They may have gone into the studio with the intention of paying homage to their American musical idols (or to sound like ‘Tom Petty on LSD’, in their (...)

“When America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it’s unbreakable,” Jason Aldean said on SNL

Jason Aldean, who was performing on stage when a gunman fired down on a Las Vegas concert killing 58 people, made a surprise appearance on Saturday Ni(...)

Tom Petty used his sneering voice to great effect. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Five of my favourite Tom Petty tunes, by Kevin Courtney. 1. 1977: American Girl Somewhat of a lost classic, this 1977 tune’s driving beat zooms do(...)

Yvonne Watterson from Co Antrim now lives in Arizona: ‘I wanted to be far away from Belfast and bombs and bullets and all that was bad back then about my Northern Ireland. I just wanted to be one of your Heartbreakers.’

Following the news of American singer Tom Petty’s death on Monday night at the age of 66, superfan Yvonne Watterson, who emigrated from Northern Irela(...)

Tom Petty performs with the Heartbreakers at the 3Arena,  then known as   the O2, to a packed audience in June 2012. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

US singer Tom Petty has died aged 66 following a heart attack. Spokeswoman Carla Sacks confirmed the singer’s death and said Petty died on Monday nig(...)

Adam Granduciel had been round the block a few turns by the time his band’s third album, Lost In The Dream, surprisingly propelled them to the indie r(...)

Women dressed as handmaids promoting the Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale, stand along a public street during the South by Southwest Music Film Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, Photograph:  Reuters/Brian Snyder

At any time over this summer – on the screen, in newspaper columns or in the streets – you could be forgiven for thinking that The Handmaid’s Tale (Ch(...)

U2 kick off their Joshua Tree Tour 2017 in Vancouver on Friday. Photograph: Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press/AP

U2 is the top-selling live music act in the US for summer 2017, ticket seller StubHub said. The band has outpaced pop acts such as Ed Sheeran and La(...)

U2 in Berlin. For many ‘Achtung Baby’ is the band’s finest moment, so an accusation of plagiarism could threaten to undermine the album’s – and the band’s – credentials

“Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief,” sings Bono on U2’s 1991 hit The Fly. That assertion is about to be tested in a New York court. A(...)

You can never quite guess where Ryan Adams will go next. Throughout his career, the North Carolina native has been the poster boy for alt-country, rec(...)