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Independent, The

The Independent, launched in 1986, is a British national morning newspaper.

Fairport Convention and Copredy

Report and Interview by Martin Aston, Independent, The, August 1989

IN 1979, AFTER Punk's arrival had squeezed out the last drop of resistance, Fairport Convention's farewell concert in their adopted Oxfordshire village of Cropredy was ...

The KLF

Profile and Interview by Martin Aston, Independent, The, February 1990

IT WAS the poster claiming The KLF were to play live at a DJ convention in Amsterdam rather than – as they thought – just ...

By the Time I Got Back to Woodstock

Essay by Steve Turner, Independent, The, August 1990

TO SALLY GROSSMAN, the living room of her Bearsville home near Woodstock in New York State is nothing extraordinary. It has an old fireplace, some ...

John Lennon: Some Time in New York City: John Lennon’s Manhattan

Essay by Steve Turner, Independent, The, August 1990

"I should have been born in New York," John Lennon once said. "I should have been born in the Village. That’s where I belong. Everybody ...

The Doors: Take out a Subscription to the Resurrection: Jim Morrison

Retrospective by Steve Turner, Independent, The, March 1991

PÈRE-LACHAISE CEMETERY is bizarre enough in itself – 100,000 sepulchres crowded into a busy Paris suburb and rolling down hillsides like an invading army from ...

Van Morrison’s Belfast

Essay by Steve Turner, Independent, The, March 1991

Does the lady with the glasses and the grey-flecked hair in the electrical store on the corner of Hyndford Street in east Belfast remember Van ...

Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven, Paved with Gold: Led Zeppelin’s Snowdonia

Essay by Steve Turner, Independent, The, April 1991

It was a marriage of electric bombast and Celtic mythology; of bone-shaking riffs and ethereal thoughts. Led Zeppelin’s riffs came from guitarist Jimmy Page via ...

Elvis Presley's Memphis

Guide by Steve Turner, Independent, The, April 1991

Thousands of worshippers still flock to Memphis, birthplace of Elvis. They should bypass Graceland. Rock first rolled here. ...

U2: The Irishness on the Inside of Bono and U2

Essay by Steve Turner, Independent, The, April 1991

There is a shop off Dublin’s O’Connell Street called Bonavox Hearing Aids. It has a neat window display featuring bean-sized aids in velvet presentation boxes ...

David Bowie: The Great Escape of the Thin White Duke: David Bowie in Berlin

Essay by Steve Turner, Independent, The, May 1991

IN 1976 THE WORD was out that David Bowie was slumming it in Berlin. Rejecting the life of a rock and roll star, which was ...

Donald Fagen: Reeling In The Years

Interview by Rob Steen, Independent, The, November 1991

NOT BEFORE time, the man who did it again is doing it again. But, after nine years of soundtrack credits and precious little else, muffled ...

The Bhundu Boys Take Up Whistle-Blowing

Interview by Len Brown, Independent, The, November 1991

David Mankaba, of Africa's best-known band, decided to tell the whole continent he was dying of AIDS. It was his challenge to ignorance and apathy, ...

The Eagles, Glenn Frey: Glenn Frey: Life After The Eagles

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Independent, The, July 1992

GLENN FREY's just-released Strange Weather has all the guitar interplay, sheer whimsy and wry lyrical content you'd expect from the man who helped to write ...

Laura Nyro: The Unsung Blues

Profile and Interview by Rob Steen, Independent, The, 1993

MY WIFE KEPT REMINDING ME: "Whatever you do, don't mention you named our daughter after her." Too creepy. What about the dispassionate dignity of the ...

Leonard Cohen: When the Cohen Gets Tough: Leonard Cohen, the Existential Serenader, Is Still Glad to Be Glum

Live Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, May 1993

Leonard Cohen: Royal Albert Hall, London ...

Donald Fagen: Kamakiriad

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, May 1993

ELEVEN years between albums is excessive, even by living-legend standards. For some pop performers, that's time enough to get discovered, be the next big thing, ...

Sonic Youth: Forever Young: Sonic Youth

Interview by Martin Aston, Independent, The, 1994

IN 1991, WHEN Geffen Records signed the New York quartet Sonic Youth, the label couldn't have envisaged the band delivering two accessible albums by its ...

Captain Beefheart: the Artist

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, August 1994

DON VAN VLIET lives in the small and beautifully named town of Trinidad in Northern California, up by the Oregon border, 135 ft from the ...

Baby Bird, The High Llamas, Sparklehorse, Tindersticks: Tindersticks/Baby Bird/High Llamas/Sparklehorse: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, 1995

IT'S RARE enough these days that you find two decent bands on the same bill, let alone four. So hats off to the New Musical ...

The Black Crowes: Not Shaven But Raven: The Black Crowes at Newport Centre

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, January 1995

WHEN THEY emerged in 1990, it was difficult not to hate the Black Crowes: they were too retro for their own damn good. Led by ...

Tanita Tikaram: Eleven Kinds of Loveliness

Interview by Nick Hornby, Independent, The, February 1995

TANITA TIKARAM IS 25 years old, and she already knows who she wants to perform on her tribute album. ...

Rory Gallagher 1948-1995

Obituary by Chris Welch, Independent, The, June 1995

RORY GALLAGHER was the People's Guitarist. Unassuming, but tenacious, the Irish blues man devoted his life to touring and playing his beloved Fender Strat to ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: 'Brian Wilson is a Genius': The Birth of a Cult

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, September 1995

ONE OF THE key moments in I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times, record producer Don Was’s black-and-white film about Brian Wilson of the Beach ...

Black Grape: Shaun Ryder, Pop Star

Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, October 1995

Once the high priest of proletarian hedonism, Shaun Ryder has traded in the low-life for a leafy London suburb. It's been a good move. The ...

The Stylistics: In Praise of the Falsetto

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, November 1995

The castrato may be dead, if temporarily exhumed in the film Farinelli, but men continue to sing like women. Barney Hoskyns reaches for the high ...

The Ramones: Gabba Gabba Sniffle: The Ramones at Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, February 1996

PUNK MAY not be dead, but the Ramones, it would seem, have finally bitten the dust – like the spaghetti western mercenaries to whom they ...

J.J. Cale: 25 Years From Tulsa: J.J. Cale

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, April 1996

FIFTEEN MINUTES before J.J. Cale is due to take the famous stage of Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall, a wiry, hobo-ish figure can be seen wandering across ...

The Blue Nile: Peace with Honour: The Blue Nile

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, June 1996

WHEN PAUL Buchanan opens the new Blue Nile album with the question "Now that I’ve found peace at last/Tell me, Jesus, will it last?", his ...

The Gospel according to Anthony Heilbut

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, June 1996

From Mahalia Jackson to Death in Venice might seem a long journey. But for Anthony Heilbut, the renowned gospel expert and author of a new ...

East 17 in Moscow

Report by Sheryl Garratt, Independent, The, July 1996

WE'RE IN THE atrium of a sleek, modern, five-star hotel that is actually in Moscow but could be almost anywhere in the world. In the ...

Rheinallt H. Rowlands

Profile by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, October 1996

THERE HAS ALWAYS been a place in pop for the driven outsider: the writer or performer spurred on by their own personal bob-a-job scout pack ...

Suzanne Vega

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Independent, The, February 1997

"I can't listen to Days of Open Hand without feeling like I'm getting hives. It was such a difficult album to make, I was doing ...

Wilco: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 1997

WILCO'S SINGER-SONGWRITER Jeff Tweedy was maimed by rock 'n' roll, tamed by rock 'n' roll, named by rock 'n' roll, according to the most wistful ...

Tricky: Hackney Empire/Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 1997

TRICKY'S MIND can't freeze long enough to be recorded. Since Maxinquaye's trip-hop trigger, he's been too edgy, too impatient, to stay in the studio honing ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Echo and the Bunnymen - live in Liverpool

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 1997

IT'S HARD to remember now how much Echo and the Bunnymen meant. Fourteen years ago, they were crowned Kings of Rock, each album was greeted ...

