Nige Tassell on the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a band of brothers with eyes on the people
When the music streaming service Last.fm was sold to CBS in 2007, its geekish founders became poster
The alt-rock veterans’ new album shows them to be curators rather than innovators
The legendary singer, who performs at this month's Meltdown, talks about the convictions that drive
A Somerset holiday park makes a weirdly enjoyable setting for an indie music festival, finds Dan Han
The story of Island is a Caribbean story, a minute fragment of a huge picture that sketches black life over centuries. C L R James, the historian, takes us back to the very beginning of Caribbean song.
Island Records, which turns 50 this year, helped shape the modern music business.
Rachel Aspden meets El Tanbura, an Egyptian group who are adapting folk traditions to the upheaval o
The Manic Street Preachers bassist on art and politics
Does anyone else find The Who’s Roger Daltrey unbelievably hot?
The classic electronic soundworlds of Stockhausen are revived and remixed by one of the late master'
A new exhibition of work by leading photographer Kevin Cummins celebrates the highly fertile late-Se
An ambitious survey of jazz in the 20th century is one dazzling image after another. But uprooted fr
When I was a schoolboy in the early 1950s, there was a new-music programme on Radio Cologne where they transmitted serial and electronic music, jazz – any compositions that were adventurous.
The plight of the Gurkhas, Obama's 100th day and Jarvis Cocker in our weekly round-up of the politic
With a whisky-and-gravel growl, the old sage is his usual self – only more so
The musician on Yves Klein, equal pay for women and censoring junk TV
The lack of innovation in pop music suggests that we are experiencing an energy crisis in culture at
. . . on teaching music, taxing drugs and taking on the right-wing bloggers
Venezuela’s thrilling youth ensemble proves to be far more than a novelty act
Handel, that powerhouse of Baroque music, has become a 21st-century superstar
Artists on politics
<em>The musician spells out her alternative career plans</em>
A N Wilson writes on how his conversion to atheism may have been similar to a road to Damascus experience but his return to faith has been slow and doubting.
Nearly 30 years on, the Gilbert and George of pop are still charmers
Pet Shop Boys
As the music business gradually comes to terms with the digital age, Billy Bragg argues that artists
The charismatic rapper born Rodney Smith is a Londonist par excellence. Dan Hancox enjoys Roots Manu
The Specials, “Ghost Town” (1981)