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Guardian, The

The Guardian is a British national daily newspaper, founded in 1821, and owned, with The Observer, a Sunday weekly newspaper, by The Guardian Media Group.

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Bring Back the Single

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 22 October 1968

A STORY of virtue rewarded: Polydor, tiny in Britain compared with EMI or Decca, sold more LPs in the third quarter of 1968 than any ...

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland (Polydor)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 5 November 1968

THERE ARE 19 naked ladies on the cover 
of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland (Polydor 613 008/9). Pictured 
inside, Jimi has a flicker of the lip-licking ...

Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (CBS 63308)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 12 November 1968

2018 note: The quality and impact of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison is not because of the songs. It is because of the behaviour and ...

The Beatles: Back with the real Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) (Apple)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 19 November 1968

The Beatles' new album is about to be released. This is the first of two articles on what is likely to be the biggest event ...

The Beatles: Back to Spring: The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) (Apple)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 26 November 1968

"EARTH, WATER, fire, and air met together in a garden fair," chants Robin Williamson, of the Incredible String Band, in 'Koeeoaadi There'. And if the ...

True Sound of Rock

Essay by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 3 December 1968

2019: Thoughts after half a century. The piece below written as rock as a genre and a concept was emerging stands up quite well. As ...

The Rolling Stones: Beggars' Banquet (Decca SKL 4955)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 10 December 1968

The Stones' carrier wave ...

The Band, Buffalo Springfield, Country Joe & The Fish, The Doors, Aretha Franklin, MC5, Moby Grape, Nico, Otis Redding, Steppenwolf, Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa: 1968: The Shaken City Walls

Overview by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 24 December 1968

"AN ELECTRIC caterwauling of power... burning it, flashing it, whirling it down some arc of consciousness, the sound screaming up to a climax of vibrations ...

Harpers Bizarre: Anything Goes (Pye, WS 1716)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 31 December 1968

HOWARD JOHNSON ice-cream parlours, Harvey's hamburgers, Busby Berkeley movies: artificial, sentimental, surface childlike fantasies. Small-town radio stations, high school proms, Frank Capra, George Gershwin, Mickey ...

Love: Four Patterns of Love

Essay by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 7 January 1969

Update, 2019. Forty years ago leading BBC tv Radio DJ Paul Gambaccini organised Critic's Choice: Top 200 Albums, in which 47 rock music writers including ...

The Everly Brothers: Roots (Warner WS 1752)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 21 January 1969

Pulled up by the roots ...

Nico, The Velvet Underground: Letter to a Mystified Man

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 28 January 1969

DEAR Mr Davey — You write a neat letter, and I smiled, too. Last week you wrote to the editor of the Guardian (January 20). "If you ...

The Crystals, The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes, Phil Spector, Ike & Tina Turner, Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters: Electric Mud (Chess); Various Artists: Demand Performance (Decca)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 4 February 1969

Muddy Muddy Waters ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steve Miller: Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bayou Country (Fantasy 8387); Steve Miller Band: Sailor (EMI ST 2984)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 11 February 1969

Transcending the Blues ...

The Beatles: Too Big For The Band?

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 25 February 1969

MARY HOPKIN, the film music for Yellow Submarine and Wonderwall, and the Two Virgins album, were all made by Beatles. But they have no other ...

Blood Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat and Tears: Blood, Sweat and Tears (CBS)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 4 March 1969

BOUND WITH BLOOD AND SWEAT ...

Family: The Original Family Way

Profile by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 18 March 1969

FAMILY IS the most original and ambitious of the British bands that have not fully emerged from' the club circuit. I first heard them a ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stone Magazine: Ripples from the Stone

Report by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 25 March 1969

FEW REVIEWS can make a first-rank artist doubt his ability at the height of his success. At this level, critics can rarely do more than ...

Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline (CBS)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 22 April 1969

Nashville Skyline man to tell the time by ...

Janis Joplin: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 29 April 1969

CRYING FOR US ...

The Mothers Of Invention, Frank Zappa: Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 12 June 1969

Update, 2019. FRANK ZAPPA was always friendly when he and I met, between 1968 and 1970. This may have been because I took him seriously, ...

Steve Miller Band: Brave New World (Capitol)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 17 June 1969

Update, 2019. THE ARE three omissions and one serious mistake in the piece below on the Steve Miller Band's Sailor (October 1968) and Brave New ...

Giorgio Gomelsky: The Pop Paragon

Report by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 22 June 1969

Author's note, 2018. Georgio died in New York in January 2014, aged 81. Everybody with even a passing interest knows that Georgio, whose dark bearded ...

Joni Mitchell: Clouds

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 24 June 1969

JONI MITCHELL has written songs for Tom Rush, and the Fairport Convention have used her songs on both their albums. ...

Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band: Joe Boyd: Freaky Galahad

Profile by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 29 July 1969

"WELL, YOU'D put your arm round its neck, y'know, like this" (demonstrating) "and hold it on the seat next to you, like another person." ...

The Kinks, Barbara Lewis, The Who: Styles of the City

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 19 August 1969

GEOFFREY CANNON ON POP MUSIC ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan, The Band: Isle of Wight Festival

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 2 September 1969

The gospel according to Dylan ...

Blind Faith, Johnny Cash, Country Joe & The Fish, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Doors: New albums from the Doors, Country Joe, Johnny Cash, Creedence, CS&N and Blind Faith

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 16 September 1969

Finding a new faith: GEOFFREY CANNON reviews pop music ...

The Kinks: Arthur

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 3 October 1969

Arthur and the Empire ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road (Apple)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 8 October 1969

Abbey Road backtrack ...

The Rolling Stones: Jumping Jack Jagger

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 14 October 1969

THE WIDENING gap between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has been labelled as the contrast between aesthetics and politics. The difference between the two ...

Cream, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall: Union Jack Blues

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 21 October 1969

MEETING JANIS Joplin a few months ago, before her Albert Hall concert, I was staggered to feel how nervous she was. Then she explained. She ...

Davey Graham, Quintessence: Island in Basing Street

Report by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 26 November 1969

Update, 2019. In the piece below I mention that Basing Street, where Island Records was established in 1969 in what had been an abandoned chapel, ...

Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie: Delaney & Bonnie: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 3 December 1969

Update, 2019. IN THEIR short time between 1969 and 1972, Delaney and Bonnie were glorious, for their quality, knowledge, and expressed love and joy of ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Are We in Tune? No

Essay by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 10 January 1970

Author's note, 2018: The review below was cut by the Guardian. What's here is uncut. Who plays Crosby Stills Nash (and Young) albums now or, ...

Led Zeppelin: Lead Balloon

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 13 January 1970

Update, 2019. SOME FACTS from Wikipedia, practically half century after my negative review below."Led Zeppelin are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio ...

Brinsley Schwarz, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Van Morrison: Van Morrison, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Brinsley Schwartz: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 10 April 1970

I WAS ON that New York trip last weekend, too. My brief was to listen to the music. I have to report that as soon ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Quintessence: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 17 April 1970

2019 Update: I was crazy for Creedence. For The Guardian I reviewed Bayou Country in February 1969, saying "I rate John Fogarty as high for ...

The Flock, It's a Beautiful Day, Quintessence, Johnny Winter: Sounds of the '70s at Montreux

Report by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 1 May 1970

UP THE ROAD from where I'm sitting now, senior television executives from ail over Europe, and from America and Japan, have been descending into a ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Hollywood Festival, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 29 May 1970

Disgracing The Grateful Dead ...

The Isle of Wight Festival: Three Shades Of Wight

Overview by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 5 September 1970

APART FROM the music, what went on at the Isle of Wight last weekend? Here are the most popular theories. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Rebel – An Appreciation

Obituary by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 19 September 1970

"THANKS FOR being so patient. Next time we will really try and get it together." Spoken two hours before a cold Sunday dawn, three weeks ...

Janis Joplin: An Appreciation by Geoffrey Cannon

Memoir by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 6 October 1970

AN EVENING at the Royal Garden Hotel in April, 18 months ago. I was meeting Janis Joplin. I fished around for a while, trying to ...

The Band: Listening to The Band

Essay by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 10 October 1970

A NUMBER OF rock music bands have been celebrated, in the past three years, not just as "supergroups," but as bands composed of superlative musicians, ...

Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich: Sun Records: The Ooby Dooby

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 30 October 1970

"'SINFUL MUSIC,' the townsfolk in Memphis said it was. Which never bothered me, I guess." Elvis Presley, interviewed in 1957. In the early 1950s, the ...

The Byrds: Untitled (CBS 66253); Preflyte (Together Records ST-T-1001)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 13 November 1970

FEW MUSICIANS have mastered the 16-track recording machine. The abstract discipline it imposes on anyone faced with reducing all its available tracks to two, too ...

The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr: Ringo Stars: Geoffrey Cannon on the Beatles' Solo Albums

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 19 December 1970

Ringo Starr: Beaucoups of Blues; Paul McCartney: McCartney; John Lennon: John Lennon Plastic Ono Band; George Harrison: All Things Must Pass ...

Little Richard: Electric Circus, New York NY

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 21 January 1971

ST MARK'S PLACE, the high street of New York's East Village, hums with memories these days. Among them, at the new year, was little Richard, ...

John Cale, The Velvet Underground: John Cale: Welsh Underground

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 12 April 1971

Author's note, 2018. The Velvet Underground and Nico and to a lesser extent White Light/White Heat are the albums that above all others up to ...

The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (COC 5910O)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 23 April 1971

Sticky fingers gather no moss ...

Carole King, Little Richard, Paul McCartney: Albums from Paul McCartney, Little Richard and Carole King

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 21 May 1971

THERE IS NO way to make great rock music from retirement. Paul McCartney may have been seduced — by reading that he's equalled Schubert — ...

Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash: Joni Mitchell: Blue (Warner Bros.)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 29 June 1971

JONI MITCHELL'S new album, Blue, is about to be released here by Warner Brothers (K 44128). A large proportion of Joni's most notable songs, to date, ...

Nesuhi Ertegun: The World Is His Manor

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 19 October 1971

GEOFFREY CANNON talks to "the most powerful man in the record business outside America" ...

The Band, The Beach Boys, Van Morrison: Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey; The Band: Cahoots; The Beach Boys: Surf's Up

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 29 October 1971

Out of the city ...

Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar: George Harrison & Friends: The Concert for Bangladesh (Apple)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 4 January 1972

Update, 2019: The first time I met George Harrison was in the late 1960s, when he was still a Beatle. I quite often went to ...

The Beatles, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Supremes: Motown Making Millions

Profile by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 1 May 1972

Author's update, 2019. "The Manchester Guardian? That's the best fuckin' newspaper in the world!" So David Crosby told me in early 1969. He had answered ...

The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street (Rolling Stones Records, COC 2-900)

Review and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 20 May 1972

MICK JAGGER on record ...

Elvis Presley: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 17 June 1972

Author's note, 2018: Yes, it started for me with Elvis, when in 1956 I heard a demo of his first RCA record 'Don't be cruel'/ ...

The Rolling Stones: Our Name is Called Disturbance — The Rolling Stones: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 28 June 1972

THE ROLLING STONES are on their first US tour since, the wild acclaim of their 1969 trip. In America, GEOFFREY CANNON describes the impact of ...

David Bowie: Starman

Profile by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 7 July 1972

Author's note, 2018. WHEN I interviewed Lou Reed in New York in June 1972  he implored me to listen to David Bowie, and especially to ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: The Anarchic Rock of the Young and Doleful

Profile by Steve Turner, Guardian, The, 3 December 1976

And then there was punk. Tonight the Sex Pistols, focal point of the newly dubbed punk generation, take off on their first concert tour of ...

Allman and Woman: Cher & Gregg Allman: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 26 November 1977

ON THE FACE of it, Cher and Gregg Allman are one of music's most unlikely couples; she a star of television spectacular and gossip column ...

Linda Lewis: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 3 December 1977

THE CAREER of Linda Lewis presents the classic case of an artist caught on the horns of a dilemma between commercial success and artistic worth. ...

Tom Robinson Band: The Tom Robinson Band: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 8 December 1977

IT WAS ONLY A matter of time before the new wave explosion brought forth a performer like Tom Robinson, articulate enough to put into coherent ...

Professor Longhair: Late Riser

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 22 March 1978

Mick Brown talks to a survivor ...

Alexis Korner: Korner in Blues

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 21 April 1978

IT IS WHOLLY fitting that the guest-list for Alexis Korner's 50th birthday party this week at Pinewood Studios should have read like a Who's Who ...

Dolly Parton: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 21 November 1978

THE FIXATION on Dolly Parton's buxom outrageousness has evidently become so acute that nowadays even Ms Parton feels obliged to use it as a butt ...

Tina Turner: The Willpower Way From Square One

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 14 March 1979

Tina Turner, now singing alone, is back in Britain. She talks to Mick Brown ...

John Fahey: The Venue, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 16 July 1979

WATCHING the American guitarist, John Fahey, one is reminded of the occasion when Ravi Shankar performed at the famous concert for Bangladesh. Taking to the ...

Lena Horne: One Way to Raise a Roof

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 21 July 1979

Mick Brown meets the new-fangled Lena Horne ...

The Pretenders: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 31 July 1979

LESS THAN a year after formation, the Pretenders are already shaping up as one of the most interesting new British bands. Led by Chrissie Hynde, ...

Ian Dury & the Blockheads: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 8 August 1979

ONE OF IAN Dury's most endearing mannerisms on stage is to extend the length of his microphone stand two feet above his head, accentuating his ...

Kevin Coyne, Dagmar Krause: Kevin Coyne: Babble, Oval House, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 24 August 1979

HAVING ALREADY seen Babble banned from one London theatre as the result of a sensationalist and grossly misrepresentative newspaper story, Kevin Coyne found it necessary ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Killer's Gospel

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 16 February 1980

Jerry Lee Lewis closes his current British tour in London at the Rainbow tonight. Mick Brown reports ...

Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Saxon: The Lustre of Heavy Metal

Report by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 19 July 1980

Mary Harron takes a trip to Sheffield and discovers a surprising rock revival. ...

Airto Moreira: the Venue, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 23 September 1980

THAT SOUTH American music should have been the source of vitality and inspiration in jazz that it has over the past decade is due in ...

Public Image Ltd: PiL: Rotten's Public Image is on the Mend

Interview by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 26 September 1980

A former Sex Pistol is trying to make it as plain John Lydon. Mary Harron reports ...

Led Zeppelin: Zeppelin Drummer Found Dead

Report by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 26 September 1980

JOHN BONHAM, the drummer with Led Zeppelin rock group, was found dead yesterday in bed at the house of the group's lead guitarist, Jimmy Page, ...

Pat Benatar: Dominion, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 20 October 1980

AN EVENING with Pat Benatar is an instructive experience in the nature of the huge and seemingly unbridgeable gulf which now separates contemporary rock music ...

Aretha Franklin: Once More With Feeling

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 18 November 1980

Mick Brown on Aretha Franklin's return after years of soul searching ...

Talking Heads: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 3 December 1980

DESPITE HAVING sold barely enough records in Britain in the past to cover printing costs, and despite their live performances sometimes resembling a well-kept secret, ...

Rev. James Cleveland: Pastor Cleveland, Superstar

Report by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 24 December 1980

Well manicured and mohair-suited, America's most successful gospel performer leads an hour of electrifying Worship on ITV this Sunday. Mick Brown reports ...

Bert Jansch: The Venue, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 22 January 1981

WITH THE audience for folk music in a state of steady and seemingly irreversible decline, appearances by Bert Jansch seem to have become ever fewer ...

The Bush Tetras, James Chance & the Contortions: Why the Big Apple Lacks Real Bite

Report by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 7 February 1981

London's rock scene is fizzing, but New York's has turned flat. Mary Harron reports ...

New Order: Heaven, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 11 February 1981

FEW GROUPS have been faced with such a heavy burden of expectation as were New Order in their London debut. This is the group formed ...

Marvin Gaye: Star in the Remaking

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 21 February 1981

Marvin Gaye was Motown's blue-eyed boy of the '60s. Then, he fell dramatically. Mick Brown describes a soul man's self-searching. ...

Tom Waits: He's a Coppola Swell: Tom Waits

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, March 1981

THE FIRST TIME Tom Waits visited London, in 1976, he earned the dubious distinction of being thrown out of the club were he had been ...

Jeff Beck: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 10 March 1981

OVER THE past few years Jeff Beck has given the impression of someone wilfully squandering a brilliant career. Having established himself as one of the ...

Central Line, Freeez, Linx, Light of the World: Funk for all the Family

Report by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 21 March 1981

Jazz-funk, an offshoot of American soul music, is sweeping away the tired sounds of disco. Mary Harron reports on an underground youth cult ...

Robert Fripp, The Lounge Lizards: Robert Fripp's Discipline, the Lounge Lizards: Her Majesty's Theatre, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 11 May 1981

THE PAIRING of the guitarist, Robert Fripp's newest venture Discipline with the New York group the Lounge Lizards — offered two examples of radical sensibilities ...

John Martyn: Making Tracks to the Top

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 23 May 1981

John Martyn, in concert in London tonight, has been a cult figure for far too long. Now he plans to change all that, as Mick ...

Sam Charters: Chains that Gave Birth to the Blues

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 6 June 1981

Mick Brown reports how the musicologist Sam Charters learned to stop feeling guilty about slavery ...

Coati Mundi, Cristina, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Was (Not Was): Michael Zilkha: The King of Mutant Disco

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 4 July 1981

Mary Harron meets the rich kid behind Ze Records' success ...

Earth, Wind & Fire: Earth, Wind and Fire: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 11 March 1982

IN THE last 10 years, black music in America has moved steadily away from raw, personal expression towards a more sophisticated presentation which acknowledges show ...

Mickie Most: The Rock of Ages

Interview by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 26 March 1982

Mickie Most tells Mary Harron why in the world of pop the producer reigns supreme ...

Gil Scott-Heron: The Venue, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 10 April 1982

THERE CAN surely be few performances in London this year which for intelligence, authority, musical expertise, and sheer style can hope to equal this by ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: Dominion, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 7 May 1982

LOOSELY SPEAKING, Richard Thompson is the sole practising legatee of the British folk-rock tradition which he was instrumental in establishing 14 years ago as a ...

Willie Nelson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 9 June 1982

IT IS TRUE what they say about things being bigger in Texas. You could wrap up a jumbo jet in the flag of the Lone ...

Sun Ra: The Venue, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 29 July 1982

FOR HERMAN Blount, life has never been the same since he decided to change his name. A former big-band piano player, Herman metamorphosed into Sun ...

Hot Chocolate: Monday Night Fever

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 31 July 1982

As Hot Chocolate ride high in the charts again, Mick Brown meets Errol Brown, Britain's most successful black song writer, the toast of Mickie Most's ...

Light of the World: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 2 August 1982

HAVING COME and gone among the first wave of black British funk bands when the genre was but a trickle, Light of the World have ...

Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim: Dollar Brand: Albany, Deptford, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 3 September 1982

IT IS ONE of the most extraordinary aspects of the work of Abdullah Ibrahim, also known as Dollar Brand, that for a South African pianist ...

Blue Rondo A La Turk: Blue Rondo a la Turk: Camden Palace, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 8 September 1982

THE CAREER of Blue Rondo a la Turk illustrates vividly the perils of too close an association with style. Maligned by critics for the cut ...

Kate Bush: Kate Takes Charge

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 11 September 1982

Mick Brown meets the singer with a new album out on Monday ...

William Burroughs: The Beat Guru Loaded For Bear

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1 October 1982

Burroughs is in Britain for a series of readings. Mick Brown reports. ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole & the Coconuts: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 13 October 1982

IT SEEMS only fitting that when August Darnell, a.k.a. Kid Creole, finishes this British tour which celebrates his transition from exotic cult figure to top ...

Shalamar: Dominion, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 23 November 1982

SURPRISING AS it may seem, the hottest ticket in town at present is not for ABC, Yazoo or any other of the leading lights of ...

Marty Robbins: Country Dude of Nashville

Obituary by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 10 December 1982

Mary Harron on the style of Marty Robbins ...

Billy Bragg: Captain’s Cabin, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 1983

PLACING a heavy burden on a small but genuine talent, Billy Bragg has been hailed as the next big thing. ...

Billy Fury: One of the First to Rock

Obituary by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 29 January 1983

Mick Brown pays tribute to the talents and the achievements of Billy Fury ...

Pigbag: Dominion, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 7 March 1983

PIGBAG surprised everybody, not least themselves, by climbing into the American charts and subsequently the British ones in 1981 with 'Papa's Got A Brand New ...

John Cale: The Venue, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 19 March 1983

OVER THE past 20 years John Cale has gone from the Royal College of Music to Lamont Young's avant garde Theatre of Eternal Music to ...

Dolly Parton: Ask a Dirty Question, and you Don't Get Any Answers

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 29 March 1983

Dolly Parton smiles, and giggles, and parodies herself, but she's really not that kind of girl at all. Not any longer, reports Mary Harron. ...

Dolly Parton: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 29 March 1983

IN THE early stages we were treated rather like the captive audience at a television games show, as orders were issued for us to stand, ...

Dennis Bovell: Heaven, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 30 March 1983

FOR A MAN who is both producer, writer, performer and engineer, Dennis Bovell's career progresses at a frustrating and slow pace. As producer he seems ...

Joan Armatrading: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 9 April 1983

THERE IS about Joan Armatrading a quality of self-containment, resolution and a complete absence of any suggestion of faddishness, artifice or compromise which is enormously ...

Joni Mitchell: Happy Talkin' Joni

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 22 April 1983

IT WOULD BE an exaggeration to describe Larry Klein as a hated man; but, face it, there must have been times when he has felt ...

Joni Mitchell: Wembley Arena

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 25 April 1983

WITH JONI Mitchell, the music and the life are inseparable. As a confessional songwriter the appeal is based on identification; with those of us who ...

Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin: McLaughlin/Di Meola/De Lucia: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 20 June 1983

A COMBINATION of John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola and Paco De Lucia — three guitarists in the world heavyweight class — promises a multitude of ...

David Bowie: Milton Keynes Bowl, Buckinghamshire

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 4 July 1983

THE BRITISH phase of the Serious Moonlight tour ended in a grassy amphitheatre where a crowd of 50,000 strained to see a little white figure ...

Nick Heyward: Dominion, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 5 July 1983

ONE ALMOST fears for today's teenagers when someone as apparently anodyne as Nick Heyward becomes a teen idol. Whatever happened to insurrection, rebellion, young lust, ...

James Blood Ulmer: Ace, Brixton, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 9 July 1983

A PROTÉGÉ of Ornette Coleman and disciple of Coleman's theory of harmolodics — a musical system of such devious complexity that possible only Coleman and ...

Defunkt: Albany Empire, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 15 July 1983

DEFUNKT ARE in the anomalous position of being an American band playing in a singularly American style who find themselves prophets without honour — or ...

Queen Ida: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 28 July 1983

IDA GUILLORY is the nearest thing Louisiana has to offer to a housewife superstar. A 55-year-old grandmother, Queen Ida had spent almost her entire life ...

Wanted: a Rock Valhalla for the Golden Oldies

Comment by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 4 August 1983

Up and down the country sweet little sixteens have just about half a million signed autographs. In fact, all the best rock 'n' roll memorabilia ...

Michael (Mikey) Smith: Michael Smith: Jamaica Killing

Report by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 26 August 1983

MICHAEL SMITH, internationally acclaimed as Jamaica's foremost "dub" poet, was murdered last week, apparently a victim of Jamaica's turbulent and violent political climate. Smith, who ...

Fab 5 Freddy: Streetbeat, Albany Empire, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 12 September 1983

ONCE DISMISSED as a novelty, rapping has proved its durability, and as soon as you think it has died another wave of influence appears. As ...

Gary Numan: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 18 October 1983

EVEN IF you are undecided about his music, you have to give Gary Numan credit for his nerve and the mysterious hold which his meagre ...

Atlantic Records

Essay by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1984

Atlantic and other classic R&B issues are at last being reprinted — in Britain. Mick Brown reports ...

Eric Clapton: Live At Wembley

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1984

ONE HAS ALWAYS suspected that Eric Clapton's worst enemy was his own reputation. Few people live with – much less live up to – the ...

The Neville Brothers: Live At The Shaw Theatre, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1984

THE NEVILLE Brothers are an institution whose time would seem to have come. Four brothers from New Orleans, their contribution to Crescent City music over ...

Fats Domino, Ray Charles: Thorns In Velvet: Fats Domino and Ray Charles at the Capital Jazz Festival

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1984

AMONG the collection of venerable antiques paraded for this year’s Capital Jazz Festival – couldn’t the organisers find anybody of note under the age of ...

Alexis Korner: Man of the Blues

Obituary by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 2 January 1984

THE DEATH of Alexis Korner at the age of 55 from cancer marks the closing of a chapter in British music. Korner's role as one ...

Millie Jackson: Dominion, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 23 February 1984

MILLIE JACKSON has said publicly that she is bored with "talking trash," and with her image as soul's queen of sexual outrage. ...

Whitesnake: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 5 March 1984

WHITESNAKE ARE known as the male chauvinists of British heavy metal, which is a dizzying thought. Lead singer David Coverdale's stardom is based on his ...

Marillion: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 13 March 1984

A NIGHT out for the lower sixth, dungeons and dragons players and the "progressive" rock fans time forgot. ...

Marvin Gaye: Heart and Soul

Obituary by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, April 1984

MARVIN GAYE, who was so shockingly killed in Los Angeles on Sunday, one day before his 45th birthday, was not only a consummate soul music ...

Mary Wells: Albany, Deptford, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 31 May 1984

MARY WELLS made one mistake in her career almost 20 years ago and has been paying for it ever since. Wells was Motown's first international ...

Joan Baez: The Folk Heroine Mellows With Age

Interview by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 22 June 1984

IN 1959 JOAN BAEZ walked out on stage at the Newport Folk Festival and touched off a wave of adulation that was to reach almost ...

Bob Dylan: Wembley Stadium

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, July 1984

ALL SUMMER, Christians have been performing in football stadiums; first we had Luis Palau, then Billy Graham, and now Bob Dylan. But as it turned ...

Sisters of Mercy: Sisters Of Mercy: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 2 November 1984

THERE WAS a time when the Sisters of Mercy would have provided not so much a performance in themselves as an excuse for the audience ...

Mötley Crüe: Dominion, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 21 November 1984

A GOOD night for London Transport. The fans had poured off the bus and Tube to this one squeezed into satin pants, war paint, and ...

Michael McDonald: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 1985

THIS SHOW proved one thing and proved it triumphantly: you can be a paunchy, greying white Californian with a supremely uncool-looking band and still have ...

Notes That Are Music To His Ears: Clive Davis

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1985

What do Barry Manilow, Donovan, Janis Joplin, and Springsteen have in common? They owe a lot of their success to Arista Records’ boss Clive Davis. ...

Suzanne Vega: Live At The LSE, London.

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1985

Chess metaphors, the myth of Odysseus and the woman he left behind, being a "small blue thing", and, possibly if you listen hard enough, love ...

Leonard Cohen: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 27 February 1985

FOR WHAT are undoubtedly all the wrong reasons, one has come to approach Leonard Cohen with suspicion. The air of long-suffering torture one associates with ...

James: Institute of Contemporary Art, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 21 March 1985

HIGH FLYING in the independent charts, the current darlings of the music press and publicly championed by Morrissey, lead singer with the Smiths — these ...

Ashford & Simpson: Ashford and Simpson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 22 May 1985

TIME HAS revealed Ashford and Simpson to be the most enduring, adaptable — arguably the greatest — of all the great Motown songwriting teams of ...

Scritti Politti: The Politics of Green Land

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 6 July 1985

Adam Sweeting meets Scritti Politti's radical singer-songwriter ...

Neil Young: Old Ways Diehard

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, September 1985

The old Crosby, Stills and Nash hippie has taken on a new redneck colouration with firm roots in country music. Adam Sweeting looks back from ...

Duran Duran: Style Counsel

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 2 September 1985

ADAM SWEETING investigates the selling of a pop star package ...

Diana Ross: Second Hand Emotion — Diana Ross: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 20 September 1985

Diana Ross's performance at the Albert Hall was a memorably touching experience — the only trouble was, reports Mick Brown, you couldn't believe a word ...

Bobby Womack: Testament of a preacher man

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 12 October 1985

FOR ANYBODY remotely interested in black music, past and present; in the continuity between the halcyon days of rhythm and blues and church music and ...

Alex Chilton: Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 October 1985

Back on top ...

George Benson: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1 November 1985

AT LAST! A performer who has conquered the formidable problems of Wembley Arena and turned it to the service of a triumphant concert. ...

