Elisa Bray

Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor

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13 best sleep aids for babies

Get little ones off to the land of nod with a bit of help. IndyBest finds comforters for tired infants (and new parents)

Just folk: The Unthanks

Album as art form: How artists are using different ways to engage an audience

Artists have been ditching downloads and playing whole albums for fans at listening parties and gigs. Elisa Bray reports

Singer and songwriter Little Boots photographed in High Street Kensington

Little Boots interview: How I found my feet

Victoria Hesketh has taken her own path rather than become a 'singing Barbie'

Dead smart: (from left) Matt Nicholls, Lee Malia, Oli Sykes, Jordan Fish, and Matt Kean of Bring Me the Horizon

Bring me the Horizon, interview: Could the band become the new Metallica?

Singer Oli Sykes: 'I guess we didn’t know how far the band would come along, but at the same time there are not many English bands that have of this kind of heaviness that have achieved it'

13 best chocolate Advent calendars

With two weeks to go until the start of Advent, the IndyBest finds festive cocoa treats for all the family

Alt-J interview: Collaborations with stars like Miley Cyrus signal a whole new direction for the boys from Leeds

Alt-J on the new nerve-racking expectations on the band after their recent stunning success

Kent psych-rockers Syd Arthur: 'Experimenting with philosophy and drugs opened our eyes'

After 10 years Syd Arthur are getting the attention their freewheelin’ music deserves

Hooked on classical: cellist Rachael Lander began drinking to combat panic attacks

Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

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

My student days: Six musicians, actors and comedians fondly reminisce

They didn’t spend enough time in the library and struggled with lectures, but our six celebrities made firm friends, enjoyed their subjects and some even mastered spaghetti bolognese

Are music streaming services the new internet goldmine – or a total rip-off?

As online music-streaming grows exponentially, top musicians share their hopes and fears

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower