A Letter Home was recorded in a Voice-O-Graph booth in Jack White’s “novelties lounge”. With cover songs and lo-fi crackles, it is an object study in the pros and cons of retro audio porn.
BBC Young Musician is a biennial reminder that Britain has got more than just talent. What its young performers have is a craft.
The women of Dutch techno band ADAM have been a bit of a YouTube hit with their song Go to Go – which they try to sing while using vibrators.
Anti-gay petitions ahead of the contest suggested eastern countries would give winner Conchita Wurst nul points. But while their juries’ votes reflected this, public votes were encouragingly pro-Wurst.
Strikingly, Britain’s last victory was in 1997, the year of the electoral apotheosis of Tony Blair and the Irish peace talks that led to the Good Friday Agreement.
Arriving at the Donmar to see Privacy, you feel an anarchic thrill at the instruction to switch your phone on.
The Countess Russell drew up a petition to prevent Blackfriars Theatre from opening and to drive the dramatist and his wretched troupe from her turf.
Austria has incited anti-gay and transphobic rhetoric in Russia by entering Conchita Wurst into Eurovision. Can she do for drag what Dana International did for trans people?
Robert Webb and Mark Heap take their turn at portraying P G Wodehouse’s beloved toff and his omniscient butler.
Stuart Maconie recalls the “real” Frank Sidebottom.
Twenty years ago, it felt like John Niven and his fellow indie kids had won pop's cold war. But then the madness set in.
Live opera is as physical as art gets, though you would never know that from sitting in any major opera house.
“This is too good. Will the pleasure never end?” asks Kate Mossman as she witnesses the endothermic showman Justin Timberlake in concert in Sheffield.
Jude Rogers talks to the pop princess about gay best friends, life after breast cancer and why she spent New Year alone.
British theatre is part of an industry that produces highly skilled practitioners but doesn’t always know how to use them. Except stereotypically.
Two new shows from English National Opera and the Royal Opera House might sound completely different, but each finds the still small voice of human truth hidden underneath the excess.
The deadline for Arts Council applications has just passed, and the funding outlook is looking bleaker than ever.
Peter Gill’s epic, often brilliant but finally unsatisfactory three-hour play about the 1919 peace conference.
Kate Mossman meets the riot mom and wife of Josh Homme, whose sound is a unique brand of domestic hardcore.
A year after the Britten centenary, David Alden’s Peter Grimes presents us with a society and a community irretrievably damaged, while the English Touring Opera’s King Priam is a domestic drama, hamstrung by matters of scale.
Orwell’s dystopian vision is convincingly staged but Abi Morgan’s latest is like a visit to Room 101.
Musicians and pundits need to get over their obsessive, nostalgic hero-worship. In 2014, David Bowie is irrelevant.
The singer and guitarist Martin Simpson on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Pete Seeger's politics and why Mumford & Sons "bemuse" him.
History may be written by the victors but Holten gives literature’s greatest loser, condemned again and again to hellfire, the opportunity to tell his tale.
If music is the food of love, here's your buffet and recipe book. Sam Ritchie from Sam & the Womp and Jerry David DeCicca talk to Yo Zushi in an effort to pin down what makes a great Valentine's lyric.
A big production for a big theatre.
Her songs offer the sense of a technicolour future stripped of all but the most worthwhile woes. It's time she stopped the silly pep talks in between and just got on with being a pop star.
Many generations of Steven Isserlis's family have been involved in making music, transported and shaped by opportunities to play. A celebrated cellist himself, he describes how closely music is connected to a happy family life.
How would you react if you discovered your music was being used to aid interrogations?