Tracing the utopian visions conjured by folk in the 20th century.
Drunk pirates or sombre storytellers? Listen here to Australia's most enchanting new band.
Free album for download; and more African guitar pop.
A thrilling production of Monteverdi's Ulysses by a first-time director.
London Gypsy Orchestra builds cultural bridges in wake of Dale Farm evictions.
Records are more fun when you can see them.
British audiences tend to be suspicious about “High Art”. Yet the winner of the New Statesman’s Musi
Listen here to the BBC 6 Music DJ's favourite new tracks, from Kenyan guitar pop to singer songwrite
A group of women in hijabs sat on the front row of a talk I was giving in Amman on the cultural identity of a nation. They were the Jordanian Women's Music Association.
Bob Dylan's muse and the memory of young love.
Well, no you didn't – but the star of last night's Brit awards
A tribute to the forgotten venues that helped shape black British culture.
Save yourself from pap pop with accordions and violins.
The xx, winners of the Mercury Prize 2010, have invented an urban sound at once intimate and familia
An interview with the campaigning musician who hopes to be Christmas No. 1.
No writer in my time has so dominated American music criticism as the deceptively receptive Alex Ross, whose bestselling book The Rest Is Noise, first published in 2007, fostered the delirious delusion that contempora
A new generation of bands is doing away with lyrics
How the Beatle is being remembered.
The government seems hell-bent on destroying arts education in this country.
The future of music is debated at the TEDx conference in Suffolk.
If the celebrations across the UK are anything to judge by, Stephen Sondheim's reputation as the giant of musical theatre is indisputable.
Mine don't do that!
Michael Hodges talks to the songwriter Paul Heaton about pop and politics
Though often dismissed as slackers, the cohort that produced Elliott Smith, Pavement and Sonic Youth
William Cook finds Germany in microcosm at Bonn’s Beethovenfest.
Jonathan Miller's operatic return falls a bit flat
On the ambient potential of a teen pop star.
This year's Man Booker Prize shortlist prides the literary inventiveness of Tom McCarthy and Emma Donoghue over the more established Martin Amis, Ian McEwan and Salman Rushdie, and all the better for that; while the Mercury Pr