Rostam: “I’m always interested in reaching that higher ground”

Over a dodgy phone line with a three-second delay, Rostam Batmanglij is outlining what he sees as his duty as a producer of and co-songwriter with the(...)

 Karl Ove Knausgaard: ‘All the great writers were meant to be sparse and minimal, like Beckett. That... completely f**ked my writing up. It didn’t suit me.’   Photograph: Simone Padovani/ Awakening/ Getty Images

I am sitting opposite Karl Ove Knausgaard, the best-selling Norwegian novelist, and he has just told me that toast – as in, lightly grilled breakfast (...)

The lead single from Ghostpoet’s fourth album sets out Obaro Ejimiwe’s stall better than any press release could. The downbeat Immigrant Boogie attest(...)

Space Dimension Controller aka Jack Hamill: “I loved Escape from New York and other John Carpenter films when I was a kid”

As Space Dimension Controller, Jack Hamill has cultivated a style of electronic music that is indebted to synth-led cinema scores, the electro-funk ra(...)

Exhibition view of The Living and the Dead by Mark Swords

The Living and the Dead: Mark Swords Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin ★★★★★ The title of Mark Swords’s exhibition came from a video interview he saw with (...)

Rusangano Family:  a sound and a scene that has energised spaces up and down the land. Photograph: Eric Luke

RUSANGANO FAMILY It is indeed a long, long way from Clare to here. Some of the most exciting music going under the umbrella with its 40 shades of gre(...)

The Blizzard: “Maybe you’re not interested in history or politics per se. But you’re reading the Blizzard and you’ve got a story about a coach who escaped from a concentration camp.”

The late Stuart Hall wasn’t kidding when he described as “pretty horrendous” the difficulties of bringing together the words “popular” and “culture”. (...)

A candle in front of a painting of  David Bowie in Brixton, London, after his death was announced. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

In the wake of David Bowie’s death, the impulse to treat Blackstar like a puzzle to be solved was understandable yet seemed to defeat the point of his(...)

The app version of this album has a generative, algorithmic function that allows the music to never end yet always change. It is, says Brian Eno, simi(...)

Is bald better? Exhibit A . . .

Never mind that episode of The Simpsons where they predict that Donald Trump will become president. Today, we are considering the TV show’s prescience(...)