Andy Gill

Andy Gill is The Independent's Music Critic.

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The Kooks, Listen, album review: Band channel the spirit of gospel and Ian Dury

The band have managed to pull it off again, with an engaging collection that refuses to be hidebound by the strictures of indie-rock.

Ambitious and genuinely moving: Kate Bush at the Hammersmith Apollo

Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, gig review: Just what everyone was hoping for

The most ambitious piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage

Kate Bush has rarely performed live since her first single in 1978

Kate Bush tour: Will she still be running up that hill?

Kate Bush last toured in 1979, so her new shows, which begin this month, are hugely anticipated – and shrouded in mystery

It is thought any appearance by Morrissey in the rural radio soap opera would include his outspoken views on the livestock industry

Morrissey, World Peace Is None of Your Business, album review: 'Brutal, surprising, exploratory'

“The older generation have tried, sighed and died, which pushes me to their place in the queue,” notes Morrissey with customary wry mordancy in “Oboe Concerto”, the concluding track of World Peace Is None of Your Business.

Elvis Presley at one of his final concerts in 1977

Elvis Has Left The Building by Dylan Jones; book of the week

WHEN ASKED, SHORTLY after the death of his only client Elvis Presley, what he would do now, "Colonel" Tom Parker was brutally sanguine. "Why, I'll go right on managing him," he replied, doubtless secure in the knowledge that he would be earning more in the future than he had during the star's declining years. As showbiz cynics were quick to acknowledge, Presley's death was a great career move, revitalising a brand that has continued to generate more income since his death than prior to it.

Michael Jackson on the cover for his forthcoming posthumous album, XSCAPE
Damon Albarn performs at Coachella 2013. The former Blur frontman will release his debut solo album in April

Damon Albarn, Everyday Robots - album review

Albarn's new release is his most personal and revealing album to date

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