Matt Trueman reviews an Edinburgh Fringe full of fighting talk.
All right-listening folk despise this piped sonic sewage.
The Sun Kil Moon frontman talks to Yo Zushi about two decades on the road, his new album and why he finds Britain "very depressing".
The treatment of Pussy Riot says much about the close relationship between Church and Kremlin in Putin's Russia.
The Simpsons, Woody Guthrie, Gone with the Wind and Neil Young – and what they tell us about America's obsession with its land.
Toby Litt pays homage to the otherworldly gifts of Elizabeth Fraser.
The NS's pop critic picks the ten best songs about the capital.
Dorian Lynskey celebrates the Rough Trade record shop.
If you think classical music is snobbish, just take a look at indie culture.
The rapper is pictured in a Skrewdriver shirt in Shortlist magazine.
Long copyright terms may not reward the artist, but they make sure that people buy works by new musicians
The musical nerds taking over the world.
Back to the old house.
Hero-worshipping David Bowie.
Beneath the Cultural Olympiad, the Criterion theatre will show the funny side of the Olympics in two new plays.
Sexuality and sacrifice in a new production of Ibsen's play.
Exclusion in the classical music world stretches far beyond race.
John Adams’s epic Harmonielehre is being re-imagined in a multi-storey car park.
Notes from a Pathetically Uncommitted Punk
Ambitious storytelling is vital to our culture, writes James Naughtie
Jazz in the 1950s produced few musicians of stature.
I came late to jazz but when I listen to it now, I can travel to another dimension.
An audacious celebration at the Southbank Centre.
Michael Grandage's Figaro settles into drawing-room farce
The Senegalese musician's “Africa Utopia” festival puts a positive vision of the continent centre stage.
"The Word - a magazine, a website, a podcast, a way of life."
Solemn as stony
enclaves closed with evening;
late light lingering.
Your eyes adjusting
to her eyes so accustomed
to ideas of night.
spotlight enfilade colour
splash in the tabloids.
Andrew Billen is impressed by Julie Walters as a hedonistic old junkie
The NS Interview.