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Caroline Sullivan

Caroline Sullivan

Caroline Sullivan started at Melody Maker and currently writes for The Guardian. Caroline also occasionally appears on TV and various outposts of BBC Radio. She has also written for The Times, The Independent, The Telegraph and various women's magazines.

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Boomtown Rats: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 16 March 1985

IT'S INTERESTING to speculate how responsible Geldof's recent visibility is for landing the Rats two sold-out nights at this 2,000-seater.  ...

Boyd Rice, Frank Tovey, Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth/Frank Tovey & Boyd Rice

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, New Musical Express, 30 March 1985

AAAAH! CATHARSIS time again! ...

George Clinton, Thomas Dolby: George Clinton and Thomas Dolby: The Nut & The Nerd

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 20 July 1985

We're known as The Nut and The Nerd say George Clinton and Thomas Dolby, now together as DOLBY'S CUBE. Caroline Sullivan met this unlikely pair ...

Samantha Fox: The Best Girls Are Always In The Maker!

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 20 July 1985

Dumb blonde or shrewd businesswoman? Whatever your viewpoint, you've got to envy Sun Page Three girl SAMANTHA FOX. Still a teenager, she stands to earn ...

Amazulu: The Exciters

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 24 August 1985

At last AMAZULU have a hit. But can they hang on to their sanity? Caroline Sullivan talks to Claire and Nardo ...

Sheila E: Romance 1600 (Paisley Park/WB)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 7 September 1985

Fun and games ...

George Clinton: Some Of My Best Jokes Are Friends (Capitol)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 14 September 1985

The joke's on you ...

The Fat Boys, The Weather Girls: Weather Girls: Big Girls Don't Cry (CBS); Fat Boys: Fat Boys Are Back (WEA)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 21 September 1985

Fat is a feminine issue ...

Husker Du: Hüsker Dü: Hüdü Gurus

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 28 September 1985

"WHAT KIND of strings do you use on your axe, man?" ...

Julie Burchill: The 'Sweetest Girl'

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 2 November 1985

JULIE BURCHILL has torpedoed more sacred cows than a pop star has brain cells, though she likes (among other things) Sade and the Maker. Caroline Sullivan ...

Cameo: Single Life (Club)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 11 January 1986

THE MANDATORY credit to God is featured in the small print on the sleeve of Cameo's eleventh album and, when you consider how many cruddy ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Ultimate Sin (Epic)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 22 February 1986

WHEN I MET the editor of Kerrang! the other week, I asked him why he liked heavy metal, assuming that here, at last, was someone ...

Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction: Gossips, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 19 April 1986

MIND BENDERS ...

Imagination: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 7 June 1986

FOR ME, the high point of the set by this precision-dancing disco collective was the moment when Leee slipped off his gold lame jacket to ...

Curiosity Killed The Cat: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 2 August 1986

BLACK 501s and Joseph sweatwear. London popsoul that sounds kinda like latter-day Animal Nightlife or early Wham! or one of those other clubland consortiums. A ...

Curiosity Killed The Cat: Glamour Pussies

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 9 August 1986

Just when you thought the charts revolved around aging old crones, and the drab indie circuit offered the only alternative, along come CURIOSITY KILLED THE ...

Debbie Harry: Rockbird (Chrysalis)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 22 November 1986

FIVE YEARS is nigh on an eternity in pop, and Debbie Harry has returned to a changed world — a world in which the Lower ...

Womack and Womack: Womack And Womack: Starbright (Manhattan)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 10 January 1987

Rhyming Couplets ...

Anita Baker: Heaven Can Wait

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 31 January 1987

ANITA BAKER, the new queen of soul, discusses the dos and dont's of the bigtime with a sympathetic Caroline Sullivan. ...

Luther Vandross: The Language of Love

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 14 February 1987

So what does LUTHER VANDROSS, sex god to millions, do on a date? Does he even date at all? And what the hell happened when ...

Cookie Crew, The Three Wise Men: The Three Wise Men, Cookie Crew: Rhythm and Bruise

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 16 May 1987

SOMETHING IS STIRRING IN DEEPEST SOUTH LONDON IN THE SHAPE OF RHYTHM KING RECORD LABEL ARTISTS THE COOKIE CREW, WHO FORM THE FEMALE HIP-HOP ASSAULT ...

The Fat Boys: Crushin' (Urban/Polydor)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 26 September 1987

EVEN IN their days as a one-gag band, playing Sham 69 to Run DMC's Pistols, the Fat Boys were immensely (and I do mean immensely) ...

INXS: The Kick Inside

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 2 January 1988

THEY'VE CONQUERED THE WORLD BUT STILL CAN'T WOO THE CRITICS. INXS ARE AN ENIGMA. CAROLINE SULLIVAN PONDERS THE RIDDLE WITH MICHAEL HUTCHENCE,'THE SEXIEST MAN IN ...

Marc Almond: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 2 January 1988

WHERE HAVE these vulpine goths acquired their taste for this Brechtian melodrama? A brush with The Collected Isherwood? ...

Scarlet Fantastic: Phantasmagoria

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 16 January 1988

ARE SCARLET FANTASTIC LEADERS OF THE NEW GLAM MOVEMENT OR MERELY HIPPIES DRESSED IN SATIN AND SEQUINS? CAROLINE SULLIVAN SEPARATES THE MAGIC FROM THE MANIFESTO. ...

Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, MC Shan: Cold Chillin' Records: The Big Chill

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 16 April 1988

COLD CHILLIN' HAVE COMPILED A ROSTER TO CHALLENGE DEF JAM'S HIP HOP SUPREMACY. CAROLINE SULLIVAN MEETS A TRIO ON THE WAY TO THE TOP ...

Ofra Haza: Yemen They Couldn't Hang

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 14 May 1988

AFTER ERIC B AND RAKIM ABDUCTED HER EXOTIC VOICE FOR THEIR HIT SINGLE 'PAID IN FULL', EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT OFRA HAZA SOUNDS LIKE. CAROLINE SULLIVAN ...

Bros: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 16 July 1988

"I NEED a drink," my fellow Brosette whimpers urgently. It's the deafening interval 'tween set-end and encore. For an hour he'd gamely stood his ground, ...

Was (Not Was): Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 16 July 1988

TWO JEWISH comedians backed by the JBs. There — that's as close as anyone will ever come to describing the Wases in seven words. Unless ...

Wet Wet Wet: The Memphis Sessions (Phonogram)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 12 November 1988

IN A RECENT Wx3 feature in The Observer's Section 5, Simon Reynolds concluded that the Wets' perpetuation of soul music's traditional values is "an unhelpful ...

