Emily Mackay

Emily Mackay

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If you’re still feeling drained and deadened by the traumas of 2016, perhaps it’s time for a musical tonic. Like cold, clean water, Austra’s ‘Future Politics’ washes clear the mental…

In the abstract, Lady Gaga is the last person you’d want to go down the pared-down, real-me, let’s-get-a-bit-country road. After all, the abstract is where Lady Gaga’s from. What business…

Since the release of her ubiquitous hit ‘Lush Life’, Zara Larsson has been on the fast track to pop stardom. “I’ve always just wanted people to look at me,” the…

In a way, it’s not The Avalanches’ fault that they couldn’t live up to 16 years of myth-making. Musical zeitgeist is fleeting and their 2000 debut ‘Since I Left You’…

So much talk has preceded Rihanna’s eighth album that it’s left, now it’s finally here, with a lot of walk to walk. Opener ‘Consideration’ delivers from the off, with Rihanna…

My mother made me a lifelong Eurythmics fan. A constant in our house alongside the Celtic rock anthems of U2 and Runrig, they offered a vision of a Scottish voice…

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It was grounding themselves in their local area, London’s fast-changing Elephant & Castle, that gave The Maccabees a direction forward for their fourth album after they became mired in studio…

Released to coincide with her career-crowning exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Björk’s second official book presents itself as a very serious tome. Its sleek black slipcase and…

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One of the best things about this new Manic Street Preachers documentary from director Elizabeth Marcus and producer Kurt Engfehr is that it dispenses with the usual cast of journalists…

Often dismissed as gimmicky, fashion-focused hipsters when they first strutted onto the New York scene, few people in 2003 would have predicted that Yeah Yeah Yeahs would, 13 years on…

It’s hard for me to process anything Arcade Fire do in a strictly rational way, such is the giddy, moon-eyed ague of adoration that comes over me whenever they return…

If, as this week’s NME feature proves, interviewing Mazzy Star is a blood-from-a-stone process akin to chewing off your own toes, thankfully, listening to their gorgeous music has never been…

Natasha Khan & Toy, ‘The Bride’ With Bat For Lashes’ mastery of haunting dramatics and Toy’s unerring commitment to creating walls of noise, any collaboration between the two always had…

“Authentic.” It’s a sneer-drawing, unfashionable word in these hyper-self-aware times, but one that Tarik Badwan, frontman of Loom, keeps coming back to in conversation. The band, whose gigs have been…

Boston’s surf-grunge-punk weirdos the Pixies became not just legends to the generation that grew up on their psychotic, hissed whisperings and big, bouncy, fuzzy riffs, but also one of those…

Savages: Dark, intense post-punk inciting fervour and fear among all who hear it Sometimes you almost feel embarrassed to tell people you’re in a band,” laughs Savages’ drummer Fay Milton.…

Don’t worry, it’s not another blog about bloody X Factor. Let the tear-snuffling emotional pilgrims do what they want – it’s only TV. Nor is it about sacrilege – the…