Lou Reed's Transformer era

Glam! Rock

With Tate Liverpool’s Glam! exhibition having just opened, Amy Jones takes a look at the songs that helped define a scene… Friday saw Tate Liverpool’s new exhibition Glam! The Performance of Style open...

Laurel Halo's Quarantine

Imagination and discovery

Julian Shepherd on wrestling with the perfect playlist to inspire creativity, and ending up ‘all about the party’… For me, music is the thing that keeps my life glistening with diamond-studded edging. It...

The Joy Formidable

On The Horizon: Gigs Coming This Way

Itching to see what gigs will make up the next few months? Here’s a playlist featuring our pick of some of the best… If you’re anything like us, you’ll have spent the first...

Laura Mvula

Sounds of 2013?

The BBC announce their ‘most promising new music acts’ of 2013. We ask: is it simply a look at the new wave of new beige? So here we are again, picking out the...


Playlist #24: Happy Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en – far too commercialised these days, eh? Console yourself with a playlist very much in the spirit of things… It’s that time again, when even more sirens can be heard outside of...

Andrew "Tiny" Wood from Ultrasound

Playlist #23: The Beautiful Ones

It was the scene that helped define and produce a generation of musicians, so why is Britpop such a dirty word? When Ultrasound imploded in 1999, so too did Britpop’s last great hope....

Cat Power, AKA Chan Marshall

Playlist #22: Cat Power and Me

Marc Hall takes a personal – at times painful – journey through the Cat Power canon… There’s something about Chan Marshall AKA Cat Power. Of the hundreds of musical performances I’ve seen over...


Playlist #21: Soundtrack to your life

Adam Scovell on the soundtrack to the movie of his life… When wandering the streets with my reality blockers (or headphones as some people call them) on full, it becomes extremely easy to...

Green Man 2012, courtesy M Harris

Playlist #20: Green Man 2012

In his latest playlist, Marc Hall reflects on last weekend’s Green Man Festival. I’ve been to many festivals over the years. I cut my teeth at Glastonbury, enriched my musical landscape with ATP...