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Reports: From The Archives: Hot Press' Peter Murphy wrote about the twisted vision of Charles Manson (Part2)

2017-11-20 10:44:00


In the second part of his examination of the cult of CHARLES MANSON, PETER MURPHY looks at the cult leader s trial, his continuing influence of left-field heroes and the controversy over his recordings. Also: BONO on U2 s decision to include Helter Skelter in their Rattle And Hum set.

Reports: From The Archives: Hot Press' Peter Murphy wrote about the twisted vision of Charles Manson (1/2)

2017-11-20 10:40:00


30 years after the savage Tate/LaBianca murders that epitomised the dark side of the American hippy dream, CHARLES MANSON aka God aka The Devil, continues to exert a potent influence on popular culture. In part one of a two-part feature, PETER MURPHY recalls the twisted vision of a charismatic man whose personal interpretation of The Beatles Helter Skelter helped give rise to one of the crimes of the century.

News: Classic 2000 Hot Press interview with Lou Reed

2013-10-28 17:26:00


THE TRANSFORMER The first rule of interviewing LOU REED is that you don’t: he interviews you. Peter Murphy survives the turning of the tables and is rewarded with thoughts on Joyce, Wilde, Dylan, Ginsberg and on becoming an elder statesman for the alternative thing.

Album: Blunderbuss

2012-04-19 00:00:00


Jack white achieves career best on solo debut

Album: Wrecking Ball

2012-03-12 00:00:00


The Gripes of Wrath

Interview: Covering herself in glory

2011-06-14 00:00:00


Having taken some time off from the music biz, Andrea Corr is back with a personal collection of musical reinterpretations, which cover pain, loneliness and overcoming grief. She discusses tackling such unlikely artists as Daniel Johnston, Nick Drake and Lou Reed.

Interview: Neil Before The Master

2011-06-01 00:00:00


As his latest book hits shelves, rock journalist Neil Strauss talks celebrities, nerve-wracking interviews, and the trials and tribulations of putting together your own anthology...

Album: Let Them Talk

2011-06-01 00:00:00


White middle-class British actor in blistering New Orleans piano album shock

Interview: The Sons Also Rise

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Ken Griffin: Skinnied out, reborn in Brooklyn, now coming home with Favourite Sons.

Album: The Great Deal Of Love

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Ex-Rollerskate Skinny ex-pat dons a suit and tie but shows no sign of going respectable

Album: Lifelines

2011-05-31 00:00:00


Lost Corrs poppet comes of age with mystic folk nugget

Interview: Sidine intervention

2011-05-17 00:00:00


She's a scion of the Dublin literary family but Ciara Sidine hopes to make her mark in the gritty world of rock 'n'roll.

Interview: The empire strikes back

2011-05-16 00:00:00


It's not every band that can attract a private audience of Bono, Guggi and friends to a practice session in the Workman's Club. But Tallaght quartet Bipolar Empire don't do anything by halves.

Message: Pop Lives In Stolen Moments

2011-05-05 00:00:00


Neil Strauss discovers the meaning of life in his own back pages.

Album: Director's Cut

2011-05-05 00:00:00


Reclusive genius revisits albums with (re)mixed results

Interview: Dawn Of The Fred

2011-05-03 00:00:00


Cork art-pop outfit Fred were already one of the most popular live acts in the country, but their latest album, Leaving My Empire - recorded in Montreal with Arcade Fire producer Howard Bilerman - has found them ascending to a new level of excellence.

Interview: The Life Of Ryan

2011-05-03 00:00:00


How did a one-time Riverdance hoofer end up busking in Glasgow and supporting The Script? Ryan Sheridan explains all.

Album: catholic

2011-04-28 00:00:00


A haunting contemplation of the ageing process

Interview: Gloom With A View

2011-04-26 00:00:00


They’re from the grimmest reaches of Britain’s industrial north, yet are as influenced by David Lynch as by Joy Division. Meet The Chapman Family, the angsty rockers with something interesting to say beyond the usual provincial mooching.

Message: Welcome To The Twilight Zone

2011-04-26 00:00:00


One of our columnist's favourite plays is DVD-bound. Here's why you should be as excited as he is .

Album: Hot Sauce Commitee Part Two

2011-04-21 00:00:00


Sizzling comeback from The Beasties

Interview: The Highway To Bell

2011-04-19 00:00:00


What do Q-Tip, UNKLE, U2, PJ Harvey and Depeche Mode have in common? They’ve all at some point been an influence on Paul Noonan and Dave Geraghty who sit down with Peter Murphy to talk about musical heroes, the evolution of their own chart-conquering career and how they learned to embrace the Gary Numan within on their new album, Bloodless Coup. Plus, find out courtesy of our exclusive Hot Press competition how you can lure the Bellies to your living-room for a private gig.

Album: Hard Bargain

2011-04-12 00:00:00


Country queen sticks to the formula on Album 24

Message: The Gorey Details

2011-04-08 00:00:00


Time to re-discover one of the pre-eminent illustrators of our age...

Album: Wasting Light

2011-04-07 00:00:00


David Grohl kicks up a storm on what may be the definitve Foo's record.

Interview: The Rebirth Of Cool

2011-04-04 00:00:00


They were the biggest, hippest thing in rock and roll but, after a glum third album, The Strokes drifted apart. Now they’re back from a five-year break with a new democratic approach to songwriting and a record, angles, that ranks among their best. Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr talks about the band’s dizzying rise, their new lease of life and the dark side of success

Message: A Week Of Stolen Moments

2011-03-25 00:00:00


In many ways this was an ordinary week in the life of your humble correspondent. But then, there’s no such thing as ‘ordinary’ is there?

Interview: All Immune Systems Go

2011-03-22 00:00:00


Peter Murphy talks to oxygen-bound indie sensations The Vaccines about being one of the most hotly tipped bands for 2011.

Album: What Did You Expect From The Vaccines

2011-03-16 00:00:00


UK Buzz Band Live Up To Hype With No-Nonsense Debut

Message: European Sons

2011-03-11 00:00:00


Last week your correspondent was invited to Rome by the Cassa delle Letterature to participate in the TransEuropaExpress seminar, in which writers and intellectuals discussed and debated the subject of a common European identity. In order to represent the old sod, this writer had to first get past the 'intellectual' tag, a term that would justifiably provoke howls of derision in the Antique Tavern, Enniscorthy.

Interview: The Lynott I Knew

2011-03-09 00:00:00


Legendary Irish music figure Frank Murray reflects on his years working with Thin Lizzy and his relationship with their iconic frontman.

Interview: Philo And Me

2011-03-08 00:00:00


Phil Lynott’s brother in all but name, Brian Downey talks about their school days together, Thin Lizzy’s formative years, the singer’s tragic decline and his afterlife as global rock icon.

Interview: Great Scott

2011-03-07 00:00:00


The co-creator of Lizzy’s trademark dual guitar sound, Scott Gorham remains one of the all-time great rock ‘n’ roll players. Here he talks to Peter Murphy about the other guitarists who’ve passed through the ranks, getting into scraps with Philo and Lizzy’s proud legacy.

Album: King Of Limbs

2011-03-01 00:00:00


Sci-Fi Chamber Music As Imagined By Kubrick

Interview: Guitar Hero

2011-02-28 00:00:00


Iconic guitar-slinger Slash talks to Peter Murphy about Thin Lizzy’s influence on Guns N’ Roses, how Phil Lynott inspired him in his formative years and confirms that Axl Rose got a tattoo in tribute to the Dublin rockers.

Interview: The Suite Hereafter

2011-02-28 00:00:00


Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys on his hotel-themed new record, his obsession with free shampoo and working with Danger Mouse and Gorillaz.

Message: Ghost In Town

2011-02-25 00:00:00


If our politicians fail us again, there’ll be hell to pay.

Album: Bella

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Teddy Drifts Towards Middle Of The Road

Interview: True Romance

2011-02-22 00:00:00


THE PUBLIC FACE OF EMO, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE WERE FIRMLY IN THE FIRING LINE WHEN A 13-YEAR-OLD FAN TOOK HER OWN LIFE IN BRITAIN. THEIR RESPONSE? TO DITCH THE HIGH-SCHOOL GOTH-ISMS AND COME BACK BIGGER, BRIGHTER AND MORE GLORIOUSLY CARTOONISH THAN EVER.

Message: The Write Stuff

2011-02-11 00:00:00


The poachers have turned gamekeepers, or vice versa: musicians turn to the written word

Interview: Don't Fuck With The Fairies

2011-02-08 00:00:00


Glen Hansard talks to Peter Murphy about the highs and lows of being in The Frames, and how musicians can help rescue Ireland from its current malaise

Interview: Keeping Himself Lizzy

2011-02-07 00:00:00


As sticksman-in-chief in Thin Lizzy, Brian Downey bashed the biscuit tin on some of the greatest rock songs of all time, among them ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ and ‘Jailbreak’. With the reformed Lizzy on the way to Dublin, he discusses the band’s formative years and shares some of his favourite drummer tips.

Interview: The Double Life Of Neil Jordan

2011-02-03 00:00:00


He’s best known as a film director. Now Neil Jordan returns to his first love, the written word, and the murky Dublin of his youth in a supernatural tale with a twist

Album: The Party Ain't Over

2011-02-03 00:00:00


First Lady Of Rockabilly Makes Patchy Jack White-Produced Comeback.

Interview: The Gang's All Here

2011-02-01 00:00:00


Without Gang Of Four there would have been no Franz Ferdinand, Rapture or Futureheads. The band’s legendary guitarist Andy Gill talks about their first album in 15 years.

Message: When Audience Participation Goes Too Far

2011-01-28 00:00:00


A fine – and very timely – production of John B. Keane’s The Field is nearly ruined by punters who seem to think they’re at the cinema, or a Westlife concert, rather than the theatre.

Interview: Rubbing Malt On The Wound

2011-01-20 00:00:00


The strange world of Scottish whiskey forms the backdrop for Doug Johnstone’s fast-paced new crime novel. He explains why he has developed an aversion to fiction that is clever for its own sake and why the UK publishing industry is stacked against Scottish writers.

Album: The Storms Are On The Ocean

2011-01-19 00:00:00


Avant-folk Appalachian masterpiece from MDK

Message: Primal Therapy

2011-01-14 00:00:00


RANT's ears are still ringing from an extraordinary tour de force of percussive power...

Interview: The Life And Times Of A Rolling Stone

2010-12-09 00:00:00


It’s the memoir everyone is talking about. With Keith Richards’ remarkable chronicling of his life flying off shelves, co-author James Fox explains how the project came about

Message: Notes From The Apocalypse

2010-12-06 00:00:00


As the country flushes itself down the toilet, our correspondent picks up his pen...

Album: The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story

2010-12-01 00:00:00


Long lost treasures from the boss

Album: TMS And The Baptists

2010-12-01 00:00:00


The big man goes to Berlin, and comes up with the goods

Album: The Suburbs

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Canadian wunder-group go all conceptual on stuffed-to-bursting third album

Album: Have One On Me

2010-03-24 00:00:00


Stunning oddball pop from the harp lover's Kate Bush

Album: Falling Down A Mountain

2010-01-30 00:00:00


Stuart Staples and co. produce another cracker

Album: The Element Of Freedom

2010-01-28 00:00:00


Lesson in less is more from real soul diva

Interview: Envoy It While You Can

2010-11-29 00:00:00


With his new project, Alien Envoy up and going, ex-Fat Lady Sings man Nick Kelly reflects on middle age and the influence of suburban Dublin on his work.

Album: Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

2010-11-29 00:00:00


Emo heroes reveal their inner Brian May

Album: I'm Having Fun Now

2010-11-23 00:00:00


Rilo Kiley singer makes sweet music with beau

Frontlines: 'We Hit A Brick Wall With Radio'

2010-11-22 00:00:00


When epic rockers CODES signed to EMI, it was widely expected they would sweep all before them. But the young Dubliners found Irish daytime radio impossible to crack. Their manager explains how a bright young group with global prospects were hamstrung by what he sees as the conservative culture of the Irish music business.

Message: No Sleep Til Hammersmith

2010-11-22 00:00:00


All hail the mighty Motorhead, experts at growing old gracefully.

Album: National Cancer Strategy

2010-11-15 00:00:00


The nation's greatest living protest singer delivers another classic Septic Tiger dispatch

Interview: Ramblin' Man

2010-11-15 00:00:00


In his latest tome, Will Self tackles the travel book from a different angle. Wandering through locales as far flung as Hollywood and East Yorkshire he has as much to say about the act of walking, and then writing about it, as about the actual places he visits. Here he reflects on one of the strangest undertakings in a career already larded with odd-ball moments

Frontlines: A Night At The Peacock

2010-11-10 00:00:00


The cultural fallout of the economic meltdown and the primacy of art and music in Irish life will be two of the subjects up for debate when writer Joseph O’Connor and musician/filmmaker Philip King get together at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin

Album: See My Friends

2010-11-09 00:00:00


Kinks legend re-records old chestnuts - with mixed results

Album: We're Here To The End

2010-11-09 00:00:00


First ever live album from Northern noiseniks

Message: Fleapit Paradiso

2010-11-05 00:00:00


Gone but not forgotten, those old flea-pit cinemas hold a cherished place in the memory of anyone old enough to remember a time before the soulless multiplex

Interview: Taxi To The Dark Side

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Fresh from a tiff with Matt Cooper, the dean of literary noir, James Ellroy, talks about the obsessions that have fuelled his life and work.

Album: Gem And I

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Singer-songwriter returns with commendable new album

Album: Small Craft On A Milk Sea

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Egg Head composer returns with cinematic new album

Interview: Cat Power

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Scottish firebrand K.T. TUNSTALL travelled to California and Berlin to find her inner power animal in time to record her third album Tiger Suit

Album: Olympia

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Roxy music leader in classic form

Message: The Madness Of King Richards

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Keef's life and times are chronicled in a new autobiography which promises to be page-turning stuff

Interview: Attack Of The Clones

2010-11-02 00:00:00


...as in the County Monaghan market town (obviously). With books such as The Butcher Boy and Winterwood Pat McCabe has become one of the foremost chroniclers of smalltown Irish strangeness. He explains why his new novel is the culmination of his career and reveals the heartache that lay behind his ‘fallow’ early noughties period

Interview: Zen Overboard

2010-11-02 00:00:00


He used to be one of Irish rock's pre-eminent hedonists, a man rarely seen without pint in hand. Now Republic Of Loose's Mick Pryo has ditched the booze and embraced eastern spirituality. With a new album on the way he talks about his conscious decision to tone down the group's commercial overtones, the importance of good karma and, er, being banned from South African radio for promoting anal sex

Album: Gimme Some Truth

2010-11-02 00:00:00


Lennon's on sale again

Album: Come Around Sundown

2010-11-01 00:00:00


Hairy backwoodsmen of stadium rock take another step towards greatness

Message: Runnin' Down A Dream

2010-11-01 00:00:00


He's not exactly the hippest name to drop but Tom Petty is an example to any young band with designs on a long-term career

Message: The Trick Is To Keep Breathing

2010-11-01 00:00:00


Are tree-hugging gurus the new rock stars? It's hard to argue with the evidence

Interview: Postcards From The Edge

2010-11-01 00:00:00


After the bleak intensity of last year's Journal For Plague Lovers, Manic Street Preachers have rebounded with a startlingly melodic tenth album

Interview: A Parcel of Rogue(s)

2010-11-01 00:00:00


Oscar winning actor and director Tim Robbins has turned his hand to music, and released a debut album.

Album: Le Noise

2010-11-01 00:00:00


Neil Young and U2 producer Daniel Lanois produce atmospheric collaboration

Album: Band Of Joy

2010-11-01 00:00:00


Led Zep legend produces classic ninth solo opus

Interview: Raging Against The Machine

2010-11-01 00:00:00


Booker winner DBC Pierre holds forth on his new novel, laments the pernicious reach of consumer culture and explains how it took a brush with an ambulance crew to really get his mojo revving.

Interview: Raging Against The Machine

2010-10-18 00:00:00


Booker winner DBC Pierre holds forth on his new novel, laments the pernicious reach of consumer culture and explains how it took a brush with an ambulance crew to really get his mojo revving.

