The xx are the globe-conquering sound of young London. But as Sylvia Patterson discovers on tour in America, those sad songs are rooted in real tragedy...
Joe Strummer invented the modern rock star as furious, poetic firebrand. On what would have been his 60th birthday, and a few months from the 10th anniversary of his death, those who knew him best describe a complex character in fascinating new detail
Cat Power's searing adult pop could soon make her alter-ego Chan Marshall a star. But she's been in an emotional spin since her Hollywood actor ex-boyfriend upped and married a supermodel. Can Marshall hold it together? "I know where the edge is," she tells Jude Rogers
Tulisa Contostavlos is a new kind of pop star for whom success is measured by the volume of column inches and by brand positioning. Jude Rogers spends three days with her and discovers what makes the queen of the new breed tick
Muse - Meet Great Britain's Olympic Gold Medallists in the Ultra-Megaweight Epic Rock class. Can galactic explorers Muse make their huge cosmic rock grander still? "We don't really have much understanding of subtlety," they confess to Andrew Perry