In 1985, Paul Simon broke the cultural boycott of Apartheid-era South Africa to make Gracelands, much to the anger of many, including Steve Van Zandt.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

It’s the sort of question that might come up at a particularly rarefied pub quiz (which, in its own way, sounds like something Hieronymus Bosch mig(...)

 David Lang, whose Man Made will be performed by the RTÉ NSO and So Percussion

A parakeet squawks from a cage in US composer David Lang’s Soho loft in downtown New York. His mate died recently, and Lang was concerned he would (...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

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(...)

Just after we shake hands and sit down for a chat, I make Johnny Marr a solemn promise. “Don’t worry,” I say. “I’m not going to ask you that question.(...)

IMPROV The Necks Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Also Derry, Saturday and Belfast, Sunday Cult Australian improv trio The Necks have won(...)

The Necks are, from left, Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck and Lloyd Swanton

Of the many things cult Australian piano trio The Necks can be accused of, “easy to describe” isn’t one of them. In desperation, most critics break(...)

Palestinian Ambassador Ahmad Abdelrazek and his wife Rania Abdallah with Lisa Nolan from Kinvara during their visit to the farmers’ market in the Co Galway village, where a ban on Israeli goods is in place in opposition to the killing of children in Gaza. Photograph:Joe O’Shaughnessy

Palestinian ambassador to Ireland Ahmed Abdelrazek visited the south Galway village of Kinvara yesterday to thank the community for their boycott o(...)

Ben Frost: ‘Something happens to music when you turn it up.’ Photograph: Börkur Sigthorsson

It might be five years since Ben Frost released a studio album, but it’s not like he has been slacking. Since By the Throat appeared in 2009, the A(...)

William Doyle, aka East India Youth: ‘It’s about making people see that you’ve got this emotion, but not forcing it on to people’

Even when you’re a musician with a successful album under your belt, you never stop being a fanboy. Not if you’re William Doyle. The man behind(...)