Kraftwerk

Profile by John McCready, Independent, The, May 1997

IT IS inevitable and happens to everyone. James Brown's new bag is now full of holes. David Bowie, a former ideas factory, is reduced to ...

Gillian Welch: As Real And As Raw As It Gets

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Independent, The, June 1997

Mark Cooper samples Gillian Welch's alternative bluegrass ...

Radiohead: First Impression: OK Computer

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, June 1997

EXPERTLY SURFING THE WAVE of pre-millennial tension, OK Computer offers a dozen snapshots of contemporary unease that combine to form a larger picture of The ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Yoko Ono: Starting Over

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 1997

YOKO ONO was a lightning rod for the Sixties' most vicious currents. John Lennon was a man she'd barely heard of, a man she fell ...

John Cale: Remembrance Of Things Past

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 1997

WHEN THE VELVET Underground split, John Cale flew the coop most effectively. While his partner Lou Reed (who evicted Cale from the band in 1968) ...

Fun Lovin' Criminals: Gangstas of Cheese

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 1997

10CC'S 'I'M NOT in Love' seems unlikely material for three New York rappers. But the Fun Lovin' Criminals' cartoon pastiches – mixing Scorsese with Scooby ...

James: Lucky Jim

Profile and Interview by Andrew Mueller, Independent, The, July 1997

THE LAND AROUND here looks like nothing much at all, which is why it can be made to look like almost anything you like. ...

Bob Dylan

Comment by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 1997

WHEN BOB DYLAN hovered briefly between life and death last summer, his heart seemingly about to give in, his condition reported in headlines round the ...

Bob Dylan: Enter Good-Time Bob

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 1997

Bob Dylan: Bournemouth ...

Chess Records: The Original Blues Brothers

Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, November 1997

"WOW, YOU guys are really getting it on!" exclaimed Chuck Berry, observing the Rolling Stones cut 'Down The Road Apiece', a track he'd recorded himself ...

Charlie Mingus: Charles Mingus: A Musical Misfit In Black And White

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, November 1997

A traumatic childhood and a dramatic life characterised the career of the bassist Charles Mingus. James Maycock looks at a documentary on a 'phenomenal musician ...

CTI Records: Coffee Table Jazz For The 1970's

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, December 1997

CREED TAYLOR was extremely shrewd at marketing jazz to those who were nervous of the genre, particularly after the discordant shreaks & squeaks made by ...

Lullaby for the Working Class: Lullabies From Wide Open Skies

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 1997

Nebraska's Lullaby for the Working Class's unusual country-influenced music comes complete with religious imagery, Tolstoy, and the loneliness of their home state. Nick Hasted met ...

Jaco Pastorius, Weather Report: Jaco Pastorius

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, 1998

AS JOHN LENNON proclaimed in the 1970 Rolling Stone interview which effectively announced his final break with the Beatles, "Genius is pain". What he neglected ...

Richard Thompson: Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Live Review by Colin Harper, Independent, The, January 1998

BELFAST'S WATERFRONT Hall embodies all the characteristics of a provincial Barbican – a kind of clinical, beige Gormenghast of a place where corridors lead to ...

Ian Brown, The Stone Roses: You're Ian Brown... Do Something!

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 1998

The singer of the Stone Roses did not die with the group: his single is in the Top 5, and an album is on the ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Celebrating Bob Marley at Studio One

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, February 1998

On the 35th anniversary of Studio One ...

Terry Callier: Look At Me Now: The Return Of Terry Callier

Profile and Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, February 1998

DEFINING THE "soul" part of soul music is a tricky issue – it's one of the bigger questions. The music's intangible qualities are often the ...

Yes: Live At Manchester Apollo

Live Review by John McCready, Independent, The, February 1998

LIKE ALICE Cooper, who I saw late last year playing the same game, it's interesting to note that former forces of the 1970s are bowing ...

Wishbone Ash: Empire Music Hall, Belfast

Live Review by Colin Harper, Independent, The, February 1998

THERE WAS A TIME, as schoolboys of certain vintage will doubtless recall, when knowing the line-up details of the more venerable British rock bands really ...

Wishbone Ash: Empire Music Hall, Belfast

Live Review by Colin Harper, Independent, The, February 1998

THERE WAS A TIME, as schoolboys of certain vintage will doubtless recall, when knowing the line-up details of the more venerable British rock bands really ...

Miles Davis: The Miles Davis Quintet 1965-1968: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, March 1998

"YOU GET THE RIGHT GUYS to play the right things at the right time and you got a motherfucker!" recalled Miles Davis in his inimitable ...

Mick Jagger: The Battle Of Grosvenor Square

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, March 1998

Author's note: I interviewed Barry Miles for this look at the political side of London’s counterculture, with references to The Rolling Stones’ ‘Street Fighting Man’ ...

Chet Baker: 10th Anniversary Of Chet Baker’s Death

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, May 1998

"WHAT’S YOUR favourite type of high?" inquires Bruce Weber towards the end of his film Let’s Get Lost. Chet Baker’s answer is unsettling. ...

Princes And Peasants Of Medieval Pop

Overview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, May 1998

Musicians have long been fascinated by the Middle Ages. Perhaps it's down to the tight trousers and catamites. ...

Kenickie: These Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 1998

KENICKIE ARE SLUMPED in the shadow of a hundred teen idols. From the wall of their rehearsal room cafe, signed photos of former sensations, from ...

David Bowie: A Rock 'n' Roll Suicide: A live art event by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard: ICA London

Report by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, July 1998

"OF ALL THE SHOWS on this tour, this particular show will remain with us the longest. Not only is it the last show of the ...

The Skatalites: This Dance Music Is Dangerous To Your Heath: The Skatalites & The Birth Of Ska

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, July 1998

WITH THE passing of time, a tragic event sometimes reveals a comic nuance. One night in 1964, the Skatalites were performing at Club Calypso in ...

Young Turk Who Got The Blues: Ahmet Ertegun & The 50th Anniversary Of Atlantic

Profile and Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, July 1998

IN HUNDREDS of photographs, Ahmet Ertegun appears anonymously beside the famous. The celebrity might be a gaunt Phil Spector, Mick Jagger grinning widely or a ...

Metro & The Birth Of The British Sound System

Profile and Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, August 1998

"AMPLIFICATION AND records – if you have those 2 items, then you can go somewhere," states the man called Metro. Born with the slightly less ...

Michael Jackson at 40

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, August 1998

I’LL CONFESS I’m shocked that Michael Jackson has reached the ripe old age of 40. More shocked, indeed, than by the fact that Keith Richards ...

B.B. King: The Day B.B. King Went to Jail

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, September 1998

ON A SUBLIME autumn day in 1970, B.B. King performed for 2,117 prisoners in Cook County Jail. Against the sound of B.B. King's musicians ...

Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, September 1998

NAMED AFTER Greil Marcus's evocative description of The Band's early albums, this latest offering from Mercury Rev is, by some distance, the best pop record ...

Mark Stewart, The Pop Group: The Pop Group: The Politics of Dancing

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 1998

THE POP GROUP'S life was brief and fierce. Begun in 1978, collapsing in 1980, the Bristol teenagers' insertion of black funk, free jazz, dub and ...

Roy Harper

Interview by Colin Harper, Independent, The, October 1998

CIRCA 1984, and during one of those latterday sojourns in the course of the once Old and Grey Whistle Test's sleepy history when it found ...

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Godspeed You Black Emperor!

Report by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, 1999

A SHARP, PISTOL-LIKE report from an overloading monitor causes the already pained-looking sound engineer to wince into his levels meter. Godspeed You Black Emperor! have ...

Sly & Robbie: Sly ‘n’ Robbie on Drum ‘n’ Bass

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, 1999

Drum ‘n’ bass: it’s the foundation of popular music, the engine which drives rock, pop, soul, funk, jazz, reggae and anything else you care to ...

