The history of recorded music has been marked by endless artistic and technological changes. While music labels persist, digital technology has profoundly altered why they exist and how they work.
An Australian Chamber Orchestra concert features works by Jonny Greenwood, Sufjan Stevens and The Nationals' Bryce Dessner, along with those of modern Polish composers.
An Australian documentary about a group of young Afghanis who form a heavy-metal band highlights rock's subversive power.
There is a long list of bands that fell apart over artistic differences. But conflict between band members – and even some creative sledging – can be crucial to making better music.
An ethnomusicologist traces the origins of the practice, from early 20th century 'air conductors' to Joe Cocker's air riffing at Woodstock to the rise of international competitions.
Rock artist Nick Cave finds poetry in the darkness - his song "Jubilee Street" is an example.
There are numerous women guitar virtuosos, from Joan Jett to Orianthi to St Vincent. Why are they so conclusively excluded from the rock canon?
For decades, Bangladesh had a very vibrant – and highly political – rock scene. But the genre is struggling to survive the country's crackdown on dissent and increasing Islamic conservatism.
Born Farrokh Bulsara, Mercury came from a Parsi family that practiced Zoroastrianism, a religion that influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The Scottish rocker showed he has clearly lost none of the fire in his belly.
Critics say hologram tours exploit the dead for a quick buck. But there's something about Roy Orbison's ethereal mystique that makes this one a particularly fitting tribute.
Rock'n'Roll has long been associated with sexual misconduct but there are signs the industry is waking up to this.
Song by song streaming services may be hurting the album commercially, but its place in our cultural lexicon will be harder to shake.
An AC/DC-loving biologist tests the band's 1980 assertion that "rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution." Turns out it can be – and the negative effects of noise can ripple through an ecosystem.
After the happy psychedelia of the Summer of Love, the Velvet's second album seemed to usher in a new, darker era in rock music
The guitar of choice for some of rock'n'roll's biggest names.
John McCready recalls his glory days with the hip young gunslingers at the UK's leading music paper.
Why shouldn't the Stones keep touring in their 70s?
Miles Davis's 1971 album A Tribute to Jack Johnson sits uneasily within both jazz and rock genres, but its indefinable nature should be celebrated.
Pinching musical phrases and stylistic approaches has always been a part of art making and can be a respectful exchange. But shallow, ill-informed appropriation only perpetuates tired stereotypes.