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Times, The

The Times is a British daily national newspaper, first published in London in 1785.

The Who: Live At Leeds

Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, May 1970

THE IMPORTANCE of The Who lies not only in their excellence, but in the crucial attitude of their leader, Pete Townshend. ...

Delaney & Bonnie, Flying Burrito Brothers, John Phillips: Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: On Tour; Flying Burrito Brothers: Burrito Deluxe; John Phillips: Wolfking of LA

Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, June 1970

THAT DELANEY AND BONNIE have been instrumental in reshaping a considerable part of the ethos of modem pop music is indisputable. Eric Clapton, the charismatic ...

King Crimson: Reincarnation of King Crimson

Report by Richard Williams, Times, The, December 1970

IN THE PAST, pop music has taken it for granted that its groups would stay together; when a musician has left a band, or the ...

Burning Red Ivanhoe, The Byrds, MC5: The Byrds: (Untitled); MC5: Back in the U.S.A.; Burning Red Ivanhoe

Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, December 1970

BESIDES BEING ONE of the seminal rock and roll bands, the Byrds also possess perhaps the music's oldest case-history. Of the group which came out ...

Laura Nyro

Profile by Richard Williams, Times, The, January 1971

THE CURRENT STATE of pop music allows its performers to make the most naked personal statements. Only an artist with considerable character, though, can keep ...

The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street

Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, May 1972

IN A VERY few days from now, the Rolling Stones begin their massive tour of America. And with the tour comes a new album, Exile ...

Ann Peebles: The Biba Rainbow Room, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Times, The, October 1974

APPLAUSE IN this sybaritic cafeteria is always a little suspect, being related to how far the performer can corroborate the Biba audience's good opinion of ...

Badfinger, Johnny Winter, Man: Johnny Winter: the New Victoria Theatre, London; Man and Badfinger: the Adelphi, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Times, The, October 1974

JOHNNY WINTER inspires one of Rock music's more curious secret societies. ...

Queen: The Rainbow, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Times, The, November 1974

THAT REAL music should issue from a band named Queen – featuring a singer named Freddy Mercury – is sufficiently intriguing. ...

Lou Reed: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Times, The, March 1975

IN THE case of Lou Reed I must confess – why shouldn't I – a prejudice. ...

Link Wray: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Times, The, June 1975

LINK WRAY was – I should say, is – an American guitarist who, somewhere around 1960, recorded an instrumental tune called 'Rumble'. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Lyceum Ballroom, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Times, The, July 1975

BOB MARLEY and the Wailers reached the Lyceum two nights ago, in some style. By early evening, long before they were due to appear, the ...

Elvis Presley: The King is Dead

Obituary by Philip Norman, Times, The, August 1977

ELVIS PRESLEY will be remembered as the first and the greatest exponent of Rock and Roll music, whose recordings of 'Blue Suede Shoes', 'Hound Dog' ...

Aswad, Linx: Linx and Aswad: Shades of Black

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Times, The, November 1981

THERE IS A special role in British life for young black pop musicians, involving a task more serious than could ever be demanded of their ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: The Times Profile: Paul McCartney

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Times, The, January 1982

In the year of his 40th birthday Paul McCartney, the world's most successful pop musician, adjusts the record ...

Dire Straits: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, July 1983

FEW ROCK GROUPS depend as heavily for success on an intimate engagement with the emotions of the listener as Dire Straits, so it is a ...

The Everly Brothers: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, September 1983

You had to half-close your eyes, but then it all came back: 1958, The Perry Como Show, two boys with strange faces, perfectly greased quiffs ...

The Smiths: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Max Bell, Times, The, February 1984

DESPITE THEIR PROSAIC NAME, the Smiths are very much the band of the moment. Six months ago this Mancunian four-piece were breaking out of the ...

Dire Straits: Graceful Strengths

Interview by Richard Williams, Times, The, April 1984

By most of the yardsticks of pop music in 1984, Dire Straits are so conventional as to be practically invisible. No exotic dancing, no men ...

Bob Dylan: On Common Ground: Bob Dylan live in Rome

Live Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, June 1984

Richard Williams gets a taste of Dylan as his tour makes its way towards Britain ...

Stevie Wonder: London

Live Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, July 1984

PERHAPS ONE DAY Stevie Wonder will recognize that inviting a British audience to sing along with him does not evoke the kind of ready response ...

Sade: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Max Bell, Times, The, August 1984

SADE IS CURRENTLY the hottest new voice in town. Her Diamond Life album has been highly praised and her jazz diva's image, allied to a ...

Culture Club: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Max Bell, Times, The, December 1984

OF ALL THE SUPERGROUPS currently vying for public attention Culture Club and their lead singer Boy George seem the most vulnerable. The title of their ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax, It's Only A Rock Group: Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, Times, The, February 1985

CARL GUSTAV JUNG, in one of his lighter moments, once wrote: "Liverpool is the pool of life". A year after Jung's death his words were ...

Prince: Around The World In A Day

Review by Max Bell, Times, The, June 1985

PRINCE, THE CURRENT court jester of American hippy soul, once wrote a song called 'Ronnie, Talk To Russia', a good message number that indicated this ...

