Pills n thrills and rubber ducks: the return of Shaun Ryder

There are various routes for the pop star of advancing years to coax his way back into the public’s affections. Work with Rick Rubin...

Cowabunga: Simpsons creator leads alt-rock festival

Often, a music venue is synonymous with an a series of acts. The Glastonbury festival - from Marc Bolan and T Rex in year...
The Chieftains' album 'Voice of Ages'

Review: The Chieftains’ ‘Voice of Ages’

By Alex Wood 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s great folk music band, The Chieftains. Today only Paddy Moloney remains of the original Chieftains...
The Proclaimers' album Life With You

Revealed: previous winners of the McMercury Prize

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to conclude that the music industry needs more awards the way Newsnight needs more appearances from Hugh Grant, MPs need...
Buckfast bottle

After Heineken, 7 other inappropriate Bond product placements

So now we know. Heineken refreshes the parts of Her Majesty's favourite secret agent that other beers can't reach. Forty-five million US dollars added to...

BBC’s modern Sherlock owes his success to pure Victoriana

This season, it’s all about the jacket for Watson. Pictures from the BBC By Sarah Artt, Edinburgh Napier University The third season of the BBC’s...
Tiswas: home of the Phantom Flan Flinger

Spitting, fighting, shooting, foam pies and other reasoned responses to critics

I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will...

Ten reasons why the Grammys and The BRITs have their own Special Relationship

The so-called Special Relationship. We give them hand-carved ornaments, they give us the DVDs they forgot to post back to LoveFilm. The currency exchange in...

Preview: The Boswell Book Festival

JOHN SESSIONS stars in A Life in music: ‘Desert Island Discs’ with a Difference by Carol Carr The Boswell Book Festival - the world's only festival of...

A-listed status for world-famous Burrell Collection

The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, one of the finest examples of 1970s architecture, has been awarded A-listed status by Historic Scotland. The building in...