Damon Albarn

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Gorillaz are not the world’s first virtual band. That honour probably belongs to Alvin and the Chipmunks, who bagged their creators two Grammy awards (...)

Green Day

All gigs in Dublin unless otherwise stated. At the time of our deadlines, there was no news of Irish dates for scheduled 2020 world tours by Billie Ei(...)

Boris Johnson: even the faux-familiar Tony Blair would have baulked at the British PM’s 12 Questions video

Oh God, save us from UK prime ministers trying to be men or women of the people. Harold Wilson did this better than most. Although he smoked cigars i(...)

Kerry-based and Wirral, Liverpool-born Laurie Shaw is easily one of the most prolific songwriters around – many albums have been self-released in the (...)

Pantha Du Prince

It takes a certain kind of cultural courage to put yourself in a room with music you’ve never heard before. At a time when nostalgia dominates the mu(...)

There are many words that you could use to describe Gruff Rhys, but “conventional” is not one of them. Over the course of his decades-long career, the(...)

Joan Wasser, aka Joan as Police Woman: I feel really thankful that I made it into my 30s before beginning. Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein

Regrets? Joan Wasser’s had a few – but one of them is not kicking off her solo career sooner. Although she has played violin since she was a child, th(...)

Joyce DiDonato: the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano will appear at the NCH accompanied by the Il Pomo d’Oro period-instrument ensemble

Artists from Joyce DiDonato to Damon Albarn and residencies by Philip Glass and Barry Douglas will feature over the next 12 months at the National Con(...)

Pussy Riot: the Russian feminist punk collective will be at All Together Now.  Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns/Getty

All Together Now has announced a string of new acts for this summer’s sold-out music festival, whose headliners include The National, Patti Smith, and(...)

 The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Damon Albarn second from left

About a year before the European Union referendum in the UK, when I was looking around for something to write about, I fixed upon a strangely unsexy t(...)

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