Deceptively amiable: Cormac Ó hEadhra

Already an overcrowded bear pit of gratuitous shock jocks and unhinged guests, the world of late-night talk radio has a new arrival to stir things (...)

Billy Bragg; Deborah Blacoe, Philip Chevron’s sister; and Mountjoy campus governor Brian Murphy pictured as Chevron’s guitars were donated to Mountjoy Prison.  Photograph: Aidan Oliver

Three of the most prized guitars from the late Philip Chevron’s collection were yesterday bequeathed to the inmates of Mountjoy Prison in the first mo(...)

Veteran rocker Iggy Pop in action during his 2008 concert at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Rocker Iggy Pop has hit out at the modern music industry which he said is “laughably maybe almost entirely pirate”, but said he understands that some (...)

One of several young British artists to be labelled unofficial poet laureate of the Millennial Generation, this 28-year-old Londoner has forged a repu(...)

Billie Holliday singing Strange Fruit: There will never be a protest song as potent and affecting

To continue the protest theme in The Ticket this week, a look at the bleak future for all forms of popular music. Over the past three decades, there h(...)

Kanye West, a man and artist full of unresolved contradictions

It’s a common complaint that music today just doesn’t have the political edge it used to way back when. For some, the golden age of protest music i(...)

Laugh out loud: Imelda Staunton has a girls’ night in Pride

One terrific scene among many terrific scenes in the consistently terrific Pride finds a political activist entering a record label’s offices to reque(...)

This big: James Hetfield

Metallica will open their headlining slot at the Glastonbury festival in two weeks’ time with a cover of Oasis’s Wonderwall. It’s a neat move, repl(...)

Recently my children have started to object to me calling my boyfriend Daddy. They don’t know yet that I call him my boyfriend but when they fi(...)

Breaking Bad

Acornucopia of cultural riches this year left us reaching for superlatives. Everything from Breaking Bad on television to Daft Punk in music, Gone Gir(...)