Interview: Once Upon A Time In The Northwest

2010-10-13 00:00:00


Her gushing, Paul Morley-esque music columns have made her a cult figure in Britain. Now newspaper writer Laura Barton is taking her first steps as a novelist.

Frontlines: Moore The Merrier

2010-10-12 00:00:00


...Well, not really. Best known for graphic novels V For Vendetta, Watchmen and From Hell, comic book guru Alan Moore has ventured into the murky universe of spoken word, with an album featuring cameos from members of Mogwai, Napalm Death and Faith No More. Just the thing for your 10-year-old’s birthday party then...

Frontlines: Moore the Merrier?

2010-09-27 00:00:00


...Well, not really. Best known for graphic novels V For Vendetta, Watchmen and From Hell, comic book guru Alan Moore has ventured into the murky universe of spoken word, with an album featuring cameos from members of Mogwai, Napalm Death and Faith No More. Just the thing for your 10-year-old’s birthday party then...

Album: Teenage Dream

2010-09-24 00:00:00


Teenage dreamer turns in nightmare of a second record

Message: The Dark Side of the Sun

2010-09-09 00:00:00


It has sometimes occurred to your correspondent, after one too many cups of tea, that Sun Studios was a hell door or a portal to another dimension, and its proprieter Sam Phillips a necromancer summoning dark spirits upon the earth through the wizardry of slap-back echo. Never have so many dark and electrifying sounds emanated from one postal address, namely 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.

Interview: Where there's a Wilco, there's a way

2010-09-06 00:00:00


WILCO HAVE SURVIVED RECORD COMPANY REJECTION TO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED ALT-COUNTRY ACTS AROUND. THEY TALK TO PETER MURPHY ABOUT OVERCOMING ADVERSITY AND THE JOYS OF HAVING A TOP FIVE HIT IN AMERICA

Interview: The Glam's All Here

2010-09-02 00:00:00


It's been a long, strange trip for glam art-rockers and Picnic headliners Roxy Music. In an exclusive interview ahead of their long-awaited return to Ireland they talk about taking tea with Salvador Dali, being 'shafted' by Jethro Tull and gush about their love for Godspeed You Black Emperor.

Interview: Blank Generation

2010-09-01 00:00:00


Bret Easton Ellis is the bad boy of highbrow lit and, if new novel Imperial Bedrooms is anything to go by, he has little intention of mellowing with age. He talks about ultraviolence, misogyny, mid-life ennui, the joys of cyberstalking and explains why he decided to revisit his first book, Less Than Zero, in the new tome. Plus, he expands on the controversial claim that women rarely make for good movie-makers.

Interview: Fight Club

2010-09-01 00:00:00


Armed with a sense of humour and a willingness to take the kind of risks other bands shy away from – check our cover shoot if evidence is needed – Fight Like Apes are among the few Irish bands who seem to go looking for trouble. In addition to wrestling with their fans, dissing their mates and merrily using the word ‘cunt’ in a song, the title of their new album alone might just land them in jail. With a bit of luck, that is.

Album: Grinderman 2

2010-08-19 00:00:00


More notes from dirty old men

Message: Rant in D Minor: The Island of the Day Before

2010-08-13 00:00:00


An off-shore excursion to a nature sanctuary proves surprisingly haunting, evoking the spirit of The Wicker Man and Lord of the Flies.

Interview: The loneliness of the long distance writer

2010-07-29 00:00:00


Michael Collins — not to be confused with the Irish revolutionary of the same name, although he is related — has had a spectacularly eventful life, writing the odd Booker-nominated novel in his spare time.

Reports: The sound of the suburbs

2010-07-29 00:00:00


ARCADE FIRE's third album is a sprawling 16-song epic that evokes everyone from The Byrds to The Ramones.

Interview: Boy Keeps Swinging

2010-07-28 00:00:00


A bout of writer's block saw Mercury Prize winner Damon Gough - aka Badly Drawn Boy - disappear for three years. But now he’s back and can’t wait to reclaim his place as the beanie hat wearing laureate of Mancunian miserabalism.

Interview: Taylor Made

2010-07-28 00:00:00


Flying in the face of convention, Foo Fighters sticksman Taylor Hawkins has cut a doozy of a second LP. He talks about tapping the spirit of the seventies and working with members of his favourite band, Queen.

Message: Rant in D Minor: The Rhythm Method

2010-07-28 00:00:00


A great drummer is more than just a guy who bangs the pig-skins.

Album: Eliza Doolittle

2010-07-06 00:00:00


Near-perfect little pop confection from Camden

Message: The End of the Final Front Ear?

2010-07-02 00:00:00


Is the age of the free internet drawing to a close at the behest of Wall Street and big business?

Live: Green Day, Paramore, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

2010-07-01 00:00:00


As a fine rain silvers the air right on cue for 'Wake Me Up When September Ends', you figure - even God's a GD fan

Interview: Zen and the art of motor-psyche maintenance

2010-06-30 00:00:00


When Cathy Davey's acclaimed third album The Nameless shot to the number one spot in the Irish mainstream and indie charts last month, it marked not just a triumphant return for an artist who'd been dropped by EMI after her critically lauded and commercially successful Tales Of Silversleeve, but a new dawn for independent Irish acts in general. But behind the writing of that album was enough guilt and grief to start a new religion. Here, in her most in-depth and revealing interview to date, Davey talks about how Zen helped her put mind and body back together after her grandmother's death, why daytime radio doesn't serve the people, organised religion is poisonous and modern medicine means we live too long. Oh, and why Crystal Swing just aren't funny. At all.

Album: Hadestown

2010-06-29 00:00:00


Monolithic folk opera from vermont songstress, plus guests

Message: Rory Days

2010-06-28 00:00:00


It might be time to re-appraise the ‘70s Irish Rock Gods and hail their greatness as undeniably timeless...

Interview: Horse Stories

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Recent Heineken Green Spheres stars Foals talk to Peter Murphy about the splendid isolation in which their remarkable new album, Total Life Forever, was made.

Comedy: Newsflash!

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Ahead of their Cork Live At The Marquee gig, CAMERA OBSCURA regale Peter Murphy with tales of their growing Stateside success, hirsute fans & working with Richard Hawley.

Album: Flo

2010-06-15 00:00:00


solemn is good as dark lady cast her spell

Album: Be It Right Or Wrong

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Hear the drummer get wicked – and sublime

Album: Exile on main street reissue

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Relive the stones’ darkest moments on this spiffing reissue

Message: Fanfare For An Uncommon Man

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Meet the extraordinary Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin.

Interview: This Martel Coil

2010-06-15 00:00:00


The Booker-winning, seven million selling Life Of Pi was a bona fide publishing phenomeon. Nine years after it was written, Yann Martel has delivered another animal allegory, this time exploring the horrors of the Holocaust.

Interview: The mighty quins

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Dublin-bound this fortnight for a show in in the Olympia, Tegan and Sara have had to battle hard to overcome prejudice about their sexuality and their music.

Interview: Mermaid of Honour

2010-06-01 00:00:00


Having swapped her Dublin home of more than a decade for a new life in Cardiff, Katell Keineg is back with a belated fourth album, At The Mermaid Parade. She explains why sometimes good things are worth the wait.

Message: Labour of Love

2010-06-01 00:00:00


Peter Murphy celebrates perhaps the greatest ever unproduced screenplay, Alan Greenberg’s Robert Johnson biopic Love In Vain, which numbers Martin Scorsese, Greil Marcus and Keith Richards among its fans.

Interview: Day of the Jackal

2010-05-19 00:00:00


They're the most hyped Irish band since, er, The Thrills. But Villagers are no flash in the pan outfit. Signed to prestigious Domino Records, frontman Conor O'Brien has already been lauded by the New York Times, courted by Jools Holland and handpicked by Richard Thompson to play at his festival. Here, the ex-Immediate singer talks about his extraordinary journey from obscurity to the brink of the big time.

Interview: Splash Hits

2010-05-18 00:00:00


Ireland’s favourite singer-songwriter Tom Baxter is one of the musical highlights of this year’s Sea Sessions festival. Kicking off our in-depth coverage of the event, he tells Peter Murphy what he’s been doing with his time off and speaks about his plans for the future.

Album: Trans-Continental Hustle

2010-05-18 00:00:00


The ‘new pogues’ return with shit-kickingly good new record

Album: The Nameless

2010-05-10 00:00:00


The Irish Bjork goes widescreen on epic new LP

Message: Transmissions From The Videodrome

2010-05-07 00:00:00


Shocking and awesome, the controversy-baiting pop promo is back — though with distinctly uneven results

Interview: Strummer Of Discontent

2010-05-05 00:00:00


After years of thankless toil, Josh Ritter finally had the world at his feet. And then, just as he should have been at his happiest, he suffered a sudden crisis of confidence. Sick of the sound of his own voice, the Idaho bard felt trapped in an artistic prison he himself had devised. His struggle for freedom is chronicled on his wrenching new album, perhaps the finest of his career. Hot Press meets him in New York to discuss the long road to redemption.

Interview: Soul Survivor

2010-05-05 00:00:00


Plan b, a.k.a. Ben Drew, has reinvented himself with The Defamation of Strickland Banks, an album that at times sounds like a soul quadrophenia.

Interview: Some Pluckers Do Have 'Em

2010-05-04 00:00:00


We travel to London for an exclusive audience with the crown princes of absurdist glam-pop Kiss. Ringmaster-in-chief Gene Simmons talks about the business end of being the world’s most preposterous heavy rock outfit and the importance of giving the punters more bang for their buck.

Album: Born Stubborn

2010-04-28 00:00:00


Dublin singer-songwriter opens her account with exquisite debut

Album: Nonstoperotik

2010-04-26 00:00:00


Savant-garde wunder-rock from ex pixies man

Message: Darkness In The North Of England

2010-04-23 00:00:00


Drenched in grimy period detail, the Red Riding series marked a milestone in British TV. We're looking forward to the film already...

Interview: This Mogul Coil

2010-04-21 00:00:00


Dublin gospel roots music? Bloody hell – is somebody remaking The Commitments? No, it’s sublime newcomers The Last Tycoons.

Album: Gentlemen's Club

2010-04-15 00:00:00


Sligo newcomers deliver the goods on Karl Odlum-produced debut

Message: The Bard of Noirleans

2010-04-13 00:00:00


Musings on a great writer - who deserves to be more widely read.

Album: So Runs The World Away

2010-04-13 00:00:00


The 'New Springsteen' comes of age

Album: The Movie Songbook

2010-04-06 00:00:00


Karaoake Isn't Always Good Fun

Album: Live At The Greek

2010-04-01 00:00:00


Black flag meet the Wolfe Tones with rambunctious effect.

Message: Even Better Than the Surreal Thing

2010-03-26 00:00:00


A voyage into the Tate Modern leaves Peter Murphy gasping for breath...

Interview: Caterpillar Girl

2010-03-23 00:00:00


She’s best known as Damien Rice’s cello player. Now Vyvienne Long is staking her claim as a solo star. She talks about caterpillars, success with Damo and baring her soul in public.

Album: Here Lies Love

2010-03-19 00:00:00


Ex-Talking Heads man recruits all-star cast for concept musical – with middling results

Message: Rant in D Minor: War Stories

2010-03-12 00:00:00


The Iraqi imbroglio has begun to spawn a mini-avalanche of hard-hitting war memoirs.

Album: Caterpillar Sarabande

2010-03-04 00:00:00


Damien Rice collaborator unleashes impish debut

Interview: Made In Heaven

2010-03-04 00:00:00


Married couple Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby have mastered the art of sounding like Burt Bacharach meets Spacemen 3 in the year 2021.

Interview: Burning Cross

2010-03-04 00:00:00


Alberta Cross purvey a beguiling brand of widescreen heartlands rock.

Album: The Quickening

2010-02-26 00:00:00


Gothic delights from country maven

Message: Rant in D Minor: That 70s Show

2010-02-26 00:00:00


Patti Smith and Nick Kent have both penned flawed but nevertheless evocative memoirs, which make you pine for the degenerate rock ‘n’ roll days of yore

Interview: Can You Handle This Much Fionn?

2010-02-23 00:00:00


He’s ditched the acoustic guitar and gone electric for his new long-awaited new LP. Fionn Regan talks about second album difficulties and the influence of Jack Kerouac and Dylan Thomas on his artistic progression.

Album: Mother Courage & Her Children/Huckleberry Finn/The Silent World of Hector Mann

2010-02-16 00:00:00


The DUke does brecht, weill and auster on 3-cd set

Reports: Shades of a New Orphanage

2010-02-12 00:00:00


Our columnist on the joys of lost cinematic treasures.

Album: Shadow of an Empire

2010-02-11 00:00:00


Troubador goes electric and no one shouts Judas

Interview: Bite Club

2010-02-10 00:00:00


As their long-awaited second album crashes into the US charts at number one, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig talks about Afro-beat, their love of The Edge’s guitar playing and their debt to the great soundtrack composers – and explains that the charges of cultural carpetbagging rested at their doorstep are unwarranted.

Interview: Tindersticks rekindled

2010-02-10 00:00:00


Stuart Staples' outfit are back with a wonderful new album

Message: Rant in D Minor: The Company of Wolves

2010-01-18 00:00:00


A 1992 tome from one Clarissa Pinkola Estes leaves Peter Murphy entranced.

Interview: Vulture Club

2009-12-15 00:00:00


A supergroup that doesn't suck? Them Crooked Vultures are certainly flying in the teeth of convention with their wonderful debut. Bassist John Paul Jones – you might remember him from a little known seventies band called Led Zeppelin – talks about working with Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age.

Album: Glitter & Doom Live

2009-12-14 00:00:00


A sophisticated gentleman does a poo

Message: Reasons to be Cheerful

2009-12-08 00:00:00


It’s all doom, gloom and flash floods at the moment. But amid the end of days depression, there are still plenty of things to smile about. You just have to know where to look.

Album: Malice in Wonderland

2009-12-07 00:00:00


The Doggfather part 10. Ho Hum. What else is on?

Album: Up To Now

2009-12-01 00:00:00


Mid-career retrospective captures SP’s inner conflicts

Album: The Fall

2009-12-01 00:00:00


Easy listening princess goes indie-goth

Interview: Sprite at the End of the Tunnel

2009-12-01 00:00:00


Grabbing five minutes with starlet of the hour PIXIE LOTT is harder than you might think. We sit down with the ‘Mama Do’ singer – and try to find out what she’s really like beneath that manicured pop persona.

Message: Carnival Yarns

2009-11-24 00:00:00


Why the wisdom of Funhouse showman Phineas Taylor Barnum remains relevant still.

Reports: Light in the Western Sky

2009-11-20 00:00:00


Budget cuts almost spelled the end of Other Voices. But the team behind the Dingle music institution rallied around – with the result that this year’s line-up is arguably among the strongest in the history of the show

Album: The Story So Far - The Essential Collection

2009-11-18 00:00:00


Athy Torch song trilogist weighs in with best of

Interview: Tiger Tiger Fading Fast

2009-11-18 00:00:00


He is one of our highest profile broadcasters and journalists. Now in his new book, Last Word host MATT COOPER looks at the rot and corruption that festered beneath the surface of the Celtic Tiger. He talks about the sense of anger he feels over the mismanagement of the economy, the damage wrought by the Bertie Ahern years and the apparent unwillingness of RTE to give him any publicity

Album: Christmas In The Heart

2009-11-17 00:00:00


Dylan in not a grinch shocker

Interview: On a String and a Prayer

2009-11-17 00:00:00


Guitar heroes Rodrigo Y Gabriela have gone from busking on Grafton Street to jamming with Metallica. The acoustic duo talk about their long, strange journey, their fantastic new album – and their debt to the metal world

Album: Reality Killed The Video Star

2009-11-10 00:00:00


Millennial ‘It’ Boy gets the horn on eighth album

Message: In Praise of Robert Mitchum

2009-11-09 00:00:00


They don’t make rock stars like they used to...

Interview: Season in the sun?

2009-10-30 00:00:00


Winning an oscar was a culmination of a life-time's struggle for GLEN HANSARD. But success extracted a heavy toll on the singer, plunging him into self doubt and leaving him feeling confused and adrift. As The Swell Season prepare to release their second album, he talks about the long road back to sanity, his romantic break-up with songwriting partner MARKETA IRGLOVA and why, having derided Ireland in the press, he’s now proud of his home country again. Plus Irglova talks about the end of their love affair and the challenges that fame and Fortune bring.

