Elisa Bray

Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor

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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

Beautifully sad: rising music star Marika Hackman

'I guess there is quite a dark side to me': Marika Hackman interview

Burberry model-turned-musician Marika Hackman is far happier writing sad songs than she is posing for the camera, she tells Elisa Bray

Rudimental and Bipolar Sunshine

Rudimental: How being a collaborator is on the right track after all

Collaborations between artists are typically orchestrated by record labels hoping to generate the next chart hit, but on this occasion the chart-topping dance act Rudimental had the chance to do their own A&R, picking a rising act with whom to work on a new track. Given the challenge of writing, recording, releasing and performing an original track within a 24-hour time frame, they picked emerging artist Manchester-based Bipolar Sunshine, aka Adio Marchant, the former front man of indie-ska band Kid British.“We discovered Bipolar Sunshine's tune Fire on YouTube and thought it was great – great vocals and lyrics,” Rudimental's Piers Agget tells me.

Sorry, Thom Yorke, but Spotify helps bands much more than it hinders them

Spotify has every intention of helping its users discover new music. Chances are, if you discover a band you like, then you may well decide to buy a ticket to a gig

Jacket required: José González and Tobias Winterkorn of Junip

Junip: friends reunited for a taste of swede success

Junip released their first single back in 2000, but then José González found fame as a solo singer. Now, they have a new album out and a spot at Latitude. Elisa Bray meets them

Ross Farrelly, Pete O'Hanlon and Josh McClorey of The Strypes perform on Glastonbury's John Peel stage

The hot bands who are making the summer swing

This year's Glastonbury was a classic. but if you weren't there, don't worry. Elisa Bray braved the tents and toilets to review the best new acts, and finds out where you can see them next

Lead singer Marcus Mumford performs during a concert by Mumford & Sons at Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury 2013 - review: Mumford and Sons give a triumphant performance on last night

From Bassekou Kouyate to Laura Mvula, the final day has its fair share of top festival moments

Tom Odell: The critics’ pick gets a big stage

Tom Odell: The NME might not like his music, but pop's next big thing is about to play Glastonbury

In the week that he was compared to "Marcus Mumford's arse" by one music magazine, Elisa Bray speaks to an undeterred Brits Critic's Choice winner about playing Glastonbury

For the record: Rudimental

Our one-track minds: singles bounce back

British pop fans are buying more singles than at any time since the days of Bright Eyes and Blondie. Elisa Bray investigates

Travis’s singalong chart-toppers led the way from Britpop to Coldplay

Travis: Return of the invisible band

Travis's singalong chart-toppers led the way from Britpop to Coldplay. Their frontman tells Elisa Bray why they've been out of sight for a while

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

Revealed (to the minute)

The precise time when impressionism was born
From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape