Rusangano Family, who play the Hard Working Class Heroes festival in Dublin from October 6th to 8th: “The institutions doing the most for young people and music are the youth services.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Nocturnes, Bitch Falcon, Talos, Ailbhe Reddy, Rusangano Family and more share their experience of trying to make it in today’s mus(...)

Unless city officials are involved, any talk about making the most of our urban night culture is futile

Rapper Danny Brown: “I’m maturing and my songwriting is getting better and I just wanted to progress what I’m doing”

The rapper’s new album took years to make, but he wonders about the attention span of his audience for it in a time of musical abu(...)

  Pacha founder Ricardo Urgell is said to be heading for the exit after almost 50 years in the business.  Photograph: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Between Fabric in London and Pacha in Ibiza, clubland is once again in one of its periodic states of flux

Guns N’ Roses backstage at LA club Fender’s Ballroom in March 1986, five days before signing to Geffen. Photograph: Marc Carter

‘They felt dangerous and edgy. You knew you were watching a train wreck, but you couldn’t keep your eyes off it,’ says former Gu(...)

Warpaint: Jenny Lee Lindberg, Stella Mozgawa, Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman. Photoghraph: Mia Kirby

Endless touring almost led to a break-up, but Warpaint prevailed and are ready to re-enter the fray with new album Heads Up

Rapper Nelly was recently hit with a bill for $2.4 million by the US tax authorities

 James Brown, son James Brown II and wife Tommy Ray Brown,  at a  gala dinner at the Sheraton Hotel April 6th, 2006 in New York City. Photograph: Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images

Writer James McBride’s goes in search of the real James Brown and finds there’s more to the godfather of soul than the caricatur(...)

Alexis Taylor: “I wanted to make something where I was not trying to deal with dance music. I was trying to do something which was more about performance and songwriting and intimate moods”

Alexis Taylor’s third solo album is his most deeply personal, a collection of simple songs a far cry from the foot-stomping disco (...)

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Sunil Sharpe: “If you hang for long enough, it will all work out”

The Dublin DJ on making the jump from local hero to the international scene

While you could envisage the site taking another couple of thousand punters, the less-is-more approach probably makes sense in the(...)

Fabric co-founder Cameron Leslie noted “this is not a thriving industry.”

Aside from problems with licences, many clubs in prime urban locations have been targetted by developers

The street festival is tribute to west London’s cultural imports

Old people, pay attention to the kids. You might learn something

Musical.ly is the latest bit of tech to take off while the older players look on in wonder

Blindboy Boatclub (left) with fellow Rubberbandit Mr Chrome

Savages, Julia Jacklin, Whitney, Sample Answer, that sensible lad with the shopping bag on his head...

The aim of Unison Fund is to finance albums, tours, music videos and other work by emerging artists

Glastonbury: Steve Davis DJing at the Worthy Farm festival in June. Photograph: Samir Hussein/Redferns

The ‘Interesting Alternative Show’ host has done sets at Bloc, Glastonbury and Castlepalooza. Now he’s coming to Dublin

All fired up: Conor Adams and Lar Kaye from All Tvvins. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Hotly tipped duo All Tvvins trace a line from their first-ever jam together to finding their feet on the Dublin music scene and ta(...)

Music stars are helping move the conversation forward by publicly dealing with their demons and coming clean about depression, anx(...)

Roots Manuva: “I never really thought I would get past the Watford Gap.” Photograph: Shamil Tanna

Just as well it does, because he remains a voice worth listening to. His new album portrays a tough, bleak and occasionally dire B(...)

Music fans want one track to sum up the season and they go to great lengths to crown one song to rule them all

Frank Ocean’s latest album follows four years of near silence

Frank Ocean’s new album is another indicator of the new model for big-name releases

A teenager holding his ghetto blaster on 42nd street New York, 1980. Photograph: PYMCA/UIG via Getty

A savvy compilation traces the innocent early days of hip-hop in New York

 Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group Ltd,  has invested  into the secret gigs start-up Sofar Sounds. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg/ Getty Images

Sofar Sounds’ intimate gigs are creating new connections between audience and artist, but will it survive corporate takeover?

