Music

taylor swift

The sad conformity of Taylor Swift

January 31, 2020 2:21 pm

Where is the bravery in saying exactly what your industry wants you to say?

birmingham

Prepare to be amazed: the story of Birmingham’s Symphony Orchestra

January 30, 2020 1:43 pm

Forward: 100 Years of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra by Richard Bratby reviewed

kinks

Land of hope and Victoria: The Kinks’ lost empire

January 29, 2020 4:54 pm

By 1969, Churchill was dead and the Kinks, as an album group, were toast

beethoven

Beethoven or bust

January 24, 2020 7:11 pm

Reflecting on the hard-thinking, beer-drinking spiritual gambler

reaction

Bad feeling: why we need to defend freedom of reaction

January 17, 2020 2:21 pm

People react differently to different things, and hooray for that

isaac hayes

The Hayes of our lives

January 12, 2020 2:02 pm

A soul survivor whose sonic alchemy endures

italian jazz

The soft power of Italian jazz

January 10, 2020 12:20 pm

Eat to the beat

natalie cole

Christmas crackers: the tragic soul of Natalie Cole

December 23, 2019 7:32 am

Natalie Cole had an instant pocket pop career. Her family, she said, were like ‘the black Kennedys’; and look how the Kennedys turned out

clash london calling punk

Is London Calling Boris Johnson?

December 10, 2019 11:13 am

Conservatives and the Clash, 40 years on

maria grinberg

Ave, Maria Grinberg

December 4, 2019 8:53 am

How the Soviets stopped you from hearing her Beethoven piano sonatas

brazilian

Brazilian wax

November 8, 2019 11:43 am

Before the Beatles were boss, there was bossa nova

motörhead lemmy

Audio blitzkrieg

November 6, 2019 12:36 pm

‘Motörhead, remember me now’

lou reed

Is Lou Reed a rock ’n’ roll Dostoevsky?

November 4, 2019 5:13 pm

I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Collected Lyrics by Lou Reed reviewed

rolling stones

Grandpa, who were the Rolling Stones, and why?

October 19, 2019 10:57 am

Raising the goblet of rock

faddisphere jon faddis

A great time in the Faddisphere

October 11, 2019 11:50 am

Faddis took a break, sat down on a chair onstage near me, then started blowing along with the band again

patti smith

Patti Smith had a bad year in 2016

October 10, 2019 12:13 pm

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith reviewed

debbie harry blondie

Blondie ambition

September 30, 2019 11:51 am

Face It by Debbie Harry reviewed

sam smith

The problem with calling Sam Smith ‘they’

September 17, 2019 12:01 pm

It’s important that all schoolchildren are educated to the same linguistic standard

record players

In defense of record players

September 13, 2019 5:40 pm

LPs are not only an important source of pleasure but also edification

lizzo

Lizzo and the politically incorrect obesity epidemic

August 26, 2019 11:41 am

Obesity isn’t woke. It’s a death sentence

david berman

The Bermans of America

August 9, 2019 3:30 pm

David Berman used language as an instrument and as a tool, abhorring his father's use of it as a weapon

kanye west

I’m a prisoner of Kanye West’s homeless camp

August 4, 2019 7:33 pm

Life inside the rapper’s low-income housing units

computers

Can computers compose?

August 1, 2019 3:16 pm

They already do – but will they ever do it better than us?

sweden

Will Trump declare war on Sweden?

July 26, 2019 9:25 am

Mobs attack IKEA, demanding refunds

a$ap rocky

Trump joins the A$AP Mob

July 20, 2019 1:09 pm

A$AP Rocky needs help, so of course the celebrity-addicted president is stepping in