It’s Q4 and we all know what that means. Between now and December 24th, the race is on in the retail world to flog enough stuff to keep everyone ha(...)

David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

For the proto-punks and New Romantics-in-waiting, David Bowie’s 1972 appearance on Top of the Pops, performing Starman in full Ziggy Stardust regalia,(...)

It’s human nature to change your mind, but when that mind belongs to a musician, such changes can be viewed as whimsical, petulant, capricious or phar(...)

This year’s IMRAM highlight, The Bob Marley Project, is on at the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, this Friday, October 10th, at 8pm

Once upon a time … I was a reader, but not a reader of literature in Irish. I was a speaker of Irish, or a kind of Irish, having been brought up speak(...)

Dave Fanning: “The J1 is one of the most important things you do as a student”

DAVE FANNING Music journalist and broadcaster Massachusetts, 1974 On my first day in New York I ordered a “baggle”, meaning a bagle. I ordere(...)

“I am realistic to my detriment,” Woody Allen says. “There is no God. There is no purpose to the universe. One day the sun will burn out. Earth wil(...)

Ed Sheeran: four nights in a row at Dublin's O2 in October

One season ends and another begins. As the outdoor shows run out of road, it’s time to return to the indoor halls, clubs and arenas. Many would arg(...)

Hundreds of visitors have arrived in Donegal this weekend for the annual Bob Dylan festival.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

Like rolling stones and complete unknowns, they arrived on the shores of a Co Donegal lough this weekend for what has become one of the biggest Bob Dy(...)

From left, Leonard Cohen working on the Greek island of Hydra; performing in Melbourne last year; and at the Isle of Wight festival in 1970. Photographs: from the book ‘So Long Marianne: A Love Story’; Graham Denholm/Wireimage; Tony Russell/Redferns

Leonard Cohen turns 80 in September: he is truly the grandaddy of pop stars. At a time when most rock stars would have long retired to their trout (...)

The boss: Sinéad O’Connor. Photograph: Donal Moloney

It’s a baking hot summer day, and off Pearse Street in Dublin, in a building above a bookmaker’s, Sinéad O’Connor is leaning out of a window, smoking.(...)