Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor
02 May 2014 12:00 AM
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
28 March 2014 12:10 PM
The Kooks have been through backlashes, break-ups and heartbreak. Now they're back with a new sound they call ‘electric church music’
27 March 2014 11:00 PM
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.
22 March 2014 12:00 AM
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
02 March 2014 05:58 PM
BBC 6Music Festival, Manchester
28 February 2014 09:15 AM
Soundtracks are no longer the preserve of film composers
21 February 2014 05:30 PM
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
20 February 2014 10:30 PM
The Week in Music: Pharrell Williams releases first album in eight years
13 February 2014 11:00 PM
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.
07 February 2014 05:39 PM
The Lexington, London
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
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