Actor/director Steven Berkoff: ‘If there’s anything that the establishment can’t bear, it’s someone who stands out. You could say the same thing about any radical person, starting from Jesus Christ.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Not many people realise this, but you don’t actually learn anything at art college any more; however, you do have to go there to find that out.” A(...)

Soundtrack to an era: Joni Mitchell in the 1970s. Photograph: Henry Diltz/Rhino

‘Okay, what do you want to know?” Joni Mitchell opens the conversation with a question that would stump anyone. Where do you start? She’s in her ki(...)

Dave Fanning: “The J1 is one of the most important things you do as a student”

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To hear her music, you would assume that Emma Tricca had spent her life completely immersed in English folk culture. The young Italian’s second album (...)

DAN CROLL It’s time for Dan Croll’s fantasy festival. Where would you hold it? Somewhere with the natural landscape for it, maybe the Minack Th(...)

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(...)