In 2011 Nick Mulvey was nominated for the Mercury Prize as a jazz drummer. Then he got bored, quit the band, became a folk singer and made the shortlist again
Johnny Marr on his disdain for modern pop music and new album Playland, which featured 'four people just plugging into amps and going for it'
Alt-J on the new nerve-racking expectations on the band after their recent stunning success
Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The Independent's music editor selects the best artists to watch
Latitude, now in its ninth year, continues to push the boundaries and be a source of inspiration
They're are a duo without a guitar, but that hasn’t stopped the comparisons with Led Zeppelin and Muse
There's an even more eclectic mix than usual down on the farm this weekend, with Dolly Parton competing for Metallica's audience... if Arcade Fire hasn't already taken them.
Frontman Joseph Mount had much humbler expectations than a top 10 album, festival headline slots and sold-out gigs at major venues
From Latitude’s vast celebrations to boutique events in Kent, we count down the 30 best festivals on the UK’s extraordinary summer music scene.
Guitar bands – proper, loud ones – are back in vogue. Cover your ears
Ever since Bob Dylan went electric and David Bowie began painting his face, musicians have been reinventing themselves. The Kooks are about to do the same, and they’re not alone
BBC 6Music Festival, Manchester
The Week in Music: Pharrell Williams releases first album in eight years
If people chatting throughout gigs is, for you, a constant source of irritation, sign up to Sofar Sounds. Back in 2010, three friends frustrated with the London live scene decided to reinvent it and launched a movement of secret gigs in front rooms. It has since spread to New York, and now Edinburgh.
Two new tribute albums promise, for once, to do justice to their subjects