Interview: Earle's Aloud

2009-10-28 00:00:00


Legendary singer-songwriter Steve Earle talks about his foray into literature, the impact of ‘Galway Girl’ and his spell behind bars.

Live: A Night With Nick Cave

2009-10-27 00:00:00


Here’s the deal. You can have the full bells-and-whistles Nick & the Bad Seeds production with all its attendant kinetics and dynamics, staged in a high-ceilinged cow palace or festival tent, or you can take your chances on the more roughshod and ragged-gloried variety up close and in your face in Vicar St, which isn’t nearly as slick but affords plenty of rarified moments.

Message: The Mercy Seat

2009-10-27 00:00:00


Why it’s time we removed the Bible from civil life and put it back on the shelf where it belongs with other classic works of fiction

Interview: Sound Men Altogether

2009-10-20 00:00:00


They were the great new hopes of Irish rock. Until, with their second album in the can, they decided to, er, call it a day. Thankfully, Delorentos have changed their mind and are about to step back into the fray with new LP You Can Make Sound. Hot Press joins them for a contemplative walk by the sea.

Album: You Can Make Sound

2009-10-19 00:00:00


Triumphant rebound for reformed Irish rockers

Album: The Brothers Movement

2009-10-16 00:00:00


The sum of their influences

Interview: Martha Gold

2009-10-15 00:00:00


In the run up to her Sligo Live appearance, chanteuse Martha Wainwright talks about learning from her father Loudon, channelling Edith Piaf and the perils of true romance.

Message: Naked Munch

2009-10-15 00:00:00


The oft underrated Edvard Munch comes alive in the National Gallery in October - and it’s a scream.

Album: Embryonic

2009-10-14 00:00:00


Turning their backs on the commercial, Oklahoma pop oddballs go back to their experimental roots – with sublime results

Interview: Veterans Day

2009-10-07 00:00:00


They were one of the superstars of grunge, a band that did more than perhaps any other – even Nirvana – to bring underground rock and roll to the mainstream. But they lost their way with fan-alienating experimental records and a long-running feud with Ticketmaster. Now Pearl Jam have shrugged off the cobwebs and are back rocking like legends. Ahead of the release of their best album in years they talk about the long-road to rejuvenation, lessons gleaned from Neil Young and their place in the greater scheme of things.

Interview: Spin City

2009-10-05 00:00:00


It’s a literary high wire act with a difference. Dubliner Colum McCann talks about his 9/11 meditation Let The Great World Spin and the challenges of mastering the New York idiom.

Interview: The Voyage of Brendan

2009-10-01 00:00:00


Taking time of from serving as wingman to Jack White, Brendan Benson is about to release a new solo album. He talks about his Irish roots – including a Youghal mother, no less – and getting used to life outside The Raconteurs.

Interview: New Young Tony Club

2009-09-28 00:00:00


The Coronas were about a week into their 2008 American tour when they realised Colonel Kurtz was driving the bus. They can laugh about it now, oh yes. Sat around a table in the Library Bar on the eve of the release of their second album, the foursome – singer Danny O’Reilly, guitarist Dave McPhillips, bass player Graham Knox and drummer Conor Egan – are still young and hardy enough to take it in their stride.

Message: THE BALLAD OF JIM ‘N’ WILLY

2009-09-28 00:00:00


With the passing of Jim Carroll, rock and roll has lost one of its most singular raconteurs.

Interview: A LABOUR OF DOVES

2009-09-23 00:00:00


AHEAD OF THEIR COIS FHARRAIGE APPEARANCE, Born-again indie rockers Doves talk about the changing of the seasons, escaping the country and getting past those fourth album blues

Album: Apple’s Acre

2009-09-21 00:00:00


more-ish dispatch from the hardcore polyphonic spree

Interview: The Long Hawley

2009-09-16 00:00:00


Bequiffed crooner Richard Hawley takes a break from animal husbandry to discuss life, love and the making of what he believes to be the defining album of his career

Reports: FRIDAY

2009-09-16 00:00:00


So then, how many words do the Eskimos have for muck?

Interview: Starship Troopers

2009-09-16 00:00:00


Origin of Symmetry? Freak of Evolution more like. The common response to Muse’s Showbiz debut in 1999 was akin to a primitive people’s first glimpse of a spacecraft over the prehistorical landscape. Here was an unlikely but hugely accomplished hybrid of prog-rock flash, quasi-symphonic attack and ferocious virtuosity, spearheaded by Matt Bellamy’s soaring tenor and Dick-ian lyrics. An impressive sound, even if you didn’t know what the hell it was.

Message: TALES FROM THE CHATROOM

2009-09-16 00:00:00


Sometimes it’s good to talk

Interview: THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

2009-09-10 00:00:00


hey’re the biggest thing to hit indie-pop in years, with a slew of day-glo hits and a reputation for partying until they drop. Ahead of their Electric Picnic headline slot, MGMT discuss falling out with Nicolas Sarkozy, their new base in sun-dappled Malibu and their work-in-progress new album. words

Interview: BELL X1

2009-09-09 00:00:00


When we catch up with Bell X1 frontman Paul Noonan on a fine August afternoon, he’s bracing himself for a grueller of an autumn schedule that will begin with a handful of festival appearances – including an Electric Picnic set – and culminate in full-on month-long European and US tours. Reading dispatches from the band’s recent blogs, it’s apparent that the landscape of modern touring is far from Beat Generation romance and way closer to a Ballardian landscape of endless petrol stations, motorways and ferry docks.

Interview: Fountain Of Way

2009-09-08 00:00:00


He’s the PT Barnum of Rock, with Irish blood coursing through his veins and a penchant for encasing himself in translucent space bubbles. Ahead of THE FLAMING LIPS’ much-anticipated visit to Portlaoise, true believer Peter Murphy gets the gospel according to Wayne Coyne.

Album: No Baggage

2009-09-04 00:00:00


Former Cranberries woman gives us too much of a good thing

Interview: Pour Some Sugar On Me

2009-09-03 00:00:00


If you’re gonna be a one hit wonder, you might as well invent the dominant form of music for the ensuing decades. Released in 1979, The Sugarhill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’ was the first hip-hop single to go gold, putting the group on American Bandstand and Soul Train long before Grandmaster Flash and Run DMC.

Message: Smells Like Festival Spirit

2009-08-31 00:00:00


Think literary festivals are dreary and elitist? Think again

Interview: Ray of Light

2009-08-24 00:00:00


He's reputed to be one of the toughest interviewees in music. But RAY LAMONTAGNE is slowly learning to chill out and, if not embrace the limelight, then at least live with it...

Album: We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River

2009-08-24 00:00:00


I don’t care who you are, come up with an album title like that and you get a free pass.

Album: The First Days of Spring

2009-08-21 00:00:00


Exquisite miserablist minstrels come good second time around

Reports: It's The End Of The World As We Know It

2009-08-14 00:00:00


There are those who believe that the future of music as an art form is seriously under threat from the rise of music piracy. Where will it all end? The truth is that no one truly knows.

Message: Rant in D Minor: Protest and Survive

2009-08-14 00:00:00


The protest song is about to make a comeback – and not a moment too soon

Interview: Her Emm Is True

2009-08-10 00:00:00


Her fans include David Bowie, Bono and The Cardigans’ Nina Persson – and now she’s released possibly her finest record yet. EMM GRYNER talks about raising her game and steering clear of the ‘indie-folk’ vogue.

Album: Moonlight is X-Raying the Earth

2009-08-07 00:00:00


Blissful melancholia from dundalkian ivory tickler

Album: Moonlight is X-Raying the Earth

2009-08-04 00:00:00


Blissful Melancholia from Dundalkian Ivory Tickler

Live: Leonard Cohen live

2009-07-31 00:00:00


Cohen is received rapturously by a crowd of 10,000 at the 02

Reports: Rant In D Minor: I want candy

2009-07-29 00:00:00


The concept of infinite consumer choice isn’t without its drawbacks.

Interview: The Tweet Hereafter

2009-07-22 00:00:00


News: The Grizzly Details

2009-07-20 00:00:00


A recent Werner Herzog documentary gives much food for thought...

Album: Horehound

2009-07-20 00:00:00


All-star collective make unholy hot-and-sweaty psycho-blues racket.

Album: Wait For Me

2009-07-17 00:00:00


Electro boffin channels David Lynch on return to form new record

Album: Travelling By The Light

2009-07-16 00:00:00


Reports: The graduates: from the new band stage to world domination

2009-07-10 00:00:00


The superstars of today are inevitably the unknown newcomers of yesterday. In the final countdown to Oxegen 09, we trace the journey of two of the New Band Stage’s previous headliners, who have gone on to have glittering careers – and who feature at this year’s event.

Album: Preliminaries

2009-07-09 00:00:00


Ragged glories from punk's oddball

Interview: Flame academy

2009-07-08 00:00:00


She's the red-haired electro-pop debutante of the year. La Roux frontwoman Elly Jackson talks about her love of the 80s and tells us why Blur were the only decent rock band of the past 20 years.

Album: New Boots

2009-07-07 00:00:00


Shiver-inducing folk-pop from Irish newcomer

Reports: Rant In D Minor: Nothing short of dying half as lonesome as the sound

2009-07-06 00:00:00


There are many ways of keeping holy the Sabbath.

Interview: The boy in the bubble, the man in the mirror

2009-07-03 00:00:00


Not since the death of Elvis has the passing of a music legend so gripped the world. As fans and detractors alike struggle to come to grips with the sad, strange end of Michael Jackson we assess his legacy – as musician, celebrity and enduring icon and talk to some of the people who knew and understood him best.

Album: Archive Vol. 1

2009-07-01 00:00:00


Shakey’s long awaited archives box set

Reports: We salute you!

2009-06-19 00:00:00


Musicians give us eyewitness accounts of their encounters with AC/DC

Reports: It's a hard rock life

2009-06-19 00:00:00


To mark AC/DC's sell-out return to Ireland, Hot Press celebrates one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time – tracing their drama-packed early years and talking to some of the musicians they helped influence.

Reports: Rant in D Minor: We need to talk about Harry

2009-06-18 00:00:00


The National Gallery is one of Ireland's unheralded treasures – and with a new exhibition of Hans Christian Anderson illustrator Harry Clarke now being held, there's never been a better reason to visit.

Reports: Rant in D: In the name of the river

2009-06-08 00:00:00


Since men first emerged from the water, they have written psalms in praise of the river. Old Man River. The River of Jordan. The Rivers of Babylon. Moon River. Shenandoah...

Interview: All this futile Beauty

2009-05-08 00:00:00


Fourteen years after Richey Edwards disappeared without trace, THE MANIC STREET PREACHERS have summoned the courage to fashion an album from the lyrics he left behind.

Interview: Juxtaposed with you

2009-05-08 00:00:00


It’s hard to think of two artists less alike than MUNDY and LAURA IZIBOR. But they do have one thing in common: they’re Irish outsiders who have overcome challenging circumstances and, with new albums under their belts, are set to sweep all before them in 2009.

Interview: The Reinvention of Jerry Fish

2009-05-06 00:00:00


He’s the joker in the Irish music pack, a working class hero who has at once conquered and subverted the mainstream. For his first album in six years JERRY FISH and his MUDBUG CLUB have also roped in some top-tier collaborators including rockabilly queen Imelda May and Carol Keogh.

Album: Girls, Boys & Clockwork Toys

2009-04-27 00:00:00


Dublin Songstress comes of age with enchanting second album

Album: Goddess

2009-04-22 00:00:00


Criminally overlooked Canadian singer delivers another belter.

Interview: Homage To Enniscorthy

2009-04-22 00:00:00


Colm Toibin's most traditionalist work to date explores the immigrant experience in a simple, intimate style.

Interview: A wizard, a true star

2009-04-21 00:00:00


Guggi first emerged into the public eye as a member of the Virgin Prunes – the band that shared their early growth and development with U2. Having departed the Prunes fold, he turned his attention to art and has since become one of the country's most bankable painters.

Interview: Their dark materials

2009-04-21 00:00:00


Hotly-tipped electro newcomers Dark room notes talk about the hype, the first album jitters and slumming it in London.

Reports: Jeffrey and me

2009-04-21 00:00:00


It was fated to happen. The paths of arguably the English language’s two greatest living novelists have finally crossed.

Album: The Beautiful Untrue

2009-04-16 00:00:00


Black mambo jive talking from the piscean dubliner.

Interview: The Tangled Webs We Weave

2009-04-15 00:00:00


Tyrone-born author and poet Nick Laird talks about the genesis of his second novel, a drama of manners entitled Glover’s Mistake, and ruminates on his addiction to the internet – a habit that threatened to blight his burgeoning literary career.

Interview: Mother superior

2009-03-31 00:00:00


As her first ever solo greatest hits is released, Annie Lennox contemplates the ways in which parenthood has shaped her work – and explains why the past 15 years have passed in a flash.

Album: Easy come easy go

2009-03-30 00:00:00


Grand Old Dame Delivers Stunning Hal Willner-produced extravaganza

Album: Beware

2009-03-30 00:00:00


Dark things stir beneath the surface as alt.country figurehead Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy releases umpteenth solo record

Interview: Return of the noisemaker

2009-03-30 00:00:00


The angry young(ish) man of Irish preacher-punk is back, bleeding righteous indignation from every pore. Jinx Lennon tells us why it's time for a revolution.

Interview: Full metal beckett

2009-03-30 00:00:00


They can rock with the best of them but beneath the guitars-to-eleven mania, Belfast noise-poppers Therapy? have a lot of smart things to say. Their new album was even inspired by an famous playwright

Album: The virgins

2009-03-27 00:00:00


Slinky but less than earthshattering debut from buzzy manhattanites

Reports: Talk about the passion

2009-03-26 00:00:00


Why art isn’t just for fogies and elitists – it’s something everybody can enjoy.

Album: Scott Weiland - Happy In Galoshes

2009-03-25 00:00:00


STP singer on the solo comeback trail

Interview: Hot Cockpit Action

2009-03-24 00:00:00


It was inflight double entendres all round as Bell X1 donned cabin crew attire for a special Hot Press photoshoot. When not showing an unhealthy interest in women’s clothes and fancy Raybans, they talked about their chart-topping new album Blue Lights On The Runway, their imminent breakthrough in the US and freezing their arses off on The Late Show with Dave Letterman

Album: Beware

2009-03-19 00:00:00


Open letter to drag city

Interview: By fair means or howl

2009-03-18 00:00:00


Veteran post-rockers Mogwai have just released arguably their finest record yet. On a suitably overcast day in France, band leader Stuart Braithwaite talks about the influence of Glasgow on their work – and explains the part played by ‘nonsense art’ in their music

Reports: The misery cult

2009-03-16 00:00:00


After witnessing a sermon from a Catholic Archbishop, our columnist is decidedly unconvinced that the Church will be enjoying a renassiance any time soon.

Album: Harum Scarum

2009-03-05 00:00:00


Stellar mix of story-telling and ragged blues from former post-punksters

Album: A Man A Woman Walked By

2009-02-27 00:00:00


Torrid hook-up from Mercury winning goth Popstress and long-time collaborator.

Album: Waste/Gracelands

2009-02-27 00:00:00


The Rock and roll maverick bounces back with rich and subtle solo debut

Reports: The word made flesh

2009-02-27 00:00:00


Why even the best prose can make more sense when read aloud.

Interview: More songs about drinking and death

2009-02-24 00:00:00


Taking time out from his stag weekend, baroque retro-rocker The Mighty Stef talks about the influence of film on his writing, his enduring love for Nick Cave and his friendship with Shane MacGowan

Interview: Cherry and the tastemakers

2009-02-24 00:00:00


Graduates of the Manhattan avant-garde scene The Virgins join us from somewhere to the left of the middle of nowhere – that would be Madison, Wisconsin – to talk hype, art and modelling shoots.

Reports: Age before beauty

2009-02-24 00:00:00


In praise of codgers with a twinkle in their eye and a swagger in their walk.

Album: The fame

2009-02-03 00:00:00


Hot to trot chanteuse lives up to the buzz – but only just

Reports: Rant in D: The other end of the telescope

2009-02-03 00:00:00


In which the hunter becomes the hunted, the reviewer gets reviewed and the interviewer turns interviewee....

