Pop

kevin rowland

Old soul rebel

September 22, 2020 4:44 pm

Kevin Rowland, decades after Dexys, is still running

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

tori amos

Tori rebel

June 20, 2020 9:36 am

Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Courage and Change by Tori Amos reviewed

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...

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

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

taylor swift

Taylor Swift is fascinating — but you really wouldn’t want to be her

April 2, 2020 3:25 pm

My tip for maximum pleasure is to avoid the rockumentaries about musicians you are interested in

kinks

Even in the Swinging Sixties, Ray Davies was feeling nostalgic

March 26, 2020 7:43 pm

The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached by Mark Doyle reviewed

luke haines peter buck

‘All rock ’n’ roll starts and ends with Lou Reed’

March 3, 2020 1:57 pm

Our rock critic has made an album with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. Here he explains how...

kraftwerk

Uniform beats

March 3, 2020 9:29 am

Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany by Uwe Schütte reviewed

Chuck D and Flavor Flav public enemy

Bernie $anders is a public enemy

March 2, 2020 9:33 pm

I’m voting for Flavor Flav

townshend who

Who is he?

February 26, 2020 3:39 pm

The guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend talks to Sam Leith about madness, sleep bubbles and his new novel

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?

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

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

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

lizzo

Lizzo and the politically incorrect obesity epidemic

August 26, 2019 11:41 am

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

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

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

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

Bob Dylan is rum and cokey

June 22, 2019 11:46 am

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese reviewed