Eddie Chacon: Sundown review – delightful career renaissance for former one-hit wonder | Music

The artwork for Sundown

It was hard not to notice a tone of amazement about the glowing reviews of Eddie Chacon’s debut solo album, Pleasure, Joy and Happiness. Whatever musical highlights people expected 2020 to bring, a warped soul […]

Lady Gaga Steps Out as Harley Quinn in ‘Joker 2’ Set Photos – Rolling Stone

Lady Gaga Steps Out as Harley Quinn in ‘Joker 2’ Set Photos – Rolling Stone

Singer/actress gives first look at her villain in Folie a Deux sequel Lady Gaga gave her Monsters and cinephiles the first look at her Harley Quinn character in new set photos from Joker: Folie a […]

U2 Songs of Surrender review – all the anthems, but smaller | U2

The artwork for U2: Songs of Surrender

U2 have always dealt in grand gestures. No other rock artists from the world of post-punk chased megastardom with the same missionary zeal: they seldom made any bones about wanting to be the biggest band […]

Matthew Rhys On Reinventing ‘Perry Mason’ Again, ‘Cocaine Bear,’ And Saying Yes To Adventure

Matthew Rhys

HBO It’s been almost three years since we last checked in on Perry Mason (season 2 premieres tonight on HBO at 9pm EST) and nearly as long since Matthew Rhys‘ face was on our screens […]

Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily: Love in Exile review – a trio in striking harmony | Music

The artwork for Love in Exile.

Since her 2015 debut Bird Under Water, Pakistani American singer Arooj Aftab has honed the delicate cadence of her voice in increasingly minimal settings. On that album, she embellished yearning Urdu poetry with traditional instrumentation […]

‘Songs should be alive’: Slovenian trio Širom on their ‘imaginary folk’ music | Folk music

‘The music has to be responsive.’

What is folk music? Is it music specific to a region and embodying particular cultural traditions, or could there be a more open-ended definition? Perhaps it’s a product of the imagination that can be rooted […]

Gorillaz: Cracker Island review – smaller, subtler, and better for it | Culture

The artwork for Cracker Island.

Here’s a sobering thought for anyone old enough to recall the early 00s first-hand: Cracker Island arrives 22 years on from Gorillaz’s debut single, Clint Eastwood. Founded by Damon Albarn, an alt-rock star apparently dabbling […]

Bye-bye American pie: high price of visas keeps British musicians off US tours | UK news

Fergus McCreadie in a button-down shirt and tie, with a slight beard and his long hair in a bun, looking serious

“Breaking” America has been the goal of young British musicians since the days of Beatlemania, but that dream is being dashed. Hundreds of emerging artists could be affected by plans to hike visa fees by […]

Men often ignore women musicians’ stories. I’m determined to let them finally be heard | Music

Babes in Toyland pictured in 1992 … (L-R) Michele Leon, Lori Barbero and Kat Bjelland.

In the past few years, a wave of documentary films have revisited the lives of famous (or infamous) women of the 90s, examining how their careers exploded under the weight of misogyny and undue media […]

‘There’s civic pride involved’: the UK acts scoring No 1 albums thanks to regional fanbases | Music

The Reytons.

When he started the Reytons in Rotherham in 2017, singer Jonny Yerrell wrote the song On the Back Burner about his dashed ambitions on the South Yorkshire open mic scene. “I can vividly remember the […]

Why Disney Plus Marvel movies go from black-bar widescreen to fullscreen

The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Disney Plus tab for Versions, selecting either IMAX Enhanced or theatrical formats.

As Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max, Peacock, and the rest of the streaming services vie for attention, new hooks for the home-entertainment viewing experience have emerged, from high-definition picture to deluxe sound […]

‘It was a proper shebeen, man!’: how Sistermatic blazed a trail for Black queer sound systems | Music

Yvonne Taylor preparing a set for Sistermatic in 1990.

On a February morning in Brixton, old friends Yvonne Taylor and Eddie Lockhart are laughing about their first forays into London’s lesbian nightlife – and how they eventually went on to transform it. In 1984, […]

Paramore: This Is Why review – deft songs of millennial malaise | Music

Paramore squash their faces against glass, on the album cover of This Is Why

In 2007, Paramore released their breakthrough hit, Misery Business. It’s a song the band have a complicated relationship with. A few years ago, singer Hayley Williams began offering caveats about it – “I haven’t related […]

Polobi & the Gwo Ka Masters: Abri Cyclonique review – a fresh take on Guadeloupean music | Music

The artwork for Abri Cyclonique

The voice of 69-year-old Guadeloupean singer Moïse Polobi is a uniquely powerful presence. Deep, laden with heavy vibrato and rasping through yearning melody, his delivery has been honed through a lifetime spent with groups singing […]

‘It speaks straight from the heart’: Bryan Ferry, Adele and Engelbert Humperdinck on Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love | Bob Dylan

Adele performing at the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, 24 October 2021.

When Adele covered Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love on her debut album 19, her interpretation was a sparse piano ballad that exuded tortured romantic longing. “The lyrics are just amazing and summed up […]