Jack O’Rourke:  “It wasn’t a  conscious decision  to write a coming-out song . . . but Silence did seem resonate with a lot of people, both men and women”

A singer-songwriter whose composition about coming out was adopted by Amnesty International in the marriage equality referendum is hoping the song wil(...)

 Donald Trump  announces his candidacy for the US presidency at Trump Tower  in New York City. Mr Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

Canadian rock veteran Neil Young has continued a American tradition of recording artists asking Republican candidates to stop playing their music afte(...)

Studio rat: Daniel Lanois. Photograph: Brad Barket/Getty/CBGB

Daniel Lanois is on the road again. He’s calling from a hotel in Seattle as his tour heads up the west coast of the United States and into his nati(...)

 Kim Gordon  and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth perform  in New York in 2009. Photograph: Mark Von Holden/Getty Images

One of the most surprising things about Kim Gordon, when she picks up the phone on the American west coast, is how quiet she sounds. Seeing as she’s t(...)

Digital music: mainstream for some time

Digital music has been mainstream for some time, with download services such as iTunes putting the music format into the hands of even the most staunc(...)

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories .We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabulous weddin(...)

Well-known journalist David Carr has died aged 58. Photograph: Andrea Morales/The New York Times 0:51

David Carr, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times and th(...)

David Byrne: one of the few musicians still fighting the fight on behalf of musicians

One of the most important voices is usually missing from any of the ongoing debates about the music business. Be it the chatter around streaming ro(...)

Dave Fanning: “The J1 is one of the most important things you do as a student”

DAVE FANNING Music journalist and broadcaster Massachusetts, 1974 On my first day in New York I ordered a “baggle”, meaning a bagle. I ordere(...)

Regrouping: Romeo Stodart, Angela Gannon, Michele Stodart and Sean Gannon

It’s been four years since the last album – an age in today’s music business. Well, my sister [Michele] made a solo album in 2012. It was someth(...)