The La's: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 17 December 1988

THURSDAY, A PACKED Marquee. Onstage, four anoraky boys with jangling guitars. Mick Mercer's idea of Nirvana; my idea of no good reason to miss Neil ...

Hot House: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 18 March 1989

THERE ARE, oh, a thousand or so people in London who know that Hot House have nothing to do with Chicago, or with Liam O'Maonlai ...

Swing Out Sister: Dog Day Afternoon

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 1 April 1989

TWO YEARS AGO THEY HAD TWO TOP 10 SINGLES AND A NUMBER 1 ALBUM. THEN THE TRIO OF SUAVE POPSTERS DISAPPEARED. CAROLINE SULLIVAN REPORTS ON ...

Yazz: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 6 May 1989

THE NEWS Of The World was uppermost in my mind as a deafening, amphetamined version of the Batman theme presaged Yazz's arrival. Did you see ...

Bonnie Raitt: Nick Of Time (Capitol)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 13 May 1989

BONNIE RAITT was a compatriot of Janis Joplin's; the pair were the Sixties' premier hard-drinking, hard-loving white blues chicks. Raitts's music has continued in this ...

Dolly Parton: White Limozeen (CBS)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 29 July 1989

IF YOU NEED proof that we're dealing not with a mere singer, but a legend — nay, an icon — here it is: thrashy Class ...

Wendy And Lisa: Wendy & Lisa: Satisfy Yourself

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 5 August 1989

AFTER THEIR JUICY FRUIT AT THE BOTTOM LP GOT THE ECSTATIC REVIEWS IT SO RICHLY DESERVED, IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WENDY AND LISA ...

Grace Jones: "Born To F*** — I should get a tee-shirt saying that"

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 7 April 1990

THE ICE QUEEN MAY BE MAKING A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO MELT HER IMAGE AND BECOME MORE FEMININE, BUT SHE WAS STILL HARD ENOUGH TO BURY ...

Salt-N-Pepa: Salt 'N' Pepa: Short Back and Asides

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 28 April 1990

SALT 'N' PEPA are about to curl up and dye. The first of their chain of Salt 'N' Pepa beauty salons will soon open at ...

Bananarama: Girls Together Outrageously

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 28 July 1990

Ten years on from their ramshackle beginnings, BANANARAMA are the most successful female pop group in the world. They've got wit, flair and great shoulders. ...

Jason Donovan: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 September 1990

IT MUST have been sheer devilry that inspired someone to play Prince over the PA directly before Jason Donovan came on stage. Even Jason, awaiting ...

Depeche Mode: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Smash Hits, 25 December 1990

A "STOCKY" BLOKE in white jeans and perv-o-sparkle glitter jacket! A fright-wigged blonde bloke in a chain-mail mini skirt! A bespectacled bloke who stands grimly ...

Belinda Carlisle, The Go-Go's: Belinda Carlisle!

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Smash Hits, 23 January 1991

• She used to live in the untidiest house in Hollywood!• She plays music to her plants!• She's had about half an hour's holiday to ...

Unsound Moves in the Print Trade

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 11 April 1991

Caroline Sullivan investigates the long-standing malaise afflicting the weekly music press after last week's closure of Sounds and the merger of Record Mirror with Music ...

Alexander O'Neal: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 23 April 1991

ALEXANDER O'NEAL'S last British tour was famed for the moment during the concert when a double bed was wheeled on stage and a young laydee ...

Vanilla Ice: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 6 July 1991

WHAT IS IT that makes Vanilla Ice simultaneously a great among pop's icons and one of its classic punchlines? I suspect it's the Robert Van ...

Cher: Love Hurts (Geffen)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Smash Hits, 10 July 1991

THIS ALBUM, earthlings, is one exhausting experience. ...

Milli Vanilli: The Award Sinners

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 17 August 1991

The Milli Vanilli affair rocked the secretive world of pop. CAROLINE SULLIVAN on the scandal of stars who don't sing — and the judge with ...

Wet Wet Wet: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 4 November 1991

FOR WET Wet Wet's first British date for two years their record company was taking no chances. An audience of Radio One competition winners was ...

Cookie Crew, Salt-N-Pepa, Sister Souljah: Sisters Are Rapping It For Themselves

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 16 January 1992

In the misogynistic world of rap, anybody who's not one of the boys is a whore or more genially a bitch. But even the female ...

Daisy Chainsaw, The Nymphs, Shakespears Sister: Rock's Savage Sorority

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 27 February 1992

Caroline Sullivan on how women are using music to cope with rape, abortion, drugs. ...

Barry White: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 12 March 1992

Lurve and kisses: Caroline Sullivan on the night Barry White made the earth move ...

Lisa Stansfield: Soul of Discretion in a Hotel Laundry

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 19 March 1992

'If I've a hole in my tights, I'll sew it up. You can wear them under trousers.' Caroline Sullivan on Rochdale's most ordinary export, Lisa ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 26 March 1992

IS TOM PETTY thrashing out a mid-life crisis or has he always been this way? His current show certainly leaves you wondering. American rock is ...

Barry White: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 28 March 1992

BARRY WHITE has based an entire career on his notion of himself as a 100-horsepower love machine. ...

Julian Lennon: Kensal Dock, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 April 1992

IT IS DIFFICULT to contain a sneaking compassion for Julian Lennon. Unwelcome comparisons, rarely in his favour, continue to dog his career. They surfaced even ...

L7: University of London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 11 April 1992

L7: THE FIRST artistically-credible female heavy metalists, or rock vixens with more decibels than sense? The question divided the electorate at Thursday's sold out show. ...

Desmond Child, Diane Warren: Tracks Of Their Tears

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 18 May 1992

Caroline Sullivan hunts down the US songwriters responsible for the junk ballad ...

Natalie Cole, Nat King Cole: Natalie Cole: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 25 May 1992

'UNFORGETTABLE', Natalie Cole's "duet" with her father, Nat "King", cleaned up this year's Grammy awards. The song, wherein Natalie's voice was grafted onto Pop's 1951 ...

Throwing Muses: Kristin Hersh: Tortured by the Muse

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 10 September 1992

Caroline Sullivan on the nightmare illness which drives singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh ...

ABBA, Bjorn Again: ABBA: The High Priests of Euro-naff

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 21 September 1992

The sateen-flared Swedes are back again. Caroline Sullivan on Abba — The Revival ...

Happy Mondays: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 19 October 1992

THESE ARE troubled times for the Happy Mondays. Their new album, Yes, Please!, reputedly went over budget and has not had the sales to compensate. ...