Bruce Springsteen: Perfect Mastery Of The Beat

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, June 1985

Bruce Springsteen: Slane Castle, Dublin ...

Bruce Springsteen: A Promise Fulfilled — But What Next?

Live Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, July 1985

Bruce Springsteen: Wembley Stadium, London ...

Judie Tzuke at the Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, October 1985

DESPITE HER GREATEST CLAIM to fame still being her one British hit single in 1979,'Stay With Me 'till Dawn', Judie Tzuke has released seven albums ...

Joni Mitchell: The Travailer's Tale

Review and Interview by Mick Brown, Times, The, November 1985

At 41, Joni Mitchell remains to all appearances, very much the idealistic woman who embodied an era of pop music at its most wistfully self-absorbed ...

Bob Dylan, Sandy Denny: Bob Dylan: Biograph; Sandy Denny: Who Knows Where The Time Goes

Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, December 1985

NOTHING AS simple as a "greatest hits" collection from the Bob Dylan of 1985, of course. ...

Michael McDonald: LA's hi-tech soul singer: Michael McDonald

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, 1987

The preview in Thursday's Independent said it all: "Placid white soul-funker, conservative stuff even by Los Angeles standards." You could not hope to find a ...

Michael Jackson, Prince: Match of the Fey: Prince and Michael Jackson

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1988

PRINCE BEGGED an interviewer seven years ago: "Just don’t compare me to Michael Jackson." Few could then have guessed there would ever be a need ...

Luther Vandross: What A World For The Lonely Kind: Luther Vandross

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, March 1989

LUTHER VANDROSS is the pre-eminent mainstream soul performer of the 1980s. As a singer, songwriter and producer he is – with the possible exception of ...

The Cure: The Curious Case Of The Cure

Interview by Johnny Black, Times, The, April 1989

IF ANY ROCK millionaire other than Robert Smith claimed not to know the chart position of his latest single, it would be impossible to believe. ...

Bobby Bland: Malaco: Soul’s Retirement Home

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1989

"BLUES SINGERS don't retire", said the late Howlin' Wolf, and Bobby "Blue" Bland might well agree with him. After thirty seven years virtually nonstop on ...

Etta James: Mama tells us all about it

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1989

WHEN ETTA JAMES was a 17-year old glamour puss with drug-store-peroxide blonde hair and a lewd rock 'n' roll hit called 'Roll With Me Henry' ...

David Byrne: A Composer of Pleasure

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Times, The, December 1989

What do you think you are best at? David Byrne, neat in a blue button-down collar shirt and college athlete’s haircut, looks nervously into the ...

Eric Clapton: Eric Suits Himself: Clapton At Birmingham NEC Arena

Live Review by Michael Gray, Times, The, 1990

ERIC CLAPTON IS a complex man – or, expressed in the terms his image encourages, he's an odd bloke, old Eric. ...

John Lennon: Dead Aid/Instant Bad Karma By The Mersey: The John Lennon Memorial Concert, Pier Head, Liverpool

Report by Michael Gray, Times, The, May 1990

IT HAS TAKEN the music industry five years to transform the rock-stars-for-charity mega-event from Bob Geldof's coherent effort to ameliorate a real tragedy to this ...

Anita Baker: Live at Wembley Arena

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, June 1990

ANITA BAKER remains a remarkable phenomenon: an intimate, improvisatory jazz-soul songstress who gigs in vast, impersonal hangars such as Wembley Arena. She should be appearing ...

Robert Plant: Zeppelin Man Takes the High Road to Nirvana

Interview by Steve Turner, Times, The, June 1990

This month’s tour by Robert Plant, which reaches England tonight, has been his first European jaunt since his days with Led Zeppelin, the band which ...

Frank Sinatra: London Arena

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1990

VOGUE once said of Frank Sinatra that "the Voice is leading cool moderns back to emotion". Looking around at the well-heeled sentimentalists and legend-seekers at ...

Cliff Richard, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant, Status Quo: Lunching with the Elder Statesmen of Charity Rock: The Nordoff-Robbins Concert, Knebworth

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1990

WHEN QUINCY JONES gathered together his USA For Africa superstars to record 'We are the World' five years ago, he pinned a sign outside the ...

John Hiatt: Bottom Line, New York

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, August 1990

A SKINNY troubadour with a throaty, abrasive growl of a voice, John Hiatt slides in to the American rock dream somewhere between Ry Cooder at ...

Burt Bacharach: Back to the Brilliance of Bacharach

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, August 1990

Anyone who has a heart, including a new generation of British youngsters, is still falling for the magical Sixties music of Burt Bacharach, says Barney ...

The Pixies: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, October 1990

WATCHING THE Pixies in a rock venue as mainstream as the Hammersmith Odeon seemed wrong, and they were as surprised to be there as anyone ...

Laurie Anderson: Rebel from Decade of Greed

Interview by Steve Turner, Times, The, November 1990

Laurie Anderson’s first big work since United States, the two-part, eight-hour show she took on the road in 1983, is Empty Places. Shorter (ninety minutes ...

