The Seattle band’s fourth album continues on their path of spiky indie rock

Underrated frontman of Silver Jews reinvents himself but his aptitude for measured, Americana-tinged indie-rock remains unscathed

Aldous Harding: new album Designer has been hailed as one of this year’s best. Photograph: 4AD

‘Mysterious’, ‘introverted’, ‘eccentric’ – The Kiwi songwriter has picked up a lot of labels and she’s not bothered

Joan Wasser, aka Joan as Police Woman: I feel really thankful that I made it into my 30s before beginning. Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein

Joan Wasser has no regrets about delaying her solo career until into her 30s. But as she releases a 'Best of' collection, the Conn(...)

The Blarney native’s latest effort perfectly illustrates his strengths as a musician

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Help Us Stranger marks the return of Jack White, Brendan Benson and The Raconteurs. The pair talk friendship, getting back togethe(...)

Tash Sultana will play the Iveagh Gardens on July 4th.

Hall & Oates, Garbage and the legendary Burt Bacharach are not to be missed

There are several great songs on the second album from the Dublin band, but none of them quite take full flight

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s ninth album is a return of-sorts to their earlier material

There is no Uptown Funk but this concoction of dancepop and laidback floorfillers has several stand-out moments

DIY effort sees Shapiro recentring herself following ill-health and a break-up

Neil Hannon’s 12th album laughs in the face of categorisation

The singer’s delicate songs are enhanced by sumptuous orchestral arrangements

These 1960s and 1970s tunes oscillate wildly between schmaltz and soaring balladry

This anthology perfectly illustrates how underrated Joan as Police Woman is as a songwriter

Hayden Thorpe: “It was quite interesting to be the leather-clad frontman of quite a ballsy record, while at the same time feeling quite unnerved and a bit fractured.” Photograph: Liza Geddes

Hayden Thorpe, formerly of Wild Beasts, on new music, the future and pretend bands

The Canadian’s fourth studio album retains his velvety croon and his propensity for short songs

Ginger rocker is in debt to Arctic Monkeys, but many songs sound like Kasabian cast-offs

Fear is unquestionably the more interesting group of songs here

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons celebrate 30 years as dance pioneers by going back to basics

New album has echoes of his old Fab Four tunes – and a big smattering of cheese

Interpol: “We made an album that’s very minimal and raw and honest.” Photograph: Jamie-James Medina

The frontman on his dark side, new lyrical clarity and rap influences on album No 6

Tony Wright: his debut book is tentatively called ‘Chapter & VerseChorusVerse: Another D*ckhead on the Road’. Photograph: michaelanthonywright@yahoo.co.uk

With six albums under his belt, a new record and a book on the way, Derry native Tony Wright is flourishing creatively like never (...)

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From an ambient legend to punk newbies, discover the music that deserves a second listen

Aslan will play Iveagh Gardens, Dublin on Friday, 13th July, and Saturday, 21st July.

Alanis Morissette, The The, Aslan and Damien Dempsey some of the must sees

Desert rat: Baxter Dury describes himself as “a bloke in an ill-fitting ’80s suit talking over some synthesisers” and his new song Miami, about a Harvey Weinstein-type creep,  as “really coarse and horrible”

Dury jnr has reasons to be cheerful: he’s established his own musical identity, released a career-best in ‘Prince of Tears’ – and (...)

Lily Allen: warts, catchy choruses and all

The one-time jaunty pop star is candid about her failings without sliding into self-pity

Johnny Marr: 'My solo records are so satisfying now that I’m turning down more things than ever.'

The former Smiths guitarist on his third album, ‘Call the Comet’ – his most personal yet – and why he's happy to stay solo

Thundercat. Photograph: Rich Fury/Getty Images for FYF

But even if the forecast is wide of the mark, a battery of great acts will keep your spirits up

Ruban Neilson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra: “I don’t wanna be the sort of person who is just using their life to give people clickbait.” Photograph: Mike Windle/Getty Images for Coachella

Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman on eclecticism, oversharing and ‘crazy Americans’

Fans of his debut may miss the surging choruses – for the rest of us, this is a good thing

A shift in dynamic and style, but Alex Turner’s lyrics are as sharp as ever

Hamlet Sweeney: “We just wanted to write a great song so that if it didn’t make Eurovision, at least we’d still have a great song. And we nailed it.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hamlet Sweeney of Dublin songwriting factory The Nucleus is hoping to lift Ireland’s Eurovision curse with a ‘dinger of a pop ball(...)

A Night of Musical Stories: Katie Kim and Radie Peat of Lankum are teaming up for a new project for the MusicTown festival in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two artists bring their unique sounds together for a one-off musical evening

Finbar Furey: Now, at the age of 71, he is still pulling in plaudits from all directions and has a UK tour on the horizon.  Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Finbar Furey on growing up in `Ballyer', appearing on Top of the Pops and how the Beatles wanted his uileann pipes

 The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock: giving Jim Larkin and James Connolly the epic musical treatment

For this ‘concept album’ about the 1913 Lockout, the Dublin band have gone political and expanded to an 18-piece ‘electric guitar (...)

Exchange of ideas: Kormac’s  collaborators on the project include Sierra Leonean/Irish singer Loah, Cork musician Jack O’Rourke and US-based Galway native Eimear Noone

‘Equivalent Exchange’, his new one-off show for St Patrick’s Festival, is the biggest and most ambitious collaboration undertaken (...)

Wild Beasts will play the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, on February 15th.

After five albums, Wild Beasts mark their break-up with a new record and three ‘farewell’ gigs, including a Dublin concert

Tommy Tiernan: “I wouldn’t be surprised if I came to consciousness in three minutes’ time in a carpet factory in Navan, with some foreman shouting ‘Cop on Tiernan! Stop daydreaming!’”

Comedian, chat show host and now actor talks comedy, Christmas and Catholicism

Thomas Walsh: “I thought there was one record in me that I should make for myself.” Photograph: Graham Keogh

Years of thankless touring and ignored albums have worn his patience thin, but Thomas Walsh hopes his new Pugwash album will set t(...)

The Endless Shimmering review: The Northern Irish band have moved their sound on while retaining their muscular dynamism

David Rawlings

The country star is known for his work with Gillian Welch but now he’s happy being out front

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Dave Grohl: I thought the most radical idea for us right now would be to just to walk into a studio and make a record

The Foo Fighters frontman opens up about life in the biggest rock band in the world

Prophets of Rage: ‘We make banging music that’s saying something about the world’

New supergroup featuring members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill have big ambitions

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American Dream flirts with indulgence but their party roots show through

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The move to a major label hasn’t clipped the indie darlings’ wings or shortened their solos

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