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Fetty Wap review – trap king kills the atmosphere and buries the hooks
Monday, 12:48 30 May 2016
Hammersmith Apollo, LondonThe New Jersey rapper appears to be winging it in a badly thought-out show full of identikit trap and overpowering bassIn the moments leading up to Fetty Wap’s entrance, it ..
The Egyptian Lover: 'I only started singing so people would know the track names'
Monday, 14:27 30 May 2016
The electro producer also known as Greg Broussard recalls the studio techniques and diverse influences that made his records club hits in the 80s, and explains why the sound will never dieGreg Broussa ..
Skrillex and Justin Bieber on Sorry copyright claims: 'We didn't steal this'
Monday, 12:48 30 May 2016
Producer of Bieber’s No1 denies using loop from Casey Dienel’s song Ring the BellSkrillex has responded to a lawsuit filed by the artist Casey Dienel which claims he and Justin Bieber stole a loop ..
Emmy the Great: 'It’s time to retire English as pop’s lingua franca'
Monday, 11:00 30 May 2016
The Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter Emmy the Great asks why more and more musicians, from Gwenno Saunders to Maria Usbeck, are turning to their first languages for their lyricsIn May this year I rele ..
Beth Orton: ‘I’ve set free another part of me’
Sunday, 09:30 29 May 2016
Beth Orton’s latest album is a joyously abandoned swirl of words and sounds. She talks about living in the US, being a motherless mother and letting her music ‘hang out a bit’Imeet Beth Orton fo ..
Facing the music: Conductor François-Xavier Roth
Monday, 08:00 30 May 2016
From Boulez to Baker, plus Mahler, Benjamin and... Sting: the conductor on the music that shapes his life on and off the concert platform.How do you mostly listen to music?On my iPhone. Continue readi ..
Radiohead review - no surprises but an intriguing, triumphant finale
Sunday, 10:59 29 May 2016
Roundhouse LondonThe final night of the band’s residency has few shock moments, but makes up for it in intimacy and Thom Yorke’s effusive stage presence After three dates, and an almighty kerfuffl ..
Snoop Dogg lambasts Roots remake: 'I can't watch it'
Monday, 22:15 30 May 2016
Rapper says he is sick of films and TV shows that depict historical racial abuse against African Americans when they are still ‘taking the same abuse’The remake of Roots has gained widespread crit ..
Phil Ryan obituary
Monday, 18:53 30 May 2016
My friend Phil Ryan, who has died aged 69, was an incredible musician. He played keyboards, both live and in the studio, with the bands the Eyes of Blue and Man, although his tremendous abilities as c ..
BBC Concert Orchestra/Yates review – a potpourri of premieres and folk tunes
Monday, 16:17 30 May 2016
Dorchester Abbey David Matthews’ Norfolk March excelled but Vaughan Williams’ Fat Knight needed trimming in the opening concert of the English Music festivalAlongside the obligatory singing of Par ..
Symphony to a Lost Generation review – war epic should keep calm and carry on
Monday, 14:25 30 May 2016
LSO St Luke’s, LondonAdam Donen’s music scrabbles around trying to illustrate holographic images, like a hapless cinema pianist accompanying a silent movie There’s no doubting Adam Donen’s sen ..
Rhys Chatham explains stylistic turn in hypnotic Pythagorean Dream
Sunday, 21:25 29 May 2016
Amid North American concert dates, composer reflects on large-ensemble guitar opuses, influences and how new album fits into his overall catalogComposer Rhys Chatham made his name by mixing minimalist ..
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s playlist: Ylvis, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Manson
Friday, 17:07 27 May 2016
The princess of Kawaii Harajuku culture and global pop star picks a novelty dance track, a Jackson classic and something from the gothic vaults Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)I recently fou ..
New band of the week: Bad Wave (No 105)
Friday, 18:22 27 May 2016
Meet the west coast duo specialising in killer melodies and songs about serial killers, bringing sumptuous sad synths to bubbly indiepopHometown: Los Angeles.The lineup: Tucker Tota and Patrick Hart. ..
Readers recommend: share songs with extraordinary vocals
Thursday, 21:00 26 May 2016
Our reader suggests Janis Joplin or Freddie Mercury as jumping off points: make your suggestion in the comments and they’ll pick a playlist next weekThis week we want your musical recommendations wi ..
Readers recommend playlist: songs about ships and boats
Thursday, 13:00 26 May 2016
Reader Scott Blair picks from your nautical suggestions this week, with Queen, Lulu, Seth Lakeman and – naturally – Bryan Ferry all setting sailBelow is this week’s playlist – the theme interp ..
Elton John: 10 of the best
Wednesday, 13:17 25 May 2016
From the gentle whimsy of Your Song to the R&B of Bennie and the Jets, Elton John was at his world-conquering best in the 1970s and 80sSir Elton Hercules John might be considered a balladeer, but ..
Shaun Ryder's playlist: Black Grape, Echo and the Bunnymen, Cast and more
Tuesday, 18:52 24 May 2016
Black Grape play the Shiiine On Weekender festival at Butlin’s in Minehead in November. Here, the inimitable frontman picks his favourite acts from the bill Big Day in the North is one of my favouri ..
Bob Dylan's new album – as performed by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and more
Wednesday, 16:18 18 May 2016
Bob Dylan’s new album, Fallen Angels, brings together 12 mid-20th century standards. We’ve compiled a playlist of the finest versionsWriters: Johnny Richards (music) and Carolyn Leigh (lyrics) Con ..
Mercury Rev – 10 of the best
Wednesday, 15:02 18 May 2016
Over 25 years, the US greats have ploughed a wayward furrow through grunge, funk, doo-wop and electronica. Here are some of their finest tracksMercury Rev are a rarity in indie rock: a band who have c ..
