My life as a sock puppet
By Bryan Appleyard - 26 February 12:00

I have become the sort of person who sits in Earls Court watching pop bands warm up and eating steak

Too hot to Handel
By Peter Conrad - 26 February 12:00

The composer's operas delight in the the crazy, capricious side of human nature

Rock 'n' roll swindle
By Daniel Trilling - 19 February 12:00

<strong>Babylon's Burning: from punk to grunge</strong>

Clinton Heylin <em>Viking, 704pp, £20</em>

Big truths, small lies
By Christopher Bray - 19 February 12:00

<strong>Tony Visconti, the autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn boy </strong>
Tony Visconti

Clash culture
By Patrick Sawer - 12 February 12:00

In a new film, artists from Bono to Damien Hirst pay tribute to Joe Strummer, the punk icon. By <em>

Are we good - or a freaking shambolic dirge?
By Gary Lightbody - 12 February 12:00

The rest of the band were smartly dressed for our meeting with Peter Hain. But I looked like a vagra

Public enemies
By Becky Hogge - 05 February 12:00

Music industry greed is stifling the technology that drives hip-hop

Two-man army
By Alice O'Keeffe - 05 February 11:37

Massive Attack transformed British music in the 1990s - and now they are fundraising for Palestine.

Rack attack
By Sarah Birke - 29 January 12:00

Observations on hip-hop

Doing it for the kids
By Jude Rogers - 29 January 12:00

Some of Britain's most credible indie bands have made children's albums. Jude Rogers finds out why

Sounds from another world
By Jude Rogers - 22 January 12:00

<strong>Wincing the Night Away</strong>

The Shins <em>Transgressive/Sub Pop</em>

That naughty "f" word
By Daniel Trilling - 08 January 12:00

These days "contemporary acoustic music" is all the rage - just don't call it folk

Divas and drama
By Peter Conrad - 18 December 12:00

Monteverdi invented music drama, and in Combattimento (Virgin) Emmanuelle Haïm, as conductor, daringly invites Rolando Villazón, the most fiercely histrionic of today's tenors, to experiment with songs that are often over-chastely declaimed.

A winter wonderland
By Daniel Trilling - 18 December 12:00

Karen Dalton comes from the Greenwich Village folk scene that also produced Bob Dylan, but her music lay almost entirely forgotten until her album It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best (EMI/Megaphone Music) was reissued this year.

Brazil nutters
By David Smyth - 18 December 12:00

The most fun to be had this year was in the hyperactive presence of the Brazilian sextet

Death and the maiden
By Mark Espiner - 18 December 12:00

2006 saw the passing of some extremely fine musicians

Get lost, Cameron
By Sophie Heawood - 18 December 12:00

The Tory leader should stop trying to be trendy, those pop queens Girls Aloud tell Sophie Heawood

Year of the woman
By Jude Rogers - 11 December 12:00

At the beginning of 2006, the prospects looked bleak for strong, idiosyncratic female pop acts. Jude

A mythic creature
By Peter Conrad - 11 December 12:00

Carmen's feminine power entices audiences from Covent Garden to Cape Town

Plastic fantastic
By Lynsey Hanley - 11 December 12:00

<strong>The Best of Smash Hits</strong>

Edited by Mark Frith <em>Little, Brown, 193pp, £14.99</em>

Striking the wrong note
By David Arnold - 27 November 12:00

Observations on copyright

Topsy-turvy world
By Peter Conrad - 20 November 12:00

Gilbert and Sullivan blew a raspberry at Victorian society's prized institutions

The price of success
By David Smyth - 13 November 12:00

<strong>9</strong>

Damien Rice

Heffa/14th Floor

Rock on the dance floor
By Daniel Trilling - 13 November 12:00

<strong>Nightlife</strong>

Erase Errata

Kill Rock Stars

African haze
By Mark Espiner - 13 November 12:00

<strong>Electric Griot Land</strong>

Ba Cissoko

Totolo 001

New jazz generation
By Sholto Byrnes - 13 November 12:00

A new wave of young musicians is pushing the boundaries of the genre

Torture by music
By Clive Stafford Smith - 06 November 12:00

What do the tunes of Eminem, Aerosmith, Tupac Shakur and Meat Loaf have in common?

Answer: they h

The shock of the new
By Roger Wright - 06 November 12:00

We love contemporary art and literature. So why does music have such an image problem?

Stealing beauty
By James Clasper - 06 November 12:00

America's harsh copyright laws are ridiculed by an exhibition of illegal art

Revolution in the head
By Hunter Davies - 06 November 12:00

John Lennon was never a political animal - so a new film claiming that he brought down governments a

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