Robert Plant is back to his bluesy roots – and happy to put his rock god days behind him. By Tim Cumming
Holy festival! It's the caped crusader of future feminism!
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Moby gives fans a whale of a time
Twenty-five-year-old North Londoner Clare isn't the first 2011 newbie to harness old-school soul to modern dance music, but he's certainly the most bracing.
Alison Goldfrapp claims she's not interested in seeking attention. Ahead of her band's new album, Elisa Bray considers the evidence
If Goulding looked a little awkward as she stepped up to receive the Critics' Choice award at The Brits, it's perhaps because the Herefordshire lass knew that she wasn't ready for it.
Where do you go when the sound you pioneered has been absorbed by the mainstream as a default setting for car ads?
The difficult second album? No sirree! Not for this Brazilian singersongwriter.
It doesn't make the heart leap
Rare-groove legend TC goes trip-hop, with two songs co-written with Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, who composes another, "Live with Me", himself.
Apart from a garbled version in the Globe six years ago, Marlowe's first play is barely known and the first thing to say about this riveting revival by James Macdonald is: about bloody time, too! References to the play crop up in Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and you could say that Antony and Cleopatra is in some ways a rewrite.
Brighton Port Authority is the latest incarnation of Norman Cook. The concept is that BPA's songs could have been recorded "sometime during the Seventies", which really means it's a repository for stuff that wouldn't get the Fatboy Slim fans going nuts. And also an excuse to hook up with his friends. The novelty Afro-pop single "Toe Jam" has David Byrne in supremely irritating form, but Martha Wainwright's lover's rock number "Spade" is worthy of Susan Cadogan or Janet Kay.