Kristin Kontrol's playlist: Nick Drake, Siouxsie and the Banshees and more
Monday, 15:10 23 May 2016
Kristin Kontrol, also known as Dee Dee from the Dum Dum Girls, picks a themed playlist of sadder-than-the-album-versions The first Nick Drake song that was precious to me, and here it is in its infant ..
Will Butler's live track playlist: Sam Cooke, Prince, Violent Femmes and more
Thursday, 11:56 19 May 2016
In support of his new live album, the Arcade Fire member picks a selection of songs performed in front of a live audience, including hypnotic Motown, Prince’s epoch and his grandfather on steel guit ..
Super Furry Animals – Bing Bong video premiere
Friday, 12:00 13 May 2016
Watch the video for the first Super Furry Animals single since 2009. Bing Bong is a ‘communal disco anthem’, sung in Welsh and described by the band as a ‘lunar howl’. The band adds: ‘Bing B ..
Declan McKenna – the story behind Paracetamol
Wednesday, 13:10 11 May 2016
The young musician tells of how the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen from Ohio, spurred a flurry of songwriting he hopes will encourage people to careI’m 17 now. I wrote Paracetamol betwee ..
Pet Shop Boys' new video proves they're the ultimate singles band
Tuesday, 12:19 10 May 2016
We’re premiering the video for Pet Shop Boys’ new single Twenty-something. Why should you care? Because they’re the masters of the one-track masterpieceCall a group a “singles band” still an ..
Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite's playlist: Sheer Mag, Mdou Moctar and more
Monday, 12:00 09 May 2016
Ahead of the release of his album with Minor Victories – an indie supergroup formed with Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell and Editors’ Justin Lockey –Stuart Braithwaite selects some soulful piano and ..
Motörhead's Bomber – watch an exclusive track from Lemmy's last tour
Friday, 18:00 29 April 2016
See exclusive footage of the metal group performing live at the Zenith in Munich – their last recorded gig – from upcoming release Clean Your ClockUp until his death in December 2015, Lemmy Kilmis ..
Bobby Friction's playlist: Kanika Kapoor, Raxstar, Jaz Dhami, Divine and Badshah
Wednesday, 13:50 27 April 2016
Ahead of the first BBC Asian Network Live event, the DJ selects his favourite current tracks, including Bollywood bangers and the best of British Asian rapThis is by far my favourite Kanika Kapoor son ..
ABC's new video for Viva Love: return of the band who dreamed in Technicolor
Wednesday, 13:00 27 April 2016
Three decades after The Lexicon of Love, ABC are releasing a sequel album. Alongside our premiere of Julien Temple’s video, one fan explains their greatnessWhy does the return of ABC matter? Why wou ..
Yung Lean's playlist: Future, Arthur Russell, Hawthorne Heights and more
Monday, 16:32 18 April 2016
The Stockholm hip-hop act picks songs for cigarette breaks, Atlanta rap, an avante garde experimenter and some Ohio emoThis is a great song from an Atlanta rapper called 21 Savage. I’ve been listeni ..
Michael Eavis urges Glastonbury fans to use their vote on Europe
Saturday, 21:35 28 May 2016
Glastonbury clashes with the referendum, but festival founder has plans to ensure visitors don’t miss out – and wants young people to vote to remain in EUMichael Eavis, the Somerset farmer who run ..
Justin Bieber and Skrillex sued over vocal loops on Sorry
Friday, 11:56 27 May 2016
Casey Dienel, who records under the name White Hinterland, claims her riff was sampled without permission for the pair’s hit singleJustin Bieber and Skrillex are being sued by the indie artist Casey ..
Gucci Mane released early from Indiana prison
Friday, 11:40 27 May 2016
Rapper is released months early after serving sentences for aggravated assault and possession of a firearmGucci Mane has been released early from prison after serving a federal firearms sentence. The ..
Plans for Vladimir Putin and Elton John to meet are shelved – for now
Thursday, 12:49 26 May 2016
Kremlin says Russian president will not meet singer this month because men’s schedules do not match, but future meeting is possibleVladimir Putin will not meet Elton John when the singer visits Russ ..
One person killed and three wounded in shooting at rapper TI's New York show
Thursday, 09:49 26 May 2016
Reports suggest an argument backstage escalated into a fatal shooting at the hip-hop star’s Irving Plaza concert One person was killed and three others wounded in a shooting inside a concert venue i ..
Wish You Were Here: Royal Mail stamps honour 50 years of Pink Floyd
Thursday, 00:58 26 May 2016
Stamps mark half-century since group turned professional, with albums and live performances represented A new set of stamps is being issued to honour Pink Floyd, featuring some of the band’s best kn ..
Neil Young permits Trump to Keep on Rockin'
Wednesday, 10:07 25 May 2016
Young excuses Donald Trump’s use of Rockin’ in the Free World on campaign trail, saying: ‘Once the music goes out, everybody can use it’Neil Young – a confessed Bernie Sanders supporter – ..
Glastonbury festival fined over sewage leak
Tuesday, 18:13 24 May 2016
Judge finds festival had low culpability for incident in 2014 that led to death of 42 fish in Whitelake river and is ‘impressed’ with its response to incidentGlastonbury festival has been ordered ..
Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie diagnosed with terminal brain cancer
Tuesday, 17:33 24 May 2016
One of Canada’s biggest rock stars, whose band has released nine No 1 albums in the country, plans tour for the summer: ‘This feels like the right thing to do’Gord Downie, the frontman for the T ..
will.i.am review – pop as product launch
Sunday, 10:00 15 May 2016
Royal Albert Hall, LondonThe voice of the rapper’s new wearable tech device proves more engaging than his largely witless songsRoughly halfway through this free set at London’s Royal Albert Hall, ..
Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci review – a WNO pairing with guts and punch
Sunday, 13:45 29 May 2016
Millennium Centre, CardiffThemes of love and betrayal find fresh emotional force in the Welsh National Opera’s 70th-anniversary revivalThis revival is an exercise in unalloyed nostalgia for Welsh Na ..
