music

Sign up for an in-person tour of a blockbuster exhibition and you’re unlikely to be welcomed by the museum’s chief executive and then provided with special one-to-one treatment from the exhibition’s curators. In doing just that, the virtual tour of Electronic: From...

City of London Sinfonia has won the Royal Philharmonic Society Impact Award for its work with young people with severe mental illness. The award, supported by the ABRSM – a music exams board – is given to organisations or initiatives which have a positive impact on...

“If heaven and hell decide, that they both are satisfied/
Illuminate the ‘noes’ on their vacancy signs/
If there’s no one beside you, when your soul embarks/
Then I’ll follow you into the dark.”

Death Cab for Cutie I...

Music and humans go back a very long way. The earliest accepted instruments, made from bones, appear on the European scene about 40,000 years ago. But for perhaps at least a million years before that, our ancestors had the throat architecture that in theory would have allowed...

With many people reporting they are enjoying rediscovering the joys of actually listening to an album in full – see, for example, British Psychological Society President David Murphy on 10 which have...

Rap music for many brings to mind themes such as exorbitant boasting, greed, gang-violence, sex, drug-use and money. However, as an evolving and varied entity, rap is possibly one of the most emotionally forthcoming, painfully honest and psychologically insightful genres of...

Any book that combines psychology with Soviet history and the meaning of music was always going to catch my eye. My Russian grandmother came to England in 1918 when her family fled the revolution, so I have always had a fascination with this era of world history. But it is...

Amy Winehouse, George Michael, Kurt Cobain, Beyonce, Kanye West…. the list of pop stars who have struggled with anxiety, depression or other mental health problems is huge. Empirical evidence backs this up: the music industry really does make...

For those that don’t know who The Wombats are – who are you, and what are you up to at the moment?

The Wombats are a band from Liverpool. We have just released our fourth album. I’m currently in LA just about to shoot a music video for a song called ‘...

For the uninitiated, Evil Blizzard are four bass players and a singing drummer, who have garnered some big support slots and regularly headline their own gigs in London, Leeds and Manchester. They are something of an enigma, not only because of their genre-defying music, but...