Wild Youth

As the Italian composer bows out of live shows, expect drama, tears, hugs and bouquets

Stephen Leddy: ‘Ultimately I’m not motivated by money but financial security is important to me as I have a family to support’
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Stephen Leddy, managing director, Hidden Hearing Ireland

Rostam: “I’m always interested in reaching that higher ground”

The multi-instrumentalist, producer and Vampire Weekend co-founder on his solo album, his conflicted relationship with America, an(...)

Paddy McAloon and Wendy Smith of Prefab Sprout photographed backstage in the mid 1980’s. (Photo by Anthony Cake/Photoshot/Getty Images)

First part of John Birch’s projected trilogy is full of precise, carefully extracted detail

Red Hot Chili Peppers make up for December cancellations

FOO FIGHTERSConcrete and Gold ***RCA

YUSEF/CAT STEVENSThe Laughing Apple ***Cat-O-Log Records/Decca

Me and My Money: Aoibheann McCaul, Fair City actor

Robert Forster and Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens

Robert Forster’s memoir of his bandmate and fellow songwriter, the late Grant McLennan, is an honest account of the close bond tha(...)

Ryan Adams brings his borderline brilliant roots-rock to Belfast, Cork and Dublin. Photograph:  Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Ryan Adams and Lisa Hannigan with Aaron Dessner lead a singer-songwriter pack

Eugene Somers, Paula Gilmer and Sean Quinn of Tony Magnetic Pets

The Irish electro-pop act on famous friends and how they’re better known in Germany than at home

U2’s new single: You’re The Best Thing About Me

U2 new album Songs of Experience on cusp of release

THE NATIONALSleep Well Beast **** 4AD

Graham J, songwriter/performer

London Grammar

Simon Le Bon or Johnny Logan? Pet Shop Boys or Manfred’s men? It’s a nostalgia fest

Conrad Howard: “We grew the business through the recession, and that was by being very prudent.”

Founder/owner, Market Lane Group, Cork marketlane.ie

PICTURE THISPicture This ****Warner Music

Peter Whelan: will perform on Friday September 8th in  St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth, as part of the Drogheda International Classical Music Series. droichead.com

Peter Whelan, founder & artistic director of Ensemble Marsyas

GRIZZLY BEARPainted Ruins **** Sony

STEVEN WILSONTo the Bone **Caroline International

TINY MAGNETIC PETSDeluxe/Debris ****Happy Robot Records

Primal Scream are at Groove festival in Kilruddery House in Bray on Saturday

Primal Scream and UB40 at Groove festival; plus gigs by Muse, Script, Psychedelic Furs

Julie London: once described as displaying “the organised abandon of a top stripper”

At her best she could join the ranks of America’s great ladies of song

Happy Mondays are at Leopardstown Racecourse on Thursday as part of Bulmers Live

Happy Mondays, Glen Hansard, Dublin Quays Festival and Culture Vultures

Shona McManus: ‘Financial security is important for my girls and myself to live and provide well, but it’s not my number one personal motivator.’ Photograph: Monica Hadarean

Me and My Money: Shona McManus, owner and chief executive of Osborne Recruitment Consultancy, osborne.ie

Fangclub: ‘When we signed to Universal, we never felt we were changing; we felt we were evolving into whatever the next step was going to be.’

Dublin band Fangclub are being tipped as hard rock’s next big thing

Frankie Cosmos

A 1980s time-warp festival and indie kids Frankie Cosmos

Jim Durie: The decisions I made that cost me money became my education, and so can’t really be adjudged as losses. They were instalment payments to make me smarter!

Me & My Money: Jim Durie, managing director Ireland, Energie Fitness Ireland

Bono and Edge on stage during The Joshua Tree tour performance at Dublin’s Croke Park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The band is looking older, but the music continues to carry a political punch

Kristin Hersh: Bound for the NCH. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Damien Dempsey, U2, Kristen Hersch, Brian Wilson, Nash and Yorkston/Thorne/Khan

U2 perform during their Joshua Tree tour at Twickenham Stadium.

