JESCA HOOPMemories Are Now ****Sub Pop

Hamlet Sweeney of Nucleus Music Song Studio at his desk in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Nucleus, Yangaroo and Subwoofr are the latest Irish generation of tools and services for musicians that hope to shake up the music(...)

Elbow: Craig Potter, Guy Garvey, Mark Potter and Pete Turner

Elbow take an egalitarian approach - but that didn’t stop drummer from Richard Jupp departing. Frontman Guy Garvey talks about re(...)

Sarah Jarosz: ‘I was an N’ Sync girl. It wasn’t  until I heard Nickel Creek I started to say, Oh, this is really cool’

At just 25, the singer already has Grammy nominations and praise from the likes of Elton John powering her career

MENACE BEACH Lemon Memory *** Memphis Industries

Singer Mick Pyro. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The former Republic of Loose frontman has morphed from booze-guzzling showman to reveal a more thoughtful, serious side as he prep(...)

Cathy Belton remembers Santa leaving muddy boot prints on the living room carpet

Actor Cathy Belton wants Santa to lay his sacks of magic on the hearths of the Simon Community and the Fr Peter McVerry Trust

Nut roast pairs well with the traditional Christmas side dishes and won’t leave vegetarians feeling left out

Stuff your turkey, ban the ham, roll away the lard-laden roasties

Annalise Murphy with her Olympic silver medal: Santa brought her wetsuits and sailing equipment in her teenage years. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sailor and Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy is looking forward to enjoying Christmas dinner after years on a strict diet(...)

ENEMIESValuables ****Topshelf Records

RAF RUNDELLThe Adventures of Selfie Boy Pt 1 ****1965 Records

Wallis Bird once heard Santa’s bells as he flew across the sky.

Musician Wallis Bird would like her present to go to someone who has nothing

Today FM presenter Ian Dempsey would like a bike . . . if it wasn’t for the lycra

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTINGLive at Brixton ***Test Card Recordings

Avenged SevenfoldThe Best of 2005-2013 *** Warner

WALPURGIS FAMILYLive Your Life Around It ****Popical Island

Boxer Paddy Barnes asked for a bike almost every single year

Boxer Paddy Barnes wants an end to cheating in the sport, and if there are any bikes going spare . . .

IAN WHITTY & THE EXCHANGECash Crop ***Self-released

With collaborators such as Ed Sheeran, Rufus Wainwright, John Grant and The Killers, Williams is once again ready to entertain you

MICK FLANNERYI Own You *** Universal Music Ireland

Dominic Philips, Paul Noonan and David Geraghty from BellX1. Photograph: Johnny Savage

Writing the follow-up to their hugely acclaimed ‘Chop Chop’ album prompted a lot of soul-searching for the band, but in the end th(...)

Wallis Bird: “I feel like I’m vibrating now, and before I was just... flapping around.”  Photograph:   Jens Oellermann

“I don’t have a plan – I just want to be able to express my love.” After a decade of ups and downs, the Wexford-born musician has(...)

WALLIS BIRDHomeMount Silver/Caroline International4

Cathy Davey: “I think all of these emotional tendencies that humans have, you can narrow them down to different animals.” Photograph: Pauline Rowan

After a six-year hiatus, Cathy Davey is back with new album New Forest - and a whole new level of insight about humans, nature a(...)

Watford four-piece’s second album combines brawny vocals and mod-infused indie-rock

Their new album is an ‘emotional apocalypse’ of brutal, relentless brashness

White Denim, with frontman James Petralli second from left: worked with producer Ethan Johns for their new album

The Texan band are back in a new guise and with a more live, less tightly wound sound

Lauren Mayberry, frontwoman of Glasgow band Chvrches. Photograph: Getty

Lauren Mayberry of Scottish electro-pop band Chvrches has always had plenty to say, whether about misogyny directed at women in mu(...)

Rollo and Sister Bliss from Faithless: “People hadn’t stopped asking ‘When are you coming back? When are you coming back?’ so it was nice to have a reason to do so”

"I know that I’ve hopefully done some trailblazing in my field and helped to put dance music on the map," says Faithless DJ Sister(...)

Festival inside and out: Charleville Castle at sunset. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

From day tickets to comedy tents and a DJ set from snooker legend Steve Davis, this year’s festival has great new stuff to go wi(...)

Channy Casselle of Poliça performs for Flood Fest at Cedar Street Courtyard at the  2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival  in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Brian Feinzimer/Getty Images

Poliça Singer Channy Leaneagh says the band has found a new confidence on third album ‘United Crushers’

Benjamin Clementine: “The French gave me an awareness of my words, and the English gave me melody”

Ahead of his Dublin gig next week, Benjamin Clementine recounts his journey from busking on the streets of Paris to winning the Me(...)

“It seems ironic that we’re all so ‘connected’, yet we’re completely disconnected on an animal level”

On their new album, the Scottish band are worried about the impact of humanity’s technology obsession – and are well prepared for (...)

Frontwoman Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

If the Melbourne outfit’s slinky, blended sound is good enough for Prince, Questlove and Erykah Badu, it’s good enough for us

The four-string showstopper gets up close and personal on his new album. ‘You feel secure for the first time with what you’re doin(...)

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