Interview: The Crying Game

2009-01-29 00:00:00


Three years since his Mercury-winning second album swept the world, ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS’ Antony Hegarty is going back to nature. His new record is both a requiem for a dying planet and a statement of hope for the future – one that draws deeply on his Irish-Catholic upbringing. Prepare to have your spine tingled all over again.

Interview: Fever pitch

2009-01-29 00:00:00


It sounds like a car-crash waiting to happen – a Southern California garage band channelling psychedelic Cambodian pop. In fact, DENGUE FEVER are one of the most beguiling new acts to pop up on the radar recently.

Album: Hill of Thieves

2009-01-27 00:00:00


Derry folkie blossoms

Album: The Crying Light

2009-01-27 00:00:00


Transexual crooner gets his eco-warrior on – with sometimes brain-frying results

Reports: The master

2008-12-16 00:00:00


He's the acknowledged elder statesman of Irish literature. But John Banville also has an intriguing parallel career as a writer of gumshoe potboilers. He talks about juggling personas - and about the dangers of dishing out bad reviews to other writers.

Reports: Christmas is cancelled

2008-12-11 00:00:00


You can take your "festive cheer" and shove it...

Interview: Mexican Stand Off

2008-12-11 00:00:00


From his holiday hideaway in southern France, the hairier half of Mexican-Irish guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela talks about the rigours of life on the road, busking on the mean streets of Dublin and the duo's growing heavy-metal following.

Album: The Informer

2008-12-09 00:00:00


A jolly Knees-up with the british telly impresario

Album: Chinese Democracy

2008-12-04 00:00:00


The album fifteen years in the making that sounds like a slick but robotic imitation of what it might have been long ago.

Album: Ruth is Stranger than Richard

2008-12-03 00:00:00


Eclectic arrangements and a simple, but effective, melody line are prevalent in these re-issues, reminding us of Robert Wyatt's unique skill.

Album: Live at the Olympia

2008-12-03 00:00:00


This sultry torch siren delivers a cracking live album with a hint of Corko-Parisian glam.

Message: Rant in D Minor: The Spooky Art

2008-12-01 00:00:00


What songs can tell us about the future- and about ourselves.

Interview: Haar Superstar

2008-11-24 00:00:00


Back in his native Fife, Scottish folk sensation James Yorkston chats about his childhood sojourns in West Cork and the debt his music owes to a sense of time and place.

Message: Rant in D Minor: No Country for Young Men?

2008-11-17 00:00:00


Contrary to the apparent assumptions of the publishing industry, it appears that some young males actually like to read books.

Interview: A Boy Called Johnny

2008-11-17 00:00:00


With a career-best new album under their belts, Razorlight's Johnny Borrell talks about bling, mid-career reinvention and Britain's battle with metrosexuality.

Album: Cardinology

2008-11-13 00:00:00


A thin line between revelation and revivalism, Adams and the Cardinals make an album worthy of high praises.

Interview: Fiddler on the hoof

2008-11-07 00:00:00


His plaintive violin playing will be familiar to fans of The Frames and Swell Season. Now Colm Mac Con Iomaire has finally gotten around to recording a solo album.

Album: Little Honey

2008-11-06 00:00:00


Lucinda Williams provides instruction for those who feel fucked around and fobbed off at 40-something.

Album: Tell Tale Signs- The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Rare and Unreleased Recordings

2008-11-04 00:00:00


The Bobfather’s more recent back pages yield a wealth of riches

Interview: We Want the Airwaves

2008-11-04 00:00:00


Sopranos star and E-Street Band lynchpin Steve Van Zandt is determined to give Irish radio a kick up the FM dial!

Reports: Rant in D Minor: A Night at the Opera

2008-10-29 00:00:00


A trip to Wexford yields both bemusement and unexpected pleasures- reminds us that great music doesn't begin or end with rock 'n' roll.

Interview: Blues is the healer

2008-10-23 00:00:00


She's never been one to pull her punches but even by her standards, Mary Coughlan's latest album is a rollercoaster. Here, she talks about a life of love, loss, pain and redemption.

Album: A Hundred Millions Sons

2008-10-22 00:00:00


Irish Rockers Still Going For The Emotional Jugular On Impressive Fifth Album

Album: Live In Japan

2008-10-22 00:00:00


Mexican duo tackle Metallica and Led Zeppelin on live album

Album: Eugene Mcguinness

2008-10-22 00:00:00


Domino debutante delivers eclectic selection

Reports: Rant in D: Rock 'n' roll's dead poets society

2008-10-09 00:00:00


Unable to deviate from their set lists, 99% of bands now play the same show night after night. They get bored and jaded; so do their audiences. How did this horrible situation evolve?

Album: Don't Do Anything

2008-09-22 00:00:00


Phillips’ vocal style is of the quietly devastated Erin Moran/Aimee Mann school, backlit by Bacharach-and-Wilson-ish arrangements on ‘Another Song’, ‘Little Plastic Life’ and ‘Flower Up’.

Interview: Johnny come lately

2008-09-17 00:00:00


He was a struggling author until a book he wrote for children became an adult sensation. John Boyne talks about The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.

Album: Meet Glen Campbell

2008-09-17 00:00:00


Meet Glen Campbell is a masterclass in how to make a song your own. The man knows it too: dig the sleeve’s Ezekiel quotation: “Sing to the lord and make music in your heart to him.”

Reports: Rant in D Minor: Shrink Rap

2008-09-12 00:00:00


Does therapy really hold the answer to our emotional needs? Or does it tacitly encourage us to give voice to our worst instincts?

Album: The Hare's Corner

2008-09-09 00:00:00


Mac Con Iomaire may have started out as part of the Kila collective, but his range runs well beyond the Celtic pastoral and into the post-rock, the ambient and the neo-classical.

Album: When The Haar Rolls In

2008-09-08 00:00:00


James Yorkston is the quintessential Domino act, somewhere between David Kitt and (of course) Nick Drake.

Interview: One irish rover

2008-09-05 00:00:00


Irish music lost a folk giant, with the passing of Ronnie Drew. We pay tribute to the man and speak to some of the musicians who knew him best.

Reports: Wire Service

2008-09-04 00:00:00


Wire obsessives be warned - the show's executive producer and writer David Simon is coming to town for a special screening.

Message: Rant in D Minor: Middle Aged Dread

2008-09-03 00:00:00


Some men go crazy and buy a porsche; other turn to booze to dull the pain. But whatever your response, one things for sure: few of us are immune to the midlife crisis.

Album: Sea Sew

2008-09-03 00:00:00


Damien Rice's former collaborator flourishes on solo debut.

Message: Rant in D Minor: The ties that bind

2008-08-25 00:00:00


A tragic death can make the past come alive in a hundred surprising ways.

Interview: Wolff Parade

2008-08-11 00:00:00


He's mentored some of American literature's most storied practitioners but, in his own right, Tobias Wolff is renowned as a master of the short story.

Album: Seeing Things

2008-08-05 00:00:00


Jakob Dylan's debut effort, Seeing Things, is a bare bones acoustic record showcasing the talent of the son of Bob.

Message: Rant in D minor: The age of spiritual machines

2008-08-01 00:00:00


The thematic thrust of Wall-E places the film in the company of such sci-fi classics as The Matrix and Blade Runner.

Album: Forth

2008-07-31 00:00:00


Men out of time, The Verve were a neo-psychedelic jam-rock outfit who got fortuitously swept up in the Britpop boom and stumbled upon a timely form of Big Music.

Album: Volume One

2008-07-28 00:00:00


Songs like ‘Sentimental Heart’, a concerto for piano, strings and Pet Sounds haberdashery, suggest this pair are as natural a songwriting team as Karen and Richard.

Interview: Dandies in the underworld

2008-07-11 00:00:00


They're hardly typical festival fare, but Interpol know how to leave an impression. Sam Fogarino talks drugs, on the road insanity and being huge in Ireland and Mexico.

Album: Primal Scream

2008-07-18 00:00:00


LARGELY ROCK PARODY-FREE OUTING FROM SOMETIMES ART NOISE INNOVATORS

Album: Like A Fire

2008-07-14 00:00:00


Soul survivior gets a respray

Album: Modern Guilt

2008-07-14 00:00:00


Gen X wonderboy gets sucked a little further up his own orifice

Message: Rant in D Minor: Hail Saint Huck

2008-07-07 00:00:00


...Or why the wonderful Huck Finn is the classic that should be on everybody's bookshelf.

Album: All Or Nothing

2008-06-26 00:00:00


Triumphant sophomore offering from butch Vig-produced punk-pop outfit

Interview: Special EXTENDED web version: The Fine Art Of Surfing

2008-06-26 00:00:00


With his surfing fable Breath, virtuoso Australian writer Tim Winton has delivered one of the novels of the year.

Interview: Tradical Chic

2008-06-25 00:00:00


Damien Dempsey's adoration for traditional Irish balladry has inspired the Bard of Donaghmede to record his most powerful album yet.

Message: Their dark materials

2008-06-20 00:00:00


An insane plan is currently afoot to impose age-banding on books. This preposterous scheme must be opposed by anyone who's ever loved reading.

Album: Flavors Of Entanglement

2008-06-16 00:00:00


Canadian firebrand loses her spark

Interview: Get Laid, Not AIDS

2008-06-12 00:00:00


Epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani's thought-provoking new tome examines the decreasing fear of AIDS in the contexts of recent medical advances.

Album: Lie Down In The Light

2008-06-11 00:00:00


Will Oldham gets back to the country

Message: Rant in D Minor: Righteous Wrath

2008-06-06 00:00:00


Steinbeck's monumental Depression-era document of disaffection has lost none of its relevance.

Interview: New Dawn Hayes

2008-06-06 00:00:00


As Gemma Hayes steps back into the fray with her long-awaited third album, Hot Press arranges for her to have a tete-a-tete with long-time collaborator Dave Odlum.

Album: Viva La Vida

2008-06-06 00:00:00


Chris Martin and co. return with another album guaranteed to rock arenas across the world

Album: Home Before Dark

2008-05-29 00:00:00


Pass the hankies. When Neil Diamond plays it down instead of adorning his songs with big band finery, it fair inspires a lump in the throat.

Album: Sunday at Devil Dirt

2008-05-26 00:00:00


Scottish chanteuse and gnarled grunge veteran deliver sterling follow-up to acclaimed debut.

Message: Rant in D Minor: Your word is your bond-or it should be

2008-05-23 00:00:00


In theory. But making good your promises isn't always as easy as it might seem. Plus: reflections on success not as a function of what you gain but what you lose.

Album: Here Is What Is

2008-05-21 00:00:00


Uber-producer makes sublime soundtrack to documentary film

Album: Anywhere I Lay My Head

2008-05-19 00:00:00


Nouveau synth-pop and shoegazer drones mightn’t seem like the wisest bedding for Tom Waits’s compositions, but Scarlett and Sitek know exactly what they’re doing.

Interview: New adventures in hi-fi

2008-05-17 00:00:00


Producer and musician Daniel Lanois talks about turning his latest album into a film, cutting out the middleman to distribute his own music, and why he's fascinated by Michael Jackson's feet.

Reports: Naked city

2008-05-09 00:00:00


Peter Murphy salutes Ireland-bound New York artist Spencer Tunick, who specialises in photographing nude bodies en masse.

Album: Hard Candy

2008-05-08 00:00:00


Hard Candy sounds bloody expensive, but has precious little to declare except an infatuation with its own reflection in a nightclub mirror.

Interview: More Bangor For Your Book

2008-05-01 00:00:00


Best-selling author Colin Bateman has just published his 21st book, which is being hailed by critics as a cracker. He talks to Hot Press about cutting his teeth as a writer in Northern Ireland

Reports: School Of Hard Rocks

2008-04-28 00:00:00


Hard rock has taken on many forms, but if it's loud enough to annoy the neighbours, it should be categorised as good old-fashioned metal. Peter Murphy guides you through our choice of the Top 30 metal albums of all time.

Reports: Rant in D Minor: Detroit Dispatches

2008-04-28 00:00:00


In which Murph goes to Motown - where he discovers a vibrant arts scene, defiantly thriving in the cracks, despite at the neglect of the Motor City authorities....

Interview: Ready Steady Kooks

2008-04-22 00:00:00


The Kooks' first album was a million-selling sensation. As they unleash the long-awaited sequel, frontman Luke Pritchard talks about the death of his father, his feud with television presenter Simon Amstell and much more...

Reports: Rant in D Minor: The walk of life

2008-04-11 00:00:00


When arsehole drivers attempt to run you down at the traffic lights, you know that civilization is falling apart!

Frontlines: Rant in D Minor: Nothing to declare

2008-04-01 00:00:00


Beware those guilty of moral turpitude, US Immigration know who you are.

Interview: Old Nick and me

2008-03-27 00:00:00


Since he shot the video for The Birthday Party's ‘Nick The Stripper’ back in 1981, director John Hillcoat has been a constant Nick Cave collaborator.

Interview: Resurrection man

2008-04-09 00:00:00


At the ripe old age of 50, when most of his peers are floundering in the doldrums, Nick Cave has hit a purple patch with Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, his most commercially successful and critically acclaimed album to date.

Interview: (Not) the true history of the Kelly Gang

2008-03-31 00:00:00


Debutante author Julia Kelly is the daughter of the late attorney general John Kelly, and the sister of singer-songwriter Nick, but her coming of age novel is far more than thinly-veiled memoir.

Interview: The life and crimes of an artful dodger

2008-03-26 00:00:00


He was a life-long professional fraudster with a criminal record traversing several timezones. Now Elliot Castro has penned a gripping memoir about his, er, exploits.

Interview: Once upon a time in America

2008-03-25 00:00:00


In an exclusive interview, Once stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova talk about the love affair that sneaked up on them, recall their Oscar-winning adventures, give us the inside track on the movie's remarkable success and explain what it's like to hang out with the Coen brothers for an evening.

Message: Rant In D Minor: Too much information

2008-03-14 00:00:00


Thanks to the internet, we can now follow - and comment on - our favourite musician's every move. But is the loss of mystery a good thing?

Interview: How soon is now?

2008-03-12 00:00:00


In Dublin to promote his latest book, Smiths-loving author Douglas Coupland explains why the Apocalypse keeps raising its seven-headed head in his avowedly modernist novels.

Message: Rant In D Minor: Barack 'N' Roll

2008-02-29 00:00:00


With his undeniable flair for oratory, Senator Obama might just be blazing a trail all the way to the White House. Should we dare to hope?

Album: No Promises

2008-02-25 00:00:00


"Yep, there’s more to Carla Bruni than lingerie shoots and French presidents."

Interview: Meat To The Beat

2008-02-25 00:00:00


Never mind their odd name, Ham Sandwich might just be the most exciting new Irish rock band of the year.

Interview: Return of the renaissance man

2008-02-21 00:00:00


Tom Baxter's second album, Skybound, has just topped the Irish album chart. But it was a record that only got made after Baxter personally financed the sessions with his other talent of figurative art painting.

News: Dawn of the dead

2008-02-21 00:00:00


Don't be fooled by the morbid name. Limerick's We Should Be Dead are pop virtuosos of the first order.

Message: Rant In D Minor: Rage Against The Machines

2008-02-15 00:00:00


How rampant over-production is killing modern music. It's time for musicians to go back to their roots.

Reports: Drugs in the arts – narcotic reactions

2008-02-12 00:00:00


The relationship between drugs and creativity has always been a hotly debated subject. But narcotic indulgence has proven to be the downfall of many a gifted artist.

Interview: Manc Generation

2008-02-06 00:00:00


The latest group to benefit from the tutelage of legendary producer Stephen Street, attitudinal Mancunian rockers The Courteeners are one of hottest newcomers on the UK indie scene.

Live: Steve Earle at Vicar St., Dublin

2008-01-31 00:00:00


It was a night of songs about drugs, guns, murder and love, rendered on acoustic, national steel guitar, decks, mandolin, and “the kind of banjo that scares the sheep in Donegal.”

Album: Seventh Tree

2008-01-31 00:00:00


"A warm pleasure dome pitched up in the middle of January, Seventh Tree is, in fact, the real soundtrack to My Summer Of Love."