Wham!: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 June 1986

George's time to go-go: Adam Sweeting on Wham!'s farewell concert at Wembley ...

Keith Jarrett, Wayne Shorter: Capital Jazz Parade, Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 July 1986

Winning sets ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Blasphemy of Stardom

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 21 July 1986

Mark Cooper reports on the brothers from East Kilbride they banned on Radio 1 ...

Chic, Nile Rodgers: Source of the Nile

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 22 August 1986

Funk guitar specialist Nile Rodgers is also one of the world's great producers. Adam Sweeting reports ...

B.B. King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 17 October 1986

AFTER 30-ODD years in the trade, in which he's travelled millions of miles and used up lord knows how many sets of guitar strings, it's ...

ZZ Top: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 22 October 1986

Heads in the clouds ...

Robert Palmer: How to Run the Riptide With Style

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 7 November 1986

Adam Sweeting on the rise of Robert Palmer ...

Eurythmics: "I Am Not The Androgynous Annie Lennox. I Never Was. I Used It For Something Else"

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 26 November 1986

The Eurythmics Leading lady talks to Adam Sweeting about her life, her music and her image. ...

Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Royalty Theatre, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 1 December 1986

Elvis on the loose: Adam Sweeting sees a master in peak form. ...

The Oyster Band: Out Of Their Shells

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 16 January 1987

Mark Cooper on The Oyster Band's place in the "roots" dance revival ...

Freddie Jackson, Alexander O'Neal, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross: Who Took the Heart out of Soul?

Comment by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 2 February 1987

As London prepares for more streamlined sophistication, Adam Sweeting wonders what happened to the sweat and suffering ...

The Judds: Palladium, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 3 February 1987

HOW DIFFERENT one's life might have been if one's mother had been Naomi Judd. One might have been a cowboy, the local sheriff, or better ...

Luther Vandross: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 6 February 1987

Deluxe on his side: Adam Sweeting on Luther Vandross's uptown sounds ...

Cyndi Lauper: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 26 February 1987

FUNNY GIRL! Cyndi Lauper is equal parts Shirley Temple, Rickie Lee Jones and Bugs Bunny, a fruitcake in a musical doll's house wearing cartoon clothes, ...

The Beatles, Happy Mondays, New Order: CDs: The Slipped Disc

Report by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 27 February 1987

Compact Disc has brought the second coming of The Beatles and the promise of a revolution in the rock industry. But is it a sound ...

Rough Trade Records: Rough At The Top

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 30 February 1987

In the record industry big doesn’t always mean best, and the independent Rough Trade have beaten the big boys in fostering new talent and ideas. ...

Lionel Richie: Crossing the Square

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 17 March 1987

The saintly Lionel Richie's co-writer is the Lord. Adam Sweeting reports ...

Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer: Thrash Metal: Psycho Path to the Top

Report by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 20 March 1987

Thrash metal is the new noise of teenage horror, a vinyl equivalent of the video nasty. Mark Cooper reports on the bands that delight in ...

Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Randy Travis: New Country: Banjoing the Roy Rogers Image

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 27 March 1987

It may have had a hard time persuading people to take it seriously but, as Adam Sweeting reports, country music is winning ...

Millie Jackson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 April 1987

Dirty work: Adam Sweeting sees Millie Jackson strut her smut at Hammersmith Odeon ...

Tom Jones: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 May 1987

Mock macho ...

Randy Newman: The Star And Snipes

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 22 May 1987

Mark Cooper talks to Randy Newman, standard bearer against the smug and prejudiced ...

The Beastie Boys: Burden of the Beasties

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, Guardian, The, 23 May 1987

WHEN THE Beastie Boys step on stage in Brixton tonight at the start of their British tour everyone – the media, authorities, and fans alike ...

The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Slayer: Def Jam: Don't Knock The Rock – Rap It

Report by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 1 June 1987

Mark Cooper on how Def Jam crossed over punk with rap, white with black, and stayed cool with both sides ...

David Bowie: Serious twilight — David Bowie: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 22 June 1987

Adam Sweeting finds David Bowie losing his way at Wembley ...

Miles Davis: A little loving goes Miles and miles. Miles Davis: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 1 July 1987

Adam Sweeting finds one of Jazz's greatest innovators in masterful form at the Festival Hall ...

Billy Joel: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 11 July 1987

Bout with an uptown boy: Adam Sweeting on a roistering evening with Billy Joel at Wembley ...

10,000 Maniacs, R.E.M.: REM and 10,000 Maniacs: Rulers Of The Campus

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 25 September 1987

College rock is alive and gigging in the US. MARK COOPER hears why from Michael Stipe of REM and Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs ...

Aztec Camera, Roddy Frame: Aztec Camera: Cameraman Has Got The Picture

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 16 October 1987

At 23, Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera has an old head on his shoulders, and as Adam Sweeting found out, his new LP benefits from ...

Robbie Robertson: Off the Band Stand

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 30 October 1987

After turning off the road to rock and ruin, Robbie Robertson is back — on his own terms. Mark Cooper reports ...

Pink Floyd, Roger Waters: Roger Waters: Out of Troubled Waters

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 20 November 1987

Roger Waters now finds himself in competition with his one-time colleagues in Pink Floyd – he doesn't like it but there are compensations. Mark Cooper ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: Good and Bad Vibrations

Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Guardian, The, 1988

Beach Boy Brian Wilson owes his survival to his doctor and a regime of psychotherapy, diet and exercise, he told Jeremy Gluck. ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Holly Johnson: Frankie goes to Litigation

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 18 January 1988

Holly of Frankie Goes To Hollywood takes his label to court today. Adam Sweeting reports ...

Leonard Cohen: Cohen's Way

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Guardian, The, February 1988

WE LIVE IN THE days of the flood, says Leonard Cohen. "Most of my psychic landmarks have evaporated. I'm reluctant to apply the psychic realm ...

Afrika Bambaataa: The Funky Cassandra

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 19 February 1988

Adam Sweeting spreads Bambaataa's word for Planet Earth ...

Lyle Lovett: Lovett and Leave It

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 4 March 1988

Lyle Lovett is top of the country charts but the laid back Texan has no intentions, he tells Adam Sweeting, of ending up on the treadmill ...

Prefab Sprout: A Satisfying Whiff of Glue

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 11 March 1988

Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout talks to Mark Cooperabout Tin Pan Alley, nostalgia and his search for enchantment ...

Whitney Houston: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 3 May 1988

Adam Sweeting marvels at a mega-star in action at the Birmingham NEC ...

Fleetwood Mac: All Meat With The Big Macs

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 13 May 1988

As Fleetwood Mac start a major tour Mark Cooper talks to Christine McVie about the band that refused to die ...

Ry Cooder: Back Slider

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 20 May 1988

Ry Cooder is on the road again. He talks to Mark Cooper ...

Prince: Sign O' The Times (Dir. Prince; Paisley Park Films)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 7 July 1988

Let the good times rock — Adam Sweeting finds brilliance abounds in Prince's latest film ...

Bob Dylan: Pennebaker Looks Back

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 15 July 1988

Adam Sweeting turns the tables on the man who documented the young Dylan ...

Michael Jackson: The Greatest Showman — Michael Jackson: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 15 July 1988

Adam Sweeting on the dazzling Michael Jackson at Wembley ...

Nico, The Velvet Underground: Nico: A Baleful Dark Brown Voice

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 23 July 1988

NICO, THE baleful Teutonic queen of sixties New York, has died in Ibiza after a cerebral haemorrhage suffered while cycling in intense mid-day heat. She ...

Eric B & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Mantronix: Taking the Rap

Report and Interview by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 5 August 1988

Club violence and the whiff of gunsmoke are accompanying rap's rise to prominence in the United States. Bruce Dessau reports ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Bunny Wailer, The Wailers: A Wailer Surfaces to Claim Reggae's Crown

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 26 August 1988

After Marley, what price reggae? Mark Cooper on Bunny Wailer's musical crusade ...

Salt-N-Pepa: Salt 'N Pepa: Shakin' Seasons

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 31 August 1988

It's hard being a woman rapper in a man's world, but Salt 'N Pepa have made it. Adam Sweeting found them in Oklahoma City. ...

Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club: Tom Tom Club: The Byrne Issue

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 14 October 1988

Adam Sweeting on Talking Heads, the Tom Tom Club, and the great divide between the two ...

Cameo: Flat Out for the Top

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 October 1988

To celebrate Cameo's thirteenth album Adam Sweeting joins Larry Blackmon for a wholemeal bagel in downtown New York. ...

Martin Carthy: A Passage to England

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 29 December 1988

Martin Carthy believes in the power of performance, not purity. Mark Cooper meets the folkie who refuses to play safe. ...

Morrissey: Wolverhampton

Live Review by Len Brown, Guardian, The, 30 December 1988

WITH A soft Charles Hawtrey-style "hullo" and a shower of flowers. Steven Patrick Morrissey returns to the stage. It's two years since his uniquely English ...

Neneh Cherry: A Gap in the Rap

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 25 January 1989

Neneh Cherry is one of many women invading the hip hop scene ...

David Crosby: A Hippy out of Hell

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 3 March 1989

David Crosby is back with an album and autobiography. He talks to Adam Sweeting ...

Philip Glass, S'Express: S'Express: Disorderly House

Profile and Interview by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 17 March 1989

Mark Moore and S'Express have taken British music one step beyond the Acid House formula. Bruce Dessau reports ...

Luther Vandross: The Soul Survivor

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 24 March 1989

Mark Cooper on the awesome presence that is Luther Vandross ...

Luther Vandross: A night with the fat controller — Luther Vandross: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 1 April 1989

Adam Sweeting finds the rich fare of Luther Vandross a mixed blessing at Wembley Arena ...

Roachford: Town & Country, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 5 April 1989

IT MAY ONLY be rock 'n' roll, but Andrew Roachford and his band kick up the kind of excitement from an audience that has been ...

Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra: Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr.: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 20 April 1989

Come to the cabaret, old chums. Adam Sweeting gets a kick out of Liza, Sammy and a revitalised Frank Sinatra at the Albert Hall. ...

Diana Ross: The Queen of Muzak — Diana Ross: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 1 May 1989

Adam Sweeting finds the Birmingham crowd more entertaining than Diana Ross ...

Tom Jones: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 11 May 1989

Jones the joker ...

Johnny Cash: Southern Comfort

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 12 May 1989

The Man in Black is back fighting the good fight. Adam Sweeting catches up with Johnny Cash, travelling troubadour, in Cambridge ...

The The's Thatcher Years

Interview by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 12 May 1989

Matt Johnson tells Bruce Dessau how he's managed to mix pop and politics ...

10,000 Maniacs: A Lioness's Share of Woe

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 19 May 1989

Natalie Merchant is fighting the world's battles in her songs. Mark Cooper finds out why. ...

Elton John: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 24 May 1989

Battered and upright ...

R.E.M.: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 1 June 1989

The green line over Georgia Adam Sweeting at Hammersmith Odeon on the homespun charms of R.E.M. ...

Cookie Crew: Some Cookies Don't Crumble

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, 21 June 1989

British rap is taken seriously in the States largely due to the Cookie Crew. Sheryl Garratt found out why ...

Bobby Brown: Bobby Bites The Bullet

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 23 June 1989

Mark Cooper meets the young American soul star everybody's gunning for ...

Bobby Brown: Soul's Carnal Cruiser: Bobby Brown, Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 26 June 1989

He came, they saw, he conquered... Adam Sweeting on Bobby Brown at the Wembley Arena ...

Chaka Khan: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 1 July 1989

No Khan do... ...

Pere Ubu, The Pixies: Pixies, Pere Ubu: Kilburn National, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 7 July 1989

SUPPORT FOR The Pixies, Boston's finest, came from Pere Ubu, born again (and again) as cortex-tickling popsters via the Cloudland album. Vocalist David Thomas, a sweating balloon ...

Carole King: Stepping Out Of The Shadows

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 14 July 1989

Carole King is coming out from behind her piano because she wants to rock. Mark Cooper reports. ...

Bob Mould, Husker Du: Bob Mould: Out of the Warehouse

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 21 July 1989

DESPITE THE flood of veterans currently patching up ancient quarrels for one last sack of ancient dollars, divorce rather than reconciliation remains the common fate ...

Liza Minnelli, Pet Shop Boys: All Eyes Are On Liza

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 14 August 1989

"My whole life I've sung songs that were written before I was born." But no longer. Liza Minnelli, Oscar-winning superstar, talks to Adam Sweeting about ...

Gloria Estefan: Estefan in Exile

Profile and Interview by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 15 September 1989

Bruce Dessau on the singer hailed by President Reagan as the capitalist face of communist Cuba. ...

The Neville Brothers: At Last The Legend Lives

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 5 October 1989

The Neville Brothers, long held in awe by fellow musicians, are finally selling records. Mark Cooper on the London-bound band. ...

Kate Bush: Bushwacked by Kate

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 12 October 1989

THE WOMAN pouring tea in a hotel near EMI records has a wide, warm smile and speaks with such endearing openness that you wonder if ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Keeping Her Cool

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 25 October 1989

Shot to stardom 10 years ago, Rickie Lee Jones has fought her way back – no less cool but much more confident. Mark Cooper reports ...

Michelle Shocked: Culture Shocked

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 8 November 1989

Feminist fans may be outraged by her apparent change of image, but it's no sell-out, as Michelle Shocked tells Lucy O'Brien ...

Belinda Carlisle, The Go-Go's: Belinda Carlisle: From Go Go to Solo

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 22 November 1989

She's come through the live-fast, look-bad, almost die-young scene to a beautiful future. Belinda Carlisle tells Lucy O'Brien how she did it ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 10 January 1990

IT'S ALWAYS a lark to be able to see major-ish artists in small settings, and perhaps we should be grateful to all the people who ...

Mel & Kim: Mel Appleby: The Bravery Lying Behind All That Fun, Love & Money

Obituary by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 31 January 1990

Lucy O'Brien finds the pop world full of praise for the courage of Mel Appleby of the bubbly duo Mel and Kim, who this month lost ...

Quincy Jones: The Hit Master

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 8 February 1990

From Satchmo to Wacko Jacko, Quincy Jones has worked with them all. Now, he tells Mark Cooper, it's time to take stock. ...

Daniel Lanois: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 10 February 1990

BEST KNOWN for producing U2's The Joshua Tree and whipping up a little dust-storm of hipness around Dylan's Oh Mercy, Daniel Lanois is also a ...

Del Shannon: Pop Before the Beatles

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 10 February 1990

THE APPARENT suicide of Del Shannon at his home in California puts the final tragic twist to a story which began well with a string ...

Grace Jones: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 March 1990

THE GRACE Jones Experience could be described as long-awaited. The chap pressed up to the front of the stage certainly thought so. "Waiting three hours ...

The Jungle Brothers, KRS-One, Public Enemy: Rapped in Black

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 5 April 1990

An Africa-shaped pendant has become the new badge of honour for American rappers, reports Mark Cooper ...

The Jungle Brothers, KRS-One, Public Enemy: Rapped in Black

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, 5 April 1990

An Africa-shaped pendant has become the new badge of honour for American rappers, reports Mark Cooper ...

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Katy Moffatt, Willie Nelson, Kimmie Rhodes: Willie Nelson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kimmie Rhodes, Katy Moffatt: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 18 April 1990

The other Nelson jumps genres ...

Rag Bag of Mags

Report by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 2 June 1990

Adam Sweeting looks at a new round of paper wars ...

Prince: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 June 1990

The Prince's new clothes ...

Little Feat: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 2 July 1990

THERE'S A song on Little Feat's 1988 album, Let It Roll, called 'Hangin' On To The Good Times'. It's a syrupy, self-romanticising look back at ...

Madonna: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 July 1990

Madonna Inc in tireless and tiresome spectacle ...

Betty Boo: Take-off for the girl from Planet Boo

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 22 August 1990

Funky fantasy and shy eyes, hope and regret... Lucy O'Brien on the two sides of Betty, aka Alison ...

Living Colour: Rocking the Boat

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 23 August 1990

Establishment America says rock is a white man's prerogative. Adam Sweeting on why Living Colour think otherwise ...

The Time: Time without the Prince

Profile by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 31 August 1990

MOST BANDS that get together after solo careers do so to cash in on their past. If the Minneapolis band the Time had wanted to ...

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 ...

Janet Jackson: Janet takes her video on tour

Report by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 19 October 1990

JANET JACKSON'S first solo tour has crossed the globe on its way to the UK — not without some hitches. One member of the entourage ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans: Independents have their day

Profile and Interview by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 23 October 1990

TWELVE months is a long time in pop music. This time last year The Charlatans had never made a record. They could only boast that ...

A-ha: A-Ha Have the Last Laugh on the Teeny Tag

Profile and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 14 December 1990

Groups come and go in a flash but the boys from Norway seem to have staying power. Lucy O'Brien reports ...

Def Leppard: Obituary: Steve Clark — Hard Rock Hero

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 10 January 1991

THE DEATH of Def Leppard's guitarist Steve Clark, aged 30, on Tuesday morning was the latest disaster to strike the Sheffield group. On New Year's ...

George Michael: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 17 January 1991

"THE MOST constructive thing I can do now is to try to be a great songwriter," says George Michael. ...

Jonathan King: King Prat

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 9 February 1991

On the titter count he scores high. And he insists on playing the prat because it pays off so handsomely. But the music biz has ...

Rickie Lee Jones

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, March 1991

AS ANY OF the fans who have helped to sell out her shows in London and Glasgow this weekend will know, Rickie Lee Jones likes ...

The Dave Clark Five, Phil Collins, Don Henley, Keith Moon, R.E.M.: Drummers: Adventurers in the Skins Trade

Overview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 8 March 1991

Dim, manic, noisy, and rarely women. But drummers aren't all troll-like, says Adam Sweeting ...

Gloria Estefan: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 10 April 1991

THE SMALL but dynamic Gloria Estefan does not look like someone only recently recovered from a major back injury sustained in a road accident. ...

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 ...

808 State: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 15 April 1991

WHILE Manchester's club culture is rent asunder by rave-dazed apathy and internecine drug wars, the bands that made the scene move on. Happy Mondays are ...

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 ...

New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: Johnny Thunders: Punk and Drugs and Warhol

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 April 1991

JOHNNY THUNDERS had long been a by-word for self-destruction through drugs and hard living. In 1981, Trouser Press magazine cynically declared Thunders "legally dead" alongside a cartoon ...

MC Hammer: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 4 May 1991

Hammered home: Adam Sweeting sees MC Hammer let the rap rip at the Birmingham NEC on a night of music and moralising ...

MC Hammer: Me, Jesus and the President

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 7 May 1991

Adam Sweeting is privy to a generous 15 minutes of MC Hammer's hard-earned fame ...

Rock at the Movies

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, Guardian, The, July 1991

FASHIONS IN FOLK devils, like all other fashions, are subject both to painless expiry and to unexpected and possibly incongruous resurrections. ...

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 ...

Jane's Addiction: Lollapalooza

Report by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 29 August 1991

LOLLAPALOOZA means a bizarre happening. ...

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 ...

U2: Achtung! Saint Bono

Profile by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 7 November 1991

All but canonised in Ireland, U2's lead singer preaches redemption through rock 'n' roll. But now he's learning to write about girls. Sean O'Hagan profiles ...

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 ...

The Rolling Stones: Bradford rolls away the Stones: At the Max

Film/DVD/TV Review by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 30 January 1992

Bruce Dessau reports on a Rolling Stones concert film — the first to be shown on IMAX ...

Horace Andy, Massive Attack: Keep on Runnings

Report by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 15 February 1992

Bob Marley's music is not the young music in Kingston today. Ragga not reggae is king. And that took the British group Massive Attack to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine: Carter USM: Stars of the Singlets Market

Report by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, 21 May 1992

Never mind the music, it's the T-shirt that counts these days. Bruce Dessau reports ...

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 ...

Sonic Youth: Here Come The Noise Terrorists: Sonic Youth

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 July 1992

THUNDEROUS mantra-grooves and jagged fanfares of atonal brass boom across the parched grass of New York's Central Park, though it could equally well be Monterey ...

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 ...

Tom Waits: A Mellower Prince Of Melancholy

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 15 September 1992

HE MIGHT STILL dress as though he staggers around sniffing under dustbin lids, but now the self styled Oddball Kid refuses to play his old ...

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 ...

Rory Gallagher: Town & Country Club, Leeds

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 2 November 1992

IT WAS ALWAYS likely to be a heavy onus for the guitarist Rory Gallagher to bear when it was confirmed that he would be the ...

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 ...

Nina Simone: Diva Of The Dives

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 20 November 1992

APPROACHING 60, Nina Simone, Princess Noir with the famed attitude, has got used to putting punters in their place. A one-time classical musician she should ...

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 ...

The Stranglers: Leeds University

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 8 February 1993

IN THE SUB-CULTURAL flow, punk rushed headlong in a bid to create the spontaneous, ephemeral and disposable. Some irony then, that 15 years on, the ...

Tasmin Archer: St George's Hall, Bradford

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 9 March 1993

A BLACK WOMAN based in Yorkshire, singer-songwriter Tasmin Archer might be seen as a figure on the margins in almost every sense. Add to that ...

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 ...

Apache Indian, Cornershop, Fun-Da-Mental: Real Lives: Rock of Asians

Report and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 13 March 1993

Britain's Asian community has long hosted a thriving pop scene, operating in a lucrative parallel universe to the chart mainstream. Now, CAROLINE SULLIVAN reports, radical ...

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 ...

Kingmaker, Pulp, The Wedding Present: Wedding Present/Pulp/Kingmaker: The Leadmill, Sheffield

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 7 April 1993

THE STEEL CITY, commemorating its centenary and celebrating soccer success, turned rock capital as a week of music events, including concerts, seminars and workshops, got ...

PJ Harvey: Rid Of Me (Island CID8002/514 696-2)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 23 April 1993

Somerset psyche ...

John Shuttleworth: Buzz Club,  Manchester

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 28 April 1993

ONE-TIME PUNK parodist in the guise of Jilted John, actor Graham Fellows has emerged in a new incarnation – a singer-songwriter of dubious pedigree by ...

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 ...

Shabba Ranks: Ragga Bragger — Shabba Ranks: Maestro Club, Bradford

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 28 May 1993

Shabba Ranks, the bad boy of ragga, in Bradford ...

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 ...

Pet Shop Boys: MTV Launches in Russia - and the PSBs Cut the Ribbon!

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Guardian, The, June 1993

2002 NOTE: This piece about the launching of MTV Russia was published by the Guardian in London, by Tip magazine in Berlin, and by the ...

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? ...

Prince: My name is Prince (well it was)

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 21 July 1993

To criticise Prince is to reveal yourself as a musically illiterate Jason Donovan fan. But who is this workaholic, whose band call him 'sir' and ...

Prince & the New Power Generation: National Indoor Arena, Birmingham

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 28 July 1993

Funked up: The new PC Prince starts his British tour in fine style in Birmingham ...

Tony! Toni! Toné!: Forum, London

Live Review by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, 8 September 1993

THERE ARE many unspoken rules in pop. One is that you can tell how important a group consider themselves to be by the number of ...

Saint Etienne: St Etienne: Hacienda, Manchester

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 14 September 1993

BRITAIN'S NATIONAL popular music convention In the City, Manchester's five-day jamboree of industry chatter and on-stage over-drive, adds weight to the argument that the place, ...

Madonna: The Entertainer — Madonna: Wembley Stadium, London

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

Despite attempts to write her off, Madonna's spectacular costume cabaret proved that she's not dead, just feverish. ...

Liz Phair: HQ Club, London

Live Review by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, 29 September 1993

A FEW years back, with acid house at its peak and video games beginning to bite into record sales, there emerged a theory that rock ...

Leftfield, L.F.O., Andrew Weatherall: Techno: The Sound Warp

Overview by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 22 October 1993

Let me take you on a journey... After the drugs and the digital-industrial dreamscapes, just what is the secret of the mega-successful Techno white dance ...

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 ...

Pop: March of the Modes

Comment by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 23 November 1993

THEY'RE AT it again. Yes, even here in the Guardian, the thirtysomething zombies, with their litany: Pop isn't what it used to be, there are ...

Brian Eno: Eno's No Bounds

Interview by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 26 November 1993

Brian Eno used to wear leopard skin and make the synthesised squeaks and honks for Roxy Music. Now he's the venerable intellectual of pop ...

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 ...

Carleen Anderson, Young Disciples: Carleen Anderson: Songs from the Soul

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 28 January 1994

Carleen Anderson has had a bitter, difficult life on both sides of the Atlantic. Now much of it features in her seductive, defiant music. ...

D:Ream: Metropolitan University, Leeds

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 5 February 1994

THE EARLY weeks of this year have seen D:Ream catapulted from the lower reaches of the Top 30 to the pinnacle of the charts with ...

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 ...

Cocteau Twins: The Cocteau Twins: Manchester Academy

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 15 February 1994

THE CORE TRIO, more triplets than twins, have become weary of the media tag locating them as other-worldly beings, cult objects disconnected from the realities ...

Chaka Demus and Pliers: Chaka Demus & Pliers: Maestro's, Bradford

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 10 March 1994

AFTER THE brooding intensity of Shabba Ranks and the controversies engulfing ragga and dancehall generally, it is easy to forget that while reggae has frequently ...

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 ...

Soul Asylum: Town & Country Club, Leeds

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 22 March 1994

A MERE six years ago, rock records accounted for half the world's popular music sales. Today the white, Anglo-American alliance has seen its market share ...

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 ...

Madder Rose: Astoria, London

Live Review by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, 13 April 1994

HENDRIX'S line, when tuning his instrument between songs, used to be, "Hey, only cowboys stay in tune." The post-grunge equivalent of this, as articulated by ...

Pulp: Metropolitan University, Leeds

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 29 April 1994

IN A MORE just world it would now be time to set aside the macho posturings of the rock burn-out and the dead-ends of the ...

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 ...

Radiohead: Manchester University

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 27 May 1994

"THERE ARE A LOT of people out there who want to tear us to pieces," Radiohead's vocalist Thom E. Yorke told the churning, cheering hordes ...

Lush: Manchester University

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 8 June 1994

CHALLENGED TO a drinking contest by their support band, noise merchants Blessed Ethel, Lush claimed they had chosen the easier option by returning to the ...

Brand New Heavies: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, 23 June 1994

WHEN BRAND New Heavies lumbered on to the scene in 1988, few would have rated their chances of surviving into 1994, let alone of becoming ...

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 ...

Future Sound of London: London Calling

Interview by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, 8 July 1994

Two years ago Future Sound Of London changed the course of dance music. Now they are changing the way rock bands tour... ...

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 ...

Jeff Buckley: The Garage, London

Live Review by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, 5 September 1994

AS JEFF Buckley ambled lugubriously on to the stage, the faces of pretty much everyone in the capacity crowd betrayed the same thought — "How ...

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 ...

Manic Street Preachers: Manchester Academy

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 18 October 1994

IF EMPTY intellectualism has been etched on pop's calling card, there has always been the odd renegade determined to transform rock into an intelligent medium. ...

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 ...

Beck: Manchester University

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 28 November 1994

IS THIS the age of the neurotic self-obsessive? Sold out signs at Beck's debut UK gig suggest that his curious blend of twitchy unease and ...

Suicide: A Tribe Called Quest: Subterania, London

Live Review by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 3 December 1994

IN MANY ways. A Tribe Called Quest are one of hip-hop's best-kept secrets. Their debut album, People's Instinctive Travels... remains one of the defining moments ...

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, ...

PJ Harvey, Tricky: Red-blooded Chameleon — PJ Harvey, Tricky: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 8 March 1995

Enigmatic as ever, PJ Harvey returns in red satin and fine form, with Tricky in support ...

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 ...

Simple Minds: Sheffield Arena

Live Review by Simon Warner, Guardian, The, 23 March 1995

IT'S OFFICIAL. Rock, that huge, lumbering beast we thought had been exiled to the sports stadiums of the American Midwest, is alive and almost kicking, ...

Elastica: Under the Influence — Elastica: Sheffield University

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 27 March 1995

Elastica, the vanguard of the new new wave bands, smash and grab their way through classic punk pop in Sheffield ...

Kurt Cobain, Manic Street Preachers: Is This Music To Die For?

Report by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, 31 March 1995

AN ARTICLE in this week's Melody Maker describes some of the dozens of letters the paper has been receiving every week since Richey James's departure ...

Bush Telegraph

Report and Interview by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, 7 April 1995

How come an unknown British band are so big in the US? ...

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 ...

Grooverider, Moby, Orbital: Tribal and Strife

Report by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, 8 May 1995

The Criminal Justice Act put the rave under House arrest. But it's out and it's phat in Oxfordshire ...

