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Martha Wainwright and her half-sister Lucy have a dark, strange new album that they reckon is for all the family

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With slick studios and heavyweight mentors, the Red Bull Music Academy is a dream come true for musicians who make the cut

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It’s seven years since Enya has given an Irish interview. After 80 million album sales, she tells Lauren Murphy why it has never b(...)

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Róisín O: “Anytime we’d get together – when my uncles would be home from America – we’d have sing-songs and stuff. It was just normal in our house.”

Often referred to as daughter of Mary Black or sister of Dan from Coronas, the singer is finding her own voice

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Guy Garvey: “Most people don’t realise till they’re nearing 40 that you’re allowed to feel more than one thing at one time”.

A new band, new relationship, and a struggle with strange lyrics – Guy Garvey’s mid-life crisis seem like an awful lot of fun

Tara Erraught: ‘I was taught right from the beginning: you never, never look at a review until the run of the show is finished’

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Bernard Butler and David McAlmont resisted the Britpop movement in the 1990s. Photograph: Shirlaine Forrest/Wireimage

Interview: McAlmont & Butler came, saw and briefly conquered with their uplifting song ‘Yes’ at a time when macho Britpop ruled. T(...)

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The former Westlife star never packed in his pop career and you won’t find him with the ‘headbangers’ on ‘Big Brother’

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Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel: “It’s sort of like Peter and I are like two old holdouts from the earlier decades of Manhattan bohemianism who just  happen to still be around here,” says Lewis

Duo are unlikely but happy musical collaborators

Angela Dorgan of HWCH, Neil Harrison and Keith Lawler, co founders of  Firstage app with the band Bitch Falcon at Windmill Lane Studios. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Firstage app records musicians’ live performances to bring them to virtual stages that can be accessed right through your smartpho(...)

Brian Byrne: ‘I wanted to go to college, learn to be a good piano player and maybe get a job in Billy Joel’s band’

Navan’s Brian Byrne has taken a break from scoring Hollywood films to set a James Joyce poetry collection to music

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The cast of a new Irish production of Handel’s opera Agrippina talk about the gruelling demands of modern opera singing, the lonel(...)

Parquet Courts (including Austin Brown, foreground): a band with a pre-internet era outlook. Photograph: Ben Rayner

They’ve been called as much, but they’re more interested in achieving longevity

Will the singer’s novel follow in Nick Cave’s footsteps, or crash and burn like Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz?

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Guitar stars: Gabriela Quintero and Rodrigo Sanchez. Photograph: Rick Kern/Getty Images

The underground guitar duo from Mexico are now playing arena-sized shows with the likes of Robert Plant in Montreux. So what’s nex(...)

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