Julie Byrne performs onstage at the Mazda Studio at Empire Garage on March 14, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)

Big names were everywhere at SXSW, but the Austin festival also featured a host of up-and-comers with the potential to hit the big(...)

 Rock’n’roll founding father Chuck Berry, who   died on Saturday, March 18, 2017, aged 90. A portrait of Berry in St. Louis, Mo., in 2003. (Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)

Before he duck-walked across any stage, Chuck Berry got paid in cash - a lesson that hip-hop clearly gets, and indie and rock b(...)

Hurrah for the Riff Raff band leader Alynda Segarra: “I started to become more open to modern music, because  so much modern stuff is truly revolutionary”

"There are many different ways to characterise a culture so the nerds and people who’re not good at dancing feel like they have a (...)

The Groove: This “wearable glove device that enhances the dancer’s expression” is demonstrated at the SXSW festival 2017 in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

In Texas, tech and film have moved on from the disruption transforming their sectors and are dealing with new realities. Music, by(...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden speaks about the Biden Cancer Initiative at  South by Southwest (SXSW) music and film interactive festival  in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The best apps, "entertainment debt", disrupting the church and how to live forever: here are the main trends from Austin's tech fe(...)

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Aslan: (from left) Rodney O’Brien, Alan Downey, Christy Dignam, Joe Jewell and Billy McGuinness. “Slade were from a place in Wolverhampton like Finglas, they were just ordinary blokes.  I never considered the fact that you could come from a place like Finglas and become a singer.”

Aslan singer Christy Dignam on rehearsing in a pigsty, writing ‘This Is’, drug problems, collaborating with Finbar Furey, and st(...)

The Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg’s old docklands is now a signature destination  in northern Germany. Photograph:   Bodo Marks/AFP/Getty Images

The amazing German concert hall was hit by hold-ups, setbacks and budget overruns, but the result more than made up for the delay (...)

A detail from the cover of Lady Gaga’s Artpop (2013)  by   Jeff Koons. Label: Interscope Records

Writer and art historian Francesco Spampinato explores collaborations between musician and artists in his new book Art Record Cove(...)

Jófriður Ákadóttir: “We are close to our nature in Iceland, and you can’t escape it even if you try because the ocean and the mountains and the wind are all around.” Photograph: Timothée Lambrecq

Jófriður Ákadóttir has at least three acts on the go, including JFDR, Samaris and Pascal Pinon

Marian Finucane. Photograph: RTE

The broadcaster's weekend competition provides a surreal moment that proves most lyrics are not exactly poetry

Loyle Carner: “When you’re a teenager, everything is so difficult and weird – and having ADHD adds another dimension of stress to it – so I’d loads to write about.”

The Croydon rapper shunned weed, instead reading the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah and studying acting. It’s all paid off with his (...)

Look at the vinyl market: between records and turntables, it’s heading to become a billion dollar market

Author David Sax reckons analogue objects can give you back time because of the keep-it-simple-stupid method

Psy’s Gangnam Style: 2.7 billion views and counting

Despite the push of upstarts like Spotify and Apple, nothing comes close to the YouTube as a music platform

SINKANELife & Livin’ It ***City Slang

Prince  was a blast when he was on form:  Last year claimed three other  magnificent communicators with the deaths David Bowie  Leonard Cohen and George Michael. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty

The music industry today is dominated by bland PR processes and musicians who just don’t have anything to say

En Vogue will be heading to Dublin’s Vicar Street in April

En Vogue are back on the road, and will likely be followed by more classic R&B queenpins

MIGOSCulture ****300 Entertainment

Tkay Maidza: “You always wonder if what you do is good enough, so when someone like Killer Mike comes along, it’s so cool”

Aussie hip-hop star Tkay Maidza has caught the attention of the Run the Jewels rapper and many others with her quick-fire rhymes a(...)

Apple CEO Tim Cook (right) greets Jimmy Iovine during Apple's developer conference in San Francisco, California. Iovine brought record-label smarts to the company, but it hasn't helped them innovate in the streaming market. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The tech giant is shifting digital operations to Cork, but can it regain ground on its rivals?

Sister act: Meegan, Allison and Natalie Closner, aka Joseph. Photograph: Ebru Yildiz

Gigging in bars made Natalie Closner realise "there are people who prey upon people’s dreams". Now, she says, "we need a call to c(...)

Bono shows his appreciation to the Croke Park crowd during U2's 360 Tour performance in July 2009. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A new book asks music critics and fans that very question, and as you'd expect, the answers vary widely

Frank Sinatra in a recording session in a studio at Capitol Records on New Year’s Day 1953. Photograph: Murray Garrett/Getty Images

Celebrating 75 years in business, the label that reinvented Frank Sinatra, and broke The Beatles and Radiohead in the US, has quit(...)

 Beyonce performs at a Get Out The Vote concert in support of Hillary Clinton in  November. The singer is set to headline this year’s Coachella festival in the US, which is run by Philip Anschutz’s  Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG Live).  (Photo by Duane Prokop/Getty Images)

Promoter Philip Anschutz’s ties to ultra-conservative US politics sit in stark contrast to his counter-cultural music business ven(...)

Turns out the sound snobs had a point: there’s a “pleasing, warm, whole-hearted thump” from the records.

