Local boys: Adam Zindani, Kelly Jones, Jamie Morrison and Richard Jones of Stereophonics. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images

One problem about calling your new album Keep the Village Alive, as Stereophonics are finding out, is having the village take you up on the offer. (...)

(...) music and song. It’s this rock-pop core that powers I’m Your Man, a mixtape of theatre and music from(...)

Rory Gallagher playing with Taste in Denmark in 1970. Photograph: Jorgen Angel/Redferns

What have the showbands ever done for us? Bob Geldof is of the opinion that the Irish showband phenomenon – which featured predominantly throughout(...)

Parquet Courts (including Austin Brown, foreground): a band with a pre-internet era outlook. Photograph: Ben Rayner

Several years ago, an up-and-coming indie-rock band from New York called Parquet Courts rolled through the town of Murray, Kentucky, on their first(...)

Come scream with me: Harry Styles of One Direction. Photograph: Mat Hayward/Getty

Ever hear of a couple having a “trial separation” and then getting back together to live happily ever after? The news this week that One Direction (...)

At the Witnness Festival in Fairyhouse racecourse, Co Meath in 2000, ‘festival virgins spent their time sampling every delight possible’

Our Summers Past series mines the Irish Times archive to find interesting articles from previous summers. In 2000, the oddly spelled Witnness music(...)

Micachu & the Shapes: ‘We weren’t trying to force things out of ourselves. It just came out. Flowed out of us’

Describing Micachu & The Shapes is never an easy task. Their music seems to follow quite different patterns from other bands, with home-made in(...)

Jess Glynne

We’ve been here before. Young Jewish woman from north London; belting voice; distinctive hair. Sound familiar? The comparisons between Muswell Hill(...)


The gangsta rap revival is in full swing. The release later this month of the film Straight Outta Compton, about the life and times of NWA, will sh(...)

Ringo Starr points a gun at Allen Klein. Photograph: ABKCO Archive

There have always been rock and pop managers who hogged the limelight as much as their charges: Col Parker, Peter Grant, Albert Grossman, Malcolm M(...)