010

Musician, entertainer and alter ego of the cult comedy creation Frank Sidebottom. ...

Grizzly Bear: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, June 2010

NOW IN ITS SECOND YEAR, the Serpentine Sessions festival is the absolute obverse of Glastonbury's sprawling eclecticism. With audience numbers capped firmly at 3,000, this ...

Lady Gaga and the New World Order

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2010

Lady Gaga's music videos are undoubtedly elaborate — but is there any truth to one blogger's claims that they are loaded with occult references and ...

The Black Keys: 'It's ridiculous to say that we play the blues'

Report and Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, July 2010

FOR EIGHT MONTHS NOW, since the end of a relationship, the Black Keys drummer Pat Carney has been living in New York's Lower East Side. ...

Sugar Minott

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, July 2010

Prolific Jamaican musician who was a pioneer of dancehall reggae ...

LCD Soundsystem, The Pixies, The Zombies: Why Your Favourite Band Should Split Up

Overview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2010

From the Pixies to the Zombies, Jude Rogers talks to the bands who chose to burn out, not fade away ...

Janelle Monáe: Sister From Another Planet

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, August 2010

Inspired by sci-fi novels and Afro-futurists, Janelle Monáe is a cyber diva taking R&B into far-out places. Dorian Lynskey meets the most compelling new character ...

The Last Poets: After The Party: Music and the Black Panthers

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, September 2010

ONE DAY LAST DECEMBER, Umar Bin Hassan of the Last Poets attended a gathering in Chicago to commemorate local Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, ...

CeeLo Green: Cee Lo Green: "I'd do a lot more damage if I could"

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, September 2010

There aren't many musicians who would consider releasing an expletive-laden viral hit to be selling out in some way. Angus Batey meets the remarkable pop-soulster ...

John Legend, The Roots: John Legend and the Roots: Hearts, Minds and Soul

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, October 2010

John Legend and the Roots' album of '60s and '70s protest songs is no mere history lesson – it's an open letter to a divided ...

Suede: Suede Brush Up

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2010

Drugs, M.E. and despair sent the poor urchins of Britpop their separate ways in 2003. Now Suede have come roaring back to life. ...

Tony Wilson: A Fitting Headstone For Tony Wilson's Grave

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, October 2010

A memorial headstone for Factory Records founder Tony Wilson has been unveiled in a Manchester cemetery this week. ...

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan: 'I Write the Songs; He's the Eye Candy': Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, October 2010

IT'S THE CONTRASTS between Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, clearly visible from any seat in the Barbican tonight, that you notice first. Campbell, stage left, ...

Shirley Collins/Alasdair Roberts/Trembling Bells: Cecil Sharp House, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2010

IT'S HALLOWEEN weekend in Camden, north London, and ghosts are rising at Cecil Sharp House. ...

Heaven 17, The Human League, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Forgive Us Our Synths – How 80s Pop Found Favour Again

Overview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, November 2010

Ostentatiously intellectual and scornful of rock'n'roll cliche, the likes of OMD and Heaven 17 briefly set 80s pop alight – and now they're back in favour. ...

Daft Punk's robots aren't the only ones rocking the multiplex

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, December 2010

AT THE END of the trailer to forthcoming movie Somewhere, we are given just two pieces of information: 1) that the film was written and ...

Wyclef Jean: "Fans are calling me the new Dylan"

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, December 2010

WHAT SCUPPERED Wyclef Jean's bid to be president of Haiti? Well, it wasn't modesty. On the eve of the election result, the rapper talks death ...

Plan B: 'Strickland Banks may be soul, but it's still real life': Plan B

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, December 2010

THE INTERNATIONAL lingua franca of Christmas TV is fromage and France's leading commercial channel, TF1, is no exception. Having arrived in Paris on a lunchtime ...

Ke$ha: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London ****

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, December 2010

IT'S EASY TO dismiss Ke$ha as a Primark take on Lady Gaga, but such an appraisal disregards the fact that 23-year-old Kesha Sebert this year ...

Drake: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, January 2011

DRAKE was one of 2010's more singular success stories. ...

The White Stripes: Detroit's Rock Heroes Remembered

Retrospective by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, February 2011

THERE WAS AN outpouring of grief this week when the White Stripes announced they were to split. Stevie Chick explains their magic while photographer Ewen ...

Arcade Fire: "It's a lot easier to get smaller"

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, February 2011

WITH A No. 1 album on both sides of the Atlantic, Arcade Fire are on the verge of U2-scale stardom. But, ever the provocateurs, they ...

Lady Antebellum: Grammys 2011: Why can't Lady Antebellum find success in the UK?

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, February 2011

COUNTRY-POP TRIO Lady Antebellum were The King's Speech of last night's Grammys, winning six awards (compared to Firth and Co's seven at the Batfas), including ...

