• Published on 3 Nov 2017 Sections World

    They started performing when they were just 14 and 16 years old, after a clip they shared on myspace went viral. Now the Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg have toured the world and played in front of their idols, Emmylou Harris and Patti Smith.

  • Published on 16 Sep 2017 Sections UK, World

    Gary Numan was a pioneer of electronic music in the early eighties – but he’s found a new direction three decades on. In his latest album – ‘Savages’ – he’s turned his sights to the future – and a pretty bleak one at that.

  • Published on 13 Sep 2017 Sections UK

    Tomorrow night Sir Simon Rattle returns to the London Symphony Orchestra for the first time in two decades. Jon Snow went to meet him.

  • Published on 13 Aug 2017 Sections UK

    Grime star J Hus has a chequered past – including a spell in prison and once being stabbed five times. Now he’s on the verge of international recognition – with his debut album ‘Common Sense’ nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize.

  • Published on 16 Jul 2017 Sections Culture

    They’re a pop band from Beirut with an eclectic sound, an openly gay lead singer and politically charged lyrics. Mashrou’ Leila are tearing up the conventions of Arabic pop culture and singing about issues few other musicians in the Middle East are willing to tackle including social justice, personal freedoms and women’s rights. We caught…

  • Published on 1 Jul 2017 Sections Culture

    The celebrated British dance music act Orbital have reformed after 5 years and headline the Bluedot Science technology and music festival in Cheshire next weekend. Formed by brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll at the start of the acid house explosion in the late 80’s – Orbital are famed for spectacular live performances in front of…

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections Culture, UK

    If the furore over the Tory U-turn on social care costs has been all about the pensioner vote, the battle for the youth vote is no less fervent, especially with the deadline for voter registration ending today.

  • Published on 12 Apr 2017 Sections Culture, Nigeria, World

    It’s a sound and a style that is changing western music. Afrobeats – the fusion of African and international pop music is helping secure some of West Africa’s brightest stars a global audience.

  • Published on 9 Mar 2017 Sections Culture, UK

    Whether it is rock, pop, jazz or classical – noise complaints, license restrictions and business rates are causing hard times or even closure for many live music venues.  Now a group have organised to provide a comprehensive snapshot of live music in every sort of venue – from grassroots to top-flight professionals.

  • Published on 1 Mar 2017 Sections Culture, UK

    His tweets make front page news, his concerts sell out in minutes, and his debut album is destined to top the charts: the grime artist Stormzy has caught the imagination of a generation.

  • Published on 21 Dec 2016 Sections UK

    After the Oscars and Grammys, it was the turn of the Brit Awards earlier this year to face allegations of a lack of recognition for black and minority talent. When Channel Four News highlighted the diversity problem at Britain’s most important music awards show, the organisers promised they would change.

  • Published on 10 Nov 2016 Sections Culture, Politics, United States, World

    The multi award-winning American band Green Day have never been shy of expressing their political views. So how do they feel about Donald Trump becoming their new president?

  • Published on 3 Aug 2016 Sections Culture

    Better known as Christine and the Queens, Héloïse Letissier’s self-styled brand of “freak pop” played to rave reviews at Glastonbury.

  • Published on 11 Jan 2016 Sections Culture, World

    The incredible creative life force that was David Bowie

    Bowie was emblematic of my generation. He was revolution, rebellion – even in a time when we all rebelled against the given order.

  • Published on 18 Mar 2014 Sections World

    L’Wren Scott’s death: let’s pause – but not to gawp

    The death of L’Wren Scott is not a moment to peer into private grief but a time to reflect that everyone we meet is fighting secret battles.