Following the Grinderman years, Nick Cave is back with the Bad Seeds – a welcome as move as Neil Young back with Crazy Horse. This delightful live aff(...)

Tomorrow marks a high-water day for the phenomenon known as the boyband. It’s global One Direction day and, as it says here, “this is an unpreceden(...)

Now here’s a misleading album title. Ultan Conlon’s second record may suggest the sort of ominous, doom-laden fare that Nick Cave is known for, but th(...)

Mark Lanegan: Imitations

Screaming Tree, Gutter Twin, Queen of the Stone Age: Mark Lanegan has been around the block in his 48 years, so we’ll forgive the fact that his eighth(...)

Are Thinkerrs named for their ability to get your cogs whirring, or for their aptitude for lyrically dense, often abstract songs? Their second albu(...)

Pack up the bunting, put away the marquees, leave the burgers in the freezer and let every face remain unpainted. If I’m to believe everything I’ve(...)

So  very chilled out: Ronan Sherman (left) and Dave McCarthy, both from BishopsTown, Cork, and David Stephenson, Monkstown, Co Cork,  at the Body and Soul festival at Ballinlough Castle, Clonmellon, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish  Times

In the sprawling Body and Soul festival site at Ballinlough Castle in Co Westmeath, no pole goes unwrapped in bright fabric. There’s hardly a forest c(...)

Jessie Ware gave rock royalty a run for its money at Primavera.

Kurt Vile & the ViolatorsWith the full muscle of his band behind him, Kurt Vile is a force to be reckoned with. The sound might be sprawling, but (...)

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds putting the fear of god into Primavera Sound. Photograph: Jordi Vidal/Redferns/Getty Images

With Rodriguez cancelling his early evening show on Primavera’s last major night, it’s not (...)

Here we go – again. The fields and parks are calling, the PA hire companies are loading their wares onto trucks and promoters are crossing their fi(...)