Frontlines: Combat Rock

2008-01-25 00:00:00


Former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins gives his unique insight into the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

Interview: My War: Henry Rollins

2008-01-17 00:00:00


Read Peter Murphy's full, unabridged interview with Henry Rollins, exclusive to Hotpress.com

Interview: Series of dreams

2007-12-19 00:00:00


West Country girl Polly Harvey continues to protect her art with all her heart.

Album: Music From The Motion Picture The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

2007-12-11 00:00:00


Yep, you wait years for a Nick Cave/Warren Ellis nouveau western soundtrack and then two come along at once.

Interview: Poetic champion, composed

2007-12-10 00:00:00


Michael Ondaatje wrote The English Patient, and is regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language – but his latest tome, Divisadero, has confounded and impressed critics in equal measure.

Interview: Divine Comedian

2007-11-19 00:00:00


Robert Wyatt has signed up to the indie rock label that gave the world Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand. Will it prove a heavenly marriage?

Album: Blackout

2007-11-16 00:00:00


For all the state-of-the-art urban production, there’s something distinctly unsavoury about Blackout. And yet, the truly bizarre thing is, the music is top notch.

Album: Widow City

2007-11-08 00:00:00


Widow City is wordy, nerdy, and throws in everything but the hurdy-gurdy.

Interview: Wood on the tracks

2007-11-05 00:00:00


Ronnie Wood reveals that his autobiography, a rather entertaining account of his hair-raising life as the 'new boy' in the Stones, was a toil of love to write.

Interview: State of independence

2007-11-02 00:00:00


A fresh generation of bands is tearing up the rule book and redefining what it means to be Irish. To celebrate this new wave of talent, we catch up with the best of them.

Live: The Arcade Fire at the Phoenix Park Big Top

2007-11-01 00:00:00


No rabble-rousing rock panto pandering, no gratuitous guitar solos or simplistic speechifying, just towering songs garnished with soaring melodies and counter-melodies.

Album: Change

2007-10-23 00:00:00


Innocence lost is the music’s gain: this process of maturation grants the trio license to add a crucial new element to their emotional range: regret.

Interview: Cale Force Wind

2007-10-22 00:00:00


To mark the 20th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s death, Velvet Underground legend John Cale is playing a commemorative concert in the IMMA.

Interview: Boys Keep Swingin'

2007-10-19 00:00:00


The Pet Shop Boys’ Dublin show this Hallowe’en promises to be an extravagant theatrical event with typical pet sounds.

Album: Overpowered

2007-10-19 00:00:00


Overpowered is a silvery mirrorball of a record that perfectly illuminates the neon heart of Saturday night.

Album: Liars

2007-10-16 00:00:00


Too cool for school? Maybe. But if Liars aren’t anybody’s idea of easy listening, by gum, they’re never dull, and for that, we salute them.

Interview: Life, death and rock 'n' Grohl

2007-10-10 00:00:00


Dave Grohl looks back on 20 years of playing music and talks about the birth of his daughter, the trapped Beaconsfield Miners and why Neil Young is his hero.

Interview: Her Amy Is True

2007-10-10 00:00:00


She’s the latest Scottish singer-songwriter sensation. But Amy MacDonald is very much her own woman.

Album: Washington Square Serenade

2007-09-26 00:00:00


Washington Square Serenade is another substantial chapter in what looks like becoming an epic songbook.

Album: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

2007-09-26 00:00:00


Foo Fighters’ sixth studio album is a transitional rather than definitive piece of work, but one that sees them growing older with 'patience and grace'.

Frontlines: The Book Of David

2007-09-24 00:00:00


David Thewlis has carved out a reputation as a distinguished character actor, but he’s now also proved himself a serious writer.

Album: Spoons

2007-09-18 00:00:00


Bird’s tunes pivot on crack musicianship, complicated time signatures and melodies that borrow from muso folk and jazz styles.

Album: Kill Your Darlings

2007-09-12 00:00:00


No doubt about it, this fellow knows exactly what he’s doing. Kill Your Darlings is an impressive and auspicious debut.

Frontlines: Power corrupts? Absolutely

2007-09-11 00:00:00


David Baldacci‘s unsavoury contacts within the vast American military-industrial complex have lent authenticity to his tangled tales of insider dealings in the corridors of power

Album: Big Bad Beautiful World

2007-09-10 00:00:00


The listener intuitively gets the thrust of what O'Rourke is saying, but feels unmoved by the fuzzy manner in which he says it.

Interview: She's the boss

2007-09-07 00:00:00


Spouse of a certain Mr. Springsteen, Patti Scialfa is a major talent in her own right, as her third solo album amply demonstrates.

Interview: Bird on a wire

2007-08-20 00:00:00


How Wallis Bird has managed to mantain full artistic control, and have a ball while doing so.

Frontlines: Band of gypsies

2007-08-17 00:00:00


Award-winning Kiwi journalist Garth Cartwright has produced a vivid insight into Romany musical history and culture.

Interview: Trading places

2007-08-16 00:00:00


It sounds like an existential talking point. What would happen if folk mavericks Kíla and sunshine boys The Thrills remixed each other’s work?

Interview: Blue Valentine

2007-07-30 00:00:00


Every now and then a record emerges that announces the arrival of a major new talent. So it is with Anjani and her remarkable collaboration with Leonard Cohen, Blue Alert.

Interview: Return of the hardcore troubadour

2007-07-27 00:00:00


Steve Earle is known for his passionate political views. But never mind standing firm in the face of conservative America. The hardest thing he ever did was follow Christy Moore onstage.

Live: Daniel Johnston at Vicar St., Dublin

2007-07-26 00:00:00


Gen X race memory and The Devil And Daniel Johnston have ensured a full house at Vicar St, and in the foyer ‘Hi, How Are You?’ frog t-shirts are doing a brisk business in black and white.

Frontlines: Instant Karma's going to get you

2007-07-24 00:00:00


A breathtaking variety of acts have come together - as Lennon might have put it - to focus attention on the ongoing genocide in Darfur, under the auspices of Amnesty International.

Interview: The lady vanishes

2007-07-19 00:00:00


Making her solo debut, Andrea Corr has set about re-casting herself as a vampish singer with a taste for dark beats and sultry wordplay. In a forthright interview, she talks about her unexpected re-invention.

Live: REM live at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin

2007-07-18 00:00:00


If REM apply the same print-and-be-damned attitude to the recording of these songs as they did to their live unveiling, they might produce their most vibrant record in years.

Interview: Losing my religion

2007-07-02 00:00:00


Journalist, essayist, atheist, author and, above all, agent provocateur, Christopher Hitchens has not shied away from controversy over the last 30 years. But in his new book, the writer takes on his biggest adversary to date – God.

Interview: Close to The Edge

2007-06-26 00:00:00


30th Anniversary Retrospective: In a special interview, The Edge reminisces about the early days of Hotpress, explains Bill Graham’s role in U2’s development, and comes clean about what the band have been up to recently in Morocco.

Reports: Thirty years of solitude - Irish writing since 1977

2007-06-25 00:00:00


30th Anniversary Retrospective: Looking back at 30 years of Irish literature, best-selling author Joe O’Connor reflects that things have never been better.

Album: Ten Feet High

2007-06-22 00:00:00


Ten Feet High is surprisingly playful, but in a serious way. For the most part, Corr and producer Nellee Hooper have fashioned a hybrid of high street pulses, airy melodies and acoustic chamber pop.

Interview: Things that go thump in the white

2007-06-07 00:00:00


As The White Stripes prepare to unleash another work of scuzz-bucket genius, frontman Jack White talks about his Catholic upbringing and explains why, as a teenager in blue collar Detroit, he fell hopelessly in love with the blues.

Interview: Tales of ordinary madness

2007-06-05 00:00:00


In Jon Ronson’s new collection of his newspaper columns, this most provocative of commentators turns the spotlight on his own life and family, where things are not quite as normal as you might think.

Interview: Bring the noisemaker

2007-05-30 00:00:00


Jinx Lennon is a true original, a rock'n'roll outsider whose music throbs to the pulse of rural Ireland. Here he talks about attending cocktail parties with David Norris and explains why Dundalk just might be the strangest town in Ireland.

Album: Era Vulgaris

2007-05-21 00:00:00


On Era Vulgaris, Josh Homme's lot manage to pull off the neat trick of sounding like no one else while tweaking their sound considerably.

Reports: TV tube heart

2007-05-18 00:00:00


Summer TV was once a wasteland. Nowadays, though, the sunniest months of the year are spilling over with great viewing.

Album: Americal Doll Posse

2007-05-14 00:00:00


American Doll Posse is Tori Amos's most ambitious role-playing exercise to date. She’s stepped outside the comfort zone of her Bösendorfer piano and seen to it that the boys and girls in the band earn their pay.

Album: Fantastic Playroom

2007-05-09 00:00:00


Fantastic Playroom sounds exactly like it sounds: often cute, occasionally lurid, always novel, a record with one eye on the alt-style supplements, the other on the charts.

Interview: The election manicfesto

2007-05-08 00:00:00


Returning from an extended hiatus, Manic Street Preachers are in stridently upbeat form. In a revealing interview, they reflect on their enduring cultural imprint and talk about long lost Manic Richey Edwards.

Interview: King of the Hill

2007-05-02 00:00:00


As the son of horror writer Stephen King, Joe Hill has a great deal to live up to. Far from being over-shadowed by his father, however, Hill has crafted a chilling and original debut novel.

Album: Twelve

2007-04-30 00:00:00


Patti Smith has more than proved her writing credentials, but she always doubled as a superlative interpretive singer too.

Interview: Ennui and ivory

2007-04-25 00:00:00


He’s best known for his collaborations with Nick Cave but Conway Savage is a lone wolf piano-man worth celebrating in his own right.

Interview: Blaze of heaven

2007-04-13 00:00:00


They love Ireland and Ireland loves them. As the Arcade Fire ramp up for world domination, the band talk about love, death, war and making music in churches.

Album: A Tribute To Joni Mitchell

2007-04-11 00:00:00


A Tribute To should’ve been a godsend: a selection of Joni’s finest tunes, sung by a host of special guests. The reality, as one might guess from the diversity of the line-up, is a rather uneven record.

Album: Voila

2007-04-06 00:00:00


So then: a Francophile Belinda Carlisle album featuring Brian Eno, Sharon Shannon and Fiachna O Braonain on songs written and/or popularised by Piaf, Brel, Gainsbourg and Hardy. I swear, I haven’t been at the brown acid.

Album: Brett Anderson

2007-03-29 00:00:00


Ian Brown, Richard Ashcroft and now Brett Anderson; these guys seem doomed to roam the fringes of indie consciousness, forever questioned about halcyon days by cub reporters shiny-eyed with retro visions.

Album: Introducing Joss Stone

2007-03-16 00:00:00


For what it’s worth, this writer was never convinced by Joss Stone. Folk eulogised about old soul in a young body, but I always thought she was playing dress-up, in R&B clothes that didn’t fit yet.

Interview: Charlotte's web

2007-03-15 00:00:00


Peter Murphy catches up with former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley to talk about 'crazy woman's music', writing songs and collaborating with XTC's Andy Partridge.

Album: Live Circus / Live At Massey Hall

2007-03-12 00:00:00


Two hawkish old rogue males weighing in with live dispatches, each a mirror image of the other.

Interview: Weird science: the song remains the thing

2007-03-12 00:00:00


What makes the perfect song? It’s a question nobody can really answer. One thing is certain, however: you always know a great song when you hear one.

Interview: The Man Behind The Wire

2007-03-06 00:00:00


He found fame in Queer As Folk and is currently to be seen in the acclaimed US crime drama The Wire. Now Aidan Gillen is burning up the Irish stage in an acclaimed new production of a David Mamet classic.

Interview: Ghost in the machine

2007-02-28 00:00:00


Eerie, ethereal, zither-tastic – it can only be Dublin laptop pioneer Si Schroeder.

Interview: First among sequels

2007-02-23 00:00:00


Pressure? What pressure? Kaiser Chiefs are back with a new record that makes nonsense of all that difficult second album stuff.

Interview: Come and have a go if you think you're bard enough

2007-02-21 00:00:00


Gavin Friday’s been a Virgin Prune and a glam cabaret torch singer, he’s done Brecht and Weill, and most recently stole the show at Hal Willner’s Leonard Cohen tribute concert Came So Far For Beauty.

Album: Thirteen Cities

2007-02-21 00:00:00


What Richmond Fontaine have in common with Jim White is an ability to contrast traditional songcraft and bar band chops with near ambient sounds.

Album: Make Another World

2007-02-16 00:00:00


This is the sixth album from Idlewild, if we’re counting their debut mini-LP Captain, and it marks a partial retreat to the noisier sonic terrain they covered on earlier records.

Interview: Writer's bloc

2007-02-02 00:00:00


Recorded in the bucolic splendour of County Westmeath, Bloc Party's second album is a labyrinthine concept album about urban living. Better to take a risk, says frontman Kelé Okereke, than to repeat yourself .

Interview: Hot Press Readers’ Poll 2006

2007-01-31 00:00:00


The wait is over as we present the Hot Press Readers' Poll results for 2006.

Interview: Portrait of the young man as an artist

2007-01-30 00:00:00


One of Ireland’s leading young painters, Rasher has had his work collected by Colin Farrell, Louis Walsh and Ali Hewson, and has also contributed a cover image to the new edition of Declan Lynch's The Rooms.

Interview: The best graze of their lives

2007-01-25 00:00:00


The Beach Boys, Beatles and – whisper it – Fleetwood Mac are all on the menu as Sunderland’s Field Music give emo, New Rave and whatever else is 'in' this week the cold shoulder.

Interview: Dig the new breed

2007-01-23 00:00:00


From piano-plonking crooners to nihilistic electro-pop duos, the UK and US are bursting at the seams with fresh talent in 2007. Could there be a new Arctic Monkeys out there somewhere?

Comedy: Mocking their socks off

2007-01-08 00:00:00


In previous years Dara O'Briain’s public persona seemed to pendulum-swing from TV personality and game show host to stand-up guy – but with the release of his Live At The Theatre Royal DVD, the former UCD man’s comedy ship has well and truly come in.

Reports: Books of the year, 2006

2007-01-03 00:00:00


Annual article: From the strange to the mundane, from poetic champions to pornographic novels, from maverick auteurs to great lost crime novels: it was a hell of a year to be a reader.

Interview: Dance McCabre

2006-12-15 00:00:00


The godfather of the modern Irish gothic tradition, Patrick McCabe, has released what critics are hailing as his darkest, and arguably finest, novel yet, Winterwood.

Interview: The man from Atlantean

2006-12-12 00:00:00


Gareth Murphy’s Atlantean project takes Irish music on a journey of depth and discovery that sees it flirt with Arabic, Spanish and Indian stylings, Jah Wobble and Eno, all under the influence of maverick filmmaker Bob Quinn.

Live: Bruce Springsteen and the Seger Sessions Band live at The Point, Dublin

2006-12-01 00:00:00


You know you’ve been to a bloody good Bruce gig when he can omit ‘Born To Run’ or ‘Thunder Road’ and nobody notices. Most of these young whippersnapper acts regard touring as a PR chore. Bruce, on the other hand, treats his job like a vocation.

Album: Those The Brokes

2006-11-24 00:00:00


An accomplished but uncontroversial second album that sticks rigidly to the template established by its predecessor. Not that adhering to form and formula is necessarily a bad thing. Shakespeare did it. So did Chuck Berry.

Album: Orphans - Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards

2006-11-23 00:00:00


Tom Waits's new album is a sprawling, all-encompassing collection of politics, history and cultural tidbits. Brilliant.

Interview: Fortune favours the cold

2006-11-15 00:00:00


It wasn't too long ago that The Blizzards were unknown outside of their native Mullingar. Now they've three top 10 Irish singles to their credit and an album, A Public Display Of Affection, that has the potential to explode internationally.

Album: Jarvis

2006-11-14 00:00:00


Ring them bells: Jarvis is a stunning return.

Interview: Sittin' on the dock of the Bray

2006-11-03 00:00:00


Back from exile in Brighton, Fionn Regan is making major waves with his filmic observations on life in a seaside town. Peter Murphy joins him for a promenade down memory lane, and suggests that he might just be the Wicklow Dylan.

Live: Utterly Gutterly

2006-11-02 00:00:00


It was the kind of gig where half the fans were in bands...