Oedipe; 4.48 Psychosis; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Il barbiere di Siviglia – review
Sunday, 09:30 29 May 2016
Royal Opera House; Lyric Hammersmith, London; Glyndebourne, East SussexA superb cast ignites Enescu’s neglected 1936 epic in its UK premiere. And Philip Venables makes Sarah Kane’s final work sing ..
Bruce Springsteen review – 32 songs performed lustily
Sunday, 09:00 29 May 2016
Etihad Stadium, ManchesterThe Boss plays both troubled soul and rabble-rousing bard in a three-hour-long show steeped in bonhomieBruce Springsteen has his eyes screwed shut. His fists, bound in w ..
Philharmonia/Salonen review – rare Stravinsky from Russia with love
Friday, 14:33 27 May 2016
Royal Festival Hall, LondonThe semi-staged renderings of Renard and Mavra were compelling, but Les Noces could have been presented more clearly Stravinsky left Russia in 1914, on the eve of the first ..
Radiohead review – Yorke and co hit new heights on a night of muscular mayhem
Friday, 11:04 27 May 2016
Roundhouse, LondonJoy radiates from the stage as the band blast out 90s anthems and Moon-shaped material – while dancing, joking and working the crowd into a frenzyA sense of anticipation hangs arou ..
Liss review - the sound of school discos and adolescent heartbreak
Thursday, 13:39 26 May 2016
Moth Club, London Combining experimental guitar pop with boyband sincerity, the Danish four-piece want to take you out on to a teen-filled dancefloorMaybe it’s the venue’s gold shimmer curtain or ..
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band review – the magic and madness go on
Thursday, 12:17 26 May 2016
Etihad Stadium, ManchesterThe Boss rocked a floodlit stadium with the energy of a young man but a voice full of dirt, guts, experience and soul On an unseasonably damp night in Manchester, in a soulle ..
Catfish and the Bottlemen: The Ride review – no messing
Sunday, 10:00 29 May 2016
(Island)Much like fiction boils down to a few archetypal stories framed by genre strictures, rock albums have recurrent motifs. The Ride, Catfish and the Bottlemen’s second album, finds this foursom ..
Catfish and the Bottlemen: The Ride review – crushingly prosaic indie rock
Thursday, 16:00 26 May 2016
Aiming themselves squarely at the lowest common denominator, Van McCann and co make meat-and-potatoes music for festival crowds to punch the air toDuring a recent interview with Catfish and the Bottle ..
Mozart: Piano Trios KV 502, 542 & 564 CD review – agility and intimacy
Sunday, 09:15 29 May 2016
Rautio Piano Trio(Resonus)The Rautio Piano Trio, which specialises in period performance, was established at the Royal Academy of Music and at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove in ..
Beth Orton: Kidsticks review – sunny side up with a shard of ice
Sunday, 09:00 29 May 2016
(Anti)Twenty years ago, Beth Orton’s breakthrough Trailer Park correctgently dripped tasteful electronics over folky confessionals. Her latest collection, created in California, dives fearlessly int ..
Michel Petrucciani: Both Worlds Live review – astounding virtuosity
Sunday, 09:00 29 May 2016
(Dreyfus)Michel Petrucciani was born with the gifts of a child prodigy and the curse of a disabling condition which restricted his growth and made playing the piano physically painful. His professiona ..
Leyla McCalla: A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey review – a delight
Sunday, 09:00 29 May 2016
(Jazz Village)Very few singers have the qualities that 30-year-old Leyla McCalla brings to this, her second solo album. The former Carolina Chocolate Drop has an unmannered style and a melodic voice t ..
Olga Bell: Tempo review – spry melodies and restless rhythms
Sunday, 09:00 29 May 2016
(One Little Indian)It’s the spry unpredictability of Olga Bell’s vocal melodies and the restlessness of her rhythms that put her a cut above your average avant-garde producer. A former child class ..
JS Bach: Clavier-Übung III CD review – Bach on a suitably baroque organ
Sunday, 09:00 29 May 2016
James Johnstone (organ)(Metronome) (2 CDs)At the beginning of an ambitious series to match Bach’s great organ works to original instruments of his time, this first instalment strikes lucky with an i ..
Clare Maguire: Stranger Things Have Happened review – appealing retro set
Sunday, 09:00 29 May 2016
(Virgin)Those with good memories might remember Clare Maguire from the new artist tipping season circa 2010-11, where the lungy Birmingham singer was marketed as a cut-price Florence Welch. Epic fail: ..
Flume: Skin review – guest-heavy dance with broad horizons
Sunday, 08:59 29 May 2016
(Transgressive)“Oh, great! Just what the world has been waiting for,” runs the cynical first response to this collaboration-heavy Australian dance package, “Disclosure from Down Under”. But wh ..
Gallant: Ology review – a vision of the future of R&B
Thursday, 23:20 26 May 2016
(Mind of a Genius)In a post-Frank Ocean world in which his new album seems stuck in musical purgatory, fans of contemporary R&B have plenty of other options. Ty Dolla $ign offers a rugged masculin ..
Wilko Johnson webchat – post your questions now
Thursday, 11:00 26 May 2016
The Dr Feelgood frontman has written his autobiography, and will join us to answer your questions in a live webchat from 12.30pm BST on Tuesday 31 May – post them in the comments below 3.27pm BST As ..
Bob Dylan unseen: Daniel Kramer discusses rare images from the 1960s
Wednesday, 17:23 25 May 2016
Capturing classic album sleeves and private moments on 35mm, Kramer spent a breathless 12 months with the musician, who turned 75 yesterdayDaniel Kramer picked a good time to pester Bob Dylan about se ..
