Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor
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
07 February 2014 09:00 AM
Two new tribute albums promise, for once, to do justice to their subjects
06 February 2014 10:30 PM
Perhaps you've been lucky enough to have a song request granted at a gig. If not, your chances are about to increase. Some bands are inviting fans to choose their setlist, like Franz Ferdinand who are offering a choice of 15 singles, album tracks and B-sides spanning their four-album career, to be performed at their show at the 6 Music Festival in Manchester on Saturday 1 March. The six songs with the most votes will open the set. Vote at bbc.co.uk/6music until 7pm on Monday.
30 January 2014 10:00 PM
Talk about suspense. Further to the news that Prince is soon releasing PLECTRUMELECTRUM, his first album with all-female rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, a short teaser for their track "PRETZELBODYLOGIC" went up on YouTube this week. Warning: blink and you'll miss it. The album was written and recorded in Prince's Paisley Park recording studio in Minneapolis, London and New York. Meanwhile, at time of writing, we are still waiting to know exactly which "iconic venues in and around London" Prince will be playing on the Hit and Run Tour any time from Monday. Keep your diary clear…
23 January 2014 10:30 PM
What is the best gig you've been to at Brixton Academy? Perhaps it's Public Enemy, or The Smiths' final show in 1986? Simon Parkes bought the seminal venue for £1 in 1982 and what stories he has to tell in his new memoir Live at the Brixton Academy: a Riotous Life in the Music Business.
17 January 2014 10:39 AM
The band’s latest album takes them way beyond the jangly indie-pop for which the quartet are still known
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