Interview: The 9th life of Damien Rice

2006-10-27 00:00:00


It's been over four intriguing years since Damien Rice's extraordinary debut album O was launched. That record went on to become a huge underground international hit, selling in excess of 2 million copies. Now his long-awaited follow-up – the similarly simply titled 9 – is finally ready to hit the shops. So how did Rice so successfully capture the collective imagination? And will the latest instalment in the Rice musical biography propel him to even greater heights? Hot Press talks exclusively to some of the key players in his remarkable rise and rise.

Album: Sam's Town

2006-10-16 00:00:00


Sam’s Town suggests that the newly face-fuzzed Brandon Flowers has contracted a serious dose of Bruce-llosis (a quick scan of the album’s titles yields a number of Boss buzzwords: “river”, “town”, “Jonny”, “wild”). No bad thing necessarily, but any rock band without the E-Streeters’ skill or Springsteen’s Steinbeckian grasp of American history should beware of straying across the wrong side of the New Jersey tracks and ending up in Bon Jovi-ville.

Interview: Kelly's villans

2006-10-16 00:00:00


When the decision to dump Rattlebag and Mystery Train from the RTE Radio 1 schedule was taken, accusations of dumbing down were rife. So is there scope for arts and music programmes with a bit of depth in Montrose? John Kelly insists that there should be.

Album: Goodbye From The Electric Penguins

2006-10-11 00:00:00


Viewed in widescreen, Goodbye To The Electric Penguins is a triumph of sound over songcraft. The ensemble’s debut album is, as you might expect, an inventive and accomplished adventure in not-so-modern recording.

Album: Sam's Town

2006-10-05 00:00:00


Sam’s Town consistently grandstands to the bleachers, makes cheap plays for the listener’s emotions and foolhardily flaunts with the conventions of good taste. Just like a great rock ‘n’ roll record should.

Album: Simple Kid 2

2006-10-02 00:00:00


Ay yes, the return of the Dylan-haired, Oxfam-attired wonderkid from the Kingdom.

Album: The Victorian English Gentlemen's Club

2006-09-19 00:00:00


Fractious post-punk is the order of the day: bits of Slits, a soupçon of Pop Group, shards of Birthday Party, screeds of Breeders, shreds of Dead Kennedys, the odd surf riff pilfered from early B52s by way of Poison Ivy or John Doe, all rendered Anglocentric via a quirky lyrical sensibility (tales of rotgut shut-ins and Valleylands paranoia and Asperger’s syndrome savants).

Album: B'Day

2006-09-19 00:00:00


It gives your reviewer great pleasure to report that on this album the singer has quite literally cut the crap and created a vibrant and inventive urban variation on an old school R&B set (that’s R&B as in rhythm in the beats and blues in the voice rather than rhinestones and baubles).

Album: Rogue's Gallery - Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys

2006-09-13 00:00:00


Rogues Gallery, can be roughly – if fancifully – described as a Hallowe’en masqued ball staged on a decrepit ghost galleon. Featuring a cast of hundreds arrayed over two albums and 43 tunes, it’s an unruly assembly whose various belchings, bilgings and bemoanings lurch in tone and timbre from the bawdy to the doleful.

Interview: Carry on on campus

2006-09-08 00:00:00


Attending the infamously repressed St Peter’s College in Wexford gave a young Colm Tóibín an insight into ‘70s Ireland’s twisted attitudes to sexuality.

Album: Back To Basics

2006-09-06 00:00:00


Burn those leather chaps, chaps. X-Tina wants to be PG-Tina, and that means no mo’ dressing like no skanky ho’. Except the Aguilerean definition of ‘demure’ means that when she uncrosses her legs now, you can only see all the way to Wisconsin instead of Nebraska.

Interview: Choo dares wins

2006-08-15 00:00:00


Travelling by first class train between Wales and London James Dean Bradfield did a surprising thing: he started working on his first solo album. The resulting record taps the Manic Street Preacher’s growing affection for his roots in the valleys.

Album: Paris

2006-08-11 00:00:00


Paris Hilton's venture into pop music could be worse. Which is to say, it won't lead to anyone's death. We hope not anyway.

Interview: Author as celebrity

2006-08-03 00:00:00


Overnight success was a long time coming for American novelist Lionel Shriver, whose breakthrough book, We Need To Talk About Kevin was her seventh novel. Here she talks about a life-time of struggle, unsympathetic women, her blistering tennis novel Double Fault – and how she is coping with the pressures of sudden literary fame.

Interview: Germanic street preacher

2006-07-31 00:00:00


Gavin Friday tells us about his new project, his love of all things German, and how Fritz Lang gets him hot under the collar.

Album: One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This

2006-07-28 00:00:00


One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This is a proud, unbowed and beautifully dignified return to the fray. I’m still pinching myself.

Album: Taking The Long Way

2006-07-25 00:00:00


Taking The Long Way is the kind of record you could slot between Lucinda and Emmylou at any Nashville Babylon hootenanny without anyone batting an eyelid. Listen without prejudice.

Album: Who Are These People?

2006-07-18 00:00:00


Who Are These People? is an expertly produced record that oozes high street style, a masterclass in how the home recording and digital editing set-up can easily replicate and/or sync with big budget deck-of-the-Starship-Enterprise technology.

Interview: The Producer

2006-07-17 00:00:00


He was a midwife to grunge and has worked with artists as diverse as Marilyn Manson, Hole and Ozzy Osbourne. Far from being a studio boffin, though, Michael Beinhorn believes modern music is too often reliant on technology.

Frontlines: Into the heart of darkness

2006-07-14 00:00:00


His experiences during the Rwandan genocide inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda. Now Paul Rusesabagina is telling his own story.

Interview: Rebirth of a ladies' man

2006-07-12 00:00:00


The late lamented Tindersticks may not be around anymore, but the band’s singer and songwriter Stuart A. Staples still knows how to turn a masterful tune.

Interview: Nashville communication

2006-06-22 00:00:00


When indie godhead Frank Black hooked up with several veterans of the Nashville session scene the results were thrillingly different to his work with The Pixies

Interview: Spiritus Mundy

2006-06-12 00:00:00


His career was almost over before it began. But hard work - and a surprise hit - have turned Edmund 'Mundy' Enright into one of Ireland's most widely adored stars. Here he reflects on some of the high points of what has been an amazing journey, during the course of which he has rubbed shoulders with some of the greats.

Interview: The grime of their lives

2006-06-08 00:00:00


From the ashes of The Libertines comes Dirty Pretty Things, Carl Barat's new band. But can Pete Doherty's old sparring partner escape the legacy of his old group?

Album: Please Leave Quietly

2006-05-26 00:00:00


Too many live albums are about the stuff that didn’t actually get captured on tape: the ritual, the lights, the t-shirt, the bog roll, the bar tab. Please Leave Quietly is about music, sufficient unto itself.

Album: Stadium Arcadium

2006-05-24 00:00:00


The record, a double album, doesn’t always live up to the sum of the parts. Like the Stones, U2 and REM, the Chilis can often seem like victims of their own longevity and familiarity. The best songs on this collection are inevitably the ones where they venture out of their own comfort zone.

Interview: Gaul that you can't leave behind

2006-05-17 00:00:00


With a cracking new solo album on the shelves and a move to Paris on the cards, things are starting to happen for former Jubilee Allstars frontman Barry McCormack.

Interview: All the way from Reno

2006-05-17 00:00:00


Motels, a hit and run accident and a whole lot of depressed drinking. Welcome to the downbeat demi-monde of debutante novelist Willy Vlautin.

Album: Waterloo To Anywhere

2006-05-11 00:00:00


Discuss: The Libertines – one of the most exciting personality clashes since Mick & Keef/Strummer & Jones/Morrissey & Marr, or Jam-my dodgers in matching emperor’s new Sgt. Pepper suits who struck lucky with a couple of decent tunes? Aw, who cares.

Interview: Ice cold Alex

2006-04-25 00:00:00


Alex Barclay used to write about fashion and beauty products. Now she’s a best-selling crime author with a lucrative book deal. What sets her apart from other whodunnit writers is her forensic eye for detail and chilling mastery of plot. She’s just getting started, she tells Peter Murphy.

Album: The Swell Season

2006-04-18 00:00:00


The Swell Season is, as I read it anyway, the sound of people breaking each other’s hearts (and balls) slowly, with no cutaways to spare us the graphic bits.

Interview: One nation under a groove

2006-04-07 00:00:00


Republic Of Loose are that rarest of beasts – an Irish rock band who can get their groove on. Ahead of the release of their new album, they talk about standing out from the crowd.

Album: Last Night, As I Was Wandering

2006-04-03 00:00:00


Consider Last Night… a lost weekend in a phantasmagorical theme park. I’d lobby for its creator to be awarded the freedom of the city, but going by these tunes, he’s already got it.

Album: Band-Girls-Money

2006-03-31 00:00:00


LA young guns Tsar are the latest sweethearts masquerading as bad-asses. The cumulative effect of their latest album is like watching a bunch of teenagers enact rites of passage rebellion before capitulating to Mom and Pop’s ten year plan.

Interview: Mescall buzz

2006-03-27 00:00:00


He’s one of Ireland's most promising songwriters-for-hire, but now Limerick native Don Mescall hopes to establish himself as a solo artist in his own right.

Live: Josh Ritter @ Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin

2006-03-22 00:00:00


The holy and austere surroundings only rendered that night's performance that much more powerful. It was certainly a lightning bolt moment for this listener, who hitherto always found himself torn between liking Mr Ritter and being exasperated at the transparency of his influences (Bruce, Leonard, Nick Drake, Townes Van Zandt).

Album: Meds

2006-03-20 00:00:00


Meds – and how very Placebo is that, an even split between Elizabeth Wurtzel and Kurt Cobain – is their fifth album, and the sound of a band straining to slip their own skin.

Album: Ten Silver Drops

2006-03-20 00:00:00


Ten Silver Drops, Secret Machines' second album, is far from Big Apple parlour games. Rather, theirs is a widescreen vision that could’ve originated on the woolly mammoth plains of the mid-west, or further north of the border.

Album: Meds

2006-03-16 00:00:00


Meds is their fifth album, and the sound of a band straining to slip their own skin. They’ve got a whole new set of musical ordinances going on (the sound is indisputably lush and muscular in a post-industrial kinda way) but still only two tunes: the one that throbs with dum-dum basslines and Sonic guitar swathes, and the slow spacey one with the Joy Division keyboard washes and heavy delay.

Interview: Strangers in paradise

2006-03-13 00:00:00


Beth Orton overcame the early death of her parents and a painful illness. Now she's made the album that might just be her masterpiece.

Interview: The it boys

2006-03-10 00:00:00


They were the coolest band on the planet – until the backlash started. Now The Strokes have released their most ambitious album yet. Can they leave their past behind?

Album: Corinne Bailey Rae

2006-03-01 00:00:00


Corinne Bailey Rae's self titled album displays the singers talent for mixing soul, funk, hippychick winsomeness, and edge, producing nothing less than a successful debut.

Album: 12 Songs

2006-02-20 00:00:00


What producer Rick Rubin’s done for Diamond is rescue him from the super-sized supper set and corporate private party circuit. The result is an album that sits closer to Lee Hazlewood or Tim Hardin than Billy Joel (another hard-nosed ballad-toting veteran whose talent is all too often mismanaged by unsympathetic handlers).

Album: Mind How You Go

2006-02-17 00:00:00


Skye Edwards’ solo career is not so much a fresh start as a credibility reconstruction job. Her former band, Morcheeba, became something of a target towards the end of their recording career – though the detractors may have been unfairly overlooking the exquisitely chilled coffe-table pop moments on their 1998 high-watermark Big Calm.

Album: Comfort Of Strangers

2006-02-16 00:00:00


It’s only February and already we can hear the hissing of summer lawns. Or maybe it’s applause. Comfort Of Strangers is not Beth Orton’s most radical statement, but it is her most reactionary.

Interview: JT and me

2006-02-10 00:00:00


He was a literary sensation, a writer with the outlaw charm of a rock star. But when rumours began to circulate that JT LeRoy was nothing more than a post-modern media prank, Peter Murphy, a friend and confidante, found himself caught up in an extraordinary story.

Album: City & Eastern Songs

2006-02-02 00:00:00


Yup, the brothers gonna folk you up. Anti-folk that is: Jeffrey and Jack’s garage troubador aesthetic topped off with smarter-than-your-average-bear lyrics and delivery courtesy of our old friends Arch and Knowing. If irony is dead, nobody invited these Lower East Siders to the wake.

Album: Keys To The World

2006-02-01 00:00:00


Interview: Kelly's heroes

2006-02-01 00:00:00


Given his track record, broadcaster and writer John Kelly may seem like an obvious choice for the presenter’s chair on Other Voices.

Interview: Howling at the Moon

2006-01-25 00:00:00


From literary wild-child to haunted son, Bret Easton Ellis has travelled some distance since his clinical dissections of the American ID first scandalized the book world. His new novel, Lunar Park, is perhaps his most entertaining and personal yet.

Interview: Hey hey we're the monkeys

2006-01-20 00:00:00


With their debut single 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' zooming to no.1 in the UK, Arctic Monkeys ended 2005 on a high. They are destined to be the new band of 2006.

Album: The Greatest

2006-01-19 00:00:00


From Blonde Bob to Big Star to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billie, the smartest of avant standard-bearers always knew the value of going south. Cat Power (Chan Marshall to the IRS) is the latest: for this record she’s decamped to Memphis’ Ardent studios, an erstwhile Stax second base, and hired a bunch of Al Green alumni in order to salt her fairest airs with old-timers’ licks.

Album: First Impressions Of Earth

2006-01-16 00:00:00


In pop art, acts of grave-robbing and cradle-snatching go largely unpunished. The Strokes are not what you’d call the most original of bands, but they’ve always excelled at petty larcenies.

Interview: Up-Chuck alert!

2006-01-11 00:00:00


Annual article: Chuck Palahniuk’s astonishing short story Guts raises the blood pressure and tightens the sphincter.

Interview: Books of the year 2005

2006-01-11 00:00:00


Annual article: Peter Murphy rounds up the best music, fiction and non-fiction books of 2005.

Interview: Books review 2005

2006-01-11 00:00:00


Annual article: There was no love lost in 2005 between the ‘art’ and ‘middlebrow’ literary factions, but as long as Cormac McCarthy puts pen to paper, who cares? Plus round-up of the books of the year.

Interview: The New Weird America

2006-01-09 00:00:00


Louis Theroux’s Call Of The Weird takes a non-judgmental look at the various freaks and wackos dwelling in mad America’s marginalia.

Interview: Absolutely Like A Rolling Stone Revisited

2006-01-09 00:00:00


Greil Marcus’ latest tome explores one of the seminal recordings in musical history.

Interview: Saint Antony - patron of lost causes

2006-01-06 00:00:00


Annual article: The tortured torch-songs of Antony & The Johnsons captured our hearts this year. But the singer remains gloriously enigmatic.

Interview: Shooting from the lip

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: Flaming Lip Wayne Coyne explains their metamorphosis from scuzzy little death-rock band to space-aged pantomime.

Album: Scabdates

2005-12-14 00:00:00


The El Paso combo’s vaulting and often impossibly convoluted noise is not every man’s meat, but for those partial to Fiesta de los Muertos hallucinations rendered sonic, their intensity and bloody-mindedness is a godsend.

Interview: Confessions of a pick-up artist

2005-12-12 00:00:00


Is there a technique to picking up a member of the opposite sex – or does it just happen? Feeling that he could do with a little bit of help in that department, journalist Neil Strauss hooked up with a cult community of Pick Up Artists and set out to learn the secrets of the trade. With all those Christmas parties looming, his advice might just come in handy.

Album: Come The Storm

2005-12-09 00:00:00


The name suggests a winsome folkie waif, but Ms Rose ain’t nonesuch. Irish-English-Italian-Catholic-American of extraction and a descendent of bare-knuckle brawler John L Sullivan, she was born and brought up somewhere between Boston and Salem.

Live: Bob Dylan live at The Point, Dublin

2005-12-07 00:00:00


Lest we forget, for a long time there most of us Dylan-ites were glad just to see the man could get his boots on of a morning, but post Chronicles, the stakes have been upped.