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 ...

East 17: Sheffield Arena

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 22 May 1995

Hormonesapoppin' as E17 storm the Sheffield Arena. No prisoners taken ...

Teenage Fanclub: Shepherd's Bush Empire

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 5 June 1995

YOU CAN tell a lot about a band from their choice of cover versions. As their tumultuous set rampaged to a close, Teenage Fanclub ripped ...

PJ Harvey: Queen of the Night: P.J. Harvey

Profile by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 12 June 1995

SHE’S TAKING America by storm. She’s very fashionable at the moment. She’s hipper than hip. That’s what Paul McGuinness says; he’s the manager of U2 ...

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 ...

R.E.M.: Cardiff Arms Park

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 July 1995

Invalids losing their direction ...

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 ...

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the TV Bollocks

Report by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 11 August 1995

Jon Savage mulls over the four-year struggle to put his definitive study of Punk, England's Dreaming, on television ...

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. ...

Stereolab: Cockpit, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 28 September 1995

STEREOLAB have been on the verge of a major breakthrough for longer than Damon Hill. They've been steadfastly supported by music press darlings for the ...

Melissa Etheridge: One of the Boys

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 3 November 1995

As a woman, Melissa Etheridge’s success in the major league of American rock is remarkable, as an out lesbian it’s unique. Lucy O’Brien meets a ...

Goa Trance: Paradise Lost Can Be Regained

Report by Andrew Smith, Guardian, The, 16 November 1995

Is a movement that started 12 years ago in a small south Indian state about to take over the British club scene? Andrew Smith chills ...

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 ...

Take That, Robbie Williams: Robbie Williams: Take One New Man

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 15 December 1995

There is life after Take That. Robbie Williams, the lad who broke ranks (and rules), is growing up. Dave Simpson finds him talking politics, paparazzi ...

Therapy?: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 16 December 1995

The riot act, scene two ...

Beck

Interview by David Bennun, Guardian, The, 1996

AT THE AGE OF 25, Beck Hansen has the air of a man who is surprised by nothing. Either that, or he is surprised by ...

Coolio: The Grand, London

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

Gangsta takes rap to new level ...

Joan Osborne: Borderline, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 23 January 1996

Meat and potato with little relish ...

Melissa Etheridge: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 31 January 1996

Perky pioneer lacking magic ...

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 ...

Lou Reed: Life After The Leather Jacket

Interview by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, 16 February 1996

MY ORIGINAL IDEA vis a vis this whole Lou interview situ and how to break his notoriously Siberian icepack reticence was to kick things off ...

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 ...

Eternal: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 6 March 1996

RECENT WARNINGS linking club-going to ear damage have got it all wrong. Never mind amplified Jungle or cranium-pounding dub, the real threat to the nation's ...

Lush: Brighton Beach, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 11 March 1996

Two trumps for a busted Lush ...

Mary J. Blige, Boyz II Men, R. Kelly, Teddy Riley: Andre Harrell: Resurrection of the Soul

Report and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 22 March 1996

Andre Harrell is a man with a mission. The youngest head of Motown since Berry Gordy, he tells Sean O'Hagan how he plans to put ...

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 ...

Everything But The Girl: Walking Wounded (Virgin)****

Review by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, May 1996

ONCE KNOWN by cynics as Everything But A Laugh, Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn spent much of the Eighties exploring the lonely outer fringes of ...

Orbital: De Montfort University, Leicester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 11 May 1996

DANCE MUSIC is the most innovative genre around, but Orbital are leaving that behind. Six years on from their rave smash 'Chime', the Hartnolls' recent ...

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 ...

808 State: Castlefield Amphitheatre, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 24 June 1996

THINK OF A free open-air gig on the first day of summer and you'd probably imagine hippies, loud rock music and lots of mud. All ...

Damon Albarn, Blur: Blur: Meet Damon, The Poet

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 6 July 1996

Blur's Damon Albarn tells CAROLINE SULLIVAN he is tired of being a star, tired of Yob Pop and tired off feuding. That's why he's reading ...

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 Eagles: McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 15 July 1996

IF YOU were wondering what happened to the British summer, then spare a thought for the residents of Hell, California, whose habitat has frozen over. ...

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 ...

Drugs In Rock Culture: Don’t Try This At Home

Essay by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, 2 August 1996

TAKING DRUGS CHANGES things. It changes your blood stream and brain waves and bank balance; your heart rate and slang of choice and the circumference ...

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 ...

The Mercury Prize: Pulp Friction

Comment by Simon Frith, Guardian, The, 13 September 1996

Tokenistic? Predictable? Ridiculous? Critics claim all three. Here, chairman of the judges Simon Frith defends the Mercury Music Prize. ...

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. ...

Metallica: Earl's Court, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 14 October 1996

Classic metal misfits spit out decibels of defiance at the venue from hell ...

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 Chemical Brothers: The Chemistry Set — The Chemical Brothers: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 26 October 1996

Dave Simpson takes some Anadin with The Chemical Brothers ...

Snoop (Doggy) Dogg: Snoop Doggy Dogg

Profile and Interview by David Bennun, Guardian, The, November 1996

"I'M GONNA live forever," says the man slumped in the chair opposite, his voice so soft it's barely more than a mumble. Nobody has ever ...

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 ...

Erasure: Town & Country, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 6 November 1996

SIZE IS everything in Erasure pop world. For their last tour, they put on one of the biggest shows on earth, a theatrical triumph of ...

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 ...

Def Leppard: Sheffield Arena

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 15 November 1996

Rusty metal with extra irony ...

David Bowie: The Chameleon

Overview by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, 27 November 1996

David Jones... Major Tom... Ziggy... will the real David Bowie ever stand up? And can the quick-change act disguise the fact that it's been 20 ...

Sting: Sheffield Arena

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 30 November 1996

Great rocker, poor jazzer. Dave Simpson catches Sting in Sheffield ...

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... ...

East 17: Sheffield Arena

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 21 December 1996

Rumours of East going west fuel night of confusion and great pop ...

Townes Van Zandt: Keeping Quiet For The Sake Of A Song: Townes Van Zandt 1944-1997

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, January 1997

OTHER MUSICIANS revered Texan song writer Townes Van Zandt who has died of a heart attack aged 52, but he made real efforts, helped by ...

Elvis Presley: 25% Of The King: Col. Tom Parker

Obituary by Michael Gray, Guardian, The, 23 January 1997

COLONEL TOM PARKER, the flamboyant tent-show hustler who was Elvis Presley's Svengalian manager, has died in Las Vegas at the age of almost 90. He ...

The Associates, Billy Mackenzie: Billy Mackenzie: Pop's Great Outsider

Obituary by Paul Morley, Guardian, The, 27 January 1997

AN ANARCHIC Bassey, a sinister Pavarotti, a monstrous madcap Bowie, even when he was at his most obscure, his most difficult and extreme, there was ...

The Beatles: The Sound of Acid

Overview by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 31 January 1997

Hey man — it's time to beat that cosmic tabla and slap on a droning tape loop. Drug-infused psychedelia, says Jon Savage, never went away ...

Placebo: Octagon, Sheffield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 15 February 1997

High on the Placebo effect ...

Ash: The Astoria, London

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

Boys enjoy early night ...

James: Wrinklie riot — James: Town & Country, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 15 March 1997

The fans are older, their knees are shot and they can't dance any more (if they ever could) Dave Simpson joins James's sell-out tour ...

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 ...

Nico, The Velvet Underground: Name Game: Billy Name

Interview by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 25 April 1997

At Andy Warhol's Factory everybody wanted to be a star. Everyone except Billy Name. He designed the Factory, curated it, soothed the egos of Warhol's ...

Sinead O'Connor: An Inconvenient Woman: Sinead O’Connor

Profile and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 26 April 1997

Sinead O’Connor bothers people. American audiences were outraged when she shunned their national anthem, the pop establishment was vindictive when she refused a Brit, and ...

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. ...

U2: Pop Smart

Comment by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 13 June 1997

U2 are that rarity, a clever rock band. So why do the English press hate them? By Sean O'Hagan ...

Massive Attack, Radiohead: Radiohead, Massive Attack: RDS Arena, Dublin

Live Review by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 23 June 1997

Storming through the downpour ...

Blur, Oasis, The Stone Roses, Paul Weller: Brit Pop: The Boys Club

Essay by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 4 July 1997

Pop music is booming, right? British bands are taking over the world, right? Wrong. The yobbish lads of Brit rock are about to hit the ...

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 ...

Morrissey: Maladjusted (Island) ** £14.99

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 8 August 1997

Nine self-pitying, lachrymose albums in a row — isn't it time Morrissey grew up? ...

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 ...

Dave Godin: He's a Soul Man

Profile and Interview by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 12 September 1997

Dave Godin rubbed shoulders with Motown's greats and brought us black American music. But, says Jon Savage, his great achievement was creating northern soul ...

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. ...

Drop The Dread, Honky: Why White Artists Wanna Be Black

Essay by James Maycock, Guardian, The, October 1997

IN 1959, JOHN Howard Griffin, a white journalist, dyed his skin black and travelled through the southern states of America. He found the experience ...

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... ...

AC/DC: Bonfire

Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, November 1997

THE LATE '70s and early '80s were bleak years for rock, and most other things besides. One of those moments in history which seem to ...

King Tubby, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Yabby You: Blood And Fire Records: Simply Dread

Report and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 7 November 1997

Mick Hucknall's devotion to the pioneers of dub and lovers' rock led him to form Blood And Fire records. Sean O'Hagan salutes them ...

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 ...

Black Grape: Leicester Arena

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 24 November 1997

WHEN SHAUN Ryder recently sang Black Grape's comeback hit 'Get Higher', he no doubt afforded himself a mischievous grin. For years, Ryder was the dark ...

Beth Orton: A Kinky Disco Kid

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, 28 November 1997

Singer Beth Orton shrugged off the tragedies of her youth and was inspired by acid house to mix folk with breakbeats. Sheryl Garratt hears how ...

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 ...

Bush, Madonna, Gwen Stefani: For the Love of Blighty

Report by Susan Corrigan, Guardian, The, 1 December 1997

Coming soon to a suburb near you: Madonna. Susan Corrigan reports on a transatlantic affair ...

Robert Palmer

Obituary by Michael Gray, Guardian, The, 17 December 1997

ROBERT PALMER, THE distinguished American music journalist and blues expert, has died in New York aged 52. ...

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 ...

Frank Sinatra: Nelson Algren's The Man With The Golden Arm

Retrospective by James Maycock, Guardian, The, 1998

How Nelson Algren's acclaimed novel was made into Hollywood's first film about heroin. ...

Hip-Hop: Puppets On A String?

Essay by James Maycock, Guardian, The, January 1998

How & Why Black Rappers Exploit Racial Stereotypes (With references to historical precedents through 20th century) ...

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. ...

Barry Manilow: Barry Glitter — Barry Manilow: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 24 January 1998

Could it be magic? When Mr Manilow sings, grannies swoon, moan, even storm the stage. Caroline Sullivan knows just how they feel ...

Mark Hollis: Mark Hollis

Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, February 1998

FROM 1980S synth-pop with Talk Talk, Mark Hollis is now a solo artist of rare contemplation… It's all gone quiet over here. Mark Hollis has ...

Bernard Butler: Upstairs at the Garage, London

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

Young pretender goes it alone ...

Blur, Oasis: Labour's Love Lost

Comment by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 13 March 1998

According to this week's NME, the honeymoon between pop and the Government is well and truly over. Sean O'Hagan isn't surprised ...

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 ...

James: Manchester Apollo

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, April 1998

ONCE UPON a time, when James performed their most famous song 'Sit Down', whole audiences would do just that. Nowadays it's tempting to suggest the ...

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... ...

Rufus Wainwright: Raise the Rufus

Profile and Interview by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 7 August 1998

The son of Loudon Wainwright III, this melodramatic young folk singer might be the next Jeff Buckley. Tom Cox meets him ...

Rock'n'roll Infanticide

Essay by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 7 August 1998

Pop is on sick leave because the nation's youth hasn't done its music homework. Tom Cox tells aspiring young bands to nab their parent's record ...

Kylie Minogue: Little Miss Boomerang

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, 8 August 1998

Kylie Minogue has probably had more brickbats than bouquets since she quit soap stardom to become a pop singer. But, with a new record in ...

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 ...

The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, International Submarine Band, Gram Parsons: Gram Parsons: Another Country

Retrospective by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 12 September 1998

Twenty-five years ago, Gram Parsons died in a remote desert motel, the victim of a prodigious appetite for drugs and alcohol that shocked even Keith ...

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. ...

Kenickie: The Rocket, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 10 October 1998

Kenickie's in a twist ...

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 ...

Alanis Morissette: Not CD of the Week — Alanis Morissette: Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (Maverick)

Review by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, 30 October 1998

OH STOP MOANING Sheryl Garratt finds pain but no gain in a wallowing follow-up album ...

A&R Men: Where's the Bar?

Report and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 6 November 1998

They're narcissistic coke fiends with no interest in music, or so the legend goes — yet A&R men shape the future of pop. Surely, asks ...

Natalie Imbruglia: Natalie lmbruglia: Apollo, Manchester ***

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 10 November 1998

IF ANYONE doubts the thespian talents of Neighbours, they should look at Natalie lmbruglia. While her displays as Beth were hampered by scripts and career-threatening ...

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 ...

The La's: Lee Mavers: The Lost Boy

Report and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 5 December 1998

Lee Mavers of the La's was a star in the early nineties and idolised by Oasis. Then he fell foul of drugs and disappeared. Amid ...

The Beatles: "No one else had the flair, the panache, the wit that Brian had," says Paul McCartney. So why did he die miserably and alone?

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 18 December 1998

Jon Savage describes how Brian Epstein fell victim to drugs and the pressures of being a secret homosexual. ...

Rock’n’Role: Are Singers The New Feminist Icons?

Overview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 21 December 1998

IN THE US, they call it the Third Wave – a new feminism for a new generation. It is fuelled by popular culture in general ...

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 ...

Miles Davis, Billie Holiday: Billie 4 Miles: A Kind Of Blue Love

Essay by James Maycock, Guardian, The, February 1999

MILES DAVIS CONFESSED twice in his candid autobiography he fancied Billie Holiday. "She had such a sensuous mouth," he remarked, "I thought she was not ...

Underworld

Retrospective and Interview by David Bennun, Guardian, The, February 1999

AS LOW POINTS go, this one was not merely a dip in life's road. It was a chasm. A gorge. A bloody great sheer-sided canyon. ...

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 ...

Terrorvision: Parr Hall, Warrington ****

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 10 February 1999

THE ROCK scene is currently as serious as a pub that's running low on booze. Oasis, The Verve and Pulp are the loudly-voiced Men At ...

Fatboy Slim: Norman Conquest

Profile and Interview by David Bennun, Guardian, The, 12 February 1999

At his lowest ebb, Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, nearly jacked it in to be a fireman. Now he's a chart-topper with a clutch of ...

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 ...

Tom Waits: Mule Variations (Epitaph)

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 16 April 1999

I'D HATE TO be the neighbourhood psycho on Tom Waits's street. You'd never quite feel safe, terrorised by those all-seeing, scarecrow eyes, observing your every ...

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 ...

Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde: The Great Pretender

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 27 April 1999

CHRISSIE HYNDE, wild woman of rock, sits in a private members' club in London's Portman Square in a finely tailored pinstripe suit. Despite the elegance ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, The Sugarhill Gang: Good Boys Of Rap

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 30 April 1999

Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five And Melle Mel: 'Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel' (Sequel)The Sugarhill Gang: Rapper's Delights (Sequel)Various Artists: Sugarhill Club Classics ...

Ralph McTell: Streets of Melton Mowbray: Ralph McTell

Report and Interview by Andy Farquarson, Guardian, The, 14 May 1999

MELTON MOWBRAY isn't the most obvious place to search for heroes, treasure and sentimental stories. But all three are here tonight somewhere. ...

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 ...

Shack: All You Need is Love

Interview by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 14 June 1999

Tom Cox finds the Head brothers of Shack in Liverpool — but spiritually, they're in Los Angeles, circa 1967 ...

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 ...

Gomez: Eclectic Avenue

Interview by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 25 June 1999

Gomez may have won the Mercury Music Prize, but they're not your typical hard-living rock stars. Tom Cox meets the broadest minds in the business ...

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 ...

Celine Dion: Up Too Close And Personal: Celine Dion: Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 8 July 1999

THREE SONGS IN, a smiling Celine Dion decides she wants to talk to us, "personally". ...

Technique: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 22 July 1999

SUCH IS THE brouhaha provoked by Technique in their brief career that one might innocently suppose it had something to do with their music, and ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis: He's Alive!

Guide by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 30 July 1999

It's 22 years since the King was found dead at Gracelands, but some people still refuse to believe he has gone. Tom Cox sifts through ...

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 ...

Gigolo Aunts: The Garage, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 3 August 1999

THE PAST IS a foreign country, and it's where the Gigolo Aunts choose to live. "Last time we were here we were touring with the ...

Secret Knowledge: Kris Needs: I Snogged Debbie Harry

Profile and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 3 August 1999

If you can't be a rock star, you can always get your kicks by hanging out with them. Kris Needs tells Dave Simpson how it's ...

Aretha Franklin: Jerry Wexler: Aretha And Me

Interview by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 13 August 1999

JERRY WEXLER, co-founder of Atlantic Records and in-house producer, was picking himself up off the floor of Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama when he received ...

Roots Manuva: The Venue, London ****

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 13 August 1999

YOU COULD probably write the history of British hip-hop in this space. The problem is less a dearth of homegrown talent than a lack of ...

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 ...

Ben & Jason, Witness: Witness/Ben & Jason: The Social, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 20 August 1999

SO CONVIVIAL IS the Heavenly record label's latest location for West End hi-living that any act willing to take on its Wednesday night acoustic challenge ...

Elastica: Six Track EP (Deceptive) *

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 27 August 1999

FOR ALL THE TREMORS, speculation and mystique you might generate by disappearing off the face of the earth after a classic debut album, there's always ...

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 ...

Whitney Houston: Sheffield Arena **

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 11 September 1999

Diva takes a nosedive ...

Live Killers

Comment by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 17 September 1999

HERE'S A JOKE. Last night, I met an alien outside a pub in north London. We got chatting about hobbies and stuff, and he ended ...

David Bowie: David Buckley: Strange Fascination – The Definitive David Bowie Story

Book Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 23 September 1999

WHILE MOST BOWIE biographies (notably Alias David Bowie, Peter & Leni Gillman's 1986 exposé of family mental illness and the Bowie "myth") are as welcome ...

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 ...

Macy Gray: Squeak Revenge

Interview by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 24 September 1999

Macy Gray's unearthly voice was once the butt of everyone's jokes. But after a hit album, that voice is having the last laugh. Tom Cox ...

Alice In Chains: Music Bank

Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, October 1999

IF EVER a Central Committee for Naming Things should be summoned into existence, I would like to nominate, for the chair, the inventor of the ...

Funkapolitan: Bish, Bash, Posh: Class and British Pop

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 1 October 1999

As Tony Blair calls for a classless society, he might be surprised to learn that the world of pop music is riddled with toffs. Self-confessed ...

Wheat: Water Rat, King's Cross

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 5 October 1999

IN A RELATIVELY brief career, one imagines Wheat are already weary of agricultural quips prompted by their name. But it would help if the Massachusetts ...

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 ...

Beth Orton: Academy, Manchester ****

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 19 October 1999

Real angry woman ...

The Incredible String Band: An Incredible String Reunion: An Interview with Robin Williamson

Interview by Andy Farquarson, Guardian, The, 22 October 1999

To those of the Rizla generation who spent the summer of 1967 rolling joints on its album sleeves, the Incredible String Band occupies near-mythic status. ...

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. ...

Horace Andy: Roots master — Horace Andy: Living in the Flood (Melankolic) ****

Review by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 22 October 1999

Thirty years into his career as a reggae singer, Horace Andy has hit paydirt, writes Sean O'Hagan ...

Shelby Lynne: Embassy Rooms, London ****

Live Review by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 27 October 1999

ONE OF THE new breed of US country crossover stars, Shelby Lynne doesn't have the smooth, invincible sheen of a Shania Twain or a Mindy ...

Jimmy Webb: Pizza on the Park, London ***

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 28 October 1999

WHEN THE Boo Radleys wrote a song called 'Jimmy Webb is God' they presumably weren't gripped by a vision of the Lord playing a gig ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: "Deja Vu Again"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 29 October 1999

THERE'S NO MISTAKING the portly middle-aged man with the walrus moustache beached on a sofa at the Dorchester hotel, plucking the chords of Neil Young's ...

Horace Andy: Heavenly Social, London

Live Review by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 30 October 1999

After three decades as a singer, Horace Andy can still surprise. Lucy O'Brien reports ...

Basement Jaxx: Academy, Manchester ****

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 16 November 1999

Big cheese party ...

Chuck Prophet: Underworld, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 17 November 1999

IN 1989 CHUCK Prophet was the snake-hipped, guitar-slinging foil to Dan Stuart's punch-drunk sheriff in American rock'n'rollers Green On Red. ...

The Isley Brothers: It's Your Thing: The Story of the Isley Brothers (Epic) *****

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 19 November 1999

THE MOST DEFINITIVE summation of The Isley Brothers' career so far begins not with a song but a real, live shriek. ...

Foo Fighters: Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 23 November 1999

A THREADBARE Celtic cliché claims audiences at this decrepit old ballroom are better than anywhere else in the country, perhaps even the world. But as ...

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: ...

Henry Rollins: LSE Old Theatre, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 30 November 1999

SOMEWHERE UP there, reclining on a celestial tobacco cloud, Bill Hicks must cast a rueful eye towards the one-man stand-up multi-gym that is Henry Rollins. ...

Herb Abramson, 1916-1999

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 3 December 1999

HERB ABRAMSON, who has died aged 82, was one of the architects of Atlantic Records, which in the 1950s and 60s was the most creative ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend: Peter Rabbits

Interview by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 3 December 1999

I'M LAUGHING, BUT Pete Townshend is frightening me. "Yes!!!!!" he shouts, and bangs hard on the table in his Richmond studio, for the second time ...

The Spice Girls: Robotic Neurotics: Spice Girls: Evening News Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 6 December 1999

YOUR BAND may take a year off, but if you are a Spice Girl you just can't keep out of the headlines. ...

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 Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Brian Wilson: Phil Spector and Brian Wilson: The Nutty Producers

Retrospective by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 16 December 1999

Without Phil Spector and Brian Wilson, the 60s would have sounded very different, says Sean O'Hagan. ...

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 ...

Royal Trux: Bang, Crash Brilliance: Royal Trux: Scala, London

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 18 December 1999

ROYAL TRUX don't give a damn and don't care who knows it. ...

Bob Dylan, 1966: A Lot of Nerve

Retrospective by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 30 December 1999

It was 1965, and in a surge of amphetamine-fuelled creativity Bob Dylan was reinventing the pop song. But then a motorbike crash changed everything. As ...

Almost Famous: 1973 and all that

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, Guardian, The, 2000

1973 AS A rock and roll annus mirabilis? Six thousand miles away from the old Rolling Stone office in San Francisco, it felt more like ...

Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans: Bobby Sheen

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 2000

WHENEVER HE MADE records under his own name, Bobby Sheen, who has died aged 57, was out of luck. But as Bob B Soxx, the ...

Glen Campbell

Profile and Interview by David Bennun, Guardian, The, 2000

"I CAN," says Glen Campbell, "wriggle my right breast." He demonstrates. It's true. He can. ...

Steely Dan: Librarians on Acid

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, January 2000

STEELY DAN have always split people down the middle. On one side sit major dudes like William Gibson, who delight in the apparent disjunction between ...

Sugarcane Harris: Don "Sugarcane" Harris, 1939-1999

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 3 January 2000

THE JAZZ, BLUES and rock violinist Don "Sugarcane" Harris, who has died of pulmonary illness aged 61, played on four of Frank Zappa's albums, including ...

Gene: Forum, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 18 January 2000

AS THE MUSIC industry struggles to acclimatise to the brave new online era, it's somehow fitting that the first major gig of the year should ...

The Wannadies: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 20 January 2000

THE OLD ADAGE says that a pop song is only truly popular once postmen are heard whistling it, but the approbation of bar staff isn't ...

Terris: Astoria, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 29 January 2000

EVERY YEAR they come, wan-faced desperadoes who all too willingly pronounce themselves saviours of that raddled old nag we know as rock 'n' roll. ...

Oasis: Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (Big Brother) **

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 4 February 2000

FOR HAS-BEENS APPARENT, Oasis still possess remarkable powers of intimidation, but in the build-up to Standing on the Shoulder of Giants they've cunningly switched tactics. ...

The Cure: Astoria, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 11 February 2000

IF LIFE REALLY begins at 40, then pity Robert Smith, a man who has spent more than 20 years ruminating on the sheer hopelessness of ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Machina/Machines of God (Hut) *

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 18 February 2000

FOR THE DIZZY hippy posing as disaffected slacker, Smashing Pumpkins were the perfect band to help you dream your way through the grunge era. ...

Pete Townshend's Lifehouse: Sadler's Wells, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 28 February 2000

PETE TOWNSHEND at Sadler's Wells? The ex-Who star's venue for this performance of the 30-years-in-the-making rock opera Lifehouse was, like its recent broadcast on Radio ...

AC/DC: Stiff Upper Lip (EMI)


Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 3 March 2000

AC/DC MAY OR may not currently be writing the best lyrics in rock. It's hard to tell, since they don't print them on their album ...

Prefab Sprout: Going for a Song

Profile and Interview by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 21 March 2000

Paddy McAloon made Prefab Sprout one of Britain's favourite bands. Now you can buy the albums for just 10p. Tom Cox asks him how he ...

Lou Reed: Ecstasy (WEA)

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 24 March 2000

IT BEGINS WITH a grumble: not Lou himself, but a bass guitar attempting to clone the sound of an OAP getting on a downtown bus, ...

Beck: Wembley Arena, London ****

Live Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 25 March 2000

Chameleon colours ...

Cypress Hill: Astoria, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 28 March 2000

THE ONGOING debate about the decriminalisation of cannabis seems redundant when a substantial proportion of the 1,800 people shoehorned into the Astoria have voted with ...

Phil Collins: This man must be stopped

Comment by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 30 March 2000

Stop up your ears. Unplug the radio. Phil Collins is back, with an Oscar-winning song, a tribute album, even a high-profile lawsuit. Tom Cox prays ...

Julian Cope: Royal Festival Hall, London ****

Live Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 4 April 2000

IT HAS BEEN a long time since Julian Cope could be described merely as a singing psychedelic mystic eco-warrior. ...

The Chart Busters

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 4 April 2000

First Britpop, then drum'n'bass, now UK garage: behind every popular band are the A&R scouts, hunting for acts who might repeat that success. ...

Coldplay, Muse, Radiohead: No Surprises: Radiohead And Their Kind

Report by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 14 April 2000

After the success of OK Computer, Radiohead's next album is one of the most eagerly awaited records ever. Perhaps, says BARNEY HOSKYNS, that's why copycat ...

Dwight Twilley: Magical Mystery Man

Retrospective and Interview by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 21 April 2000

The name Dwight Twilley probably doesn't ring a bell, but to the cognoscenti he's a rock'n'roll legend blessed with pop sensibility and irresistible animal magnetism. ...

Matthew Sweet: In Reverse (Zomba)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, May 2000

MATTHEW SWEET began the '90s with the much-feted Girlfriend, an album of angular, bittersweet power pop markedly different from the meaty rage of Nirvana and ...

The Jayhawks: Smile (Columbia)

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 5 May 2000

"THESE SONGS ACT like country-tinged rock and roll with an intellectual attitude and shit-kicking ambiance, but they're smarter than they act... they aren't as simple ...

Public Enemy: New Trinity, Bristol

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 29 May 2000

THOUGH THEY NO longer dominate hip hop as they did 10 years ago, it's worth remembering that, before Public Enemy, rap was not an instinctively ...

The Dandy Warhols: A Toast To The Wasted: The Dandy Warhols: The Cockpit, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 8 June 2000

AS IGGY POP would testify, you can always rely on the British public to take a drug-frazzled American wacko to their hearts. ...

Cat Power: The Spitz, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 10 June 2000

A shuffle in the dark: Cat Power leaves Keith Cameron ill at ease ...

Richard Ashcroft: Alone With Everybody (Hut) **

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 16 June 2000

KINDRED TO THE hippie but more English, less articulate, less political, more self-serving and better at fighting, the dippie is a breed of musician that ...

