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.

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.

The Genius Of… Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

A one-off album that evolved the sound of electric guitar remains misunderstood over 50 years on – and still has plenty to teach aspiring players.

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 Genius Of… BB King – Live In Cook County Jail

How the King Of The Blues put his guitar to use in the fight against inequality.

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.

The Genius Of…. Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

In 2003, four Texans armed with suitcases full of pedals made one of the genre's defining albums: the sublime, hopeful The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place.