Becky Hill: Only Honest on the Weekend review – a conveyor belt of blandness | Pop and rock

[ad_1] In a recent Guardian article that touched on the role of albums in the streaming era, the former head of Virgin EMI described them as an “artist appeasement tool”. It’s a crude way to look at the artform, but in the case of Becky Hill it might be apt. Hill has four Top 10 … Read more

I think Adele is fab and wear pastel shorts suits. I may never be cool again. And I’m cool with that | Health & wellbeing

[ad_1] Last week I spent some time recording an audiobook version of these columns (cough, out in October, cough). One thing I noticed was the number of times I had extolled the virtues of 00s girl band Girls Aloud. Music is an area where self-appointed gatekeepers decide what is cool and what is not. Pop … Read more

‘Not just a drummer – a genre’: Stewart Copeland and Max Weinberg on Charlie Watts | Charlie Watts

[ad_1] Stewart Copeland, the Police I’m an early-period Stones fan, and not so much because of losing interest in them, but because when you’re 16, music is 100 times more important – and the Rolling Stones were right there when I was 16. Humans are sort of like ducks. A duck comes out of the … Read more

Big Red Machine: How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? review – slightly self-indulgent supergroup | Music

[ad_1] Aaron Dessner cuts a very low-profile figure, even by the standards of both bookish US alt-rockers and blue-chip pop collaborators, neither of whom require otherworldly charisma or an outrageous image. Put it this way: the New York Times recently ran a lengthy profile piece, lauding his achievements – his work on Taylor Swift’s multi-platinum, … Read more

Sam Fender: ‘Leftie is now a slur in working-class towns’ | Sam Fender

[ad_1] In 2011, Sam Fender was, by his own admission, “a little stoner” who had flunked out of his A-Levels in his hometown of North Shields, living with his mother in a flat with black mould on the walls. A decade later, he’s one of the UK’s best and most successful singer-songwriters: his 2019 debut … Read more

Charlie Watts: a rock’n’roll legend whose true love was jazz | Charlie Watts

[ad_1] Everyone knew that Charlie Watts’s heart was always in jazz. Even when he grew his hair long and put on hippie garb while the Rolling Stones were going through their Satanic Majesties period, underneath he was still the cool bebopper who could see through the nonsense that surrounded his group and the rampaging egos … Read more

Baby on Nevermind cover sues Nirvana over child sexual exploitation | Nirvana

[ad_1] Spencer Elden, who appeared as a naked baby on one of rock music’s most iconic album covers – Nevermind by Nirvana – is suing the band, claiming he was sexually exploited as a child. In a lawsuit filed in a Californian district court against numerous parties, including the surviving members of the band, Kurt … Read more

Kanye West formally applies to change name to Ye | Kanye West

[ad_1] Kanye West has filed court documents to formally change his name to Ye. In the filing with Los Angeles Superior Court, West aims to distil his full name – Kanye Omari West – to just Ye, with no other first name or surname, citing “personal reasons”. A judge will now need to approve the … Read more

Charlie Watts: the calm, brilliant eye of the Rolling Stones’ rock’n’roll storm | Charlie Watts

[ad_1] By any standards, Charlie Watts was an unlikely candidate for rock stardom. He was quiet, drily funny and unfailingly modest, characteristics theoretically better suited to his initial profession as a graphic designer than the scream-rent world of 60s pop. Furthermore, by his own admission, he didn’t particularly care from rock’n’roll (“I didn’t know anything … Read more