Rob Garratt, The National

Rob Garratt

The National

United Arab Emirates

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Past articles by Rob:

Review: Pearl Jam's Gigaton is their best album in 12 years, but that doesn't make it good

With their 11th studio outing, the band have aged too easily into a late-career heritage rock status → Read More

Why Radiohead's Public Library is about more than artists taking back control in the digital age

The project contains all the band's officially released music, as well as live footage, artwork, TV appearances, forgotten webcasts, curated playlists, fan club newsletters and plenty more → Read More

From holograms to advertising: Is Whitney Houston's legacy being preserved or exploited?

On August 31, 10 years ago, Whitney Houston released her seventh and final album I Look To You → Read More

Pop star Zara Larsson on chasing success, feminism and introducing Ed Sheeran to her parents

Having known fame now for more than half her years, one senses an insatiable hunger in Larsson that she self-diagnoses as not entirely healthy → Read More

'I've heard that before': here's why some songs sound familiar

We go on record to explain the various compositions of modern melodies that find their base in classics → Read More

Jennifer Lopez at 50: why she is the definition of a celebrity who is ageing backwards

A performer, film star and entrepreneur at the top of her career, J Lo defies the entertainment industry’s ageism towards women → Read More

Orientalism in art: a patronising view of The East, or a snapshot of history?

A new exhibition in Dubai showcases works from notable European artists who spent their lives offering snapshots of life into the Islamic world → Read More

Mood music: how technology is beginning to dictate what we listen to

As streaming services pick up a fresh headwind in the UAE market, we look at how technology is shaping not just what we listen to, but why we listen at all → Read More

Ready for November Rain? Here's what to expect at the Guns N' Roses concert this Sunday

This really could be your last chance to catch the most iconic rock band of the past 30 years, says Rob Garratt → Read More

Why 1993 was the year that changed music forever

It was a year of violence, vendettas and a truly avant garde vibe, but pop music has never managed to hit the same high note since → Read More

Doing it together: How women (finally) took over the music charts in 2018

We examine how a new wave of female artists are challenging the music business patriarchy by choosing collaboration over catfighting → Read More

Composer Bruno Vlahek on how he found inspiration from the Burj Khalifa

'I remember arriving in Deira at night, and seeing the tower rise into the sky from so far away, lights flickering up and down, sparkling very fast – it had a dramatic effect on me' → Read More

A hip-hop journey through the halls of the Louvre Abu Dhabi

On Wednesday, the artist better known as Lobito Brigante will become the first turntablist to appear as part of the museum’s live cultural programme → Read More

Dxbeats: Yasmine Hamdan unloads baggage from her glory days

Revolutionary artist says she tried to make sense of the Lebanese civil war through her music. We speak with dxbeats’ headline act → Read More

A night at the studio – Dubai opera’s chamber music revival

A scene has emerged in cultural circles that is both exclusive and inclusive. ‘Music in the Studio’ creator Amira Fouad tells us about the experience → Read More

Record Store Day in the UAE: the releases you should pick up

While initially founded as a celebration of note-0independent outlets and independent releases, it wasn’t long before major record labels starting co-opting the buzz to launch new music from their roster of household names → Read More

Angélique Kidjo on mixing her influences

Angélique Kidjo tells The National why she’s taking on Talking Heads for her Abu Dhabi gig → Read More

How the UAE could benefit from a cassette tape revival

The global cassette comeback is particularly welcome in the UAE, where vintage Khaleeji tapes are part of its culture → Read More

The acquisition of Shazam by Apple raises questions over control of our tastes

The buyout represents an ongoing stranglehold of our everyday entertainment technology by an elite few corporations → Read More

Meet the contrasting musical personalities that make up the World Peace Trio

Individually renowned for channelling their distinct musical heritage through the prism of jazz, each soloist is a celebrated bandleader with an extensive back catalogue → Read More