Elisa Bray

Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor

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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

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.

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