Suede: SW1 Club, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 22 October 1992

BARELY six months old, Suede are attracting extravagant hyperbole. The London foursome have been deemed the best British guitar band since the Smiths, and their ...

Bon Jovi: Search for a New Faith

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 6 November 1992

Jon Bon Jovi jumped off rock's roller-coaster and started to look around. What he saw has changed what he is ...

Rock Till They Drop

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 November 1992

Most senior citizens hate pop. But a few still thrill to the sound of a synthesiser ...

Shonen Knife: ULU, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 December 1992

TOKYO APPARENTLY has a flourishing indie scene, and female trio Shonen Knife are its stars. Their popularity certainly emphasises the cultural gap between East and ...

Boney M: The Fridge, Brixton, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 19 January 1993

WHAT MIXTURE of whimsy and misanthropy persuaded Arista Records to release a "Boney M megamix"? It appears to be part of a bizarre masterplan to ...

Ice Cube: Murder Rap

Profile by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 11 March 1993

He's armed and he's dangerous: Ice Cube's lyrics are about race hate, the Los Angeles gangs and the glory of the gun. He's America's worst ...

Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear: University of London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 16 March 1993

RIOT GRRRL, a radical feminist frock movement originating in Washington state, is generating much controversy in the US. Even the New York Times has published a chin-stroking ...

Arrested Development: Town and Country Club, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 18 March 1993

ATLANTA hip hoppers Arrested Development are the very antithesis of Ice Cube, whose tour they follow by just a few days. They counter Cube's scatter-gun ...

Huggy Bear: Angry Young Women

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 March 1993

Take the in-yer-face spirit of punk, add a dash of Mom's best feminist cant. Born in the USA, now raising hell here, Riot Grrrls are ...

The Lemonheads: National Ballroom, Kilburn, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 7 April 1993

Pop's tangy new taste ...

Sounds of Blackness: The Sounds of Blackness: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 April 1993

IT WAS hard to believe that a gospel choir spawned the lubricious soulster, Alexander O'Neal, until you saw the ensemble in question. Minneapolis's 40-piece Sounds ...

Guns N' Roses: Chopper rock — Guns N' Roses: National Bowl, Milton Keynes

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 31 May 1993

Guns N' Roses, high on attitude, bring their macho moves to Milton Keynes ...

Bros, East 17, Let Loose, Take That, Worlds Apart: Pop Goes The Bubblegum

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 18 June 1993

Teenybopper bands were once besieged by fans wherever they went. The new generation's tame in comparison. Why? ...

Mojo: Rock of Ages

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 October 1993

Mojo, a glossy monthly aimed at ageing rockers, is the latest in a long line of minutely targeted music magazines ...

Dina Carroll: Dina delivers the soul — Dina Carroll: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 12 November 1993

A triumphant London debut for Dina Carroll at the Hammersmith Apollo ...

Diana Ross: Miss Ross the Boss

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 December 1993

Singer, actress, businesswoman — Diana Ross has always been in control in 30 years of show business ...

Body Count, Ice-T: Ice hits meltdown — Ice-T & Body Count: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 27 December 1993

Macho rapper Ice-T goes all soft and squishy at Brixton Academy ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Cocking a Leg at Society

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 12 February 1994

To Snoop Doggy Dogg, the hard man of rap, women are 'bitches' and 'niggaz with attitude' like him pack a pistol. CAROLINE SULLIVAN talked to ...

R Kelly: R. Kelly: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 March 1994

WITH RAP the genre of choice of so many young American black musicians, traditional soul looks endangered. Twenty five-year-old R Kelly offers one answer to ...

Marvin Gaye: The Ostend of the Road

Film/DVD/TV Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 28 March 1994

Arena's vivid documentary evokes Marvin Gaye's final years ...

Credit to the Nation: Credit To The Nation: Rapped by Rappers

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 April 1994

Matty Hanson — aka Credit To The Nation's MC Fusion — has come under fire for his views on the values of gangsta rappers. Is ...

Blur: The Blur of the moment

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 April 1994

After several false starts, Blur have got it right with their album Parklife, which is set to leap into the charts at number one. ...

Dr. Dre, The Lady of Rage, Snoop (Doggy) Dogg: Bark without bite — Snoop Doggy Dogg & Dr. Dre: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 May 1994

Snoop Doggy Dogg comes over like a pup at the Brixton Academy ...

Bikini Kill: Bikini Kill/Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Kill Rock Stars KRS204)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 6 May 1994

THE BIGGEST act on this Washington label is these founding riot grrrls, whose first two mini-albums are re-released as a single tape/CD. The 32-minute running ...

Johnny Cash: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 4 July 1994

"CAN YOU name anyone in this day and age who is as cool as Johnny Cash?", Rolling Stone magazine rhetorically asks. No one at this ...

Paul Oakenfold: Pick and Re-Mix

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 July 1994

Paul Oakenfold's new record has only his name on the cover. But he isn't a musician. He's the emperor of DJs ...

Chaka Demus and Pliers, General Levy: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 18 July 1994

THE RANKS of policemen who materialise outside Brixton Academy during shows by black artists were absent Friday night. Clearly, they had been informed that no ...

Oasis: The Boys Are Back In Town

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 12 August 1994

Trashed hotels, fist fights, easy sex — Oasis have rediscovered rock's roots. They've also found the time to knock out a great tune ...

Kylie Minogue: Fever Kitsch

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 6 September 1994

From wholesome soap star to scantily clad sex kitten — Kylie Minogue has changed her image more times than she might care to remember. But ...

East 17, PJ & Duncan, Shampoo, Take That: The New Bottom Line

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 19 October 1994

There was a time when sex in pop meant a shuttlecock down the jeans. The days of innocence are over. The steam age has begun. ...

Suede: Effete of Clay — Suede: City Hall, Hull

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 31 October 1994

Brett Anderson forsakes camp as Suede struggle to impress in Hull ...

Blur, Elastica: Blur: Blurred Vision

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 10 November 1994

They are the names on everyone's lips, the pop heroes from Essex. Blur are being mentioned in the same breath as The Beatles, and yesterday ...

How To Get Backstage

Guide by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 25 November 1994

Feeling brazen? Ready to crawl? Caroline Sullivan offers the definitive guide to bum-rushing the show ...

Bjorn Again, The Bootleg Beatles, Gary Glitter: Hark! The Faded Popsters Sing

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 6 December 1994

As Christmas approaches, turkeys aren't the only ones preparing to hop into the silverfoil. Ageing pop stars too come out but once a year ...