Eliza Carthy, Kate Rusby, Kathryn Williams: Sandals Out, Piercing In: The New Folk Sirens

Overview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 24 August 2000

LIVERPUDLIAN ARTIST Kathryn Williams is among the nominees for this year’s Mercury music prize – and hotly tipped to win. Last year Kate Rusby was ...

Lowell George: Time Loves a Hero: Lowell George

Retrospective by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 August 2000

THE EAGLES SOLD more records and Steely Dan went down better with intellectuals, but the best American band of the 1970s was Little Feat, led ...

Little Feat: Forum, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 13 September 2000

THERE WERE THREE groups who vividly chronicled life in post-Woodstock America. The Band sought refuge from the psychedelic intensity of the period in the country's ...

Bob Dylan: Vicar St, Dublin *****

Live Review by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 16 September 2000

THE 800 TICKETS for this suddenly announced "intimate" show supposedly sold out in 15 seconds. For the select multitude, then, this was a night of ...

Melanie C: St George's Hall, Bradford

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 19 September 2000

OF THE MANY routes to solo stardom open to a Spice Girl, being a rock chick is not one of them. Just ask Mel C. ...

Magazine: Maybe It's Right to Be Nervous Now (Virgin, 3CDs) ****

Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 22 September 2000

FOLLOWING AN initial period of liberation, punk, like all revolutionary forces, soon substituted new orthodoxies for those it had blown apart. ...

Radiohead: Victoria Park, London ****

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 25 September 2000

FOR DARLINGS of an allegedly slack generation, you can't deny Radiohead have high standards. This is the band who recently took 373 days to record ...

Coldplay: Shepherd's Bush Empire

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 24 October 2000

The shambolically serious Coldplay. ...

Craig David: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 27 November 2000

PEOPLE ARE DIVIDED on Craig David. For some, he is the spearhead of UK garage, whose pioneering "two-step" music has swept him to two number ...

And You Will Know Us By The...: And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: Cockpit, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 29 November 2000

WITH A NAME like And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, you could say these Texan noise-punks are looking for trouble – ...

AC/DC: NEC Arena, Birmingham

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 30 November 2000

MORE THAN 25 years after they started it, AC/DC are still playing it – the riff. The same sticklebacked three-chord trick has been their passport ...

Bill Frisell: Let your fingers do the talking

Interview by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 2001

Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell has worked with everyone from Chet Baker to Marianne Faithful. So why start taking lessons now? Richard Williams met him ...

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 ...

Dido: What went right?

Profile and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 29 January 2001

LAST NOVEMBER, 29-year-old Dido Armstrong and her boyfriend Bob were discussing their day at work. Bob had gone to the office and relaxed with a ...

Natalie Cole: King and I

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 8 February 2001

Natalie Cole has been a prostitutes' tout, a junkie and the winner of no fewer than eight Grammys. She tells Dave Simpson about scandal, success ...

Eminem: Manchester Arena

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 9 February 2001

EMINEM'S REPUTATION as world's number one bad boy rapper precedes him. Amid scenes reminiscent of the Sex Pistols, his records have been banned by student ...

Rickie Lee Jones at the Jazz Cafe

Live Review by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, 10 February 2001

RICKIE LEE JONES is something of an anomaly. Her latest album, It's Like This, has just been nominated for a Grammy – but how many ...

Westlife: Manchester Arena

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 26 February 2001

AS THE BAND remind us from the stage, they are the only group to have their first five British singles enter the chart at number ...

Kylie Minogue: Camping with Kylie: Kylie Minogue: Manchester Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 9 March 2001

HAVING RECOVERED FROM the pretensions of duets with Nick Cave and songwriting with the Manic Street Preachers, Kylie has returned to the fluffy pop we ...

Laura Nyro: Songs in the Key of Life: Laura Nyro's Angel in the Dark

Review by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 6 April 2001

THIS ALBUM IS incomplete, but so was Laura Nyro's life. It is the project on which she was working when she died of ovarian cancer ...

Shane MacGowan and Simon Napier-Bell: The Sound And The Fury

Book Review by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, 14 April 2001

Black Vinyl, White Powder, Simon Napier-Bell (390pp, Ebury Press £16.99)A Drink With Shane MacGowan, Victoria Mary Clarke and Shane MacGowan (360pp, Sidgwick & Jackson £15.99) ...

Starsailor: Plain Sailing: Starsailor

Profile and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 17 April 2001

Starsailor have been tipped as the most exciting band since Coldplay. Has that been a curse or a blessing, asks Dave Simpson. ...

David Byrne: "Therapy is like a lobotomy. Who wants to have all their edges shaved off?"

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 27 April 2001

HE'S ACCEPTED NOW, at last, that he'll always be known for one thing: the Big Suit. In 1984, David Byrne, the voice of New York ...

Goldfrapp: "The Mercury prize? Oh God, that would be great. I deserve something"

Profile and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 4 May 2001

Singing sensation Alison Goldfrapp tells Dave Simpson why her time has come. ...

Outkast: Partners in Rhyme: OutKast

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 18 May 2001

One of them is a blonde-wigged, teetotal vegetarian who reads Pushkin. The other breeds pitbulls in his spare time. Together they have been called the ...

S Club 7: Pop's Magnificent Seven: S Club 7: Arena, Sheffield ****

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 21 May 2001

FOR THEIR FIRST TOUR, S Club 7 are taking risks. Dark-haired Hannah is lowered in on a parachute, while clean-cut Jon clambers out of the ...

Anoushka Shankar: Daddy's Girl

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 May 2001

If anyone was born to play the sitar, it's Anoushka Shankar. Adam Sweeting asks her about life in Ravi's shadow. ...

Rufus Wainwright: "My Parents the Folk Heroes"

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 15 June 2001

THE WITTIEST REQUEST from the crowd at Rufus Wainwright's New York show last week was for ‘Rufus is a Tit Man’, a song written aeons ...

Travis: Songs in the Key of Life: Travis

Interview by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 23 June 2001

IF THERE IS ONE thing you can be completely sure of, it is this: at some point today, a U.K. radio station will play a ...

Slaves to the Rhythm: Is Napster Dying?

Report by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, 7 July 2001

After leading the digital music revolution, Edward Helmore says former fans won't flock back to Napster when it relaunches this summer ...

Wyclef Jean: Brixton Academy, London **

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 10 July 2001

...

Fred Neil

Obituary by Colin Irwin, Guardian, The, 11 July 2001

HE WROTE ONE of the most famous songs of the late 20th century, but Fred Neil, who has died aged 64 of cancer, remains one ...

The Human League: Human Remains: The Human League

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 13 July 2001

Two decades after their synthpop assault on the charts, the Human League are back. ...

Erykah Badu: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 18 July 2001

I HAVE SEEN Bowie atop a giant glass spider and U2 stuck inside a lemon, but I cannot recall an entrance like Erykah Badu's. ...

Mercury Rev’s Dark Dream

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, August 2001

ON MAY 28, 1998, Jonathan Donahue and Sean "Grasshopper" of Mercury Rev sat rather dejectedly in a diner in Woodstock, New York, and talked about ...

The Chameleons: Irish Centre, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 3 August 2001

THERE'S A WONDERFUL – if apocryphal – story about the major-label A&R team that was dispatched to Manchester in the 1980s with instructions to sign ...

David Krakauer, Roby Lakatos: An Evening of Klezmer/Gypsy Music: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 17 August 2001

THIS was a late-night dip into "the music of the diaspora and of the dispossessed", as the Proms brochure melodramatically put it. ...

Boz Scaggs: The Boz is back

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 27 August 2001

The least driven man in rhythm and blues has somehow produced another album. Adam Sweeting gets the lowdown ...

Blade, Roots Manuva: The home boys: Roots Manuva and the UK posse

Report and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 13 September 2001

Who needs Eminem and P Diddy when we've got perfectly good British rappers? Dave Simpson talks to Roots Manuva and the UK posse ...

War Within War: Black Americans And The Vietnam Conflict

Retrospective by James Maycock, Guardian, The, 15 September 2001

The Vietnam war saw countless numbers of America's young men – both black and white – thrown into combat. They were there to fight the ...

Aphex Twin: Tank Boy: Aphex Twin

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 5 October 2001

From Limp Bizkit to Madonna, everyone wants to work with the Aphex Twin. But those high-paying jobs aren’t important, he tells Paul Lester. He’d only ...

Alicia Keys: "I love Chopin… He's my dawg": Alicia Keys

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 2 November 2001

Stevie loves her, Oprah's after her and Prince is always on the phone. As Alicia Keys prepares to storm the UK charts, Ian Gittins meets ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: George Harrison 1943-2001

Obituary by Chris Welch, Guardian, The, 1 December 2001

George Harrison, singer, guitarist, composer and filmproducer: born Liverpool 25 February 1943; MBE 1965; married1966 Pattie Boyd (marriage dissolved 1977), 1978 OliviaArias (one son); died ...

Let's talk about me: Paul Gorman's In Their Own Write

Book Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 8 December 2001

The music industry is full of pompous bores – and that's just the writers. ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: Grandmaster Flash

Interview by Frank Broughton, Guardian, The, 26 January 2002

A RECENT SURVEY suggests that up to 62% of the world's population is now a famous DJ. In hotspots like Shoreditch, it's easier to find ...

Slipknot: Meet'n'Greet in Glasgow: Slipknot

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, February 2002

IT'S VALENTINE'S SAY afternoon in Glasgow and a strange kind of love is afoot. Outside the city’s Virgin Megastore, a tearful 13-year-old boy is gasping ...

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, ...

Alien Ant Farm: Manchester Academy

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 4 February 2002

EVERY POP movement worth its salt needs a bunch of pranksters. The hippies had Neil Innes's satirists the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, punk boasted the ...

Melissa Etheridge: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 5 February 2002

IT’S NOT every performer who could fill a theatre the size of the Dominion with just their voice and a guitar, but Melissa Etheridge pulled ...

Yann Tiersen: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 8 February 2002

BOOSTED BY the success of the rose-tinted flick Amelie, Yann Tiersen's fluffy and whimsical music is enjoying a surge of cultish popularity. ...

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 ...

Waylon Jennings, 1937-2002

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 15 February 2002

Rebel who revitalised country music and recorded Nashville's first million-selling album. ...

Shaggy: Manchester Arena

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 20 February 2002

IF SHAGGY wasn't called Shaggy, his whole career might not have happened. Bonky would have been too rude, Rumpy not suggestive enough. ...

The Buzzcocks: Part-time Punks: The Buzzcocks

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 1 March 2002

The Buzzcocks were one of punk's most influential bands. Now, 25 years on, Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto are recording together again. Paul Lester meets ...

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. ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans: "Everyone has their share of bad luck don't they?"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 15 March 2002

Their accountant ran off with £350,000, a keyboard player died on them, and now the lead singer has moved to LA. So what keeps the ...

Zero 7: The Teaboys Done Good: Zero 7

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 18 March 2002

Paul Lester meets Zero 7, the recording studio flunkies turned clubbers' favourites. ...

Ol' Dirty Bastard, Wu-Tang Clan: Ol' Dirty Bastard: Portrait Of The Artist In Jail

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Guardian, The, 22 March 2002

He was the clown prince of hip-hop, famously appearing onstage with the Wu-Tang Clan while on the run from the police. Now Ol' Dirty Bastard ...

Matthew Herbert, Matmos, Nymphomatriarch, Ultra-red, Matt Wand: Music From Unlikely Places: Nymphomatriarch, Matmos, Matthew Herbert, Ultra Red, Matt Wand

Review by David Hemingway, Guardian, The, April 2002

NOEL GALLAGHER may attribute Oasis's success to having simply written unpretentious, uncomplicated songs on his guitar, but not everyone shares this fascination with six strings. ...

Lester Bangs: Pills And Thrills

Retrospective by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, 12 April 2002

ALTHOUGH HIS NAME is already starting to be listed among the ranks of the elite late 20th-century literary trailblazers, Lester Bangs – the fragile-hearted, drunken ...

Elvis Presley, Otis Blackwell: Otis Blackwell 1932 - 2002

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, May 2002

Prolific writer behind some of Elvis’s greatest hits ...

Queen: Mercury Rising: We Will Rock You

Comment by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, 11 May 2002

A new West End musical, We Will Rock You, plunders Queen's back catalogue for tunes. But, says Peter Paphides, it misses the chance to tell ...

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 ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Hard Times: Arthur Lee

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 21 May 2002

Arthur Lee was once bigger than Hendrix or Jim Morrison. Back on the road after six years in jail, Love's frontman talks to Paul Lester. ...

A. R. Rahman, Andrew Lloyd Webber: Bollywood by numbers

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 May 2002

When Lloyd Webber wanted a composer for his Indian musical, it had to be AR Rahman. ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Meet the Osbournes

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, June 2002

YOU KNOW THAT embarrassing scenario where you go round to visit a married couple and they end up having an unholy ruck in front of ...

Paul Oakenfold

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, June 2002

TWO YEARS AGO, Paul Oakenfold was getting profoundly bored. The original post-acid house superstar DJ, known to friends and relatives as ‘Oakey’ and to the ...

ABBA: Abba: Supertroupers

Interview by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, 8 June 2002

People were often a bit sneery about Abba, born of Eurovision, duded out in satin and feathers, quintessentially pop. Only years after the group broke ...

Television: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 June 2002

IT WAS SOMETHING of a coup to recruit Television for David Bowie's Meltdown festival. The glacial new-wavers made rock history with their 1977 debut album, ...

Timothy White 1952-2002

Obituary by Chris Charlesworth, Guardian, The, July 2002

IN HIS POLKA-DOT bow tie, cream chinos and white buckskin shoes, Timothy White, who has died aged 50, cut a stylish figure in a profession ...

Charles Mingus, Erik Mingus: Eric Mingus: The big brand

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 4 July 2002

There's the Mingus Big Band, the Mingus Orchestra... and then there's Eric Mingus. He talks to Adam Sweeting about life in a jazz dynasty ...

Beth Orton: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 11 July 2002

WITH A NEW album, Daybreaker, due at the end of the month, this one-off show was an opportunity for Beth Orton to shake down the ...

Isaac Hayes: A Black Woodstock: Wattstax

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, Guardian, The, 20 July 2002

Intro: This is about 1000 words longer than the version published by The Guardian. There’s much more on the concert, more quotations and more on ...

Señor Coconut: Senor Coconut y su Conjunto: El Baile Aleman (New State Recordings)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 16 August 2002

DESPITE HIS name, his album title and the fact that his introduction is in Spanish, Senor Coconut is a German called Uwe Schmidt who fronts ...

Spandau Ballet: Wild Boy: Gary Kemp

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 23 August 2002

Spandau Ballet did more than provide a soundtrack for XR3i-driving Essex casuals in the 1980s. At least that's what Gary Kemp, the band's creative force, ...

Mudhoney: Boat Club, Nottingham

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 12 September 2002

BEING AN AMERICAN grunge rocker must be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Past incumbents, from Nirvana to Alice in Chains to ...

Beck: I'm a Muso, Baby: Beck

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 20 September 2002

Beck's new album, written after a nasty split with his fiancee, is so forlorn that the music press is afraid for his health. But, he ...

Cathy Dennis, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Songwriters: Musical Chairs

Special Feature by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, 21 September 2002

Today's pop stars, say their critics, aren't half as talented as their predecessors because they have little or nothing to do with writing their songs. ...

Beenie Man: Beenie There, Done That

Interview by Lulu Le Vay, Guardian, The, 28 September 2002

One of the biggest stars of Jamaican dancehall, Beenie Man's outgrowing the reggae charts and going global. Lulu Le Vay meets him as he gets ...

Shaggy: It Was Him: Shaggy

Profile and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, October 2002

THE WESTIN RIO MAR hotel in Puerto Rico is a textbook playground of the rich and famous. Way beyond merely luxurious, the baroque décor is ...

Queens Of The Stone Age: Monarchs of Rock: Queens of the Stone Age

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, October 2002

"I’VE BEEN CHASING my tail trying to have a good time on this tour," grumbles Josh Homme, the towering 6’ 4" frontman of Queens Of ...

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 ...

Norah Jones at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 3 October 2002

At 23, Norah Jones is both old beyond her years and curiously insecure in front of an audience, even such a plainly partisan one as ...

Robbie Williams: Robbie's £80m deal puts EMI on new path

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 5 October 2002

Record giant's move into entertainment business on wider front highlights changing situation at a time when classical market is faltering ...

So Solid Crew: Crew's Control

Profile by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, 5 October 2002

They raced from zero to inner-city heroes in one summer, then stalled in scandal. But don't write off So Solid – there's a serious business ...

Ginsberg's Flannel And Other Stories

Book Review by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, 12 October 2002

In the Sixties, Barry Miles, 322pp, Jonathan Cape, £17.99 ...

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 ...

Björk: “In England they think I'm one of the Teletubbies”: Björk

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 25 October 2002

Björk looks back on two decades of music, fame and scrapping with the media. ...

Jeff Buckley: Keeper of the Flame: Jeff Buckley's Mum

Report and Interview by Mark Paytress, Guardian, The, 30 October 2002

IT IS FIVE YEARS since Jeff Buckley took his final, mid-evening stroll into the Wolf River, a sleepy tourist spot on the outskirts of Memphis, ...

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. ...

Rhythm Kings: The Musicians of Motown

Essay by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 14 November 2002

So many things made the Motown sound special – the singers, the songs, even the food. But what about the musicians? ...

Jefferson Airplane: High Priestess: Grace Slick and ‘White Rabbit’

Retrospective and Interview by Mark Paytress, Guardian, The, 15 November 2002

White Rabbit has just come out top in a poll to find the finest drug song ever. Mark Paytress discovers that its writer/singer Grace Slick ...

Seven Inches Of Heaven

Report by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, 16 November 2002

For adolescents, it was a thrill – the first music they owned. Singles survive in the CD age as bootlegs and indie specials. Their covers ...

New Order: "We've had it large"

Profile and Interview by Ted Kessler, Guardian, The, 22 November 2002

A five-year split, a suicide, financial ruin, heavy cocaine abuse... New Order have survived the lot – and they're nowhere near quitting. Ted Kessler meets ...

Sum 41: Does This Look Infected?

Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 22 November 2002

EAGERLY AWAITED by fans of infant metal, Does This Look Infected? is custom-built to cash in on the success of its predecessor, All Killer No ...

Guns N' Roses: Meltdown

Report by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, 3 January 2003

With Guns N' Roses, he was one of the biggest – and baddest – rockers on the planet. Now his new album is a decade ...

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

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 10 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 ...

Pushing the pressure point

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 11 January 2003

THE NEWS THAT the Vines have been sent back to Australia, following a bout of Ricky Gervais/Grant Bovey-style pat-a-cakes onstage between singer Craig Nicholls and ...

Penny Valentine 1943 - 2003

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 13 January 2003

Richard Williams mourns "probably the first woman to write about pop music as though it really mattered". Below, some examples of what made Valentine such ...

Lou Reed: The Raven

Review by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 17 January 2003

IF ANYONE IS still wondering, more than a quarter of a century later, what Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music was all about, they need look ...

Rock In The Dock

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, 18 January 2003

A FEW WEEKS ago, a nationwide leap in gun crime was lent grim focus by the murder of two young women at a party in ...

Asian Dub Foundation: Rappers With A Cause: Asian Dub Foundation

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 24 January 2003

They helped secure the release of the warehouse worker Satpal Ram from prison. Now they're tackling domestic violence, asylum, the war on terror and the ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: Get Carter

Interview by Ted Kessler, Guardian, The, 25 January 2003

America's favourite hip-hop artist Jay-Z is hanging up his mic. After all, what's left to talk about when you've achieved everything? Ted Kessler raps things ...

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. ...

Linkin Park: Pirate Paranoia

Report by Toby Manning, Guardian, The, 15 February 2003

Since the advent of the unholy trinity of internet, MP3 and CD burner, the music industry has gone into piracy tailspin. Toby Manning feels like ...

Zwan: Billy Corgan

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 February 2003

BILLY CORGAN has been dreaming of Christina Aguilera, pop's best undressed woman. She was staying at the same London hotel as Corgan's new band, Zwan, ...

Adrian Sherwood: It's My Turn

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, 24 February 2003

THERE'S NOTHING about the outside of Adrian Sherwood's home in north London to explain why the likes of Sinead O'Connor, Sly and Robbie, Primal Scream ...

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, ...

Blur, Oasis: Live Forever

Film/DVD/TV Review by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 1 March 2003

THERE ARE MANY reasons to see Live Forever, the new documentary about the 1990s Britpop years. Mostly they involve Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn being ...

Johnny Paycheck, 1938-2003

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 3 March 2003

DESPITE THE EFFORTS of many producers and publicists, country music has resisted being severed from its roots in southern US working-class life. ...

Altered Images, The Belle Stars, Dollar, Five Star, The Human League, Kim Wilde, Visage: The Here And Now Tour: Many Happy Returns

Report and Interview by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, 8 March 2003

To some, the Here And Now Tour is a has-beens cabaret, to others it's a harmless trip down memory lane. Peter Paphides reports from the ...

The White Stripes: The Sweetheart Deal

Interview by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 29 March 2003

"SPERAMUS MELIORA; resurget cineribus" – the motto of the city of Detroit translates as "We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes". ...

Edwin Starr

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 4 April 2003

AMONG THE CHANTS and songs accompanying this year's anti-war marches a reprised relic first sung by African American soul musician Edwin Starr, who has died, ...

Little Eva

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 14 April 2003

IT WAS HARDLY an original piece of choreography, but 'The Loco-motion' was certainly one of the most impressive records produced by the early 1960s vogue ...

Fleetwood Mac: Excess Baggage: Fleetwood Mac

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 18 April 2003

Mental illness, drug abuse, affairs, breakups - it's a miracle that Fleetwood Mac are still alive. But here they are with a Rumours-era lineup, and ...

Blur: Think Tank

Review and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 25 April 2003

Backstage at L'Espace Clacquesin, a former brewery 20 minutes from the centre of Paris, Blur are relaxing. The band has just performed for 200 invited ...

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 ...

Busted: You Are So Busted!

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, May 2003

THE WORDS ARE TALL, luridly colourful and carefully stitched onto a bed sheet, and the sentiment is unambiguous. As Busted guitarist Matt Jay’s eyes alight ...

Macy Gray: Shepherds Bush Empire, London ***

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 May 2003

HER RECORD COMPANY had spent the day warning everybody that she would be on stage at 9pm, not 9.15pm as advertised, but in the end ...

Neil Young: "Will I be deported?"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 22 May 2003

IT IS DIFFICULT to find supportive things to say about George Bush unless your construction company is rebuilding Iraq, but it would be a droll ...

Steely Dan: Everything Must Go

Review by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 13 June 2003

UNIQUE AMONG contemporary musicians, the post-comeback Steely Dan make records that are more fun to read than to listen to. ...

The American Song-Poem Anthology: Music By The Metre

Review by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 20 June 2003

SO YOU THINK it's only since the rise of manufactured pop, with its endless boy and girl bands, each a more faded and insipid photocopy ...

Happy Mondays: Shaun Ryder: "I look all right, don't I?"

Interview by Ted Kessler, Guardian, The, 20 June 2003

Two years ago Shaun Ryder was finished. He had lost his money, his mates and the plot. With a new album out, he tells Ted ...

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. ...

Terry Hall: Fun Boy Free: Terry Hall

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 22 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 ...

Closing Time

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 2 August 2003

ON JULY 3, the House Of Lords failed to block government moves to introduce a new law requiring pubs, clubs and cafes to apply for ...

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, ...

Ian MacDonald, 1948-2003

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 8 September 2003

PROBABLY NO other critic – not even the late William Mann of The Times, with his famous mention of pandiatonic clusters – contributed more to ...

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. ...

She Bop II: Rock Chicks Fight Back

Comment by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 13 September 2003

Lucy O'Brien reflects on her monumental history of the music business ...

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. ...

The Thrills: Filesharing etc.: Money Pit

Comment by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, 11 October 2003

Who are the victims of music filesharing? Peter Paphides reveals the real band of thieves ...

Damien Rice: Metropolitan University, Leeds ***

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 14 October 2003

DAVID GRAY achieved his first major success in Ireland, something else he has in common with Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice. They share the same management ...

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. ...

Chic, Tony Thompson: Tony Thompson

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Guardian, The, 15 November 2003

TONY THOMPSON, WHO has died of cancer aged 48, was among the finest of all pop/rock drummers. Although his name is frequently absent from the ...

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 ...

Ryan Adams: "I've Been Jumping Off Bridges"

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Guardian, The, 21 November 2003

THE ONE GOOD thing about projectile vomiting is that at least your T-shirt stays clean. Ryan Adams's frat-house top is a spotless scarlet, its brightness ...

The Thrills: Weirdo Magnets: The Thrills

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 21 November 2003

IT IS A COLD but sunny Saturday lunchtime in Capitol Hill, a boho district of Seattle full of cafes and shops with names like Natural ...

Bob Dylan: Why I Love Bob Dylan

Comment by Martin Colyer, Guardian, The, 25 November 2003

LAST SATURDAY IT was forty years ago that JFK was assassinated. Yet by November 1963, Bob Dylan had already been performing in Greenwich Village for ...

The Guitar: Axes To Grind

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, 29 November 2003

ACCORDING TO A body of instrument suppliers called the Music Industries Association, in the last 12 months the British people bought no less than 700,000 ...

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.  ...

David Bowie, Neil Young: No More Heroes

Comment by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, 19 December 2003

THE BEST THING you can say about 2003 is that it's almost over. ...

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, ...

Elton John: How Sir Elton Recovered His Cool

Comment by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 2004

WHEN THE VERY first psychedelic rock star, William Blake, declared that the fool who persists in his folly shall become wise, he hit on a ...

Scissor Sisters: Fun with Filth: Scissor Sisters

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 9 January 2004

They come from New York's shock art scene and they write songs about drugs, drag queens and cruising. Paul Lester meets clubland's hottest new act, ...

N*E*R*D, Pharrell Williams: The Hit Man: Pharrell Williams

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 20 February 2004

He co-produced nearly 20% of tracks currently being played on British radio. But he is also a star in his own right - as a ...

Rhyme and Punishment

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, 21 February 2004

YOU MAY HAVE heard this yarn – it's one of those things people email each other, that they might share a chuckle at the foibles ...

My Bloody Valentine: I Lost It: Kevin Shields Speaks

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 12 March 2004

In his first interview for 12 years, My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields talks to Paul Lester about his madness, making Alan McGee cry - and ...

Jan & Dean: Jan Berry

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 2 April 2004

Teen dream and surf-pop star ...

Morrissey: "Somebody Has To Be Me": Morrissey

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 9 April 2004

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

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 ...

Stairway To Hell

Essay by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, 19 April 2004

THEY ASKED ME to write this piece about "self-destruction and its place in rock" and that immediately set me to thinking: what do they mean ...

Supergrass: Watching the 'Grass grow

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 24 April 2004

A decade in the music business hasn't hurt Supergrass. In fact, they're quite happy with their status as Britain's fifth favourite band, finds Ian Gittins. ...

John Martyn: The Lowry, Salford

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 8 May 2004

IF JOHN MARTYN hadn't become a folk/blues/rock legend, he could have knocked out a career as a mimic. At one point, he perfectly impersonates Alf ...

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 ...

Kanye West: Forum, London

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 20 May 2004

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

Kasabian: Field Of Dreams

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 10 June 2004

The true spirit of Glastonbury is alive and well — but you'll find it at a farm in Leicester not Somerset. Dave Simpson meets Kasabian ...

Ray Charles, 1930-2004

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 12 June 2004

DURING THE 1960S, a generation of teenagers discovered America's hidden music of black blues, gospel and soul, and many of them promptly fissured into followings ...

Slash, Velvet Revolver: Slash: "I died. I do remember that."

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 9 July 2004

When three battered ex-junkies from Guns N'Roses got together to form Velvet Revolver, the cynics got ready for a flop. Guitarist Slash tells Adam Sweeting ...

Polyphonic Spew

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, 10 July 2004

THERE IS NO PERSON more deluded than he or she who has a song programmed into their mobile phone. ...

Syreeta, 1946-2004

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 13 July 2004

Stevie Wonder's partner in music and (briefly) marriage ...

Pete Doherty: Peter Doherty: Fez Club, Sheffield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 31 July 2004

IN recent weeks, Peter Doherty has been reported as having racked up a heroin/crack addiction costing £250 a day, skipped out on three attempts at ...

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 2 August 2004

"WE LOVE PLAYING HERE," Gillian Welch told us more than once, and since she and her musical soulmate David Rawlings were on for more than ...

