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
London trio The xx beat Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons and Paul Weller to the award.
The Massive Attack frontman elaborates on his recent comments to the NS.
Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack tells William Parry why he is boycotting Israel.
Alvin Ailey’s choreography and colour-blind casting merged classical with folk movement in a style t
A Stalin-era piece by Shostakovich towers over the rest.
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
A brave Prom fails to take Guy Dammann out of this world.
Alexandra Coghlan has a subtly spiritual experience at the Proms.
Today's lyricists are as inventive as their forebears -- despite DJ Taylor's concerns.
Rock and pop lyrics had their heyday in the wake of the Beatles, but the best songwriters have left
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.
It’s not the sort of thing you’re supposed to mention in cultured company, but some people can’t sta