Taking a line for a wal­k
By Toby Litt - 24 October 1:00

The frippery of Cole Porter or Noël Coward might be delicious, but I’ve learned from writing pop lyr

Pop will eat itself
By Mike Bonnet - 20 October 15:42

The Stone Roses reunion shows how much we love revisiting our musical past.

Leader: Do you remember the first time?
By Staff blogger - 20 October 9:08

Lyrics get you young and accompany you through life, offering wisdom, humour and solace. Quietly, they reassure you that what seems like a private pain is often a universal experience.

Why I wasn't in a band
By Tom Ravenscroft - 19 October 17:53

In tribute to hard-working bands, I revisit songs I didn't like on first listen.

Morrissey versus NME in racism court battle
By Androulla Harris - 18 October 14:43

Former Smiths frontman attempts to sue ex-NME editor for libel.

In praise of John Fahey
By Tom Ravenscroft - 12 October 13:42

He's my favourite guitarist and I want posters for my bedroom wall.

Lost and found
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 10 October 1:00

On 20 September, Roy Harper appeared on the BBC's Later . . . With Jools Holland.

Rihanna and our mock concern for women's dignity
By Laurie Penny - 30 September 11:43

Taking a stand against sexism isn't the same as taking a stand against sex.

50 People Who Matter 2011 | 46. Nicki Minaj
By Staff blogger - 26 September 1:00

Hip-hop royalty.

The NS Interview: Nitin Sawhney, musician
By Samira Shackle - 22 September 11:07

“I wouldn’t like anything with the word ‘empire’ in after my name”

Prom 19, Royal Albert Hall, London
By Alexandra Coghlan - 26 August 14:41

Alexandra Coghlan is unsure about Oliver Knussen’s musical mix.

Music that makes me smile
By Tom Ravenscroft - 24 August 10:46

New tunes by Fruit Bats and Rollo Jean.

Wild imaginings
By Tom Ravenscroft - 17 August 13:51

Ergo Phizmiz's operatic adaptation of Flann O'Brien will leave you speechless.

The food of love
By Tom Ravenscroft - 08 August 1:00

Tom Ravenscroft on the dilemma of choosing songs for a dinner party

Good vibes for your friends and family
By Tom Ravenscroft - 03 August 16:55

Tom Ravenscroft's music blog.

Amy Winehouse never, ever let us down
By Laurie Penny - 28 July 12:32

Winehouse was never interested in the normal rules of female celebrity.

Even in death, Winehouse is not granted privacy or respect
By Steve Baxter - 26 July 13:35

All that prurient poking into the singer's private life might have been part of the problem.

Music to bathe in
By Tom Ravenscroft - 20 July 19:12

Tom Ravenscroft opts for comfort over clever where indie's concerned and discovers he's an underwate

Don't wait till the last night
By Alexandra Coghlan - 18 July 1:00

Alexandra Coghlan talks to Roger Wright, director of the Proms

Notes in the margin: In concert
By Alexandra Coghlan - 18 July 1:00

With around 90 concerts on offer over the eight-week season, the 2011 Proms aren't short on highlights. Outdoing last year's Symphony of

Rain Dogs revisited
By Androulla Harris - 13 July 16:08

Tom Waits's 1985 album is re-imagined at the Barbican.

Storybook fantasy
By Alexandra Coghlan - 11 July 11:54

Massenet's Cendrillon brings some welcome novelty to the opera season.

Beyoncé — a star is born
By Sophie Elmhirst - 07 July 12:47

Why the singer is the icon of our age.

Love machine
By Tom Ravenscroft - 04 July 1:00

A new computer is a chance for Tom Ravenscroft to refresh his podcasts list.

The NS Interview: Alex James
By Helen Lewis - 30 June 16:52

“Keeping a pig is great but Monster Munch are nice as well”

Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past
By Jude Rogers - 27 June 1:00

Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past
Simon Reynolds
Faber & Faber, 458pp, £17.99

Mud, mud, glorious Glastonbury mud
By Laurie Penny - 24 June 17:17

Bono should find time in his busy schedule of high-profile philanthropy to pay the hefty tax bill he owes.

Retro mania
By Wayne Hemingway - 23 June 12:47

Event organisers could learn a lot from designers.

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