Pop

The weird, hypnotic world of Willie Nelson

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Many years ago, I wrote a book about Willie Nelson. At its conclusion, I reached for an elegiac, valedictory tone.…

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…

Dense, melancholic, hypnotic: Brighde Chaimbeul, at Summerhall, reviewed

11 May 2024 9:00 am

The hip end of the folk spectrum is in rude health right now. Dublin’s mighty Lankum lead the way, but…

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…

Taylor Swift’s new album is exhausting

27 April 2024 9:00 am

How to explain the supercharged star power of Taylor Swift? An undeniably gifted artist, Swift’s albums 1989, Folklore and Evermore,…

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…

The mayhem ‘Born Slippy’ provoked felt both poignant and cathartic: Underworld, at Usher Hall, reviewed

13 April 2024 9:00 am

On the same night Underworld played the second of two shows at the Usher Hall, next door at the Traverse…

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…

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…