Lauryn Hill

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, February 1999

“Observe how a queen do...”('Final Hour') ...

Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band: The Mountain

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, February 1999

THE LATE '90s have been something of a golden period for Steve Earle: this is his fourth album in as many years, and they've all ...

Johnny Clarke: Busy Doing Nothing: Johnny Clarke, the Reggae Idler

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, March 1999

THE COMPETITIVE MUSICAL CLIMATE was so intense in mid-'70s Kingston, that Jamaica's capital city was given the soubriquet "Third World Nashville". Hundreds of aspiring ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Echo and The Bunnymen at Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 1999

THE NEW Echo & The Bunnymen album is a brave move forward, a disavowal of the band's grand past for simple statements of ageing and ...

Elvis Costello at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 1999

THERE'S BEEN loose talk lately that Elvis Costello is becoming an irrelevance. The only one of his Nineties albums to gain pop acceptance was an ...

Tom Waits: Variations on Tom Waits

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, May 1999

FEW OF the patrons of the China Light diner in Santa Rosa look up when Tom Waits shuffles through the door. Attired in coarse indigo ...

Wilco's Winning Ways

Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, May 1999

WILCO MAINSTAYS Jeff Tweedy (twinkly, weatherbeaten) and Jay Bennett (burly, dreadlocked) are savouring a momentary pause between engagements. A beleagured two-man colony of battered denim ...

Keith Richards

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, June 1999

"Thirty years upon the stage/ I hear the people say, ‘Why won’t he go away?’" ...

The Rolling Stones and black American culture

Essay by James Maycock, Independent, The, June 1999

A bitchy look at how the Rolling Stones’ career is excessively/artfully indebted to black American culture. ...

Billie Holiday, Lester Young: Billie Holiday And Lester Young: The Intimate Friendship Between Lady Day & Prez

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, July 1999

IN PARIS, A COUPLE of weeks before his death on 15th March, 1959, Lester Young spoke about his friend, Billie Holiday. "She’s still my ...

Van Dyke Parks: The Greatest Collaborator

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 1999

VAN DYKE PARKS knows people who know. He always has. He has the CV of Woody Allen's Zelig, is in the corner of the picture ...

John Peel at 60

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, August 1999

"WHY DO people always have a go at Belgium?" ...

Grateful Dead: Kesey Rides Again

Report by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, August 1999

THE MAGIC BUS pulls up at the Peace Monument late on Friday afternoon, bringing a blaze of colour and a blast of noise to the ...

The Walkabouts: The Band That Came Back From The Edge Of The World

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 1999

THE WALKABOUTS MET and got the hell out of Seattle before the music industry had even heard of the place. Fifteen years on, having survived ...

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham: Penn & Oldham: Good Ol' Boys In The Hood

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 1999

DAN PENN'S writing credits read like a soul jukebox. Often working with his friend Spooner Oldham, Penn was behind many of the defining songs from ...

Nina Simone: The Music and Politics of Nina Simone

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, November 1999

This was published to coincide with the release of the compilation Stand Up And Be Counted; Soul, Funk And Jazz From A Revolutionary Era, Vol.1 ...

Bill Drummond, The KLF: Bill Drummond: 45

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, 2000

"POP MUSIC," writes Bill Drummond, "has become like a cancer that has spread through my whole body and is now affecting my brain." Having been ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Glam’s Great Melancholic: Bryan Ferry

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, 2000

BY HIS OWN slightly shamefaced admission, the first thought that raced through Bryan Ferry’s mind as he came within a hair’s breadth of plunging to ...

Jimmy Smith’s Hammond Organ Revolution

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, January 2000

BEFORE JIMMY SMITH revolutionized the archaic Hammond organ, the lethargic sound this bulky, brown instrument emitted was frequently described, like an ailing patient, as "wheezing." ...

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life: Tale Of Turntable Wizards Misses Several Beats

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, January 2000

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life: the history of the disc jockey by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton (Headline) ...

Santana: Jack of All Trades: Carlos Santana

Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, January 2000

AROUND THIS TIME every year, the American music industry holds its collective breath as the Grammy awards nominations are announced, eager to see which of ...

Smog, Will Oldham: Heading For The Ditch: Smog and Will Oldham

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, February 2000

IT'S ONLY THE first week in February and already spring's sonic daffodils are poking through the boy-band mulch. Those who feared they would live their ...

Lambchop: Nixon

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, February 2000

ONE OF the problems of being a critically-lauded cult success with scant resources is that fans' well-meaning allowances can lead to low expectations, particularly regarding ...

Warren Zevon: Pictures From Life's Other Side

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2000

'Death doesn't scare me. I have the impression that life is the lobby and death is the apartment – maybe it's OK' ...

Steely Dan: Countdown To Ecstasy

Review and Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, February 2000

When Steely Dan vocalist Donald Fagen released his second solo album, Kamakiriad, in 1993, fans marvelled at the inordinate length of time it had taken ...

Unlikely Fruits of Apartheid: South African Sounds in the Post-War Era

Report by Andy Farquarson, Independent, The, March 2000

THE SEGREGATION OF music played a significant role in supporting South Africa's post-war National Party policy of "separate development". This little-known facet of apartheid has ...

David Byrne: The King of Afropea: David Byrne

Interview by Andy Farquarson, Independent, The, June 2000

"Isn't this where the Profumo thing started?" someone asks. We're soaking up the seedy mock-opulence of The Eve Club on Regent Street and, for the ...

Cypress Hill: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2000

CYPRESS HILL'S 1993 breakthrough Black Sunday straddled every hip-hop fault line. Racially, Italian-American rapper B-Real joined Latinos DJ Muggs and Sen-Dog in a traditionally black-American ...

Bert Jansch: The Dazzling Bert Jansch

Report and Interview by Colin Harper, Independent, The, June 2000

"MY INTEREST IN ALBUMS usually wanes around this point," says Bert Jansch, 57 this year and, for all the outward appearance of a man who ...

Satanic Majesties' Bequest

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, July 2000

I'm a Man: Sex, Gods And Rock'n'roll by Ruth Padel (Faber & Faber, £12.99, 409pp) ...

Mark Eitzel: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2000

It's not all doom and gloom ...

Underworld: And Then There Were Two: Underworld

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, August 2000

I SAW KARL HYDE get on a train with his baby daughter once, at Liverpool Street station. On the face of it, this was not ...

Leila

Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, September 2000

"WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG", explains 29-year old North London electro-soul auteur Leila Arab, "you get into these strange emotional states - either of over the top ...

Robbie Williams: The Unlikely Lad: Robbie Williams

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, September 2000

THE FIRST TIME I saw Robbie Williams in the flesh was backstage at an Oasis show at Earl’s Court in 1995. At that point the ...

Jackie Leven, Andy White and Michael Weston King: Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, September 2000

THE THREE performers sit together on stage, taking the lead in strict rotation; it isn't long before their individual strengths and weaknesses become apparent. ...

Faust: Nosferatu Soundtrack, Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2000

Interludes With A Vampire   ...

Robert Wyatt and Annie Whitehead: Songs In The Key Of Louth

Report and Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, October 2000

The trombonist Annie Whitehead has arranged a suite of Robert Wyatt's tunes, spanning 25 years of his off-beat career. Nick Coleman talks to them in ...

U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, October 2000

HAVING SPENT the majority of the past decade searching for ways to rejuvenate the jaded stadium-rock formula — as much for their own benefit as ...

British Sea Power: Naval Gazing For Beginners: British Sea Power

Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, November 2000

DESPITE ITS GRANDIOSE name, North London indie refuge The Monarch is the sort of venue which often struggles for mythological significance. Yet when British Sea ...

Low: The Lowdown on Low

Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, November 2000

"AND THE LIGHT it burns your skin," Low's Alan Sparhawk intones tenderly, his voice flickering like a candle by a sash window, "In a language ...

Elvis Presley: Presley/Clinton: Bill Has Left The Building

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, November 2000

Double Trouble: Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley in the land of no alternatives by Greil Marcus (Faber & Faber, £9.99, 248pp) ...