Chris Stamey, The dBs, Peter Holsapple: A Crafty Couple: Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, 1991

AN INEVITABLE side effect of any domestic pop explosion in Britain is that the best American rock should be overlooked by radio stations and the ...

Eric Clapton: Blues God Without An Axe To Grind

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, February 1991

WHEN THAT crazed blues fanatic scrawled the words "CLAPTON IS GOD" on a London wall in 1966, he ushered in the cult of the guitar ...

Joni Mitchell: Conversation with a Wandering Dreamer

Review and Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, February 1991

WITHIN 60 SECONDS of setting eyes on me, Joni Mitchell has started telling me about her dreams. I am spared details, but she insists that ...

Ronnie Spector: Exorcising Phil's Spectre: Ronnie's Return

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, February 1991

THE SNOWBOUND metropolis of London holds many memories for Ronnie Spector. When she was riding high in the mid-'60s with The Ronettes, that vampy girl ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling into Discord with a Single Song

Interview by Steve Turner, Times, The, February 1991

With the release next month of the song ‘High Wire’, The Rolling Stones will become the first big rock act to refer directly to the ...

INXS at Wembley Stadium: All the aces but little heart

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, July 1991

QUITE BY coincidence INXS mount their London summer spectacular on the sixth anniversary of the Live Aid concert at this same venue, In so far ...

The Band, Robbie Robertson: Robbing America for a storyline thread

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, October 1991

ROBBIE ROBERTSON should be used to jetlag. He spent 16 years on the road as a member of The Band and knows only too well ...

Madonna: The Billion Dollar Lady's New Deal

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, November 1991

THE NEWS THAT Madonna has just clinched a deal making her the highest-paid performer in the history of the pop industry only confirms what we ...

Radiohead: The Garage, London

Live Review by Adrian Deevoy, Times, The, September 1993

IF THE success of a concert can be gauged by the number of moist and flailing bodies flung ceilingwards during the performance, then Radiohead's only ...

The Lemonheads: Come On Feel The Lemonheads (Atlantic)

Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, October 1993

IT SEEMS A quaint idea now, but there was a time when being a "serious" rock band didn't necessarily mean carting a ton of attitude ...

Kirsty MacColl: Raging Against the Machine

Interview by Paul Sexton, Times, The, February 1994

There are many ways to describe Kirsty MacColl, but "female singer-songwriter" is not one of them, she tells Paul Sexton ...

Morrissey: This Charming Mandroid

Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, February 1995

I FIRST MET MORRISSEY in 1984. I was a researcher on the BBC television show Eight Days a Week and he was on the programme's ...

Prince

Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, July 1996

THE MAN WITH the most celebrated identity crisis in pop is installed on the 48th floor of a Manhattan hotel. The lift goes up so ...

Aerosmith: Anatomy of a Rock Biography

Interview by Simon Witter, Times, The, 1997

While the rich and famous broker deals to keep their lives private, rock hellraisers Aerosmith decided that if there’s cash to be made from dirt, ...

ABC: Pop Groups Should Not Make Comebacks

Comment by Fiona Russell Powell, Times, The, March 1997

FOR THE PAST MONTH, posters have been plastered all over London advertising tonight's comeback gig at the Shepherds Bush Empire of the 1980s pop group, ...

Kylie Minogue: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, July 1998

SHE MAY HAVE spent most of the Nineties pursuing different musical directions with mixed results, but Kylie Minogue can still sell out three nights at ...

The Fugees, Lauryn Hill: Miss Education: Lauryn Hill

Interview by Simon Witter, Times, The, June 1999

With five Grammies on her mantelpiece, two children and a charity to her name, singer Lauryn Hill has achieved an awful lot at the tender ...

Scritti Politti: Return Of An Eighties Enigma

Profile and Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, July 1999

AS DISAPPEARING TRICKS go, the strange case of Green Gartside is not quite up there with those of Richey Edwards or blues hero Peter Green, ...

Shelby Lynne

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2000

SPRAWLED ACROSS the lunar desert floor in the sun-baked heart of Southern Calfornia, Palm Springs is the last stop before paradise for rich, wrinkled Americans. ...

Britney Spears: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, October 2000

ROBBIE WILLIAMS may believe he has no competition. But the day after he began his latest tour, the American superstar Britney Spears arrived to play ...

Alabama 3: The Brixton Connection

Interview by Simon Witter, Times, The, January 2001

The theme tune for the hip gangster drama The Sopranos is set to shoot into the UK charts this month and catapult the band behind ...

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg: Jane Birkin: A Legend In Her Own T'aime

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, February 2001

IN 1969, JANE BIRKIN shocked the world. Now her heavy breathing is back. ...

Terry Callier: An Interview

Interview by Angus Batey, Times, The, April 2002

IT'S JUST another rainy night in April, and the Green Mill, a bar on Chicago's north side, is hosting its regular Monday resident. Opening with ...

Asha Bhosle: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Pete Paphides, Times, The, October 2002

POP STARS who complain about their workload might care to ponder the achievements of Asha Bhosle. Since she first stepped into a studio, aged ten, ...

