She & Him: Classics

M Ward and Zooey Deschanel are no stranger to covers, having taken on the odd famous tune in their time. Their fifth is album composed entirel(...)

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(...)

Zooey Deschanel in New Girl: the tipping point in twee’s recent starry rise?

What do Belle & Sebastian, Lena Dunham, Peanuts the cartoon, Portlandia, artisan pickles, food trucks, crocheted owls on Etsy, ukuleles, kitten(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Ian O’Riordan with his signed album at the spot on Dublin’s Leeson Street where he met Dylan in 1995

The plan was to hang around the Point Depot for the afternoon and act like one of the roadies. There is no easy way of getting to Bob Dylan, only t(...)

Revolutionary approach: Mark Ellen, writer and editor. Photograph: Virginia Turbett/Redferns
The man who sold the Word
  • Music
  • May 10, 2014, 01:00

Certain incidents may cause one to reconsider one’s career as a rock journalist. Having one’s head banged repeatedly against a wall by Elvis Costello’(...)

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the end of their official visit at Windsor Castle this morning. Photograph: Getty 1:47

The Queen bid farewell to President Michael D Higgins this morning, drawing to a close a historic four-day state visit to the UK. The p(...)

Newfound Sounds for March
  • Music
  • February 28, 2014, 00:00

We start things off with Limerick rockers Windings (above), who team up with Dublin’s Land Lovers for a split album that’s a first for Out on a Lim(...)

Victoria Mary Clarke, second from left, beside her partner, Shane MacGowan, followed by Gerry O’Boyle. Far right, Chris Gascoyne, who plays Peter Barlow

I am sitting in the Coronation Street Rovers Return pub on a Sunday afternoon, having a gin and tonic with Peter Barlow. This is a momentous occasion (...)