Ben Frost: ‘Something happens to music when you turn it up.’ Photograph: Börkur Sigthorsson

It might be five years since Ben Frost released a studio album, but it’s not like he has been slacking. Since By the Throat appeared in 2009, the A(...)

William Doyle, aka East India Youth: ‘It’s about making people see that you’ve got this emotion, but not forcing it on to people’

Even when you’re a musician with a successful album under your belt, you never stop being a fanboy. Not if you’re William Doyle. The man behind(...)

There’s no rest for the wicked. It’s a year since Jon Hopkins released his acclaimed Immunity album, but the demand to hear the record live is still t(...)

Born trippy: Brian Eno and Karl Hyde

One song has got to work pretty hard to link Jeremy Clarkson, Nick Clegg, the Apollo moon walk, an Olympic opening ceremony, any number of videogam(...)

They should have called this album Chris’s Cri de Coeur as this short (42 minutes), nine-track affair is lyrically dominated by tear-soaked sentime(...)

Improbably hirsute drummer Seb Rochford and his genre-defying Polar Bear have been shaking up London’s experimental music scene for the best part o(...)

Wild Beasts:  Chris Talbot, Tom Fleming, Hayden Thorpe and Ben Little

When does a band go from being “good” to being “important”? For Wild Beasts it happened around 2011, when their third album, (...)

Movie music: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, scored by Howard Shore, in concert
They shoot, they score

To show the power of a film score, Conrad Pope suggests a simple experiment. Go to the end of a movie you know well and watch the final scenes with th(...)

This concept record, postponed for several years, finally gets two kinds of releases – one last September and one this week. It straddles dissent a(...)

The Perm State Ballet production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’: ‘a rare privilege’
Our cultural highs and lows of 2013

Patrick Freyne Arts writer What were your highlights of the year? The beauty of Matthew Baynton and James Corden’s great comedy series, Th(...)