Interview: Jagged Edge

2005-11-22 00:00:00


How do you follow an album that sells 26 million copies? Since Jagged Little Pill, this is the dilemma that has haunted Alanis Morissette. A decade on, she feels able to come to terms with her whirlwind success.

Album: Oral Fixation Vol.2

2005-11-21 00:00:00


Shakira takes the time to write tunes that admit fallibility, insecurity and jealousy.

Live: The Frames, The Chalets, Damien Rice, live at the Point

2005-11-17 00:00:00


Everybody wins, everybody goes home happy.

Album: Down in Albion

2005-11-07 00:00:00


The bewildering thing is, Down In Albion is a damn fine – if frequently derivative – record.

Interview: Death and the maiden

2005-10-27 00:00:00


She was a '60s style icon and Afro-American poseter-child. But when cancer struck, Marsha Hunt was forced to re-evaluate her entire outlook on life.

Interview: Solitary Man

2005-10-17 00:00:00


The Eskimos have a hundred names for snow, the Irish a thousand ways to describe the weather, and Dermond Moore has at his disposal innumerable methods of evoking the many qualities of loneliness. In his first book Diary of a Man, is culled from a decade of Hot Press Bootboy columns, but it also hangs together as a string of depositions filed from the heart of exile and - that great literary theme so beloved of everyone Shakespeare to Dostoevsky- isolation.

Album: Karma To burn

2005-10-13 00:00:00


Karma To Burn is worthy testament to one of the few bands who still treat live performances like a holy rite rather than a PR chore.

Interview: The life of Reilly

2005-10-05 00:00:00


Sean O’Reilly, whose superb Watermark hit the shelves recently, has been hailed as one of the most important new voices in Irish fiction. So why has more widespread success eluded him to date?

Interview: Voices from a room

2005-10-03 00:00:00


With his pounding third novel, The Rooms, Declan Lynch has written one of the books of the year – a driven story of love, lust and alcohol that introduces one of the great anti-heroes of contemporary fiction.

Album: Help! A Day In The Life

2005-09-27 00:00:00


Recorded in a day across various locations by a cast of 22, Help! A Day In The Life is the second WarChild album, the objective being to raise funds for child victims of global conflict.

Album: You Could Have It So Much Better... With Franz Ferdinand

2005-09-26 00:00:00


You Could Have It So Much Better is no radical body swerve, just the gratifying sound of a band gaining in confidence and prowess.

Interview: Up close and Persson-al

2005-09-23 00:00:00


The Cardigans mightn't be MTV's darlings these days, but the Swedish band are making the strongest albums of their career.

Interview: Devil in a black leather jacket

2005-08-16 00:00:00


He was one of Ireland’s first rock icons. Now Phil Lynott’s native Dublin is finally paying official tribute to his legacy.

Interview: Million Dollar Aimee

2005-08-09 00:00:00


The hard-hitting songs of Aimee Mann draw on her difficult experiences at the hands of the music industry - and her passion for boxing

Album: Body Of Song

2005-08-02 00:00:00


Since the demise of Husker Du (surely the next bunch of Amerindie pioneers due for the resurrection shuffle) Bob Mould has, with his solo albums and Sugar, gone about his craft in an unpretentious and stouthearted manner.

Interview: Songs in the McKee of life

2005-07-22 00:00:00


She may be one of rock’s survivors but Maria McKee is anything but cynical about music.

Album: Haunted Cities

2005-07-21 00:00:00


Ostensibly a side project, Transplants’ debut album managed to outclass anything Tim Armstrong or Travis Barker had achieved with Rancid and Blink 182 respectively.

Interview: Sweetheart Of The Radio

2005-07-06 00:00:00


The songs of Laura Cantrell are steeped in the timeless values of American country rock. But Cantrell, a former Wall Street banker, is a thoroughly modern artist.

Album: Livin' In The City

2005-07-05 00:00:00


Because the Fun Lovin’ Criminals never meant Bo Diddley in their home country, the band have always been at the whims of the British and Irish record-buying public, notoriously more fickle than America, where the sheer size of the land mass and populace means it takes longer to make a man as well as break one.

Live: Live At Brixton Academy, London

2005-07-04 00:00:00


Whatever JJ72 Version 2.0 might be, they’re no support band. A couple of years ago the trio would have had a shot at headlining here, but a new pragmatism has seeped into the music. They’ve condensed the sonic architectural shapes of I To Sky (an album not so much released as sent straight to tax write-off limbo) into byte sized synopses of what they do best.

Interview: Murphy's Law

2005-06-27 00:00:00


The debut solo album from Moloko singer Roisin Murphy embraces the avant-garde end of dance music. But it's still a great pop record. Interview by Peter Murphy.

Live: U2 Live at Croke Park

2005-06-25 00:00:00


"Tonight it’s impossible to resist the tune’s Spielbergian scale.House lights full on, Mr Hewson looks like he’s being borne up by 80,000 voices."

Interview: "We Went Out For A Drink And They Were Drinking Lemonade Shandy!"

2005-06-21 00:00:00


Steve Lillywhite, who produced U2's first three albums – and has featured on the production team of almost all of their records – looks back over the band's career and recalls the highs... and the lows

Album: Peddlin' Dreams

2005-06-15 00:00:00


Maria McKee’s last album High Dive was one of the most grievously ignored records of the last 20 years, a bona fide masterpiece dripping pearls of songs overlooked by swine and swineherds alike distracted by more easily rooted-out truffles. In its wake, the singer could have gone to ground for another seven years, but the irony would have been acute – High Dive was, among many other things, a devastating elegy to thwarted ambition.

Album: Belladonna

2005-06-10 00:00:00


South by Southwest indeed. Belladonna was conceived when Lanois made a sojourn to Mexico last year, but while the music herein is undoubtedly derived from a border state of mind (the sundown mariachi elegy of ‘Agave’ being a sort of musical equivalent of Marquez’s In Evil Hour), it’s also capable of migrating through various time zones.

Interview: Love In A Time Of Coldplay

2005-05-27 00:00:00


In the making of their third album, Coldplay may have abandoned all hope at one juncture and come within an inch of splitting up, but the record has now finally arrived in the shape of X & Y. Chris Martin and co. here give Peter Murphy the inside story on the fraught creation of perhaps the most anticipated album of the year.

Interview: It's Never Too Late To Have A Crappy Childhood

2005-05-25 00:00:00


Or, Augusten Burroughs And The Art Of Magical Thinking. Peter Murphy talks to the bestselling author about his troubled upbringing in rural Massachusetts, the long and strange series of events that led to him becoming a writer, and why his current personal and professional happiness may just mean that his extraordinary story has a happy ending after all. Photography by Emily Quinn.

Interview: The Life Of Brian

2005-05-23 00:00:00


Compositional genius, musical visionary, tormented genius – Brian Wilson is many things, but a garrulous interviewee is not one of them. Peter Murphy undergoes strenuous discourse with one of the true icons of ‘60s culture.

Interview: Ode To Billie

2005-05-17 00:00:00


Julia Blackburn's new oral history of Billie Holiday collates the testimonies of those who knew her to debunk the myth of tragic heroin chick.

Interview: Baddiel To The Bone

2005-05-12 00:00:00


Like many of his brethren in the world of comedy, David Baddiel has turned his hand to fiction in recent years. Although his previous efforts met with a lukewarm critical response, his new novel, The Secret Purposes – a skilfully rendered tale which draws heavily on Baddiel's grandparents' experience in wartime England – looks set to reverse that trend. Interview by Peter Murphy. Photography by Liam Sweeney

Album: Devils & Dust

2005-05-09 00:00:00


Maybe the best way to get a handle on Devils & Dust is by process of elimination. In other words, it’s not a big band extravaganza with sax and piano fanfares for the common man. It’s not Human Touch or Lucky Town, both of which suffered from pick-up pros trying to play E Street shuffles, and as any fool knows, the only ones who can do that are the original Jersey shower. Nor is it the bleak and beautiful lunar landscape of America under the Republican gun a la Nebraska. It’s not Tom Joad either, although it does share some of those album’s attributes, namely a writerly rigour with regard to research and character development, plus a slew of wetback protagonists inhabiting southerly borders both geographical and moral.

Album: Caveat Emptor

2005-04-28 00:00:00


Mike Got Spiked are a quartet well schooled in the forge-work of the form. The rhythm section is nimble and quick, and singer Gavin McGuire has a fair set of lungs on him. They frequently carry off tricky muscle-funk licks and Rancid-like ska-metal hybrids with handbrake turn metre shifts (‘To Have You Here’, ‘Teen Idol’, ‘Find Yourself’) not to mention the odd muso fusion fuckabout (‘5 Second Heaven’, ‘All You Need’), although the songs invariably go scurrying back to the power chords and layered harmonies of a Linkin Park chorus. More worryingly, they have little to say, and no artful way of saying it.

Album: The Forgotten Arm

2005-04-22 00:00:00


This album sees Aimee Mann adopt a refreshingly speedy and ad-hoc approach to recording, not to mention a return to the comfort zone of early ‘70s AOR sounds: dampened down drums, piano, classic rock guitar licks, all overseen by producer Joe Henry (co-collaborator on Jim White’s excellent last album). Such warm upholstery suits her un-histrionic vocal approach, and the choice of players complements the musical aesthetic and set-up (The Forgotten Arm is a song cycle about two lovers: John, a Vietnam vet, boxer and drug addict, and Caroline – echoes of the female lead in Lou’s Berlin).

Interview: Blood On The Tracks

2005-04-19 00:00:00


Or how Garbage tried and failed to kill each other during the making of Bleed Like Me. Interview by Peter Murphy.

Interview: Tales Of A Bad Seed

2005-04-15 00:00:00


How does a parent react when a teenage son commits a horrific murder? In what has been a surprise best-seller, Lionel Shriver has confronted a taboo subject – with chilling results.

Interview: Blood On The Tracks

2005-04-08 00:00:00


Or how Garbage tried and failed to kill each other during the making of Bleed Like Me.

Album: Everything's Ok

2005-04-18 00:00:00


Thank god for small mercies. This is not one of those guest-infested albums featuring Rod, Eric et al hatched by some opportunistic label exec in cahoots with a modish producer keeping one eye on the meter and the other on a Grammy. It’s the Reverend Al doing pretty much as he’s always done.

Interview: The Hostess With The Gnosis

2005-04-04 00:00:00


From that piano-ballad cover of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to her new-found fascination with Gnostic texts, Tori Amos has remained one of the most compelling and enigmatic solo artists of the past ten years. Here, she fills Peter Murphy in on the intriguing background to her latest album, The Beekeeper, her reasons for relocating to the bucolic splendor of Cornwall, and the difficulties of maintaining artistic integrity in the face of corporate profiteering. Oh, and beekeeping, of course.

Album: Frances The Mute

2005-03-23 00:00:00


Can you really have too much of a good thing? The Mars Volta’s debut De-loused In The Comatorium was such a blood red feast, this listener’s digestive juices were still busy breaking the thing down when word came of a follow up. And whaddya know – the scope, scale, complexity and ambition of Frances The Mute, recorded in NY, LA, Puerto Rico and Australia, make its predecessor seem almost straightforward.

Interview: Where For Art, Art Thou Juliette

2005-03-16 00:00:00


The star of cult movies such as Natural Born Killers, Kalifornia and Strange Days, Juliette Lewis appeared to have a direct entry to rock's premier league when she turned her attention to her punk outfit The Licks. Instead, she opted to embark on a small-scale tour and play a series of small venues throughout the US and Europe. Peter Murphy was on hand as Lewis' magical mystery tour reached Ireland, and was witness to some truly fascinating scenes as the singer and her band bewitched the Dublin indie cognoscenti, travelled south to rock Limerick and strolled the red carpet to join the glitterati backstage at the Meteor Awards. Photography by Liam Sweeney.

Live: Live At The Voodoo Lounge, Dublin

2005-03-15 00:00:00


What’s a nice girl like her doing in a… well, okay, the Voodoo Lounge ain’t no dump, but it is your quintessentially dim-lit and cheerfully scuzzy north quay rock ‘n’ roll haunt. The choice of venue, not to mention the decision to spend a week playing clubs around the country, means that Juliette Lewis’s martyr-for-the-cause credentials can’t be called into question. The movie pedigree might open doors and get her a slot on the Meteor Awards, but this is obviously no moonlighting actor brat breezing in to play the swish palaces and then absconding with a satchel of cash.

Album: Eveningland

2005-03-09 00:00:00


Eveningland would make a palatable EP, but over 50 odd minutes starts to sound like a sexless, prim and proper interpretation of modern Americana that frequently strays into the excruciatingly twee.

Album: Goodies

2005-02-22 00:00:00


Y’know I never thought I’d say it, but either this hot hip-hop-chicks-shaking butt-flossed-booty-all-in-ya face routine is getting old, or I am. A nocturnal stroll through the blue neon urban R&B arcade leaves the accidental tourist peering in exhibitionistic windows with pupils dilated in incomprehension at the audacity of the latest acts on parade.

Interview: In The Name Of The Father

2005-02-21 00:00:00


The Boomtown Rats came burning out of Dublin in the late ‘70s, railing against the Irish establishment to the audible gasps of the nation’s more conservative elements. With their remastered back catalogue having been recently reissued, Bob Geldof here looks back on a period of notoriety, controversy and personal angst, and also reflects on his ongoing efforts to highlight the issue of Fathers’ Rights. Interview by Peter Murphy. Photography by Mark Harrison.

Frontlines: The Idiot’s Guide To Fatherhood

2005-02-18 00:00:00


It’s bad enough when your children are taken away from you. But what if you’re stuck with them? Peter Murphy (Father of three!) lends a helping hand.

Frontlines: Fathers’ rights: The Awful Truth

2005-02-18 00:00:00


Marital breakdown can be hell for both parties. But for many fathers that’s just the beginning of the nightmare, as they are systematically excluded from contact with their children. For A special hotpress report, Peter Murphy spoke to three fathers about their first-hand experiences of Irish Family Law, and here relates their deeply troubling and unsettling stories.

Album: The Beekeeper

2005-02-04 00:00:00


The Beekeeper is like a whole new career in itself: 20 full-blown pocket symphonies, 79 minutes plus of dense, deftly orchestrated music. These days she doesn’t suffer the same burning in the gut that made ‘Cornflake Girl’ or ‘Precious Things’ so remarkable, and the band sound comfortable rather driven, but there’s something to be said for craft.

Interview: Life In A Northern Town

2005-01-28 00:00:00


Following in the footsteps of Joy Division, The Smiths and The Stone Roses, Mancunian rockers Doves have continued the tradition of musical excellence for which their hometown is internationally renowned. With their new opus Some Cities in the offing, vocalist Jimi Goodwin here discusses apocalyptic weather, urban decay and those abandoned recording sessions with Madonna’s producer.

Album: ‘64-’95

2005-01-21 00:00:00


This feels like the work of lab rats rather than aesthetes – and an artist with no set of aesthetic criteria is no artist at all, but a technician.

Album: Superwolf (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney)

2005-01-20 00:00:00


You could set your clock by him. Like some kind of agrarian song tiller, Will Oldham is a seasonal operator whose harvest falls every winter, January being market time. This year he’s gotten a little help on the farm from guitarist Matt Sweeney, and together they’ve come up with a batch of tunes that are by turns courtly, kinky and perverse.

Album: Pushing the Senses

2005-01-20 00:00:00


Question: Why do so many rock bands take the tradesman’s entrance these days? And when was it they became so self-referential, self-effacing, heterogeneous, monosexual; cut off from the tributary streams of the other arts, adopting forelock tugging as a stance? What happened to glamour, decadence, risk, dandyism, wit? The idea of the pop star as alien emissary, queer weirdo, sin-eater, beautiful freak?

Interview: About a Girl

2005-01-18 00:00:00


A New Jersey-ite Eurocentric who mixes the buttoned-up gravitas of Dusty Springfield and Karen Carpenter with the lush orchestral tapestries of Bacharach and Spector. A Girl Called Eddy’s bohemian rhapsody is well worth acquainting yourself with.

Interview: The Real Life X-files

2005-01-11 00:00:00


After examining the strange world of outsider conspiracy theorists in 2001’s acclaimed Them, chronicler of cultural weirditude Jon Ronson has now turned his attention to the murkey milieu of covert US military ops and sinister, Pentagon-sanctioned psychological experiments. Peter Murphy switches on the interrogation lamp and probes the Cardiff-born author for details on Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, the tactical deployment of Barney the Dinosaur, and the men who attempted to kill goats simply by staring at them.