Evvol's Julie Chance: 'As a closeted lesbian in Dublin, life wasn't easy. Then I found heroin'
Tuesday, 11:00 24 May 2016
As the dark wave duo prepare their new EP, their founder explains her journey from heroin addiction to touring with her musical heroLet me tell you about the moment I arrived on planet earth, the mome ..
Kevin Rowland webchat – your questions answered on Dexys, darts and pink suits
Tuesday, 14:09 24 May 2016
Did he really crash the 1966 World Cup? How’s his lindy hop? And what does he think of his fashion critics? The Dexys frontman answered your questions 1.09pm BST Thanks so much to Kevin for answerin ..
'I jumped around, banged on my keyboard and yelled Go': Moby on his first Top Of The Pops
Saturday, 13:00 21 May 2016
In an extract from his new memoir, the musician and DJ recalls his first visit to London: dowdy B&Bs, deserted streets and performing with his heroesRead Moby’s revealing interview with Miranda ..
'Guy Clark's songs were like Peckinpah movies – that powerful'
Tuesday, 21:23 17 May 2016
Friends and peers pay tribute to the late country star whose songs, which brought a literary gravitas to the genre, were covered by the best in the businessGuy Clark, a songwriter who elevated America ..
How to manage mental health: the music industry's new priority
Tuesday, 15:00 17 May 2016
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week has placed a special focus on relationships. Here Fiona McGugan, general manager of the Music Manager’s Forum, reports on the increasingly vital role of th ..
Great Escape: journey across genres at the Guardian's stage
Tuesday, 12:15 17 May 2016
If you’re heading to Brighton for the Great Escape this weekend, don’t miss our hand-picked lineup at the Sallis Benney theatre on Friday nightPlease don’t let the Sallis Benney theatre be empty ..
It's still alive! Prometheus, inspiring art for three millennia
Friday, 10:32 27 May 2016
From Beethoven to Ex Machina, Mary Shelley to Schubert, the 2,800-year-old myth has amazing longevity. The Aurora Orchestra celebrate its music in a concert this weekendFor the concert programmer, the ..
Billboard music awards: Rihanna, Madonna, Kesha and what we learned
Monday, 13:35 23 May 2016
Madonna ruffled feathers with her Prince tribute, Rihanna blew away the cobwebs, and the Weeknd swept the board, winning eight awards – but Ariana Grande stole the show Related: Billboard music awar ..
Billboard music awards 2016: Madonna performs Prince tribute – as it happened
Monday, 05:05 23 May 2016
Madonna and Stevie Wonder paid homage to Prince, while the Weeknd took home a clutch of awards and Ariana Grande impressed on stage See the full list of winners 4.05am BST Madonna starts with an intro ..
Chris Martin: Coldplay singer, philanthropist … and comedian?
Thursday, 16:43 19 May 2016
The global superstar might be playing Glastonbury this year but his penchant for making comedic cameos of varying success has been overlooked – until nowColdplay’s Chris Martin has been called man ..
Watch Aida Garifullina perform the Bell Song, from Florence Foster Jenkins
Tuesday, 15:31 17 May 2016
Florence Foster Jenkins features a tantalising glimpse of the Russian soprano performing the Bell Song from Delibes’s opera Lakmé. Watch the full aria hereRussian soprano Aida Garifullina makes a c ..
Never before seen footage of the Beatles backstage in 1965 – video
Tuesday, 04:19 26 April 2016
The footage, shot by an Australian woman, shows the Beatles getting their make-up done for the special The Music of Lennon & McCartney in November 1965. Australian dancer and make-up artist Dawn S ..
Prince remembered by fans across America – video
Friday, 11:47 22 April 2016
After the death of Prince aged 57 on Thursday, fans in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and the artist’s home city of Minneapolis pay tribute in streets and music venues. Landmarks arou ..
Eagles of Death Metal return to Paris for first time since Bataclan – video
Wednesday, 09:34 17 February 2016
Eagles of Death Metal play live in Paris on Tuesday for first time since their gig at the Bataclan was the scene of a massacre in November’s terrorist attacks. Frontman Jesse Hughes is visibly emoti ..
Lady Gaga nails The Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl 50 – video
Monday, 05:37 08 February 2016
Lady Gaga wows the crowd at Levi’s Stadium with her performance of the US national anthem before Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Dressed in a sparkling red custom ..
Adele says Donald Trump does not have permission to use her music – video
Tuesday, 02:58 02 February 2016
Adele has objected after frontrunning Republican candidate Donald Trump was introduced in Iowa by Sarah Palin with Adele’s Rolling in the Deep playing in the background. Adele’s spokesman issued a ..
David Bowie fans pay tribute at Ziggy Stardust album cover location – video
Monday, 15:31 11 January 2016
Fans lay flowers and leave messages for David Bowie at Heddon Street in Mayfair, central London, where the photo was taken for Bowie’s 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders ..
Squeeze rework lyrics to criticise Cameron during Marr Show performance – video
Sunday, 15:41 10 January 2016
The band Squeeze appear to sing protest lyrics against David Cameron live on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. The band performs the title song from their new album, From the Cradle to the Grave, at the ..
Neil Young: Donald Trump can use Rockin’ in the Free World – video
Wednesday, 14:48 25 May 2016
Canadian Neil Young – a Bernie Sanders supporter – says Donald Trump is able to use his song Rockin’ in the Free World on the campaign trail. In an interview with Reuters ahead of his new album ..
Paul McCartney: Beatles’ breakup sent me into depression – video
Tuesday, 19:16 24 May 2016
Speaking at a recording of Mastertapes for Radio 4, Paul McCartney reveals he fell into depression after the Beatles broke up in 1970. McCartney describes taking up heavy drinking and questioning his ..
Madonna and Stevie Wonder pay tribute to Prince at Billboard Music Awards – video
Monday, 10:32 23 May 2016
Madonna and Stevie Wonder pay tribute to Prince at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Madonna sits on a purple velvet throne and sings Nothing Compares 2 U, which Prince wrote and Sinead ..
