Music

They say it’s your birthday? It’s my birthday too, yeah!

November 9, 2018 12:13 pm

The White Album is reissued at 50

‘Darmstadt taught me how to compose’: Ennio Morricone interviewed

October 25, 2018 11:09 am

The 91-year-old pop-cultural phenomenon is actually a major modernist composer hiding in plain sight

The Kinks’s meditation upon nostalgia, class and loss of Empire sounds like a prophecy of Brexit Britain

October 18, 2018 6:10 pm

There is only one thing wrong with the 50th Anniversary edition of this wonderful album, and that is that it is all too prescient

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen speaks from beyond the grave

October 9, 2018 5:40 am

More power and glory from the dead poet, singer, lover and humourist

Can Ye win with black economic nationalism?

October 1, 2018 6:34 am

Kanye West’s message could do for black America what Trump’s did for the people of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin

As a writer, Richard Wagner was both sublime – and unreadable

September 20, 2018 6:51 am

The Ring of Nibelung by Richard Wagner, translated by John Deathridge, reviewed

Big Jay McNeely brought joy to millions with his music

September 19, 2018 5:32 am

The legendary tenor saxophonist died last weekend aged 91

Hank Mobley, the greatest sax player you never heard

September 3, 2018 8:37 am

The forgotten genius of Blue Note was a prince among players, but he died a pauper

Jimmy Page is a Capricorn – that says it all

August 23, 2018 7:18 am

Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography by Chris Salewicz reviewed

Only Aretha Franklin had the soul power to summon the spirit at will

August 16, 2018 12:06 pm

The Queen of Soul is dead — there is no plausible heir.

Azealia Banks is telling the truth

August 14, 2018 6:19 pm

Online life is no life at all

Thank God for the return of the generation gap in pop

August 9, 2018 7:23 am

Pop was invented for teenagers, and it’s wholly appropriate that it should have outposts that are completely remote to me.

Drake’s soft centre makes him a new type of hip-hop role model

July 18, 2018 4:41 pm

The Canadian rapper’s response to Pusha-T on his new album is nimble and reasonable.

The virtuoso virtue-signallers of classical music

July 6, 2018 3:42 pm

Music is no longer taught as music, but as social history or an exercise in building self-esteem.