Pop music

Still scary: Grace Jones in Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Who was Grace Jones? You’ll be none the wiser after this documentary about her

28 October 2017 9:00 am

In the first scene of this distinctly odd documentary, Grace Jones meets a group of fans, who squeal with delight…

From desolation to euphoria and back again: Nick Cave at the O2

How would Nick Cave’s desolate songs fare in a concrete bowl of 20,000 iPhone-wavers?

7 October 2017 9:00 am

  On the face of it, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds aren’t exactly a natural fit with the O2.…

The music snobby London critics love to ignore

16 September 2017 9:00 am

A fortnight ago, the debut album by a young British guitar band entered the chart at No. 6. You might…

Reliably exquisite – despite a Trump tirade: The National’s Sleep Well Beast reviewed

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Grade: A– There are plenty of websites where fans try to discern, without any success, what in the name of…

Will Radio 3’s bold new season find new listeners – or alienate their core audience?

9 September 2017 9:00 am

As Classic FM celebrated its quarter-century on Wednesday with not a recording but a live broadcast of a concert from…

Desperate drivel: Arcade Fire’s Everything Now reviewed

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Grade: D+ Well, this is truly awful. Perhaps the worst album by a major band since Mardi Gras by Creedence…

Scabrous and sarcastic: singer-songwriter Randy Newman

‘Things are less liberal than they used to be’: Randy Newman interview

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Randy Newman tells Michael Hann that he wouldn’t get away with his more troubling songs nowadays

Watch a sobbing landlord confess his capitalist crimes on BBC1

1 July 2017 9:00 am

It’s not unusual to see a pop concert on TV where teenage girls and a group of middle-aged men are…

Cut to the chase: Ansel Elgort as Baby in Baby Driver

The blaring pop music does not make Baby Driver good

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is an action, heist, car-chase film that is said to reinvent the action, heist, car-chase film.…

Should those poor kids have been at an Ariana Grande show?

3 June 2017 9:00 am

My wife will not let our 11-year-old daughter take the dog for a walk around the large field adjoining our…

The jihadists of Isis are waging war on joy

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The Islamist obsession with controlling girls

In rock 'n' roll you need an accountant more than talent

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Birds have been giving me a lot of grief of late. There’s Tappy — the blue tit who has built…

As good a record as this rapidly dying genre deserves: Blondie’s Pollinator reviewed

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Ah, Blondie. Those happy days of glorious power pop, chilly disco and rich, fruity vocals — Debbie Harry yearning away…

I didn't think playing all Scriabin's piano sonatas in one afternoon was possible

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Just before Peter Donohoe played the last of Alexander Scriabin’s ten piano sonatas at the Guildhall’s Milton Court on Sunday,…

The best tunes Ray Davies has come up with since 1972: Americana reviewed

29 April 2017 9:00 am

There is some surprise that after all these years Ray Davies has turned his attention to America. He is the…

Dylan sounds like a pissed-up karaoke performer on Benylin: Triplicate reviewed

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Having seen Bob Dylan play live a few years ago, I’m pretty sure he is not the first person I…

I used to love the working-class nihilism of Sleaford Mods – no longer

11 March 2017 9:00 am

It’s all beginning to wear very thin indeed. Ten years ago this already addled Nottinghamshire duo captured the attention with…

How refreshing to find the BBC doing its job instead of handwringing about Islamophobia

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Here’s the bad news. One day you or someone like you will be shopping in a mall or enjoying a…

John Carter Cash and Johnny Cash, 1972

Scholar, entertainer, poet, hoarder: the many faces of my father Johnny Cash

10 December 2016 9:00 am

John Carter Cash reflects on the many faces of Johnny Cash: scholar, entertainer, poet, hoarder

Performance as therapy on a grand scale: Björk pours her broken heart out at the Albert Hall

Performance as therapy on a grand scale: Björk at the Royal Albert Hall reviewed

1 October 2016 9:00 am

’Will you be dancing?’ the man in front asks his friend before the lights go down. ‘Most likely,’ she says.…

Natural high: John Sebastian’s acoustic set at Woodstock, 1969

A great retro shop with a dreary message: V&A’s You Say You Want a Revolution? reviewed

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Back in the high optimism of the 2008 presidential campaign, one of Barack Obama’s more extravagant hopes was that ‘the…

Mick Jagger at Knebworth, 1976

Stevie Wonder, Genesis, punk and the Stones – 1976 was the year that changed music

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Forty years ago, I spent 14 hours in a large field near the A1 in Hertfordshire. I had just taken…

Can anything stop the curse of the sequel?

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Walking along the Brighton seafront, I was struck by posters advertising endless tribute acts; among them Suspiciously Elvis, the Small…

The true queen of the Eighties wasn't Thatcher – it was Delia, according to the Beeb

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Proof that someone has really made it as a TV historian comes, I would suggest, when they join the likes…

Manchester isn’t oppressed, Andy Burnham – it’s wildly overrated

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Manchester isn’t downtrodden, whatever Andy Burnham says. Quite the opposite, in fact