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

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 21 December 1994

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

Jodeci: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 16 January 1995

Hot crotch buns ...

Lisa Germano, Sarah McLachlan, Saint Etienne: Stalkers: Ever-Present Possessive

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 16 January 1995

Business is booming in the protection business. Now many of those being protected are women pop stars targeted by dangerous stalkers ...

Bettie Serveert, Jeff Buckley: Jeff Buckley, Bettie Serveert: Astoria 2, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 21 January 1995

WHEN JEFF Buckley's debut album, Grace, was released last year, it received ferocious acclaim and spawned a resurgence of interest in Jeff's folk singing father, ...

Barry White: Rising to the big occasion — Barry White: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 16 March 1995

Seventies legend Barry White has them swooning in the Wembley Arena aisles with his unique brand of bedroom soul ...

Janet Jackson: Platinum bland — Janet Jackson: London Arena, Millwall

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 10 April 1995

Janet Jackson's voice may be average, but her dancing is that of a well-drilled athlete ...

Warren G: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 25 April 1995

OF THE adjectives applied to gangsta rappers, "endearing" is way down the list. Warren Griffin, the latest sensation from the wrong side of Long Beach, ...

Hole: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 April 1995

In the name of Love: Caroline Sullivan on a stunning start to Hole's tour in Wolverhampton ...

Renegade Soundwave, Tricky: Tricky, Renegade Soundwave: The Grand, Clapham, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 May 1995

Cool, calm and very, very strange: Caroline Sullivan is haunted by Bristol rapper Tricky ...

Blur: Boys will be lads — Blur: Mile End Stadium, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 19 June 1995

A right old knees-up with Blur and their guests at Mile End ...

Marianne Faithfull: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 July 1995

Better class of icon defies the years ...

Take That: Then There Were Four — Take That: Manchester Arena

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 7 August 1995

Caroline Sullivan on how a Robbieless Take That fare at Manchester Arena ...

Cynthia Plaster Caster: Come Up And See My, Er...

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 August 1995

Caroline Sullivan meets the woman who persuaded Jimi Hendrix to dip his erect member into a jar of gooey pink dental mould. ...

Blur: Time for the Blur to Fly — Blur: NEC Arena, Birmingham

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 27 November 1995

Blur a flagging, studenty band? Those memories are now long gone as screaming teenyboppers everywhere fight to hear their heroes ...

Coolio: The Grand, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 5 January 1996

Gangsta takes rap to new level ...

Placebo: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 8 February 1996

A LITTLE gender-uncertainty never hurt any band, and it might prove the making of Placebo. The Swedish-American trio is fortunate in boasting a singer, Brian ...

Pulp: Sorted for Kids — Pulp: Brighton Centre, Brighton

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 22 February 1996

In a police station one night, on stage the next, and the Pulp fans have never been happier. Caroline Sullivan reports ...

Supergrass: Bald truth, hairy moments — Supergrass: Apollo Theatre, Oxford

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 28 February 1996

Supergrass were named best new band at last week's Brit awards — but why? Noisy they may be, but subtle they're not. Caroline Sullivan went ...

Skunk Anansie: Skin Deep

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 23 April 1996

She has been described as Naomi Campbell crossed with Tank Girl, but is there more to the singer with Skunk Anansie than just good cheekbones? ...

k.d. lang: Academy, Birmingham

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 April 1996

A big-boned gal among friends ...

Chris De Burgh: Chris de Burgh: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 18 June 1996

Chris de Burgh's banter saves the day at Hampton Court Palace, says Caroline Sullivan ...

Gary Barlow, Take That, Robbie Williams: Gary Barlow: Gary Takes it All

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 July 1996

The least fancied member of smash-hit boy band Take That was the one with the bona fide music training. Now, Gary Barlow is writing songs ...

The Spice Girls: Girls Just Wanna Be Loaded

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 26 July 1996

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

Charlatans, The (UK), Oasis: Blue Tones — The Charlatans: Knebworth, Herfordshire

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 August 1996

The Charlatans must have dreamt of upstaging Oasis. At Knebworth, they almost did. But it came at a horrible price, says Caroline Sullivan ...

Lewis Taylor: Lewis Taylor (Island) **** £9.99

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 16 August 1996

BRITISH SOUL stars are invariably compared to some American counterpart. Mark Morrison is derided as an R Kelly imitator and Seal as a composite of ...

Michael Jackson: Look Who's Wearing Stalin's Shoes

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 7 September 1996

He's Bad, he's Dangerous, he's History... Wacko Jacko is invading Eastern Europe and showing what capitalism can do when it comes to the cult of ...

Johnny Mathis: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 17 September 1996

Play Misty for us again, ole buddy ...

Camden Crawl: Take Me Home

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 21 September 1996

After Britpop, C96. Caroline Sullivan runs a marathon of new music in north London. ...

The Fugees: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 21 October 1996

Incredibly hiphop: If the Fugees were any bigger, they'd explode. Caroline Sullivan finds out why ...

The Beautiful South: Zipless anoraks — The Beautiful South: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 November 1996

Their new album may have screamed in at number one but The Beautiful South are lousy live, says Caroline Sullivan ...

The Lightning Seeds: Ian Broudie: Number One Seed

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 11 November 1996

Ian Broudie is responsible for some of the most enduring pop music of the decade. So what's his excuse for making that football record, asks ...

Neneh Cherry: Cherry Picker — Neneh Cherry: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 12 December 1996

Caroline Sullivan on the sultry charms of Neneh Cherry at Shepherds Bush Empire ...

Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Elvis Presley, Thin Lizzy, Sid Vicious: Mummy's Little Rock'n'Roll Soldier

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 16 December 1996

They're mad, bad and dangerous to know, and the apple of their mothers eyes. Caroline Sullivan examines the closest of all relationships... ...

Ash: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 3 March 1997

Boys enjoy early night ...

Peter Andre: Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 22 March 1997

And it's one for the tummy  Caroline Sullivan gets all worked up about Peter Andre   ...

The Divine Comedy: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 March 1997

Kitschy coup: Few pop musicians could carry it off, but Divine Comedy's orchestral manoeuvres impress Caroline Sullivan ...

David Bowie: Hanover Grand, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 4 June 1997

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

Soul Coughing: Irresistible Bliss (London) £14.99 *****

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 August 1997

Caroline Sullivan is completely blissed out ...

Paul Weller: Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 4 August 1997

Pub rock without the pub ...

U2: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 23 August 1997

Bono and Co go big, only to come up with a lemon ...