Roy Harper: Errigle Inn, Belfast

Live Review by Colin Harper, Independent, The, November 2000

RELEASING HIS THIRTY-SIXTH ALBUM, and still best-known to the world at large as a bloke who once sang on a Pink Floyd record ('Have A ...

Eminem: Hip Hop’s Trailer-Trash Wunderkind

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, December 2000

FIRST CAME Elvis – America’s worst nightmare, the white-trash negro. Then came Mick Jagger and Marilyn Manson, Johnny Rotten and Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur and ...

The Magnetic Fields: Lyric Theatre, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2001

Pop avalanche from a New York bar ...

Kevin Coyne: Exile on Hauptstrasse

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2001

IN 1985, KEVIN COYNE walked out of his Clapham flat, saying goodbye to his wife and two children, on his way to a short tour ...

Marilyn Manson: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2001

THE FEARFUL naivety of the American mainstream that hates him has made Marilyn Manson the multi-million selling man he is today. ...

Eminem: Love, Hate And The Only Important Pop Star Left

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2001

Eminem: Evening News Arena, Manchester ...

Purple Prose From The Many Voices Of The Blues

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, February 2001

David Dalton: Been Here And Gone: A Memoir Of The Blues (Methuen, 386pp; £10.99) ...

Elvis Presley: The Once And Future King

Film/DVD/TV Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2001

WE ALL KNOW the way it was in the Seventies, Elvis Presley's last eight years on earth. He spent them as a bloated, drug-glazed fraud, ...

Kevin Coyne: Moody Blues

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2001

KEVIN COYNE has been balancing on the border of sanity for more than 30 years now. Adolescent jobs as a psychiatric nurse, arts therapist and ...

Music: The Key To Getting Rich, High And Laid

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, April 2001

Black Vinyl White Powder by Simon Napier-Bell (Ebury Press, £16.99) ...

Sparklehorse: Borderline, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2001

FIVE YEARS ago, just before the release of his band Sparklehorse's first album, Mark Linkous collapsed in his hotel room from an excess of Valium ...

cLOUDDEAD

Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, May 2001

A DISEMBODIED VOICE with a slight hint of helium in it intoning the words "I taught myself to survive a four storey fall wearing a ...

Madonna the Missus

Essay by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, May 2001

IN HENRY JAMES' 1873 short story ‘The Madonna of the Future’, the American protagonist visits the city of Florence, where he encounters a strange and ...

Elbow: Asleep in the Back (V2)

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, May 2001

WHAT'S IN a name? The Bury-based indie combo Elbow found out a year or two ago when, after Universal's swallowing of their label, Island, they ...

Tales From The Funky Side Of Town: “Soul” and “Funk”, Then and Now

Essay by James Maycock, Independent, The, June 2001

"YOU'D BE SURPRISED how time can change the meaning of a word," rasped black comedian, Redd Foxx, during a performance at Harlem's Apollo Theatre in ...

Turin Brakes and the New Acoustica

Essay by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, June 2001

IN 1971, LESTER BANGS wrote an article for the American magazine Who Put The Bomp (reprinted in the Serpent's Tail anthology Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor ...

Björk: The Last Great Pop Star

Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, August 2001

She thumps reporters, wears funny clothes and thinks she was born in the wrong century. Now she's made an album about her kitchen. Nick Coleman ...

Pulp: Jarvis Cocker: Sorted For Trees and Weeds

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, October 2001

AMID THE RUMPLED grandeur of West London's Cobden Club, the familiar angular figure of Jarvis Cocker stands out like a sore index finger. His ...

Phil Ochs: Bringing It All Back Home

Comment by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2001

"WHILE THE Movement died a natural death, the music died by hanging," Esquire's headline said when the protest singer Phil Ochs committed suicide in 1976. ...

Paul McCartney: Normally, He's A Pacifist

Interview by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, November 2001

SIR PAUL had been up in the city to promote his Driving Rain album and 'Freedom' single, a song which has prompted some to suggest ...

Jonathan King: Is Jonathan King A Monster, Or Is He Being Monstered?

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, November 2001

PUBLIC MONSTER NUMBER ONE: the space in the media landscape currently occupied by Jonathan King effectively renders him the missing link between Osama bin Laden ...

Smog: Old Vic, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2001

SMOG'S BILL CALLAHAN remains an enigma not, it seems, because he won't say anything, but because he can't. ...

Mick Farren: Devout Deviant Takes A Trip Down Memory Lane

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, December 2001

Mick Farren: Give the Anarchist a Cigarette ...

Jim O'Rourke: Catching Jim O'Rourke's Drift

Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, January 2002

THE CARDIGAN-clad figure of Jim O' Rourke looks up from his Holiday Inn coffee. "I'm a nightmare," he warns, pointing with a smile to a ...

Kelly Joe Phelps: Blackheath Halls, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2002

THIS PLUSH municipal concert hall in the well-heeled south London neighbourhood of Blackheath may seem a strange destination for the blues. But it's not as ...

The Streets: UK Rap: The word on The Streets

Interview by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, March 2002

WHEN MIKE SKINNER, aka The Streets, the 22-year-old lyrical king of British rap, discovers I live within the sound of Bow Bells, he's immediately curious. ...

Roy Hollingworth, 1949-2002

Obituary by Chris Welch, Independent, The, March 2002

Roy Hollingworth, journalist, singer, guitarist and composer: born Derby 12 April 1949; married 1999 Anthea Yeomans; died Kingston upon Thames, Surrey 9 March 2002. ...

Rock Bottom: The Music Industry In Trouble

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, April 2002

WHEN ROLLING STONES manager Andrew Loog Oldham founded his own company, Immediate Records, in the 1960s, the paper sleeve of each and every single bore ...

Mary J. Blige: Mary J Blige: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, April 2002

IT WAS FOOLISH to think that the first lady of hip hop soul would abide by the title of her latest, and greatest-selling, album, No ...

David Bowie: Ziggy Played Guitar (But Never Took His Eyes Off The Business)

Profile by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, June 2002

"TIME," AS DAVID BOWIE once sang. "is waiting in the wings." As far as Bowie himself, who turned 55 last January, is concerned, time seems ...

David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust, now a man of wealth and taste

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, June 2002

IT IS NO COINCIDENCE that June 2002 is turning out to be David Bowie month. This time 30 years ago, trading under the plastic-fantastic moniker ...

B.B. King: A Monarch on Merseyside: BB King

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, July 2002

"MY BAND tells me I’ve earned the right to siddown if I wanna," says the vast man with the twinkly eyes. "I wanna." ...

Buju Banton: Astoria, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2002

IT'S A SWELTERING Sunday night in London's West End, and inside this venue, a West Indian community meeting is in progress. ...

Tom Ovans: On The Road

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2002

IN 1971, WHEN he was 18, Tom Ovans dropped into an underground America, and never came back. Born into a working-class community just outside of ...

Jeff Beck: Who wants to be a guitar hero?

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, September 2002

WHEN FRANK ZAPPA'S son Dweezil showed up in London recently toting – or touting – the Fender Stratocaster torched by Jimi Hendrix at the 1968 ...

Solomon Burke: Barbican, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2002

IT'S BEEN 28 YEARS since the self-styled king of rock'n'soul last graced a British stage, at which rate this could be a farewell performance, too. ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe McDonald: No Ordinary Joe

Interview by Robert Sandall, Independent, The, December 2002

THERE'S LITTLE ABOUT the small, stocky frame of the 60-year-old Country Joe McDonald that would lead one to pinpoint him as a firebrand political activist ...

Solomon Burke: Solomon In All His Glory

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2002

The greatest male soul singers are Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Solomon Burke. But, unlike the others, Burke is very much alive, as ...

Adam Faith: The Singer and Showman

Obituary by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, March 2003

LIKE MOST OF his 1950s contemporaries, Terry Nelhams from Acton, West London, received his first taste of the joys of music-making as a member of ...

