Say what you will about John Grant, he is a songwriter who doggedly wears his heart on his sleeve. Over the course of two exceptional solo albums –(...)

Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor performs during the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 4th. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Sinéad O’Connor has cancelled all concert commitments this summer due to exhaustion. In a statement on Tuesday night, her management said she had bee(...)

Installation at ‘Relativity’, an exhibition by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini at the Festival Gallery. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Windguru and other internet weather maps will be scrutinised in Galway this week as a 30m-long “Skywhale” prepares to take flight over the city. The m(...)

Grab a coffee from the Jungle Beach Break Cafe on Salthill Prom, above, and go in search of Patricia Piccinini’s majestic Skywhale hot air balloon

Time to make like The Pet Shop Boys and go west, as the Galway International Arts Festival returns from July 13th for a fortnight of top-notch musi(...)

Josh Tillman: “This whole intellectual dream that I’ve been living in, I’m ready to wake up and address this new reality”

For a man who doesn’t take himself too seriously in his music – in fact, many of his lyrics are downright hilarious – Josh Tillman is a deep thinke(...)

If Avi Buffalo’s 2010 debut was a splurge of promising ideas by a young band barely out of high school, At Best Cuckold is a more considered and we(...)

There are few acts on next weekend’s Electric Picnic bill as suited to the festival’s off-stage attractions as Kelis Rogers. Given the festival’s p(...)

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.(...)


Keeping your head together and your musical aim true over nearly 20 years is an achievement for any group. In the case of Reykjavik collective GusGus,(...)

Animal magic: Slow Magic at Body & Soul

‘What is a caribou anyway? Is it one of those big moosey type things?” asked Tom as we headed for a mid-morning settler, discussing the best plan of a(...)