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Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker: ‘It’s the hardest choice when you’ve made something that you know was an original thought, and has come out sounding the same as something else’

A five-year gap between albums is usually no biggie. The path of rock ‘n’ roll is littered with acts like Tool and The Avalanches, who build anticipat(...)

Longitude Festival. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Longitude has announced Kendrick Lamar will headline the festival this summer. The festival will return to Marlay Park in Dublin with the artist taki(...)

Elton John performs during his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour at Madison Square Garden in 2018 in New York City. Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

On a Thursday morning in his Toronto hotel room, Elton John is in high spirits. He is 12 months into a three-year farewell tour that has sold out aren(...)

Christine  and The Queens play the main stage at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS ★★★★ Main stage Fresh from making a cameo at Charli XCX’s show, Christine and the Queens skedaddles over to the main arena (...)

 Charli XCX is joined by Héloïse Letissier, aka Christine and the Queens, during her    Electric Arena set at Electric Picnic  2019. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

CHARLI XCX ★★★★★ Main stage Charli XCX struts out on stage wearing an all-black ensemble and looking like she’s starring in a reboot of The Matrix. (...)

We love it: Charli XCX performs in the Electric Arena at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois on Saturday night. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Saturday August 31 CHARLI XCX Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois  Anyone who has heard but doesn’t love Icona Pop’s I Love It isn’t a friend(...)

What A 21st century Japanese garage pop band  Where Nagoya, Japan  Why The breakthrough success of Korean pop bands BTS and Blackpink in rec(...)

The Arctic Monkeys have been named on the shortlist for this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, has been named among the nominees for this year’s Mercury prize. The nod makes them th(...)

Hayley Kiyoko

Superorganism: Superorganism Released in March, this debut album from the London-based multi-national eight-piece is much more than the sum(...)

Charli XCX, Camila Cabello and Taylor Swift perform at Taylor Swift’s Reputation  Tour. Photograph:  Christopher Polk/Getty Images

While the hullabaloo surrounding Taylor Swift’s personal life is, in a word, exhausting, the skyscraping pop star’s latest album, Reputation – and its(...)

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