Andy Gill

Andy Gill is The Independent's Music Critic.

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Rock and pop group Young Fathers

Young Fathers, White Men Are Black Men Too - album review: A joyous mash-up that crosses the cultural divide

There’s a shared celebration of 'collective individuality', a belief that the future is made together, not separately

All the people: Graham Coxon, Damon Albarn, Alex James and Dave Rowntree

Blur's, The Magic Whip, album review: A beautiful comeback

Andy Gill enjoys Damon Albarn's elegant influence on Blur's five-day jam in Hong Kong

Sufjan Stevens' new album explores the effect of his estranged mother Carrie’s death on him

Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell - album review: Stirring memories from the troubled troubadour

A cathartic exercise exploring the effect of his estranged mother Carrie’s death

Ray Davies performing on stage during the Hard Rock Calling music festival in London's Hyde Park, 2011

Ray Davies: A Complicated Life by Johnny Rogan, book review: A dedicated follower of melancholy

Rogan's immense tome on The Kinks's creative mainspring is something of a backhanded compliment

Laura Marling’s new album is liberally sprinkled with rhetorical questions

Laura Marling, Short Movie, album review: Star of her own movie finds a happy ending

Her self-imposed exile is the one thematic mainspring driving this record

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

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada