Stars of 2018 (from left, top): Saint Sister, Rejjie Snow, Lisa O'Neill, Kojaque. Front row: Grian Chatten of Fontaines DC, Le Galaxie and Wyvern Lingo

The return of garage bands, a rap scene coming of age, increasingly sophisticated electronic music, burgeoning mainstream stars, precise pop. In the p(...)

Wendy Carlos: At the time ‘Switched-On Bach’ was released, the composer was  six months into transgender hormone therapy, and still known as Carlos. Photograph: GAB Archive/Redferns

Since its release 50 years ago, Switched-On Bach has been relegated to the realm of kitsch curiosity; blips and blops produced from tinkerings on prim(...)

Aretha Franklin sings during the inauguration ceremony for  Barack Obama in Washington, January 20th, 2009. The grey hat  is now on display in  the Smithsonian Institution. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Aretha Louise Franklin Born: March 25th, 1942 Died: August 16th, 2018 On a crisp, sparkling day in January 2009, Aretha Franklin stood on the steps(...)

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(...)

Leonard Cohen on stage in Loerrach, Germany. File photograph: Rolf Haid/EPA

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at age 82, a statement on his Facebook page said. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet,(...)

Paul Simon at his office in New York – despite having just turned 75, his creative output is showing no signs of slowing. Photograph: NYT

The voice is slight yet unmistakable, but the mindset remains as firm, if not steely, as it has always been. Paul Simon recently celebrated his 75th (...)

Jeff Buckley: the biggest artist that never was? Photograph: Hans Van Der Bogaard/Sony

Depending on your frame of reference, Jeff Buckley might be the biggest artist that never was, his short but impactful career ending after a fateful n(...)

Head in hands stuff as Palin re-emerges to “stump for Trump”. Photograph: AP Photo

HOT Buffalo Cauliflower The Happy Pear’s Instagram revelation has us dousing cauliflower in Frank’s RedHot sauce Lydia McGuinness In a cast of st(...)

The Beverley sisters Babs, Joy and Teddie. Joy Beverley has died aged 91, after she reportedly suffered a stroke last week. Photograph: PA

Joy Beverley’s family has paid tribute to “the most wonderful woman” after the singer died at the age of 91. Her daughter Vicky said: “She was the mos(...)

Johnny Winter, who has died aged 70, was a high-energy guitarist who was a mainstay of the blues-rock world since the 1960s.Winter was perhaps as well(...)

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