Thumper. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Since live music ground to a halt in March, and with subsequent attempts at staging physical shows scuppered by changes in Covid-19 guidelines, to say(...)

Electric Picnic 2020: Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, who are to headline the festival. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rage Against the Machine, Snow Patrol and The Chemical Brothers have been announced as the headliners for Electric Picnic 2020. The Irish band Pictur(...)

Sorcha Richardson has achieved 11 million Spotify streams, without the need for international road miles. Photograph: Cáit Fahey

About a mile from the centre of Birmingham, across the ring road and past isolated warehouses of England’s second city, is an Irish pub – you’d know, (...)

It begins with the sound of an infinite void. Press play on The Antlers’ third album Hospice and all that will greet you is a cold, unsettling silence(...)

All Tvvins: now with fewer tricks and effects

All Tvvins aren’t the first successful indie Irish group formed out of the ashes of other acts, but they are one of the most admired. Way back when, i(...)

Keaton Henson

Saturday, April 13th DUBLIN IS SOUND Pillow Queens Grand Social, Dublin, 1pm €12/€10 thegrandsocial.ie Co-presented by Nialler9 (ak(...)

Stars of 2018 (from left, top): Saint Sister, Rejjie Snow, Lisa O'Neill, Kojaque. Front row: Grian Chatten of Fontaines DC, Le Galaxie and Wyvern Lingo

The return of garage bands, a rap scene coming of age, increasingly sophisticated electronic music, burgeoning mainstream stars, precise pop. In the p(...)

Rejjie Snow performs at  Bestival at Lulworth Castle. Photograph:  Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images

The Mercury Prize is habitually accused of tokenism – a jazz record here, a folk obscurity there – but when it comes to Ireland the judges can’t even (...)

Måns Zelmerlöw, whose winner for Sweden in 2015 was written by a production team who have written for Fifth Harmony and Iggy Azalea. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty

In 2016, while covering that year’s Eurovision, the scale of the event and the power of the songs overwhelmed me and I became very opinionated. “The I(...)

Ships with the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year. Photograph: Graham Keogh

Much like the recent Oscars, this year’s Choice Music Prize ceremony was a curious mix of surprising and predictable. It was brave of the judges to gi(...)

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