Richard Thompson: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2003

WHITE, MIDDLE-AGED English men dominate a crowd who have packed this venue to bursting for a man barely known outside their tribe. ...

MC5 members and friends: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2003

FORGED IN DETROIT in 1965, the MC5 played rock'n'roll in an America where motorbike police charged their fans, and ferment and trouble trailed the band ...

Vic Chesnutt: Dark Side of The Tune

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2003

IN 1983, VIC CHESNUTT, an obscure country misfit, was 18, drunk again, and crashing his car in America's southern state of Georgia. When he woke ...

The White Stripes: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2003

THE WHITE STRIPES find out the day before this first show of their tour that Elephant, the startling beast of a record that they made ...

The White Stripes: The Special Relationship

Profile by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2003

THE PERFECT BLUEPRINT for a band devised by Jack and Meg White in Detroit obscurity six years ago has put them at rock's pinnacle today. ...

Solomon Burke, Van Morrison: Van Morrison/Solomon Burke: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, April 2003

THE POTENTIAL that the double bill offered for a soulman super summit was certainly enticing – Solomon Burke, the veteran preacherman from Philadelphia, and George ...

Beck: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2003

BECK HAS thrown Bob Dylan's career into reverse. He has arrived at a venue famous for being scandalised by Bob going electric to unplug his ...

Lucinda Williams: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, May 2003

Southern Rebel returns to London Stage with the confidence her songs deserve ...

Blur: This Is A High For A Refreshed Blur

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2003

Blur: The Astoria, London ...

Macy Gray: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2003

MACY GRAY'S RECORDS rarely seem to match up to her image: the flaky, funky, erratic, but traditional soul sister. This was the kind of entertainer ...

Radiohead: Hail To The Thief (Parlophone)

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, June 2003

THOSE RADIOHEAD fans hankering after the band's more mainstream indie-rock style will be heartened by the first sound they hear on Hail To The Thief, ...

Radiohead: Radio Daze

Comment by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

IN 2000, RADIOHEAD'S Kid A was delivered to journalists like Holy Writ, handed out individually to the chosen few in a candle-lit chamber. It's 2003, ...

Steely Dan: A Droll Double Act

Interview by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, June 2003

IT IS LATE AFTERNOON before Walter Becker and Don Fagen greet their first interviewer of the day. The two men, who first fronted a band ...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Forum, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

THE HEADY MIX of hype and talent bubbling around the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, from New York, on this one-off return to London should have made ...

Kelly Joe Phelps at the Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

KELLY JOE PHELPS has been punching through the boundaries of who he is supposed to be with every album. I first knew him as the ...

Willard Grant Conspiracy: Come Together

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

The Willard Grant Conspiracy has gone underground. The only way you can hear the new album by one of America's best bands in their home ...

Eminem: Cleaning Up

Profile by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

In the hood: Eminem is pulling out all the stops for his European tour ...

Steve Winwood: About Time

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, June 2003

HIS FIRST ALBUM in six years finds Steve Winwood striking out in the direction of Latin America, using a core unit of jazz guitarist Jose ...

Eminem: Milton Keynes Bowl

Live Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, June 2003

HE'S THE LEADING pop icon of his generation, the undisputed Elvis of his era, and for many of the 65,000 fans who attend his concert, ...

Queens Of The Stone Age: Queens of the Stone Age: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

I CAN HEAR THE screech of two low jets from the bar. Nick Oliveri and Josh Homme, of Queens of the Stone Age, learnt to ...

R.E.M. at Brixton Academy, London

Report by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

SEEING A BAND OF REM's stature at a medium-sized venue such as Brixton Academy is undeniably some sort of occasion. The suspicion nags, though, that ...

Neil Young: On The Beach

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, July 2003

IT USED to be said of performers like country legend Jimmie Rodgers and Delta bluesman Skip James that they had "that high lonesome sound". No ...

Dizzee Rascal: Bringing It All Back Home

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2003

THE FIRST TIME you hear Boy in da Corner, it's a jolt. The debut album of 18-year-old Dizzee Rascal has just been nominated for the ...

Neil Young: Greendale

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, August 2003

NEIL YOUNG is probably the most overindulged talent in rock: overindulged by his record company, who let him put out whatever old rubbish he has ...

The Rolling Stones: Ol' Rubber Lips Isn't Telling...

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, August 2003

According to The Rolling Stones (Weidenfeld and Nicholson)The Rolling Stones' history is wild and controversial, full of sex, drugs, bust-ups, scandal and death. Disappointing, then, ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: The Stooges Deliver A Real Cool Time

Live Review by Edward Helmore, Independent, The, August 2003

The Stooges, Jones Beach Theatre, New York ...

Jimmy Cliff: Hail Reggae's Lost King

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2003

MANY PEOPLE THINK Bob Marley stole his crown. But it was Jimmy Cliff who gave reggae to the world, when he starred in and wrote ...

David Bowie: Reality (ISO/Columbia)

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, September 2003

LIKE BOB DYLAN, David Bowie seems to have been re-invigorated by a lengthy period with a stable band: Reality appears with almost indecent haste a ...

Robert Wyatt: Cuckoo In The Nest

Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, September 2003

Idiosyncratic and eccentric, Robert Wyatt's unique musical style is consistently lauded by both critics and musicians. Andy Gill talks to him ahead of the release ...

Warren Zevon: The Wind

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, September 2003

Warren Zevon's final, valedictory album provides ultimate proof that those of us who believed him to be one of the greatest songwriters of his generation ...

The Dixie Chicks: Dixie Chicks: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2003

DISSENT STILL finds its focus in pop, more than any other art form. But there can have been few less likely standard-bearers for this radical ...

Blondie: Debbie Harry: In A Lonely Place

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2003

IN THEIR POMP, Blondie were a one-band production line of beautiful, brash singles, each subtly hand-finished to find another angle on their signature, streamlined sound. ...

Lester Bangs: Joy And Rage Of A Dishevelled Rock Critic

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, September 2003

Mainlines, Blood Feasts And Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader Lester Bangs; ed. John Morthland (Serpent's Tail; £9.99) ...

Starsailor: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2003

THE MUSIC PRESS has bitterly dismissed Starsailor's second album, Silence Is Easy. Once the band were seen as saviours, but it's now as if they ...

David Sylvian: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2003

JAPAN DISSOLVED with barely a murmur, just as 'Ghosts' brought the band overdue success in 1982. The strain of their avant-garde glam-pop suddenly being in ...

Dexys Midnight Runners, Kevin Rowland: Kevin Rowland: Return of the Soul Rebel

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2003

IN A REHEARSAL room in south London, Kevin Rowland steps from behind a pillar and stalks to the front of Dexys Midnight Runners. He is ...

The Darkness: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2003

I HAD WATCHED THE DARKNESS phenomenon from a distance, in dismay. Despite the sheer unexpectedness of their vault from clubs to stadiums, every glance at ...

David Bowie: MEN Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2003

DAVID BOWIE spent much of the '90s in a state of shivering insecurity. The creative brinkmanship that let him shed identities and styles with matchless ...

Frank Zappa: The Mother Of All Reinventions

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, November 2003

IF CIGARETTES AND COFFEE are available in the afterlife, the shade of Frank Zappa is probably allowing himself a wry smile from beneath his formidable ...

Ryan Adams at the Forum, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2003

"I'M GONNA PLAY all night," Ryan Adams promises the crowd. "You think I'm joking? I've got a 5am plane, man..." ...

The Strokes: Braehall Arena, Glasgow

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2003

ALL THE DISAPPOINTED assaults on the Strokes have been based on the thought that they should be about more than music. The tired shrug of ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Royal Court, Liverpool

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2003

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS on, and every Liverpudlian hipster of a certain age is here to pay their respects. With their debut album, Crocodiles, Echo & The ...

Michael Jackson: Thrills Before The Spills

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, December 2003

IT'S THAT PHOTO, the official police mugshot taken when Michael Jackson finally turned himself in to answer charges of child molestation, which looks so scary. ...

