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Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor

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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

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

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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

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