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Laura Barton

Laura Barton

Laura Barton (born 1977) is an English writer and journalist. She writes mainly for The Guardian, and published her first novel, Twenty-One Locks, in 2010.

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Adele, Duffy: Who's better – Duffy or Adele?

Comment by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, February 2008

The national topic of conversation has shifted from speculating on the weather to a more pressing subject: the search for this year's Amy Winehouse. ...

Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear: Grrrl Power

Retrospective and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, March 2009

The Riot Grrrl scene brought feminism to alternative rock in the '90s. Fifteen years on, the aftershocks are still making waves, says Laura Barton. ...

Andrew Bird's sonic arboretum reminds me of the natural music we are losing

Report and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, November 2011

IN CHICAGO'S MUSEUM of Contemporary Art this December, there will sprout up a peculiar kind of forest: 50 horned speakers, each standing between 19 and ...

Bon Iver: "I'm really confused right now"

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, June 2011

Bon Iver's first album brought Justin Vernon success beyond his comprehension. With his hugely anticipated second album out soon, Laura Barton asks – can he ...

Bon Iver: Hail, Hail, Rock'n'Roll: Bon Iver

Report and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, February 2008

IF WE HAVE spoken in the past couple of weeks, I apologise. If you have poured out your heart and found me blank-faced, if you ...

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan: When Beauty Met the Beast

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, April 2006

What happened when Isobel Campbell teamed up with the wild man of rock, Mark Lanegan? The result, says Laura Barton, could make her Queen of ...

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: And the crowd goes wild: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, December 2005

Earlier this year, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were struggling to sell more than five albums a day. Now they're selling out every venue they ...

The Decemberists: The Changing of the Seasons

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, January 2011

A year ago, the Decemberists' Colin Meloy retreated to a house in the woods of northern Oregon. He tells Laura Barton about the effect it ...

Fleet Foxes: How Fleet Foxes are handling high expectations second time around

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, June 2011

Huge success began a steep learning curve for the Seattle band. Bandleader Robin Pecknold explains how the second album put the band in a "dark ...

Ellie Goulding: Pop Sensation

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, December 2009

"I KNOW THESE cups look dirty," says Ellie Goulding, frowning at the two floral mugs she carries across the room, "but really they're not. It's just ...

Adam Green, The Moldy Peaches: Adam Green: The Park Bench Balladeer

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, April 2008

Adam Green's music, featured in the movie Juno, has brought him fame. That's fine, he tells Laura Barton, but he'd rather be at home eating ...

Daniel Johnston: "I know the darkness"

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, April 2006

"I love that girl so much I can't get enough of her crazy love" ('Crazy Love', Daniel Johnston) ...

Joy Division: Deborah Curtis: "I was just besotted"

Retrospective and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, April 2005

Twenty-five years ago, Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division, killed himself. His wife Deborah talks to Laura Barton about getting over him, obsessive fans ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Kate McGarrigle remembered

Comment by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, January 2010

THERE ARE TWO words that have always epitomised the voice of Kate McGarrigle for me – they came in a Rolling Stone review that followed ...

Mumford & Sons: The Almighty Power of Mumford & Sons

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, February 2010

THE PUB IS filling up: City boys in pinstriped suits, women clutching dry white wines; candles are lit on upstairs tables, voices rise to fill ...

Perfume Genius: "I've learned not to trust myself"

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, February 2012

Porn footage and his mum were two of the inspirations for songs on Mike Hadreas's second album, which, yes, features the same themes of lurid ...

Liz Phair: Exile In Guyville (15th Anniversary Edition)

Review by Laura Barton, Word, The, August 2009

All's Phair In Love And War: Raw, rude and "very 1993", Liz Phair led Girl Power's first offensive. ...

George Pringle: Hail, Hail, Rock'n'Roll: George Pringle

Essay by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, January 2008

I like my bus journey songs to have a narrative; 'cinematic mini-epics' as George Pringle might put it. Music for dreamers and loners ...

The Ramones, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Television: Heaven or Las Vegas: CBGBs closes down

Report by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, July 2005

Laura Barton on what the closure of the world's most famous punk-rock club, CBGB's, says about the state of New York's live music scene. ...

Josh Ritter: Songs of innocence and experience

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, April 2006

Mark Twain, Bob Dylan, Einstein and Thomas Jefferson – singer-songwriter Josh Ritter tells Laura Barton what makes him tick. ...

The Strokes: Rebirth of the Cool

Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, November 2005

Once they were the hippest band on the planet; then it all went a bit quiet for the Strokes. They tell Laura Barton how they ...

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