Richie Havens: Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2004

RICHIE HAVENS'S LIFE hinged on Woodstock. His three-hour opening set at the festival, climaxing with 'Freedom', his anthemic improvisation on the spiritual 'Motherless Child', linked ...

Rickie Lee Jones: The Devil in Miss Jones

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, January 2004

Rickie Lee Jones has always had her demons - and now she's living in the America of George Bush and Jeffrey Dahmer. ...

Sia: She Should Be So Lucky

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Independent, The, February 2004

In 2000, Sia was hailed as the best thing to come out of Australia since Kylie. It proved a lot to live up to, she ...

Norah Jones: And Now For My Next Trick: Norah Jones and the Difficult Second Album Syndrome

Comment by Andy Gill, Independent, The, February 2004

BY THIS TIME next week, Norah Jones will probably be nestling atop the album charts with Feels like Home, the follow-up to her multi-platinum, Grammy-grabbing ...

Lambchop: Kurt Wagner: The quiet American

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2004

LAMBCHOP are America's leading underground band, secret kings of a scene too modest to be named. They have turned their backs on the bombastic MTV ...

Jamelia: Some Kind Of Superstar

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2004

WHEN JAMELIA disappeared four years ago, it seemed her coronation as Britain's R&B queen might be postponed for ever. Four hit singles, including the Top ...

Randy Newman: Overdue Renaissance Of A Whimsical Prophet

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Independent, The, February 2004

Randy Newman: Barbican, London ...

Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks: A Critic's Obsession

Essay by Andy Gill, Independent, The, March 2004

TODAY, IN MINNEAPOLIS, a group of musicians will assemble at the Pantages Theater to perform Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks in its entirety. ...

Kraftwerk: Triumph Of The Machines

Comment by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2004

KRAFTWERK'S MOST recent record, the long-waited Tour de France Soundtracks – their first album of new material since 1986's Electric Café, and a variation on ...

Patti Smith: ULU, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2004

THE SECOND ACT OF Patti Smith's great career has been catalysed by death. The loss of her mother inspired the forthcoming Trampin', her fourth album ...

Will Oldham: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Prince of Perversity

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, March 2004

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, the artist formerly known as Will Oldham, is perhaps the most uniquely gifted songwriter of his generation. And, as Andy Gill discovers, ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans: Academy, Islington, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2004

FEW BRITISH BANDS can tear the roof off a venue as ruthlessly as The Charlatans. It's one of the reasons for the enduring affection in ...

The Streets: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2004

THE DEBUT ALBUM by Mike Skinner, a.k.a. The Streets, (Original Pirate Material) was a touching, thoughtful ode to all the aspects of modern Britain its ...

American Music Club: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2004

AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB was always a select establishment. Appealing to connoisseurs of the darkest underground rock, the San Francisco group's principal attraction was always Mark ...

The Pixies: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2004

EXACTLY HOW much this, the first UK night of the Pixies' reunion tour, means to the crowd is shown when they walk on stage to ...

The Hives: The Return Of Your Old Favourites

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2004

The Hives: Electric Ballroom London ...

Taj Mahal: A Living Edifice To The Blues

Live Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, June 2004

Taj Mahal/Tinariwen, Barbican, London **** ...

Ray Charles: 'As Frank Sinatra Said, He Was The Only True Genius In Our Business'

Obituary by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, June 2004

FOR ALL PRACTICAL purposes, Ray Charles invented modern soul music. By fusing the sensual and secular preoccupations of the blues and the galvanic fervour of ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: American Spice

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Independent, The, June 2004

Anthony Kiedis's house, an expanse of glass and whiteness, is right on top of the Hollywood Hills. Walk down the steps into the vast, white, ...

Peter Hammill, Van Der Graaf Generator: Peter Hammill: Heart Attack Music

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2004

When Peter Hammill collapsed in the street with a sudden heart attack last year, it didn't make the papers. The one-time singer of the group ...

Phil Manzanera: Dance Away The Heartache

Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, July 2004

SEVERAL FLOORS UP a converted warehouse block in a tiny mews in north-west London, Phil Manzanera lounges in the pristine calm of his home studio. ...

The Long Ryders: Lock 17, London

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Independent, The, July 2004

THE LONG RYDERS enter to a tape of the theme tune from The Magnificent Seven, and begin their set with a cover of the Byrds' ...

Massive Attack: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 2004

MASSIVE ATTACK have been shaken almost to pieces in recent times. First, one of their central trio – Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles – left for good, ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Simon and Garfunkel: MEN Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, July 2004

AS YOU'D EXPECT, the greying audience for Simon and Garfunkel's first UK show in 30 years is similar to that which regularly turns out for ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Fleet Pavilion, Boston, USA

Live Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, July 2004

THE FLEET PAVILION is a sleek, tented outdoor auditorium overlooking Boston harbour. Like the Millennium Dome, but useful. And actually functioning as a venue. And ...

Todd Rundgren, Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, July 2004

SINCE his mid-Seventies heyday, Todd Rundgren has always been preaching to the converted, so his religious-themed show is at least appropriate, though unlikely to extend ...

Finn Brothers: The Finn Brothers: Fellowship of the Finns

Interview by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, August 2004

THE FINN BROTHERS are back for a short visit to London, the city where their fitful professional career began in earnest, 27 years ago. At ...

The Futureheads: The Garage, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2004

IN THE SHADOWY darkness of London's indie mecca The Garage, four young men from the North in tightly rolled shirt-sleeves are playing clipped guitar music ...

Jah Wobble: Cargo, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2004

JAH WOBBLE THUDDED into the public consciousness in a flurry of violence. He reportedly pulled a knife on NME's Nick Kent while Sid Vicious chain-whipped ...

Duran Duran: The Old Romantics

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, Independent, The, September 2004

IN A POP WORLD full of ageing Peter Pans with expensive habits to service, ex-wives to maintain and children to educate, attempted comebacks are common, ...

R.E.M.: St James's Church, Piccadilly, London

Live Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, September 2004

R.E.M. ARE NO strangers to the "secret" show, having pioneered them back in the ‘80s, when they would appear at places such as the tiny ...

Ray Davies at Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2004

"It's been a very difficult year for everybody," Ray Davies admits, the nearest he gets to acknowledging his being shot in the leg by muggers ...

Willy Mason: A Breath Of Fresh Air

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2004

IF YOU'RE FEELING bad about America after last week's election, Willy Mason is one reason to change your mind. The 19-year-old New Englander has already ...

Dr. John: Dr John: Barbican, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2005

DR JOHN'S LONG journey to this concert hall has been faltering and nearly fatal. Born Mac Rebennack in New Orleans, he is as steeped in ...

Dorris Henderson: US Folk Singer Who Settled In London

Obituary by Colin Irwin, Independent, The, March 2005

DORRIS HENDERSON cut an unforgettable figure on the emergent British folk-music scene of the mid-1960s. ...

Willie Nelson: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Independent, The, April 2005

AT THIS LATE stage, attending a Willie Nelson concert is more a gesture of pilgrimage than anything else. Nelson, now 71, with a ponytail that ...

Van Der Graaf Generator: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2005

WHEN THE FOUR core members of this almost-forgotten prog-rock band start a gig for the first time in 29 years, a joyous roar bounces round ...

Dizzee Rascal: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2005

DIZZEE RASCAL saunters on stage sporting the infectious grin of a boy who feels that every day is Christmas. Though he starts with 'Sittin' Here', ...

Destiny's Child: Earl's Court, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2005

FOR THE "INDEPENDENT WOMEN" of one of their biggest hits, Destiny's Child have a tendency to do what they are told. The middleclass work ethic ...

Franz Ferdinand: Access All Areas

Report by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, June 2005

DURING THE RECORDING sessions for Franz Ferdinand's new album, the band have not just been making music. Between work on the eagerly anticipated follow-up to ...

The White Stripes: The New Generation

Comment by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2005

JACK WHITE WILL never have the blues badly enough. Though The White Stripes' new album, Get Behind Me Satan, suggests the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's ...

