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Jack Steadman: "I always continued to buy these records and make this kind of music on the side when we were touring with the band."

Bombay Bicycle Club frontman goes solo: ‘I wanted a record full of feel-good tracks’

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Special Request, aka Paul Woolford, Tensnake, Techno & Cans and more

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Beyoncé’s Lemonade may have dominated 2016’s discourse, but you’d be hard pressed to find a 2017 release with such an impact. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Artists are lucky if they get a burst of attention the week of release before our attention wanders

Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West of Oh Wonder

Oh Wonder cut their indie-pop teeth ghostwriting hits for others. Now the London duo are whipping up their own musical storms and (...)


Dimensions Dublin launch, MASS in Clonmel Greyhound Stadium, Seems Legitin Waterford

Beoga members Niamh Dunne and Seán Óg Graham with singer Mick Flannery. Irish trad brand are supporting Passenger on July 23rd in the Iveagh Gardens.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Four must-see concerts in July that offer two monumental acts each night

Julian Casablancas,  Nick Valensi and drummer Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes performing in New York in 2002. Photograph: J Vespa/WireImage

‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ is a brilliant oral history of the rock and indie scene in NYC from 2001-2011

Moove indoors: Outdoor festival sets are not what most acts want

For many acts and fans who realise that music sounds better indoors, the end of festival season can’t come soon enough

Number of the beats: Ho99o9. “Our way is to go hard with aggression and intensity. A regular night for us is a f**king explosion for everyone else”

New Jersey duo Ho99o9 are expanding their fanbase – even to Irish immigration staff

Lorde: “My writing this time was inspired by records I really admired, the classic albums like ‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac or ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon. Photograph: Brendan Walter

Four years after she conquered the world with her song ‘Royals’, Lorde returns with ‘Melodrama’ – and it packs a serious lyrical p(...)

Stormzy: vote Corbyn. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

An interesting change is happening at the intersection of music and politics

 Bob Marley performs on stage at Crystal Palace Bowl on June 7th, 1980 in London. Photograph: Peter Still/Redferns

Recorded in London following an assassination attempt, ‘Exodus’ saw Marley become much more than just the dreadlocked Rasta of pop(...)

Dua Lipa: “I want people to feel something when they listen to my music” Photograph: Nicole Nodland

The London-born Kosovar-Albanian singer has just released her debut album of giddy, infectious tunes with some darker corners

Under the spotlight: venue security is now an issue that no one can be complacent about. Photograph: Getty

In the wake of the Manchester attack, focus will turn to security outside venues

Jeff Mills: ‘We should have a Bob Dylan in electronic music, someone who really speaks to the way people are and what they’re going though the music’

After three decades in the game, the techno pioneer remains true to his mission

Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins from the New York band PWR BTTM

Indie pop-punk duo PWR BTTM were beloved of their LGBTQ fan base, until allegations of sexual assault emerged online

Debbie Harry from Blondie: the band’s  Amazon-promoted London Round Chapel gig next week will also stream exclusively on Amazon Prime. Photograph: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/Getty

Amazon is hoping its Prime Live Events, featuring Blondie, Texas. Alison Moyet and Katie Melua, will lure subscribers

'You get a ticket to see U2 with a seat in the Lower Hogan stand, a three-course meal before the show, access to a free bar, and post-concert grub, for just €430.' Photograph: John Shearer/Getty Images

What’s on the menu is as important as the line-up with high-priced hospitality packages

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Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius. “I just wanted to go crazy and be a little more open and free.” Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Mike Hadreas found fame with songs about his messy history with drugs, alcohol and sex abuse. Now he’s focusing less on darkness a(...)

   Ja Rule. Photograph:  Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Opinion: Unpaid acts, absent tickets. Fyre promoters were completely out of their depth

Radio head: Ian Wilson, who will leave RTÉ in 2018 after 40 years with the station. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

He steered Dave Fanning and Gerry Ryan to fame and helped devise ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’, but as he prepares to leave RTÉ, producer Ian(...)

