The RTÉ Folk Award winner’s second album is bristling with insight and truth

Plus: What comes after ‘a passion in my pants’ and named for a Manson groupie

Furkan Karayel, inclusive leadership adviser & CEO at Diversein.com. Photograph:  Etaoin Doyle

Furkan Karayel, Inclusive Leadership Adviser and CEO at Diversein.com

Annie Nightingale: “We don’t need expensive clothes or flashy stuff. If ever we need to look after each other and care about each other, then this is absolutely the time.”

Annie Nightingale on being a DJ at 80, what matters and her latest memoir

Thanks to her attention to detail, Regan has presented tunes with a collective distinctive oomph

Plus: Geore Michael’s dueling duets and the music hack who managed Springsteen

Treats for avid fans include three previously unheard tracks

 Van Morrison:  75 today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A special themed quiz to mark the Belfast singer’s milestone birthday

I am not a gambler, but I do enjoy a day out at the races. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Me & My Money: Wendy Slattery, co-founder and chief executive of Beauty Buddy 

Kesha, Nick Cave, Peaches, Marc Almond among those covering classic T.Rex tunes

 Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay at the Central Perk cafe in Friends. Photograph: NBCUniversal/Getty Images

Plus Cillian Murphy’s video appearance, punks inspired by The Beatles and who sampled the Stone Roses

The Hard Rock Hotel reception in Dublin

A new branch of the hotel chain in the city charts the evolving nature of rock’n’roll

Joe Bergin: “I had one property investment in the financial crisis that didn’t go according to plan. You learn from these mistakes and move on.”

Me & My Money: Joe Bergin, director business development, Elkstone Partners

The former Efterklang man’s captivating latest solo album is unabashedly emotional

David Bowie playing Slane Castle on July 13, 1987. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Plus: U2 gets biblical, Britain’s first female radio DJ, a Stone muses on 25 years

Louisa Meehan of networkireland.ie. Photograph: Eva Blake

Me & My Money: Louisa Meehan, president of Network Ireland

Kathleen Edwards: ‘I was basically in a constant state of vulnerability’

The Canadian took a break from music to run a cafe. She’s back with a fresh perspective

The whole of this album is more persuasive than the sum of its parts

Adele. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty

Plus: Shirley Bassey’s rejected 007 tune and the woman with the most Hot 100s

Paul Jacob of Smart Storage

Me & My Money: Paul Jacob, managing director and chief executive, Smart Storage

Album covers ground previously explored many, many times before

Plus: U2’s Lord of the Flies connection and the Beatle in a Frank Zappa movie

Harry Parkinson

Me & My Money: Harry Parkinson, managing director of Convertibill

Four-disc CD/DVD box set is centred on the music as much as the superb documentary

Taylor Swift. Photograph: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV

Plus: Who are the Pothead Pixies and Bingo Hand Job better known as?

The Talking Heads: Jerry Harrison, David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. Photograph:  Benno Friedman/LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images

Best new music books: Remain in Love by Chris Frantz, America the by Jude Warne and My Confessional by former X-Factor hope Janet (...)

Instead of releasing Dogrel part two, the Dublin band push their vision further

Bono:   being humble 70 per cent of the time. Photograph: Win McNamee/Reuters

Plus: Scandinavian pop queens, post-punk royalty and a Johnny Cash dispute

Jarvis Cocker’s wit is intact as he channels Leonard Cohen, but tunes are lacking

Dermot Kennedy: ‘I had feelings that I could not keep inside, and music was the best way I could figure to get them out.’ Photograph: Leonardo Veloce

The Dublin singer-songwriter’s first gig in months is a night at a London museum

 George Michael, Bono, Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury and Bob Geldof during the finale of the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium on July 13th, 1985. Photograph:   Georges De Keerle/Getty Images

Music Quiz: Who opened the show, who played the longest and during what song did Bono go walkabout

Singer sets the bar high on first pop-oriented album in eight years

Plus: a Rufus Wainwright muse, an unlikely Bryan Adams cover, and the oldest male solo artist to hit No 1

 John Martyn performing in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2007.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Book review: Graeme Thomson’s unsettling biography paints a picture of a damaged man

