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Meet the frontman of ‘the most revolting band in the world’

November 26, 2020 11:41 am

Corey Taylor of Slipknot talks PTSD, Donald Trump and life after alcoholism

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Barack Obama’s music taste remains painfully mainstream

November 17, 2020 12:33 pm

His new playlist sucks

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Is Billie Eilish really in shock over James Bond?

November 14, 2020 11:50 am

‘Shock’, from the French ‘choque’, began as the word for a collision of armies


Back to my Toots

October 22, 2020 4:04 pm

Farewell to the father of reggae


Booker prized

October 21, 2020 9:35 am

Notes on a New Orleans professor


Monumental Mahler

October 14, 2020 2:12 pm

The Eighth: Mahler and the World in 1910 by Stephen Johnson reviewed

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We loved them, yeah, yeah, yeah

October 9, 2020 6:13 pm

150 Glimpses of the Beatles by Craig Brown reviewed


Why did Balakirev’s beautiful, inventive works go out of fashion?

October 8, 2020 4:45 pm

Nicholas Walker’s new six-CD cycle of the complete piano works of the eccentric Russian composer are a revelation

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The death of an ax man

October 8, 2020 1:03 pm

Eddie Van Halen was a master at his craft


As immersive art goes, nothing can compete with Berghain

September 24, 2020 9:33 am

An art exhibition currently occupies the world’s most famous techno club in Berlin

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Old soul rebel

September 22, 2020 4:44 pm

Kevin Rowland, decades after Dexys, is still running

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Hitler’s admiration has severely damaged Wagner’s reputation

September 10, 2020 9:47 am

Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music by Alex Ross reviewed


The forgotten female composer fêted by Mozart and Haydn

September 9, 2020 11:48 pm

Maria Theresia von Paradis was the darling of the Viennese musical court, so why has she been forgotten?


The VMAs and New York’s COVID hypocrisy

August 31, 2020 3:54 pm

The show must go on


Ben Shapiro, WAP and the banality of the porn generation

August 12, 2020 9:52 am

Parents will be listening to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s degrading song ‘WAP’ with their children


Human after all

August 5, 2020 1:35 pm

Singer, patriot and pioneer of social distancing, Morrissey is once again a star

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How Camper Van Beethoven saw the future

August 3, 2020 3:26 pm

And how I wrote a novel about it

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Don’t end blind auditions

July 29, 2020 8:56 am

There are very few hiring processes where elements of bias based on race, gender, friendship and family can be totally eliminated


Meet the Mozarts

July 26, 2020 10:34 am

The family that plays together...


If only Kanye’s run were serious

July 10, 2020 3:05 pm

The legendary rapper could run a successful campaign if he commits

Neil Young performs at the Harvest Moon benefit

Neil Young keeps mining his past

July 10, 2020 12:22 pm

Not the legend’s best work


In defense of Prince’s late style

June 18, 2020 2:01 pm

There are real flashes of genius in albums such as One Nite Alone...

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Count my blessings

June 10, 2020 9:49 pm

Meeting the inimitable Basie

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The shape of things

June 1, 2020 10:16 pm

On shape-note singing and my friend Stephen


Meet Dion, one of the last living links to the earliest days of rock ’n’ roll

May 28, 2020 2:13 pm

Doo-wop’s elder statesman on Buddy Holly, Dylan and King David