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.
The most fun to be had this year was in the hyperactive presence of the Brazilian sextet
2006 saw the passing of some extremely fine musicians
The Tory leader should stop trying to be trendy, those pop queens Girls Aloud tell Sophie Heawood
Carmen's feminine power entices audiences from Covent Garden to Cape Town
<strong>The Best of Smash Hits</strong>
Edited by Mark Frith <em>Little, Brown, 193pp, £14.99</em>
At the beginning of 2006, the prospects looked bleak for strong, idiosyncratic female pop acts. Jude
Gilbert and Sullivan blew a raspberry at Victorian society's prized institutions
Kill Rock Stars
<strong>Electric Griot Land</strong>
A new wave of young musicians is pushing the boundaries of the genre
We love contemporary art and literature. So why does music have such an image problem?
America's harsh copyright laws are ridiculed by an exhibition of illegal art
John Lennon was never a political animal - so a new film claiming that he brought down governments a
The music schedules are a swamp of cheesy easy listening
<strong>Number One in Heaven: the heroes who died for rock 'n' roll</strong>
Jeremy Simmonds <em>P
What do the tunes of Eminem, Aerosmith, Tupac Shakur and Meat Loaf have in common?
Answer: they h
The Pet Shop Boys have proved that intelligence can go hand in hand with mass appeal. Lynsey Hanley
<strong>Matilde di Shabran; La Fille du régiment</strong>
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<strong>Back to Black</strong>
Amy Winehouse <em>Island</em>
Unlike the Sex Pistols, Crass never sold out - and their influence is still visible today
Steve Reich is the musical visionary whose repetitive, morphing sound gave birth to techno. But his
The trick the music industry has pulled off is to make teenagers crave the smell and feel of vinyl.
I start dreaming of a cabinet to serve Gordon Brown: Diane Abbott, Martin Amis, Damon Albarn, Harold
Scrounging music industry executives will soon be a thing of the past