Elisa Bray

Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor

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Matt Bellamy of rock band Muse

Review: Muse, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

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.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Her Majesty’s Theatre, London

“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.

From Hot Chip (pictured) to Conor Oberst, the gigs organised by online fan campaigns

From Hot Chip to Conor Oberst, the gigs organised by online fan campaigns

Frustrated that your favourite band never plays near you? Now, says Elisa Bray, you have the power to make it happen

Jamie Lidell appears to have settled into a new, comfortable place

Jamie Lidell: soul man turns the page

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

He will still rock you: Queen's Freddie Mercury

Online music archives: Net gains for those who love rare rockers

There are sites full of undiscovered gems emerging online all the time

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Ed Harcourt, Cecil Sharp House, London

“Does anyone want to hear another love song? Because I’ve got lots”, quips Ed Harcourt.

Sharon Van Etten, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

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.

Elizabeth McGovern: 'It never was Cora suddenly being in the band, it was this person in a band suddenly being Cora.'

Countess Cora: a rock chick at heart

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

Eno pictures paint 1,000 words

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.

How the Horrors helped Rachel Zeffira blossom

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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