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Snail Mail: “Avril Lavigne got me into music … into alternative music.” Photograph: Michael Lavine

Ellicott City, Maryland, has a hard-won reputation as the US’s most haunted town. At night a “demon truck” is rumoured to prowl the highways, like a g(...)

American singer Sam Beam aka Iron & Wine performs during a concert at the Huxleys in Berlin, Germany, 2018. Photograph: Frank Hoensch

Not many people know this, but 20 years ago, when American singer- songwriter Sam Beam was studying film, he was working on a low budget movie in the (...)

“The first haunting strains of the organ in the intro of Independence Day brought a new perspective to my musical world.”

The train from Dublin to Limerick these days is a far cry from the often freezing, rickety, rolling carriages of 1998. The traditional Friday evening (...)

Sharon Jones (centre) with the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones died on November 18th, 2016 and the world became a few shades less funky. Jones had the kind of voice that could instantly warm your bloo(...)

There is a rough candidness to Julien Baker’s lyrics that can puncture the soul. The abrupt shocking fashion in which she chews out the line “I know t(...)


Saturday 21 Slow Place Like Home The Workman’s Club, Dublin €10 theworkmansclub.com Recovered from Elaine Mai’s gig on Friday night? Alright. Then j(...)

A lo-fi acoustic album that was recorded in a bathroom by a young twentysomething with a penchant for despondency? It would be more surprising if Ange(...)

The Lucius women

Lucius formed in 2012 in New York, but you and vocalist Jess Wolfe had first met at college in Boston. We both went to Berklee College of Music.(...)

Most musicians would agree that a sense of humour comes in useful in the crazy, surreal, occasionally vacuous world that is the music business. If you(...)

The bones are showing on Impersonator and that’s no bad thing. Montreal’s Devon Welsh and his collaborator, Matthew Otto, create a wash of music th(...)