Tag Archives: Pop and rock

Madonna: Madame X review a splendidly bizarre return to form

An engrossing mix of Latinate beats, political allusion and Joan of Arc Madonna is in her fourth decade of what we now somewhat suspiciously call appropriation, a pick-and-mix skill set that has previously laid the singer open to accusations of unoriginality or, worse, Sexualised Catholicism, at the dawn of MTV, was Madonnas first stroke of Read more »

French rap superstar Niska: ‘American rappers don’t respect our art’

The voice of young France, Niskas tunes boom from cars and shisha bars, and hes worked with Skepta and Diplo. So why do the US rappers at Paris fashion week bypass his suburb? Niska is running late from his soundcheck in Brixton, south London. I am expecting the 25-year-old French-Congolese rapper to be slightly the Read more »

The 20 best music documentaries ranked!

We rate the best films on the music scene down the decades, from Bob Dylan to Blur, Anvil to Amy Winehouse 20. Starshaped (1993) This catches Blur on the brink of the Britpop explosion, looking keen but confused, and often the worse for wear. Car-crash highlights include Damon Albarn falling off a speaker and John Read more »

Summer 2017’s best movies: from Scarlett Johansson’s hen night to Morrissey’s teen years

Pops great miserablist gets a biopic, Scarlett Johansson has stripper trouble, Charlize Theron explodes into ultraviolence, and Union deserter Colin Farrell shakes up a girls school during the US civil war Churchill The first of the years two biopics about Sir Winston. The autumn will see Gary Oldman offering blood, sweat, tears and toil in Read more »

Van Morrison 10 of the best

From radio-friendly R&B via religious fervor to spiritual reawakening, these tracks map the Northern Irish songwriters soul-searching career 1. TB Sheets During Van Morrisons spell in Them, the brutally, brilliantly reductive Belfast band he fronted between 1964 and 1966, there had been glimmers of an artistic sensibility at odds with the turbo-boosted dockside R&B of Read more »

Bruce Springsteen: This is the only thing Im qualified to do. It matters how I do it

Ahead of his shows in Australia, the Boss explains the art of performance and never taking an audience for granted You must feel an incredible sense of power, standing in front of 80,000 people. And with great power comes great responsibility, as Spider-Man put it. Do you feel that responsibility, too? Well, youve got to Read more »

Summer 2017’s best movies: from Scarlett Johansson’s hen night to Morrissey’s teen years

Pops great miserablist gets a biopic, Scarlett Johansson has stripper trouble, Charlize Theron explodes into ultraviolence, and Union deserter Colin Farrell shakes up a girls school during the US civil war Churchill The first of the years two biopics about Sir Winston. The autumn will see Gary Oldman offering blood, sweat, tears and toil in Read more »

Van Morrison 10 of the best

From radio-friendly R&B via religious fervor to spiritual reawakening, these tracks map the Northern Irish songwriters soul-searching career 1. TB Sheets During Van Morrisons spell in Them, the brutally, brilliantly reductive Belfast band he fronted between 1964 and 1966, there had been glimmers of an artistic sensibility at odds with the turbo-boosted dockside R&B of Read more »

Bruce Springsteen: This is the only thing Im qualified to do. It matters how I do it

Ahead of his shows in Australia, the Boss explains the art of performance and never taking an audience for granted You must feel an incredible sense of power, standing in front of 80,000 people. And with great power comes great responsibility, as Spider-Man put it. Do you feel that responsibility, too? Well, youve got to Read more »

Van Morrison 10 of the best

From radio-friendly R&B via religious fervor to spiritual reawakening, these tracks map the Northern Irish songwriters soul-searching career 1. TB Sheets During Van Morrisons spell in Them, the brutally, brilliantly reductive Belfast band he fronted between 1964 and 1966, there had been glimmers of an artistic sensibility at odds with the turbo-boosted dockside R&B of Read more »