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

If this album turns out to be their swansong, it won’t be the one that fans remember them for

Jerry Fish.

All I want for Christmas . . . Jerry Fish: The singer-songwriter talks about his best and worst Christmases

Rufus Wainwright: ‘This tenth anniversary monument is, in many ways, a testimony to my mother and her love of the holiday season.’

Rufus and sister Martha discuss grieving for their mother, performing Christmas songs with family

She describes the album, recorded on a 100-year-old baby grand, as ‘1848 meets 2019’

The band play it safe with this patchy, inconsistent soundtrack to everyday life

Joanne McNally: “Even if I got my own Netflix special, and the only day I could film it was Christmas Day – it’d be ‘Go f**k yourself, Joanne. Come home’.”

Comedian Joanne McNally was born to perform but it took an eating disorder to kickstart her career

Foil, Arms and Hog: “Our strategy for global dominance started in the 19th century with the mass emigration of the Irish people.”

Comedy trio Foil, Arms and Hog on the ‘Irishisms’ in their sketches, how they spend Christmas and their plans for global dominance

Beck: “It would be very easy to come along and make something deliciously krautrock, or hide in the safety of the familiar.”

The Beck of 1994’s Mellow Gold seems a million miles from the 49-year-old releasing Hyperspace

Songs on band’s 12th album deal with how beautiful and terrible life can be

Jazz hands: Jeff Goldblum has just released his second album

Jeff Goldblum was a pianist before he was an actor. Now he’s back at the keys – and loving it

As 50-year milestone with Electric Light Orchestra nears, the singer is clearly still having fun

Londoner shrugs off the weight of music history with an adventurous album

 King Princess performing at Lollapalooza  in Chicago. Photograph: Erika Goldring/FilmMagic

Singer Mikaela Straus has got the songs, connections and attitude for popstar life

Follow-up is a more considered response to ‘fire and destructive imagery’ of Part 1

Elbow room: Giants of All Sizes is  a departure from the band’s last few records

Personal and global events have made Elbow's eighth album a much darker and more experimental record, says the singer

Perhaps Turpin’s true calling is as a writer, rather than a singer, of pop songs par excellence

Turpin has always willingly combined art with a sense of theatre and showmanship

The Belfast artist’s debut album dances between pop, electronica and classical

Longford band sound a bit like Mumford & Sons butting heads with The Killers

A fine return from the Dublin trio who evidently still have a lot to offer

‘I feel like I’ve been in denial of the fact that when I write my best, it’s usually when something terrible has happened.’

‘Every time I play there, I always tell myself: This is gonna be a sober Irish show’

The Dublin band’s blend of pop, new wave and theatrical cabaret inspired by 1930s Berlin remains unusual to this day

Nothing predictable about Dublin group’s second release following a difficult period

Review: Donegal singer-songwriter’s lovelorn ballads pitched at stadiums but overcooked

Gruff Rhys: Brexit seems to be like some sort of strange right-wing death cult

David Geraghty’s latest project features Prince, Bowie and Talking Heads grooves

Justin Vernon’s ambition gets the better of him with some nonsensical lyrics

Feminist punk band found inspiration for new record in an unexpected place

Influenced by Japan’s Satoshi Ashikawa, this is more than just background noise

Meath Gaeltacht singer has a powerful voice but does not fully unleash it

Closing track best sums up the album, leaving you to wonder, who exactly is this album for?

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

The Raconteurs

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

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