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Director Aoife Kelleher: ‘The first spring in lockdown was hard, but there was a strange novelty to it.’

For the first few months of the first lockdown I was ghostwriting a memoir with Majella Moynihan, so I was quite insulated. My husband was doing all t(...)

My Bloody Valentine: Bilinda Butcher, Kevin Shields, Debbie Googe and Colm Ó Cíosóig. Photograph: Paul Rider

For nearly four decades, Kevin Shields, the leader of the very loud, very fuzzy rock band My Bloody Valentine, has been described using synonyms for “(...)

This is an exciting time for Irish music. the dreary male with Guitar is being replaced and a wave of multicultural and multifaceted (...)

Cherym were among the bands that left the biggest live impression at Belfast’s Output festival

What Derry pop punk trio  Where Derry  Why At Belfast’s Output festival last month, where new bands showcase their wares at night after a da(...)

Cardi B performing at the Grammys in 2018. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The Grammy Awards are supposed to be music’s biggest party. But in recent years the show has also become a piñata for critics, activists and even majo(...)

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(...)

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