The spectre of trauma hangs over Constance Keane’s debut album

It’s too long and too in thrall to Blue-era Joni Mitchell, but there’s much to like here

Teenage Fanclub: (left to right) Raymond McGinley, Norman Blake, Dave McGowan, Euros Childs and Francis McDonald. Photograph: Donald Milne

Norman Blake on the band’s 10th album, made without bassist and founding member Gerard Love

Lou Barlow’s two tracks are the standouts as J Mascis and co continue in their usual vein

The Brewis brothers – David and Peter.

Flat White Moon is undoubtedly one of the best in the band’s eclectic back catalogue

Reid hasn’t addressed many micro-aggressions women in music industry regularly have to contend with – until now

Cry Baby: Noel Hogan and Bronagh Gallager

Noel Hogan and Bronagh Gallagher have made a new single together – completely remotely

Leagues O’Toole: ‘When the virus first emerged, quite quickly I lost my job – as did most of my colleagues’

MusicTown is online-only for a second year, filling a creative void caused by the pandemic

May sounds completely at ease with the musician and the woman she has become

Songwriter’s eighth album is a low-key affair that does not need to shout to be heard

Cillian and Lorcan Byrne’s debut album shapes their influences into something new

David Balfe throws himself into these songs wholeheartedly, he runs the gamut of anger, pain, nostalgia and sadness

Brian Crosby’s  solo debut is called Imbrium.

After almost three decades in the music industry, Brian Crosby has just released his solo debut

Film-maker Myles O’Reilly’s hypnotic compositions are made to soothe the soul

The core band members: Pádraig Meehan, Barry Brennan and Eddie Lee.

The Mission Sessions is the first full-length album from Those Nervous Animals

You wouldn’t bet against the Kildare singer finding a bigger international audience

A moving second album that draws on everything from misogyny, #MeToo and the cervical cancer scandal

The Bray trio’s second album goes further down the rabbit-hole of soul-pop and r’n’b

The Dublin electro-popper’s debut starts unremarkably, but soon shows promise

Django Django’s fourth album features guest vocals from Charlotte Gainsbourg.  Photograph: Horacio Bolz

The fourth album from the London-based band is aptly titled Glowing in the Dark

Fifth album from Tamara Lindeman and her band is both upbeat and personal

Foo Fighters: Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel and Rami Jaffee

Dave Grohl on YouTube drum battles with a 10-year-old, and the band’s Mariah Carey fan

A refreshing collection of songs and one of the first great albums of the year

You never quite know which way any of these songs are going to swing

Aaron Frazer is well versed in classic soul and his first solo foray stays true to his roots.

Baltimore singer’s tender falsetto is leavened by a moderate grittiness

This unexpected release is as wholesome and solid a pop-rock album as you’re likely to hear in 2020

Make-up artist and influence Tara Anderson is looking forward to Christmas in her new home.

Make-up artist and influencer Tara Anderson finally has her dream space to call her own

Los Angeles-based Irish singer-songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham

Singer on her favourite memories and the best and worst presents she has received

These live recordings from the band’s Boaty Weekender gigs are a ray of needed sunshine

Paul Kinsella at home with his fiance Mark and their dog Penny.

Festive design tips from Paul Kinsella, Lynn Ferrari, Karen Coleman and Yvonne Purcell

Caroline Foran with Barry Doyle and Caelan Doyle.

Author and podcaster Caroline Foran is looking forward to enjoying the small things

A Gibson guitar is on CMAT’s Christmas wish-list this year.

All I want: Dublin singer Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson on G&Ts with ‘notions’

Nealo: ‘I love Fairytale of New York, because even though it’s overplayed, I have good memories of my dad singing it with my mam cringing in the background.’

Dublin rapper Nealo on New Year’s resolutions and who’s on his naughty list this Christmas

Lottie Ryan: ‘We’d been talking about getting a dog for years’

Radio presenter is excited to make her adorable puppy an official member of the family

Hazel Chu at Mansion House. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin’s Lord Mayor says the Covid-19 pandemic has emphasised the importance of family


Such wild disdain for conformity can often be enthralling but it doesn’t quite work here

“The best-smelling man in Ireland”: Bernard O’Shea plans to buy Marty Morrissey aftershave for Christmas. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Comedian recalls his favourite Christmas memory – buying his wife a vacuum cleaner

Chef Adrian Martin has has been running his London restaurant, Wildflower, from his apartment in Dublin.

Adrian Martin on opening his own restaurant, loss and how to make tasty sprouts

Norwegian musician has managed to wrest something very beautiful from depths of her grief

Accidental spokesman for the Irish Black Lives Matter movement lays out his blueprint for global domination on his debut album

Sophie Ellis-Bextor: perennially-underestimated

Greatest hits collection reborn from pandemic gigs recorded in her kitchen

Debut album from Dublin trio wears its 1990s grunge influences with pride

Arguably the band’s last great album, the reissue sees them at their consistent best

A voice for the millennial generation is overdue. We could have a contender

Sligo-based musician’s softly embellished folk is reminiscent of Mercury Rev

Paddy Hanna accepts that he has made an album that takes time to get to know, but one that is possibly his most beautifully-crafted.

