Kim Gordon  and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth perform  in New York in 2009. Photograph: Mark Von Holden/Getty Images

One of the most surprising things about Kim Gordon, when she picks up the phone on the American west coast, is how quiet she sounds. Seeing as she’s t(...)

Mark Lanegan: ‘It’s satisfying and gratifying to make your own music, but I personally don’t get the same enjoyment out of the music that I make as I do from somebody else’s music that I like’

It should come as no surprise to find Mark Lanegan is a man of few words, but I have a list of questions in front of me that is dwindling in a worr(...)

Three albums in 28 years? The Vaselines aren’t the most prolific band ever, but Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee’s impact on a generation of musicians c(...)

Bono on his critics: “They’re the haters; we’re the lovers. We’re never going to agree. People who would not normally be exposed to our music have got a chance to listen to it.  File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

U2 singer Bono has said the blogosphere is “enough to put you off democracy”. The band’s decision to give their new album Songs of Innocence away free(...)

Alexander Wang ‘Parental Advisory’ sheer-panelled sweatshirt

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Flowers and tributes are placed at the make-shift memorial on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star for US actor Robin Williams, who was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Tiberon home north of San Francisco yesterday. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

The national suicide prevention charity Console has expressed concern that the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams could provoke copycat suicid(...)

‘Gerontophilia’ depicts the romance between a pretty young care attendant (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie) and his 81-year-old charge, Mr Peabody (Walter Borden)

It seems only appropriate that Bruce LaBruce has a shock of ginger hair. Frankly, we would have been disappointed with a more common pigmentation. (...)

The guitar company plans today to name Bono and the Edge from U2 to its board

Few guitar makers can claim the same perch in the rock music pantheon as Fender, whose Stratocasters and Telecasters have been favoured by musicians a(...)

The Punk Singer begins as it means to go on: with a feminist battle-cry from Kathleen Hanna circa 1991: “I am your worst nightmare come to life. I’m a(...)

A troupe of Riverdancers in action. Photograph: Jack Hartin/Riverdance/PA Wire 8:10

Twenty years ago today, in the course of a seemingly ordinary Eurovision Song Contest, a troupe of Irish dancers flashed across the stage of what was (...)