Iggy Pop: Everyone should just drop drugs – video
Thursday, 21:02 19 May 2016
Rock star Iggy Pop, famous for his records with Iggy and the Stooges, speaks to the press while at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. Iggy sat with director and friend Jim Jar Jarmusch to talk abou ..
AC/DC perform Shoot to Thrill with new frontman Axl Rose – video
Sunday, 05:18 08 May 2016
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose made his debut with AC/DC at a concert in Lisbon on Saturday, standing in for lead singer Brian Johnson on the veteran Australian rock band’s world tour. AC/DC had ..
Trailer for Beyoncé's Lemonade album – video
Friday, 09:01 29 April 2016
Beyoncé releases her sixth studio album, Lemonade, with a trailer showcasing a 60-minute film of the same name on 23 April and which premiered on HBO. Described as a visual album, Lemonade features m ..
Beyoncé kicks off Formation tour in Miami – video
Thursday, 11:29 28 April 2016
Beyoncé performs on the opening night of her Formation World Tour on Wednesday in Miami. In these clips she performs Hold Up and Daddy Lessons. It is her first concert since releasing the album Lemon ..
The man who made Prince’s last guitar – video
Tuesday, 10:09 26 April 2016
Prince’s last guitar was made by Simon Farmer, AKA Gus of Gus Guitars. He hand-made the custom Purple Special nine years ago, but only got it to Prince a few weeks ago. In a photo taken five days be ..
Mick Jagger: 'If you start thinking how pretty the sunset is, you get lost'
Sunday, 01:05 08 December 2013
The Rolling Stones showed their enduring power in a storming Glastonbury debut• See the Observer's faces of 2013 in full here"It's the alternative Ascot, let's face it," says the sprightly 70-year-o ..
Jarvis Cocker: 'I have a terrible temper on me'
Wednesday, 17:48 10 February 2016
It’s 20 years since the Pulp singer’s backside upstaged Michael Jackson at the Brit awards. Shortly afterwards, Dave Simpson interviewed him for Melody Maker – Rock’s Backpages digs out a clas ..
Buddy Holly: the rocker next door – a classic profile by Mick Farren
Wednesday, 17:18 03 February 2016
On the 57th anniversary of the his tragic death we revisit this profile of the clean-cut icon, first published in NME in September 1975 and taken from Rock’s BackpagesIn a frame of reference where y ..
John Lydon: 'Have I mellowed? Absolutely f***ing not' – a classic interview
Wednesday, 16:03 27 January 2016
We celebrate the former Sex Pistol turning 60 on Sunday with this piece showing him on drunkenly eviscerating form, first published in Q in July 1989 and taken from Rock’s Backpages, the online home ..
Transvision Vamp's Wendy James: 'We did to Warhol what he did to bananas'
Wednesday, 18:41 20 January 2016
This week, it is Wendy James’s 50th birthday. To celebrate, Rock’s Backpages brings you an interview (or ‘scratch feature’) from Melody Maker in April 1988, in which she and the band talk abou ..
Syd Barrett: the genius who almost was – a classic profile by Nick Kent
Wednesday, 15:00 06 January 2016
The late Pink Floyd leader’s 70th birthday is celebrated with Nick Kent’s piece, first published in Creem in October 1973, and taken from Rock’s Backpages, the online home of music writing It wa ..
Lemmy: a life in quotes
Tuesday, 14:13 29 December 2015
From acoustically enhanced pizza to his adoration of hotels and disdain for celibacy, here’s the late metal star’s life in quotes, courtesy of Rock’s Backpages Related: Lemmy, Motörhead frontm ..
ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons: 'I don’t want to get too eclectic'
Wednesday, 16:25 16 December 2015
Billy F Gibbons turns 65 this week. Here’s a classic ZZ Top interview taken from Blast in August 1976 and resurrected by Rock’s Backpages ZZ Top don’t exactly carry the image of being introspect ..
Dinosaur Jr: 'J Mascis was really into UK Oi! punk – he had a skinhead'
Wednesday, 17:34 09 December 2015
As J Mascis, guitarist, singer and grunge icon turns 50, Rock’s Backpages brings you an interview with Dinosaur Jr from Vox magazine in 1991J Mascis and Murph, the nuclei of Dinosaur Jr, slouch in t ..
The Prodigy's Liam Howlett: 'We do everything we can to stay off the telly'
Wednesday, 18:36 02 December 2015
To mark the Prodigy’s 2015 UK tour, Rock’s Backpages brings you this Melody Maker interview with the band’s frontman. It’s 1994, and the police are killing rave culture …“So I’ve decided ..
Memphis sunset: The Mysterious death of Stax heartbeat Al Jackson, Jr
Wednesday, 14:56 25 November 2015
‘The Human Timekeeper’ and Stax staple would have turned 80 this week. Rock’s Backpages spotlights an investigation into his death – and the subsequent dissolution of Stax – that was origina ..
Dierks Bentley: 'People were dressing like Garth Brooks, but no one was writing their own music'
Tuesday, 20:00 24 May 2016
The country star has a new introspective album, and here he talks candidly about Nashville and explains how his latest LP is inspired by The AffairEven though it’s only May, one of the strongest con ..
Moby: ‘There were bags of drugs, I was having sex with a stranger’
Saturday, 13:00 21 May 2016
He was the sober, Christian dance music pioneer – but then Moby found success... Now he’s coming clean, finds Miranda SawyerRead an extract from Moby’s memoirBefore I picked up Moby’s new memo ..
Stormzy: ‘My man Jeremy Corbyn! I dig what he says'
Saturday, 10:00 21 May 2016
He’s the poster boy for the grime revival but there’s more to Stormzy than banter and bids for the Christmas No 1. He tells us why he’s a MC with something to sayBefore Stormzy became the most ..