Online music is hard to top in terms of choice and ease of access, but there’s still something unbeatable about a turntable

SABABucket List Project ****Saba Pivot

Reminder of an era when artists swapped Afrobeat roots for a more international sound

Identity and memory loom large in the latest offering from Stephen Cracknell and friends

Ed Sheeran: Could this be his year? Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

We can confidently say that that the gig of the year will not be Phil Collins at the Aviva, but that's where the certainty ends...

Polica stalwart Chris Bierden’s side project is worth tracking

ORCHESTRA OF SYRIAN MUSICIANSAfrica Express Presents the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and Guests ****Transgressive

Radio ga-ga: Thom Yorke isn’t about to give up giving out, and neither is On The Record

In the current era of sudden releases, saturated coverage and instant access, readers want context and colour and smartness and in(...)

Irish acts that receive the most plays include Walking on Cars, Hozier, Picture This, Gavin James, Kodaline and Brian  Deady. Photograph: Getty

Gavin James and Walking on Cars top the most-played Irish lists on Irish radio stations

Chance the Rapper: his Coloring Book was one of a number of  compelling hip-hop albums released this year

Culture review 2016: Hip-hop and r’n’b had a riot, and some gems from the Irish scene, from Rusangano Family to Tony Mac Mahon

Clockwise from top left: David Bowie, Saint Sister, Thom Yorke from Radiohead, The Gloaming

The year began with Blackstar and ends with a clean sweep for Bowie. Elsewhere, Saint Sister tops the Irish crop. Here are the mus(...)

The Rock’n’Roll County Councillor of the Year award  goes to Pearce Flannery for his proposal that  Bruce Springsteen play  Galway Airport

It’s On The Record Gongs of the Year time - awarded for the most outstanding, pointless, ridiculous and offensive contributions t(...)

 Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine on stage during last year’s  Lollapalooza  festival  in Chicago, one of the biggest festivals on the Live Nation roster. Photograph Josh Brasted/FilmMagic

Live Nation continues to expand worldwide, but its lucrative position in the secondary ticketing market may yet prove contentious (...)

Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses performs at the O2 Arena in London in 2010. the band are to play Slane Castle, Co Meath in 2017. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Jim Carroll: The band are the latest heritage act to make the journey to Slane, a venue they last played in 1992

JOHN LEGENDDarkness and Light ***Columbia

 Anderson .Paak of Anderson onstage at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience last month  in New Orleans. Photograph: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty

The inclusion of Anderson .Paak on the once influential poll shows up the project’s shortcomings

Christy Moore: Iarla Ó Lionaird cites his version of I Pity the Poor Immigrant by Bob Dylan; Tony Barrett his cover of Jimmy McCarthy’s Missing You. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Lisa O’Neill, Conor O’Brien, Iarla Ó Lionaird, Mick Flannery, Adrian Crowley and others discuss what songs move them most

Philip King: “The effect of a great emigration song is to compound the sense of loss and collapse the distance between the place you’re in now and the place you’ve left behind.”  Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

From persecution in 18th century Ulster to the Famine and beyond, there’s a story to tell

SETI THE FIRSTThe Wolves of Summerland ****Paper Palace

Sue Rynhart: “It’s  important to get the opportunity to talk to other musicians from other countries”

Since 1991, IMC has helped promote jazz and bring European musicians together

Kanye West:  would have voted for Trump if he had bothered  voting. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

The times they are a-changin’ and musicians now should reflect the concerns of their fans

 Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield  and Robert Trujillo  from Metallica. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

Lars Ulrich is still raring to go - after 35 years of up and downs, crises and feuds (remember Napster?), Metallica are getting ha(...)

Leonard Cohen performs on stage at the Musikhalle on 4th May 1970 in Hamburg, Germany. Photograph: Gunter Zint/1970 K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns

If he was a new artist today, the genius of Cohen would surely be lost in the noise of music-journalism clickbait and listicles

Leonard Cohen on stage in Kilmainham on Friday, June 13th, 2008. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Concerts between 2008 and 2013 demonstrated rare bond between artist and audience

VARIOUSLes Punks: The French Connection ***Soul Jazz

ROMARELove Songs: Part Two ***Ninja Tune

SLEIGH BELLSJessica Rabbit ***Torn Clean

Hand to mouth: ‘A lot of people don’t seem to understand that we can’t keep producing records if you keep not paying for them’

Our refusal to pay for music makes it impossible for many bands to keep working

Shirley Collins: “I had been singing songs in my head all the time, but not out loud, and I realised I couldn’t bear to let it go. There were so many songs I wanted to sing”

Collins was a leading light in English folk music and then she stopped releasing music for nearly 40 years. So why did she decide (...)

 Thom Yorke of Radiohead onstage at the Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park last month. Photograph: Jim Bennett/FilmMagic

Radiohead are taking action against ticket touts. Why are other acts not joining the fight?

Dozens of acts such as Metallica, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Leonard Cohen, Alicia Keys, The Weeknd have new releases in time for Santa

They all have their sights set on your Christmas stockings - as the music industry gears up for the most lucrative time of the yea(...)

Julia Jacklin: Playing SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, in March “was the first time that I realised I had good songs”.

The classically trained Australian singer-songwriter only picked up a guitar and the songwriting buzz a few years ago

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