Music

Stormzy on stage at 2019 Glastonbury Festival, 2019. Courtesy: Instagram 

The UK rapper wore a stab-proof vest designed by the elusive street artist during his historic performance

By Frieze News Desk

As an exhibition of smiley memorabilia curated by Fatboy Slim opens, a timeline of the omnipresent symbol and pop-cultural icon 

By Kadish Morris

The video for Swift’s LGBTQ+ anthem is erected on the stereotype of the redneck homophobe

By Nadine Hubbs

After gaining UNESCO protected status, acknowledgement of the influential music genre is long overdue 

By Rianna Jade Parker

Experimental producer Matthew Herbert’s enigmatic album trawls a nation’s fault-lines and finds its messy symbolism

By Adam Harper

Ian F. Martin traces the life and career of the pioneering Japanese musician, on the 50th anniversary of his first record

By Ian F. Martin
Tony Conrad performing Bowed Film, 1974. Courtesy: The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

With wit and gumption, the late artist broke with institutional proprietaries and pedigree to rethink art’s place in its community

By Shiv Kotecha

The first ENTOPIA release showcases the music of Kuro, a film by experimental pop musician Tujiko Noriko and graphic artist Joji Koyama

By Nathan Geyer
Lonnie Holley, ’American Landscapes’, 2019. Courtesy: Dallas Museum of Art

Despite a soaring performance at the Dallas Museum of Art, the self-taught artist is still too often treated as an outsider

By Jonathan Griffin

From Matmos to Grimes, a new wave of music is critically engaging with environmental politics – but what does it sound like?

By Nathan Geyer

The genre’s relationship with the church is as complex as it is inevitable

By Aida Amoako

‘This is a story about intellectual openings, the wiring of politics into culture and a cohort of writers gloriously convinced of the world-historical importance of music’

By Yohann Koshy