On my radar: Ezra Furman’s cultural highlights
Sunday, 11:00 15 May 2016
The musician and songwriter on Maggie Nelson’s Argonauts, the Atlanta band Slang, Louis CK’s boldness, and his love of rapturous music writingBorn in Chicago in 1986, the musician and songwriter E ..
'Bowie kept it cool to the end' – Twin Peaks pick their favourite 1970s records
Friday, 12:13 13 May 2016
The Chicago garage rockers take a distinctly Stonesy turn on their new album, so we asked them to nominate some favourites from the decade that inspired itThis week, Chicago’s finest young garage-dw ..
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: ‘Systemic racism isn’t going to get clicks’
Thursday, 20:07 12 May 2016
Unrest in Ferguson led the duo to question their role in hip-hop. The result was White Privilege II, an examination of how white people view race. Will the pair’s soul-searching make fans assess the ..
Margo Price: ‘Country music is about divorce, drinking and jail’
Thursday, 19:13 12 May 2016
The outlaw Nashville singer worried she’d be singing to empty bars her whole life until Jack White heard the songs on Midwest Farmer’s DaughterA new sticker has appeared on the back of the Third M ..
Rick Astley: ‘I made tea for Bananarama, Dead or Alive, Mel and Kim’
Thursday, 14:09 12 May 2016
After perfecting the art of brewing hot drinks in a studio, pop legend Astley retired at 27. But how much did he make from rickrolling?Hi Rick! What’s it like to retire in your 20s (1) ?It’s a bit ..
Diamanda Galás: 'I’ve sung gospel music when in great despair'
Tuesday, 21:29 10 May 2016
The gothic vocalist is back in New York to bring her latest concept piece to one of Harlem’s most famous churches. Just don’t expect a sermon from herDiamanda Galás is going to church this week. ..
Underworld webchat – your questions answered, on the Olympics, Batman and Born Slippy
Wednesday, 15:27 11 May 2016
Karl Hyde from Underworld joined us to answer your questions, about everything from how he writes lyrics to the greatness of Glasgow Barrowlands 2.15pm BST We’ll leave the thanks to the man himself. ..
Modern Baseball: meet the band tackling pop-punk’s crude image
Monday, 10:00 09 May 2016
A new breed of bands are busting the genre’s juvenile stereotypes and tackling serious subjects like loss and depression Related: How well do you know Blink-182? Test your pop-punk knowledge Pop-pun ..
Bat For Lashes: 'Even in Sex And The City, the single girls end up with someone'
Saturday, 10:00 07 May 2016
Natasha Khan is back, playing a doomed bride and confronting marriage norms on her new album. Sometimes it’s about romancing yourself instead, she explainsPerched on the pews of a church in Koreatow ..
Kaytranada: ‘I prefer a house party vibe. Just the local place to have fun’
Thursday, 17:49 05 May 2016
The top-flight remixer is in constant demand as a DJ. But it’s his first LP, featuring Vic Mensa, Syd tha Kyd and Anderson Paak that could make him a star in his own right. Not that he sounds thrill ..
Lenny Henry on his music career: ‘I had Jeremy Paxman getting down to Sex Machine’
Thursday, 19:13 05 May 2016
The comedian turned singer on police racism, finding humour in the blues and what he learned from his hero, PrinceHi Lenny! You’ve just put out a blues album, New Millennium Blues. What is it with c ..
Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones: 'If musicians disappear, the music will too'
Thursday, 11:46 05 May 2016
What do you do when you’re fed up of modern pop and worrying how to make a living? You make a record summoning the spirit of 1962If you play an acoustic guitar, and can draw a crowd of 300 or so, ea ..
A-ha's Morten Harket: 'I'm not an entertainer, I'm an engager'
Wednesday, 12:04 04 May 2016
The A-ha frontman talks longevity, Kierkegaard, Uriah Heep, why John Barry rubbed A-ha up the wrong way, and the problem with large breasts Hi, Morten. Where are you, and what can you see?I’m on my ..
From lad to lover, the story of LUH
Wednesday, 10:00 04 May 2016
After deserting his lad band Wu Lyf, Ellery Roberts was lost and in trouble. Then Ebony Hoorn appeared in his Manchester squat Related: LUH review – former Wu Lyf frontman delivers anthems for the a ..
Post-punk band Protomartyr on courting controversy and American 'bloodlust'
Tuesday, 11:00 03 May 2016
The singer may resemble David Cameron as an ‘alcoholic uncle’, but the band’s Detroit post-punk roots, defiant originality and potent lyricism has won fans overJoe Casey, lead singer with Detroi ..
How we made: Donovan's Sunshine Superman
Monday, 08:00 02 May 2016
‘It’s primarily a love song – but I was also trying to get to the invisible fourth dimension of transcendental superconscious vision’Sunshine Superman was one of the first British psychedelic ..
Brix Smith Start: ‘Mark E Smith? He’s complicated’
Sunday, 09:30 01 May 2016
Ex-Fall guitarist Brix Smith Start endured wild and colourful marriages with both Mark E Smith and Nigel Kennedy. Now she’s written her memoir… In May 1983, Brix Smith, then aged 20, arrived in Ma ..
Candi Staton: ‘My biggest disappointment? Choosing the wrong mate’
Saturday, 10:30 30 April 2016
The singer on her early memories, an embarrassing awards moment and wanting to be a young heart running freeBorn in Alabama, Candi Staton, 76, began singing in a Baptist church at the age of five. Her ..
Richard Ashcroft: ‘I wouldn’t trade what Coldplay have achieved for any of my songs'
Thursday, 19:42 28 April 2016
From careering around Wigan in his mate’s Mini to posing with a drip in his arm, the former Mad Richard has had a breakneck ride. He may now be living a quieter life but he still wants to be ‘bigg ..
