Why the ageing Madonna could do with going Zen like Len

“You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.” The comedian George Burns, who made it two months past his centenary, understood...

Amy Winehouse, 1983–2011: rare intuition and tragic lost potential

At the moment, Amy Winehouse’s story is about many things. It’s certainly not about that collection of coincidence, the 27 Club. (For the record, John Bonham...

Ten bands that will be bouncin’ in Balado

Scotland’s biggest festival is now comfortably Britain’s second biggest. U2 aside, the biggest stars who graced Glastonbury - Coldplay, Beyonce, the reformed Pulp, Tinie...

Mud, sweat and beards: a look back at Glastonbury 2011

There were, as usual, tens of thousands of sun, mud and music worshippers at Glastonbury – but increasingly the festival feels primarily like a...

From Bono to Great Uncle Bulgaria: ten acts to watch at Glastonbury

Glastonbury being what it is, you can find somewhere to go and watch Wimbledon on one of the big screens, or even catch Rod...

American hip hop with a Scottish slant: Gil Scott-Heron, 1949–2011

With rock and rap stars, most obituarists subscribe to the Blade Runner theory of the light that burns twice is light burning half as...

It’s alright, Ma (he’s only ageing) – 20 facts to mark Dylan at 70

"May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true. May you always know the truth and see the lights...

Eurovision: the common agricultural policy with hairstyles

By Stewart Weir The Eurovision Song Contest means something to everyone. No, don’t argue. It does. Oh you can ignore it, dismiss it, even deny all...

Falkirk’s finest team up – and Everything’s Getting Older

No one is likening Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid just yet, but the relationship that the boy...

Will Janelle Monáe share Aloe Blacc's success at Dollar academy?

Sometimes a record is irresistible. It might not be to everyone’s taste – James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful, Britney Spears’ …Baby One More Time, Franz...