Pop

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…

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…

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.…

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…

Roisin Murphy: Hit Parade

30 September 2023 9:00 am

The best new album I’ve heard this year: Being Dead’s When Horses Would Run reviewed

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Grade: A– The point of a sudden, abrupt change in the time signature and instrumentation of a song is to…

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…

‘People thought I was insane’: Graham Nash on the birth of Crosby, Stills and Nash

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Adam Sweeting talks to Graham Nash about Joni Mitchell, the Hollies and the birth of Crosby, Stills and Nash in the Laurel Canyon idyll of the 1960s

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

Time to take your meds, Kanye

1 July 2023 9:00 am

No one does agonising quite like Mobeen Azhar. In several BBC documentaries now, he’s set his face to pensive, gone…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

In praise of goths – the most enduring of pop subcultures

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Michael Hann on the most enduring of pop subcultures

The new Pogues: The Mary Wallopers, at O2 Forum Kentish Town, reviewed

20 May 2023 9:00 am

I was listening the other week to a solo album by an ageing rock guitarist, once terrifically famous. It was…