Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor
03 December 2013 03:00 PM
From stage school to Jay-Z school, here's how she got there
29 November 2013 11:38 AM
Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
28 November 2013 09:15 PM
With Mercury and Brit nominations, Jessie Ware has had a stellar year. The singer is unveiling her latest song, written with the Blue Nile's Paul Buchanan, at the ASOS All-Nighter (an online house party) on 12 December. She's dedicated the next few months to writing the follow-up to her debut album. "I want my album out next year," she tells me. "It's definitely going to be electronic, but if I can have strings I'm definitely going to!" Expect more collaborating with Julio Bashmore, Kid Harpoon and Dave Okumu.
22 November 2013 07:00 PM
The success of Jake Bugg and Ben Howard has given rise to a new wave of male singer-songwriters who are queueing up to show off their sensitive sides
22 November 2013 12:00 AM
Damon Albarn is a busy man. In between touring with Blur – and work ing on an upcoming solo album – last month he was in Mali recording Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes, the second album by the collective of African and Western musicians and producers. The album, download-able on 9 December, includes Lobi Traoré Band and Moussa Traoré alongside Brian Eno, Django Django's David Maclean, Ghostpoet and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner. The same day, a launch show at Oval Space, east London, will feature Songhoy Blues and Kankou Kouyate's first ever UK performances, Ghostpoet and Maclean, and the premiere of the film of the 2012 train tour. The physical release will follow in early 2014.
14 November 2013 10:40 PM
We've had covers of songs by the late Lou Reed from My Morning Jacket, Pearl Jam, Arctic Monkeys and Twin Shadow (with a woozy version of “Perfect Day”).
08 November 2013 03:23 PM
'Here's to another ten years'
08 November 2013 01:00 AM
On stage, and on her second album, Anna Calvi lets rip. Yet in person she is a model of quiet restraint
Has penning movie soundtracks become a must-do for musicians? Arcade Fire and Jon Hopkins join the bandwagon
07 November 2013 07:01 PM
Arcade Fire have written the music for Spike Jonze's Her
01 November 2013 12:00 PM
As she prepares to celebrate her 70th birthday, today's stars talk about how Joni Mitchell inspired their work
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
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