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Belle and Sebastian: the antithesis of rock'n'roll

Belle and Sebastian took its name from a French chidren's TV series about a boy and a dog.

Scottish band Belle and Sebastian has long been reviled by a macho music press that sees them as soft and twee. On the eve of a tour to Australia, Richard Jinman meets front man Stuart Murdoch who struggles with chronic fatigue syndrome and depression but draws strength from both Christianity and Buddhism. Thank heavens he has "super sight".

Wild, woolly and very loud

The sound of Atlanta metal act Mastodon has evolved and broadened over eight albums.

The Church of Metal is a broad one, and there are some shared themes between touring partners Mastodon and Gojira.

Together Pangea

Together Pangea: Care less about metrics.

Together Pangea's William Keegan just wants to make music, regardless of who's lsietening.

Music reviews: Tina Harrod, the Vaccines and more

Tina Harrod pushes through the walls previously surrounding her music.

Tina Harrod's City of Longing, the Vaccines' Combat Sports, Courtney Marie Andrews' May Your Kindness Remain, Preoccupations' New Material, Showa 44's Kaihogyo and Luke Plumb & the Circuit's Turn and ReTurn

The paradox of Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is about to release her second album.

Courtney Barnett achieved mega success with her first album and with a second looming she realises that people are going to make a lot of assumptions. After all, the more an artist’s songs reveal about them, the more we clamour to know.

Whole lotta love in the room for rock veteran

At 70, rock veteran Robert Plant can still deliver.

In the year that marks not only his own 70th on the planet but half a century since the formation of the band that made him a rock icon, Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant remains a formidable singer and a vital musician.

The emancipation of Delta Goodrem

Delta Goodrem has embraced her womanhood in a new single called Think About You.

Pop princess, purveyor of tortured love ballads, sweet, wholesome, philosophical. But Delta's latest track diverts us from the artist we think we know.

Voice stands out even if the songs don't

Darius Rucker's sonorous, soulful voice is a standout in the country music industry.

Only the second African-American after Charley Pride to make it big in Nashville, Darius Rucker's sonorous, soulful tone stands out in the hidebound country-music industry, even when his songs don't.