Kurt Vile

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Given their acrimonious split, it once seemed that Dinosaur Jr were the band that would never find enough common ground to reunite – so it’s an achiev(...)

While we would dearly love Pavement to surprise us with something of the same calibre of their 90s’ run of classic albums, this will more than make do. 

Pavement headline this summer’s editions of the Primavera festival in both Barcelona and Porto, evoking fond memories of when they played in 2010 alon(...)

The ambiguity inherent in the title of this album, The Unseen in Between, runs through the fourth solo collection by Steve Gunn, the Brooklyn-based gu(...)

The Wood Burning Savages

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 The Wood Burning Savages - Whelan’s Upstairs Dublin 7.30pm €12 whelanslive.com - Derry band The Wood Burning Savages (...)

I still count The Cure’s Disintegration as my favourite record, as an album that has both changed my life and has kept me company through decades and (...)

Rusangano Family

RUSANGANO FAMILY Tea in a Pot Escape Artist Records ★★★ “I’m not from the streets,” Rusangano Family’s MuRli concedes, somewhat unnecessarily, at the(...)

Hope Sandoval: “Music soothes you, especially when you write, sing or play an instrument. It really can be a cure for everything”

Even though Martello towers are more readily associated with James Joyce, Irish-American duo Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions made a little bit (...)

This may only be her third solo album, but Baird has a decade-long history of collaborations behind her. The New Jersey native has worked (...)

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 (...)

So  very chilled out: Ronan Sherman (left) and Dave McCarthy, both from BishopsTown, Cork, and David Stephenson, Monkstown, Co Cork,  at the Body and Soul festival at Ballinlough Castle, Clonmellon, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish  Times

In the sprawling Body and Soul festival site at Ballinlough Castle in Co Westmeath, no pole goes unwrapped in bright fabric. There’s hardly a forest c(...)

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