Maisie Williams: ‘I realised leaving school that I was leaving behind a lot of people who wanted to see me fall.’ Photograph:   Simon Lees/Getty Images

Bright, articulate and opinionated, Maisie Williams is, in the nicest possible sense, a right old chatterbox. We say old. The Bristol-born actress was(...)

Alt-J: This Is All Yours

In the midst of riding the “awesome wave” generated by their Mercury Prize-winning 2012 debut, Alt-J lost a member when bassist Gwil Sainsbury left(...)

Kanye West, a man and artist full of unresolved contradictions

It’s a common complaint that music today just doesn’t have the political edge it used to way back when. For some, the golden age of protest music i(...)

Alt-J: “We get to go home after touring to live completely normal lives, and then go back on tour to play at being rock stars. It’s incredible, and we’re hoping that’ll continue for a long time,”

Sudden success doesn’t always translate into sudden rushes of blood to the head – not if you’re a member of Alt-J, anyway. It seems that the remaining(...)

Jillian Banks: ‘I think the second I discovered what music did for me and for my soul, I knew that it would be the biggest love of my life’

Calling your debut album Goddess might seem like the mark of an overinflated ego, but in many senses, Jillian Banks is the mistress of her own univers(...)

Beyonce reacts as her husband Jay-Z carries their daughter Ivy Blue onstage to present the Video Vanguard Award during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in  California yesterday. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters 2:01

Beyonce was the reigning queen of the MTV Video Music Awards.The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. Tears streamed(...)

Live wire: Bob Marley onstage in London in 1980

A certain well-known singer brought half of his/her vocals to Glastonbury this year on a disk. Other acts had ProTools playback rigs hidden away. S(...)

The Forbidden Fruit festival, which took place this weekend on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, ultimately came up short on standout musical moments.

Sure, at the very least, a whole lot of people got a little bit of sun. The Forbidden Fruit festival, which took place this weekend on the grounds of (...)

Today I want to talk about a larger woman. But I want to make you a deal. You’ve to try your best not to feel sorry for me while I talk about being bi(...)

Miley Cyrus performing her raunchy stage show at the 02 in Dublin last night. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

She’s pop’s good girl gone bad, the former star of kids’ TV who now delivers the kind of onstage performances you wouldn’t want your child to see. Mil(...)