Michael Hann

The unstoppable rise of country music

25 May 2024 9:00 am

When a major artist releases a new album, the first thing to follow is the onslaught of think pieces. And…

Lovely slice of Cosmic Scouse: Michael Head & the Red Elastic, at EartH, reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

One of the more bizarre but recurring tales about how the music of Liverpool has been shaped over these past…

Adrianne Lenker is a treasure for the ages

4 May 2024 9:00 am

You could very well sum up their differing approaches to American roots music from how they were dressed. Both wore…

Why garage punk is plainly the apogee of human achievement

20 April 2024 9:00 am

How is it that a group that sounds like the Hives are selling out the Apollo? In a world configured…

Never admit that your band is prog – it’s the kiss of death

6 April 2024 9:00 am

Sensible prog-rock bands try to ensure no one ever realises they play prog. What happens when you are deemed a…

Spellbinding performance of a career-defining record: Corinne Rae Bailey, at Ladbroke Hall, reviewed

4 November 2023 9:00 am

You won’t see two more contrasting shows this year than Corinne Bailey Rae performing her album Black Rainbows and Brian…

Virgin on the astonishing: Madonna, at The O2, reviewed

21 October 2023 9:00 am

When I was a kid listening obsessively to AC/DC and Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath, I despaired of music writers.…

An awfully long night for a band without any bangers: The National, at Alexandra Palace, reviewed

7 October 2023 9:00 am

Over the past few years, the National have become the most important band in modern rock music. The strange thing…

If you can’t get something out of the songs of Shania Twain, you’re a lost cause

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Pop critics routinely make the mistake of assuming the most important acts are the ones copied by the groups they…

The Strokes are always terrible – why do I keep going back to see them?

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Quite when the concept of coolness became a thing is uncertain, even to etymologists. As early as 1884, an academic…

It was midnight in a field in Wales and I was lying face down in six inches of mud: Green Man Festival reviewed

26 August 2023 9:00 am

I love Green Man. The smallish festival is the second most beautiful site I’ve ever visited (after G Fest, which…

Is it all an elaborate practical joke? Mac DeMarco, at Hackney Empire, reviewed

12 August 2023 9:00 am

It’s not just who our pop heroes are that marks the passing of the generations; it’s how those heroes present…

A giddy delight: Regina Spektor, at the Royal Festival Hall reviewed

29 July 2023 9:00 am

We’ll get on to the brilliance of Regina Spektor in a moment. But first a question: why are pop music…

Intoxicating: Bruce Springsteen, at BST Hyde Park, reviewed

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Seven years ago, I asked Bruce Springsteen what he meant when he talked of the covenant between himself and his…

Why aren’t Spoon filling stadiums?

1 July 2023 9:00 am

Here’s a mystery for you. Why were Spoon, one of the most dynamic, sharpest rock bands in the world, playing…

Brilliantly unhinged: Grace Jones, at Hampton Court Palace, reviewed

17 June 2023 9:00 am

Some artists need flash bombs to make an impression on stage. Some need giant screens. Some need to run around…

One of the most tuneless, vapid, dismaying things I’ve ever seen: Mötley Crüe, at Bramall Lane, reviewed

3 June 2023 9:00 am

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything worse than Mötley Crüe in Sheffield. Nothing more tuneless, empty, vapid and dismaying.…