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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(...)

Bobby Gillespie: “In terms of looks, you can’t compete with younger bands.” Photograph: Sam Christmas

Primal Scream’s new album, Chaosmosis, finds Bobby Gillespie – a garrulous interviewee – more together than ever. He reflects on t(...)

The September Girls: a new confidence is audible on their second album, Age of Indignation

The Dublin band’s second album loses the harmonies and focuses a new anger on issues such as sexism, abortion and narcissism

On his first solo album the former 1D singer proves a great voice can only get you so far

Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig: “You have an endless amount of time for your first record, because nobody’s expecting anything”

Just when you thought you had the Brooklyn band pegged as cheerful throwback pop, their second album comes along and takes you by (...)

Nathaniel Rateliff: “I love to swim laps. It doesn’t look like it, but I have to work out just to stay like this”

Rateliff gave up missionary work for trucking, and trucking for music. But he and his band The Night Sweats still have plenty of m(...)

“1916 always seemed like this huge mythical thing for me”: Jimmy Sheeran and John Colbert

John Colbert, one half of Black Bank Folk with Jimmy Sheeran, is a grandnephew of executed leader Con Colbert, but their album foc(...)

Power popsters Walk the Moon epitomise a slow-burn success that is rare in modern music

The Detroit popsters might not yet be household names but you have definitely heard them

Lucinda Williams: “Nobody would sign me because they didn’t know how to market me.” Photograph: David McClister

Recognition came late for the Americana musician, but when the accolades came they were big ones: Grammys and having a strand of m(...)

Patrick Sheehy and Sorcha Durham from the Irish five-piece discuss their reasons for taking the major-label approach, and why “Ire(...)

Blaine Harrison (second from right) with the Mystery Jets: “When you get to 30 there’s this slight sigh of relief, because you’ve been through the grinder a couple of times and it’s your first chance to have some sort of distance from it”

After losing a member and a record deal, Mystery Jets are back with some new sounds

Walking On Cars

Everybody who’s anybody seems to have a new album lined up for the new year. And there are a few superstar maybes too

Dubliner with an eye on ELO, Neil Hannon and The Beatles, and an ear for a good tune

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