Daft Punk: French Pop: A Long Way From Françoise Hardy To Daft Punk

Overview by Pete Paphides, Times, The, February 2003

IT IS no surprise that France has only just got around to its own equivalent of Top Of The Pops. In a country where philosophy ...

Johnny Hallyday: Vive Johnny

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, Times, The, March 2003

THERE IS something reassuringly dissolute about Johnny Hallyday. He may be 59, but he inhabits one of those undernourished frames, all angles and sharp edges, ...

India.Arie: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Pete Paphides, Times, The, March 2003

WHERE India.Arie is concerned, the journey to enlightenment will stop at nothing – not even hair. Shorn of her customary dreadlocks since her last British ...

Neil Young: Still a Young Man's Game

Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, May 2003

HE CALLED one of his albums Rust Never Sleeps. But does Neil Young ever sleep? In the 12 months since he last played in Britain, ...

The White Stripes: White Stripes Or Shite Hype?

Comment by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2003

NEXT WEEK the White Stripes release their latest single, a highly distinctive reading of the Burt Bacharach standard 'I Just Don't Know What To Do ...

50 Cent: Wembley Arena

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2003

JUST HOURS after winning an impressive trio of MOBO awards at the Royal Albert Hall, gangsta rap superstar 50 Cent played his biggest UK show ...

Elbow: Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, October 2003

THERE WAS an air of resignation when the fire alarm went off at the Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow on Thursday night and the splendidly ...

David Bowie: All The Old Dude Had, He's Still Got

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, November 2003

David Bowie: MEN Arena, Manchester ...

Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand

Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, March 2004

AH, THE FIRST HYPE OF SPRING. In media watering holes from Camden to Sauchiehall Street, the tastemakers began sniffing the wind as long ago as ...

The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

Interview by Stevie Chick, Times, The, March 2004

"STOOSH OVER, DADDY!""I am stooshing! I'm stooshed over as far as I can... I don't have any more room to stoosh!" ...

Gram Parsons: In His Hour Of Darkness: Gram Theft Auto and the Road Mangler Deluxe

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, March 2004

IT IS THE midsummer of 1973. Two men stand together amidst a throng of mourners at the graveside of Clarence White, former Byrd and the ...

Bebel Gilberto: Joao And Bebel Gilberto

Profile and Interview by James Maycock, Times, The, June 2004

IT WAS IN THE summer of ‘64, 40 years ago this month, that Joao Gilberto’s ‘A Girl From Ipanema’ was released. A huge global ...

Sparks: Talkin' About My Generator

Interview by Bob Stanley, Times, The, June 2004

SPARKS PUT the fear of God into preteens with their debut Top of the Pops appearance. As pretty boy Russell Mael flashed his baby blues ...

Bryan Ferry: Kenwood House, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, July 2004

THE ATMOSPHERE was more Glyndebourne than Glastonbury when Bryan Ferry brought his impeccably groomed lounge-soul floorshow to the leafy grounds of Kenwood House on Saturday ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Chasing The Heron

Report and Interview by James Maycock, Times, The, July 2004

"I'M ADDICTED to creating," mutters a grizzled, slightly stoned Gil Scott-Heron. "I use other things from time to time." It's late afternoon on Friday 3rd ...

Basement Jaxx, Goldie Lookin' Chain: Basement Jaxx/Goldie Lookin' Chain: Bristol Canons Marsh

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2004

AFTER A SLUGGISH start, the finale of Bristol's Grolsh Summer Set shows felt like a largely triumphant affair on Wednesday. Local acts featured on the ...

Jah Wobble

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2004

THE LAST time Jah Wobble got into a public punch-up was half a decade ago, squaring up to a street gang on his East End ...

Madonna : Manchester Evening News Arena

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2004

PARTS OF MANCHESTER almost ground to a halt this weekend as the European wing of Madonna’s Reinvention Tour opened with two nights at the city’s ...

Nick Cave: "I Wasn't Sid Vicious": Nick Cave

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2004

FOR A HIGH-MINDED musical elder statesman like Nick Cave, cultural credibility comes in many forms. The 47-year-old Australian export has hosted London's Meltdown festival, been ...

Pet Shop Boys: The Pet Shop Boys: Pop-aganda

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2004

Potemkin and the sound of a Pet Shop Boy ...

Tom Waits: Well Worth the Waits

Report and Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, October 2004

NEXT MONTH Tom Waits will make his first British concert appearance for 17 years. And if the word filtering back from Vancouver and Seattle, where ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Hastings Pier

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2004

MANY ROCK STARS would recoil at the notion of playing an end-of the-pier ballroom in a shabby South Coast retirement town, but Nick Cave appeared ...

The Darkness: SECC, Glasgow

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2004

IN POP, last year's underdog can so easily become this year's one-trick pony. The Darkness ended 2003 as the former rank outsiders who triumphed over ...

The Chemical Brothers: Dancing To The Death: The New Club Culture

Report and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Times, The, January 2005

CLUB CULTURE is over so no music coming out of the dance arena can be interesting. It's not usually put so bluntly but I've read ...

