Music

29 June 2015

Glasto: a Butlins for middle-class, middle-aged bores

Glastonbury speaks to the 21st-century crisis of popular culture.

26 June 2015

Streaming is the future of music – now pay for it

Taylor Swift was right to stand up to Apple. Now let's tackle the freeloading fans.

29 May 2015

Joy Division: transmissions from an edgier era

The nostalgia for Eighties alt culture reflects how pale public life is today.

22 May 2015

Taylor Swift: queen of the Peter Pan generation

Twentysomething Swiftdom shows how scared of growing up my generation is.

17 April 2015

Montage of Heck: nevermind the tragedy

A new rock doc about Kurt Cobain is a paean to the Nirvana frontman’s restless creativity – not his tragic end.

27 March 2015

Kendrick Lamar: rap’s angry young man

To Pimp A Butterfly is a rap classic for Generation Y to call its own.

23 January 2015

Stephen Sondheim: a puzzling genius

The secret of the lyricist-composer’s success? Hard work, a love of crosswords and brilliant librettos.

1 December 2014

Paul Morley: ‘Pop music needs a cull’

The music critic talks to spiked about the hyper nostalgia that is killing pop.

23 September 2014

Nick Cave: grit in the teeth of London's luvvies

20,000 Days on Earth is an engrossing film about an unlikely hero of Britain's middle class.