Pere Ubu, Spiritualized: Spiritualized/Pere Ubu: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 4 August 2004

THIRTY YEARS INTO their career, Cleveland art-punks Pere Ubu remain engaging mavericks. ...

Har Mar Superstar: Welly Club, Hull

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 5 August 2004

THE WELLY isn't a place you'd expect to find a "superstar". Its name implies somewhere you'd only really want to step into when it's raining; ...

Beenie Man: Tatchell v Beenie Man: Arrest This Development

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, 4 September 2004

LET'S HOPE THAT no friends of the Jamaican dancehall artist Beenie Man have recently reminded him that the only thing worse than being talked about ...

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 ...

Interpol: Antics

Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 24 September 2004

ON PAPER, Interpol's second album should offer more grist to the mill of those who think they're too indebted to Joy Division. ...

Estelle: "The only way I'm going on the cover of FHM is in a body bag"

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 27 September 2004

Estelle, the loudest new voice in hip-hop, talks to Dave Simpson ...

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 1 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 ...

Dave Godin: Champion of Black Music who coined the term "Northern Soul"

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 20 October 2004

WHEN THE MUSICIANS and singers of the first Motown Revue – the Miracles, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, "Little" Stevie Wonder and Earl Van ...

French Rock'n'roll: What – No Accordion?

Interview by David McKenna, Guardian, The, 22 October 2004

CALL A COMPILATION Le Nouveau Rock'n'roll Français and, even now, you risk sparking associations with the figure most people take to represent the old French ...

One Hit Chunder

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 30 October 2004

THE ONE AND Only, a hardback celebration of one-hit wonders by Tom Bromley, is a touch too self-satisfied a stocking filler, inviting us, not for ...

The Thrills: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 15 November 2004

WHEN THE THRILLS first blazed out of Dublin in 2002, there was something sweetly charming about a bunch of naive Irish lads writing eulogies to ...

Alison Krauss and Union Station: Lonely Runs Both Ways

Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 19 November 2004

THIS IS KRAUSS'S first studio album for three years, though in the meantime she's delivered a bestselling live album, won three Grammy awards, and made ...

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 ...

Xmas LPs: Worst Christmas On Record

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 11 December 2004

THE CHRISTMAS SINGLE is a thing of thudding familiarity - brace yourself again for Jona Lewie to make his annual re-emergence, bludgeoning you like a ...

Dimebag Darrell, Pantera: Just a Good Ol' Boy: Dimebag Darrell

Obituary by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, 17 December 2004

Former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was murdered on stage by a lone gunman last week. Edward Helmore celebrates the life of the influential and charismatic ...

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 ...

Plush: 12 Bar, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 14 January 2005

PLUSH'S LIAM HAYES isn't a man who does things easily. He released his first single in 1994, his first woozy LP in 1998, and didn't ...

Low: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 22 February 2005

FOR THE DEVOTED fan, watching Low rock out must be like watching Bob Dylan switch on the amplifiers at the Manchester Free Trade Hall. ...

Doves: Moss Side story

Report and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 25 February 2005

The Manchester that Doves grew up in has disappeared. They take Dave Simpson on a guided tour of the city — and show him the ...

Hunter S Thompson: Rock of Rages

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, 26 February 2005

FOLLOWING HUNTER S THOMPSON'S suicide, many obituarists, looking for a representative snippet of the Doctor's bug-eyed vitriol, served up the following trenchant assessment of the ...

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. ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road: Where Magic Was Made

Profile by Paul Trynka, Guardian, The, 11 March 2005

Paul Trynka looks back at the relationship between the biggest band of all time and the studio that helped them create their sound ...

INXS Need You Tonight

Report by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, 19 March 2005

IT'S NOT THE sort of job that often gets advertised. Michael Hutchence, notwithstanding his bizarre death, aged 37, in 1997, generally looked like he was ...

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 ...

Laura Nyro: Lady Lightning: Laura Nyro

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 2 April 2005

"EXPERIENCED A catastrophe so profound that its effects would never quite fade" (Laura Nyro) ...

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

Retrospective and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 11 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 ...

Mötley Crüe's Titty-Cam

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, May 2005

I HAVE JUST SPENT two weeks on the road with Mötley Crüe. Our sweep through Canada and the US Midwest took in Edmonton, Des Moines, ...

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 ...

The Tube: Sound Of The Underground

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 28 May 2005

THE RELEASE OF the first series of The Tube on DVD is a chance to give kudos to a groundbreaking programme that naively but bravely ...

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. ...

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

Report by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 8 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. ...

Chip Taylor: Lock 17, London ****

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 July 2005

EVEN BEFORE he met Carrie Rodriguez, Chip Taylor's life had the authentic ring of fiction about it. ...

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 ...

Ciara: Goodies (LaFace/Zomba) **

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 5 August 2005

WHY DO R&B divas keep losing their nerve? Destiny's Child's last album saw them regress from unstoppable robo-Amazons into simpering wifeys, and Atlanta newcomer Ciara ...

Kanye West: Natural Born Show-off: Kanye West

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 5 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 ...

Goldfrapp: Supernature

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 12 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 ...

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. ...

Arctic Monkeys: Fast and Furious: Arctic Monkeys

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 30 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 ...

Bob Houston, 1939-2005

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 14 October 2005

A writers' champion, he spanned rock, royalty and robust trade unionism. ...

Cut Copy: 'It's Certainly Not Knob Twiddling'

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 14 October 2005

When they are not letting off fireworks in people's houses, or rugby tackling Mylo off the stage, Australia's Cut Copy are the future of synth-pop. ...

Maximo Park: Tales of Woe and Vodka

Report and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 21 October 2005

To get over the girls, he turned to drink. To get over the drink, he turned to music. At last, with Maximo Park, Paul Smith ...

Sun Ra: Space Is The Place

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 22 October 2005

"FUCK THE GHETTO! Look to space!" That, according to Wayne Kramer of MC5, in a nutshell was the message of Sun Ra, as conveyed over ...

Arctic Monkeys: Have the Arctic Monkeys changed the music business?

Report by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 25 October 2005

THE ARCTIC MONKEYS swung toward the No. 1 slot this Sunday with an unstoppable momentum. ...

Corinne Bailey Rae : Corinne Bailey Rae: 'I Was Speechless, Just Squeaking!'

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 11 November 2005

Burt Bacharach thinks she's fabulous, and Jools Holland said her voice made him melt. Dave Simpson meets Corinne Bailey Rae, the singer they are calling ...

4AD: For The Records

Profile by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 12 November 2005

YOU'D IMAGINE THE minimal and portentous name 4AD, with its arcane, spiritual overtones (4AD is the year many historians believe Christ was actually born), to ...

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 ...

Marvin Gaye: Seaside Healing

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 19 November 2005

IN SPRING 1981, in an act akin to James Brown relocating to Hull, a 42-year-old cash-strapped Marvin Gaye took the Southampton ferry to the Belgian ...

The Strokes: Rebirth of the Cool

Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 25 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 ...

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

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 9 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 Fall: "Excuse me, weren't you in the Fall?"

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 5 January 2006

Mark E. Smith's band is legendary for its ever-changing line-up. Dave Simpson made it his quest to track down everyone who has ever been a ...

Wilson Pickett: Singer who revolutionised the sound of '60s Soul

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 20 January 2006

IN 1964 Wilson Pickett, who has died of a heart attack aged 64, was signed by Atlantic Records of New York. It was an era ...

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. ...

Johnny Cash: Cash Upfront

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, 28 January 2006

WALK THE LINE, James Mangold's cinematic telling of the early life of Johnny Cash, takes its title from one of its subject's best-known songs. ...

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. ...

Serge Gainsbourg: What A Drag

Comment by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, 15 April 2006

THROUGHOUT MY CAREER as a music journalist, I've often found myself sharing the same orbit as some of the more maladjusted talents of the late ...

Daniel Johnston: "I know the darkness"

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 21 April 2006

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

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan: When Beauty Met the Beast

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 21 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 ...

Josh Ritter: Songs of innocence and experience

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 28 April 2006

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

The Beta Band, King Biscuit Time: Steve Mason: 'I've Had Enough'

Report and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 8 May 2006

Steve Mason, the former Beta Band frontman, should have been on tour this week. Instead, he's quit music — and disappeared. By Dave Simpson ...

The Futureheads: Grump Up The Volume

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 12 May 2006

The Futureheads have grown up and discovered how to write "classic tunes". But don't expect any airs and graces, says Jude Rogers ...

Tunng: Comments of the Inner Chorus

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, 21 May 2006

Their sinister, retro-modern folk is Tom Cox's idea of bucolic bliss. Even if it scares the bejesus out of him. ...

Martha Wainwright: Fire in her belly

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 22 May 2006

She grew up in one of folk's first families and tried to resist following them into a musical career. But then Martha Wainwright fell in ...

Scritti Politti: Hearts and Flowers: Scritti Politti

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 26 May 2006

It's seven years since Green from Scritti Politti released an album – time spent boozing away in self-doubt. So what brought him back to his ...

Matthew Herbert: Fuelled By Outrage

Interview by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 27 May 2006

"CHECK THESE OUT," says Matthew Herbert aka Dr Rockit, Radio Boy, modern-day big-band leader, seductive deep-house purveyor, moments after answering the door to his studio-cum-pad ...

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. ...

Tom Waits, Neil Young: Jim Jarmusch: "Tom Waits said he would glue my head to the wall"

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 9 June 2006

WHEN JIM JARMUSCH speaks, it is like a man emptying out his pockets. "Wild Zero. Guitar Wolf. Where they're killing zombies. Rude Boy. The Clash. ...

Hype and glory: How to Create a Buzz

Report by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 20 June 2006

As Alan McGee books a made-up band, Dave Simpson looks at the science of creating a buzz. ...

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 ...

Don't Mention The War – Unless You're Over 50

Comment by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 23 June 2006

NEIL YOUNG'S latest album, Living With War, was supposed to be more than a collection of protest songs. To optimistic critics of the occupation of ...

Brian Eno: The Big Chill

Essay by Michel Faber, Guardian, The, 10 July 2006

GLEAMING METAL DOORS slide open noiselessly at the touch of a button, and I step into the secret subterranean studio of Brian Eno. The atmosphere ...

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: Syd Barrett: Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Obituary by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, 12 July 2006

Syd Barrett, the most famous recluse in rock, is dead. It would be easy to mourn the founder of Pink Floyd as a casualty of ...

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 14 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 ...

New York Dolls: The New York Dolls: 'Before Us, There Was Nothing'

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 14 July 2006

Punk pioneers the New York Dolls imploded in a haze of heroin three decades ago. Now they're back – and this time, finds Ian Gittins, ...

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. ...

Paolo Nutini: Night & Day, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 19 July 2006

NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Italian-Glaswegian Paolo Nutini used to work in his parents' chip shop. Then his debut single 'Last Request' crashed into the top five. His working ...

CSS: Cansai de Ser Sexy (Sub Pop)

Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 21 July 2006

IF A pile of 1979-80 disco and post-punk records washed up on a Brazilian beach, the lucky beneficiaries would party like CSS. ...

Roberta Flack: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 21 July 2006

SHE'S WELL INTO her 68th year but Roberta Flack remains a strikingly prepossessing figure. A riot of comedic quips and acerbic asides beneath a leonine ...

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 ...

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 26 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 ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee 1945-2006

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 7 August 2006

Flower-power myth maker who captured the dark side of the summer of love ...

Timbaland: "I'm up here. Everyone else is down there."

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 8 August 2006

TIM "TIMBALAND" Mosley, the most in-demand music producer in the world, is tired. But the task of staying awake is made easier because, right now, ...

Katie Melua: Talk The talk

Report and Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 11 August 2006

Katie Melua wants to crack America. Andrew Purcell hears how she plans to do it — from playing to overexcited housewives to targeting chat shows. ...

Eagles of Death Metal: The innuendo crowd

Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 19 August 2006

Eagles Of Death Metal are here to sentence you to "death by sexy". But not before they've charmed you with their double entendres, finds Laura ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando: 'I Can't Completely Let Go Of Drugs – And I Don't Want To'

Interview by Mat Snow, Guardian, The, 23 August 2006

He was the golden boy of grunge, and then he threw it all away. Evan Dando tells Mat Snow why he wants to make a ...

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, ...

Patti Smith: The Lady's For Returning

Interview by Mark Paytress, Guardian, The, 9 September 2006

PATTI SMITH knows a thing or two about rock'n'roll heroes. Emerging in a blaze of controversy with her epochal 1975 debut album, Horses, she wrapped ...

The Killers: Empress Ballroom, Blackpool ****

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 10 September 2006

YOU CAN ALMOST imagine the delight when some bright spark suggested the Killers launch their big comeback in the "Vegas of the North", and the ...

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 ...

Stockholm Syndrome

Report and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 15 September 2006

SWEDEN'S INDIE BANDS are invading the UK, armed only with talent, style, ambition and government grants. Time to surrender, says Jude Rogers ...

Rehab: The Funky Check-In

Report by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 16 September 2006

What do Pete Doherty, Justin Hawkins and Keane's Tom Chaplin have in common? All have been in rehab recently, some for the first time. But ...

Jay-Z: Manchester Arena

Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 23 September 2006

FEW POP "retirements" have caused as many eyebrows to raise as that of Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z. ...

The Horrors, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Sisters of Mercy: Back in Black: The Goth Revival

Report and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 29 September 2006

THE FAVERSHAM, a pub close to Leeds University, is a brightly decorated bar, popular with lawyers and office workers. But a couple of decades ago ...

Sting: LSO St Luke's, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 6 October 2006

STING'S LATEST artistic venture, despite being pregnant with pratfall potential, is a remarkable triumph. ...

Psychic TV: Body Politics

Interview by Mark Paytress, Guardian, The, 7 October 2006

WHEN PSYCHIC TV's Genesis P-Orridge walks out on stage at the Astoria this evening, on a rare visit to London, those who've followed the career ...

Ghostface Killah: Coronet, London ***

Live Review by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 11 October 2006

"IF YOU listen to my lyrics, you'll know I'm a soul baby," confesses Dennis Coles midway through a typically eccentric set. "And you've got to ...

The Killers: Saints of Sin City: The Killers

Interview by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, 20 October 2006

OVER THE COURSE of 50 years, we have borne witness to the on-going development of popular music, and many diverse faiths and cultures from all ...

Damien Rice: 9 (14th Floor) **

Review by Mat Snow, Guardian, The, 3 November 2006

A HEARTBREAK ALBUM for those who weep along to vintage Radiohead and Leonard Cohen rather than George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Damien Rice's 2002 debut, ...

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 ...

Kasabian: "We're for all the people stuck in crap jobs"

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 1 December 2006

Kasabian have crossed swords with Keane, the Stones and even Showaddywaddy. But really they're just a bunch of ordinary lads who want to be loved. ...

Dion: "I saw the devil himself"

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 15 December 2006

He's been a doo-wop legend, a heroin addict, a protest singer and a Phil Spector protege: now Dion's a Grammy-nominated bluesman. Andrew Purcell met him ...

Nas: Why The Grammys Have Ditched Rap

Comment by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, 15 December 2006

RAP MUSIC, and the commotion, fur and bling that often accompanies its biggest stars, will be noticeably absent from the Grammy awards in Los Angeles ...

Ahmet Ertegun

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 16 December 2006

A mogul who nurtured the careers of stars such as Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield ...

The Hours: Back From The Brink

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 12 January 2007

The Hours have been through drugs, death and abandonment. But adversity has turned them into Britain's most powerful new band. Dave Simpson caught up with ...

How To Beat The Difficult Second Album Syndrome

Comment by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 26 January 2007

SOPHOMORE SLUMP Or Comeback Of The Year? asked Fall Out Boy in a brilliantly prescient track on their 2005 album From Under the Cork Tree, ...

David Byrne: Imelda – The Nightclub Years

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 29 January 2007

DAVID BYRNE KEEPS a small black diary on his bookcase, with 'DB – Idears' written on the spine in gold ink. Without rifling through its ...

Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen: Bruce Blew My Cover: Pete Seeger

Report and Interview by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, 1 February 2007

ON THE FIRST Friday of the month, in fine weather and sometimes foul, you will find Pete Seeger, the folk-singing legend and pioneering environmentalist, in ...

Bloc Party: A Weekend in the City

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 2 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. ...

Wynton Marsalis: Shock of the New

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Guardian, The, 2 March 2007

Wynton Marsalis almost explodes with rage when he talks about hip-hop. So why has the jazz stalwart recorded a track on which he breaks into ...

LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 9 March 2007

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM'S James Murphy is chiefly regarded as a man with a gargantuan record collection. ...

Nico: From the Velvets to the void

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 16 March 2007

Nico was the original model/actor/singer. Unlike her successors she was absurdly talented, but she was also a violent racist, with an awful darkness at her ...

Pentangle: Britain's Grateful Dead

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, Guardian, The, 16 March 2007

Folk pioneers Pentangle recently played together for the first time in 30 years. This is the perfect time for them to reform for good, says ...

Madeleine Peyroux: 'It's OK To Be Dark'

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 24 April 2007

Madeleine Peyroux made it big with intense reworkings of other people's tunes. Isn't it time she struck out alone? ...

Justin Timberlake: Arena, Sheffield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 30 April 2007

LATELY, pop has been dominated by guerrilla gigs and scruffily clad bands — but no one told Justin Timberlake. ...

William Orbit: 'People Will See My Heart And Soul'

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 23 May 2007

POP MUSIC has been good to William Orbit. Two decades at the top of his game as one of dance music's leading producers and remixers ...

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. ...

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

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 8 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 ...

John Cale, LCD Soundsystem: John Cale meets LCD Soundsystem

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 15 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 ...

Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland: Kelly Rowland: Destiny Fulfilled

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 15 June 2007

Kelly Rowland reassures Angus Batey that, despite the all the conspiracy theories, she has not had a phantom baby, her new album isn't bitter about ...

Swamp Dogg Bites Back

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 15 June 2007

"WHEN I FELT like I needed profanity, I used profanity," Swamp Dogg begins. And as he cheerfully swears his way through his 50 years in ...

John Legend: Soul Food For Thought

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 20 June 2007

Feted by everyone from Kanye West to Paul McCartney, John Legend could easily rest on his laurels. But the cerebral singer/producer tells Angus Batey he's ...

Ornette Coleman

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 29 June 2007

THIS AFTERNOON I will meet Ornette Coleman, the world's greatest living jazz musician. Coleman is an iconoclast's iconoclast, Lou Reed's hero, a saxophonist who plays ...

Al Green: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 30 June 2007

AL GREEN IS the last of the American southern soul giants of the 1960s and 70s, a survivor where Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Sam ...

The Boys Next Door, Radio Birdman, The Saints, The Scientists: Come the Revolution: Oz punk

Retrospective and Interview by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 20 July 2007

You thought punks in the UK had things to be angry about? Over in Australia, bands had a real fight on their hands, says Keith ...

Chapterhouse, Moose, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive: Diamond Gazers: Shoegaze

Retrospective and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 27 July 2007

AT THE START of summer 2007 a supple, shimmery thread started darning itself through a long line of euphoric-sounding albums. From Maps to Blonde Redhead, ...

Tony Wilson, 1950-2019

Obituary by Paul Morley, Guardian, The, 13 August 2007

Record label boss and broadcaster with twin passions: music and Manchester. ...

Sean Kingston: Instant Messenger

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 31 August 2007

Three months ago, no one had heard of Sean Kingston. Now he has a No 1 single and a MOBO nomination – all thanks to ...

Dizzee Rascal, The Klaxons, Amy Winehouse: The Mercury Prize: The agony and the ecstasy

Report by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 6 September 2007

How can you possibly choose just one winner from 233 albums? Mercury prize panellist Jude Rogers lifts the lid on the judging for the music ...

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

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 7 September 2007

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

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 ...

Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt: Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt

Retrospective and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 24 October 2007

"I COULD HARDLY recognise him at first," says Kevin Ayers. "But there, under that great beard, was Robert and he hadn't changed a bit." The ...

Mötley Crüe: Ban this Sixx filth!

Report by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 27 October 2007

Thought Mötley Crüe's biog The Dirt was the ultimate rock read? Pah! Ian Gittins helped bassist Nikki Sixx write his gruesome journals. Those of a ...

Super Furry Animals: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 6 November 2007

THERE IS A theory tumbling around that the Super Furry Animals are the Welsh Beatles. ...

Maroon 5: The Band They Hate To Love

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 16 November 2007

They've sold 2m albums in the UK, 10m in the US. But they can't get a good review. Angus Batey goes backstage with Maroon 5, ...

Thom Bell, Blue Magic, The Delfonics, The Stylistics: Symphonic Soul: "You get more bees with honey"

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 16 November 2007

Take one soul ballad. Add a falsetto vocal, swooping strings, timpani and an oboe or two. That's symphonic soul. Paul Lester talks to the heroes ...

Amy Winehouse: Carling Academy, Newcastle

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 20 November 2007

FORTY-FIVE MINUTES after Amy Winehouse is due on stage, there is still no sign of the singer, which offers an opportunity to ponder the latest ...

British Sea Power: Rock Needs To Get Back To Nature

Comment by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, 20 November 2007

Cities have been done to death. More rock bands should take inspiration from countryside, mountains and rivers - like British Sea Power ...

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 ...

Crystal Castles: New Band of the Day: Crystal Castles

Profile by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 6 December 2007

Paul Lester hearts these darlings of the electronic underground, whose "songs" sound like a load of Gameboys going off all at once in your brain ...

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 ...

James Taylor: "I used to check my bumpers for blood"

Report and Interview by Paul Sexton, Guardian, The, 20 December 2007

He sang sweet simple tunes with deeply felt narratives, but James Taylor's demons almost tore him apart. The thrice-married ex-drug addict tells Paul Sexton how ...

Susan Christie, Wendy Flower, Heather Jones, Selda: Lie back and think of ukuleles: Lost Ladies of Folk

Retrospective and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 2 January 2008

SOMETHING PECULIAR happened at the dawn of the 21st century: eccentric folk music of the late 1960s became covetable again. ...

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

Essay by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 4 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 ...

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 ...

Amy Winehouse: How popular is crack?

Comment by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 23 January 2008

FOOTAGE HAS emerged of the troubled songstress Amy Winehouse apparently smoking crack at her home in east London. The substance is widely regarded as the ...

Goldfrapp: Manure Rather Than Manicure

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 25 January 2008

After past glam excesses, Goldfrapp are turning to nature for inspiration. Jude Rogers heads for their country retreat and hears why they are English eccentrics ...

Laura Marling: 'My songs are not pretty'

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 4 February 2008

IN A RECENT POSTING on a music website, one of Laura Marling's growing army of fans described her output as "pretty folk songs about boys". ...

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

Comment by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 4 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. ...

Fleet Foxes: America's Next Great Band

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 11 February 2008

HOMETOWN: Xachua'Bsh, Washington.THE LINEUP: Robin Pecknold, Nicholas Peterson, Skyler Skjelset, Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott. ...

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 ...

Crystal Castles: Astoria 2, London ***

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 18 February 2008

TORONTO DUO Crystal Castles appear intent on being the most cryptic band imaginable. Eschewing interviews and declining to divulge their ages, producer/keyboardist Ethan Kath and ...

MGMT: "We want to scare the squares"

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 20 February 2008

MGMT make "future '70s" music, want to be produced by Barack Obama and have played gigs as giant snowmen. Confused? You should be, says Dave ...

The Zombies: Album of the Living Dead: How the Zombies made Odessey & Oracle

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 22 February 2008

The Zombies recorded their last album in 1967, released it with a spelling mistake on the cover, then split up. But Odessey & Oracle has ...

Realistic Crew, Suhancos: "This is Hungary - we don't have stars": Realistic Crew and Suhancos

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 29 February 2008

Hungarian hip-hop has been going strong since 1984, and its musicians are keen to be recognised globally. The problem: they're just not Hungarian enough. Angus ...

Buddy Miles 1947-2008

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 29 February 2008

Rock drummer who graced the stage with Hendrix in his heyday ...

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

Report and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 29 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 ...

Jane Birkin: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 3 March 2008

A CAREER as a muse comes with no promise of great longevity, yet 17 years to the weekend after the death of her infamous artistic ...

MGMT: Oracular Spectacular (Sony BMG)

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 7 March 2008

THIS IS THE first great pop record of the year, a fizzing cherry-bomb that sparkles with energy, ideas and a huge love for music in ...

Jack White, The Raconteurs: Jacks White: Is Jack White Trying To Kill Music Journalism?

Comment by David Bennun, Guardian, The, 18 March 2008

The new Raconteurs album is to be released without pre-publicity. Is this a gesture of fairness to the fans, or an attempt to silence the ...

Terry Callier: The Jazz Cafe, London

Live Review by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 24 March 2008

ABOUT 40 MINUTES into this riveting performance, Terry Callier cuts to the chase. "We've talked about so much stuff now," he says with a shrug, ...

Alec Empire strikes back

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 28 March 2008

"I FIGHT BACK!" a grinning Alec Empire blurts, explaining why his iPod contains only three albums (by John Coltrane and Stockhausen) but has been filled ...

The Black Keys: Attack and Release

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 28 March 2008

IN THE SHADOW cast by the mighty White Stripes, blues-rock often lumbers between despair and excess. ...

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

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 10 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 ...

Portishead: Third

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 25 April 2008

PORTISHEAD'S THIRD album is initially more a record to admire than to love, its muscular synthesisers, drum breaks and abrupt endings keeping the tension high.  ...

The Roots: It's Like A Jungle Sometimes...

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 25 April 2008

They are a hip-hop purist's dream, constantly touring and constantly praised. But behind the scenes, the Roots have a fight on their hands. Angus Batey ...

Was (Not Was): Islington Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 1 May 2008

IT'S CLOSE ON 20 years since Was (Not Was) last played in the UK, and Don Was is feeling nostalgic. "Is anybody here old enough ...

Diva is Served

Report by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 12 May 2008

Madonna demands 25 cases of Kabbalah water backstage at her gigs, not to mention 12 dozen boxes of strawberries and Yorkshire tea. But what absurd ...

Rain Parade: Remembering the Rain Parade

Retrospective by Alan McGee, Guardian, The, 12 May 2008

JUST RECENTLY I've been taken back to the Paisley Underground scene of the early '80s and a band whose music still speaks to me today. ...

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 ...

Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 23 May 2008

HEARTBREAK OFTEN buckles sad records, turning sentimental confessions into whiny navel-gazing exercises. So thank heaven for Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who avoids this problem beautifully. ...

Rihanna: Sweetness and Steel: Rihanna

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 23 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 ...

Spiritualized: Take Aurally

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 24 May 2008

Jason Pierce of Spiritualized gives Ian Gittins his perfect pop prescription ...

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 ...

Dirty Pretty Things: Astoria, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 31 May 2008

EVER SINCE THE Libertines split in 2004, Carl Barât has been regarded as the more responsible of their two co-vocalists. ...

Bo Diddley

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 2 June 2008

American pioneer of rock'n'roll who influenced the Beatles and the Rolling Stones ...

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 ...

Wu-Tang Clan get it together

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 11 July 2008

"I'LL BE HONEST with you, and I'll be honest with your paper," sighs Robert Diggs, managing to sound both emphatic and resigned at the same ...

Ne-Yo: 'Do I Have To Sell My Soul?'

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 18 July 2008

He's an R&B singer, and songwriter to the stars. But when the music stops, Ne-Yo vanishes from the spotlight. He tells Angus Batey why that's ...

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 ...

Hot Chip, Todd Rundgren: Hot Chip/Todd Rundgren: That's one potent hot toddy

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 25 July 2008

Hot Chip gave Todd Rundgren his first hit in 35 years. Rundgren talks to the band's Alexis Taylor - and almost causes an international incident. ...

Katy Perry: On Music: Katy Perry — Voice of No Angel

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 8 August 2008

IT'S BEEN quite a week for sex, music and me. Take last weekend. There I was at the Big Chill festival, hot-browed and clammy-palmed, watching ...

Keane: On Music: Keane – A Successful Turnaround

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 5 September 2008

Keane are no longer soundtrack material for middle-class tantrums. They now have the sound of a band turning their frowns upside down ...

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 ...

Pink Floyd: Richard Wright

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 16 September 2008

Keyboard player and founder member of Pink Floyd ...

Russell Simmons: The Hustler

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 18 September 2008

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons helped Run DMC, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys make it big. But is his greatest talent self-promotion? Angus Batey meets ...

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

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 19 September 2008

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

Mercury Rev: "Let's try to corral this wild horse, fellas"

Interview by Mike Barnes, Guardian, The, 19 September 2008

After years of chaos and in-fighting, Mercury Rev are back on track. They tell Mike Barnes how they reinvented their music — and themselves ...

