And you thought Queen boasted the most academically-minded musicians in rock? Make way for this LA indie/electro pop trio, which includes within its r(...)

Steve Earle: intensely personal songs delivered in a laconic drawl
Review: Steve Earle

NCH, Dublin ****   The last time Steve Earle played Dublin was about a year ago. Then, he was in the company of the Dukes, and t(...)

B y all accounts, Berlin-based Ballet School’s live shows veer towards the amateur dramatic side of things – lots of interpretive dancing, and the lik(...)

The small fishing village of Cellardyke nestles in Fife, and it is here that the Fence Collective ensemble (and associated record label), which inc(...)

Anyone for the “little sisters of The Allman Brothers”? If that’s a scary thought for some, then cease and desist, people, because Rebecca and Mega(...)

FRIDAY Pet Shop Boys (Main Stage) Is it fair to describe Pet Shop Boys as a “heritage” band? It’s true that Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have(...)

Sinéad O’Connor performs at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

National Concert Hall, Dublin ****Sinéad O’Connor’s previous performance at the NCH was in the summer of last year, and the tenor of it brought to min(...)

Some people might view Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice through slightly jaundiced eyes, but there are thousands of folk out there that have bee(...)

Gulp: Season Sun

While Super Furry Animals, indisputably Wales’ oddest band, take something of a lengthy break, along comes Guto Pryce and his new band to banish rain,(...)

Being a die-hard fan of the usual suspects (from Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to Josh Ritter and Damien Rice, and most points in between) is som(...)