U2 creative director Willie Williams describes a modern approach to the Joshua Tree stage visuals

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Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo Ireland

Chris Merrick Hughes: Eirenic Life, Helium, 4 stars

Longitude, Valerie June, Belle & Sebastian, David Gray and more

John Murry: A Short History of Decay, TV Records, 4 stars

Alison O’Donnell: Climb sheer the Fields of Peace, Latent Recordings, 3 stars

Insurance Institute CEO Dermot Murray: “I wouldn’t have the patience for shopping around.” Photograph:  Shane O’Neill Photography

Me and My Money: Dermot Murray, CEO of the Insurance Institute

Lucy Rose: Something’s Changing, Communion Records, 3 stars

Haim's latest is shiny, summery and sunny, but proves less than the sum of its parts

Lisa Hannigan, Whelan’s Dublin, Friday

Trinity College’s Summer Series kicks off, and Fleet Foxes hit the road for a short Irish tour

Motorbike racer Nicole Lynch from Clondalkin in Dublin is now a brand ambassador for Flogas Ireland and will be driving a car converted to Flogas Autogas to race meetings this year.

‘All my money goes on motorbike racing, so I can’t really think of anything I’d even want’

The band have withstood more than two decades  of music trends and changes

Co-founder Chris Geddes talks about perceptions, pop songs, and why the band’s fanbase is still going strong after 20 years

Musician Kate Nash: stars in new Netflix acting role on 10th anniversary of ‘Made of Bricks’. Photograph: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage

Kate Nash on music industry failings, fighting sexism, and women’s wrestling

Future Islands can say goodbye to Ireland if they don’t deliver ‘Seasons’ (Waiting on You). Photograph: Dave Meehan

Why some bands dread hearing the same hit song title being called out to them at gigs

Mark Higgins, senior managing director of the  performance analytics division at FTI Consulting. Photograph: Silver Image

Mark Higgins, Senior MD of FTI Consulting Performance Analytics

Netwatch CTO Niall Kelly

‘Next generation must understand supporting local has greater impact than they think’

London Grammar: “All you can ultimately hope for is longevity and to carry on making music”

Hannah Reid on how the band got lost on the road, and working with ‘rock star’ producers

What we have here is actually a Fleetwood Mac album, minus Stevie Nicks.

Paul Merriman, of financial advice website askpaul.ie

Me & My Money: Paul Merriman, of financial advice website askpaul.ie

It is no exaggeration to say that, along with The Beatles, Kraftwerk is the most influential group in contemporary popular music. Photograph: AP/dpa/Jens Kalaene

Kraftwerk at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin. Stars: 3

Me & My Money: Nicky Logue, general manager, Intercontinental Dublin

The songs on the surprise album are flawed, but within the grasp of the listener

Nanci Creedon: “I would rather invest in something I can control – my own hard work – than to gamble on the success of others”

Me & My Money: Nanci Creedon, animal behaviourist

Brian Fitzpatrick: ‘If you haggle, you will always get a better price or even a smile – a laugh means you got something more than just a purchase.’

Me and my money: Brian Fitzpatrick, managing director, Oriel Magnesium and Mineral Supplements

Peter Roe, general manager, Fairyhouse Racecourse: “There’s great satisfaction in walking out of somewhere with a bargain.”

Me & My Money: Peter Roe, general manager of Fairyhouse Racecourse

Maria Morgan: “To me gambling is just guessing”

Me and My Money: Maria Morgan of beautifuljobs.ie on saving, shopping and gambling

Dave O’Donoghue: ‘Cash is a messy means of payment and one I avoid.’

Chief executive of healthy fast-food franchise Freshii Ireland Dave O’Donoghue

John Loughran (left) of the Sanymount Hotel.

Me & My Money: John Loughran, proprietor, Sandymount Hotel

Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler

With a ‘Best Of’ album on the way, The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan and Noel Hogan talk about past regrets, future plans

“I’m passionate about spending locally, particularly for fresh produce.” Photograph: Jason Clarke

Me and my money: Jock Jordan, group sales director, One4all

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