Tracey Thorn’s first book Bedsit Disco Queen was an understated chronicle of life as a musician. It wasn’t overtly confessional, but what made it so c(...)

Avril Stanley at Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath, venue for Body & Soul festival from June 19th to 21st. Photograph:  Shantanu Starick

Avril Stanley, originally from Galway, is director of the Body & Soul festival. She lives in Dublin with her son Jarah (6). What first insp(...)

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The demolition of the original Windmill Lane studios in Dublin’s docklands proved an emotional occasion for many U2 fans, whose musical heros were syn(...)

PJ Harvey, Kamikaze The guitars are disgustingly good. Missy Elliot, Get Ur Freak On Missy thrived in a gross section of mainstream hip h(...)

If Kate Bush’s early material has not played a part in Áine Duffy’s musical make-up, we’ll eat our proverbial hat. Unfortunately for the Cork nativ(...)

The new €3.57m West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen. Photograph: West Cork Arts Centre

Lyrics from the Kate Bush classic Running up that Hill form part of the inaugural exhibit at Ireland’s newest art centre. Over the past 10 days, the W(...)

Paul Noonan of Bell X1.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Review: Printer Clips

Printer ClipsVicar Street, Dublin ***At least three of the participants in this ensemble side project of BellX1’s Paul Noonan would have little proble(...)

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(...)

Avicii: ‘massively worried’

The Forbes magazine list of the highest paid DJs in the world over the past 12 months throws up many significant pointers. First is that number one on(...)

 Kate Bush performing her Before the Dawn concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in west London. Photograph: PA

Kate Bush Hammersmith Apollo, London *****You wait 35 years for a Kate Bush gig and then 22 of them come along at once. And while we’re in the middle (...)