Notes from a small island
By Alexandra Coghlan - 24 March 13:33

British audiences tend to be suspicious about “High Art”. Yet the winner of the New Statesman’s Musi

Tom Ravenscroft's music blog
By Tom Ravenscroft - 23 March 11:39

Listen here to the BBC 6 Music DJ's favourite new tracks, from Kenyan guitar pop to singer songwrite

The wow factor
By Jude Kelly - 11 March 12:37

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.

Suze Rotolo, 1943-2011
By Anna Winter - 02 March 12:46

Bob Dylan's muse and the memory of young love.

Reggae revisited
By Tim Burrows - 09 February 18:03

A tribute to the forgotten venues that helped shape black British culture.

Get folked
By Tom Ravenscroft - 03 February 11:03

Save yourself from pap pop with accordions and violins.

The sound of shyness
By Jude Rogers - 29 December 10:56

The xx, winners of the Mercury Prize 2010, have invented an urban sound at once intimate and familia

Captain Ska on "Liar Liar"
By Sophie Monks Kaufman - 16 December 12:16

An interview with the campaigning musician who hopes to be Christmas No. 1.

Listen to This
By Norman Lebrecht - 15 December 9:49

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

More than words can say
By Tom Ravenscroft - 15 December 9:42

A new generation of bands is doing away with lyrics

The 30th anniversary of John Lennon's shooting
By Yo Zushi - 08 December 18:24

How the Beatle is being remembered.

Knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing
By Ursula Donnelly - 24 November 13:52

The government seems hell-bent on destroying arts education in this country.

The sound of things to come
By Tim Burrows - 14 November 11:37

The future of music is debated at the TEDx conference in Suffolk.

Finishing the Hat
By Suzy Klein - 11 November 12:52

If the celebrations across the UK are anything to judge by, Stephen Sondheim's reputation as the giant of musical theatre is indisputable.

Deep south
By Michael Hodges - 04 November 15:38

Michael Hodges talks to the songwriter Paul Heaton about pop and politics

Generation X factor
By Yo Zushi - 21 October 18:41

Though often dismissed as slackers, the cohort that produced Elliott Smith, Pavement and Sonic Youth

Roll over, Berlin
By William Cook - 28 September 9:54

William Cook finds Germany in microcosm at Bonn’s Beethovenfest.

50 People Who Matter 2010 | 44. Lady Gaga
By Sophie Elmhirst - 27 September 14:28

Paparazzi darling.

Così fan tutte/Don Pasquale
By Laura Battle - 21 September 9:09

Jonathan Miller's operatic return falls a bit flat

The Art of Listening: Justin Bieber 800 per cent slower
By Daniel Trilling - 09 September 12:44

On the ambient potential of a teen pop star.

In praise of The xx
By Staff blogger - 09 September 8:15

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

The xx win Mercury Music Prize
By Oliver Cussen - 08 September 11:56

London trio The xx beat Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons and Paul Weller to the award.

More from Robert del Naja on the Israel boycott
By William Parry - 07 September 18:18

The Massive Attack frontman elaborates on his recent comments to the NS.

The silent treatment
By William Parry - 03 September 12:16

Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack tells William Parry why he is boycotting Israel.

Move on up
By Bonnie Greer - 30 August 11:13

Alvin Ailey’s choreography and colour-blind casting merged classical with folk movement in a style t

Toeing the line
By Laura Battle - 30 August 11:09

A Stalin-era piece by Shostakovich towers over the rest.

There’s nowt so queer as folk revivalists
By Will Self - 30 August 11:07

Broadstairs, the Isle of Thanet, a frowsty sort of an evening in early August, with shadows forming within shadows down the high street - a run of chip shops, chain stores and charity shops that steepens into a ski jump, which

One small step
By Guy Dammann - 23 August 8:54

A brave Prom fails to take Guy Dammann out of this world.