Graeme Thomson

This recreation of Dylan’s Free Trade Hall concert is supremely good

11 November 2023 9:00 am

In May 1966, Bob Dylan toured the UK with The Band, minus drummer Levon Helm, and abrasively pulled the plug…

The case against re-recording albums

28 October 2023 9:00 am

In 2012, Jeff Lynne released Mr Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra. Except it wasn’t. It was…

New Order’s oldies still sound like the future

14 October 2023 9:00 am

The intimate acoustic show can denote many things for an established artist. One is that, in the infamous euphemism coined…

In praise of the Festival Song – the four-minute wonder that can sustain a career for decades

23 September 2023 9:00 am

As the sun sets on another too-long summer festival season, let us take a moment to reflect on the Festival…

Invention and irreverence: Lankum, at The Queen’s Hall, reviewed

2 September 2023 9:00 am

In a few days, Lankum will most likely win the 2023 Mercury Music Prize for their fourth album False Lankum…

Uneasy listening: Kathryn Joseph, at Summerhall, reviewed

19 August 2023 9:00 am

I have always been fascinated by artists who bounce between tonal extremes when performing, particularly the ones who serve their…

The problem with pop-literary collaborations

5 August 2023 9:00 am

‘We all secretly want to be rock stars,’ the 2022 Booker Prize-winning author Shehan Karunatilaka said recently. By ‘we’ he…

An album of not terribly happy ballads: Blur’s The Ballad of Darren reviewed

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Bands that have hung around, or gone away and come back again, occupy an increasingly sizeable percentage of pop’s bandwidth.…

Still one of the great vocalists: Peter Gabriel, at OVO Hydro Glasgow, reviewed

8 July 2023 9:00 am

Most artists begin an arena show with a bang: emerging from the floor, the gods, on a hoist, everything short…

Is Richard Thompson Britain’s Bob Dylan?

24 June 2023 9:00 am

There are artists you go to see expecting to be challenged, surprised, even let down. And there are artists you…

Let’s hear it for the lesser-spotted nepo daddy

10 June 2023 9:00 am

Rob Grant releases his debut album, Lost at Sea, this week. A 69-year-old millionaire and former ad man, furniture exec…

Dazzling – if you ignore the music: Beyoncé, at Murrayfield Stadium, reviewed

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Scheduling open-air concerts in mid-May in northern Europe is a triumph of hope over experience. I last spent time with…

Heartfelt but bland: Ed Sheeran’s – (Subtract) reviewed

13 May 2023 9:00 am

Whether by accident or design, the mathematical theme of Ed Sheeran’s previous album titles (+, ×, ÷ and = respectively)…

Americana Coldplay: The National’s First Two Pages of Frankenstein reviewed

29 April 2023 9:00 am

Once upon a time, rock bands wished for nothing more than to look as though they posed a clear and…

Why can’t I let go of my records?

15 April 2023 9:00 am

I’m not a natural lender. I’m a reasonably soft touch when it comes to money, but regarding the important things…

Why supergroups nearly always suck

1 April 2023 9:00 am

Recently in these pages, ruminating on the ghastly Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I wrote that music does not…

The most exciting live band in Britain right now: Young Fathers, at the O2 Academy, reviewed

18 March 2023 9:00 am

There are several reasons why Young Fathers currently feel like the most exciting live band in Britain, but for now…

His nasal American-Yorkshire voice struggles to convince: Yungblud, at OVO Hydro, reviewed

4 March 2023 9:00 am

Even before albums became bloated, thanks to the largesse offered by CDs and streaming, most contained filler: those so-so songs…