Oasis: Westpoint Arena, Exeter

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 September 1997

Radical move to symbolism-uh! as Oasis tour goes Pink Floyd ...

The Fall: Mark E. Smith: By Gum, it's Mr Grumpy

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 22 September 1997

He's getting old and his teeth are falling out, but The Fall's Mark E. Smith is as fresh as ever, says Caroline Sullivan. ...

Portishead: Dread again — Portishead: Portishead (Go! Beat) *****

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 3 October 1997

If Portishead's first album spooked you out, their second one will really get to you, says Caroline Sullivan ...

Robbie Williams: The Show-Off Must Go On — Robbie Williams: The Waterfront, Norwich

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 4 October 1997

Robbie Williams doesn't need to get his kit off to impress, says Caroline Sullivan ...

Whitesnake: End of an earache — Whitesnake: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 11 October 1997

Hang up your air guitars: Whitesnake will rock no more. Caroline Sullivan is oddly moved ...

Louise: The Girl Next Door

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 October 1997

She is currently the UK's most successful female singer, she has been voted one of the sexiest women in the world, she even has a ...

The Spice Girls: Abdi İpekçi Arena, Istanbul, Turkey

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 October 1997

Oriental Spice: Sponsor power, not bazaars, draws the Girls to Turkey ...

Jewel: Daddy cruel — Jewel: Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 21 October 1997

For a while on stage, Jewel exudes vulnerability. Then she tells you she wants to bash her father's teeth in. CAROLINE SULLIVAN reports ...

Peter Andre: Putting Away the Six-Pack

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 31 October 1997

With his doe eyes and firm stomach, Peter Andre was a classic teenybop chart success. Now he's set on R&B cred, and has some impressive ...

The Spice Girls: The new product — Spice Girls: Spiceworld (Virgin) ***

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 31 October 1997

Between the T-shirts, mugs, movies, dolls and video games, the Spice Girls have put out a new album. Caroline Sullivan didn't hate it... ...

Björk: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 November 1997

Iceland's icon scares the hell out of Caroline Sullivan at the Shepherd's Bush Empire. ...

Mary J. Blige: Mary J Blige: From the Bronx to the Big Time

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 18 November 1997

Caroline Sullivan has an audience with Mary J Blige, queen of hip hop soul ...

M People: Just Pedestrian — M People, Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 November 1997

M People may do a lot for Peugeot, but Caroline Sullivan is not moved ...

The Spice Girls: Spice: The Final Frontier

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 19 December 1997

The tabloids have turned on them, their fans are leaving them — even Smash Hits readers voted them Worst Group. Is this the end for ...

Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Take That, Robbie Williams: Take That: That Was Then, This Is Now

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 January 1998

Two years after the split, the Take That boys are more famous than ever — and no longer just for the excesses of Robbie Williams. ...

Bernard Butler: Upstairs at the Garage, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 11 March 1998

Young pretender goes it alone ...

Kylie Minogue: Kylie Minogue (deConstruction) *** £15.99

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 20 March 1998

Caroline Sullivan on the latest from the former pop kitten who's moving ever closer to that elusive musical maturity ...

Garbage: Trash Aesthetics

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 May 1998

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

Boyzone Stories

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 May 1998

What's next for the Irish boy band now that their main heart-throb has got married? Caroline Sullivantalks to Ronan Keating about pop, faith and a ...

Shirley Bassey: A Real Big Splendour — Shirley Bassey: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 June 1998

Only one woman can out-oomph Diana Ross. Caroline Sullivan salutes Shirley Bassey ...

Hanson: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 17 June 1998

Teen hearts throb with teen music ...

Dana International: (Wo)man of the Summer: Dana International

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 26 June 1998

Caroline Sullivan gets past the girl talk with Eurovision winner Dana International ...

Glastonbury: Pop Feast Kicked Off By Football

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 June 1998

Caroline Sullivan sorts fab from drab ...

Tupac Shakur: Afeni Shakur: The Kick Inside

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 July 1998

It is two years since gangsta rapper Tupac Shakur's short life ended in a hail of bullets. Caroline Sullivan talks exclusively to his mother about ...

The Beastie Boys: Beat Masters — Beastie Boys: Hello, Nasty (Grand Royal) **** £14.99

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 3 July 1998

Sick of introspective rock? Pining for the time when hip-hop was fun? So are the Beastie Boys. Caroline Sullivan fights for her right to party ...

Whitney Houston: Nynex, Manchester

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 11 July 1998

This town ain't hot enough... ...

Larry Graham, Chaka Khan, Prince: Stropping and Funking — Prince, Chaka Khan, Larry Graham: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 August 1998

The Artist Formerly Known As Prince did his best to stop Caroline Sullivan seeing his Wembley gig. When she sneaked her way in, this is ...

Mobo Workin'

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 9 October 1998

The Music Of Black Origin awards are now pop's trendiest bash, reflecting the dominant R&B influence in the charts. ...

The Cure, Hole: Hole, The Cure: The Forum, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 October 1998

WELL, IT'S one way of getting a rock critic out of the house. Just tell her a big band is going to make a secret ...

Sepultura, Slayer: Metal mickey — Slayer, Sepultura: Astoria, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 28 November 1998

Sepultura and Slayer? Caroline Sullivan can't take it seriously ...

Mercury Rev: Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 January 1999

IF YOU'VE chanced upon the term 'post-rock' and wondered what it meant, refer to Mercury Rev, who — at a guess — are the very ...

Lauryn Hill: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 8 February 1999

When Lauryn Hill played Brixton, it looked like the venue was braced for a riot. But the only rampaging mob was on stage. Caroline Sullivan ...

Robbie Williams: Sheffield Arena

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 16 February 1999

If the flat cap fits: is Robbie Williams the new Arthur Askey, asks Caroline Sullivan ...

Blur: 13

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 5 March 1999

Down and outstanding ...

Catatonia At The Brixton Academy

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 23 March 1999

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

S Club 7: Warning: They're Part Spice Girl, Part Monkee...

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 8 April 1999

Seen the show, read the book, got the T-shirt? You soon will have. Caroline Sullivan prepares for S Club 7, coming to your TV screen ...

The Cranberries: Why, why, why, Dolores? The Cranberries: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 April 1999

Sure, Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan has a great voice — but that's no reason to marginalise the rest of the band, says Caroline Sullivan ...

All Saints: Saints Preserve Us

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 23 April 1999

All Saints keep marching on as Girl Power's most credible models. They talk to Caroline Sullivan about the good side of being bad ...

