Gary Walker

The Genius Of… Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge

One of music's greatest storytellers and the owner of a stellar vintage guitar collection, Richard Hawley deviated from his familiar mournful romanticism and orchestration on this ferocious 2012 album. Immerse yourself in the sprawling, angry and utterly exhilarating Standing At The Sky's Edge.

The Big Listen: Bush – The Kingdom

Massive in America yet often overlooked in their homeland, Bush have released seven albums of earnest heavy-riffing rock that tugs at the heartstrings. On their eighth, Gavin Rossdale is feeling at the peak of his creative powers.

“People who say the guitar is dead and synths are in – it’s not true”: Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison

The Nashville singer-songwriter has been in love with the guitar since the age of five. The Fender Next artist and owner of a sparkly new Novo Serus J tells us why the instrument will always be cool.

The Genius Of… The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Adam Granduciel and his band took their widescreen portrayals of big sky America to another level on their fourth album. It's a towering homage to Petty, Springsteen, Dylan and Young brimming with wanderlust and an expansive guitar sound to die for. Read on for a Deeper Understanding.

The Big Listen: Lianne La Havas – Lianne La Havas

An unlikely Radiohead cover provides inspiration for autobiographical third album from reborn British soul singer.

“I picked up the guitar when I was really sick in the hospital”: Covet’s Yvette Young

The Californian band’s new LP fuses math-rock, post-rock, prog and jazz, with Yvette Young’s breathtaking technique always centre-stage. She tells us how the guitar saved her and sings praises of her new signature Ibanez Talman.

The Big Listen: Khruangbin – Mordechai

Recorded in Texas but with global horizons, Khruangbin's third album is another multifarious melding of international styles. But on Mordechai there's a twist.

The Genius Of… Pixies – Surfer Rosa

Pixies' ferocious debut album changed the face of alternative music, inspiring David Bowie, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins in the process. We salute the brutality and melodicism of Surfer Rosa.

The Big Listen: Haim – Women In Music Pt III

The third album from the LA trio is a kaleidoscopic melange of R&B, hip-hop, funk, pop and ska that sees the Haim sisters baring their souls.

The Big Listen: Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

The LA songwriter's sophomore album finds her weary from the road yet displaying the same peerless verve for brutal honesty and dark wit.