Jack Bruce: composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist has died of liver disease, aged 71. Photograph: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

Jack Bruce, who became famous in the 1960s as the bassist and lead vocalist for the hugely successful rock group Cream, and whose adventurous approac(...)

Kevin Thornton: when the chips are down, his cous cous is the biz. Photograph: Alan Betson

Such is festival goers’ love for and obsession with all things edible that the Electric Picnic have had a whole tent dedicated to gastronomy for th(...)

Lou Reed on stage during the Analog festival in Dublin in 2008. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Lou Reed’s estate is worth $20.3 million and is bequeathed to his wife - musician Laurie Anderson - and his sister.Reed’s executors valued musical ri(...)

Joan Wasser is mid-sentence when she suddenly pauses. A horrified gasp is quickly followed by a colourful expletive. Then another. And another.(...)

Always destined for stardom: Rufus Wainwright. Photograph:  Barry J Holmes

The music business is full of talented people. There are musicians, there are songwriters, there are singers. But then there are the Rufus Wain(...)

(From left) Nick O’Malley, Alex Turner, Jamie Cook and Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys who lead the field for this year’s NME Awards with eight nominations. Photograph: PA

Arctic Monkeys lead the field for this year’s NME Awards with eight nominations. The annual music bash sees the Sheffield quartet competing for(...)

This concept record, postponed for several years, finally gets two kinds of releases – one last September and one this week. It straddles dissent a(...)

Stano: Unknown Distance

A reclusive post-punk musician who recently performed live for the first time in 25 years? It might sound like Stano has a lot of catching up to do(...)

Futureproofing theatre

When I heard the sad news of Lou Reed’s death last week, I reached for one of his songs. All Tomorrow’s Parties, sung by Nico, had already been on my (...)

President Higgins with his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto, at the National Palace in Mexico City.

The state of them in Leinster House. Sashaying up and down the stairs, clip-clopping like ponies around the Dáil chamber, pouting at the ush- ers, fal(...)