Music

berghain

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

kevin rowland

Old soul rebel

September 22, 2020 4:44 pm

Kevin Rowland, decades after Dexys, is still running

wagnerism wagner

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

paradis

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?

vmas

The VMAs and New York’s COVID hypocrisy

August 31, 2020 3:54 pm

The show must go on

wap

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

morrissey

Human after all

August 5, 2020 1:35 pm

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

camper van beethoven

How Camper Van Beethoven saw the future

August 3, 2020 3:26 pm

And how I wrote a novel about it

blind auditions

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

mozart

Meet the Mozarts

July 26, 2020 10:34 am

The family that plays together...

kanye

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

prince

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...

count basie

Count my blessings

June 10, 2020 9:49 pm

Meeting the inimitable Basie

shape-note singing

The shape of things

June 1, 2020 10:16 pm

On shape-note singing and my friend Stephen

dion

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

berlin petrenko

I’m still not wholly convinced by Kirill Petrenko: Berlin Phil’s Digital Concert Hall reviewed

May 28, 2020 1:14 pm

The orchestra’s online archive offers an impressive spread of performances, including Rattle conducting Tom and Jerry and a Karajan concert that is appalling and magnificent

abba bands

From ABBA to Pet Shop Boys: how bands got their names

May 28, 2020 11:40 am

The Ramones were paying tribute to Paul McCartney, who used the pseudonym ‘Paul Ramon’ when checking into hotels

beastie boys

Joyous and very, very funny: Beastie Boys Story reviewed

May 14, 2020 4:59 pm

I came away wishing the Beastie Boys were my friends, and feeling glad they still care for each other

anton bruckner

The best recordings of Bruckner’s Eighth, the greatest symphony

May 14, 2020 4:17 pm

Some of the old-timers who you might expect to be in tune with Bruckner’s Eighth now seem rather superficial, including Bruno Walter and Otto Klemperer

salvant

Salvant grace

May 13, 2020 5:38 pm

Cécile McLorin Salvant’s shock of the new

livestream

Livestream-hopping is just as irritating as being at a real festival

April 30, 2020 7:26 pm

Recreating the feel of a festival from your sofa — complete with terrible sightlines and not enough actual music — is disconcertingly easy

bayreuth

Bayreuth, the greatest musical experience of his life

April 23, 2020 4:38 pm

The first performance of Parsifal at the 1962 Bayreuth Festival remains unforgettable, as some of my patient and weary friends will agree, having heard me fail to forget it

passion

The best recordings of my favorite Passion

April 9, 2020 3:56 pm

The St Matthew is all about drawing us in closer, giving us time to reflect, feel, interject, to doubt even

haydn

The joy of Haydn’s string quartets

April 2, 2020 3:40 pm

Haydn survived smallpox, saw his house burn down (twice) and narrowly escaped castration