Tracey Thorn

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Former equal mainstay with his wife and songwriter/author Tracey Thorn of Everything but the Girl, Ben Watt has been through the proverbial wringer ov(...)

Fontaines DC

If 2018 was the basis for the usual amount of expectation, then this year has been the one for results. And, folks, did Fontaines DC deliver via wides(...)

Dave Haslam: 'Mark E Smith always seemed to symbolise something beyond himself'

Studio 54, Cream, CBGBs – some places have delicious mythology battered into their very foundations. The Hacienda, likewise, was ground zero for a Man(...)

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: in Belfast on Wednesday and Dublin on Thursday

Saturday, May 5th Vinyl Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin; runs until Monday, May 7th; one day from €49.50, three days from €119; vinyl-dublin.com Un(...)

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(...)

Billy Bragg: “There’s something in our common pop culture about songs about the railroad, in which the railroad becomes a metaphor for aspiration, for heartbreak, for death.” Photograph: Wendy Lynch Redfern/Redferns

In March 2016, Billy Bragg began to get a sense of the America that would put Donald Trump in the White House. He and the singer, songwriter and produ(...)

Irish author Lisa McInerney  has claimed the prestigious Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel, ‘The Glorious Heresies’, at the Royal Festival Hall London, England. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Irish author Lisa McInerney has claimed the prestigious Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel. The Glorious Heresies beat the other (...)

Say what you will about John Grant, he is a songwriter who doggedly wears his heart on his sleeve. Over the course of two exceptional solo albums –(...)

Tracey Thorn’s first book Bedsit Disco Queen was an understated chronicle of life as a musician. It wasn’t overtly confessional, but what made it so c(...)

Tracey Thorn: ‘I wanted to write about how complex it can be, and how singers can have such mixed feelings about that thing they do.’ Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Years ago, Tracey Thorn was washing her hands in a nightclub bathroom when she was approached by some strangers who asked her not for an autograph,(...)

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