If you were to survey bands, managers, labels and assorted industry people about the most important factor in breaking a new act, radio would probabl(...)

For his second album as NZCA Lines, Michael Lovett is looking to the stars and what strange lives lie beyond. Infinite Summer is a collection of(...)

Recycling is sometimes good for the soul. At this stage of musical evolution, there is very little in the Fat White Family’s grubby and spiky musi(...)

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

The new music year always begins with Eurosonic. In January, European bands head to Groningen in the Netherlands to play for festival bookers, promot(...)

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

There was much discussion last summer about the paucity of female or female-fronted acts on festival bills. Again and again, you’d find festival line(...)

Tommy Kiernan Dunne’s life story is the stuff of many dramas so it’s no surprise the rhymes on the Ballymun-born rapper’s debut album come with a jag(...)

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

Tommy Kiernan Dunne is telling his story, and it’s some tale. The Dublin rapper known as Tommy KD is releasing his debut album today. Karma’s a Bitch(...)

Second time around and Melissa Jefferson has a much different set of issues on her mind. If her debut album Lizzobangers was the Detroit-born, H(...)

After a decade alongside her brother Matthew in the Fiery Furnaces, the band’s hiatus since 2011 has given Eleanor Friedberger the time to produce(...)

There have been many times over the course of their 16-year run when Shearwater have found themselves on the cusp of a breakthrough. Albums such(...)