Jordan Bassett

Modest Mouse on their most hopeful album yet: “I found optimism – because I needed it”

The indie icons talk ‘The Golden Casket’, Johnny Marr and their Nirvana-style song with Krist Novoselic

Modest Mouse – ‘The Golden Casket’ review: the spiritual sequel to their breakout hit

The Pacific Northwesters pick up the positivity they first explored with 2004 mega-smash 'Float On'

Du Blonde – ‘Homecoming’ review: joyful glam-punk with an all-star cast

The grunge-pop guitar don is throwing a hell of a party – and you're absolutely invited

‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ review: Andra Day does full justice to a musical genius

In her first lead role, Day shines as the legendary jazz singer under surveillance by the FBI

Slowthai – ‘TYRON’ review: introspection and self-discovery on an album of two halves

The rapper's second album sees him reckon with childhood, adulthood, shame, defiance and regret

Slowthai and A$AP Rocky’s new song ‘MAZZA’ is an ode to getting back to the old you

The low-key yet perfectly formed track sees the rappers – at the top of their game in their respective countries – powerfully explore selfhood

RIP, Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho: Finnish metalhead with a wicked sense of humour

The hugely talented singer steered the band through choppy waters to reign for 10 albums across almost three decades

Eminem’s ‘Music To Be Murdered By – Side B’: the big talking points

The rapper started the year with a surprise release, and ends it with another

‘Billie’ review: a rich yet heartbreaking documentary on all-time great Billie Holiday

This loving portrait sheds little new light on the star, but is compelling nonetheless