Rammstein: Brixton Academy

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, February 2005

A GRAND theatrical spectacle to rival any West End show, the industrial rock carnival that is Rammstein thundered into Brixton on Thursday to kick off ...

Razorlight: Manchester Apollo

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, February 2005

AS IF TAKING their cue from their friends, The Libertines, Razorlight have spent much of 2005 rocked by public tantrums and rumours of imminent disintegration. ...

Black Eyed Peas: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, February 2005

CAN IT ONLY be 18 months since the Black Eyed Peas were jostling each other for space on the tiny stage of the 400-capacity Jazz ...

Dido, KT Tunstall: Dido et al: Music to Watch Girls Buy

Overview by Pete Paphides, Times, The, March 2005

Our correspondent casts a weather eye over the fleet of female singer-songwriters floating their sonic pedalos in the wake of Dido's mighty MOR steamship ...

Einstürzende Neubauten: Einsturzende Neubauten: The Forum, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2005

WHAT HAPPENS when enfants terribles of avant-garde industrial noise grow into comfortable middle age? In the case of Einsturzende Neubauten, the former godfathers of Berlin's ...

Faith Evans: Time To Try Again

Interview by Angus Batey, Times, The, April 2005

Two UK No 1s have not made the former Mrs BIG a household name in this country. Faith Evan's new album might just do it ...

Moby In Vegas

Report by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, May 2005

YOU DO not need to travel too far from the Hard Rock Hotel to find the tacky glamour that earned Las Vegas its reputation as ...

Kraftwerk

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2005

FEW BANDS in pop history are quite as mysterious, elusive and maddeningly eccentric as Kraftwerk. But few remain as enduringly influential either. In 2005, even ...

Saint Etienne: Lives Of The Saints (And Their Kids)

Interview by Pete Paphides, Times, The, June 2005

Saint Etienne have produced a concept album and a set of children's songs. But they aren't Yes ...

Dinosaur Jr: The Forum, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2005

IT MAY tell us something about the sorry state of contemporary rock, but at least one semi-legendary cult band from the 1980s seems to reform ...

Casualties Of War

Comment by Pete Paphides, Times, The, June 2005

Songs about conflict and warfare are guaranteed to destroy a musician's credibility ...

U2: City of Manchester Stadium

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2005

STILL THRILLING huge audiences more than 25 years into their career, U2 become ever more impressive in their longevity, integrity, capacity for reinvention and willingness ...

Rutles.The: The Rutles: Rock Café 2000, Stourbridge

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2005

A COMEDY sketch that grew into an cult, the Rutles may be a joke that delivered its punchline almost three decades ago, but 200 or ...

Oasis: Hampden Park, Glasgow

Live Review by Pete Paphides, Times, The, July 2005

THESE DAYS, the Zeitgeist might prefer to be seen on the town with the likes of Coldplay – but for a band shadowed by past ...

Sonic Youth: Kim Gordon

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2005

BACKSTAGE AT V Festival, the queen mother of punk rock shelters from the punishing sun. With her dirty-blonde hair and boho-bag-lady chic, Kim Gordon cuts ...

Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth: Punk's Queen Mother: Kim Gordon

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2005

BACKSTAGE AT V Festival, the queen mother of punk rock shelters from the punishing sun. With her dirty-blonde hair and boho-bag-lady chic, Kim Gordon cuts ...

Rave On… But Be Careful

Comment by Sheryl Garratt, Times, The, September 2005

IT IS EASY TO forget how grey and grim Britain seemed in the late 1980s. The Tories had been in power for ever; young men ...

a-ha

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2005

IN 2005, there are few cooler pop names to drop than a-ha. Coldplay and Travis are not just avowed fans but sometime collaborators with the ...

Rosanne Cash's Cadillac

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, January 2006

ROSANNE CASH has already been to church by the time we meet for breakfast. As dawn broke on this wintry Parisian morning, the singer-songwriter slipped ...

David Gilmour: On An Island

Review by Pete Paphides, Times, The, March 2006

OUT IN CYBERSPACE reunion rumours swirl with niggling persistence, but David Gilmour's perpetual half-smile masks an unyielding nature. Asked about a putative Pink Floyd re-formation ...

Morrissey at The Lowry, Salford

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2006

THE SENSE OF feverish anticipation that Morrissey still generates before each live performance, record release and even interview is a remarkable testament to the cult ...

The Beastie Boys: Awesome Welles: The Beastie Boys' Home Movie

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

THE WAY Beastie Boys rapper turned movie director Adam 'MCA' Yauch tells it, the idea to film the band's sold-out homecoming gig at Madison Square ...

The Beastie Boys: Beastie Boys: On Film

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

THE WAY Beastie Boys rapper turned movie director Adam 'MCA' Yauch tells it, the idea to film the band's sold-out homecoming gig at Madison Square ...

Bob Dylan: International Arena, Cardiff

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

THE CULT OF Bob Dylan stands at its highest point for decades, bolstered by the singer's highly regarded US radio show and superb memoir Chronicles. ...

Fatboy Slim

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

THE SUN DECK of Norman Cook's seafront Brighton home juts out over a stony stretch of supposedly private beach. But it is not that private, ...