Ike Turner, Ike & Tina Turner: Ike Turner: What Love Had To Do With It

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 26 May 1999

Ike Turner last spoke to his ex-wife Tina in 1986. Since then, he tells Caroline Sullivan, he's taken too much flak ...

The Bay City Rollers: Standing the Butt-Test of Time

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 May 1999

The Bay City Rollers were the Boyzone of their day — only bigger. And their fans, including Caroline Sullivan, still pay homage ...

Catatonia: Glowing In The Dark

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 31 May 1999

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

Backstreet Boys: Earl's Court, London **

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 21 June 1999

IT'S A DEPRESSING thought, but the Backstreet Boys have a strong claim to being the most popular group in the world right now. Although no ...

Gary Barlow: Stronger, Faster, Better — and Taller

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 July 1999

Gary Barlow may have been upstaged by the success of his former Take That colleague. Then again, says Caroline Sullivan, Robbie can't fly ...

Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin: Ifs and Butts: discs from Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 July 1999

As Latino pop looks set to take over the charts, Caroline Sullivan is only mildly impressed by the two artists leading the charge ...

Boyzone, The Corrs, Geri Halliwell, Martine McCutcheon, Mike + the Mechanics, Mark Morrison, Westlife: Boyzone, Westlife, Corrs, Geri Halliwell et al: Party in the Park, Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 5 July 1999

Famous for 10 minutes ...

All Saints, Bananarama, The Spice Girls, The Supremes: Girl Groups: Smash Hits

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 August 1999

So Mel C thinks Geri H is untalented, does she? When girl bands break up, says Caroline Sullivan, the pops get personal ...

Bros, Five, The Spice Girls: Bob Herbert 1942-1999

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 August 1999

BOB HERBERT, who has died in a car crash aged 57, didn't invent the idea of the packaged pop group, but, as the man responsible ...

Bernard Butler: He Won't be Suede

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 10 September 1999

Since leaving Suede in 1994, Bernard Butler has taken the battering of his life just for being "different and eccentric". But the strong and silent ...

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

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 September 1999

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

Moloko: Home, London **

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 11 October 1999

"WE," DECLARED the blonde girl in the DJ booth, "are the Moloko sound system." This was bad news indeed. Every band currently has what it ...

Christina Aguilera, BreZe: Life in Plastic, It's Fantastic

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 October 1999

Who are all these new singers who go straight in at No 1? Caroline Sullivan on the rise of the boil-in-the-bag pop star ...

Gabrielle: Sunshine After Rainy Days

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 22 October 1999

After what she's been through, who'd begrudge Gabrielle her success? Not Caroline Sullivan. ...

Foo Fighters: At the Brixton Academy

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 27 November 1999

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

George Michael: Even older, but no wiser — George Michael: Songs from the Last Century (Virgin) **

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 10 December 1999

He has fought for credibility since his Wham! days — now he's blown it for ever, says Caroline Sullivan ...

The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur: The Notorious BIG: Born Again (Puff Daddy Records/Arista) **; 2Pac+Outlawz: Still I Rise (Interscope) ****

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 17 December 1999

Stiff competition: Caroline Sullivan checks out the latest from two late rappers ...

All Saints: When The Saints Go Marching Out

Retrospective by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 10 January 2001

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

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

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 February 2002

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

Ike Turner: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 February 2002

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

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

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 February 2002

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

Ali G: The joke's on you: Ali G's 'Me Julie'

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 March 2002

This week Ali G releases his first single, 'Me Julie'. Caroline Sullivan wishes he wouldn't. ...

Glastonbury

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 17 May 2002

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

hear'say: Hear'Say, Gone Tomorrow

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 October 2002

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

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

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 17 October 2002

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

Justin Timberlake: Justified (Jive) **

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 November 2002

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

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

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 February 2003

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

Turin Brakes: Ether Song (Source) ****

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 28 February 2003

THIS MERCURY- and Brits-nominated duo have a patina of hipness, but their appearance on the launch night of BBC3 unmasked them as aspiring David Grays, ...

Beck: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 April 2003

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

Good Charlotte: Astoria, London **

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 July 2003

THE MALADJUSTED young of the 1980s looked for comfort to the Smiths, whose main role was to assure British youth that, no matter how miserable ...

Kings of Leon: Electric Ballroom, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 July 2003

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

The Rapture: A New York State Of Mind

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 6 September 2003

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

David Bowie: Reality

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 12 September 2003

LIKE ALL PROPER Dave albums, Bowie's 26th has at its core a concept, around which 11 songs uneasily cluster to articulate the master's daft vision. ...

It's A Family Affair

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 25 September 2003

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

Jamie Cullum: Bright Young Thing

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 25 September 2003

At 24, Jamie Cullum has a £1m record deal and a Mobo nomination. He talks to Caroline Sullivan about Nirvana, Prince William, and his mission ...

Fannypack: Beastie girls

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 6 October 2003

Fannypack are young, smutty and fresh — and they might just make hip-hop fun again. Caroline Sullivan meets them. ...

Sugababes: Wanna be in our gang?

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 17 October 2003

Sugababes were 15 when they released their first single. Three years and one line-up change later, they are the coolest, smartest girl band in the ...

Thea Gilmore: "It's sad the lengths girls go to, pouting on the cover of their CD"

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 23 October 2003

Thea Gilmore has released five albums, received rave reviews and turned down endless offers from major labels. And she's still only 23. She talks to ...

Hot Hot Heat: The Next Skinny Thing

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 3 November 2003

They're polite, prefer video games to groupies - and they're Canadian. Can Hot Hot Heat really be the new Strokes? Caroline Sullivan meets them. ...

Kylie Minogue: The Butt Stops Here

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 19 November 2003

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

Amy Winehouse: Bush Hall, London ***½

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 5 December 2003

YOU WAIT ALL millennium for a commercial but unembarrassing British female singer, then two come along within weeks of each other.  ...

Michelle McManus: The stars in our eyes

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 30 December 2003

Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus may claim to be happy with her size, but pop's obsession with image could well put an end to that, ...

My Chemical Romance: I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love (Polydor) ***

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 9 April 2004

ALTHOUGH My Chemical Romance have tried to spice up their image by nicknaming their patch of suburban New Jersey "the Crimezone", it would be surprising ...

Earl Okin: The Unluckiest Man In Pop

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 10 May 2004

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

Girls Aloud: How I Became a Girl Aloud

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 17 September 2004

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

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

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 19 November 2004

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

Hanson: Boys To Men

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 4 January 2005

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

A Single-Minded Pair: Rescuing Radio 1's Official Chart Show

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 28 February 2005

Tuned-in kids are turning off Radio 1's chart show. Can a new double act help it shake off its staid image, asks Caroline Sullivan. ...

