Roxy Music perform on stage at London’s Wembley Arena during the Avalon tour, on September 22nd, 1982. Photograph: Pete Still/Redferns

When it comes to classic albums, there can surely be none more sophisticated and seductive than Roxy Music’s Avalon. Released in 1982, it fused Bryan (...)

A night at the opera spoiled for George Bernard Shaw (above) as revealed in a letter. Photograph: AFP/AFP/Getty

Some readers have been sceptical of the suggestion here, last week, that Archduke Franz Ferdinand could have killed “half a million” animals in his ca(...)

I don’t recall it featuring in school history books, but several days before his own epochal death 107 years ago this week, Archduke Franz Ferdinand s(...)

Don Letts: “Contrary to popular opinion, it’s a beautiful world”

“I’m as old as rock’n’roll,” Donovan Letts, who turned 65 in January, says with a laugh. Don Letts documents his remarkable life in an entertaini(...)

Meanwhile, over in Glasgow, Irish musicians are having their moment in the cold sun, and if Galway’s Laura Kelly has anything to do with it that momen(...)

 Denise Chaila: her song Anseo got a recent airing on BBC 6 Radio. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On BBC 6 Radio the other night, they played the song Anseo by “Irish rapper Denise Chaila”, as the DJ summarised her. Chaila was born in Zambia but mo(...)

A quiet Merrion Square in Dublin this week.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Our persistent belief in human progress co-exists with fear of the opposite – that around every corner is a turn that could cause civilisation to swer(...)

The Strokes are back with a new album called The New Abnormal.

Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond Jr are sitting at opposite ends of an overstuffed sofa in an upmarket London hotel, some weeks before the corona(...)

You had probably forgotten these ever existed. Sorry about that. 10. KILLING BONO (2011) My main memory of the press screening was, as we staggered (...)

The Sarajevo street corner, where on June 28th, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s driver took a cataclysmic wrong turn

It has been rightly suggested that, on the model the old BC/AD divide, modern history could be separated as BS/AS: before and after Sarajevo. This bei(...)

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