The Hot Sprockets: One of the founding fathers of Knockanstockan

If there was a competition for the prettiest festival site in Ireland, Knockanstockan would take some beating. Sat snug in a field on the edge of t(...)

Love them or hate them – and the band don’t care one way or another – Metallica have earned the right to headline Glastonbury next week. If commercial(...)

Iceland has more musicians and bands per capita than any other country in the world. With a population not much bigger than that of Co Galway, Icel(...)

Jón Birgisson’s ringing, unearthly vocal soars into the ether
Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós O2, Dublin**** On paper, Sigur Rós shouldn’t be one of the biggest bands in the world. Their music is largely instrumental; they sing in wor(...)

’Weird thing’: Polaris winners GodSpeed You! Black Emperor

Just what we need: another big Irish music prize. Irish bands (on the island of Ireland) are already eligible for both the Mercury Music Prize and the(...)

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A quiet, slow day in Feakle. Few are about in the late-summer noontime lull in this part of east Co Clare. Martin Hayes is waiting patiently outside P(...)

Exquisite music is Julianna Barwick’s domain, and her dreamy, sparkling, minimal, weirdly cosmic sound is well worth immersing yourself in. Recorde(...)

He’s a former member of José González’s backing band who released his first album on cult Scottish folk label Fence. You might have James Mathé (ak(...)

Brian Cash and brothers Tim and Elis Czerniak formed Halves in 2006 and have followed up their Choice Music Prize shortlisted debut with the impressive Boa Howl

The devil is in the detail, they say. For Dublin band Halves, those details lie not only in the elaborate, complex structures of their music but in ev(...)

In a damning indictment, Greil Marcus once famously wrote: “Rarely has a singer had as full and unique a talent as Rod Stewart; rarely has anyo(...)