Music

10 July 2015

Amy was no victim. She’s a 21st-century heroine

She died at 27, yes, but her life was fuller and truer than most.

8 July 2015

Rage against Rihanna: how we’re sucking the fun out of pop

So what if ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ is offensive?

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.