Lady Gaga, Valentino: Lady Gaga's New Gay Anthem

Comment by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, February 2011

Has Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' got what it takes to be a classic gay anthem? Jon Savage on the debt she owes to a ...

Talk Talk: How Talk Talk Spoke To Today's Artists

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, February 2011

IN HIS WEIGHTY 2010 TOME Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music, Rob Young charted a century's worth of musicians who helped define British folk. In ...

Kenny Gamble: "Philadelphia was the party with a tormented soul"

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, March 2011

Philly Soul's sweet sound hid masked warnings about growing chasms in 1970s American society ...

Justin Bieber: NIA, Birmingham

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 2011

JUSTIN BIEBER fans will tell you there are two only kinds of people in the world: "Beliebers" and the rest of us. For those who ...

Katy Perry: Hammersmith Apollo, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 2011

KATY PERRY is strutting across the stage, a giant spray of feathers fanning out from her tiny backside, and she's singing, "I wanna see your ...

Kyuss: Kings of the Stoner Age

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, March 2011

"I DIDN'T THINK THAT at 40 years of age I would still be talking about generator parties," Kyuss frontman John Garcia says with a puzzled ...

Black Eyed Peas, Taio Cruz: Never Mind The Balearics: The Ibiza-ification Of Pop

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, April 2011

From Black Eyed Peas to Taio Cruz, much recent pop looks to Ibiza for inspiration. And yet for all the hands-in-the-air moments, this music is ...

R Kelly: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, April 2011

IT HAS been more than a decade since R Kelly, the self-proclaimed King of R&B, last passed through London – time enough for his original ...

Steve Reich: Musicians, Composers and Artists pay tribute

Interview by Mike Barnes, Guardian, The, May 2011

STEVE REICH is a major influence on today's musicians, artists and film-makers. As the Barbican pays tribute, we ask some of them why – and ...

Wild Beasts: Sex-Obsessed and Scrupulously Polite

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2011

ON A BALMY APRIL MORNING in east London, Hayden Thorpe is remembering the night last September when Wild Beasts failed to win the Mercury Prize ...

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All: Tyler The Creator In The UK: Forget Hip-Hop, We're The New Sex Pistols!

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, May 2011

Tyler the Creator touches down to talk goblins, chillwave and the trouble with saying stupid stuff ...

White Denim: Between Indie Rock and a Hard Place

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, May 2011

"WE'VE TALKED ABOUT starting another band and just writing really straightforward, boring pop songs," says White Denim bassist Steve Terebecki, sitting in a London bar. ...

Kaiser Chiefs... but Under Your Control

Profile and Interview by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, June 2011

Burned by past leaks, Kaiser Chiefs release their new album today after exactly zero buildup – and it might well be the world's first bespoke ...

Arctic Monkeys Make The Fastest-selling Debut Ever

Report by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2011

23 January 2006: Number 48 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of indie music ...

Bad Brains, Minor Threat: Ian Mackaye meets Bad Brains and invents hardcore

Retrospective by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, June 2011

NO MERE THREE-CHORD punk dullards, Washington DC's Bad Brains had chops to spare. They'd started as jazz-fusion quintet Mind Power, worshipping at the altar of ...

The Horrors: Academy 3, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, June 2011

THE HORRORS are true pop chameleons. ...

Hip-Hop and Festivals: An Awkward Relationship

Comment by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, June 2011

When they get it right, rappers can rival stadium rock acts. But a mere gust of wind can expose how few MCs can hack festivals ...

Prince: "I'm a musician. And I am music"

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2011

RINGTONES ARE EVIL. Islamic countries are fun. The internet is like "a carjacking", where there are no boundaries. Prince on being pop's "loving tyrant" ...

Mowest, Mo' Problems: The Glorious Failure Of Motown's Californian Outpost

Profile by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, June 2011

In 1971 Motown set up a Californian arm, Mowest. As a new compilation shows, it put out some terrific music, but it was a commercial ...

The Great Rock'n'Roll Sellout

Report by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2011

Gone are the days when bands would be scorned for getting into bed with corporate sponsors and brands, so what ever happened to "selling out"? ...

Amy Winehouse

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2011

Singer with a soul-steeped voice whose instantly successful Back to Black album reflected her tormented experience of love ...

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana: Ten Myths About Grunge, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain

Guide by Everett True, Guardian, The, August 2011

KURT COBAIN loved Abba, wasn't from Seattle and didn't invent grunge. Everett True, the man who pushed the singer's wheelchair on stage for his last ...

Tony Bennett: Palladium, London *****

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2011

THIS IS HOW to do it. At 85, Tony Bennett scampers on to the Palladium stage in a perfectly pressed suit, a folded red hankie ...

Frankie Knuckles: The House That Frankie Knuckles Built

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, October 2011

Frankie Knuckles is back, minus a foot but loaded with plaudits including a street named after him in Chicago ...

