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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