Nas: Hip-Hop Violence: Pop Goes The Weasel

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 23 March 2005

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

Black Eyed Peas: Brixton Academy, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 9 May 2005

ALMOST ALONE among hiphoppers, the Black Eyed Peas have a sense of humility, so they must cringe at their label's hype. Whoever decided this amiable LA fourpiece ...

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

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 27 May 2005

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

Live8: Just Another Gig – With Added Feelgood Factor

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 June 2005

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

Tanita Tikaram: "I Was An Odd Kid"

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 June 2005

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

Damien Rice: Palladium, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 20 June 2005

THE MANY superlatives dished out to Damien Rice stem primarily from his ability to wow live crowds. ...

Madeleine Peyroux: "I'm an outcast"

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 August 2005

Madeleine Peyroux could be the new Norah Jones – if she didn't find the idea insulting. She tells Caroline Sullivan about walking out on her ...

The Dandy Warhols: Just Dandy

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 19 August 2005

Once upon a time the Dandy Warhols lived a spartan existence, struggling from gig to distant gig. Then someone made an unflattering documentary about them. ...

John Lennon: Lennon Online

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 November 2005

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

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

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 27 January 2006

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

The Zutons: Strange But True

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 April 2006

No one expected the Zutons to make it big - least of all themselves. Caroline Sullivan meets the best sci-fi trash-rock band in Britain. ...

Bic Runga: Today New Zealand, tomorrow the world

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 7 June 2006

Is Bic Runga the next great chanteuse? Caroline Sullivan finds out. ...

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

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 23 June 2006

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

Justin Timberlake: Hammersmith Palais, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 July 2006

WHEN Janet Jackson's bosom slipped out mid-song at the 2004 Super Bowl, only one person came out of the affair unscathed. ...

The Costa del Sol: Elvis Has Left The Cantina

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 21 July 2006

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

Christina Aguilera: Koko, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 22 July 2006

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

Peaches: Filth and Fury

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 July 2006

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

Ice Cube: Respectability? It Can Wait

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 August 2006

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

Beyoncé: B'Day (Sony) ****

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 September 2006

LIKE MOST American singers of her magnitude, Beyoncé speaks in life-coach soundbites that portray recording an album as a spiritual rite of passage. ...

Fergie Admits Drugs Shame!

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 8 September 2006

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

Amy Winehouse: Bloomsbury Ballroom, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 September 2006

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

My Chemical Romance: Brixton Academy, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 November 2006

AT 9:45 ON SUNDAY MORNING, it wasn't surprising to see a queue already straggling down the side of Brixton Academy. ...

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

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 December 2006

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

Calvin Harris: Beat Route

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 June 2007

Calvin Harris had a solid career in fruit and veg to look forward to. Then the charts, fame and Kylie Minogue got in the way. ...

Elvis Perkins: All About My Mother: Elvis Perkins

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 5 June 2007

Elvis Perkins tells Caroline Sullivan how the tragic deaths of his famous parents have shaped his melancholy pop. ...

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

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 7 September 2007

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

KT Tunstall: Wilton's Music Hall, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 12 September 2007

KATE TUNSTALL uses her initials for the same reason Joanne Rowling became JK — she thought a female name would generate preconceptions. Her music also ...

Erasure: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 27 September 2007

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

Adele: Move Over, Amy…

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 23 November 2007

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

George Pringle: The Social, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 23 November 2007

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

CSS: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 5 December 2007

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

Sia: King's College, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 6 December 2007

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

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

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 11 January 2008

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

Manic Street Preachers: The Manic Street Preachers: Nicky Wire reflects on the Musical Tradition of his Home Country

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 February 2008

"THERE'S A LOVELY Welsh word, cynefin, which means 'habitat'. It's the idea that there are factors in your environment that have an influence on you ...

Girls Aloud: Brighton Centre ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 May 2008

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

Kiss: Overblown, Overpaid And Over Here

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 30 May 2008

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

The Fratellis: "We don't want to be a pop band"

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 27 June 2008

IT'S LATE AFTERNOON outside Amsterdam's Paradiso club, and the small group of teenagers hanging around on the steps have just seen something to get excited ...

Duffy: Somerset House, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 22 July 2008

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

Katy Perry: Water Rats, London **

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 September 2008

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

Kaiser Chiefs: The Forum, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 25 October 2008

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

Hot Chip: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 10 November 2008

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

Ryan Adams: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 25 November 2008

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

Live Music: Is This The End Of The Road?

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 28 November 2008

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

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

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 17 December 2008

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

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

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 18 February 2009

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

John Legend: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 March 2009

AS befits a singer who decided that his original surname, Stephens, didn't capture his essence, John Legend precedes his entrance with black-and-white footage of himself ...

Taylor Swift: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 9 May 2009

COSY PLACES SUCH AS the Shepherd's Bush Empire can't figure much in Taylor Swift's schedule these days — the US's top-selling artist of 2008 must ...

Faith No More at The Brixton Academy

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 June 2009

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

Michael Jackson

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 26 June 2009

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

Sugababes: 'We Took Our Eye Off The Ball'

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 July 2009

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

Spandau Ballet's Reunion: Once More With Girdles

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 October 2009

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

Dizzee Rascal: Roundhouse, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 22 October 2009

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

JLS: 'We Became An Unshakable Force'

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 October 2009

X Factor runners up don't usually win Mobos — but JLS were always meant for more than talent shows ...

Bon Jovi: Alan McGee meets Jon Bon Jovi

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 5 November 2009

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

Rock Journalist Carol Clerk Broke the Mould

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian Unlimited, 19 March 2010

Former Melody Maker news editor Carol Clerk, who died last week, was a role model for female music writers. She loved old-school rock – and ...

The Cranberries: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 April 2010

BANDS GIVE ALL sorts of reasons for reuniting, but the Cranberries' must be the most novel: in 2009, after five years apart, they decided to have ...

LCD Soundsystem: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 26 April 2010

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

Mark Ronson and the Business Intl.: Hackney Empire, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 30 September 2010

IT'S NO LONGER UNUSUAL for producers to become artists in their own right, but Mark Ronson looks like he hasn't quite thought the whole thing ...

Justin Bieber: NIA, Birmingham

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 6 March 2011

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

Katy Perry: Hammersmith Apollo, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 18 March 2011

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

R Kelly: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 25 April 2011

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

Wild Beasts: Sex-Obsessed and Scrupulously Polite

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 5 May 2011

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

Amy Winehouse

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 23 July 2011

Singer with a soul-steeped voice whose instantly successful Back to Black album reflected her tormented experience of love ...

Florence and the Machine: Hackney Empire, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 26 October 2011

PARENTS WHO worry that their teenage daughters have few pop role models other than the intemperately sexual Rihannas of the world should be pleased that ...

Lana Del Rey: Scala, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 17 November 2011

LANA DEL REY may become the most recognised stage name since fellow New Yorker Lady Gaga, but it's just as possible it will end up ...

Jill Scott: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 December 2011

"I HAD AN album out this year," Jill Scott informs a chokingly full Brixton Academy. The congratulatory bellows have hardly faded before she tartly adds: ...

One Direction: Hammersmith Apollo, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 10 January 2012

"SCREW BIEBER FEVER," tweeted a fan on the afternoon of this boy band's first London headline gig, "I've got a One Direction infection." ...

Boyz II Men: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian Unlimited, 29 January 2012

"I'VE NEVER HAD to say this to a crowd before," says Shawn Stockman, the tenor who puts a great deal of the quivering oomph into ...

Snow Patrol: The O2, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 February 2012

WHEN SNOW PATROL released Fallen Empires, the 2011 album that comprises a substantial part of this gig, singer Gary Lightbody revealed that the new record ...

Whitney Houston

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 February 2012

Superstar singer credited as the first 'pop diva', whose compelling talent was lost to drug addiction ...

Sinead O'Connor: Sinéad O'Connor: "I define success differently"

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 March 2012

From her public search for a husband to attempted suicide and hospitalisation, the Irish singer has had a turbulent year even by her own standards. ...

Carly Rae Jepsen: Kiss (Polydor) **

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 20 September 2012

THIS Canadian Idol runner-up's super-hit 'Call Me Maybe' — the UK's second-biggest single of 2012 — was a polarising experience. ...

Cheryl Cole: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 8 October 2012

A RECENT bit of rebranding has seen Cheryl Cole styling herself as just "Cheryl", the inference being that she's reached a level of fame where ...

Ash at King's College, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2013

ASH HAVE BEEN rock stars for 12 years and four albums, yet, as singer Tim Wheeler has noted, they're still younger than some of the ...

Frightened Rabbit: Concorde 2, Brighton

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 February 2013

UNTIL RECENTLY, Glasgow's Frightened Rabbit were best-known for being bigger in America than at home. ...

One Direction: O2, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 February 2013

IF SIMON COWELL is in the house tonight as One Direction start their first UK arena tour, he might have to conclude that his earthly ...

Justin Timberlake: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 September 2013

His ex-boyband DNA compels him to give the footwork as much prominence as the songs  ...

Dizzee Rascal: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 30 September 2013

Beyond the celeb-friends roundup, Dizzee's agility and cheery-badman appeal is undeniable ...

Avril Lavigne: Avril Lavigne

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 7 November 2013

'ROCK'N'ROLL', 'Here's to Never Growing Up', 'Bad Girl': the titles on Avril Lavigne's fifth album are self-explanatory. ...

Crystal Fighters: Brixton Academy, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 November 2013

If you thought this sextet could only evoke Vampire Weekend and CSS, then think again: live, their passion can't be faulted ...

Little Boots: Heaven, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 29 November 2013

Pop's nearly woman evokes Kylie and Lady Gaga, but ultimately brings a wide-eyed intensity all her own ...

Childish Gambino: Because The Internet

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 5 December 2013

CHILDISH GAMBINO, the creation of US actor/standup Donald Glover, was initially seen by some as too plugged in to media circles to be persuasive as a rapper. ...

Suede: "Who says you can only do great stuff if you're damaged?"

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 5 Fall 2013

Good news for beautiful, conflicted outsiders: after 11 years, Suede are back – with an album that's as sharp as their singer's cheekbones. ...

Lostprophets, No Devotion: Lostprophets: "He Said He Was Innocent"

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 10 July 2014

When lead singer Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to 13 child sex offences, his former bandmates went into a state of shock. Now, still angry and ...

Alt-J: Brighton Centre

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 September 2014

"I'M A FEMALE rebel," insists Miley Cyrus's disembodied voice, piercing the opening song of Alt-J's show. Stripped of twerking and tongue associations, the sampled line floats in ...

Jessie J: iTunes festival, Roundhouse, London ***

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 September 2014

Naff, good-hearted and prone to motivational guff, Jessie J has a big-sister kindliness that gets the fans bouncing ...

Ed Sheeran: iTunes festival, Roundhouse, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 30 September 2014

Choirmaster builds to a climax... but keeps his shirt on. The multimillion-selling star stretches English self-deprecation to the limits while creating a whole band's worth of ...

Meghan Trainor: An Interview

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 October 2014

Is the surprise megahit really a dig at thinner women? No way, says the singer, it's about loving and rocking whatever you've got ...

Culture Club: Heaven, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 22 October 2014

THE FIRST TIME Culture Club played this basement nightclub, Smash Hits' reviewer Neil Tennant didn't see much of a future for them. ...

Lionel Richie: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 March 2015

With the stamina of a performer half his age, the veteran soul star swings between raucous R&B and sweet ballads to the delight of an ...

Taylor Swift: Apple royalties U-turn: is Taylor Swift the most powerful woman in music?

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 22 June 2015

Viewed as an advocate for artists and a game-changer, almost no other pop star could have made the corporate behemoth roll over. ...

Alessia Cara: "Social media is like a fake reality and it's hard to block things out"

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 10 March 2016

She's struck pop gold in the US and has befriended Taylor Swift and Drake – despite describing herself as an 'antisocial pessimist'. And then there's ...

Bastille: Wild World

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 8 September 2016

BEING HIGHLY successful seems not to have figured in frontman Dan Smith's aspirations for Bastille, whose 4m album sales have triggered ambivalence and self-doubt. ...

Sean Paul: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 14 September 2016

The sparky showboater's glory days may be some way behind him, but his rueful rhythms haven't just aged well over the years – they carry ...

Julia Holter: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 15 November 2016

The singer-songwriter cast a spell over the crowd with her cherished characters and carnival of sounds – but an industro-rock climax proved too much for ...

Feist: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 28 July 2017

The Canadian indie-folk star transforms the sparse songs of recent album Pleasure into luminous ballads and splenetic blues-rock shredding. ...

Demi Lovato: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2018

Vulnerable but resolute, the singer pursues her "truth" in an affecting and revelatory show. ...

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