Lou Reed, Metallica: "It has so much rage": Metallica And Lou Reed Talk About Their New Album

Interview by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, October 2011

It's a collaboration that has prompted much head-scratching, but Lou Reed and Metallica tell Edward Helmore that teaming up to make their new album was a ...

Florence and the Machine: Hackney Empire, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2011

PARENTS WHO worry that their teenage daughters have few pop role models other than the intemperately sexual Rihannas of the world should be pleased that ...

Lana Del Rey: Scala, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2011

LANA DEL REY may become the most recognised stage name since fellow New Yorker Lady Gaga, but it's just as possible it will end up ...

Jill Scott: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 2011

"I HAD AN album out this year," Jill Scott informs a chokingly full Brixton Academy. The congratulatory bellows have hardly faded before she tartly adds: ...

One Direction: Hammersmith Apollo, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, January 2012

"SCREW BIEBER FEVER," tweeted a fan on the afternoon of this boy band's first London headline gig, "I've got a One Direction infection." ...

Plaid: Koko, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, January 2012

IT'S 2AM on Sunday morning in this club night, but Plaid are here to move minds, not feet. ...

Indie Rock's Slow and Painful Death

Report by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, January 2012

Sales figures suggest alternative rock is in a dismal place right now. Will it ever recover? And should we care? ...

Snow Patrol: The O2, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2012

WHEN SNOW PATROL released Fallen Empires, the 2011 album that comprises a substantial part of this gig, singer Gary Lightbody revealed that the new record ...

Whitney Houston

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2012

Superstar singer credited as the first 'pop diva', whose compelling talent was lost to drug addiction ...

Greil Marcus: A Life In Writing

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, February 2012

GREIL MARCUS lives in a newly built, cedar-shingled house on the border between Oakland and Berkeley. ...

Sinead O'Connor: Sinéad O'Connor: "I define success differently"

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, March 2012

From her public search for a husband to attempted suicide and hospitalisation, the Irish singer has had a turbulent year even by her own standards. ...

Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd: Alabama Shakes: The Saga of Southern Rock

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, April 2012

IT WAS ONLY a matter of time before BBC4 green-lit a Friday night documentary about the sub-genre Southern Rock. The subject is irresistible to connoisseurs ...

Alt-J: New Band of the Day: Alt-J

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, May 2012

This Cambridge four-piece not only write clever music and boast more references than a jobs agency, they've also set tongues wagging with their rapturously received ...

Doc Watson, 1923-2012

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, May 2012

FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS, Doc Watson, who has died aged 89, was the most illustrious name in traditional American folk music. A superb, original guitarist ...

The Stone Roses: Hultsfred festival, Sweden

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2012

SO THIS is the Third Coming. Their first was at the much-mythologised tail-end of the 80s, when indie and dance music swaggered together, and the ...

Van Dyke Parks: Return of a Musical Maverick

Profile by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, June 2012

AS THE SMALL, white-haired, bespectacled man in a sleeveless cardigan took his seat a few rows from the front of the stalls in London's Royal ...

Chic, Friendly Fires, Grace Jones, Kelis, Lana Del Rey: Kelis, Grace Jones, Lana Del Rey, Chic, Friendly Fires et al: Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2012

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Deadmau5, Skrillex: EDM: How Rave Music Conquered America

Profile by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, August 2012

After 20 years, electronic dance music has made it big in the US. And big means big. With Las Vegas's Electric Daisy Carnival grossing $40m, ...

Andy Williams

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, September 2012

Popular crooner who sold more than 100m albums in a career that spanned eight decades ...

Cheryl Cole: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, October 2012

A RECENT bit of rebranding has seen Cheryl Cole styling herself as just "Cheryl", the inference being that she's reached a level of fame where ...

10cc: "It was a tragedy we didn't stay together"

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, November 2012

They made some of the cleverest and most inventive music of the 70s, but split up at the height of their success. 10cc come together ...

Bobby Womack: Forum, London

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, November 2012

YOU WAIT YEARS for a Bobby Womack show, and two turn up at once. Unfortunately, that is not as good as it sounds. The 68-year-old ...

Ash at King's College, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2013

ASH HAVE BEEN rock stars for 12 years and four albums, yet, as singer Tim Wheeler has noted, they're still younger than some of the ...

Kendrick Lamar: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, January 2013

ON A snowy night in London, Compton seems as distant as Mars. Twenty-five years ago the Los Angeles suburb was the epicentre of a hip-hop ...

Jay Z, Justin Timberlake: Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London *****

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2013

HAS LONDON ever had a more dystopian venue than the Olympic Park? Compared to Wireless's old home of Hyde Park this partially astroturfed gravel car ...

One Direction: Stadium Of Light, Sunderland ***

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, May 2014

There may be yet more trouble ahead but it will clearly take more than a whiff of controversy to blunt 1D's appeal ...

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