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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No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor