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Dorian Lynskey

Dorian Lynskey

Dorian Lynskey started writing about music in 1996. He currently contributes regularly to the Guardian, Word, Q, Empire, and OMM and is the author of The Guardian Book of Playlists.

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, February 2011

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

Arctic Monkeys: Surfeit Safari: Arctic Monkeys: Suck It And See (Domino)

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, July 2011

Arctic Monkeys latest adventure — an overload of hyper-chiselled lyricism and a touch too much of yer manly riff-rock ...

Arctic Monkeys: Fast and Furious: Arctic Monkeys

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

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

Beyoncé Knowles

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Q, March 2003

It's her duty to shake that booty. ...

Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus: Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry: New Skin

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, GQ, January 2014

Reinvention can make or break our pop princesses ...

Bloc Party: A Weekend in the City

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, February 2007

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

Kate Bush: The Mystery Dance

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, December 2011

A Kate Bush song can be a game, a riddle, a library, a plane ticket, a night at the movies, a love affair, an hallucination, ...

John Cale, LCD Soundsystem: John Cale meets LCD Soundsystem

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2007

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

Chic, Nile Rodgers: Nile Rodgers: The Winter Of Our Discotheque

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, November 2011

Chic's Nile Rodgers recalls the chilling dance-music backlash of 1979 — "the more dominant tribe basically saying, It's time to thin out the herd" ...

Coldplay: A Rush Of Blood To The Head (Parlophone) ****

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Q, September 2002

Former "bedwetters" make emotional bid for U2's throne. ...

Coldplay: Yellow In Peril

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, November 2000

Inclement weather. Iffy gig. Coldplay's sojourn to Portugal's Paredes De Coura Festival was no holiday in the sun ...

Coldplay: Look At The Stars

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, January 2001

...or alternatively, look the other way, mumble about how no-one really likes you and worry about losing your hair. Coldplay are Britain's biggest new band ...

Destiny's Child

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Q, March 1999

This Houston teen foursome are produced by Timbaland for Missy Misdemeanour's label but it's not going to their heads. ...

The Dixie Chicks: Dixie Chicks

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Q, July 1999

Good heavens! It's the bottle-blonde, country Corrs. ...

Elliott Smith: Bottle Up And Explode

Retrospective by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, January 2004

Elliott Smith never managed to get past Step One of any 12-step recovery programme, yet he made quixotic music that lifted the lonely and the ...

Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP (Aftermath/Interscope) *****

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Select, August 2000

Liberal-baiting rap superstar returns with autobiographical outing, officially the second fastest-selling album ever. ...

Eminem: Trailer Made: Eminem B-Side Buyer's Guide

Guide by Dorian Lynskey, Mojo Collections, Summer 2001

Eminem was just another basement hip hop hopeful, then he had an exceedingly profitable trip to the loo. Dorian Lynskey plots a wax history. ...

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

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

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

Eve

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Q, May 2001

Her bite's just as bad as her bark. ...

Frank Ocean Comes Out: A Brave Move In The Exaggeratedly Heterosexual World Of Hip Hop

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, New Statesman, July 2012

What it means to be the first out gay star in urban music. ...

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2006

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

Franz Ferdinand: Tonight

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, January 2009

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

Goldfrapp: Supernature

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, August 2005

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

Terry Hall: Fun Boy Free: Terry Hall

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2003

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

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

Overview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, November 2010

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

Jay Z: Jay-Z: American Gangster (Roc-A-Fella) ****

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Q, January 2008

Four years and two albums into his "retirement", hip hop's chief tycoon relocates his mojo. ...

Jay Z, Justin Timberlake: Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London *****

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2013

HAS LONDON ever had a more dystopian venue than the Olympic Park? Compared to Wireless's old home of Hyde Park this partially astroturfed gravel car ...

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, December 2010

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

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

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, September 2007

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

Kanye West: Forum, London

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

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

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

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, September 2008

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

Kelis

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Q, March 2000

She reckons she's no saner than Ol' Dirty Bastard. God help us. ...

Kendrick Lamar: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, January 2013

ON A snowy night in London, Compton seems as distant as Mars. Twenty-five years ago the Los Angeles suburb was the epicentre of a hip-hop ...

The Killers: Hot Fuss (Lizard King)

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, July 2004

MANY PERFORMERS see out their careers with a lucrative stint in Las Vegas but few actually hail from the city beyond the pleasure palace walls. ...

Frankie Knuckles: The House That Frankie Knuckles Built

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, October 2011

Frankie Knuckles is back, minus a foot but loaded with plaudits including a street named after him in Chicago ...

Kyuss: Kings of the Stoner Age

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

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

Lady Gaga and the New World Order

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, October 2004

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

Janelle Monáe: Sister From Another Planet

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, August 2010

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

Morrissey: "Somebody Has To Be Me": Morrissey

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, April 2004

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

Muse: Matt Bellamy

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Select, November 2000

MUSE'S MATT BELLAMY, what's with the blue hair? ...

N*E*R*D: Dweebs In Pepperland: N*E*R*D: Fly Or Die (Virgin)

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, May 2004

As producers, the Neptunes rule the world. But as N*E*R*D they're losing their way — by Dorian Lynskey ...

Outkast: Pretty In Pink: OutKast: Hammerstein Ballroom, New York *****

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Q, July 2001

The future of hip hop looks rosy ...

OutKast: Southern Gents: OutKast: Big Boi And Dre Present... OutKast (LaFace/Arista) ****

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Q, February 2002

Yee-haw! Technicolour hip hop rises again ...

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2006

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

Prince: "I'm a musician. And I am music"

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2011

RINGTONES ARE EVIL. Islamic countries are fun. The internet is like "a carjacking", where there are no boundaries. Prince on being pop's "loving tyrant" ...

Public Image Ltd: John Lydon: 'PiL lets me express proper emotions'

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Observer, The, September 2009

ON CHRISTMAS DAY 1978, almost exactly a year after the implosion of the Sex Pistols while on tour in San Francisco, the artist formerly known ...

Rihanna: Sweetness and Steel: Rihanna

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

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

The Strokes: Très Chic! Très Bon!: The Strokes: La Mutualité, Paris ****

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Blender, June 2002

The Strokes heat up the world's coolest city ...

Tatu: We Have Seen The Future of Rock & Roll (and Gulp! It's Two Teenage "Lesbians" From Moscow)

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Blender, June 2002

Two underage ambisexuals known as Tatu have turned the Russian pop world upside down. Now, led by their ex-psychiatrist manager, they've set their sights squarely ...

The Temptations: The Band That Took Motown Higher

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

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

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2009

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

Kanye West: Natural Born Show-off: Kanye West

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

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

Jack White: Exit Wounds: Jack White: Blunderbuss (XL)

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, May 2012

Jack White certainly isn't gunning for his ex, but their split seems to have fired some of his most riveting work yet ...

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

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, October 2010

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

Bobby Womack: Forum, London

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, November 2012

YOU WAIT YEARS for a Bobby Womack show, and two turn up at once. Unfortunately, that is not as good as it sounds. The 68-year-old ...

List of genre pieces

Indie Rock's Slow and Painful Death

Report by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, January 2012

Sales figures suggest alternative rock is in a dismal place right now. Will it ever recover? And should we care? ...

The Great Rock'n'Roll Sellout

Report by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2011

Gone are the days when bands would be scorned for getting into bed with corporate sponsors and brands, so what ever happened to "selling out"? ...

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

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

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

How Trance Got To Number 1

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Q, October 1999

Music invented by Jean Michel Jarre and already declared passé twice in the last 10 years is all over the charts, packing out clubs and ...

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