What connects (top row) Mozart, Etta Jones, Nick Drake and Slayer? And what connects (bottom row) Jerry Lee Lewis, Liszt, Bud Powell and Outkast?

Daunted by the sheer quantity of music at your fingertips? Ben Ratliff is here to help

HAnnah Peel: “The ability to be fast and quick is really important so it doesn’t become stagnant”

Frustration with a train timetable led Hannah Peel into a unique project which premieres at the Earagail festival this weekend

Led  Zeppelin manager Peter Grant with  Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin lead singerJohn Paul Jones at Knebworth House. Photograph: Ian Cook/Getty Images

It’s a sign of the times that so many of today’s savvy superstars are paying straight salaries to their managers

Apple is calling its new pay scheme a “fair, simple and transparent” system

The tech giant has fired a shot across the bows of Spotify, Deezer and YouTube with a proposed new payment system for streaming (...)

The credits for Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ album include a dazzling number of A-list and rising stars.  It took a lot of hands to squeeze those lemons

Musical connectors are bringing together musicians and producers to blend methods and styles, and radically changing the way po(...)

Michael Kiwanuka: "I knew I wanted to do something different to the first album. It took a bit of time to get it right.”

Michael Kiwanuka was the sound of 2012, but the making of his follow-up album proved to be a less than easy affair. He talks artis(...)

Rags to riches to rags: Lily James in Disney’s Cinderella (2015), directed by Kenneth Branagh

Scientists have used a “big data lens” to narrow down every story ever told to a list of just six plot types

The writing is on the wall and the wise ones are saying there’s no future in flogging music in bricks-and-mortar stores

Willie Meaghan of Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny is the last cat standing in the city

  Beyonce performs onstage during “The Formation World Tour” at the Rose Bowl , Pasadena, California in MAy. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage )

A-list acts such as Beyonce and Rihanna are no longer a sure thing. So what’s at the root of those empty seats?

Rusangano Family: John Lillis says he  wants a private jet and champagne.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Limerick’s on-fire music scene is a result of many things - talent, drive, diverstiy, all backed up by a strong sense of shared pu(...)

Brexit: Ken Allen, a music manager who works with Jape (above) among others, has already been hit by the fall in sterling’s value. Photograph: Kieran Frost/Redferns/Getty

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union is already having an effect in Ireland. Some fear it could soon decide where bands c(...)

 Adele performs on The Pyramid Stage on day two of this year’s  Glastonbury Festival. The festival has reported  just £86,000 profit on revenues of £37.3m from the  2014 festival. Photograph:  Ian Gavan/Getty Images

All has changed in pop music, and the most surprising turn of all is the current predominance of festivals

Cover art for (from left) Anohni, Kaytranada, James Blake and Anderson .Pak

MMOTHS flutter past Dexys, Beyonce tussles witth Bowie, Anohni is kept off the top spot - it's Jim Carroll's countdown of the bes(...)

Taylor Swift  during last year’s world tour. She has already inked a deal with Apple. Photograph:  Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images/TAS

Could the tech firms turn data and research into a fresh approach to artistic development

The Irish band started by Neil O’Loghlen and Jack Talty have their own style of music

Robert Glasper: the jazz artist’s cover of Prince’s ‘Sign O’ The Times’ is a standout example of a fitting musical tribute

Musical tributes to dead artists are often magical, but it’s clear that some stars who take part are seeking some degree of ego-en(...)

"Singer-songwriters remain a dominant feature of Dublin’s imagined sound­world,” according to a new report into the vibrancy - or (...)

Second album is about getting away from the chaos that followed his successful debut

Fantastic Negrito: “I was doing some hustling as a drug dealer and there was a lot of trouble as a result of that lifestyle”

An accident that temporarily derailed his career, family bereavements and other twists and turns put the Californian in tune with (...)

 DJ Paul Oakenfold performs onstage during day 3 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2013 in Indio, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Coachella)

A report presented to the International Music Summit in Ibiza showed that growth in the $7.2 billion electronic music industry is (...)

This alt.folkie’s new album has some tough edges and is full of soulful swing

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A new RTÉ doc aims to get inside the heads of singers right before they step onstage

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