New Statesman
Pretending to be rich to get closer to the Beatles
By Nicholas Lezard - 26 September 11:39

If this is the price I have to pay to see rooms once frequented by Ringo Starr, then I'll pay it.

New Statesman
The Pet Shop Boys on texting Cameron and Russian homophobia
By Jude Rogers - 26 September 11:30

Part Gilbert and George, part Jeeves and Wooster, the group are apparently too old for radio.

New Statesman
Scottish independence: Aye, have a dream
By Cal Flyn - 26 September 10:34

The National Collective asked a country’s most creative minds to "imagine a better Scotland" – and now the idea is taking hold.

New Statesman
The Confessions of Gordon Brown
By Andrew Billen - 19 September 12:00

The Brown with whom I had slight journalistic dealings 20 years ago was kind. Turning him into a giant felled by demons (not all of them his own) adds grandeur to a short and undistinguished reign.

New Statesman
At last, a woman takes centre stage at the Proms
By Jason Cowley - 19 September 8:23

At the Royal Albert Hall on the Last Night, I resisted waving a flag yet easily forgave the excesses of those around me who were.

Children playing the violin.
Deal with it, parents: Violin lessons are pointless
By Mark Oppenheimer - 18 September 13:25

Parents who drag their children through music and dance lessons in order to give them skills for life, are wasting their time. Such lessons are pointless - but that needn't be a bad thing.

New Statesman
The One Direction film is scary to watch, but it makes a good point about teen sexuality
By Sarah Ditum - 18 September 11:52

If anyone needed proof that sex is something girls do rather than have done to them, it's this.

New Statesman
The sound of one hand clapping
By Alexandra Coghlan - 18 September 11:05

It's fitting, but frustrating, that the annual Gramophone Awards were announced quietly in a Hawksmoor church in North London.

New Statesman
Anna Calvi: Suddenly catapulted from relative unknown to one of the most well-respected musicians in the business
By Rob Pollard - 17 September 16:12

She's been compared to Edith Piaf, and her fan base includes Brian Eno and Nick Cave. The New Statesman talks politics, music and feminism with Anna Calvi.

Mickey Rooney playing a Japanese landlord in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
"Yellowface" is funny, according to a bevy of non-east Asians
By Anh Chu - 08 September 10:04

No matter the degree, racism hurts, regresses and divides, but it needn't conquer.

Marin Alsop: "Musicians as much as audiences need to get used to seeing women on the podium"
By Alexandra Coghlan - 07 September 12:46

Alexandra Coghlan talks to Marin Alsop, the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms.

Arctic Monkeys.
Sometimes I wonder how Alex Turner can make being young sound so boring - maybe that's the point
By Kate Mossman - 05 September 10:00

The Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM, has changed the sound but not the character of Britain's "Last True Indie Band".

Grimeborn and Tête à Tête: Is opera still alive and kicking?
By Alexandra Coghlan - 31 August 7:52

The facts are all in opera’s favour but that doesn’t solve its persistent image problem, writes Alexandra Coghlan.

Electronic music is dominating pop, bringing brilliant female artists with it
By Elliot Davies - 28 August 11:11

With Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Robyn, La Roux, M.I.A and Janelle Monae, we just see further examples of women excelling at electronic music – just like they always have.

Schloss Grafenegg, the sixteenth century castle which hosts the festival.
The Grafenegg Festival: A programme as eclectic as its quirky castle venue
By Alexandra Coghlan - 27 August 16:41

Alexandra Coghlan takes a trip to Austria to sample the delights of this year's Grafenegg Festival, curated by the pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.

Memo to Miley: twerking is not a feminist statement
By Rhiannon and Holly - 27 August 15:25

Freedom of choice for women is central to the idea of gender equality, but that doesn’t make every choice a woman makes inherently feminist.

Miley Cyrus at the VMAs: a six-minute guide to the prejudices of the entertainment industry
By Sarah Ditum - 26 August 13:25

From Miley grinding Robin Thicke to smacking her backing dancer's buttocks, the VMAs showed that, once again, white men run the show, black men play support, all the women get mostly naked, and black women get to hold up the bottom of the objectification

The Same Deep Water As Me.
The Same Deep Water As Me at the Donmar Warehouse: Deep waters that run shallow
By Andrew Billen - 22 August 15:40

Nick Payne's new play The Same Deep Water As Me fails to capture its audience's sympathies, writes Andrew Billen.

Bruce Dickinson.
The strange patriotism of Iron Maiden
By Kate Mossman - 22 August 12:30

Kate Mossman catches the heavy metal giants on their "Maiden England" tour, and is perplexed by their nationalist aesthetic.

Jazzie B.
Sounds Like London by Lloyd Bradley: An intensive, lovingly written account of 100 years of black music in the capital
By Bim Adewunmi - 22 August 9:10

A serious music journalist, Lloyd Bradley's history of black music in the nation's capital is captivating and well crafted, writes Bim Adewunmi.

Yael Farber: “I find it very deadening not to be engaging with things that are difficult or emotional”
By Hope Whitmore - 21 August 11:56

An interview with the director of <em>Nirbhaya</em>, a new play about the Delhi rape case that shocked the world.

I gave up on Mozza years ago - Morrissey: Live is proof that I was right to do it
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 August 15:42

As far as Morrissey concerts go, the one immortalised in his latest film Morrissey: Live isn't the best. It saddens me to say it, but my love affair with Mozza is well and truly over.

Ben Blow and Rowan Winter.
At the Edinburgh Fringe: Engels! The Karl Marx Story and The Confessions of Gordon Brown
By Stephen Brasher - 15 August 17:08

Karl Marx and Gordon Brown unravel on stage in two political gems at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

Fringe posters.
Edinburgh goes corporate: Is it time for a fringe of the Fringe?
By Matt Trueman - 15 August 10:10

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has swelled to an untameable 2,871 shows, most of them well-behaved and aspiring. Matt Trueman gives his pick of the shows brave enough to stick their heads above the parapet.

The Royal Albert Hall.
At the Proms: Stockhausen and Wagner
By Alexandra Coghlan - 15 August 9:20

Jeffrey Skidmore and Daniel Barenboim rise to the formidable challenge of staging Stockhausen and Wagner at The Proms.

Verbier's 20th anniversary: a festival of encounters and collisions
By Alexandra Coghlan - 14 August 12:47

The Swiss Verbier Festival does epic, polyphonous music well - but it's real gift is for intimate chamber recitals.

Sam Coomes of Quasi: "The internet has demystified the idea of being in a band"
By Yo Zushi - 12 August 11:35

The Quasi front man on two decades in indie rock, noise and the coming apocalypse.

Angelika Kauffman Hall.
Schubertiade: The hills are alive in Schwarzenberg
By Geoffrey Wheatcroft - 07 August 11:19

The annual Schubertiade festival is held annual to celebrate the music of Franz Schubert. This year there was plenty to enjoy, but also cause to be concerned about the future.