Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor
19 February 2013 04:42 PM
Stadiums and festival main stages are Muse’s typical performing spaces – in May, they embark on their biggest stadium tour yet – but at tonight’s special concert for War Child, they play to just 2,000 people.
14 February 2013 06:06 PM
“It’s a tiny bit weird standing up here in this theatre,” says Nick Cave. Usually home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-hit musical The Phantom of the Opera, the ornate theatre is, however, a suitable stage for the Brighton-dwelling Australian, rock’s most dramatic storyteller and a theatrical frontman who embodies every word that he sings.
01 February 2013 07:00 PM
Frustrated that your favourite band never plays near you? Now, says Elisa Bray, you have the power to make it happen
25 January 2013 07:00 PM
Jamie Lidell's latest album is feel-good and funky, and reflects a growing optimism. It's all down to his new wife, the singer tells Elisa Bray
23 January 2013 12:00 AM
There are sites full of undiscovered gems emerging online all the time
21 December 2012 12:21 PM
“Does anyone want to hear another love song? Because I’ve got lots”, quips Ed Harcourt.
05 December 2012 07:06 PM
There aren’t many artists who, when a fan sneezes halfway through a heartfelt torch song, the crowd transfixed, can pause to say “Bless you!” into the microphone, and instantly resume where they left off, recapturing the song and its all-enveloping mood. But Sharon Van Etten can.
01 December 2012 12:00 AM
She's well-known as the refined lady of Downton Abbey, but Elizabeth McGovern has a wilder side. She talks to Elisa Bray about her alter ego Sadie and her passion for music
24 November 2012 12:00 AM
The brief? To take photos, perhaps from the window of the room where fans were listening to Brian Eno's latest album LUX, as the light of their day changed.
24 November 2012 12:00 AM
She was about to be an opera singer –and then Rachel Zeffira was deported. So how did she wind up in a baroque-pop outfit that set her up for solo stardom? She tells Elisa Bray
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