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New Order’s first album of fresh material in 10 years is the work of a band that, by rights, could have given up the ghost many years ago and walked a(...)

And so it comes to pass that the first knuckle-duster of a rock album of the year is released by a band from Dublin. Formed four years ago, Girl Ba(...)

John Lennon and Paul McCartney with George Martin (left) and Neil Aspinall at Abbey Road studios. Photograph: Henry Grossman/Govinda Gallery

The Beatles are here, there and everywhere – forever and ever. Just when you think there can be no further thoughts on how to sell even more albums(...)

Rory Gallagher playing with Taste in Denmark in 1970. Photograph: Jorgen Angel/Redferns

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As a roaming member of Redneck Manifesto, Neil O’Connor dips into propulsive, instrumental alt-rock now and again, but there’s a strong sense (...)

Fresh as a daisy from those recent force-of-nature Frames gigs, Glen Hansard backs out of that band (and associates Swell Season) into solitar(...)

There may have been more critically acclaimed bands of the past 35 years than Australia’s The Go-Betweens, but right now I can’t think of any. One (...)

When selecting songs for a new Late Night Tales compilation, composer Nils Frahm chose from an eclectic range that references, as he says, “a nice (...)