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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”

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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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

“You can have a great song, but if it has no magic in it, it’s just boring” : Nicolas Godin at the Red Bull Music Academy

One of France’s great electronic innovators has ignored his own advice and made a solo record. ‘When you’re in band, there’s alwa(...)

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

 Enya. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

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

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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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