Music

The Big Listen: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways To New Italy

The Australian five-piece show that home is where the heart is on a sun-dappled second album of exhilarating melodic guitar pop.

The Genius Of… The National – High Violet

The National’s textured melancholia found a bigger audience in 2010 as their fourth album elevated the band to alt-rock’s top table. With an expanded 10th-anniversary reissue about to hit the shelves, we salute the slow-burn majesty of High Violet.

The Big Listen: Blake Mills – Mutable Set

The musical polymath demonstrates that there’s much more to Blake Mills than being one of the hottest producers in Los Angeles.

The Genius Of… Pink Moon by Nick Drake

Nearly half a century on, this stark final album from the ill-starred troubadour remains a fascinating enigma.

​The Big Listen: The 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form

British megastars end to their ‘Music For Cars’ era with a diverse and unfocussed opus.

The Genius Of… Lost Souls by Doves

20 years ago, three Mancunians coming down from a stalled dance-music career crafted a downbeat album in a windowless room that sparked a vital new direction for guitar music.

The Big Listen: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Reunions

Grammy-winning guitar star overcomes adversity on mature and expansive seventh studio album.

​The Genius Of… Keep It Hid by Dan Auerbach

Our series on underrated and classic guitar albums continues with the The Black Keys man’s superb debut solo that is both of those things and more besides.

The Big Listen: Mark Lanegan – Straight Songs Of Sorrow

Former Screaming Trees frontman reflects on his own mortality with companion album to his turbulent memoir.

The Genius Of… Turn On The Bright Lights by Interpol

Interpol’s dark-hearted indie-rock classic pulsates with great basslines and guitar interplay, here’s why you should give it a spin.
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