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In the End is a smart and stylish farewell for The  Cranberries

Thirty years ago in Limerick city, brothers Noel and Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawlor, auditioned a young singer from Ballybricken(...)

k-punk: Mark Fisher’s brilliant writing ranged across popular music, film, TV, politics and literature

For the past two weeks I’ve been feasting on k-punk, an 800-page collection of the writings of the late cultural theorist Mark Fisher. While skip(...)

All the right people have been making favourable noises about The Twilight Sad for quite some time. Robert Smith has repeatedly called them his favour(...)

Posthumous albums are tricky affairs to say the very least, varying wildly from the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Jeff Buckley’s Sketches by m(...)

Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1978. Photograph: Chris Gabrin/Redferns Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1978. Photograph: Chris Gabrin/Redferns

Pete Shelley, lead singer and main songwriter of Manchester punk band Buzzcocks who died on Thursday at the age of 63, played a major role in the firs(...)

Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1978. Photograph: Chris Gabrin/Redferns Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1978. Photograph: Chris Gabrin/Redferns

In January 1977 a young punk band called Buzzcocks walked into the Manchester branch of Virgin with a box of singles they wanted to sell. They had set(...)

During the 1980s, a decade defined by extravagance and technological advances, Hollywood was obsessed with imagined sights and sounds of the future. B(...)

Kate Bush: treasure trove of lyrics. Photograph: AFP/ FIsh People/Trevor Leighton

She is famous for incorporating the work of Emily Brontë, James Joyce and Grimm’s fairytales into her work: now Kate Bush will publish her first book,(...)

Fans watch  Gang Of Four perform live on stage during the Rock Against Racism Red Rhino tour, at West Runton in  England, on  March 20th, 1979. Photograph: Virginia Turbett/Redferns

I haven’t been really and truly bored since sometime about 1997. Childhood was a horizonless sprawl of dead time and understimulated confinement, from(...)

The artists formerly known as Viet Cong have now doubled the output of their controversial moniker. While Viet Cong certainly wasn’t exactly a safe be(...)

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