Pop Is Simply Too Regulated for a Rebel Like Mick Rock to Thrive

Mick Rock, a music photographer who died last week at the age of 72, famously remarked that he was "in the business of evoking the aura" of the people he photographed. It was his great fortune to be working at a period when the androgynous otherness radiating from rock stars like David Bowie, Lou Reed, […]

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Homecoming Euphoria Has People Shouting in the Streets

Sam Fender's rise from his debut song in 2017 to the top of the album chart with Seventeen Going Under this year is the stuff of legends, but his first arena gig in the area that formed him is something else entirely. The 27-year-old from North Shields enters the stage amid a sea of flags […]

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William Orbit's Bright Life: Madonna, Narcotics, and Helicopter-Trained Dogs

William Orbit was on the verge of becoming interstellar in the early 2000s. He was the Mark Ronson or Jack Antonoff of his day, one of the great pop builders of the Y2K period. In 1998, he produced Madonna's Grammy-winning Ray of Light, with its captivating techno-lite; a year later, he produced Blur's 13; and […]

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Melissa Etheridge on Music, Parenthood, and Coming Out

‘Helloooooh! How are you doing? "I'm fine, I'm fine." Melissa Etheridge takes around three seconds to warm up to. The American singer-songwriter has gone through a lot in recent years, but she isn't grumbling about it. For someone who has been through so much — Etheridge's 21-year-old son, Beckett, died of an opiate overdose last […]

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Visa-Free Entry for UK Tour

The UK music business has praised the Spanish government's decision to eliminate post-Brexit visa restrictions for UK musicians on short-term tours, but has cautioned that considerable obstacles remain, making many concerts "impossible." Following Spain's declaration, UK artists and their crews will no longer need visas for engagements of fewer than 90 days, a regulatory shift […]

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‘I Felt Broken and Needed to Be Mended,' Says KeiyaA

KeiyaA didn't have internet connectivity on her phone when she released her first album Forever, Ya Girl on Bandcamp in March 2020, so she had to walk downstairs to connect to the local video store's wifi to post about the release on her Instagram. " All I remember is letting hours pass and then returning […]

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