Classical and Opera Features
Juanita Stein

This Music Made Me: Juanita Stein

by musicOMH

The sometime Howling Bells leader marks the release of new album Snapshot with a tour through the albums that have influenced her most



William Basinski: “These are my lamentations about the shit that’s been going o...

by Matt Cotsell

The avant-garde composer on new album Lamentations, his jazz project Sparkle Division, the effects of being unable to tour, and cultivating a rich domestic life

This Music Made Me: This Is The Kit

by musicOMH

Ahead of her fifth album Off Off On’s release, Kate Stables mined her music memory for the albums that have influenced her most

Do It Any Way You Wanna: An Introduction to Patrick Cowley

by Matt Cotsell

The sonic equivalent of opening a bottle of amyl nitrate, Cowley’s work shone a light on the multifaceted aspects of queer self-hood

Spotlight: Spoon – Slay On Cue

by Ross Horton

The chance to relive the journey, or experience it for the first time – and discover if they’re one of the most underrated bands in...

Spotlight: Ultravox – Vienna

by Graeme Marsh

A 40th anniversary box set charts a band’s shift from cult status to stardom. Graeme Marsh examines what exactly changed

Spotlight: New Order – Power, Corruption and Lies

by Graeme Marsh

With a Definitive Edition of their 1983 opus released, Graeme Marsh examines one of the best albums of the ’80s in a new light

Q&A: Kutiman

by Steven Johnson

On travelling to Tanzania for new album Wachaga, his work in film and animation, finding inspiration through location and the Israeli music scene

This Music Made Me: A Certain Ratio

by musicOMH

Marking the release of new album ACR Loco, Martin Moscrop, Jez Kerr and Donald Johnson recall the albums that influenced them most

Spotlight: Kylie Minogue – Light Years

by Nick Smith

Nick Smith casts a fond eye back to a super-successful career reinvention and some out-and-out pop classics, 20 years on

AMMAR 808: “I’m always looking for intense rhythms, I’ve always been into...

by Steven Johnson

Sofyann Ben Youssef on his India-inspired new album Global Control / Invisible Invasion, the relationship between his music and the nightclub, and his changing listening...

This Music Made Me: Suzanne Vega

by musicOMH

The Tom’s Diner star marks the release of new album An Evening Of New York Songs And Stories by recalling the albums that have influenced...

This Music Made Me: Everything Everything

by musicOMH

Marking the release of new album Re-Animator, the band’s picks of the music that has influenced them most

This Music Made Me: Saint Saviour

by musicOMH

Marking the release of new album Tomorrow Again, Becky Jones mines her music memory to recall the albums that have influenced her most

“I watched the sun rising over Nunhead in the distance”: The Beloved’...

by Graeme Marsh

Jon Marsh talks about the background to Happiness on its 30th anniversary

Spotlight: Pixies’ Bossanova, 30 years on

by Sam Shepherd

Black Francis and co’s space-themed third, released just a year after their second, became their only Top 3 album. Is it their best?

The Beloved – Happiness (Special Edition) – Spotlight

by Graeme Marsh

On its 30th anniversary, Graeme Marsh looks back on how Happiness became the band’s defining moment

Max Richter: “It’s a legitimate thing for a creative work to have an activi...

by Steven Johnson

On new album Voices, social activism, music as utility and being creatively inspired by history and politics

Rufus Wainwright: “I have no qualms being loved by middle aged women” ̵...

by Michael Hubbard

On new album Unfollow The Rules, the 2020 presidential election, and ladies who lunge

Spotlight: Closer – Joy Division’s pure and final masterpiece at 40

by Ross Horton

Marking an anniversary reissue, Ross Horton examines the enduring influence and impact of the band’s second and final album

NZCA LINES: “Everything was raw and I felt angry, I was trying to make music that was...

by Steven Johnson

On new album Pure Luxury, American influences, music videos inspired by vintage films and incorporating big concepts