The musician admits there was a low period before he began making his third album

Arguably not too well, though there’s plenty to stir the spirit on reissued vinyl

Zambian-born, Irish-raised rapper has an eloquence, intelligence and ability to engage when it comes to the big issues troubling t(...)

There is plenty to return to in the Bristol punks’ third album – if you have the stamina


The accidental pop star on lockdown, her aesthetic and ‘horrific’ modern pop

The Wicklow native’s fifth solo album is an especially relevant album for these times

It’s a particularly thrilling time for Irish music – here’s our countdown of the finest

After an 11-year hiatus, the trio reconvene with nothing to prove and plenty to say

Coughlan’s emotions dart between aggrieved injustice, acceptance and resilience

The Cork indie band’s album is easygoing, jangly 1990s with grungey basslines

There is gold to be mined with every listen of Conor Oberst and company’s 10th album

This is a somewhat predictable but very fine rock album from the altered line-up

Tor Maries’ one-woman band offers a righteous and amusing critique of our time

Familiarity and foreboding permeate Georgina and Una McGeough’s debut

Perhaps galvanised by these truth-telling songs, her voice has never sounded better

A rewarding marriage of Peter Murphy’s wordplay and Jinx Lennon-esque punk style

Eighth album from country-pop trio mines personal material like never before

A list that reflects contemporary Irish music as much as it pays its respects to the past

Excellent first offering built on post-punk murky basslines and savage riffs

Mike Skinner: ‘I was  absolutely sure that I was never going to make any more Streets music.’ Photograph: Universal

Back with a new mixtape, the man behind The Streets reflects on his career and mental health struggles

At 62, Weller is clearly not interested in resting on his considerable laurels

Los Angeles sisters document personal difficulties on their best album yet

Too often, Legend’s overbearing sentimentality scuppers his talent as a musician

A trio of singers and songwriters with obvious influences – but they make it work

Jeremy Hickey finds a groove that shifts, shimmers, pops and clatters over the course of 10 songs

On the Charlatans frontman’s fifth solo album there’s lots going on in every song, but it never feels overcooked

Theatrical, tongue-in-cheek art-pop which is melodically potent

THE 1975Notes on a Conditional FormDirty Hit/Polydor, 3

Dubliner’s short debut album is certainly not lacking in charm or dynamics

And So I Watch You from Afar man Rory Friers’s wedding gift to his sister is a lo-fi gem

Second album again blends indie rock with electronica – and lots of chemistry

A great introduction to a seriously under-rated musician’s back catalogue

Brian Deady, in remote  Andalusia: ‘I didn’t really plan a move at all; it just kind of happened.’

The Cork native is continuing to plot world domination from his Spanish cave house

Lewis Capaldi at the 3Arena. ‘You have to not take things too seriously. I can see how people lose their footing in it all, and how you can start to think that maybe you’re more important than you are – because people pretend that you are.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Even if you don’t like his lovelorn ballads it’s impossible to dislike Lewis Capaldi the man

The Celtic Woman singer’s voice blends Natalie Merchant and Alison Krauss

Margaret Glaspy on making Devotion: ‘I learned that I’m stronger than I think I am, sometimes.’

Her new album sees the Californian move from folkish indie-rock to quirky pop

Stevens and his stepdad have some good ideas but fail to flesh out all that noodling

Unencumbered by dad Ian’s legacy, Dury shows he’s very much his own man

 Agnes Obel performs in concert at Sala Barts  in Barcelona, in June 2017. Photograph: Xavi Torrent/Redferns

The Danish musician has forged successful career in her own unconventional approach

Re-recorded versions of the Northern Irish band’s UK top 40 hits still bristle with energy

Dublin-born musician’s previous life as an indie icon is far removed from her solo work

Debut from ex-Popical Islanders is a carefully cultivated musical experiment

Caribou, aka songwriter and producer Dan Snaith. Photograph: Thomas Neukum

The Canadian musician on soundtracking marriage equality and his ‘vulnerable’ new album

Meltybrains? member Brian Dillon goes it alone with heavy, unsettling electronica

Debut album from unconventional Irish band embodies Bowie’s ambition, but lacks his focus and vision

This is one chapter of Green Day that’s best consigned to the ‘should never have happened’ pile

An album to admire, rather than enjoy

Policia’s wrote these songs in the aftermath of an accident but the recovery journey is hard to connect to

Mabel’s mum deserves more credit for this visionary blueprint for female rappers

Bombay Bicycle Club: ‘We wanted to be looking forward, as well as celebrating our past’

The indie-rock quartet are back with a new album after a six-year hiatus

Woozy experimentation with gentle synth flurries provide warmth and heart

Mario Rosenstock. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

All I want for Christmas: Mario Rosenstock, actor, comedian and impressionist on the best best and worst of Christmas

Review: His pop star arrangements put him up there with Mancini and Bacharach

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