Wayne Shorter: ‘If there’s a lot of praise, where are the record sales?’ Photograph: Keith Tsuji/Getty

For Wayne Shorter, the past is not just another country, it’s a distant galaxy. Only now matters. It’s what you would expect from an iconic jazz music(...)

The cult of Jonathan Wilson has many followers. It began in the summer of 2011, when Wilson, a Carolina native with a Californian soul, released hi(...)

Agnes Obel: Aventine

Influenced as much by Joni Mitchell as Debussy and Satie, Denmark’s Agnes Obel wowed audiences at home and abroad with her beautiful 2010 debut, Ph(...)

Regina Spektor (file photograph): has allowed her influences to fall away, replacing them with distinctive and individualistic themes

Regina SpektorOlympia Theatre, Dublin*****From being something of an odd also-ran in New York’s so-called anti-folk sceneto being a particularly brigh(...)

Nick Hornby devoted a chapter of his book 31 Songs to Mark Mulcahy’s track, Hey Self Defeater. Prince once gave him his Paisley Park studio for three months in the hope a new album would emerge

Mark Mulcahy is a complete and utter cult. He’s the cult musician other cult musicians call “The Boss”. He is indie pop’s version of the masonic hands(...)

As his fellow musician Will Oldham observed recently, the reason people love Leonard Cohen is that his work is both democratic and transcendent. Given(...)

Chris Wood; ‘A lot of writers appear, to my ear, to be trammelled’

Few artists are documenting the reality of this recession with the belly punch that Woody Guthrie landed during America’s great dustbowl Depression. G(...)

 ames Blake performs on stage last month in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)

For workers all around the world, the phrase “do more with less” has become a mantra of the times. Those who play buzzword bingo at staff meetings wil(...)

Welcome to the Haim household. You dry the dishes to Sister Sledge, do your homework to Joni Mitchell and wake up to Motown or The Beatles. The(...)

Published estimates vary from €500 to €700 being spent by a family on an average communion

You could stand in line outside the beauty salon for great swathes of the month of May in my neck of the woods, disposable knickers in one hand(...)