Muse: Black Holes and Revelations

Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

COMPARED TO the mighty cosmic thunder of Muse, the undernourished hipsters of the current Britrock scene sound like puny little insects. Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme ...

Shirley Bassey: Cardiff International Arena

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

SHE MAY BE OLDER than John Prescott and camper than Liberace, but Dame Shirley Bassey's sold-out homecoming show in Cardiff on Tuesday was greeted with ...

Johnny Cash: American V

Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, July 2006

MORE THAN THREE YEARS after his death, the Man In Black is still enjoying the kind of final-act career resurgence that artists half his age ...

Midlake

Interview by Jim Irvin, Times, The, July 2006

YOU HEAR A rolling figure on electric piano, a melody recalling Fleetwood Mac's 'Rhiannon' and the 'Theme From MASH', a chugging groove reminiscent of 'Don't ...

Muse: Ready For Blast Off

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, July 2006

IN KEEPING with his reputation as Britrock's reigning maestro of overblown melodrama, Matt Bellamy lives in a grand old villa overlooking Lake Como in northern ...

Bob Dylan: Modern Times (Columbia) ***

Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2006

ARRIVING IN THE afterglow of Martin Scorsese's laudatory No Direction Home, Dylan's first album in five years carries the burden of great expectations. But behind ...

R.E.M.: Michael Stipe: An Interview

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2006

THE ROOF TERRACE alone in Michael Stipe's ultra-deluxe Knightsbridge hotel suite is bigger than most luxury flats. Boasting its own sauna and dining hall, the ...

Adam & The Ants: Stand And Deliver by Adam Ant (Sidgwick & Jackson)

Book Review by Bob Stanley, Times, The, September 2006

STUART GODDARD attempted suicide, aged 21, in 1975. He woke up in Friern Barnet hospital and discharged himself. When he got home to his wife ...

Where Were You In C86?

Retrospective by Bob Stanley, Times, The, October 2006

THE EIGHTIES HAVE – like the stack-heeled Seventies before them – been repackaged and filed away as an era of Duran Duran, Dynasty and mobile ...

Marillion: How To Thrive On A Fish-Free Diet

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2007

THERE ARE no goblins guarding the gates to Marillion's secret lair in the rolling depths of Middle England. No cackling old crones casting spells on ...

Blondie, Debbie Harry: Debbie Harry: Never Fade Away

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2007

BEFORE Madonna, before Courtney Love and Shirley Manson, before Karen O and Beth Ditto, there was Debbie Harry. ...

Motorhead: Lemmy: The Oldest Rocker In Town

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2007

THE SUN hammers down on the French Riviera like a vengeful Old Testament god. With temperatures topping 90 degrees, the beach at Nice is heaving ...

Grinderman: The Forum, London ****

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2007

NICK CAVE turns 50 this year. As far back as a decade ago, he protested that rock and roll is no job for a middle-aged ...

Black Eyed Peas: Will.i.am: Peas In Our Time

Interview by Angus Batey, Times, The, August 2007

The Black Eyed Peas' frontman Will.i.am tells our correspondent how "happy" music took him from the ghetto to the Top Ten ...

Alison Krauss, Robert Plant: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand

Review by Pete Paphides, Times, The, October 2007

OUT OF THE BLUE, Jo Bartlett, the co-organiser of the small folk festival, Green Man, received a phone call one day from someone purporting to ...

Alicia Keys: The Ascent Of Alicia Keys

Interview by Angus Batey, Times, The, November 2007

A family death hit her hard but Alicia Keys found inspiration to go on — on top of the Great Pyramid ...

Amy Winehouse: Why Amy Winehouse is On The Rocks

Essay by Nick Kent, Times, The, January 2008

As troubled singer Amy Winehouse is filmed smoking crack cocaine, our writer, a veteran of the 1970s music and drug culture, explains why we view ...

Camille

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, March 2008

ON THE EVE of Nicolas Sarkozy's state visit to Britain, another French export is already launching her latest cross-channel charm offensive in London. ...

Duffy: Rockferry ***

Review by Bob Stanley, Times, The, March 2008

BEHIND THE BLONDE BANGS, you get the feeling there might have been more than the odd moment of self-doubt for Duffy. You can almost see ...

Pegi Young Follows Husband Neil Into The Spotlight

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, March 2008

ONSTAGE IN Berlin, Pegi Young makes a monumental high-tech concert hall feel like a dusty back porch in some sleepy truck-stop town. Opening for her ...

Goldfrapp

Profile and Interview by Pete Paphides, Times, The, April 2008

JUST BECAUSE Goldfrapp's new single is a sunny pop tune that goes by the name of 'Happiness', it doesn't mean that Alison Goldfrapp holds any ...

Foo Fighters: Manchester City Stadium

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2008

FOURTEEN YEARS and six albums since the demise of Nirvana, Dave Grohl continues to smooth down the spiky edges of his former band's indie-metal sound. ...

Leonard Cohen: Opera House, Manchester

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2008

MORE THAN 15 YEARS have passed since Leonard Cohen last graced a British stage, but the 73-year-old poet-turned-crooner was on suave form at the start ...

