Matthew Horton

Matthew Horton

You remember, summer – those few days of sun a couple of weeks back when it was all Beach Boys and Fixers and you didn’t have a care in the…

For their first eight albums, up to and including 2009’s spectacular ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’, Animal Collective honed new material at their effervescent live shows. That was where the Baltimore experimentalists…

At 57, Prince is bulldozing towards his dotage, firing out whole albums in the time it takes Frank Ocean to approve a magazine cover. This is his fourth since last…

Five years on from one of rock’s less convincing retirements, Phil Collins today (October 17) announced his live comeback with 2017’s ‘Not Dead Yet Live Tour’ . If you remember,…

Pop music. It all sounds the same these days, doesn’t it? Maybe your dad’s finally got a point, because behind the assorted stars, the same songwriting names keep cropping up.…

From Dirty Projectors to Grizzly Bear, Brooklyn bands have a deserved reputation for indie smartness, a milieu of baroque rock, dissonant chords and daring time signatures. Here We Go Magic…

The way Jon McClure tells it, it took a realisation that no one really gave a monkey’s about [a]Reverend & The Makers[/a]’ music – particularly inside the M25 – to…

Among the many lessons pop learned from Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ in 2013 – Pharrell guarantees you a million-seller, Muppets songwriter Paul Williams matches well with hip French electro…

On the release of his 1970 covers album ‘Self Portrait’, Bob Dylan was crucified. “What is this shit?” sneered Rolling Stone. Now, though, he’s earned the right to do what…

Something’s rotten in the state of pop if Ronika’s still failing to notch the hits. The Nottingham singer released some delicious tunes on June’s debut album ‘Selectadisc’, but the world…

In the end, the surprise isn’t the snap release of ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’, more the fact that Azealia Banks has put her debut album out via official channels at…

‘1989’ is Taylor Swift’s radical reinvention: one to finally alienate her country audience and plant her flag firmly in pop soil. The lead single, ‘Shake It Off’, was no red…

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Wirral space cowboys The Coral are currently on one of those extended hiatuses, so it’s a neat trick to pull a ‘new’ album out of the can to keep the…

Elaine Constantine’s cinematic love letter to Northern Soul has been a long time in the making and comes garlanded with a huge, authentic soundtrack and a book that delves deep…