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.

Igor to please
By Alexandra Coghlan - 13 August 9:23

Alexandra Coghlan has a subtly spiritual experience at the Proms.

Poets of pop: a reply
By Jude Rogers - 09 August 9:19

Today's lyricists are as inventive as their forebears -- despite DJ Taylor's concerns.

Paperback writers and rock’n’roll poets
By DJ Taylor - 09 August 9:19

Rock and pop lyrics had their heyday in the wake of the Beatles, but the best songwriters have left

Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music
By Toby Litt - 02 August 8:59

There exists a parallel universe in which I am happily giving Electric Eden an absolute rave. This, I say, is a perfectly timed, perfectly pitched alternative history of English folk music.

Edinburgh preview
By Staff blogger - 29 July 8:13

Our critics’ picks of the festival.

The sweet sound of piddling on flannel
By David Flusfeder - 26 July 8:54

It’s not the sort of thing you’re supposed to mention in cultured company, but some people can’t sta

A government of philistines
By Sholto Byrnes - 24 July 10:18

Cutting the arts is the last thing the coalition should be doing.