Dubliner Adam Browne finds his own musical feet with often wonderful results

What’s Imelda May’s new spoken-word record called? Plus nine other musical teasers

From hip hop and rap to noisy guitars and pop, here’s the 10 best albums you should not miss

The Dublin songwriter's high-energy and dramatic tunes are rich with hints of Bowie, Gaga and Prince

Photograph: iStock

Plus: Jack White’s label, Glastonbury’s 2019 headliner and an Irish actor’s guest appearance

The Academic: Dean Gavin, Matthew Murtagh, Craig Fitzgerald and Stephen Murtagh

Craig Fitzgerald of The Academic on lockdown, touring and changing sounds

The Californian pairs controlled frustration with great saw-toothed pop-folk tunes

Photograph: iStock

Plus: Bob Dylan’s new album, Fontaines DC’s literary allusions and eight more questions

Irishisms abound in the band’s second album but the the vision is universal

Singer’s third album is a stinging riposte to certain music industry puppeteers

A fitting end to a thoughtful piece of work from one of Ireland’s most under-rated artists

A winner of an album highlighting Bobby Aherne’s rolodex approach to songwriting

Matt Healy (centre): ‘Greta Thunberg is the most punk, the most badass person I’ve ever met in my life. She is truly powerful’

On the band’s new album, what will be ‘normal’ after Covid, and 'badass' Greta Thunberg

Songs take you hostage, push you in a bunker, lock the door, throw away the key

The morbid lyrics are inspired by scarifying details of Lanegan’s early life

 Ron and Russell Mael. Photograph: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Ron Mael and his brother Russell still believe in their maxim ‘innovate or die’

Fans of supremely harmonious electronica and pop-psych will enjoy this

Reissue of 1973 debut album is an introduction to his jaunty, satiric pop music

Fiona Apple onstage in 2018. Photograph: Rick Kern/WireImage

Apple picks up with her outspoken ways where she left off with her last album in 2012

The Who’s John Entwistle: subject of The Ox – the Last of the Great Rock Stars. Photograph: Dave Hogan

John Entwistle, Birmingham memoir, Courtney Love, Dave Brubeck and Van Morrison

An on-the-hoof recording in Memphis pays off for the forthright Irish songwriter

Dua Lipa decided  to bring forward the release of her second album, Future Nostalgia, so her fans could ‘take a moment away from what’s going on outside’. Photograph: Dave Meehan for the Irish Times

As coronavirus stalls releases by Lady Gaga and others, smaller acts step up to the plate

Lennon confronts home truths about society, the environment and the heads we live in

Anna Jordan: ‘I don’t really need to worry about the connection between what I do and who my father is. I got here through music college and hard work’

With her band Selk, the daughter of Neil Jordan is definitely not chasing after fame

The songs aren’t quite there yet on the Go-Betweens guy’s 1990 solo debut

Though they never made it, for a fistful of song, there was no better Irish punk band

The best songs are slower, less prone to cliché but only in the first half of record

Ian Broudie of Lightning Seeds

Lightning Seeds return; Mo’ov’us showcases Irish hip-hop; and Helena Hauff visits Galway

Haines & Buck? Fripp & Eno for the jilted generation.

Haines & Buck? Fripp & Eno for the jilted generation

Capt Matt Lynch, senior master, Stena Estrid

Me & My Money: Capt Matt Lynch, senior master, Stena Estrid

The 1975 bring their neat ’n’ nifty pop tunes to the 3Arena on Tuesday March 3rd

The 1975, The Script, Lewis Capaldi, Jape, John Hopkins, Lyra and Choice Music Prize

Back in 2010, on Dublin’s gig circuit, James would mostly play cover versions of well-known hit songs.

The signature singer-songwriter has mastered the art of touching a few nerves, if not gripping them and not letting go

Second album from Zrazy co-founder expresses ‘the living reality of a forest’

EY chief innovation officer Frank O’Dea: ‘I rarely make purchases with cash anymore. In fact, for most of my day-to-day expenses I use my mobile wallet.’

