Horns of plenty
By Nige Tassell - 25 June 11:37

Nige Tassell on the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a band of brothers with eyes on the people

The way I see it
By Staff blogger - 25 June 11:37

Regina Spektor, musician

The celestial jukebox
By Sophie Elmhirst - 18 June 12:04

When the music streaming service Last.fm was sold to CBS in 2007, its geekish founders became poster

Sonic Youth: The Eternal (Matador)­
By Daniel Trilling - 18 June 10:53

The alt-rock veterans’ new album shows them to be curators rather than innovators

Exclusive: Patti Smith interview
By Amy Raphael - 11 June 13:12

The legendary singer, who performs at this month's Meltdown, talks about the convictions that drive

Morning, campers
By Dan Hancox - 11 June 13:12

A Somerset holiday park makes a weirdly enjoyable setting for an indie music festival, finds Dan Han

Island and the rise of black Britain
By Darcus Howe - 11 June 13:12

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.

A label of love
By Vivien Goldman - 11 June 13:12

Island Records, which turns 50 this year, helped shape the modern music business.

Like scaling Everest
By Rosie Millard - 04 June 18:48


Philosophical party music
By Rachel Aspden - 04 June 18:48

Rachel Aspden meets El Tanbura, an Egyptian group who are adapting folk traditions to the upheaval o

Nicky Wire: The way I see it
By Staff blogger - 28 May 14:10

The Manic Street Preachers bassist on art and politics

He sure pumps a mean C major
By Antonia Quirke - 21 May 12:37

Does anyone else find The Who’s Roger Daltrey unbelievably hot?

The sorcerer's apprentice
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 21 May 12:37

The classic electronic soundworlds of Stockhausen are revived and remixed by one of the late master'

From Berlin to Bootle
By Kevin Sampson - 14 May 11:02

A new exhibition of work by leading photographer Kevin Cummins celebrates the highly fertile late-Se

Can you dig it?
By Sholto Byrnes - 07 May 12:22

An ambitious survey of jazz in the 20th century is one dazzling image after another. But uprooted fr

Perspectives: Holger Czukay, musician, on Karlheinz Stockhausen
By Staff blogger - 07 May 12:22

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.

Ghurkas and more
By Paul Evans - 01 May 17:16

The plight of the Gurkhas, Obama's 100th day and Jarvis Cocker in our weekly round-up of the politic

In for the long haul
By Alice O'Keeffe - 30 April 13:21

With a whisky-and-gravel growl, the old sage is his usual self – only more so

Kim Gordon: The way I see it
By Staff blogger - 30 April 13:21

The musician on Yves Klein, equal pay for women and censoring junk TV

Running on empty
By Mark Fisher - 30 April 13:21

The lack of innovation in pop music suggests that we are experiencing an energy crisis in culture at

Limping along on the left
By Peter Wilby - 23 April 13:45

. . . on teaching music, taxing drugs and taking on the right-wing bloggers

The age of Enlightenment
By Rick Jones - 23 April 13:45

Venezuela’s thrilling youth ensemble proves to be far more than a novelty act

Divine artifice
By Jonathan Keates - 09 April 10:18

Handel, that powerhouse of Baroque music, has become a 21st-century superstar

V V Brown: The way I see it
By Staff blogger - 02 April 12:47

Artists on politics
<em>The musician spells out her alternative career plans</em>

A N Wilson: Why I believe again
By A N Wilson - 02 April 12:47

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.

Affirmative action
By Jude Rogers - 26 March 10:11

Nearly 30 years on, the Gilbert and George of pop are still charmers

Pet Shop Boys

Yes (Parlop

Giving artists a voice
By Billy Bragg - 13 March 12:29

As the music business gradually comes to terms with the digital age, Billy Bragg argues that artists

A music-hall star for the 21st century
By Dan Hancox - 26 February 16:23

The charismatic rapper born Rodney Smith is a Londonist par excellence. Dan Hancox enjoys Roots Manu

Maggie’s playlist: the soundtrack to a decade of dissent
By Daniel Trilling - 26 February 16:23

The Specials, “Ghost Town” (1981)

Voice of the people
By Rachel Aspden - 19 February 12:02

Baaba Maal believes that African music can be a political force - a means to empower citizens, educa