Summit else: Paul Oakenfold performing at base camp on Mount Everest on April 11th. Photograph: Soundtrek via Facebook

The likes of Jeff Mills, Todd Terry and Paul Oakenfold done well have turned the turntables into long-term careers

Talos aka Eoin French: “I’m a fan of beautifully made things, I love the idea of people spending time crafting things”

Architect turned musician Eoin French aka Talos spent months preparing for his debut album, but it was sudden impulses in the stud(...)

Beyoncé: Are you going to keep paying the Tidal sub just to hear Lemonade?

On the Record: Spotify and Netflix might be vital now, but they won’t last for ever

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A harsh reckoning of abilities happens early in most careers or pursuits, such as sport. But in the music industry, it’s not so st(...)

It took the arrival of simple-to-use, one-size-fits-all solutions such as iTunes and Spotify to wean people off music piracy.

Film and TV studios need to learn the lessons of the music industry if they want to stop illegal streaming

Gerrit Welmers, William Cashion and Samuel T Herring: The band’s new album, The Far Fields,  “is our way of processing what has happened in the three years since Singles came out.” Photograph: Tom Hines

Years of touring in cheap vans taught the band how to transport audiences with their tunes

 Van Morrison with members of The Monarchs at Hollywood Yacht Club  on March 25th 2017, where he played with the band after a break of 54 years.

Van the Man recently rolled back the years with The Monarchs. Here are a few other first acts that need a reboot

Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness says ‘certain promoters, certain managers and certain acts connive’ in ticket touting. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Opinion: Paul McGuinness’s insight into bots, touting and band fan clubs was fascinating

 Julie Byrne performs onstage at the Mazda Studio at Empire Garage on March 14, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)

Big names were everywhere at SXSW, but the Austin festival also featured a host of up-and-comers with the potential to hit the big(...)

 Rock’n’roll founding father Chuck Berry, who   died on Saturday, March 18, 2017, aged 90. A portrait of Berry in St. Louis, Mo., in 2003. (Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)

Before he duck-walked across any stage, Chuck Berry got paid in cash - a lesson that hip-hop clearly gets, and indie and rock band(...)

Hurrah for the Riff Raff band leader Alynda Segarra: “I started to become more open to modern music, because  so much modern stuff is truly revolutionary”

"There are many different ways to characterise a culture so the nerds and people who’re not good at dancing feel like they have a (...)

The Groove: This “wearable glove device that enhances the dancer’s expression” is demonstrated at the SXSW festival 2017 in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

In Texas, tech and film have moved on from the disruption transforming their sectors and are dealing with new realities. Music, by(...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden speaks about the Biden Cancer Initiative at  South by Southwest (SXSW) music and film interactive festival  in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The best apps, "entertainment debt", disrupting the church and how to live forever: here are the main trends from Austin's tech fe(...)

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Aslan: (from left) Rodney O’Brien, Alan Downey, Christy Dignam, Joe Jewell and Billy McGuinness. “Slade were from a place in Wolverhampton like Finglas, they were just ordinary blokes.  I never considered the fact that you could come from a place like Finglas and become a singer.”

Aslan singer Christy Dignam on rehearsing in a pigsty, writing ‘This Is’, drug problems, collaborating with Finbar Furey, and stay(...)

The Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg’s old docklands is now a signature destination  in northern Germany. Photograph:   Bodo Marks/AFP/Getty Images

The amazing German concert hall was hit by hold-ups, setbacks and budget overruns, but the result more than made up for the delay

A detail from the cover of Lady Gaga’s Artpop (2013)  by   Jeff Koons. Label: Interscope Records

Writer and art historian Francesco Spampinato explores collaborations between musician and artists in his new book Art Record Cove(...)

Jófriður Ákadóttir: “We are close to our nature in Iceland, and you can’t escape it even if you try because the ocean and the mountains and the wind are all around.” Photograph: Timothée Lambrecq

Jófriður Ákadóttir has at least three acts on the go, including JFDR, Samaris and Pascal Pinon

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