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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(...)

For those who clock the names in brackets and small print in track credits, Sampha Sisay has long been someone to note. He’s given a dig out to SBTRKT(...)

Ed Sheeran: Could this be his year? Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Predictions are a dirty job but someone has to do it. So do you want a prediction for gig of the year? There’s danger here because we live in the age(...)

Kanye West:  would have voted for Trump if he had bothered  voting. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

It’s not just members of the US Republican Party who may be changing their mind about Donald Trump now that he has the keys to the White House. While(...)

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