Music is not – and has never been – the sole domain of the young. Ever since Elvis, that is, when the music industry discovered how easy a market youth was. Here money is spent freely and the young dictate the soundtrack of our times
Out of the blue comes Anna Calvi. The young Londoner’s debut album, bursting with ideas, brings together a sense of rock energy and female sensibility reminiscent of early PJ Harvey, but with more than a touch of the blues
Ever since Ry Cooder gathered a forgotten generation of semi- ancient Cubans to record the seminal Buena Vista Social Club album, there’s been a continual search in all corners of the world to find other ‘scenes’ that might be similarly turned into a global phenomenon. While the excellent film Rocksteady: the Roots of Reggae is following the Buena Vista blueprint almost step by step, documenting the pre-reggae music of Jamaica, a number of African artists who made their names in the 1970s have also profited from this interest in history
When Ron Sexsmith decided to ditch his rock band and become a singer-songwriter in the classic mould, it was a step that took a great deal of courage. In the late 1980s, singer-songwriters were still suffering from a severe image problem. They were seen as part of the post-1960s malaise – overgrown, would-be adolescents wallowing in egocentricity and spineless self- pity. Since the early 1990s, however, and thanks in part to Sexsmith’s sterling groundwork, singer-songwriters – the odder in looks and outlook the better – have enjoyed a renaissance. Today, Sexsmith counts artists as diverse as Steve Earle, k.d. lang and Feist among his fans, whilst Michael Bublé covered his song ‘Whatever It Takes’. The 47-year-old Canadian recorded his twelfth and latest album with legendary producer Bob Rock in Los Angeles – an experience documented in an affecting film, Love Shines.
Sublime sits down with Adele Bethel, founder of Brit-punk-flavoured band Sons & Daughters, who have succeeded in marking themselves out from the teeming, talented Glasgow scene