Richard Hell: Punk's Founding Father, Richard Hell

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2005

RICHARD HELL was punk's John the Baptist. In one year, 1974, he found the movement its home (CBGB's), created its style (ripped and spiked), indicated ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy Pop And The Stooges: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2005

SEEING THE STOOGES' name on the one-time Hammersmith Odeon's marquee, 30 years after they split, feels like an eerie warp in time. When the band ...

Neil Young's Last Harvest

Interview by Edward Helmore, Independent, The, September 2005

"WELCOME TO Fortress Blair," says Neil Young, offering his hand. ...

Kate Bush: Finally, Something For The Grown-Ups

Essay by Andy Gill, Independent, The, October 2005

EARLY NEXT MONTH, Kate Bush releases Aerial, her first new album since The Red Shoes back in November 1993. Even by the relaxed schedules adopted ...

Donald Fagen: Former Steely Dan Member On His New Album

Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, March 2006

IN THE BRUTAL world of American football, teams often employ what they call a "hurry-up offense", a series of plays they can run quickly when ...

The Good The Bad and The Queen, Gorillaz: Gorillaz

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Independent, The, April 2006

THERE ARE GHOSTS at the Apollo. Bobby Byrd holds his master's cape, the amateur night regulars bawl, shimmy and shake, and Fats Gonder asks "are ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Hottest Band in the World: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Profile by Andy Gill, Independent, The, May 2006

IN RECENT YEARS, mountain-man lookalike record producer Rick Rubin has been justly fêted for his career-revival work with Johnny Cash, which effectively recontextualised the Man ...

Blondie: Blonde on Blonde

Interview by David Sinclair, Independent, The, July 2006

WHEN BLONDIE were admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, earlier this year, it seemed about time. After thirty million ...

Bat For Lashes: The Spitz, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2006

NATASHA KHAN discovered her own musical world when a black horse appeared to her in a dream two years ago and led her away into ...

Scissor Sisters: The Scissor Sisters: Trafalgar Square, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2006

THE FACT THAT New York's Scissor Sisters can fill Trafalgar Square and still, relatively speaking, not get arrested back home should be a matter of ...

Free: All right now? Nope

Retrospective by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, September 2006

Thirty years after drugs killed Free's guitarist, the band are back in vogue. They just won't talk to each other. ...

Make my day: the best (and worst) lines in the history of film

Essay by Paul Wellings, Independent, The, October 2006

As in life, first impressions count in cinema. In Citizen Kane (1941), the opening word, Charles Foster Kane's dying utterance "Rosebud", holds the key (perhaps) ...

How An NME Cassette Launched Indie Music

Retrospective by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2006

C86, the unassuming mail-order cassette compiled by NME, through which the indie sound and scene first coalesced, will have its 20th anniversary celebrated tonight with ...

James Brown 1933-2006

Obituary by James Maycock, Independent, The, December 2006

JAMES BROWN was one of the most extraordinary Afro-Americans of the 2nd half of the 20th century. A raw, emotional singer, electric performer and tough ...

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Profile and Interview by Andrew Purcell, Independent, The, January 2007

TWO YEARS AGO, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah proved that popular music's rules have changed. The old logic of rise and fall still applies though, ...

Rufus Wainwright: A Year Of Living Judy Garland

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Independent, The, February 2007

THERE IS AN anecdote that Rufus Wainwright enjoys telling about his childhood fascination with Judy Garland. "I wanted to be Dorothy – on good days," ...

The Special AKA, The Specials: Jerry Dammers: A Ghost From The Past

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2007

THE MAN WHO created 2-Tone, Coventry's own Motown, and wrote Britain's most perfect fusing of politics and pop, the single 'Ghost Town' by his great ...

Radiohead: OK Computer: Why The Record Industry Is Terrified Of Radiohead's New Album

Comment by Andy Gill, Independent, The, October 2007

Radiohead are the latest — and greatest — band to shun the conventional CD release. Their new album is available online — and you don't ...

Adele: 19 (XL recordings)

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, January 2008

THE ITUNES/MYSPACE revolution has speeded up the pop process to such an extent that a new act barely has time to draw breath before being ...

The Band, The Rolling Stones: The Sounds of Scorsese

Overview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, March 2008

AS THE VETERAN FILM-MAKER RELEASES HIS CONCERT MOVIE ON THE ROLLING STONES, NICK COLEMAN APPLAUDS A DIRECTOR WHO'S ALWAYS PUT MUSIC AT THE HEART OF ...

Allen Toussaint: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2008

ALLEN TOUSSAINT talks of his sporadic, unbought solo work and the royalties from the hits he's created for others with equal affection. ...

Femi Kuti: Born Into The Struggle

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2008

Femi Kuti has both Nigeria's music and its deadly political conflicts in his blood, he explains to Nick Hasted ...

Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex: The Return of Punk's First Lady: Poly Styrene

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2008

Thirty years after singing of bondage and toothpaste, via a stay at a psychiatric hospital and motherhood, Poly Styrene is back on stage, without X-Ray ...

Bon Iver: Victoria Apollo, London

Live Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, December 2008

"THIS IS AN extremely big deal for us," says Justin Vernon, standing beneath a giant pterodactyl. Vernon is the songwriter, lead singer and creative mainspring ...

The View: Grown-Up and Mystical: The View

Report and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2009

THE HOUSE-TO-HOUSE search of his old haunts in Dundee has been completed, and here comes The View's singer Kyle Falconer. ...

Sigur Ros: Sigur Rós: Why We're Mesmerised By The Hypnotic Icelandic Band

Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, January 2009

EACH WEEK, along with the basic album and singles sales charts, there are myriad other charts published that track the diverse fortunes of the music ...

Magazine: 'These gigs are a cherry on a cake'

Report and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2009

THE ONE-TIME "most important man in pop" made a quietly triumphant comeback last week. Howard Devoto's Magazine, missing since 1981, were the most uncategorisable band ...

Baaba Maal: 'Say What You Believe is True'

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2009

BAABA MAAL IS BACK in Britain next week. If he isn't yet as familiar a name here as his fellow Senegalese Youssou N'Dour, this is ...

PJ Harvey: Inside the Hidden Heart of PJ Harvey (and John Parish)

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2009

POLLY JEAN HARVEY and John Parish are sitting across from each other in a quiet hotel with the comfort of 20 years' acquaintance. Harvey, of ...

The Fall: Koko, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2009

MARK E. SMITH is hunched at the back of the stage in black leather jacket and wheelchair, looking like Salford's Davros. ...

Jackson Browne: Royal Albert Hall, London **

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2009

THE GREY beard of experience Jackson Browne wore on the sleeve of his last album, Time the Conqueror, is gone. He looks the same lean, ...

Super Furry Animals: Still Light Years Ahead: Super Furry Animals

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2009

"WYCHWOOD IS OUR first festival this year," Super Furry Animals' singer Gruff Rhys informs me. "We're committing to only playing outside from now on. Especially ...

Kasabian: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (Columbia) ****

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, June 2009

AFTER THE PATCHY RESPONSE duly bestowed upon the patchy Empire, Kasabian have wisely made a few changes for this much-improved follow-up. ...

The Horrors: How To Survive On The Outside

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2009

Author's note: This is the full, unedited version of the piece that appeared in The Independent ...

The Cardigans, The Concretes, Fever Ray: Sweden: State-sponsored Rock Valhalla

Overview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 2009

IN POP MUSIC at least, Britain still imagines it rules the world. The Beatles, Kinks, Bowie and Blur are looked on as an unassailable heritage ...

Morrissey: Troxy, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 2009

AT LONDON'S Wireless Festival last year, Morrissey was a hilarious showman in easy command of his powers, playing rollicking unreleased songs and Smiths favourites. That ...

Brendan Benson, The Raconteurs: Brendan Benson: Your Old, Unfamiliar Friend – Or So He Wishes

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2009

Since the success of his acclaimed band The Raconteurs, Brendan Benson has earned plenty of public recognition – but he'd rather have his anonymity back, ...

