John Walker 1943 – 2011

John Walker, the singer, songwriter, musician and co-founder of the clasic 60s group The Walker Brothers has died aged 7 May at his home in Los Angeles.

Dinosaur Pile-Up Q&A: The Great Escape

In the second of our interviews with upcoming artists to mark Great Escape Week 2011, M talks to Dinosaur Pile-Up about the band’s visit to the Brighton showcase in 2009, and why they would pick ABBA and Slayer to play at the next showcase if they could… Dinosaur Pile-Up are a three-piece power-pop band from Leeds.…

Great Escape: tips to kickstart your career

Are you a musician or songwriter at the start of your career? If so, get yourself along to three masterclasses at The Great Escape this Thursday, for expert advice on media, live and legal issues. The sessions, which run from 10.35am until midday on 12 May in The Old Courthouse, Brighton, are designed for those at the start of their music career, and are supported by the Arts Council England.

M at The Great Escape

The Great Escape convention begins in Brighton next week, and M will be there to bring you highlights from the event’s essential panel discussions and most vital gigs. M will host a week of coverage from The Great Escape, beginning on Monday 9 May, with a series of artist interviews, gig reviews and industry news.

Stephen Navin on The Hargreaves Review

The Hargreaves Review, which was announced by Mr Cameron back in November whilst on a visit to the east end of London (and which has become famous because of his introductory remark: 'the founders of Google have said they could never have started their company in Britain') required that responses to the call for evidence be made to Professor Hargreaves and his team by the 4th of March.

Music Connected

Now in its ninth year, Music Connected 2011 is the UK's leading digital music conference, where labels and music companies meet the key players in digital music.

Poly Styrene 1957 – 2011

Cult singer Poly Styrene, born Joan Elliott-Said, passed away last night, aged 53. The British-Somali musician and songwriter, who fronted the pioneering punk band X-Ray Spex, lost her battle with breast cancer just weeks after the release of her comeback solo album Generation Indigo.

Review: Jamie Woon Live

The edgy environment of a packed and sweaty Corsica Studios, under railway arches in South London's Elephant and Castle, is exactly where you would expect dubstep's latest face to launch his debut album Mirrorwriting.