Performance anxiety: the secret life of the lead singer

The stereotypical frontman is charismatic and swaggeringly confident. But some bands have a reluctant star. From the Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon to Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches, rockers tell Tim Jonze about their fears and insecurities – and why they dread all eyes on them

Kate Bush, the queen of art-pop who defied her critics

Simon Reynolds: The singer's much-anticipated series of concerts are a sell-out, her return to the stage heralded by critics everywhere. Yet her particular brand of carefully crafted fantasy was not always so widely acclaimed

Squeeze my lemon? Pop’s five oddest sexual lyrics

From Thom Yorke’s self-love shenanigans to Justin Timberlake’s nativity nookie to Led Zep’s fruity metaphors, here’s Danny Wright’s pick of cringeworthy lines from writers who really should know better