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Teenage Fanclub: “We’ve always resisted becoming a heritage band” – Interview

by Steven Johnson

Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley on how new album Endless Arcade fell into place, their creative processes, and their forthcoming UK tour plans

Lucy Gooch: “I wanted to make something more experimental with a dissonance and eerin...

by Steven Johnson

The Bristol-based artist on her new Rain’s Break EP, taking inspiration from 1940s films, the lasting impressions of singing in choirs and moving away from looping to more organic arrangements

Roddy Woomble: “I’ve spent 20 years making guitar music, but this new album involve...

by Steven Johnson

The Idlewild frontman on the ‘dystopian pop’ of new solo record Lo! Soul, experimenting with sounds, being guided by other musicians and how the pandemic changed working methods

Spotlight: George Michael – Older

by Ian Wade

Released a quarter of a century ago, here is the album that encapsulates the beautiful soul and true legend that was the real George. It is his masterpiece

Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner: “I was looking for something less structured, something I h...

by Steven Johnson

On the background to new album Showtunes, converting guitar into piano sounds, continuing to embrace technology and broadening his range of collaborators

One For Keeps: Paul and Linda McCartney – Ram

by Ross Horton

One of the most charming albums ever committed to tape gets a 50th anniversary ‘half speed master’ vinyl repress, and reminds of the simple pleasures of intimacy

Murcof: “I feel attracted to music and sounds that evoke a sense of mystery or otherw...

by Steven Johnson

Fernando Corona on his new double album, operating on intellectual and emotional levels, music in response to art and the importance of silence

Man On Man: “Take away all the venues and queers would still find a way to get to...

by Matt Cotsell

Indie-rock distortion and gay pop confidence meet in a new project from Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum and partner Joey Holman. Now they’re ready to take it on the road

Peggy Seeger: “Humans are a warlike species. The world is being run on a male dyn...

by Daniel Paton

The folk royal on new album First Farewell, the hell of mornings and her ‘drop in the bucket’ theory

Tom Jones: “I make the songs my own, and it’s as if I wrote them” –...

by Ben Hogwood

The Welsh legend on his new album Surrounded By Time, the challenges faced by The Voice contestants and treating Mother Earth with dignity

Spotlight: Fleetwood Mac – Live (Super Deluxe Edition)

by Ross Horton

Majoring on tracks from Tusk and Rumours, this is a living, breathing document of one of the most spectacular implosions of an artistic collective ever witnessed

Flock Of Dimes: “Music is the only way I know to process my feelings fully” –...

by Steven Johnson

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner discusses her new solo album Head Of Roses, and reveals how heartbreak led to her finding comfort and purpose in music

Hannah Peel: “This is what I want, an emergence in nature being born” ̵...

by Ben Hogwood

The Fir Wave creator, arranger and Night Tracks presenter on folding in the work of Delia Derbyshire and the Radiophonic Workshop, and emulating the natural world with digital technology

Fyfe Dangerfield: “I’ve stockpiled so much music over the last decade” &#...

by Michael Hubbard

The Guillemots frontman is back with an EP, an improvised piano and vocal work, a mooch through the albums that have influenced him most, and some answers to questions

This Music Made Me: Loney Dear

by musicOMH

Ahead of the release of new album A Lantern And A Bell, Emil Svanängen mines his music memory for the albums that have influenced him most

New Age Steppers: Stepping Into A New Age – Spotlight

by Matt Cotsell

Reissues reappraise a band formed by The Slits’ Ari Up, revealing the serially collaborative outfit’s warm heart and timeless call for unity

Lost Horizons’ Simon Raymonde: “I wanted to try to broaden this album out to so...

by Steven Johnson

The Bella Union boss on the creative processes behind new album In Quiet Moments, matching music to vocalists, finding rebirth from death and the ongoing thrill of discovering new artists

Seth Lakeman: “The stories seemed to really connect with people” – Q&...

by Michael Hubbard

Looking back at Freedom Fields, and what came next, ahead of a streaming performance celebrating its 15th birthday, with its creator

Tindersticks’ Stuart Staples: “I needed to be in a place I hadn’t been before...

by Steven Johnson

On new album Distractions, being inspired by political events, how his songwriting has changed over the years and some of his favourite Tindersticks albums

SOPHIE, visionary innovator who sculpted thrillingly uncompromising sound worlds

by Matt Beattie

Grammy nominee, experimental pop musician, DJ, producer and collaborator dies aged 34

Hilang Child: “I write uplifting music to represent the feelings I want to be having...

by Steven Johnson

Brighton based musician Ed Riman on his new album Every Mover, finding catharsis and redemption in music and playing life-affirming live shows in Indonesia