Elisa Bray

Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor

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A change is gonna come: The strangest modern musical reinventions

Ever since Bob Dylan went electric and David Bowie began painting his face, musicians have been reinventing themselves. The Kooks are about to do the same, and they’re not alone 

The Kooks interview: They've returned in their own way

The Kooks have been through backlashes, break-ups and heartbreak. Now they're back with a new sound they call ‘electric church music’  

The eyes have it: Kate Bush

The Week in Music: Comeback queen Kate Bush hits new heights with first tour in 35 years

Just two weeks after we included Kate Bush's 1979 Hammersmith Odeon show in our feature on the best final gigs, she announces her first tour in 35 years. Tickets for her Before the Dawn tour – 22 dates from 26 August to 1 October at that same venue, renamed the Eventim Apollo – are on sale today.

Austin goes gaga for superstars' gigs at South by Southwest

At South by Southwest festival the likes of De La Soul, Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg play secret gigs while rising stars make their names overnight

Damon Albarn showcased his entire album Everyday Robots

6Music Festival review: Damon Albarn's new track was masterfully executed'

BBC 6Music Festival, Manchester

Pharrell Williams is nominated for Best Song at the Oscars with

Oscars 2014: Music stars muscle in on Academy Awards glory

Soundtracks are no longer the preserve of film composers 

Rufus Wainwright interview: ‘I would really like to have a pop hit’

He has a new husband, a new daughter, a new opera in the works and a new album out. Now all he wants is a No 1

Top hat: Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams keeps fans happy with surprise new album GIRL

The Week in Music: Pharrell Williams releases first album in eight years

Off the wall: the Ali Warren Band

The Week in Music: Sofar so good for the gig-goers who enjoy the sound of silence

If people chatting throughout gigs is, for you, a constant source of irritation, sign up to Sofar Sounds. Back in 2010, three friends frustrated with the London live scene decided to reinvent it and launched a movement of secret gigs in front rooms. It has since spread to New York, and now Edinburgh.

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