Pop music

Despite everything, I love Glastonbury – and I wasn’t the only one booing Jeremy Corbyn

26 June 2017 17:07

‘You don’t look like Radiohead fans, lads,’ said the old fashioned Northern lady as she served Boy and me our…

There’s a reason why Isis targets gigs: music is the enemy of fundamentalism

23 May 2017 15:48

Until last night Ariana Grande’s fans, predominantly tweens and teens, were more preoccupied with the concept of friendship than the…

An original and brilliant show: Loudon Wainwright III at Leicester Square Theatre reviewed

24 March 2017 17:03

Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving Twin Leicester Square Theatre Even by the standards of his fellow confessional singer-songwriters who emerged alongside…

There’s a reason why Prince didn’t release his archive – most of it isn’t very good

6 May 2016 16:38

Prince’s vast archive of unreleased music is legendary. The ‘vault’ in Paisley Park, the late musician’s home-cum-studio complex in suburban…

Why I hate Adele’s vapid, deathless ballads

26 February 2016 16:44

Music never dies, but if Adele makes another record, there is going to be a murder. Probably of me, by…

Please spare us the sob signalling over David Bowie

11 January 2016 13:32

By 9am this morning, I’d turned down two offers from two newspapers to write about the freshly-dead David Bowie. I told…

Why I’m in love with Róisín Murphy

19 November 2015 16:59

Róisín Murphy, the Irish singer-songwriter, is currently touring Europe with her Mercury Prize-shortlisted new album, Hairless Toys. The album, with its…

Women are to blame for the big Glastonbury sell-out

5 October 2015 10:37

I suppose you can look at it two ways. Glastonbury, and rock festivals generally, were once patronised by music obsessives;…

How Kraftwerk did more to shape modern music than anyone since the Beatles

19 January 2015 9:00

Normally, few things in life are quite so tedious as listening to a bunch of academics discussing pop music. However…

Pop stars at prayer – from Madonna to the Beatles, and jihadist Cat Stevens

3 November 2014 15:12

A spoof in the Israeli Daily recently had Eminem planning to convert to Judaism and move to Tel Aviv. But…

Kanye West is a sanctimonious prat – which is exactly why he’s so great

5 July 2014 13:37

What’s the difference between Kanye West and the space cadets of Speakers’ Corner? Without having access to their bank statements,…

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

13 July 2013 9:44

Deborah Ross reviews two films for us this week. The first is Pacific Rim, a ‘giant monsters v. giant robots’…

The Olympic show is over

13 August 2012 12:32

I have hugely enjoyed the French verdict on London 2012: the whole thing was botched and all our athletes cheated.…

Any Spice is too much

10 August 2012 11:06

It’s actually happening. Leaked rehearsal snaps (via Twitter) confirm the very worst suspicions about the Olympic closing ceremony. Yes, that’s…

Let the Telegraph be the Telegraph

25 November 2011 18:20

Few things on Fleet Street are as reliably embarrassing as the Daily Telegraph’s efforts to appeal to the Yoof market.…

Rickrolling Oregon

9 April 2011 11:56

Silly but kinda fun too: Ooh for the win, of course. Here’s how it went: [A]ssembling the video was about…