Mercury Rev: Snowflake Midnight

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 26 September 2008

TEN YEARS after Deserter's Songs became a gorgeous Americana classic, Mercury Rev have made another masterpiece. ...

Nappy Brown, 1929-2008

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 26 September 2008

1950s blues and R&B singer resurgent in the 80s and last year. ...

Natalie Cole: The Unforgettable Ms Cole

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, 26 September 2008

Natalie Cole is the superstar's daughter who became a Black Panther, a cocaine addict – and a huge success in her own right. As she ...

50 Cent: From The Firing Line To The Firing Range

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 1 October 2008

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is in a strangely revealing mood as he discusses working with De Niro and Pacino, how getting shot harmed his record ...

Kaiser Chiefs: Off With Their Heads

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 17 October 2008

THIS SUMMER, Mark Ronson brightly told us that Kaiser Chiefs' new album, their third in four years and the first on his watch, sounded like ...

Estelle: The Guardian profile: Estelle Swaray

Profile by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 17 October 2008

Mobo win is vindication for singer who had to move to US to find success. ...

Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., Hank Williams III: Go your own way: Hank Williams and his progeny

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 24 October 2008

Hank Williams changed the face of country music. How can his descendants live up to that? Angus Batey finds out. ...

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 ...

The Temptations: The Band That Took Motown Higher

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 31 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 ...

The Killers: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 5 November 2008

THE KILLERS have sold 12m albums worldwide yet still find themselves at a crossroads. ...

Herbie Hancock: Herbie Rides Again

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 7 November 2008

He has enjoyed electro, pop and funk incarnations but, as Herbie Hancock tells Andrew Purcell, it's all about playing one right note ...

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 ...

McFly: Sheffield Arena

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 11 November 2008

REMEMBER THE days when boy bands were 10 a penny and schoolgirls would wage war over whether Take That or East 17 were more luscious? ...

Fleet Foxes: Why Is Our Radical Folk Heritage Ignored?

Comment by Luke Turner, Guardian, The, 14 November 2008

Modern British music is so in thrall to Americana that our own treasure trove of radical traditional folk is in danger of being forgotten ...

La Roux: New Band of the Day: La Roux

Profile by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 19 November 2008

Make no mistake, today's new artist is a solo female synth star in waiting. ...

Dizzee Rascal: Academy, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 21 November 2008

DIZZEE RASCAL, who in 2003 carried off the Mercury music prize, recently told Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman he was thinking of running for prime minister. He seems ...

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 ...

Mary Margaret O'Hara: Christmas wishes from Canada's psychic singer-songwriter

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 5 December 2008

DOWN THE WIRES from Canada comes Mary Margaret O'Hara, her voice as devastatingly delicate as shattering glass. ...

ABC, Heaven 17, The Human League: ABC/Human League/Heaven 17: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 10 December 2008

THERE ARE QUEUES around the building for the Sheffield groups who brought electro-funk (Heaven 17), orchestral disco (ABC) and synth pop (the Human League) to ...

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 Monochrome Set: Remembering the Band that History Forgot

Retrospective by John Robb, Guardian, The, 9 January 2009

THERE HAVEN'T been many bands like the Monochrome Set. They should have been absolutely massive, but instead were sidelined by their post-punk peers and were ...

Florence and the Machine, Lady Gaga: On Music: Lady GaGa and Florence Welch

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 16 January 2009

Lady GaGa and Florence Welch have been hailed as the new queens of pop. But why pretend they're anything more than cheap imitations? ...

Franz Ferdinand: Tonight

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 18 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 ...

Franz Ferdinand: Heaven, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 22 January 2009

FRANZ FERDINAND are back, but their advance publicity has been distinctly misleading. ...

Buddy Holly: The Angel with the Devil's Music: Buddy Holly

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 30 January 2009

Fifty years ago, Buddy Holly's life was sadly cut short. Richard Williams salutes the clean-cut 22-year-old who came to Britain and showed a whole generation ...

How The Fanzine Refused To Die

Report and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 2 February 2009

Blogs are the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to get your music writing out there — but that hasn't stopped a new generation of writers picking ...

Jacques Brel: Jacques The Lad: Jacques Brel

Retrospective by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, 6 February 2009

FIRST THINGS FIRST. Try to forget that Jacques Brel, the Belgian singer-songwriter, is indirectly responsible for Terry Jacks's 'Seasons in the Sun'. Forget also for ...

The Cramps: Lux Interior

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 6 February 2009

Co-founder of the Cramps, exponents of trash culture and 'psychobilly' music ...

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 ...

Single Vision: Fierce Panda Records

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 20 February 2009

THE NEW WAVE OF NEW WAVE was never really much cop. It was an early 1990s music press-concocted punk revival scene based around a handful ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: Grandmaster Flash: All Hands On Deck

Profile and Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 27 February 2009

They thought he was mad, they spat him off stage, he hit the drugs... But Grandmaster Flash gave 'DJ' a whole new meaning. Andrew Purcell ...

Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear: Grrrl Power

Retrospective and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 4 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. ...

The Rev. Claude Jeter, The Swan Silvertones: Claude Jeter, 1914-2009

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 12 March 2009

CLAUDE JETER, who has died aged 94, pioneered the technique of falsetto singing in African American music, as leader of the gospel group the Swan ...

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 ...

Alan Livingston Obituary

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 20 March 2009

Alan Wendell Livingston, businessman, born 15 October 1917; died 13 March 2009 ...

Island Records: The Secret Of Its Success

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 23 March 2009

The legendary label, which celebrates its 50th birthday in May, managed in its heyday to achieve that rare feat: combining commercial success with artistic integrity ...

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

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 27 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 ...

Mastodon: Blood, Sweat and Beards: Mastodon

Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 27 March 2009

IN THE TWO DECADES and change since Metallica's landmark Master of Puppets album debuted, heavy metal has charted an ascendant course, from derided, marginalised and ...

Brian Eno, David Byrne: The Business is an Exciting Mess: Brian Eno and David Byrne

Interview by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, 27 March 2009

DAVID BYRNE IS sitting outside the ladies parlour, upstairs at the Tampa theatre, one of the most spectacular 1920s movie palaces in the US, in ...

Ray Parker Jr.: Who you gonna call? 118 118

Comment by Johnny Sharp, Guardian, The, 4 April 2009

Ray Parker Jr is the latest ad/pop crossover. Johnny Sharp wants more ...

Diamanda Galás: "My performance is catharsis"

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 10 April 2009

Death, disease, loss and exile — Diamanda Galás covers it all. Ian Gittins meets an extraordinary singer who is still fighting injustice ...

The Bay City Rollers: Tam Paton

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 10 April 2009

Bay City Rollers manager who was mired in scandal ...

Jeffrey Lewis: The Neurotic from New York: Jeffrey Lewis

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 13 April 2009

A FEW YEARS AGO, Jeffrey Lewis wrote a song called 'Sal's Pizza Has Sold Out To The Yuppie Scum', complaining about the rising cost of ...

The Noisettes: "We've come to clean up the indie landfill"

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 17 April 2009

NOISETTES ARE in a TV studio just outside Paris – along with the Sugarhill Gang and singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. They are just some of the ...

Paloma Faith: New Band of the Week: Paloma Faith

Profile by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 20 April 2009

This former burlesque performer updates Amy Winehouse's tourch-song soul with a vampish, theatrical flair ...

Girls Aloud: Sheffield Arena ***

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 27 April 2009

THE RECESSION does not appear to be affecting Girls Aloud, whose entrance involves pyrotechnics, hydraulic platforms and the whipping-off of glittering white ballgowns to reveal ...

The Chills, The Clean: Nuns at the Altar of Rock: Flying Nun Records

Retrospective and Interview by Martin Aston, Guardian, The, May 2009

"THERE'S SOMETHING about the antipodes that irritates Britain," reckons Martin Phillipps, on the phone from Dunedin on New Zealand's South Island. Almost 25 years ago, ...

Jackie DeShannon: Return Of The Starry-Eyed Girl

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 1 May 2009

IT'S LUNCHTIME at Claridge's, and a glamorous blonde in sparkling stilettos shimmers out of the lift. No one bats an eyelid, but then she starts ...

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 ...

Robyn, Röyksopp: "There's This Idea That You're An Oddball, Far Up At The Top Of The World"

Profile and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 5 June 2009

Love songs to robots, cement-mixer music, trios with houses on their shoulders… No wonder Scandinavian artists get noticed. Jude Rogers kicks off our Scandipop special ...

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 ...

Ornette Coleman, The Roots: The Roots with Ornette Coleman: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by John Lewis, Guardian, The, 17 June 2009

IT SEEMS fitting that Philadelphia hip-hoppers the Roots should help kick off Ornette Coleman's Meltdown festival. ...

Why "Disco sucks!" sucked

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, 18 June 2009

The "Disco Sucks!" campaign in 1979 had racist and homophobic undertones — and, 30 years on, has proven to be a resolute failure ...

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 ...

Bruce Springsteen: Why Indie Nerds Love The Boss

Report and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 26 June 2009

Springsteen, a tweepop hero? ...

Lady Gaga: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 1 July 2009

THE 23-year-old formerly known as Stefani Germanotta must be pop's most ruthlessly effective self-promoter since Madonna. ...

Spinal Tap: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 1 July 2009

NO MATTER how witty they may be, few satires or novelty songs repay repeated listening. So how come a packed Wembley is rocking to the ...

Shakira: On Music: Shakira – The She Wolf Bites

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 17 July 2009

Shakira's howling alter ego is properly, wonderfully strange, going back to the old rules of pop star alternate personas ...

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 ...

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 30 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" ...

ZE Records: 'It Was Like A Fairytale'

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 30 July 2009

The extraordinary story of the trail-blazing New York label that launched Was (Not Was), Kid Creole and Suicide ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Irwin, Guardian, The, 31 July 2009

ALL GUSHING JET-black hair, radiant smiles and shining eyes, Buffy Sainte-Marie looks fabulous. "Do I? Why thank you..." ...

Speech Debelle : Is Speech Debelle Really "Not Black Enough"?

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 31 July 2009

Speech Debelle seems to be yearning for another vision of blackness, rather than settling for being "urban" and making race redundant ...

Will the Indie Chart rise again?

Report and Interview by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, 31 July 2009

In its 1980s heyday, the indie chart was a beacon of top alternative music. Then the majors took over. Now it may get a new ...

Ellie Greenwich, 1940-2009

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, August 2009

NOT LONG AFTER Ellie Greenwich, who has died at the age of 68, met her future husband and songwriting partner Jeff Barry at a Thanksgiving ...

The xx: xx — A Teen Band With A Difference

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 13 August 2009

The minimalist four-piece band from a Notting Hill garage are equally awed by Pixies and Aaliyah ...

Ellie Greenwich: Remembering Songwriting Legend Ellie Greenwich

Retrospective by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 27 August 2009

SHE CHANGED the shape of 60s pop by writing some extraordinary songs, including 'Be My Baby' and 'Da Doo Ron Ron' ...

Muse Make Space for the Music

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 28 August 2009

WHEN IS MUSIC too much? I'm not talking about the torrent of songs that surround us every day – I've argued how we should work ...

The Duke & The King: The Duke & the King: Testifying with American royalty

Profile and Interview by James Medd, Guardian, The, 3 September 2009

Are they a revivalist folk-soul band or a religious cult? Either way, this charismatic three-piece are on a mission from God. ...

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

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

THERE ARE only a few bands big enough to ask artists who are at the very top of their own genres to work as their ...

Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear: The 10 Myths of Riot Grrrl

Comment by Everett True, Guardian, The, 14 September 2009

YOU READ a lot of stuff about Riot Grrrl, most of which isn't true. Things such as ...  ...

Peter, Paul & Mary, Mary Travers: Mary Travers obituary

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 17 September 2009

PETER, PAUL AND MARY were the most successful vocal group of the American folk revival of the 1960s. In particular, they were responsible for bringing ...

Peter, Paul & Mary, Mary Travers: Mary Travers, 1936-2009

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 17 September 2009

Singer with the 1960s hit-making American folk revival trio Peter, Paul and Mary. ...

Florence and the Machine: Academy, Birmingham ****

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 21 September 2009

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE'S musical ascent has been remarkably precipitous. ...

La Roux: 'Of course Lady Gaga's not my thing'

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 24 September 2009

IT IS MORNING, and 21-year-old Elly Jackson – or La Roux, arguably the biggest new pop star of the year – is on the Eurostar ...

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 ...

Nick Drake: Robert Kirby, 1948-2009

Obituary by Colin Irwin, Guardian, The, 7 October 2009

IN HIS FIRST YEAR as a music student at Cambridge University, Robert Kirby sought to join Footlights, the undergraduates' fabled arts and drama club. He ...

Age of Chance's Bangers and Mash-ups

Retrospective and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 8 October 2009

Sampling, dance-rock, cross-genre cover versions ... Age of Chance did it all 20 years ago, but no one was listening. As their back catalogue goes ...

The Instrumental Touch

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 8 October 2009

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC is the neglected child of rock and pop — but it's the absence of a human presence that can make it so interesting. ...

Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Soft Cell, Yazoo: Electro Pop: One Nation Under a Moog

Overview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 10 October 2009

As new BBC4 documentary Synth Britannia shows, the synthesizer first dehumanised then re-humanised British pop, fulfilled the DIY promise of punk, and changed how bands ...

Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Ultravox: One Nation Under a Moog: How Britain Went Synthpop

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 10 October 2009

As new BBC4 documentary Synth Britannia shows, the synthesizer first dehumanised then re-humanised British pop, fulfilled the DIY promise of punk, and changed how bands ...

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 ...

Robbie Williams: Writing Off Robbie Williams Is Unfair And Premature

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 22 October 2009

Expectations of immediate success are threatening to strangle Robbie Williams's comeback at birth, even when his single is selling well and the new album is ...

Phoenix: By the Time They Get to… Phoenix

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 23 October 2009

GROWING UP IN Versailles, an affluent suburb of Paris, the four boys who would eventually form Phoenix bonded over their love of American pop culture. ...

Sufjan Stevens's symphony for New York

Report and Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 27 October 2009

THE BROOKLYN-QUEENS EXPRESSWAY is a miserable stretch of road. The BQE, as New Yorkers call it, has narrow lanes, no hard shoulder, countless potholes, and ...

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 ...

Brendan Mullen Obituary

Obituary by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 2 November 2009

Nightclub owner who acted as a catalyst for the LA punk scene ...

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 ...

Ellie Goulding: First Sight: Ellie Goulding

Guide by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 5 November 2009

WHO IS SHE? The 21-year-old future of pop, if you believe the hype. Born in Hereford and brought up in rural Wales, she now makes ...

Journey: Why is Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin'' Back in the Charts?

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 5 November 2009

The 17th bestselling track in the country is the power ballad 'Don't Stop Believin'' from 1981. How did Journey get so popular? ...

Gil Scott-Heron: I'm New Here

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 19 November 2009

Rather than treating them like national treasures, let's hope musicians stretch their prejudices about what older artists can do ...

John Mayer: 'You can't make music as a famous person'

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 19 November 2009

"I BASICALLY VISUALISED a record called Battle Studies as a way to sum up the last two years of my life: what I've learned and ...

Badly Drawn Boy, Goldfrapp, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Rock Stars Storm the Movie Soundtrack World

Overview by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, 19 November 2009

From Goldfrapp to Badly Drawn Boy, from Karen O to Nick Cave, more and more big names are lining up to write music for films. ...

Cheryl Cole: Twist and pout: Cheryl Cole's new album cover

Essay by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 19 November 2009

If the pose seems vaguely familiar, it may be that side-on, over-the-shoulder look. Laura Barton has certainly seen it somewhere before. ...

They've Got The X Factor

Profile and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 3 December 2009

In the last 10 years, The X Factor and its ilk have bucked record-buying trends and breathed new life into a dying industry. We talk ...

Little Boots, Gary Numan: When Gary Numan met Little Boots

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 3 December 2009

He arrived in 1979, bringing synthpop to the masses. She is part of the bold new wave reinventing the genre for the 21st century. So ...

Ellie Goulding: Pop Sensation

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 12 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 ...

Top Of The Noughties Pops

Essay by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, 17 December 2009

Can Bob Stanley listen to every No 1 song from the noughties and escape with his sanity intact? He recalls a musical decade that ranged ...

Simon Reynolds's Notes On The Noughties: Clearing Up The Indie Landfill

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 4 January 2010

At the start of the noughties, indie was seen as the rubbish dump of contemporary music. But by the end of the decade, it had ...

Vampire Weekend: 'They're Attacking A Version Of Us That Doesn't Exist'

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 7 January 2010

VAMPIRE WEEKEND are being mobbed in California. By teenage girls. In a skate park normally frequented by crystal meth addicts. What makes this so unexpected ...

So Solid Crew: 'What We're Doing Is Bigger Than Music'

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 14 January 2010

After a dramatic rise and a messy, destructive fall, So Solid are back. This time they intend to keep the tunes – and the money ...

Bobby Charles obituary

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 15 January 2010

THE ROCK'N'ROLL CLASSICS 'See You Later, Alligator' and 'Walking to New Orleans' are among the compositions of the Louisiana-born singer-songwriter Bobby Charles, who has died aged ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Kate McGarrigle: obituary

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 19 January 2010

Folk singer and songwriter at the heart of an innovative music-making family ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Kate McGarrigle remembered

Comment by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 20 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 ...

Delphic, Egyptian Hip Hop, Everything Everything, Hurts: Manchester's music scene now has Everything Everything

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 22 January 2010

THERE'S AN OLD adage in the trades (the music business, newspapers and magazines) that value glamour and novelty: two's a coincidence, three's a scene. In ...

Manchester's Music Scene Now Has Everything Everything

Overview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 22 January 2010

Never mind the Buzzcocks... or Stone Roses, or New Order: Manchester can stop trading on its former glories. Three new bands explain how they are ...

Midlake: 'I Wish I'd Heard Black Sabbath in High School'

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Guardian, The, 28 January 2010

Texas rockers Midlake grew up playing jazz, but fell headlong into a love affair with vintage rock. Here they talk about their latest fixations, and ...

The Low Anthem: The Folk-Rockers Who Sing About Darwin

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 4 February 2010

"I HOPE PEOPLE don't think we're just relics," says Ben Knox Miller, sincerely, dressed in a jacket fashioned from an old burlap flour sack, and ...

Mumford & Sons: The Almighty Power of Mumford & Sons

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 11 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 ...

Syd Arthur: New Band of the Week: Syd Arthur

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 15 February 2010

These funky folkies are sons and heirs of those Canterbury musicians who did whimsical things with psychedelic and progressive rock. ...

Hot Chip: Academy, Newcastle ****

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 19 February 2010

HOT CHIP walk on to deafening applause… on tape. Then the real audience start clapping, not just at their arrival, but at the audacity of ...

Fionn Regan: My Way or the Highway

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 22 February 2010

His debut album was nominated for the Mercury prize – then his label locked away the follow-up. For his third album, Fionn Regan is going ...

Whitney Houston: Why someone in Whitney Houston's condition shouldn't be on stage

Report by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 24 February 2010

WHITNEY HOUSTON has a problem. In fact, she seems to have a lot of problems. According to reports from Monday night's concert in Brisbane, Australia ...

From Mod to Emo: Why Pop Tribes Are Still Making a Scene

Overview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 25 February 2010

Like-minded music fans have been herding together for half a century — but are die-hard pop tribes now a thing of the past? Do today's ...

BBC 6 Music: The Beauties and the Beast

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 27 February 2010

Passion, intelligence and wonderful tunes — 6 Music has it all, and found many fans despite its tiny budget. So why on earth is it ...

Air: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 28 February 2010

WHEN Air first appeared with their 1998 debut album, Moon Safari, the French duo seemed to define the musical zeitgeist. ...

Elvis Presley: The Return of the King

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 4 March 2010

Elvis Presley left the army 50 years ago this week, to suggestions that the music he pioneered had died in his absence. The truth turned ...

Sparklehorse: Mark Linkous, 1962-2010

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, 9 March 2010

THE AMERICAN singer-songwriter Mark Linkous, who has killed himself aged 47, worked with the Flaming Lips, Daniel Johnston and Danger Mouse, but is best known ...

Joan Jett, Kristin Hersh, Le Tigre, Throwing Muses: What Happened To Angry Female Music Stars?

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 25 March 2010

Are there any angry women left in rock and pop? Joan Jett, riot grrrl figurehead Kathleen Hanna and others talk about where it went wrong ...

Frank Zappa, Tom Waits: Herb Cohen: Combative label boss and manager of Frank Zappa and Tom Waits

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, 1 April 2010

HERB COHEN, who has died aged 77 of complications from cancer, did not elicit much affection from the artists he managed, but he played a ...

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 ...

Tinie Tempah: Koko, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 7 April 2010

THE 21-YEAR-OLD south London grime MC and rapper Tinie Tempah spent two weeks at No. 1 last month with his abrasive single 'Pass Out', and ...

Malcolm McLaren 1946-2010

Obituary by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 9 April 2010

THE IMPRESARIO and iconoclast Malcolm McLaren, who has died aged 64 from the cancer mesothelioma, was one of the pivotal, yet most divisive influences on ...

Paolo Nutini: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 11 April 2010

PAOLO NUTINI has quietly become a commercial A-lister. His second album, Sunny Side Up, made the Paisley singer-songwriter the bestselling British male artist of last ...

She & Him: A Musical Marriage Made in Heaven

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 15 April 2010

"HOW'S THE SOY cappuccino?" asks Zooey Deschanel, sliding back into her seat and peering over at the white cup and saucer set before M Ward. ...

John Grant: Queen of Denmark (Bella Union)

Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 22 April 2010

JOHN GRANT used to front the Czars, whose failure to translate acclaim into sales no doubt further fuelled his supersized self-loathing. ...

The National: Gloomy … with a Hint of Sunshine

Report and Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 22 April 2010

IT WAS PAST SIX in the morning, in the bar of Bono's hotel in Dublin. The members of the National and REM were seated around ...

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) ...

Pavement Get Back On The Horse

Interview by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 29 April 2010

Pavement's reunion tour is a gamble in more ways than one — especially for its horse-racing drummer ...

Usher: "The fans want my soul"

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 29 April 2010

Baring his soul is second nature to R&B superstar Usher, but although he has documented his recent divorce on a new album, he's got to ...

Foals: "I built a fortress around myself"

Report and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 6 May 2010

IN AN AMSTERDAM square, tourists all around, Yannis Philippakis is pouring his heart out. The singer of Foals is describing how he has kept a ...

Kris Kristofferson: A Nashville Rebel Reminisces

Retrospective and Interview by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, 6 May 2010

THERE'S SOME wonderful YouTube footage of Kris Kristofferson receiving a gong at the 1970 Country Music Association awards. He lopes on stage with his hair ...

Joanna Newsom: "Is It Time For A Glass Of Wine?"

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 9 May 2010

She models for Armani, enjoys a game of baseball and likes to stay out drinking cocktails. Jude Rogers meets Joanna Newsom, the outspoken singer making ...

Everything But The Girl: Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt: Everything But The Grief

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 26 May 2010

They wrote sad songs, survived serious illness and fell out of love with pop. Now Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt are back. ...

Grizzly Bear: Freed From Captivity

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 27 May 2010

Grizzly Bear are the cult indie group that suddenly got rather big. Jude Rogers talks to their frontmen. ...

Marshall Jefferson, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs : Marshall Jefferson and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Comment by Paul Morley, Guardian, The, 28 May 2010

To Paul Morley's left, '80s Chicago dance DJ Marshall Jefferson. To his right, Orlando from up-and-coming producers Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Can Morley find the ...

Rage Against the Machine: Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 7 June 2010

LAST CHRISTMAS a Facebook campaign powered Californian rap-metal veterans Rage Against the Machine to the top of the singles chart, pipping The X Factor victor ...

Brad Paisley: A Different Kind of Cowboy

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 10 June 2010

Brad Paisley is not your usual Nashville country star. He talks about how Obama made him proud to be American – and why he dreams ...

Frank Sidebottom: Chris Sievey 1955-2010

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, 22 June 2010

Musician, entertainer and alter ego of the cult comedy creation Frank Sidebottom. ...

Grizzly Bear: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 29 June 2010

NOW IN ITS SECOND YEAR, the Serpentine Sessions festival is the absolute obverse of Glastonbury's sprawling eclecticism. With audience numbers capped firmly at 3,000, this ...

Lady Gaga and the New World Order

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 1 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 Black Keys: 'It's ridiculous to say that we play the blues'

Report and Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 9 July 2010

FOR EIGHT MONTHS NOW, since the end of a relationship, the Black Keys drummer Pat Carney has been living in New York's Lower East Side. ...

Sugar Minott

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 12 July 2010

Prolific Jamaican musician who was a pioneer of dancehall reggae ...

Bill Frisell, Jan Garbarek, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny: Manfred Eicher: The Sound Man

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 17 July 2010

Admired by Radiohead, friend of Godard, Manfred Eicher is the founder of ECM, one of the most successful jazz labels in the world. He tells ...

Bobby Hebb, 1938-2010

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 5 August 2010

US singer-songwriter whose greatest hit – much recorded by others – was 'Sunny'. ...

Nicki Minaj: New Band of the Day: Nicki Minaj

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 16 August 2010

Can Nicki Minaj challenge the likes of Lady Gaga when it comes to future-female pop star? Or will her super-sexualised persona seem dated in six ...

LCD Soundsystem, The Pixies, The Zombies: Why Your Favourite Band Should Split Up

Overview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 19 August 2010

From the Pixies to the Zombies, Jude Rogers talks to the bands who chose to burn out, not fade away ...

Janelle Monáe: Sister From Another Planet

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 26 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 ...

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

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 2 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, ...

Stromae: Cheese (Mosaert)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 2 September 2010

IT'S DARING of Belgian rapper Stromae to give his first album a title that encourages gags about it being a load of fromage, and equally brave to ...

Bruno Mars: New Band of the Day: Bruno Mars

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 13 September 2010

From adoration to zzzzzzzzz, purveyor of mellifluous pabulum Bruno Mars runs the whole gamut of romantic cliche ...

Black Lace, Jive Bunny, Stock Aitken Waterman: Novelty Records: When pop goes bad

Retrospective by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 22 September 2010

The excruciatingly catchy novelty song was a hallmark of the 1980s. Is it back? And how do you write one? Dave Simpson talks to the ...

Bruce Springsteen: "People thought we were gone. Finished."

Retrospective and Interview by Keith Cameron, Guardian, The, 23 September 2010

Hobbled by legal wrangles, a frustrated Bruce Springsteen turned Born to Run's optimism on its head – and Darkness on the Edge of Town was ...

CeeLo Green: Cee Lo Green: "I'd do a lot more damage if I could"

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 30 September 2010

There aren't many musicians who would consider releasing an expletive-laden viral hit to be selling out in some way. Angus Batey meets the remarkable pop-soulster ...

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 ...

Blade, KRS-One, Public Enemy, Ruthless Rap Assassins: The hip-hop heritage society

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 7 October 2010

Why aren't Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions and other classic hip-hop acts lovingly reissued in the same way as other genres? Because guardians of rap's ...

These New Puritans: A Band Like No Other

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 7 October 2010

Part high-concept innovators, part wannabe pop moguls, These New Puritans are a band entirely apart from their peers. Dorian Lynskey asks what makes the difference. ...

Nadine Coyle, Girls Aloud: Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle On Her Solo Debut

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 14 October 2010

Often hailed as the best singer in Girls Aloud, now Nadine Coyle is going solo — with a little help from Tesco's. So is this ...

John Legend, The Roots: John Legend and the Roots: Hearts, Minds and Soul

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 19 October 2010

John Legend and the Roots' album of '60s and '70s protest songs is no mere history lesson – it's an open letter to a divided ...

Suede: Suede Brush Up

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 21 October 2010

Drugs, M.E. and despair sent the poor urchins of Britpop their separate ways in 2003. Now Suede have come roaring back to life. ...

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

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 26 October 2010

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

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan: 'I Write the Songs; He's the Eye Candy': Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 28 October 2010

IT'S THE CONTRASTS between Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, clearly visible from any seat in the Barbican tonight, that you notice first. Campbell, stage left, ...

Shirley Collins/Alasdair Roberts/Trembling Bells: Cecil Sharp House, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 1 November 2010

IT'S HALLOWEEN weekend in Camden, north London, and ghosts are rising at Cecil Sharp House. ...

Bobby Jameson rages against the Vietnam war

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 10 November 2010

A FANFARE OF slow, church organ chords – straight out of a horror film – resolves into a brutal Bo Diddley beat. A few blasts of ...