Me & My Money: Frank O’Dea, chief innovation officer, EY

Soda Blonde: the alt-pop group will play St Michael’s Church in Ballina

A broad range of music acts – both new and established – makes this line-up a winner

Sprints

Groove to the sound of The Growlers, Sprints, Kaiser Chiefs, Endo Sleater-Kinney and more

This compilation is a valuable reminder that even the most celebrated musicians didn’t think it all up on their own

This compilation is a valuable reminder that even the most celebrated musicians didn’t think it all up on their own

Executive head chef at the private members clubs at 3Arena Eunice Power: ‘I am an eternal optimist, so I do the lotto frequently with a work colleague.’ Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Eunice Power, executive head chef at the private members clubs at 3Arena

Autre Monde: ‘We wanted the music to feel like it was recorded in a Soviet bloc country by a band who only had one Madonna CD’

Frontman Paddy Hanna’s stage antics have earned comparisons with Iggy Pop

Carole Nelson: “I learned that I’m not invulnerable.”

Carole Nelson on feminism, music and showing the interconnectedness of things

The Hu

Mongolians bring mix of the bombastic and the bizarre, while Dublin band turns 20

The Northern Ireland band have stuck to a formula – and it’s worked well for them

Fisherman’s shrine in Da Nang, south-central Vietnam’s tourist capital

It’s an experience like no other, the kind of thing you want to soak up when you’re somewhere very different

Comedy rock duo Tenacious D are in the 3Arena, Dublin on Monday February 10th

Supergrass, Bombay Bicycle Club, Jerry Fish, Fionn Regan, Ider, Explosions in the Sky

Bombay Bicycle Club

The acclaimed indie-pop band from London are back in the saddle after a four-year break

John Blek’s creativity is in very good, possibly rude health

Elliot Hughes: I did try online shopping for the food shop a couple of times but found it a little frustrating

Me & My Money: Elliot Hughes, business development director, The Porterhouse Group

Local Honeys are at Whelan’s Upstairs on Tuesday February 4

Also: Somebody’s Child, Kim Petras, Bedlam Suitcase, Polyphia, Mango x Mathman

Everything but the Girl mainstay takes a new direction on these spiritual songs

Declan McEvoy: In the financial crash in 2009, my pension fund lost 35% of its value.

Me & My Money: Declan McEvoy, head of tax at Ifac Accountants, reveals ... almost all

 ‘I had to just start being positive, because nothing is worse than thinking of giving up what you love, which is music, yet I almost did,’ says Glaswegian singer/songwriter Isobel Campbell. Photograph:  Ashley Osborn

A collapsed music label and a four-year wait to release her new album have tested the musician’s mettle

Mabel, daughter of Neneh Cherry, is performing sold out shows in Dublin and Belfast

Plus: Robyn Hitchcock, Daughter of Swords Odd Morris and Sturgill Simpson

The Lasters are the final family on Earth, which is on the verge of extinction

Fred Deakin re-emerges with a dystopian sci-fi concept work

Eden One, Ballsbridge owner Charlie Bourne: ‘I definitely prefer using a card. I couldn’t keep track of all my transactions if I used cash.’

Me & My Money: Charlie Bourne, owner of Eden One, Ballsbridge

Ryan Bingham: expect songs from his most recent album, American Love Song

Plus: Caravan Palace, DJ Seinfeld, Xylouris White, Waterparks and The Teskey Brothers

The Canadian band channel Kinks and Pavement in a 30-minute burst of new wave

Paul Foley, The Corkscrew Wine Merchants

Me & My Money: Paul Foley, The Corkscrew Wine Merchants

Slipknot: playing in Ireland to promote latest album We Are Not Your Kind

Set list, stage times, tickets info and more for the masked heavy metal band’s Dublin concert

Masked metal gods Slipknot are in the 3Arena on Tuesday January 14

Also: Snow Patrol, Amy Naessens, Josienne Clarke and Frightened Rabbit revisited

Dundalk singer-songwriter’s debut album is pointer to individualist sensibilities

Autre Monde

What binds these artists ogether is that they’re very good at what they do, so check them out

Dominic Smith of Dominic Smith Expert Electrical. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Me & My Money: Dominic Smith, chief executive, Dominic Smith Expert Electrical

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