Michael Hann

Music

‘I’m not interested in moral purity’: St Vincent interviewed

The pop star talks Sheena Easton, Stalin and performing in five-inch heels

By Michael Hann

Music

A prog rock progress

Steven Wilson is going about becoming a pop musician entirely the wrong way

By Michael Hann

Music Review

Watch kids go giddy in Niamey: Mdou Moctar live in Niger reviewed

Plus: modern psychedelia from Tame Impala that left you in no doubt why he ended up in arenas and the Horrors didn’t

By Michael Hann

Music

The Decemberists are the only band I adore who have a number of songs I actively despise

Part of what makes them special is the depth of their catalog

By Michael Hann

Art

Meet the frontman of ‘the most revolting band in the world’

Corey Taylor of Slipknot talks PTSD, Donald Trump and life after alcoholism

By Michael Hann

Art

Old soul rebel

Kevin Rowland, decades after Dexys, is still running

By Michael Hann

Art

Joyous and very, very funny: Beastie Boys Story reviewed

I came away wishing the Beastie Boys were my friends, and feeling glad they still care for each other

By Michael Hann

Art

Livestream-hopping is just as irritating as being at a real festival

Recreating the feel of a festival from your sofa — complete with terrible sightlines and not enough actual music — is disconcertingly easy

By Michael Hann

Art

Taylor Swift is fascinating — but you really wouldn’t want to be her

My tip for maximum pleasure is to avoid the rockumentaries about musicians you are interested in

By Michael Hann

Art

David Coverdale, lead singer of Whitesnake, talks hair, love handles and ‘sexism’

With his come-to-bed voice, Coverdale is the platonic ideal of what a rock star should be

By Michael Hann

Art

Thank God for the return of the generation gap in pop

Pop was invented for teenagers, and it’s wholly appropriate that it should have outposts that are completely remote to me.

By Michael Hann

Art

Paul Simon says farewell with a daring and inventive show

One of America’s greatest songwriters enchants London

By Michael Hann

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