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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl on touring the USA on a rock 'n' roll pilgrimage in new TV show

Dave Grohl was once a high-school drop-out in Springfield, Virginia, who scraped a living by working in a furniture warehouse.

James Rampton | The Independent

Mother knows best: The best (and worst) pop songs inspired by mum

While family members have long provided songwriters with a rich source of inspiration, the trickiest relationship to encompass in lyrical form has been that of a musician with his or her mother.

Chris Mugan | The Independent

Superfood: Dont Say That review vigorous 90s-influenced alt-rock

(Infectious)There was no better decade than the 90s for Birmingham indie four-piece Superfood or at least thats what their debut album Dont Say That seems to say. For their dedication to Britpops golden years, look no further than the bands website,...

The Guardian | Tshepo Mokoena

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia review poignant renditions of pre-rock standards

(Island)Rod Stewarts mega-successful Great American Songbook series has become something of a blueprint for musicians at a crossroads donning a metaphorical black tie and settling into the nostalgic glow of pre-rock music standards. As the former...

Dave Simpson | The Guardian

Yusuf/Cat Stevens: Tell Em Im Gone review revealing Rick Rubin-produced reinvigoration

(Legacy)Yusuf/Cat Stevens is a cumbersome moniker, but Tell Em Im Gone, his first album in five years, is a convincing return to rock music. Co-producer Rick Rubin has again helped reinvigorate a veteran singer with well-chosen covers (including Procol...

Jon Dennis | The Guardian

Aretha Franklin, Sings The Great Diva Classics, review: 'reeks of fakery'

Franklin's first album in 13 years proves she is no longer the powerhouse of her time, says Neil McCormick

Neil McCormick | The Telegraph

Mallory Knox: Asymmetry review endearingly honest alt-rock

(Epic)Once you get past the awkward irony of such a sweetly melodic rock band naming themselves after Juliette Lewiss murderous turn in Natural Born Killers, Mallory Knox are a difficult bunch to dislike. Asymmetry exhibits a degree of polish and...

Dom Lawson | The Guardian

Lady Gaga, O2 Arena, London

Gaga’s relationship with her fanbase, her “Little Monsters”, is quite a thing. I’ve not seen the O2 so permanently on its feet. Large swathes of her capacity crowd are up and dancing right from the opening number. They adore her and are dressed to show...

The Artsdesk | Thomas H Green

Why Scott Walker + Sunn O)))'s Soused is the one album you should hear this week video

Alexis Petridis recommends Soused, the new collaborative album by Scott Walker and Sunn O))), which he describes as a foregone conclusion: when two such towering figures of the musical leftfield are brought together, how could it be anything other than...

Alexis Petridis and Mona Mahmood | The Guardian