Local Natives: Clockwork from Orange County

Profile and Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 11 November 2010

After years of honing their tight harmonies, southern Californians Local Natives are breaking out. But they've suffered a few comparisons too many. ...

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, 18 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. ...

Johnny Flynn's Special Relationship

Profile and Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, 2 December 2010

Johnny Flynn followed his childhood sweetheart to New York, then came back and fired up the English antifolk scene. He tells Andrew Purcell about a ...

Daft Punk's robots aren't the only ones rocking the multiplex

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 4 December 2010

AT THE END of the trailer to forthcoming movie Somewhere, we are given just two pieces of information: 1) that the film was written and ...

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: Somewhere Over the Rainbow… lies a crock of gold

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 5 December 2010

A cover version of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow', by a ukulele-playing, morbidly obese Hawaiian called Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, has become an unlikely multimillion-seller hit. ...

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 5 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 ...

Shakira: Manchester Arena ****

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 15 December 2010

"I'M HERE to please you," begins the Colombian superstar Shakira. Then, wearing what may be a coat of paint rather than trousers, she hauls girls ...

The Beach Boys, Cristina, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Shakin' Stevens: Bob Stanley's guide to writing the perfect Christmas hit

Guide by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, 16 December 2010

From Elvis to Shakey, from Cliff Richard to Mark E. Smith, every pop star worth their salt has sung a song of Santa at some ...

Plan B: 'Strickland Banks may be soul, but it's still real life': Plan B

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 16 December 2010

THE INTERNATIONAL lingua franca of Christmas TV is fromage and France's leading commercial channel, TF1, is no exception. Having arrived in Paris on a lunchtime ...

Ke$ha: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London ****

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 17 December 2010

IT'S EASY TO dismiss Ke$ha as a Primark take on Lady Gaga, but such an appraisal disregards the fact that 23-year-old Kesha Sebert this year ...

Captain Beefheart obituary

Obituary by Caroline Boucher, Guardian, The, 18 December 2010

DON VAN VLIET, better known as Captain Beefheart, who has died aged 69 of complications from multiple sclerosis, was one of the most influential American ...

Captain Beefheart: A tour through Captain Beefheart's back catalogue

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 22 December 2010

Don Van Vliet shouldn't be seen as a "weirdo" – he had pop tricks up his sleeve and his most difficult music entered the top ...

The Decemberists: The Changing of the Seasons

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 6 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 ...

Drake: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 10 January 2011

DRAKE was one of 2010's more singular success stories. ...

The Archies, The Monkees: Don Kirshner

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 20 January 2011

IT IRKED Don Kirshner, who has died of heart failure aged 76, that he was never inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ...

Gang of Four: Old punks, new Content

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 20 January 2011

Post-punk masterminds Gang of Four are back with their first new recorded material since their 2004 return to action. But why does it come packaged ...

Charlie Louvin, 1927-2011

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 28 January 2011

THE SINGER AND guitarist Charlie Louvin, who has died aged 83, was half of one of country music's best-loved and most influential double acts. ...

The White Stripes: Detroit's Rock Heroes Remembered

Retrospective by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 5 February 2011

THERE WAS AN outpouring of grief this week when the White Stripes announced they were to split. Stevie Chick explains their magic while photographer Ewen ...

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 10 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 ...

June Tabor: Watery, Not Grave

Profile and Interview by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, 10 February 2011

June Tabor's new album draws inspiration from the sea. But dogs, cows and a margarine ad also featured when Pete Paphides met her. ...

Lady Antebellum: Grammys 2011: Why can't Lady Antebellum find success in the UK?

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 14 February 2011

COUNTRY-POP TRIO Lady Antebellum were The King's Speech of last night's Grammys, winning six awards (compared to Firth and Co's seven at the Batfas), including ...

Lady Gaga, Valentino: Lady Gaga's New Gay Anthem

Comment by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 14 February 2011

Has Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' got what it takes to be a classic gay anthem? Jon Savage on the debt she owes to a ...

Maggoty Lamb goes behind the barricades in Rock Writers' Class War

Comment by Ben Thompson, Guardian, The, 23 February 2011

Journalists would have us believe it's public-school leavers v the salt of the earth in the battle of the charts. Is that really the case? ...

Talk Talk: How Talk Talk Spoke To Today's Artists

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, 28 February 2011

IN HIS WEIGHTY 2010 TOME Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music, Rob Young charted a century's worth of musicians who helped define British folk. In ...

Kenny Gamble: "Philadelphia was the party with a tormented soul"

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 3 March 2011

Philly Soul's sweet sound hid masked warnings about growing chasms in 1970s American society ...

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 ...

Deerhunter: The Psychedelic South: Deerhunter's Atlanta

Profile and Interview by Martin Aston, Guardian, The, 10 March 2011

NOTE: In 2011, I flew to Atlanta, Georgia, to spend the weekend with Bradford Cox, frontman of the city's great neo-psychedelic rockers Deerhunter, for the ...

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 ...

Kyuss: Kings of the Stoner Age

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 25 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 ...

Kylie Minogue: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 27 March 2011

KYLIE MINOGUE's Aphrodite – Les Folies tour, which arrived in Britain with two dates in Cardiff last weekend before taking up a five-night residency at ...

Taylor Swift: O2, London ****

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 31 March 2011

ONE NIGHT in London, even a night at the O2, is small beer compared to Taylor Swift's record-breaking success back home in the US. ...

Black Eyed Peas, Taio Cruz: Never Mind The Balearics: The Ibiza-ification Of Pop

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 14 April 2011

From Black Eyed Peas to Taio Cruz, much recent pop looks to Ibiza for inspiration. And yet for all the hands-in-the-air moments, this music is ...

Adele: Academy, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 15 April 2011

EVEN IF Adele Adkins's record-breaking 11 weeks at the top of the album chart ends on Sunday – and it looks like the Foo Fighters ...

David Bowie, Kraftwerk: Taxi zum Klo's Berlin is a sexual playground

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 21 April 2011

Bowie, Christiane F and Taxi zum Klo: these are the things that made Berlin so alluring to the British pop culture of the late '70s ...

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 ...

Steve Reich: Musicians, Composers and Artists pay tribute

Interview by Mike Barnes, Guardian, The, 5 May 2011

STEVE REICH is a major influence on today's musicians, artists and film-makers. As the Barbican pays tribute, we ask some of them why – and ...

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 ...

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All: Tyler The Creator In The UK: Forget Hip-Hop, We're The New Sex Pistols!

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 7 May 2011

Tyler the Creator touches down to talk goblins, chillwave and the trouble with saying stupid stuff ...

Cornell Dupree obituary

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 23 May 2011

FOR A TIME in the mid-1960s, the band of the great rhythm and blues tenor saxophonist King Curtis contained two guitarists. The first, Jimi Hendrix, ...

White Denim: Between Indie Rock and a Hard Place

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 26 May 2011

"WE'VE TALKED ABOUT starting another band and just writing really straightforward, boring pop songs," says White Denim bassist Steve Terebecki, sitting in a London bar. ...

Kaiser Chiefs... but Under Your Control

Profile and Interview by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, 3 June 2011

Burned by past leaks, Kaiser Chiefs release their new album today after exactly zero buildup – and it might well be the world's first bespoke ...

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

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 9 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 ...

The Coasters: Carl Gardner, 1928-2011

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 13 June 2011

Singer and founding member of the R&B hitmakers the Coasters. ...

Arctic Monkeys Make The Fastest-selling Debut Ever

Report by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 14 June 2011

23 January 2006: Number 48 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of indie music ...

Bad Brains, Minor Threat: Ian Mackaye meets Bad Brains and invents hardcore

Retrospective by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 14 June 2011

NO MERE THREE-CHORD punk dullards, Washington DC's Bad Brains had chops to spare. They'd started as jazz-fusion quintet Mind Power, worshipping at the altar of ...

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

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 16 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 ...

The Horrors: Academy 3, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 18 June 2011

THE HORRORS are true pop chameleons. ...

Hip-Hop and Festivals: An Awkward Relationship

Comment by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, 23 June 2011

When they get it right, rappers can rival stadium rock acts. But a mere gust of wind can expose how few MCs can hack festivals ...

Kings of Leon: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 23 June 2011

IT HAD BEEN pouring with rain all day, but by the time Kings of Leon came on stage, the dark clouds had gone – they ...

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

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 23 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" ...

Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat: Bill Wells: "I've more in common with indie"

Report and Interview by Mike Barnes, Guardian, The, 30 June 2011

Snubbed by Scotland's jazz scene, guitar virtuoso Bill Wells has teamed up with ex-Arab Strap man Aidan Moffat for a panoramic meditation on life and ...

Mowest, Mo' Problems: The Glorious Failure Of Motown's Californian Outpost

Profile by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, 30 June 2011

In 1971 Motown set up a Californian arm, Mowest. As a new compilation shows, it put out some terrific music, but it was a commercial ...

The Great Rock'n'Roll Sellout

Report by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 30 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"? ...

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 ...

Gene McDaniels obituary

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 15 August 2011

GENE MCDANIELS, the American singer and songwriter, who has died aged 76, began and ended his career as the smoothest of vocal stylists. His hits ...

Ashford & Simpson: Nick Ashford, 1941-2011

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 23 August 2011

Singer and songwriter who had a string of hits with his wife, Valerie Simpson, during Motown's heyday. ...

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana: Ten Myths About Grunge, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain

Guide by Everett True, Guardian, The, 24 August 2011

KURT COBAIN loved Abba, wasn't from Seattle and didn't invent grunge. Everett True, the man who pushed the singer's wheelchair on stage for his last ...

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins: Diamond Geezers: King Creosote and Jon Hopkins

Report and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 30 August 2011

POP IS FULL of odd couples, but this year's Mercury prize shortlist contains a particularly compelling one. Jon Hopkins, 31, is baby-faced and fashionably dressed, the image ...

August Darnell, Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole: "I'm not a party man anymore"

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 7 September 2011

He was a zoot-suited wise guy who crooned out hit after hit. Now Kid Creole is back. Paul Lester meets the man who blew a ...

The Dixie Cups, Jean Knight, Leiber and Stoller, The Neville Brothers, Robert Parker, Robbie Robertson: Wardell Quezergue, 1930-2011

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 14 September 2011

Distinguished and subtle New Orleans arranger and musician ...

Craig Douglas, Nic Jones, Cliff Richard: Copyright extension: good for Cliff and the Beatles, bad for the little guys?

Report by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, 15 September 2011

The extension in copyright law is hailed as a victory for musicians. But while it will surely benefit Cliff, the Beatles et al, it will ...

Tony Bennett: Palladium, London *****

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 4 October 2011

THIS IS HOW to do it. At 85, Tony Bennett scampers on to the Palladium stage in a perfectly pressed suit, a folded red hankie ...

Bert Jansch: A Modest Man with an Immodest Talent

Obituary by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, 6 October 2011

"REMEMBER ASKING Bert, 'When you were doing it, did you know that you were like … heavy? Heavier than all those bands that were heavy? ...

Frankie Knuckles: The House That Frankie Knuckles Built

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 13 October 2011

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

Other Lives: The Prairie Stories of Other Lives

Profile and Interview by Martin Aston, Guardian, The, 13 October 2011

Inspired by the landscape of their native Oklahoma, Other Lives combine their rustic rock with classical minimalism. Martin Aston meets a band without limits. ...

Lou Reed, Metallica: "It has so much rage": Metallica And Lou Reed Talk About Their New Album

Interview by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, 20 October 2011

It's a collaboration that has prompted much head-scratching, but Lou Reed and Metallica tell Edward Helmore that teaming up to make their new album was a ...

The Stone Roses' reunion: What's the worst that can happen?

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 22 October 2011

The Stone Roses are the latest in a long line of bands to get back together. Shameless profiteering? Or the chance to heal old rifts ...

Barry Feinstein 1931-2011

Obituary by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 24 October 2011

THE AMERICAN photographer Barry Feinstein, who has died aged 80, made his most famous series of images when he accompanied Bob Dylan and the Band ...

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 ...

Cabaret Voltaire, Richard H. Kirk: Warp Records: Richard H Kirk looks back on a futuristic life

Report and Interview by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 5 November 2011

RICHARD H KIRK spent much of his career waiting for the future. He remains a resident of Sheffield, a city with a rich tradition in ...

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 ...

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

Report and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 24 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 ...

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: ...

Billie Jo Spears, 1937-2011

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 15 December 2011

Country singer whose biggest hit was 'Blanket on the Ground' ...

Azealia Banks, Kreayshawn, Lady Leshurr, Reema Major, Dominique Young Unique: Azealia Banks and the charge of the women MCs

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 5 January 2012

Watch out, Nicki Minaj, there's a host of feisty, eccentric female rappers on your trail – and not all of them are here to pay their ...

Guided By Voices: Don't give up the day job

Retrospective and Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 5 January 2012

Riven by addictions and family problems, Guided By Voices' late blooming was a double-edged sword. So why, after 15 years, has the classic lineup reunited? ...

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." ...

Plaid: Koko, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 15 January 2012

IT'S 2AM on Sunday morning in this club night, but Plaid are here to move minds, not feet. ...

Indie Rock's Slow and Painful Death

Report by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 16 January 2012

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

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 ...

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

Profile and Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 16 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 ...

Greil Marcus: A Life In Writing

Profile and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 17 February 2012

GREIL MARCUS lives in a newly built, cedar-shingled house on the border between Oakland and Berkeley. ...

Simple Minds: "Maybe we shouldn't have cashed in…"

Retrospective and Interview by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, 23 February 2012

A COUPLE OF YEARS ago a young, anonymous musician approached Jim Kerr in a Glasgow rehearsal studio and began humorously haranguing him. "He was like, ...

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. ...

Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend: Jim Marshall, 1923-2012

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 5 April 2012

The "Father of Loud", he gave his name to the world-famous, ubiquitous amplifier. ...

Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd: Alabama Shakes: The Saga of Southern Rock

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 6 April 2012

IT WAS ONLY a matter of time before BBC4 green-lit a Friday night documentary about the sub-genre Southern Rock. The subject is irresistible to connoisseurs ...

Jay Z, Kanye West: Jay-Z and Kanye West: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 20 May 2012

JAY-Z AND Kanye West are hip-hop's current two main players, and they are pathologically keen to celebrate the fact. ...

Alt-J: New Band of the Day: Alt-J

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 24 May 2012

This Cambridge four-piece not only write clever music and boast more references than a jobs agency, they've also set tongues wagging with their rapturously received ...

Doc Watson, 1923-2012

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 30 May 2012

FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS, Doc Watson, who has died aged 89, was the most illustrious name in traditional American folk music. A superb, original guitarist ...

The Stone Roses: Hultsfred festival, Sweden

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 15 June 2012

SO THIS is the Third Coming. Their first was at the much-mythologised tail-end of the 80s, when indie and dance music swaggered together, and the ...

Van Dyke Parks: Return of a Musical Maverick

Profile by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 15 June 2012

AS THE SMALL, white-haired, bespectacled man in a sleeveless cardigan took his seat a few rows from the front of the stalls in London's Royal ...

Chic, Friendly Fires, Grace Jones, Kelis, Lana Del Rey: Kelis, Grace Jones, Lana Del Rey, Chic, Friendly Fires et al: Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 18 June 2012

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Chvrches: New band of the week: Chvrches

Profile by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 26 June 2012

With their super-heavy brand of "Neon Gold pop", we have nothing but praise for this Scottish indie group. ...

Nic Jones: What the folk! Nic Jones is back

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Irwin, Guardian, The, 28 June 2012

Thirty years after the car crash that almost killed him, folk hero Nic Jones is returning to the stage. He talks about his rebuilt body ...

M. Ward: Koko, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 4 July 2012

MATTHEW WARD is set to bid farewell to his cult status. After a decade spent forging a solo career in the cosy backwater of the ...

Plan B: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 31 July 2012

PLAN B'S THIRD album, Ill Manors, went straight into the album chart at No. 1 this week, despite being a spectacular musical contrast to the ...

Deadmau5, Skrillex: EDM: How Rave Music Conquered America

Profile by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 2 August 2012

After 20 years, electronic dance music has made it big in the US. And big means big. With Las Vegas's Electric Daisy Carnival grossing $40m, ...

MF Doom: Doom: "It's all new, all fun"

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 16 August 2012

Rapper (MF) Doom is back in London, the city where he was born, with Key to the Kuffs, an album that references rhyming slang and ...

Mick Jagger: Christopher Andersen: Mick – The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger

Book Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 17 August 2012

Christopher Andersen's biography of Mick Jagger is little more than an anthology of juicy gossip. ...

Bonnie Guitar, Jean Shepard, Kitty Wells: Honky-tonk women: the female artists who made it big in country music

Report and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 6 September 2012

It's not easy for women to survive in the macho world of country. Some of those who did, such as Jean Shepard and Bonnie Guitar, ...

Joe South, 1940-2012

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 12 September 2012

American singer and songwriter best known for 'Games People Play' ...

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. ...

Biffy Clyro: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Kate Mossman, Guardian, The, 24 September 2012

TWO SONGS down and there's a fight on — a small whirlpool of boys in the crowd headbutting each other's sternums. As they fall into ...

Andy Williams

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 26 September 2012

Popular crooner who sold more than 100m albums in a career that spanned eight decades ...

Ultravox: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 28 September 2012

REFORMED BANDS almost always find it nigh-on impossible to recapture the musical glories they routinely summoned up in their pomp. Ultravox may be a unique ...

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 ...

Mika meets Dita Von Teese: "I've had to work hard to stay like this"

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 11 October 2012

The flamboyant singer and the burlesque performer share their thoughts on fetishism, sexuality and pop as the ultimate masquerade. ...

Massive Attack: Blue Lines: Massive Attack's blueprint for UK pop's future

Retrospective by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 28 October 2012

In 1991, the laidback Bristol collective roused themselves to unleash their debut album. Reissued 21 years on it remains a landmark. Here, an early champion ...

Terry Callier

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 October 2012

FROM HIS BEGINNINGS in jazz, folk and soul music onwards, the singer and guitarist Terry Callier, who has died aged 67 after suffering from throat ...

Gil Evans: Purple Hazer: The Many Lives of Gil Evans

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 7 November 2012

His cool, luminous sound redefined jazz. Then he threw it all in for Jimi Hendrix. Richard Williams on the brilliant and mercurial Gil Evans. ...

Bon Iver: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 9 November 2012

IT STARTED IN a log cabin and it has led to Wembley. When little-known singer-songwriter Justin Vernon retreated to his father's Wisconsin woodland hideaway late ...

David Byrne: How Music Works

Book Review by Michel Faber, Guardian, The, 9 November 2012

GIVEN THE VASTNESS of the subject, calling a treatise How Music Works seems intellectually arrogant, but it could also be seen as disarmingly frank, a ...

Sixty years of the UK charts

Retrospective by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, 13 November 2012

Sixty years ago on Wednesday, the first singles chart was published in Britain – turning pop music into a competitive sport. Bob Stanley on how ...

10cc: "It was a tragedy we didn't stay together"

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 20 November 2012

They made some of the cleverest and most inventive music of the 70s, but split up at the height of their success. 10cc come together ...

Bobby Womack: Forum, London

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 26 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 ...

Elbow: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 3 December 2012

ELBOW HAVE BEEN describing this end-of-year arena tour as their "farewell party", and the reason for their sabbatical is a curious one. Frontman Guy Garvey ...

ABC: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 19 December 2012

ABC WERE ALWAYS a band with a manifesto. Three decades ago, the Sheffield group emerged equally in thrall to the debonair allure of Bryan Ferry ...

Pussy Riot: Activists, not Pin-ups

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 20 December 2012

Clever, committed and courageous, Pussy Riot are the only band that mattered in 2012. They have used their year in the spotlight to expose injustice. ...

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 ...

Patti Page, 1927-2013

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 3 January 2013

WITH RECORD sales estimated at more than 100m, which included more than a dozen million-selling singles, Patti Page, who has died aged 85, was one ...

Caravan: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 10 January 2013

PUNK'S SCORCHED-EARTH policy towards the past has brought many a musical career to a premature halt. It's no coincidence that veteran progressive rockers Caravan originally ...

Kendrick Lamar: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 21 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 ...

Matthew E. White: Lexington, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 24 January 2013

"THIS ONE'S a groover," smiles a hirsute, check-shirted Matthew E White, looking like the Kings of Leon's friendly stoner cousin as he leads his five-piece ...

Aimee Mann: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 29 January 2013

"WOW, THERE ARE people in here all of the way to the back!" marvels Aimee Mann two songs in, shielding her eyes to gaze deep ...

The Troggs: Reg Presley, 1941-2013

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 5 February 2013

THE TROGGS WERE not among the most technically proficient of British pop groups of the 1960s, but they generated great affection among audiences and disc ...

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. ...

Woody Guthrie: House of Earth

Review by Michel Faber, Guardian, The, 14 February 2013

Michel Faber asks if this explicit novel of poverty and sex is any more than a historic curio. ...

Kevin Ayers, 1944-2013

Obituary by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 20 February 2013

Founder member of Soft Machine and a key figure in British psychedelic rock. ...

Girls Aloud: Arena, Newcastle

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 22 February 2013

A DECADE AGO, when reality TV show Popstars: The Rivals pitted Girls Aloud against favourites One True Voice, you wouldn't have put money on the ...

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 ...

David Bowie: When Bowie met Burroughs

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, 9 March 2013

ON 28 FEBRUARY 1974, Rolling Stone magazine published a remarkable encounter between David Bowie and William Burroughs. Entitled "Beat Godfather Meets Glitter Mainman", the event had been hosted ...

John Grant: Heaven, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 14 March 2013

IT'S FAIR TO say John Grant takes the art of the confessional singer-songwriter to a whole new plane. Despite obviously being painfully thin-skinned, this quixotic ...

Iggy Azalea: One to watch: Iggy Azalea

Report and Interview by Kate Mossman, Guardian, The, 24 March 2013

IGGY AZALEA has a highly developed sense of the absurd. She saw paparazzi outside her hotel this morning and felt obliged to put on dark ...

Van Dyke Parks: "I was victimised by Brian Wilson's buffoonery"

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 9 May 2013

He co-wrote the Beach Boys' Smile and now works with everyone from Rufus Wainwright to Skrillex. But don't dare to call him quirky, says Van ...

Daft Punk: The Midas Touch

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 19 May 2013

IT IS A PECULIAR experience meeting the most famous faceless musicians in the world. Daft Punk are certainly well known. Eight years after their last ...

The xx: the xx: Night + Day, Berlin

Live Review by Kate Mossman, Guardian, The, 22 May 2013

SPLIT OPEN the head of Jamie xx and you might expect to find an image of post-industrial sadness – an empty ferris wheel turning in the rain, ...

Bobby Bland: Bobby "Blue" Bland dies at 83

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 24 June 2013

BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND, who has died aged 83, was among the great storytellers of blues and soul music. In songs such as 'I Pity the ...

The National: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 27 June 2013

"WE PLAYED THE Barfly a few years ago," reminisces the National's singer Matt Berninger, making affectionate reference to the long-standing, archetypal indie sweatbox just down ...

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

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 15 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 ...

The Deviants, Mick Farren: Goodbye, Mick Farren, activist, rabble-rousing rocker and NME journalist

Memoir by Charles Shaar Murray, Guardian, The, 29 July 2013

Mick Farren, who died onstage in London on Saturday, was a "living banner for the psychedelic left". He was also a friend who joined me ...

Jack Clement, 1931-2013

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 11 August 2013

JACK CLEMENT, who has died aged 82, was not only a prolific and successful songwriter and an able musician but had a long track record ...

Prefab Sprout: Paddy McAloon: "I'll do without an audience to make the music I want"

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 5 September 2013

Prefab Sprout sold millions of records in the '80s, but singer Paddy McAloon always made music for himself rather than the masses. Now he's back ...

Jackie Lomax, 1944-2013

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 17 September 2013

THE CAREER OF the Liverpool-born singer and songwriter Jackie Lomax, who has died aged 69, seemed set on a golden path when he became one ...

Mazzy Star: "We weren't really in the mood to release music"

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 19 September 2013

YOU MIGHT THINK that a band letting 17 years elapse between their third and fourth albums was unusual. You might therefore assume that there was ...

Ty Segall: Garage rock's Pied Piper leads a new march

Profile and Interview by James Medd, Guardian, The, 21 September 2013

The hardest-working slacker in lo-fi has another album coming out, but this time he's having a bash on drums. ...

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 ...

Bauhaus, Belly, The Birthday Party, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, M/A/R/R/S, The Pixies, This Mortal Coil: 4AD Records: The "pure" label behind Pixies and Cocteau Twins

Retrospective and Interview by Martin Aston, Guardian, The, 10 October 2013

Little was known about Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, the enigmatic founders of celebrated indie label 4AD, until they were tracked down in the US. ...

Girls Allowed? The Women On Top In The Music Industry

Report and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 26 October 2013

After Sinead O'Connor's open letter of concern to Miley Cyrus, sexism in the music business has never been more discussed. But what do the women ...

Lou Reed, 1942-2013

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 28 October 2013

Velvet Underground frontman and solo artist whose hymns to transgressive behaviour created an audience of outsiders. ...

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 ...

Lee Hazlewood, International Submarine Band, Nancy Sinatra: Lee Hazlewood: The wayward guru of cowboy psychedelia

Retrospective by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 28 November 2013

Best known for reviving Nancy Sinatra's career with 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin'', Lee Hazlewood was a highly unorthodox record producer. An epic box ...

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. ...

Lou Reed tribute concert brings stars of music to Harlem

Live Review by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, 18 December 2013

Patti Smith, Moe Tucker, Antony Hegarty, Paul Simon and Debbie Harry sing at Reed's memorial service in New York. ...

Ray Price 1926-2013

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 18 December 2013

COUNTRY MUSIC entered a golden period after the second world war, as scattered regional styles such as honkytonk, western swing and bluegrass began to coalesce ...

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. ...

Maroon 5, Robin Thicke: Maroon 5/Robin Thicke: LG Arena, Birmingham

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 9 January 2014

IT MUST BE STRANGE being Robin Thicke. There he was, bouncing along with a solid if unremarkable 10-year career in R&B and suddenly 'Blurred Lines' ...

Jackson C. Frank: The tragic tale of Jackson C. Frank, forgotten legend of the '60s

Retrospective by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, 9 January 2014

He was one of the great singer-songwriters of the '60s folk scene, more highly regarded by some than Paul Simon. But he only recorded one ...

George Clinton, Funkadelic: George Clinton: "I was born in a lavatory, so I have a legitimate claim on the funk"

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Guardian, The, 23 January 2014

HELLO GEORGE. First things first: what are you wearing? I got my suit on, baby. I like to change things up every now and then. So ...

Pete Seeger: The road goes on for ever

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 28 January 2014

The folk singer believed in handing on the traditions he had done so much to save, so that others could carry them forward. It was ...

Lightnin' Rod's Hustlers Convention: Rap's Great Lost Album

Retrospective and Interview by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, 30 January 2014

A FULL DECADE before Public Enemy revolutionised the world of rap, Chuck D first encountered the album he describes today as "a verbal roadmap for people trying to ...

Shirley Collins: Five of her best songs

Guide by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 11 February 2014

One of England's greatest folk singers has performed live for the first time in over three decades. To mark her return, here are some of ...

Disclosure on disco, Sting and their new romantic parents

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 13 February 2014

They craft immaculate dance-pop hits with big names from Lorde to Mary J Blige, but when we caught up with them on their US tour ...

Foals: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 16 February 2014

The once-spindly art-rockers have made a full transformation to a thrillingly spontaneous pop group capable of reigning over arenas. ...

Ann Peebles: The Girl with the Big Voice

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 20 February 2014

THERE'S A COMMON cliché in music biopics that you might call the eureka fallacy. Our hero is having a conversation or strumming a guitar when ...

Arcade Fire in Haiti: "I feel like it makes sense of me"

Report and Interview by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, 26 February 2014

WHERE WOULD Arcade Fire be without the woo-hoos and dense rhythms that characterise many of their best songs? Likely not in Jacmel, a Haitian coastal ...

David Crosby: "The FBI scare me more than Hell's Angels"

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 26 February 2014

The legendary songwriter on Janis Joplin, being "the voice of cosmic America" and Croz, his first solo album in 20 years.   ...

Malcolm McLaren: Never Mind the Swastikas: The Secret History of the UK's "punky Jews"

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Guardian, The, 27 February 2014

WHO PUT THE Oy in Oi? Surprise is the default reaction, and sometimes even disapproval, when I mention the Jews in Punk panel I am moderating ...

