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The long locks have been shorn, the trademark hat has been binned and the first single from James Bay’s second album was enough to have fans of the ro(...)

Snail Mail: turning teen dreams into reality

What: 18-year-old singer-songwriter and “guitar prodigy” Lindsey Jordan  Where: Baltimore Why: Having just left school, Lindsey Jordan’s future p(...)

The Blaze: their impassioned video for Territory is set in Algiers and follows a recently returned alpha-male  reconnect with his family

What: Cousins make affecting multimedia art. Where: France Why: Despite the promise and the ubiquity of the music video form, it’s not a medium that h(...)

Our critics have picked their best beats from 2017 and now it’s over to you. Click on irishtimes.com/ticketawards to vote for your favourite arti(...)

Superorganism: Eight strangers are drawn together from different corners of the world to  make music together under one roof

What? A globe-spanning electronic pop collective. From where? London, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Why? Eight strangers drawn together from diff(...)

Issa Rae in Insecure: ‘Her  wry expressions and disarming smile can make even the slightest joke work’

It takes a winning kind of confidence to play awkwardness so well. When Insecure (Sky Atlantic, Thursday, 10.35pm) began, based on Issa Rae’s web seri(...)

Flower Boy might lack the raw power of some of Tyler’s first batch of tracks, but it reestablishes why we need him out here right now

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All could barely have scorched the Academy with any more heat if they’d doused the stage in kerosene and sparked up a m(...)

Beyoncé’s Lemonade may have dominated 2016’s discourse, but you’d be hard pressed to find a 2017 release with such an impact. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

With six months of the year gone, there are plenty of best-albums-of-the-year-so-far lists around to gauge the current lie of the land. Looking throug(...)

Lil Yachty deals in sounds rather than stanzas. While they won’t be giving the Atlanta teenage trap star any prizes for the lyrical flights of fancy o(...)

Hurrah for the Riff Raff band leader Alynda Segarra: “I started to become more open to modern music, because  so much modern stuff is truly revolutionary”

It was time for Alynda Segarra to head home. After a decade in New Orleans and some time thereafter in Nashville, the Hurray for the Riff Raff ba(...)

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