Elisa Bray

Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor

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Joni Mitchell turns 70 his year

The Joni Mitchell generation: James Blake, Corinne Bailey Rae and others pay tribute

As she prepares to celebrate her 70th birthday, today's stars talk about how Joni Mitchell inspired their work

Fans of the Killers who pre-order their new album will get early access to a one-off London show

Get special access to Killers one-off London show with online pre-order

If there's one thing guaranteed to make music fans nostalgic, it's anniversary albums and tours. Both The Killers and Keane are celebrating 10 years in music – cue best-of albums and special shows. The Las Vegas band, who played their first London show 10 years ago, are releasing Direct Hits on 11 November and to celebrate they are playing a one-off show at Hammersmith Apollo on 6 November. Fans pre-ordering the album from the band's online store before noon on Monday will receive a unique code allowing them to buy tickets from 10am on Wednesday, ahead of the general sale on Thursday. The Best of Keane arrives the same day – tonight they play a tiny homecoming show at Tunbridge Wells. 

Arcade Fire: All roads lead to Montreal

Arcade Fire: Why all musical roads lead to Montreal

It's the Canadian city where the sounds never stop – a scene that produced Arcade Fire and countless other acts. How does it happen? Elisa Bray went to find out

Wolfmen: Kevin Jeremiah, Ciaran Jeremiah, Dan Gillespie Sells, Paul Stewart, and Richard Jones of The Feeling

The Feeling: the soft machine returns

The Feeling were masters of melodic rock till the hits dried up. Now they're going it alone, they tell Elisa Bray

Jessie Ware performs at Somerset House

Cultural life: Jessie Ware, singer

'May We Be Forgiven is really kind of dark, modern fiction – it's great'

Music review: Manic Street Preachers - a satisfying and varied show

Less than two years ago, the Manic Street Preachers played the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena. Now, they play to a tenth of that audience size, the intimacy of this west London venue - and others on this tour - ideal for their new, 11th studio album, Rewind the Film, which revolves around gentle acoustic modes. It seems that in their middle age the Welsh band are embracing subtlety (musically, at least).

Cornered: (from left) Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana

Nirvana and the Kurt Cobain we knew

A 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana's final album, In Utero, is released on Monday. Those who worked with the band, and musicians inspired by their music, talk to Elisa Bray

It's not rock'n'roll for bands to blame the crowd

Arctic Monkeys and Plan B both turned on their fans. Bad move, says Elisa Bray

Elena Tonra, from Daughter

Daughter: Relative success comes early

Daughter have just won Indie Album of the Year and toured with The National. They tell Elisa Bray about their intense sound

In at the sharp end: Johnny Borrell

These top rockers just can't cut it on their own

Razorlight's Johnny Borrell is the latest star to suffer as a solo act

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Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride