Take five: The Gloaming (from left) Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes,  Thomas Bartlett, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Photograph: Richard Gilligan

A busy year for The Gloaming led to most of their second album being written on the road - Jim Carroll joins the band in Real Worl(...)

Rock guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970) caught mid guitar-break during his performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, August 1970. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Your £7.50 entry fee gets you into the room where the rock star slept, caroused and played albums by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The B(...)

As election 2016 barrels along, Ireland’s arts community needs to step up and begin seriously agitating about its future

Members of Malawi’s Zomba Prison Project band. Photograph: Amos Gumulira/AFP/Getty Images

Producer Ian Brennan undertook the Zomba Prison Project to give prisoners a voice and as an antidote to the corporatisation of mus(...)

Julia Holter's ability to pen sublime harmonies, create ear-catching arrangements and turn twists of off-kilter sound into pop gol(...)

The idea of exclusive content staying on one platform is a bit of nonsense these days

Luke Kelly: “someone saw him in the street and asked him to play”. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns

Set up by teenagers in the 1960s, Foxrock Folk Club drew big names to its parish-hall gigs. A new album features club recordings o(...)

The success of Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s soap opera has opened the studio door for other broadcasters. Here are some more mu(...)

 Cathal Histon, Mícheál  Keating and Brendan McInerney: “We were just feeling our way around what we liked”

As they prepare for take-off with their debut album, the Limerick band reveal how they took all the time they needed to get ‘Is’ r(...)

Radio still matters to music but the number of people listening is dropping like a stone

Eurosonic boom: (clockwise from above left) Dua Lipa, Blaue Blume, Promise and the Monster, Koala Voice, Hydrogen Sea and Liima. Photographs: Eurosonic

Liima, Rusangano Family, Promise and the Monster, Dua Lipa, Rationale and Koala Voice were just some of the new acts who impressed(...)

Bird's-eye view: conference attendees gathering in Groningen last weekend

A panel entitled 'Male Agents, Female Assistants' at this year's Eurosonic festival in Groningen confronted the issue with admirab(...)

Dublin Rapper Tommy KD: “I never dreamt I’d be doing stuff like this, like getting the album out or playing my own shows. But at the same time, it’s important to say that everything’s not rosy.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Running battles with homelessness and drug addiction have scarred rapper Tommy Dunne, but with hip-hop he’s found a voice to tell (...)

David Bowie performing  in Copenhagen in 2003: apart from a handful of guest appearances, he  shunned the live circuit from 2004 on. Photograph: Nils Meilvang/Nordfoto/AP Photo

David Bowie managed to get by without doing live shows but he was one of a kind

You won’t forget Maurice O’Connor (Sample Answer) in a hurry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

From electronica to soulful sounds to “three black Irish kids making waves”, these music acts are worth listening out for this yea(...)

Jehnny Beth: “I was able to be more personal than I was on the first record because we know each other more now and we’ve learned how to be with each other and it feels okay”

New album Adore Life "is a response to the nostalgia that has surrounded rock’n’roll for too many years,’ says Beth. "We need to (...)

Worthy collection from a hugely promising new talent

Slash and Axl Rose of Guns N Roses perform live at Rock In Rio II - January 15 1991(Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)

Both bands are set to headline the US festival in April, with further shows expected to be announced in the coming weeks

Music observers and commentators will look back to the days of old because, well, it’s easier to write about and comment on old st(...)

Kendrick Lamar. Photograph: Simon Laessoee/Reuters/Scanpix Denmark/Files

There is less overlap between the lists of different critics this year than ever before. What is causing this divergence and is it(...)

Jim reveals his choice of the 50 best albums for 2015. They’re fab!

The Government may huff and puff about the importance of the arts, but the truth on the ground is of a sector that has been making(...)

Who needs Spotify when you have these crackers to soundtrack your house party over the next few weeks

Róisín Murphy - Best Irish Act and Best Solo Act

The music fans have spoken and their verdicts are good - especially so for this year’s Irish nominees

‘Amy’ was music film of the year: ‘A superb, pointed and desperately sad profile of an amazing talent’.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Roll up, roll up, it’s time to hand out the OTR gongs of 2015 – perhaps the least coveted awards of the year

If your new year’s resolution involves learning more about music, dance or art, a new residential school may be just the trick to (...)

 Grace Jones attends a signing of her new autobiography “I’ll Never Write My Memoirs” at a Waterstones in London, England. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Make yourself comfortable by the fire, put on your favourite Spotify playlist and settle down with 2015’s best music books

Our critics have drawn up their shortlist. Now it up to you to vote in our music awards poll

Adele: her continued success is a reminder that it is still possible for music to create a really gobsmacking moment

Industry requires repetition, volume and scale, but every effort so far to replicate the Adele effect has failed

Taylor Swift, centre, worked with Shellback and Max Martin for 18 months on her album “1989”.

John Seabrook’s latest book looks at the songwriters who work behind the scenes

 Anton Corbijn. A Retrospective of his photography is currently at the C/O Berlin. (Photo by David MAREUIL/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Nick Cave, Arcade Fire, U2, REM, Metallica, Tom Waits and many more are indebted to Corbijn’s exceptional skill as a visual spin d(...)

The label has bucked trends and thrived because it has become a label where artists feel at home

Stephen Bruner of Thundercat on stage at Pickathon music festival at Pendarvis Farm on August 2, 2015 in Happy Valley, Oregon, USA.  (Photo by Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns)

It's rare that a bass player gets into the limelight, but after stints with Suicidal Tendencies, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar and (...)

Flowers laid outside the Bataclan theatre in Paris. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

The horrors that occurred in the venue last Friday night will not be forgotten – but the Bataclan will rise again

There may be an audience for homegrown music – but are they willing to pay for it?

Nas: Did he get jiggy with Will Smith?

Hit songs often come with a long list of co-writers - so why are hip-hop stars so reluctant to share the credit?

A report on London’s music venues has plenty to say about their soft power benefits

Belfast nightclub Shine is 20 this year, and while the city and the culture keep on changing, the fundamentals remain the same, sa(...)

Doing things a little differently: CEO of 300 Entertainment Lyor Cohen with rapper Jay-Z. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The A&R folks are back talent-scouting in Dublin, but despite the growing importance of big data, they're not here because of Fa(...)

London-Irish hip-hop singer’s second album is a deeply personal affair

Instead of reflecting what is going on right now, the festival chooses to just pack ‘em in

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Lack of future stadium fillers and poor ticket sales proving problematic for promoters

Daniel Andersin: “You’re a failure until you realise that whatever it is you have inside of you can get out”

The Finglas musician had a long hard haul going solo when his first band self-imploded – “All around you in the air all the time(...)

A guiding force of the French Touch movement in the 1990s, Ludovic Navarre was a long time silent before his new album, ‘St Germai(...)

Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre from Saint Sister: One of the standout acts of Dublin’s recent HWCH festival

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