Andy Gill

Andy Gill is The Independent's Music Critic.

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William Butler of Arcade Fire performs on stage at British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park.

Will Butler, Policy, album review: A punk-funk mix that isn’t quite a blazing success

Policy is enjoyable enough, but one hopes that for its follow-up, Butler takes time to find the most accomplished realisations of his material

Peace train: (from left) Doug Castle, Harry Koisser, Sam Koisser and Dom Boyce

Peace interview: 'The ones who get bored with touring are the ones who don't need to tour to exist'

The Britpop inheritors have taken their new album into the unforgiving environments of pubs and dive bars

Madonna performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015

Madonna, Rebel Heart - album review: A confirmation of Madonna's sustained musical relevance

The lyrics mine familiar tropes of sex, dance, religion and celebrity but the music pushes out from her electropop template

Pops Staples performing in 1996

Pops Staples, Don't Lose This - album review: This soulful family affair is a real find

Most of Pops’ material sticks to the familiar gospel themes of fellowship and striving with a few modern twists thrown in

The Pop Group have retained their signature sound after 35 years

The Pop Group, Citizen Zombie - album review: Post-punkers are still angry after all these years

The Pop Group’s signature mode of deviant funk is still disconcerting and the focus of their anger is still sharp

The Grateful Dead in the Seventies

Grateful Dead: Martin Scorsese's documentary marks the psychedelic rock band's 50th anniversary

LSD, lawsuits and anarchy – it's no wonder the group are still so prolific

Idlewild performing at Leeds Festival in 2000

Idlewild, Everything Ever Written, album review: A Grateful Dead-like grace which could be their best work so far

Musically, the lay-off, and the acquisition of new bass and keyboard players, has worked wonders for Idlewild’s sonic palette

The band Peace

Peace, Happy People, album review: Indie’s new kings show the power of positive thinking

It’s like listening to peak-period Oasis, but with the snarls replaced by smiles

A freewheelin’ Bob Dylan has restored life to old standards

Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night, album review: Restoring life to old standards

Unlike most modern-day, punched-in vocal constructions, there’s a real sense of fallible humanity to these live performances

Singer-songwriter Natalie Prass' album was recorded three years ago but has only just been released

Natalie Prass, 'Natalie Prass' - album review: Soul slow-burner charms on her gorgeous debut

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