Neil Diamond: Hampden Park, Glasgow

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2008

AFTER A MONTH of freakishly dry weather over Scotland, the heavens opened on Thursday just in time to soak more than 30,000 fans gathered at ...

Madonna: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff ***

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2008

HOURS BEFORE Madonna launched her Sticky & Sweet world tour in Cardiff on Saturday, the phenomenal pulling power of history's biggest ever female pop star ...

George Michael: Earls Court, London ***

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2008

THE FIRST of George Michael's two sold-out London mega-shows on Sunday was big on bling but low on spark. ...

Antony & the Johnsons: Antony and the Johnsons

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2008

ONSTAGE AT Harlem's fabled Apollo Theatre, Antony Hegarty cuts an imposing figure. Swept along by a 20-piece orchestra, New York City's reigning demi-monde diva sobs ...

Tony Christie: Cadogan Hall, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2008

THIS HAS BEEN a vintage year for triumphant comebacks by veteran singers, from Leonard Cohen to Neil Diamond. Now Tony Christie, who turned 65 in ...

Kings of Leon: Brighton Centre, Brighton

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, December 2008

CALEB FOLLOWILL was in an expansive mood as Kings of Leon began their biggest British tour yet. "This has been one of the best years ...

Blur Are Back

Report and Interview by Pete Paphides, Times, The, December 2008

SIX YEARS AFTER they last played together, 13 since their epic chart duel with Oasis and almost three decades after the band's dominant figures met ...

The Hold Steady: Carling Academy, Oxford

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, December 2008

ON THE FACE OF IT, the Hold Steady are upholders of a classic rock tradition. A five-man, New York group who craft their songs out ...

The Prodigy: Glasgow Academy

Live Review by Pete Paphides, Times, The, December 2008

IN 1996, WHEN Keith Flint – the face that soonest springs to mind when people think of the Prodigy – shovelled on the kohl and ...

Frankmusik, Keane: Keane/Frankmusik: MEN Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, February 2009

KEANE HAVE SPENT much of their decade-long career as critical whipping boys, derided for their public school poshness and sweet, soppy, wholesome power ballads. Even ...

U2: How I Learned To Love U2 (Almost)

Comment by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, February 2009

LIKE MOST right-thinking people, I grew up hating U2. ...

David Byrne: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, March 2009

LIKE SOME KIND OF vaguely sinister religious cult, David Byrne and his band kicked off their latest British tour dressed in pristine white from head ...

ABC, The Klaxons, Radiohead, The Stone Roses: Second Comings: The Klaxons and the Struggle to Follow Up a Hit Debut Album

Comment by Pete Paphides, Times, The, March 2009

IT TAKES SOME doing to instigate a backlash from your fans without actually releasing a record. Yet this month, by revealing that their record company, ...

Dusty Springfield: The Legacy of Dusty Springfield

Retrospective by Bob Stanley, Times, The, April 2009

The greatest girl singer of the Sixties would be 70 this month, but her legacy is evergreen ...

The Specials: O2 Academy, Newcastle****

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2009

THE PAST three decades seemed to fall away when the Specials began their comeback tour with this explosive and exciting performance in Newcastle upon Tyne. ...

The Dead Weather: Boston Arms, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, June 2009

EIGHT YEARS AFTER I first saw the White Stripes play in the back room of the Boston Arms pub in Tufnell Park, North London, Jack ...

Spinal Tap: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, Times, The, July 2009

THE BIZARRE blurring of the lines between comedic fiction and showbusiness reality continued apace with the staging of Spinal Tap's "One Night Only World Tour" ...

Alice In Chains: Scala, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2009

CONTEMPORARIES OF Nirvana and Pearl Jam during the Seattle grunge boom of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Alice In Chains returned from a long ...

Arctic Monkeys: Humbug (Domino)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2009

MATURITY IS THE poisoned chalice that all rock bands must sup from eventually. Arctic Monkeys sounded strikingly sharp and vital on their 2006 debut, Whatever ...

Pearl Jam: Shepherds Bush Empire

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2009

ONE OF THE LAST surviving bands from the Seattle grunge goldrush that revitalised American rock two decades ago, Pearl Jam played a rare London club ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: The Blueprint 3

Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2009

IN 2001, SHAWN "Jay-Z" Carter released The Blueprint, a critical and commercial smash which set a standard the Brooklyn-born rap mogul has struggled to match ...

Coldplay, Jay Z: Coldplay/Jay-Z: Lancashire Cricket Ground, Manchester

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2009

THEY MAY BE one of the most successful bands in the world, but Coldplay still really, really want us to love them. ...

Roni Size and Reprazent, Speech Debelle : Speech Debelle/Roni Size & Reprazent: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2009

Speech Debelles's challenge is to translate the pleasures of her terrific album into something that works on a big stage ...

Tom Jones: Cardiff International Arena

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2009

AT THE START of a three-night stint in his native Wales, Tom Jones began his latest British tour in swaggeringly confident mood. ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Times, The, October 2009

Paul Lester remembers the two years when the band ruled the world ...