Not your average pop stars, but Reggie N Bollie’s Afrobeats is the sound of summer
Sunday, 01:05 29 May 2016
The runners-up of last year’s X Factor, now celebrating a top 10 single, tell how their humble beginnings have shaped their successReginald Ainooson and Ishmael Hamid are not your average pop stars. ..
Steve Spacek’s favourite tracks
Friday, 14:00 27 May 2016
The British soul futurist empties the contents of his psychic record box Continue reading...
Pond's Nicholas Allbrook on Australia's national anthem: 'It’s ignorant and isolationist'
Thursday, 03:09 26 May 2016
As he releases his second solo album – a mediation on national identity – the musician says Australians are ‘children of no place, just outsiders to everyone’The butcher, the barber, the under ..
'It’s a grand undertaking for anybody': Adam Donen on his holographic symphony
Tuesday, 11:00 24 May 2016
He cites Hegel as a key influence and compares his music to TS Eliot. The pop-star turned symphonist discusses his plans to bring the first world war’s legacy of ‘mass-mechanised butchery’ to li ..
Flume on the pressures of writing his sophomore album: 'It didn’t just come'
Tuesday, 02:52 24 May 2016
After his smash hit debut album the electronic producer did what anyone in their early 20s does: he partied. But writing his follow-up album wasn’t nearly as funFlume is holding the vinyl copy of hi ..
Tony Humphries’ favourite tracks
Friday, 14:00 20 May 2016
The living house legend empties the contents of his psychic record box Continue reading...
Quiz: how well do you know your music award-show speeches?
Thursday, 11:29 18 February 2016
After this year’s Grammy’s and ahead of the Brits, see how many of these famous speeches you can match to the probably sozzled winner as we plough into the heart of awards season Continue reading. ..
'All right Reading!' – test your knowledge of the Reading and Leeds festivals with our fiendish quiz
Friday, 18:03 28 August 2015
With the rocktastic festivals taking place this weekend, it’s time to see how much you know about their historyThe 1988 Reading festival saw the bill divided between MOR rock bands and more indie-fr ..
One Direction split left you feeling directionless? Take our boyband quiz
Tuesday, 16:46 25 August 2015
There’s more to boybands than One Direction. But do you know how many members Menudo had? Or in which paper Lou Pearlman advertised for the members of Backstreet Boys?1 Which boyband – with a curr ..
Guess the guitar hero – from their guitar
Tuesday, 12:20 28 July 2015
We’ve cut out the faces of 12 axemen with distinctive guitars, so you have to identify the guitarist from their instrument …1It’s a sharp dressed guitar – but is its fluffiness signifying the ..
You give hair a bad name! Guess the hair metal band from their hair – quiz
Wednesday, 09:38 15 July 2015
We’ve pixellated the faces of 12 poodle-permed and backcombed metal bands from the 80s. All you have to do is guess who they are Continue reading...
Think you know the Hottest 100? Test yourself with this never-ending* quiz
Tuesday, 03:42 26 January 2016
The annual Triple J countdown happens today. This quiz features randomised questions dynamically generated from Hottest 100 data between 1993 and 2014. Use the ‘more questions’ button to keep on a ..
Quiz: match the rapper to his bling
Monday, 08:30 21 September 2015
From twinkling rings to chunky chains – and the odd sparkling figurine hanging from a pendant – how well do you know these rappers’ signature jewels?1 Which rapper paid homage to his stage name ..
Test your knowledge of bands in fiction – quiz
Wednesday, 13:39 24 June 2015
For those of us avoiding Glastonbury mud in favour of reading in a nice dry room, there are still plenty of rock thrills available in the library. Find out if you're a headline act or bottom of the bi ..
Which music festival are you?
Tuesday, 11:12 19 May 2015
Anyone who’s been to a festival can recognise an archetypal attendee. But what if the festival itself were a person? Which would you be? Take our quiz to find out Continue reading...
Quiz: How well do you know your election week No 1s?
Thursday, 16:10 07 May 2015
It’s the day of reckoning for UK politics. But can you name the previous hits topping the charts during elections gone by? Continue reading...
For the Record: 60s Pop Through the Lens – in pictures
Tuesday, 16:00 24 May 2016
A new exhibition in London celebrates the cultural boom of the 60s, as captured by photographer Stanley Bielecki. Shooting Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Supremes, the Polish refugee who arrive ..
Haircuts and fanclubs: backstage with the Rolling Stones – in pictures
Tuesday, 08:00 10 May 2016
Charlie peeing in the sink, Brian fixing his hair and Mick meeting Bo Diddley ... how did the band fill the long hours between stage-time on their 1965 and 1967 tours? Photographer Gered Mankowitz sha ..
Manic Street Preachers' Everything Must Go turns 20 – in pictures
Wednesday, 14:08 04 May 2016
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the platinum selling 1996 record that scored the Welsh rock group their first commercial success, a special box set will be released. Taken from the EMG reissue, h ..
Outside the Lines: Bowie, Blondie and the B-52s unseen
Wednesday, 18:14 27 April 2016
The new book Outside the Lines gathers behind-the-scenes pictures, outtakes and lost images from the cover shoots of punk and new wave’s most famous LPs. Take a look, and read what their photographe ..
Face value: Phil Collins then and now – in pictures
Monday, 20:41 25 April 2016
Collins was photographed for the back catalogue reissues of his solo albums in the same poses, turning the exercise into a meditation on fame and ageing Continue reading...
Purple tributes to Prince – in pictures
Friday, 12:18 22 April 2016
Prince’s signature colour is used around the world in memory of the enigmatic artist, from buildings to magazine covers Continue reading...
Prince – a life in pictures
Thursday, 20:49 21 April 2016
The legendary performer, with a string of classic records to his name, has died aged 57. Here are images from the extraordinary life of the Minneapolis maestroPrince, American music superstar and pion ..
