Music

Wispy, gauzy beauty: This Is The Kit, Barbican, reviewed

5 June 2021 9:00 am

On the way home from This Is The Kit’s show at a socially distanced Barbican, I listened to Avalon by…

The joy of Radio 4 Extra

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The best thing on the radio last week was, without question, Kind Hearts and Coronets. You may have missed it…

The foghorn’s haunting hoot is a sad loss

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Halfway through what must count as one of the more esoteric quests, Jennifer Lucy Allan finds herself on a hill…

Letters: The beauty of brick

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The Union in peril Sir: Fraser Nelson (‘The great pretender’, 15 May) writes that it has never been easier to…

‘I’m not interested in moral purity’: St Vincent interviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Michael Hann talks to St Vincent about Sheena Easton, Stalin and performing in five-inch heels

Seldom less than gripping: Banged Up podcast reviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Prison-based podcast Banged Up, now in its second series, is far more uplifting — and less soapy — than its…

The deafening rise of ‘background’ music

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The unstoppable rise of ‘background’ music

The mystery and romance of the cassette tape

20 March 2021 9:00 am

May the gods of Hiss and Compression bless Lou Ottens. As head of new product development at Phillips, the Dutch…

Barack Obama will make you cringe: Renegades: Born in the USA reviewed

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Barack Obama wants the world to know how much he loves singing. In his new podcast, which takes the form…

'I like upsetting people': Steven Wilson interviewed

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Michael Hann talks to the cult rock star Steven Wilson about why it’s harder to write a pop song than prog

From ancient Greece to TikTok: a short history of the sea shanty

6 February 2021 9:00 am

From ancient Greece to TikTok: Alexandra Coghlan on the pulling power of shanties

Will Britain’s orchestras survive the Brexit exodus?

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Will Britain’s orchestras survive the Brexit exodus?

'We knew there was greatness in these songs': Steve Diggle of the Buzzcocks interviewed

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Graeme Thomson talks to Steve Diggle, front man of Buzzcocks, about orgasms, boredom and Pete Shelley

'You can't have opinions any more': Rick Wakeman interviewed

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Rod Liddle talks to Rick Wakeman about lockdown, the Sex Pistols, and how you can’t have opinions any more

Why AI will never write a great song

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Two years ago, the songwriter Nick Cave told his fans that he’d speak to them directly — not through an…

Mick Fleetwood: Why Peter Green was the greatest guitarist

19 December 2020 9:00 am

In a normal week, I would jam with local musicians, but that stopped in March and we musicians miss the…

Jonathan Biss: The sadness and euphoria of playing to an empty room

19 December 2020 9:00 am

My November was bookended by two characteristic displays of grace. I ushered it in by falling on all fours while…

Mozart the infant prodigy was also a child of the Enlightenment

19 December 2020 9:00 am

‘My dear young man: don’t take it too hard,’ Joseph II counsels a puppyish Mozart, the colour of his hair…

Is any song more lucrative than ‘Happy Birthday’?

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Last orders The new tier restrictions have made life difficult for pubs. How many are closed? — According to the…

You won’t be able to look away: Shirley reviewed

31 October 2020 9:00 am

This week, two electrifying performances in two excellent films rather than two mediocre performances in the one mediocre film —…

The dazzling, devious, doomed sound of James Booker

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Dr John called James Booker ‘the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced’. Booker died…

The joy of an illegal rave

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Every time I read that Britain’s anti-coronavirus measures are being jeopardised by a ‘small minority of senseless individuals’ holding illegal…

Young people have never paid attention to the BBC

25 July 2020 9:00 am

In January, the director-general of the BBC, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, announced that the corporation intended to shift away from…

The problem with livestreaming heavy metal? No moshpits

25 July 2020 9:00 am

There was only so long anyone could put up with the live musical performances of the early days of lockdown:…

SOS: Save our singers

11 July 2020 9:00 am

‘Musician’ is how I described myself to the nice Latvian lady interviewing me the other week for an ONS survey…