Franz Ferdinand: Sheffield Academy, Sheffield

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2009

FRANZ FERDINAND'S reputation as arty, stylish, witty and literate rockers precedes them, but it was wearing very thin in Sheffield last week. ...

Cluster, Tortoise: Tortoise / Cluster: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2009

CURRENT DEFINITIONS of jazz are clearly somewhat flexible, judging by the avant-rock double bill that closed this year's London Jazz Festival on Sunday night. The ...

Julian Casablancas: Ritz, Manchester

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2009

SURPRISINGLY TALL and strapping for a man who made size-zero indie-rock credible again this decade, Julian Casablancas shrugged and lolloped through an hour-long set in ...

Pet Shop Boys/Bad Lieutenant: NIA, Birmingham

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2009

FIRST SEEN in Britain six months ago, the Pandemonium world tour feels even more dazzling second time around. Even though every pre-programmed note and choreographed ...

Regina Spektor: Academy, Birmingham

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2009

IT APPEARS REGINA SPEKTOR has finally crossed over from word-of-mouth cult to left-field star, judging by her rapturous reception at a packed Birmingham show on ...

The Maccabees: The Maccabees May Yet Become Greats

Interview by Pete Paphides, Times, The, January 2010

The NME tour's latest headliners may be the next big thing, but they remain modest enough to doubt their No1 potential ...

Sade Emerges From Her Country Retreat

Interview by Robert Sandall, Times, The, January 2010

She's Britain's most successful female solo artist but has remained a glamorous enigma — until now. Sade emerges from her country retreat to tell how ...

Paolo Nutini: Paisley's Own Caped Crusader

Profile and Interview by Pete Paphides, Times, The, February 2010

SEVERAL MONTHS have elapsed since Paolo Nutini got the idea for his performance at the 2010 Brit Awards. If he remembers the moment well, that'll ...

Lou Reed: Back On The Road At 68

Interview by Mark Paytress, Times, The, April 2010

In a rare interview, the rock icon is as challenging as the album he is re-releasing ...

Devo: The Return of Devo

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2010

FOUR DECADES SINCE Devo first donned their matching overalls and began their assault on the pop mainstream, America's original disco-rock Dadaists are back. ...

Muse: Manchester LCCC

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2010

NEARING THE END of an epic world tour which has transformed them into Britain 's biggest band, Muse brought their sense-swamping carnival of baroque 'n ...

Flying Lotus: Koko, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2010

CURRENTLY THE hottest rising star of electronic music on both sides of the Atlantic, Steven "Flying Lotus" Ellison played his biggest London show so far ...

The Rise Of Dubstep

Overview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2010

THE FIRST THING that hits you, quite literally, is the sledgehammer bass sound. Walk into any dubstep club and these gnarly, spine-twisting shudders almost knock ...

Heaven 17: Penthouse and Pavement Revisited

Retrospective by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2010

"SHEFFIELD HAS ALWAYS had a bit of a maverick attitude," says Martyn Ware of evergreen electro-pop veterans Heaven 17. "It's the natural bolshiness of the ...

Pulp: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2012

FOR ALL our faults, it says something great about this nation that Jarvis Cocker remains the best-loved survivor of the Britpop boom, a man so ...

Lana Del Rey: Jazz Cafe, London ****

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, April 2012

BEING pop's latest It Girl clearly has its downsides. ...

Rufus Wainwright: Lyceum Theatre, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, May 2012

PERFORMING ON A West End stage normally reserved for The Lion King, Rufus Wainwright turned his glitzy London album launch into an intimate, emotionally charged ...

Happy Mondays: Manchester Arena, Manchester **

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, May 2012

LIKE a musical version of a Civil War re-enactment society, the elder statesmen of Manchester's fabled 1980s rock scene are returning to relive their youthful ...

Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds: Got Dem Ol' Home Counties Blues Again, Mama: How the Surrey Delta shaped British rock from the early Stones to Led Zeppelin

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, September 2012

RIPLEY... EPSOM... WALLINGTON. The names hardly resonate in the way that Clarksdale or Greenville or Natchez do. Yet in their way these Surrey towns are ...

Johnny Hallyday: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2012

A MERE HALF century into his career, France's biggest rock star finally made his London live debut this week. After 110 million album sales, four ...

Rosanne Cash: Union Chapel, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2012

A HOST OF FACTORS, including brain surgery, have conspired to keep Rosanne Cash away from London for the last six years. Returning to a full ...

The xx: the xx: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2012

MODESTY, UNDERSTATEMENT and tasteful restraint have no place in pop music, an art form tailor-made for dysfunctional drama queens. Yet somehow the xx have backed ...

ABC: Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, December 2012

MARTIN FRY clearly has a hideous self-portrait lurking in some dusty attic, because the 54-year-old appeared spookily ageless at this glitzy London show. Still as ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: Grandmaster Flash: Dogstar, Brixton, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, January 2013

IT FEELS oddly incongruous to witness one of the legendary founding fathers of a billion-dollar musical genre playing to 300 people in a modest pub-style ...

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