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Julien Baker’s teenage obsessions: ‘I had Leonardo DiCaprio’s hair. I was a mess’
As she releases her third album, the US indie rocker reminisces about waffles, hardcore Christian punk and her terrible skateboarding

As told to Dave Simpson

25, Feb, 2021 @3:13 PM

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Virginia Wing: Private Life review
Singer Alice Merida Richards combines her calm sprechgesang with rage against millennial misogyny, offset by rich earwormy electronics

Rachel Aroesti

12, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Stefan Cush, singer for The Men They Couldn't Hang, dies aged 60
Billy Bragg among those paying tribute to charismatic performer, who died of a heart attack

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

06, Feb, 2021 @9:31 AM

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Julia Stone, Middle Kids, Tash Sultana: Australia's best new music for February
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

Nathan Jolly and Guardian Australia

04, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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'30% hate us, 50% don't care': Black Country, New Road, Britain's most divisive new band
Their debut album is getting the best reviews of the year so far, even inspiring a craft IPA with its lyrics. But this inventive seven-piece are already looking forward to what’s next

Daniel Dylan Wray

04, Feb, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Toyah Willcox: 'My mother always wanted me altered in some way. I was never right'
The singer and actor has had a productive pandemic – and gone viral from her kitchen. She talks about escaping her childhood, sexual harassment and persuading her rock star husband to dress in a tutu

Emine Saner

04, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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'The Jarvis Cocker that never happened': 40 years of Robert Lloyd's the Nightingales
Stewart Lee loves the Nightingales so much he’s made a film about them, but the band remain unfairly unknown. Frontman Robert Lloyd charts how he went from Frank Skinner’s replacement to food writer, postie and back again

Daniel Dylan Wray

03, Feb, 2021 @10:19 AM

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The month's best album reviews
Discover all our four- and five-star album reviews from the last month, from pop to folk, classical and more

Guardian critics

25, Jan, 2021 @10:57 AM

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Life Without Buildings: in praise of the cult Glasgow band revived on TikTok
Fronted by Sue Tompkins and her free-associative language, the band have become a touchstone for TikTok teens – and, on their 20th anniversary, still sound like no one else

Jennifer Hodgson

19, Jan, 2021 @10:33 AM

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Ladies and Gentleman, the Fabulous Stains: teenage Diane Lane and Laura Dern rock punk
This long-buried gem from 1982 about a teen-girl punk band subverts the great rock’n’roll swindle of the Sex Pistols

Jenny Valentish

18, Jan, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Photographer Deanna Templeton: ‘Everything gets mixed up when you're a teenager’
The artist’s street portraits of young Californian goths and punks took her back to her own disaffected adolescence in the 1980s

Sean O’Hagan

17, Jan, 2021 @1:00 PM

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On my radar: Jason Williamson's cultural highlights
The Sleaford Mods frontman on a favourite singer-songwriter, a hellish horror film and why he spends seven hours a day on Twitter

Kadish Morris

16, Jan, 2021 @3:00 PM

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