Tracey Thorn: ‘I wanted to write about how complex it can be, and how singers can have such mixed feelings about that thing they do.’ Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Years ago, Tracey Thorn was washing her hands in a nightclub bathroom when she was approached by some strangers who asked her not for an autograph,(...)

Salutes you, sir: Dave Grohl of Nirvana on McCurtain Street, Cork, when the band played at Sir Henrys, supporting Sonic Youth, in August 1991. Photograph: Siobhan O’Mahony/UCC

The Mekons played at Sir Henrys on Sunday, February 6th, 1994. It was my first night DJ’ing at the venue. Hardly anyone was there for the first hour o(...)

Tractor factor at Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival

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Nick Hornby devoted a chapter of his book 31 Songs to Mark Mulcahy’s track, Hey Self Defeater. Prince once gave him his Paisley Park studio for three months in the hope a new album would emerge

Mark Mulcahy is a complete and utter cult. He’s the cult musician other cult musicians call “The Boss”. He is indie pop’s version of the masonic hands(...)