Kevin Shields

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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 “(...)

The 1980s in Irish music tend to be eulogised retrospectively as chiefly about U2 and Sinéad O’Connor. Dublin venues were reportedly thronged with hor(...)

Last year vinyl releases outsold digital downloads for the first time
Why vinyl refuses to die
  • Music
  • April 28, 2018, 06:30

Eight years ago, gonzo celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain published a book entitled Medium Raw, which contained a scathing chapter about the phenomenon o(...)

DJ Seinfeld: king of lo-fi house.

What: Lo-fi house’s shining star Where: Sweden Why: Disruption may be valued in the tech industry but in the music world, the old guard don’t like t(...)

Bobby Gillespie: “In terms of looks, you can’t compete with younger bands.” Photograph: Sam Christmas

Primal Scream have always worn their hearts on their album sleeves. Screamadelica signalled their happy-drugs-phase album; XTRMNTR their paranoid dru(...)

Music fans at the Forbidden Fruit music festival on the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne Music fans at the Forbidden Fruit music festival on the grounds of the Royal Hospital , Kilmainham, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Sure, at least, a whole lot of people got a little bit of sun. The Forbidden Fruit festival at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham ultimately came up short(...)

Born to be Vile

Game-changers can come along at the most unexpected junctures. For Kurt Vile it was some time around 2011, when his fourth solo album (...)

Roland S Howard: an overlooked innovator

Making an objective assessment of a documentary on a musician one admires is a tricky business. Does it matter if the film – however well made (...)

Alan McGee: ‘Sony hated me because I was horrible and took the piss all the time.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s 1994 and Alan McGee is in a taxi on his way to the airport for yet another London to Los Angeles flight. Thanks to Oasis, Primal Scream and My Bl(...)

My Bloody Valentine on the main stage at the Electric Picnic Festival at Stadbally. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Stars: ** The last time My Bloody Valentine played Electric Picnic, they were trading on past glories and handing out earplugs. This time around there(...)

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