Aphex Twin, Boards Of Canada, Grizzly Bear: 20 years of the Warp factor

Retrospective by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2009

Sheffield's Warp Records celebrates its 20th anniversary in September. Nick Hasted looks back on the cutting-edge electronica/indie label that has produced acts as diverse as ...

Arctic Monkeys, Glasvegas, Ian Brown, Radiohead, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Radiohead, Ian Brown, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs et al: Reading Festival, Berkshire ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2009

Radiohead's modern jazz wrong-foots the crowd ...

Oasis: Don't Look Back In Anger

Comment by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2009

Noel Gallagher's decision to quit Oasis is years overdue, says Nick Hasted. The band were no longer relevant. And yet there is much to celebrate ...

Radiohead: So Long to Jonny Guitar: Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood

Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, October 2009

THOM YORKE may be the driving force and most recognisable face of Radiohead, but for many fans it's the guitarist Jonny Greenwood, the thin, twitchy ...

Grizzly Bear: Out of the Woods, Into the Light

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2009

ED DROSTE is settling into the bar of his east London hotel with his Grizzly Bear bandmate Daniel Rossen, to attempt to explain their sky-rocket ...

Arctic Monkeys: Wembley Arena, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2009

Northern soul with a heavy heart ...

Public Image Ltd, O2 Academy, Birmingham****

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2009

Difficult, honest and angry, Lydon pushes at the limits ...

Midlake: In Tune with the Times of Others

Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, February 2010

IN THE RUSSIAN visionary film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky's long, prismatic biopic of the great 15th-century icon painter Andrei Rublev, the monk Rublev strives to sustain the ...

Kim Fowley, The Runaways: Sex sells: The Girl Band That Changed Pop Forever

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, Independent, The, March 2010

IN EARLY OCTOBER 1976, the Runaways, an all-girl five-piece from Los Angeles, played a sell-out show at London's Roundhouse, their debut date in the UK. ...

Danger Mouse, The Shins: Danger Mouse Rings In The New

Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, March 2010

The superstar producer/remixer of Blur, Beck, the Black Keys and many more has teamed up with the frontman of The Shins. Andy Gill meets the ...

Broken Social Scene: An Ever-Changing Canadian Collective of Rock'n'Roll Royalty

Retrospective and Interview by Edward Helmore, Independent, The, May 2010

IT'S CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT and Kevin Drew, co-founder of Broken Social Scene, is sleeping on the floor of a New York recording studio, headphones clamped ...

Christina Aguilera: Bionic (RCA) ***

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, June 2010

ON THE FACE OF IT, Christina Aguilera's fourth studio album offers plenty of intriguing potential new directions, featuring as it does collaborations with the likes ...

MGMT: Inheritors of the Head-expanding Hippie Ethos

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2010

FEW OF THE BANDS playing Glastonbury's 40th anniversary this weekend fit the consciousness-expanding ethic of the festival at its best as well as MGMT. They ...

Mystery Jets: From Songs of Innocence to Grown-up Experience

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 2010

THE MYTH OF MYSTERY JETS is easily told. Out on Eel Pie Island, off the coast of Twickenham in west London, bands from the Rolling ...

Arcade Fire: Spontaneous Combustion - The Return Of Arcade Fire

Profile by Andy Gill, Independent, The, July 2010

Arcade Fire's first album catapulted the unconventional Canadian outfit into the rock stratosphere, drawing eulogies from Springsteen, Bowie, Byrne and more. Six years later, their ...

Guns N' Roses: Reading Festival, Berkshire

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2010

Axl flounders as Reading made to wait for its rock fix ...

Tricky: Koko, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2010

Still tripping on the ghosts of the past ...

John Grant: Success At Last For A Rock'n'roll Survivor

Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, January 2011

Dangerous sex, addiction and self-loathing – John Grant's turbulent life inspired one of the best albums of last year. Andy Gill meets him ...

Band of Horses: Tales of Terror from the Blasted Backwoods

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2011

IT WAS THE first day by the lake when Band of Horses' singer Ben Bridwell saw the curtain twitch. He was staying at the isolated, ...

Adrian Sherwood: The Man Who Built Jamaica In The Midlands

Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, February 2011

The founder of On-U Sound tells Nick Coleman that there is more to reggae than 'ooom-chicky...' ...

Elbow: Build a Rocket Boys! (Fiction) ****

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, March 2011

IN THE THREE years since The Seldom Seen Kid hoisted the band into the first rank of arena-rock dependables, Elbow have had plenty of time ...

Eminem: Slim Shady's Rap-Sheet Of Relapse And Recovery

Profile by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2011

Eminem soared from drug-filled poverty to adulation and notoriety, and then collapsed into gilded, narcotic, seclusion. But, after his latest comeback, his biographer Nick Hasted ...

Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues (Bella Union) *****

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, April 2011

WITH HELPLESSNESS Blues, Fleet Foxes triumphantly deliver on the promise of their popular debut, the album that helped establish folk-rock once again as a formidable ...

Lady Gaga: Born This Way (Polydor) ***

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, May 2011

FIRST THINGS FIRST: that cover is simply awful, its adolescent heavy-metal imagery — "ride me, wild one!" — effectively destroying in a single stroke Lady ...

Beyoncé: 4 (Columbia) **

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, June 2011

THERE COMES a certain point in mass pop culture when it ceases being primarily about the music and simply becomes a matter of numbers, whether ...

Charlotte Gainsbourg: Eternal Ingénue: Charlotte Gainsbourg on Her Latest Stylish Role

Interview by Bethan Cole, Independent, The, July 2011

The daughter of Anglo-French musical royalty, Charlotte Gainsbourg was destined to be a performer — and now she's in the hottest arthouse film of the ...

Music And Drugs — It's A Hard Habit To Break

Overview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, July 2011

Amy Winehouse's popularity came in part, says Andy Gill, from the honesty with which she sang of her addictions. But pop hasn't always faced up ...

Pete Doherty: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2011

THIS LONDON gig was rescheduled after Pete Doherty's latest drug-related jail spell. He's on his best behaviour, looking puffy or perhaps just well-fed, starting on ...

Björk: Bjork: Biophilia (One Little Indian) **

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, October 2011

BJÖRK IS undoubtedly one of the more questing spirits working in music today; but with Biophilia, that quest seems to have led her too far ...

Tinie Tempah, O2 Arena, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2011

I HEARD PEOPLE close to Tinie Tempah talk passionately about how his appeal and personal qualities were part of a Britain that went beyond race, ...

Coldplay: O2 Arena, London **

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2011

THE KRAFTWERK allusions, the Brian Eno productions, the "experimental" new directions: the propaganda which comes with each new Coldplay album would make you think they ...

Whitney Houston: The Greatest Voice Of Her Generation

Comment by Andy Gill, Independent, The, February 2012

Wannabes are rife, yet she was a singular talent, says Andy Gill ...

The Ting Tings: "We don't keep songs for a rainy day"

Interview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, March 2012

The Ting Tings threw away a whole album before their new release, they tell Andy Gill ...

Duran Duran, Paolo Nutini, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics: Duran Duran, Stereophonics, Paolo Nutini, Snow Patrol: Olympic Concert, Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 2012

Snow Patrol, Simon Le Bon and Ricky Gervais's beard strike a chord ...

Martha Wainwright: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2012

AMONG THE prodigal polymath musicians of the Wainwright-McGarrigle clan, Martha seems destined to come second to her brother Rufus. Among the prodigal polymath musicians of ...

Bettye LaVette: Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2012

"WE HAVE just finished the 8-year Who the Hell Is She? Tour," Bettye LaVette jokes, with a smile which could be the definition of rueful. ...

Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines (Polydor/Interscope) **

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, July 2013

IT'S AMAZING what one hit can do for an act's profile: Robin Thicke had laboured long and hard with little recognition outside the core US ...

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