Rachel and Betty Unthank: ‘If you’re not going to put yourself out there, what’s the point in living?

Now that they’ve popularised traditional folk music among a younger generation, the next item on the Unthanks’ agenda? “Make clog dancing cool.” (...)

The “exile” in the album title really rings true in this case. The band came together when a bunch of Songhoy youngsters, who had been driven out o(...)

“People say to me, ‘Do you ever get nervous?’ and I say, ‘If an album bombs, I’ll make another one.’ I’ve made enough sh*t records – and great records – to know that you ride it out”

It’s towards the end of the interview that it happens. We’ve been discussing the rumours of a mooted collaboration between Noel Gallagher and Blur (...)

Graham Coxon, Alex James, Damon Albarn and Dave Rowntree at the Golden Phoenix restaurant, in Chinatown, London, after announcing their new album. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Blur have announced that they will release their first album together in 16 years next month. The band made the surprise announcement on their Faceboo(...)

Gorillaz: one for the road?

Jamie Hewlett’s recent visual confirmation of a Gorillaz reunion tickled fans enormously, and the announcement echoed an age-old pattern of humming an(...)

 Hozier has received a Brit nomination for International Solo Male. Photograph: PA

Bray singer-songwriter Hozier has recorded another milestone in his rapid rise to stardom, picking up a Brit nomination for International Solo Male.Th(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? The Gloaming’s album and live show took my breath away at the start of the year and set a high sta(...)

Tony Allen: Film Of Life

It’s right and proper that one of the greatest drummers ever continues to get his props. In recent years the Afrobeat co-creator, Africa 70 bandlea(...)

It’s less than a month to go to the announcement of this year’s Mercury Music Prize shortlist, and Ladbrokes are first out of the traps with odds as t(...)

Josh Lloyd-Watson: ‘I don’t want to look at my own album sleeve and see my own face’

There will always a place at the table for bands who can talk a good game. On the phone from Seattle on a day off on a recent US tour, Josh Lloyd-Wats(...)