Radiohead: the story so far – in pictures
Tuesday, 15:31 15 March 2016
As Radiohead announce a new tour, and with rumours of an imminent ninth studio album, here’s a look at the band’s career – from Thom Yorke’s ever-changing hair styles, to a rare band selfie Co ..
Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov through the years - in pictures
Tuesday, 10:56 15 March 2016
In Boris Godunov – Mussorgsky’s only completed opera – the composer created one of the greatest bass-baritone roles in the canon. We look back at some past productions and the singers who have b ..
Behind the scenes of Philip Glass's Akhnaten at ENO – in pictures
Tuesday, 17:55 01 March 2016
English National Opera this week opens a new production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, his 1983 opera about the ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Tristram Kenton went along to rehearsals to capture the creatio ..
Behind the Curtain: an intimate look at Nashville’s music scene - in pictures
Saturday, 15:31 07 May 2016
Documenting Nashville as a community is the focus of a 10-year project by Sonya Jasinski and Kate York – they’ve captured candid moments with some of the stars of country at home and life on the r ..
Beyoncé's rise and rise – in pictures
Sunday, 11:37 24 April 2016
As Beyoncé releases her new visual album Lemonade - here’s the evolution of her career, from Star Search “hip-hop rapping girl” time to global pop phenomenon and political provocateur Continue ..
Coachella 2016: the most spectacular shows – in pictures
Monday, 17:00 18 April 2016
Coachella saw Guns N’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem reunite, Rihanna make a guest appearance, and bands from Death Grips to Run the Jewels rock the California desert Continue reading...
Tom Jones and wife Linda, the early years – in pictures
Monday, 17:31 11 April 2016
Singer Tom Jones’s wife, Melinda Rose Woodward, known as Linda, has died from cancer. The pair, who began dating at 15, had been married for 59 years. Linda died at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Ange ..
Viva loch Vegas! The first ever Scottish Elvis festival - in pictures
Monday, 10:03 11 April 2016
The inaugural Scottish Elvis festival, held at the Macdonald Inchyra hotel in Falkirk, featured tribute acts from across the world performing the king’s music Continue reading...
Prince: ‘Transcendence. That’s what you want. When that happens – Oh, boy'
Friday, 00:54 13 November 2015
When our correspondent was abruptly summoned to an audience with the legendary artist in his Minneapolis studios, he had no idea what to expect. Certainly not being asked to duet on Sign o’ the Time ..
Yoko Ono: 'I thought my music was beautiful all along'
Monday, 20:00 22 February 2016
She was subjected to decades of vilification. Now everyone from Gaga to Sparks are lining up to pay tribute. How does the 83-year-old artist feel about the world catching up to the Yoko Ono sound?Yoko ..
Class act: why working-class voices are music to Darkstar's ears
Thursday, 08:00 03 December 2015
Why did these two men hang around Huddersfield railway station asking young people what they did today? Electronic duo Darkstar explain their most daring LP yet“We just said to people: ‘We want yo ..
Groupies revisited: the women with triple-A access to the 60s
Sunday, 08:00 15 November 2015
In 1969, Rolling Stone shocked the world with an issue about the rock ‘supergroupie’. As a book about that moment is published, photographer Baron Wolman and veteran groupie Pamela des Barres tell ..
Keith Richards: ‘You don’t stop growing until they shovel the dirt in’
Thursday, 19:36 17 September 2015
At 71, the Rolling Stones legend is proud of his cartoon image as a rock outlaw. He’s back now with his first solo album in 23 years. But some days, the wildman reputation feels like a ball and chai ..
Young Thug: 'I like everything people say about me – you gay, you a punk, you can't rap, you're the hardest'
Thursday, 19:30 08 October 2015
Atlanta’s Young Thug is the gender-fluid, surrealist rapper who’s being anointed as hip-hop’s next titan. Don’t know what to make of him? You’re not the only oneThe morning Young Thug is due ..
Blur: 'We used to take it in turns to punch each other'
Thursday, 20:27 30 July 2015
Back in Hong Kong, where they recorded their album The Magic Whip, Damon, Graham, Alex and Dave talk about falling out and making up, the state of British pop music and why 90s Britpop was a wasted op ..
Amy Winehouse, my sister and addiction
Tuesday, 18:44 07 July 2015
Amy being alive meant there was hope for my heroin-addicted younger sister. When the singer died, my world caved in. What chance did we have now?I remember where I was the day that Amy Winehouse died. ..
Parallel times: the album covers that never were
Monday, 20:32 16 May 2016
A new book of outtakes from photoshoots for Blondie, David Bowie, the Specials and more provide an alternative history of 70s and 80s popFor every iconic photo on an album cover, there are dozens of l ..
Beyoncé's Lemonade album explained, from beginner to 'Beyhive'
Friday, 03:17 29 April 2016
How can I watch Lemonade? Did Jay Z cheat on Beyoncé? Who is ‘Becky with the good hair’? Are Jay Z and Beyoncé even married? It’s not too late to catch upBy now, as a person who breathes oxyge ..
On my radar: Jarvis Cocker’s cultural highlights
Sunday, 11:00 29 May 2016
The musician and broadcaster on the original Batman, the music of Cat’s Eyes, the importance of the BBC and the beautiful gameBorn in 1963 and raised in Sheffield, Jarvis Cocker founded Pulp (then c ..
How a mysterious ghost ship brought cosmic disco to Cape Verde
Tuesday, 10:00 24 May 2016
A new compilation documents the strange history of the African country’s groove-laden sound, formed following the discovery of a boatload of synthsIn a calm morning in March 1968, a shipment carryin ..
Gold Panda: Good Luck and Do Your Best review – warmly immersive electronica
Thursday, 22:15 26 May 2016
(City Slang)It would be unfair compare Gold Panda to Caribou on the basis that they both make immersive, tender electronica, have at one point or another been signed to City Slang, and are named after ..