Angel Haze: Gorilla, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 9 March 2014

"I KNOW I haven't done a bunch of shows, so thanks y'all for coming out to see me eventually," says Angel Haze, reflecting on her ...

Drake, The Weeknd: Drake/The Weeknd: Manchester Arena

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 12 March 2014

ABEL TESFAYE, aka the Weeknd, is receiving the kind of cheers you rarely hear for what is technically a support act. The fast-rising 22-year-old Toronto ...

The Stranglers on 40 years of fights, drugs, UFOs and "doing all the wrong things"

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 12 March 2014

Legend has it the Stranglers started a fight with the Clash, took heroin for a year, exploited strippers on stage, and incited a riot in ...

Hamilton Bohannon: Return of a Disco Legend: Hamilton Bohannon

Report and Interview by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, 17 March 2014

The disco pioneer Hamilton Bohannon played his first show in 30 years this weekend. We were there, and caught up with him afterwards. ...

Justin Timberlake: Sheffield Arena

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 31 March 2014

THE FIRST THING Sheffield sees of Justin Timberlake is his giant silhouette on an enormous backdrop. ...

Frankie Knuckles, 1955-2014

Obituary by Bill Brewster, Guardian, The, 1 April 2014

Trailblazing American record producer and club DJ hailed as the Godfather of House ...

Lily Allen: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 28 April 2014

FIVE YEARS AGO Lily Allen retreated to the Cotswolds to get married and to start a family, and proclaimed that she was retiring from music. ...

Janelle Monáe: The Institute, Birmingham

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 9 May 2014

"JANELLE! MON-ÁE!" yells the Birmingham crowd as the singer is pushed on in a wheelchair, wearing a straitjacket. She leaps up, throwing off the garment ...

Slowdive: Village Underground, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 22 May 2014

IT'S DIFFICULT TO recollect a more maligned musical movement than the early '90s shoegaze scene. ...

One Direction: Stadium Of Light, Sunderland ***

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 29 May 2014

There may be yet more trouble ahead but it will clearly take more than a whiff of controversy to blunt 1D's appeal ...

Katy Perry: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 1 June 2014

IT'S UNFORTUNATE for Katy Perry that her Prismatic tour is rolling into town just three weeks after Miley Cyrus's Bangerz. ...

Gerry Goffin, 1939-2014

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 20 June 2014

Lyricist who, with his partner Carole King, wrote many hit songs of the 1960s. ...

Coldplay: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 2 July 2014

A GREAT BREAK-UP album can be a thing of wonder. From Bob Dylan's red-raw Blood on the Tracks to Marvin Gaye's self-lacerating Here, My Dear ...

Duke Ellington, Sun Ra: The secret history of the jazz greats who were freemasons

Essay by John Lewis, Guardian, The, 2 July 2014

Jazz and freemasonry are unlikely bedfellows, but in the 1950s, the secret society became a support network for musicians and the world's largest fraternity for ...

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 ...

Jungle, Pharrell Williams: Pharrell Williams/Jungle: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 11 September 2014

He looks dapper, and he opens the show with a brilliant blast of robot funk, but the R&B pioneer is a bit too reserved on ...

Lauryn Hill: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 21 September 2014

The one-time leading light of 90s R&B ditched neo-soul subtleties in favour of ear-splitting hip-hop on the first date of her short UK tour ...

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 ...

The Fall: Steve Hanley and Olivia Piekarski: The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 1 October 2014

(This is the original – and very slightly different – version of the review that appeared in the Guardian...) IN HER BLURB for this compelling memoir, ...

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 ...

Julian Casablancas: "I have nothing against gentrification"

Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 9 October 2014

The Strokes singer on brunch and banks, dictatorship in the US and his Voidz protest album, Tyranny. ...

Underworld's Dubnobass... 20 years on

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 9 October 2014

THE PLAN, in the beginning, was that there was no plan. No album, no record label, no tours. Karl Hyde and Rick Smith of Underworld ...

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. ...

Jake Bugg: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 22 October 2014

JAKE BUGG'S ASCENT to fame may have been precipitous, but his idea of showmanship remains remarkably minimalist. ...

Ian McLagan, 1945-2014

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 4 December 2014

MUSIC HISTORY has a special niche reserved for Ian McLagan, who has died aged 69 after suffering a stroke. ...

Young Fathers: XOYO, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 11 December 2014

The Edinburgh hip-hop trio weave disparate influences together to generate a jaw-droppingly synchronised anarchy ...

D'Angelo: Black Messiah — First-Listen Review: 'Investing Vintage Soul With A Fresh Lustre'

Review by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 15 December 2014

D'Angelo's Black Messiah, his first album since 2000's Voodoo, looks back to the funk greats while retaining a modern political edge ...

Little Jimmy Dickens, 1920-2015

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 8 January 2015

Country music star of the 1950s and '60s who remained a stalwart of the Grand Ole Opry. ...

Chris Spedding: 100 Club, London 

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 12 January 2015

CHRIS SPEDDING is a rare creature: both semi-legendary and utterly anonymous. One of the most prolific session musicians of all time, this virtuoso guitarist's 50-year ...

Kim Fowley, 1939-2015

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 18 January 2015

FEW PEOPLE IN pop music spanned such a range as Kim Fowley, the record producer, songwriter and Sunset Strip svengali who has died aged 75. ...

Slipknot: Sheffield Arena, Sheffield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 19 January 2015

"IS THAT FUCKIN' Sheffield I hear?" asks Corey Taylor, Slipknot's horror-masked frontman. ...

The Decemberists, The Mountain Goats, Mark Ronson: Songs for Swinging Authors: Can novelists write good lyrics?

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 21 January 2015

Forget moon in June. Today's pop lyrics are written by Pulitzer-winning novelists. We talk to the writers muscling into pop – and the musicians flirting ...

The Beatles, Joy Division, The Smiths, Jack White: Manna for Fans: The history of the hidden track in music

Retrospective by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 25 January 2015

From inner groove loops to absurd backmasking, artists have long found ways to embed secret songs, cryptic writings and coded messages in their albums. ...

Natalie Prass: The Lexington, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 29 January 2015

DURING A MOMENTARY delay between songs, Nashville singer-songwriter Natalie Prass looks to the audience and, with a genial awkwardness, says: "I feel like I should ...

Don Covay, 1938-2015

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 4 February 2015

Songwriter, singer and record producer whose compositions became hits for stars including Chubby Checker and Aretha Franklin. ...

Steve Aoki: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 10 February 2015

EDM's poster boy indulges in bone-headed gimmicks that range from hurling cakes at the front row to crowd-surfing in a rubber boat. ...

Drake: If You're Reading This, It's Too Late

Review by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 13 February 2015

ON THURSDAY NIGHT, Drake did what is increasingly becoming known as "a Beyoncé" and dropped, without warning, If You're Reading This, It's Too Late, the ...

Lesley Gore, 1946-2015

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 17 February 2015

Singer whose passionate teen anthems of the '60s included 'It's My Party' and 'You Don't Own Me'. ...

Sandy Denny: Mick Houghton: I've Always Kept a Unicorn – The Biography of Sandy Denny

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 21 February 2015

WHAT, HYPOTHETICALLY, would have happened if Sandy Denny had tried out for The Voice UK? Would Rita and Ricky and Will.i.am and Sir Tom have ...

D'Angelo: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 22 February 2015

HE MAY BE a soulful innovator, but there has always been a strong traditionalism in D'Angelo's music, and he begins tonight by tapping into a ...

Gil Scott-Heron: The Revolution Lives On

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 22 February 2015

Political activist, rap pioneer and poet Gil Scott-Heron shaped the sound of today – from Talib Kweli and Kanye West to Kendrick Lamar. His friends ...

The Pop Group: Have the Pop Group finally become a pop group?

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 26 February 2015

Bristol's post-punk provocateurs have released Citizen Zombie, their first album for 35 years. In 1975, they drew on dub, free-jazz and Baudrillard; 2015 finds singer ...

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 ...

The War on Drugs: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 3 March 2015

Adam Granduciel's fractured, soul-spilling songs move beyond ragged-glory Americana into rhythmic, sparky epics tonight.   ...

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock'n'Roll

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 18 March 2015

She could outplay Chuck. She could outsing Aretha. And she influenced everyone from Elvis to Rod. Richard Williams revisits the songs and sufferings of the ...

Thin White Rope: Cult heroes: Thin White Rope were scorched, alien, hostile

Retrospective by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, 24 March 2015

THIN WHITE ROPE were named after William Burroughs's description of ejaculating semen in Naked Lunch – and that's not even the best thing about them. ...

The Strokes: How we made Is This It

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 24 March 2015

ALBERT HAMMOND Jr, lead guitar: ...

Nick Cave: The SICK BAG Song (Canongate)

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 28 March 2015

WHEN YOU'VE personally witnessed Nick Cave nodding out on heroin and slowly lowering his head into a candle flame – his mass of dyed black ...

Tracey Thorn: "I'd kill to be able to sing like Adele"

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 12 April 2015

The Everything But the Girl frontwoman, whose book about the art of singing is out this month, on Twitter, The X Factor – and why ...

B.B. King, 1925-2015

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 15 May 2015

Self-deprecating but with a magisterial stage presence, King developed a style that was both innovative and rooted in blues history. ...

Richard Goldstein: Another Little Piece of My Heart: My Life of Rock and Revolution in the '60s (Bloomsbury)

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 23 May 2015

WHEN RICHARD GOLDSTEIN got married, Murray "the K" Kaufman – the famous New York disc jockey who'd anointed himself "the Fifth Beatle" in 1964 – ...

Brothers Johnson: Louis Johnson, 1955-2015

Obituary by Joel McIver, Guardian, The, 24 May 2015

Powerful bassist on Michael Jackson's albums Thriller and Off the Wall, he found fame in the 1970s with his funk band the Brothers Johnson. ...

Twinkle

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 26 May 2015

Singer and songwriter who found fame in the 1960s with her teenage tragedy hit record 'Terry'. ...

How the compact disc lost its shine

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 28 May 2015

It's 30 years since Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms began the CD boom. How did the revolution in music formats come about and what killed ...

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. ...

Nina Simone: "Are you ready to burn buildings?"

Retrospective by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 22 June 2015

From singing the soundtrack to the civil rights movement to living in self-imposed exile in Liberia, Nina Simone never chose the easy path. As a ...

Tyler, The Creator: Tyler, the Creator: Cherry Bomb

Review by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 30 June 2015

IT'S A GOOD TIME for Odd Future fans. Earl Sweatshirt's new album just dropped, Frank Ocean's follow-up to Channel Orange is imminent and there's even a Golf Wang app: "Tyler ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend: "Music has always suffered from being tied to politics or religion"

Report and Interview by Tim Cooper, Guardian, The, 2 July 2015

As he releases a version of Quadrophenia performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Who's guitarist explains that his band were never really anti-establishment. ...

Wilco: Star Wars ****

Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 17 July 2015

The Chicago band's ninth album successfully blends Bowie space-glam, Beatles psychedelic singsong and Captain Beefheart weirdness ...

Cluster, Harmonia: Dieter Moebius, 1944-2015

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 22 July 2015

THOUGH BORN IN Switzerland, Dieter Moebius, who has died aged 71, was destined to become renowned as one of the pioneers of so-called Krautrock. ...

Cilla Black 1943-2015

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 3 August 2015

THE BRITISH POP revolution of the 1960s involved not only male guitar bands, but also several young female singing stars, including Cilla Black, who has ...

Sun Kil Moon: St George's Church, Brighton

Live Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, 4 August 2015

BACK, THEN, to the old question of whether, and how, one separates the artist from the art. Mark Kozelek's music has been justly treasured since ...

Curtis Mayfield: 10 of the best

Guide by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 5 August 2015

Deploying sweet soul and blistering funk – and pouring his gorgeous, honeyed falsetto over it all – Curtis Mayfield veered between breezy optimism and hard-edged ...

The Apartments: album's birth so traumatic 'it's a miracle it exists at all'

Profile and Interview by Andrew Stafford, Guardian, The, 7 August 2015

Peter Milton Walsh had no intention of releasing the songs he wrote after tragedy struck. After 18 years he is ready to share them at ...

Magnum, Suzi Quatro, Saxon, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash: "We'll retire at 106. What else can we do?" The rockers who won't call it a day

Report and Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 18 August 2015

From Suzi Quatro to Saxon's Biff Byford, rock's pioneers have been making music for more than 40 years. Here they talk about leather jumpsuits, performing ...

Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel: Bob Johnston, 1932-2015

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 18 August 2015

Record producer who played a significant role in the recording career of Bob Dylan. ...

Richard Dawson, St. Vincent, Super Furry Animals: Green Man festival, Glanusk Park, Brecon Beacons — home-town heroes and hot tubs steal the weekend

Live Review by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 24 August 2015

Super Furry Animals take Saturday with a gloriously long set, while a dazzling St Vincent proves that Green Man just gets better with age ...

The Verve, Wham!: Jazz Summers, 1944-2015

Obituary by Joel McIver, Guardian, The, 24 August 2015

THE MUSIC MANAGER Jazz Summers, who has died aged 71, was best known for developing the pop duo Wham! – George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley ...

Blick Bassy: "I want to expose the dangers of the immigration dream"

Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 9 September 2015

The Cameroonian singer-songwriter draws on figures from Miles Davis to African freedom fighters to produce his soulful, melodic sound — but it wasn't until he ...

The Lemonheads: Ritz, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 8 October 2015

Without the drugs, and supported by the youthful enthusiasm of bassist Jen Turner, Evan Dando gives his hit parade the care it deserves – and ...

U2: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 26 October 2015

The cathartic nature of the band's 13th studio album, Songs of Innocence, is sensitively reflected in this tour, which melds the personal and the political. ...

Afrika Bambaataa, Mark Ronson: Afrika Bambaataa and Mark Ronson: Uptown and Downtown Funk Masters

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 27 October 2015

The pair remember two influential generations of hip-hop dance parties ahead of being honoured next month for their contributions to New York City's club scene. ...

Beach House: Ritz, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 28 October 2015

"THIS ONE'S GOING to be in near darkness," mutters the man on the door, and Beach House emerge in so much gloom that if one ...

Björk on Iceland: "We don't go to church, we go for a walk"

Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 16 November 2015

Björk used to walk across the tundra singing at the top of her lungs. John Grant left America for its rocky grandeur and Sigur Rós's ...

Chvrches: The Dome, Brighton

Live Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, 17 November 2015

WHAT A CURIOUS, synthetic experience it is to see Chvrches. Not that there's ever anything amiss with pop feeling synthetic. What makes Chvrches odd is ...

Jon Savage: 1966 – The Year the Decade Exploded

Book Review by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, 20 November 2015

THE POP MUSIC you hear in your teenage years affects you more deeply than at any other time in your life. People who don't go ...

Mercury Rev: Oval Space, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 28 November 2015

A COUPLE ARE slow-dancing next to the ladies' loos, moony smiles on their faces. Three similarly-minded women float out of the bathroom, swaying their hands ...

Hudson Mohawke: Roundhouse, London ★★★☆☆

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 11 December 2015

With synths that screech like air brakes and crushing, abrasive beats, a night of Mohawke's musical maximalism is both exhilarating and wearying ...

Saint Etienne: Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 13 December 2015

SAINT ETIENNE are frequently sublime, but they can also be ridiculous. It is surely beyond the ability even of Pete Wiggs and Bob Stanley to ...

Sleater-Kinney: A Riot Grrrl Remembers: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein

Book Review by Kate Mossman, Guardian, The, 29 December 2015

A complex and moving portrait of a coming of age in America ...

Loyle Carner: Garage, London ★★★★☆


Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 22 February 2016

Soul-Searching Hip-Hop With Charged Intensity The fresh-faced British rapper's unsentimental candour is coupled with a thrilling love for language and J Dilla-inspired beats ...

Thin Lizzy: Graeme Thomson: Cowboy Song: The Authorised Biography of Philip Lynott

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 9 March 2016

THIS FINE TELLING of the messy life of Thin Lizzy's charismatic frontman is studded with moments of bathos, but one sticks particularly in the mind. ...

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 ...

Al Green: 10 of the best

Guide by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, 20 April 2016

From a chequered career, the tussle between the religious and the secular is audible on all of Green's best songs – even the ones he ...

Hall & Oates, Supertramp: Cruise control: How Yacht Rock sailed back into fashion

Overview by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, Guardian, The, 20 April 2016

Smooth, well-produced, meticulously written: Soft Rock had a bad reputation in the DIY '80s and '90s. But today it has renewed relevance. An aficionado explains. ...

Beyoncé's Lemonade is an object lesson in collaboration

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 28 April 2016

She's the centripetal force that marshals the likes of Robert Plant, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar and MNEK to craft exquisite pop music that transcends boundaries ...

Drake: How Drake became the all-pervading master of hyper-reality rap

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, 28 April 2016

The Canadian artist's success at spreading both his sound and self far and wide owes much to his desire to be everything to everybody – ...

James Blake: "I'm the opposite of punk – I've subdued a generation"

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 5 May 2016

Kanye, Beyoncé, Drake and Frank Ocean have all been inspired by the unassuming Londoner's sound. Now he's coming of age with his new album, The ...

Miracle Legion: Cult heroes: Miracle Legion – the band Thom Yorke loved, who could have been REM

Retrospective by Martin Aston, Guardian, The, 17 May 2016

EVEN AT THE TIME, in April 1986, I knew it was unnecessary hyperbole on my part when my submitted Melody Maker feature about an emerging ...

PJ Harvey et al: Field Day, Victoria Park, London

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 13 June 2016

A lineup including Skepta, Deerhunter, James Blake and PJ Harvey prove more than able to banish wet weather blues with warm and powerful performances. ...

James Carr, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley: Chips Moman, 1937-2016

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 15 June 2016

Guitarist, record producer and songwriter who co-wrote 'The Dark End of the Street' and worked with Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and Tammy Wynette. ...

Ralph Stanley, 1927-2016

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 26 June 2016

FOLLOWING THE DEATH of Bill Monroe in 1996, Ralph Stanley became the leading name in bluegrass, embodying in both his music and his bearing the ...

Minnie Riperton: 10 of the best tracks

Guide by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 29 June 2016

She had a five-octave vocal range, inspired Stevie Wonder and gave birth to Maya Rudolph – the tragedy is that this huge musical talent died ...

Bastille: Dan Smith of Bastille: "I sound like a nervous wreck who hates doing this"

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 25 August 2016

DAN SMITH AND I have been talking in the corner of a hotel bar for ten minutes when a middle-aged man walks over and asks: ...

Lisa Hannigan: At Swim

Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 26 August 2016

IT'S 14 YEARS since Lisa Hannigan first came to attention as the second voice on Damien Rice's debut, O, and five since her last album, ...

"Landmark clubs are evidence of creativity and energy in a city": why Fabric's closure matters

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 8 September 2016

Britain's clubland is shrinking but the world-famous London venue had survived the trend – until now. What does its loss mean for the capital's cultural ...

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. ...

David Bowie, John Phillips: Bowie and the missing soundtrack: The amazing story behind The Man Who Fell to Earth

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Campion, Guardian, The, 8 September 2016

David Bowie is rumoured to have written a score to the sci-fi classic that's locked up in some vault. But the truth is much stranger ...

Ed Harcourt: "I'm coming out with fists flying"

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 14 September 2016

It's taken seven albums, visions of the child catcher and Billy Bunter's reflection in the mirror, but the English songwriter has finally refound his voice ...

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 ...

Björk: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 22 September 2016

The Icelandic star's electrifying voice and sense of fun transcend the conventional setting. ...

Bon Iver: 'There are people who are into being famous. And I don’t like that'

Interview by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 24 September 2016

Justin Vernon’s falsetto-folk infiltrated pop and caught Kanye’s ear but now he’s kicking against the fame game. For his new album, he explains why the ...

Acid Mothers Temple: Hope & Ruin, Brighton

Live Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, 29 September 2016

NON-STOP head-melting psychedelia — each pulsating, echo-drenched disco-rock groove excels the one before, ending in a collective instrumental howl: AMT are hot, sweaty cool sonic ...

David Bowie, The Comet Is Coming, Robert Glasper, GoGo Penguin, Shabaka Hutchings, Kendrick Lamar, Donny McCaslin, Courtney Pine, Sons of Kemet, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington: The new cool: how Kamasi, Kendrick and co gave jazz a new groove

Essay by John Lewis, Guardian, The, 6 October 2016

A generation of jazz musicians has grown up with hip-hop in its blood. The result is the thrilling reinvention of a genre that has been ...

Michael Kiwanuka: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 12 October 2016

MICHAEL KIWANUKA is a mass of contradictions and all the better for it. He's a self-doubting soul man whose second album, Love & Hate, recently ...

Arab Strap: The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 13 October 2016

Aidan Moffatt and Malcolm Middleton revive tales of chaotic lifestyles for Brexit Britain, with music that ricochets between folk, pop and intense dance. ...

The Beach Boys: Mike Love: Good Vibrations

Book Review by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, 13 October 2016

Love lacked the sensitivity of his cousin Brian Wilson, but he kept the band going after their fall from grace. He tells his side of ...

Craig David: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 21 October 2016

The likable pop-soul veteran hasn't lost his sentimental side, but he reveals a slightly harder edge with stage-prowling antics and tongue-tying raps. ...

Craig David: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 21 October 2016

The likable pop-soul veteran hasn't lost his sentimental side, but he reveals a slightly harder edge with stage-prowling antics and tongue-tying raps. ...

PJ Harvey: O2 Academy Brixton, London

Live Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, 31 October 2016

The musician brings her Hope Six Demolition Project on tour to rail against social ills, and confirm her status as a forceful commentator. ...

Leon Russell, 1942-2016

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, 14 November 2016

IN 2010, ELTON JOHN surprised his fans by releasing an album in collaboration with the pianist, singer and songwriter Leon Russell, whom he described as ...

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 ...

Chance the Rapper: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 21 November 2016

The hip hop boundary-breaker had a triumphant night in Manchester, keeping his audience on their toes with a mix of humility, eclecticism and spirituality. ...

Slick Rick: "You learn from prison time – what doesn't kill you makes you stronger"

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 24 November 2016

His morality tales of ghetto life made the Anglo-American rapper famous – and chillingly predicted his imprisonment for attempted murder. Now, 13 years since he ...

The Lemon Twigs: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 2 December 2016

Michael and Brian D'Addario dress like they're in a 70s panto, but any suggestions of pastiche are demolished by the humbling beauty of their songs. ...

Skepta: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 4 December 2016

RECEIVED WISDOM has long held that grime, the attitudinal amalgam of garage, jungle, rap and electro that ripped out of east London's sink estates at ...

The 1975: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 16 December 2016

Matt Healy lounge-lizards across the stage as his band charm the first of two sellout O2 crowds with sharp-edged, irresistible songs. ...

The Blue Aeroplanes: Academy 2, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 16 January 2017

With their constantly changing lineup, poetic lyrics and unstoppable dancer Wojtek, the Bristol band show no signs of landing. ...

Prefab Sprout: Why Prefab Sprout's return with 'America' is a whim and a wonder

Report by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, 6 March 2017

Paddy McAloon surfaced on Friday with a new track that is heartbreaking in an entirely unexpected way. ...

Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley: Brad Paisley/Zac Brown Band: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, 13 March 2017

Hats off to two entertaining stars of the C2C festival who take contrasting approaches to God, the south and the good ol' US of A. ...

Thundercat: Gorilla, Manchester

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 26 March 2017

The gifted bassist and Kendrick Lamar sidekick twists fusion, soul and hip-hop into magical shapes. ...

Phoenix and the Flower Girl: New band of the week: Phoenix and the Flower Girl

Profile by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 27 March 2017

The last ever New Band of the Week brings an appropriately phantasmagoric end to the column's 11-year run ...

Thundercat: Heaven, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 29 March 2017

The prodigious bassist's songs veer between jazz fusion and intimate, soulful pop – augmented live by detours into wild improvisation ...

Bob Dylan: Palladium, London

Live Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, 30 April 2017

Singer who redefined rock'n'roll 50 years ago continues to confound expectations as tour brings him to London Palladium. ...

Public Service Broadcasting

Report and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 17 June 2017

The band's new album, Every Valley, chronicles the destruction of the Welsh coal industry and how its legacy still resonates in these uncertain times. ...

The Maccabees: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by David Bennun, Guardian, The, 30 June 2017

THERE'S MUCH to be said for perseverance. Seven years ago and two albums in, the Maccabees, if not quite the "landfill indie" of Britain's post-Libertines ...

Ed Kuepper, Laughing Clowns, The Saints: Saint Ed Kuepper to be honoured with renamed Brisbane park

Report and Interview by Andrew Stafford, Guardian, The, 9 July 2017

Push for Brisbane to further celebrate its second seminal band as Ed Kuepper Park named in city's south-west. ...

Tyler, The Creator: Tyler, the Creator: Flower Boy

Review by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, 21 July 2017

Is the rapper once banned from the UK for homophobic lyrics now coming out? Either way, this heavenly hip-hop record visits multicoloured corners of his ...

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. ...

Jane Weaver: Ramsgate Music Hall

Live Review by Laura Barton, Guardian, The, 23 October 2017

CERTAIN ENGLISH female singing voices make a direct grab for the central nervous system. From Sandy Denny to Sarah Nixey, Maddy Prior to Sarah Cracknell ...

AC/DC, The Easybeats: George Young should be remembered as the sonic architect of Australian rock music

Obituary by Andrew Stafford, Guardian, The, 24 October 2017

The Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC producer wasn't just a star in his own right, but a behind-the-scenes industry giant. ...

Insane Clown Posse: Riverside, Newcastle

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 15 November 2017

CONTROVERSY SEEMS to follow Insane Clown Posse around. The Detroit "horrorcore" duo have seen albums pulled from shelves and their army of fans, the Juggalos, ...

Alice Coltrane: "It's like you're on top of the Alps": Alice Coltrane's spiritual jazz rediscovered

Retrospective by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 17 November 2017

This weekend sees a host of London jazz festival events revisit the work of Alice Coltrane, who broke the rules of jazz to blaze a ...

Carla Bruni: Union Chapel, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, 11 December 2017

Playing unusual covers of AC/DC, Depeche Mode and Willie Nelson alongside strong self-penned material, Bruni performs with poise and catwalk swagger. ...

Mastodon: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, 11 December 2017

A triumphant blend of brutal nosebleed thrash, furious prog-style epics and multi-part harmonies exhilarates the hardcore faithful. ...

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. ...

Tangerine Dream: Union Chapel, London

Live Review by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, 25 April 2018

For their first UK show without founder member Edgar Froese, the synth pioneers enlivened their proggy ambience with techno, but still created the same cosmic ...

Eleanor Friedberger: Rebound

Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 4 May 2018

IN 2016, ELEANOR Friedberger spent a month in Athens, Greece, ending up in what the half-Greek American describes as an "'80s goth disco" – called ...

Courtney Barnett on coping with fame, homophobia – and thinking she still sucks

Profile and Interview by Jenny Valentish, Guardian, The, 17 May 2018

The Australian musician has gone from indie darling to global star, but she's still uneasy in the limelight and wracked with self-doubt – even self-hate. ...

Mac Miller Obituary

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 9 September 2018

American rapper and music producer who confronted his personal history of substance abuse in his lyrics ...

Kasey Musgraves: Kacey Musgraves: Bristol Hippodrome

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, 24 October 2018

Despite a fantastic sound from her band, the Grammy-winning star is awkward on stage as her lyrics are lost in the dry ice. ...

Nitzer Ebb: The return of pop perverts Nitzer Ebb

Retrospective and Interview by Luke Turner, Guardian, The, 3 January 2019

Loud, rude and flirting with fascistic imagery, Nitzer Ebb took synth-pop and sexual deviance to working class Essex. Three decades on, they're back – now ...

Dave Laing, 1947-2019

Obituary by Tony Russell, Guardian, The, 14 January 2019

Music writer, rock correspondent and academic who understood and communicated the cultural worth of pop. ...

Billie Eilish: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 28 February 2019

A teenage talent not quite eclipsed by screaming fans: the LA singer had her young audience shouting her empowering lyrics as she worked the room ...

Foals: Gorilla, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 5 March 2019

Ahead of their fifth album, Yannis Philippakis and co. blend the avant garde with football-terrace energy. ...

Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes: How we made Dirty Dancing's '(I've Had) The Time of My Life'

Interview by Henry Yates, Guardian, The, 9 April 2019

Franke Previte, co-songwriter: ...

Anderson.Paak: "People are like – Damn! How are you not on crack cocaine right now?"

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 13 April 2019

The soul and funk innovator on his turbulent childhood, subverting "morose" hip-hop and why he's pro-Kanye. ...

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