Interview: Mind, Body and Lightbody

2005-01-07 00:00:00


After 12 months which saw the group go from the indie B-division to rock’s premier league, Snow Patrol have had a more dramatic 2004 than most. In an in-depth interview, Gary Lightbody discusses a life-changing year, the Irish and British music scenes, friendships, relationships and where the band go to next.

Interview: Peter Murphy: Pyramids of Trash

2005-01-04 00:00:00


2004 was a year of infotainment overload when popular culture became increasingly co-opted to the business of selling. But there were those precious few, who remained faithful to the idea of art for its own sake.

Album: Collision Course

2004-12-09 00:00:00


Rap-metal splicings are a hairy business, with even the better efforts (Anthrax/Public Enemy, Cypress Hill’s last couple of albums) resulting in a scoreless draw. So it is with Collision Course.

Live: Steve Earle & The Dukes live at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

2004-12-04 00:00:00


Watching Steve Earle and The Dukes is like rooting for a nag you know has a shot at the cup if it would only get the lead out. I’ve seen this lot a few times over the last 15 years, and tonight was possibly the closest they’ve come to an all-out tour de force, yet there’s always the sense that they’re holding out on that extra ten per cent.

Interview: On An Even Kila

2004-11-17 00:00:00


After 15 years of relentless touring, Kila have documented their explosive live show on a new album while they figure out what comes next.

Interview: Strange Tales & Practical Magic

2004-11-09 00:00:00


Susanna Clarke’s debut novel, the epic Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is putting new blood into new magic, not to mention proving something of a sensation on the bestseller charts.

Interview: The return of the slaughterhouse six

2004-11-05 00:00:00


Back in their terrifying heyday, they threw pigs’ heads around on stage, covered themselves in muck, provided Marilyn Manson with a career and wrote ‘Community Games’ for Aidan Walsh. Having escaped the clutches of a sinister born-again Christian turned transvestite, they’re now making movies with Neil Jordan, dining with Damien Hirst and consorting with Tony Blair. All in all, it’s been a long, strange trip for The Virgin Prunes

Album: The Royal Society

2004-11-12 00:00:00


If The Royal Society artefact were composed of paint rather than sound, it’d be an acid-dipped Joe Coleman print. Yes, there are elements of psychedelia, but The Disaster seem far more interested in comedown psychosis than the trip itself.

Album: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

2004-11-04 00:00:00


Atomic Bomb is positively Spector-esque in its ambition, although curiously enough, it’s not a showy record, the playing being mostly subservient to the songs.

Album: Enjoy Every Sandwich – The Songs Of Warren Zevon

2004-10-28 00:00:00


The songwriter’s oldest friends – Don Henley, Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Jackson Browne – occasionally seem hamstrung by too much respect for the material, although Bob Dylan does essay a decent ‘Mutineer’, and you can hear Bruce Springsteen’s mouth water as he gets his chops around the East Texas testament of ‘My Ride’s Here’.

Live: The Waterboys live at the Olympia, Dublin

2004-10-22 00:00:00


With The Waterboys being between albums, tonight’s acoustic show was a case of evolution-in-progress, allowing Mike Scott, Steve Wickham and Richard Naiff the opportunity to excavate gems from the back catalogue too rare or oddly cut to fit the full band format.

Interview: Lyre, lyre pants on fire

2004-10-08 00:00:00


Nick Cave goes gospel on your ass.

Album: Precious Soul

2004-10-06 00:00:00


They go in search of the holy grail and come back laden with embroidered bell bottoms, cowboy boots and Nudie suits – tourists bedazzled by the gimcrack knick-knacks in Beale Street souvenir shops.

Interview: A wizard and a true star

2004-10-04 00:00:00


Roddy Doyle is one of Ireland's most important writers. Having made his initial breakthrough with The Commitments, he won the Booker prize in 1993 with Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. Now with his new novel Oh, Play That Thing – the sequel to the critically acclaimed A Star called Henry – he is back to one of his guiding passions, music, as he takes his protagonist Henry smart through the scrum of 1920s New York, and on to Louis Armstrong's Chicago.

Album: Real gone

2004-09-27 00:00:00


The only problem with writing about any new Tom Waits record is the man himself describes his own work so accurately that any further attempts at conceptualism are rendered superfluous.

Album: Headgear

2004-09-21 00:00:00


Headgear is the brainchild of Limerick studio rat Daragh Dukes – or perhaps brainstorm would be more apposite, given that this album teems with more ideas per second than Philip K Dick on a caffeine buzz.

Live: Live review from The Olympia, Dublin

2004-09-13 00:00:00


Here she comes, all foxified up in green heels and a red dress so tight you can almost guess her phase of the moon.

Interview: The doppelganger effect

2004-09-13 00:00:00


Growing up alongside the nascent U2 in the ’70s, Neil McCormick dreamt that one day he too would rank among the rock’n’roll greats. having quit songwriting to focus on journalism, his musical ambitions were ironically realised when he found himself included among such heavyweight talents as leonard cohen, bob dylan and elvis presley on The Passion Of The Christ soundtrack.

Interview: Talkin' bout a revolution

2004-09-13 00:00:00


Veteran agitprop folk-rocker Steve Earle talks to Peter Murphy about kicking against George Dubya, jamming in Galway and revamping Shakespeare for the 21st century.

Album: Burn the Maps

2004-09-10 00:00:00


For 14 years The Frames have conducted the business of their art like filmmakers who reached a détente with the studio system through operating on a one-for-us/one-for-them basis.

Album: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus

2004-09-03 00:00:00


..... Cave has largely renounced the piano and resolved the schism, the tunes being built in tandem with the band and producer Nick Launay

Album: The Revolution Starts... Now

2004-09-02 00:00:00


Earle commands protest chops that go back to Guthrie, but he also has the smarts to examine the allure of war, both as boys’ own glamour and last-ditch career option. Most of the songs study the anatomy of soldiery.

Album: Geronimo

2004-09-01 00:00:00


A glance at the back cover painting by Heidi Wickham will evoke the music more accurately than any assembly of words: ink sky pierced by a green rind of moon, Chagall’s levitating fiddler just out of shot.

Album: Grace: Legacy Edition

2004-08-26 00:00:00


Ten years after the release of Jeff Buckley’s classic debut Grace, Columbia Records have compiled a remastered edition with extras & DVD documentary.

Single: Finally

2004-08-24 00:00:00


A seething pressure cooker of a tune.

Single: Stumble EP

2004-08-24 00:00:00


An increasingly popular live combo about town, this Dublin-based quartet combine angst and melancholia in almost equal measure on this four-tracker.

Single: Omerta

2004-08-24 00:00:00


You can’t get it out of your head!

Single: San Pedro

2004-08-24 00:00:00


For the husband and wife duo who make the Handsome Family sound like the Carpenters, this one arrives on shiny 45rpm vinyl

Single: Never Be Alone Again

2004-08-24 00:00:00


Even Chrissie Hynde’s guest vocal can’t rescue this. Terrible name for a band too!

Single: Help Yourself

2004-08-24 00:00:00


A gloriously infectious and irresistibly soulful number, this oozes the atmosphere of a long hot summer afternoon.

Single: New Mexico

2004-08-24 00:00:00


‘New Mexico’ is a driving, road-weary song not unlike Mundy’s ‘July’ in atmosphere and tempo but with Niland’s distinctive vocals very much to the fore.

Single: Nobody Wins

2004-08-24 00:00:00


It’s a great song and he sings it with a natural, un-Ronan like ease while the jangly arrangement includes the great Calum MacColl on guitars.

Single: No Disgrace No Failure

2004-08-24 00:00:00


Formerly trading as Unaware, this Monaghan based combo cite Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Pearl Jam as influences.

Single: All The Ways You Wander

2004-08-24 00:00:00


Third single to be culled from her very impressive debut album Red Colour Sun.

Single: Somethings Going On

2004-08-24 00:00:00


Hardly a singles band of note, Lambchop’s ambient alt. country textures are best enjoyed in much longer bursts than the 2.34 radio edit on this cut from Awcomon & Noyoucmon.

Single: All These Things That I've Done

2004-08-24 00:00:00


The Killers come across as an inspired celebration of all that is great in rock and roll’s glorious past.

Live: Live at Marlay Park, Dublin: The Frames, Supergrass, Idlewild, Bell X1 & Halite

2004-08-23 00:00:00


You have to hand it to The Frames. Even Bruce and U2 baulk at starting new campaigns outdoors in front of 17,000 people – although Glen Hansard might claim that this is a farewell to Set List arms rather than the unveiling of Burn The Maps.

Interview: The dominatrix reloaded

2004-08-20 00:00:00


Has Madonna become the immaterial girl? Or will the Re-invention tour re-establish her as the foremost female icon on the planet? On the eve of her first ever Irish appearance at Slane, Peter Murphy takes a look at the strange twist the Queen of Pop’s career has taken – and how she is now fighting back, for all she’s worth.

Album: Where Our Love Grows

2004-08-19 00:00:00


All of which would be a lot harder on the ear if not for Ms Drewery, a graduate of the Dionne Warwick school of effortless breath control and just-so phrasing who oozes the kind of class (but not perspiration) to which Sophie Ellis Bextor might aspire if she only had a better team of writers.

Live: Vicar Street, Dublin

2004-08-16 00:00:00


Yep, The Dirty Three have reconfigured the molecular structure of the modern ensemble.

Interview: Franz Ferdinand are go

2004-08-09 00:00:00


“Desperate to get back in the studio,” this year’s hottest band Franz Ferdinand are not about to rest on their laurels.

Album: Bubblegum

2004-08-06 00:00:00


The school I attended, if some dirty little urchin broke foul wind in class, the boys seated around him would wrinkle their noses and say, ‘Something crawled up your leg and died inside you, boy.’ The way Lanegan sings, it sounds like something died inside him a long time ago.

Interview: I did it for Ireland and the Money, nothing else

2004-07-30 00:00:00


That, according to Shane MacGowan, will be the title of his next, and exceedingly long-awaited album. in the meantime there’s Sean Nós, the war, his dad, drink and Celtic football legend Jimmy Johnstone to be going on with.

Live: Oxegen Saturday

2004-07-15 00:00:00


Your gasp by gasp coverage of Oxegen by the Hot Press Collective

Interview: Franz Ferdinand @ Oxegen [video interview]

2004-07-12 00:00:00


Gig: Girl, Uninterrupted

2004-07-08 00:00:00


Strikingly beautiful, as self-possessed as a cat, and happier in her own skin than ever before – uh huh, it’s her, PJ Harvey

Album: Modern Apprentice

2004-07-08 00:00:00


Most ‘garage’ bands with half a budget sound like an over-egged simulacrum of the rehearsal room, but Modern Apprentice is brilliantly realised in the production department, tapped direct from the players’ power sources. Bottom line: Ikara Colt make a splendid noise, it just belongs to someone else.

Interview: Fangs for the memories

2004-07-05 00:00:00


Brody Dalle is tired – but then she has had a pretty intense few years of it. Peter Murphy learns how The Distillers survived marital discord and peer disapproval.

Interview: Married to the mob

2004-07-01 00:00:00


Boston’s Mission of Burma hit the comeback trail – with a mission.

Interview: More terrible than fiction

2004-06-23 00:00:00


Gregory David Robert‘s life reads like the most sensational book, a painfully true but scarcely believable saga of academic success, crime, heroin addiction, incarceration, torture, escape, re-capture, and finally, literary acclaim. Peter Murphy hears the extraordinary tale of australia’s ‘gentleman bandit’ turned author. photography Liam Sweeney

Live: Pixies from the Flames

2004-06-22 00:00:00


Hey, hey, it’s The Pixies. A little thicker around the waistline maybe, but otherwise perfectly preserved, beamed down as if from Planet 1988. And your reporter, like the other few thousand in the front pit, well, he’s having a moment. Their Phoenix Park performance reconfirms The Pixies as rock ’n’ roll’s great dimestore surrealists.

Album:

2004-06-18 00:00:00


To The 5 Boroughs resists academic exegesis or undue analysis. It is what it is, and what it is is a vibrant, inventive and engaged piece of work. In the words of Grandpa Burroughs, it ain’t no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones.

Live: Feel the noise

2004-06-17 00:00:00


That they sound this vicious after a three decade hiatus is a 50-something affront to Converse-sponsored plastic punkers whose only honourable response would be to slink away in a posture of abject humiliation. So here we will pay homage to the Stooge noise – a pent-up, piledriving, relentless, menacing, volatile, elemental, feral and utterly uninhibited din that manages to be equal parts industrial and organic.

Interview: Simple mind

2004-06-17 00:00:00


Marshmallow‘s Alan Gregg on the beauty of being pithy.

Album: ONoffON

2004-06-08 00:00:00


What does it mean when a band reforms 20 years after their heyday and fits right in with this year’s models?

Album: Peace Love Death Metal

2004-05-28 00:00:00


'The sound itself is not so much death metal as an monster truck mish-mash of tweaker punk...' Peter Murphy says of Josh Homme's new project.

Album: Uh Huh Her

2004-05-21 00:00:00


There are artists who operate as holistics and healers, lifting the spirit, rousing the body. Then there are the pathologists and post-mortemizers that map the anatomy of cancers.

Interview: Requiem for a dreamer

2004-05-20 00:00:00


The last exit of a great American writer – with help from Lou Reed and others, Peter Murphy pays tribute to Hubert Selby Junior.

Album: D12 World

2004-05-18 00:00:00


You can just hear the chatter in the back kitchen at all the snottiest pop parties: ‘Ooo I love Marshall, but I do wish he wouldn’t insist on bringing that nasty D12 crew along.’

Interview: Blues Explosion

2004-05-12 00:00:00


When Martin Scorsese made Leaving Las Vegas director Mike Figgis an offer he couldn’t refuse, the result was the British component of an unprecedented film history of the blues.

Interview: On the Road of Excess

2004-04-30 00:00:00


Anybody can do sex, drug's and rock 'n' roll; precious few can capture the experience in prose. With her powerful first-person novel Brass, 26-year-old Helen Walsh has done just that.

Album: Musicology

2004-04-26 00:00:00


Parliament-ary Party

Album: Milk Man

2004-04-23 00:00:00


In a ten-years-after-Kurt Cobain piece entitled ‘When The Edge Moved To The Middle’ published in the New York Times recently, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore made a point of dispelling alt-rock nostalgia by declaring: “You wouldn’t know it now by looking at MTV, with its scorn-metal buffoons and Disney-damaged pop idols, but the underground scene Kurt came from is more creative and exciting than it’s ever been.

Interview: The charmed life of Neil Hannon

2004-04-16 00:00:00


Having disbanded the band, the man who is Divine Comedy sets out to make music that makes his soul happy. The reformed jack the lad talks music, memory, marriage and fatherhood with Peter Murphy

Interview: The charmed life of Neil Hannon

2004-04-16 00:00:00


Having disbanded the band, the man who is Divine Comedy sets out to make music that makes his soul happy. The reformed jack the lad talks music, memory, marriage and fatherhood with Peter Murphy

Interview: Through Galas darkly

2004-04-14 00:00:00


Denounced by the Christian right in America and the Catholic church in Italy but championed by rockers as diverse as Marilyn Manson and Led Zep’s John Paul Jones, Diamanda Galas is unlikely to be hollywood’s flavour of the month as she rips into the oscar-winning Monster

Album: If We Can't Trust the Doctors...

2004-04-13 00:00:00


The album title, and indeed cover art, reflects a wit and facility with this music that prevents it from becoming smart aleck pastiche..

Album: Trampin'

2004-04-13 00:00:00


Muscle gets stronger when it encounters resistance. On her ninth album, Patti Smith’s music is sounding buffer than it has in years largely because the singer has redefined herself in political and aesthetic opposition to the Bushwhackers.

Interview: Walter Yetnikoff: the HP interview

2004-03-31 00:00:00


The wild rise and fall of the coke-snorting, heavy boozing, rampantly horny music biz mogul who knew Dylan, Jagger, Jackson, Springsteen and Streisand better than most. And now he’s ready to tell all.

Interview: Lost in Transmutation

2004-03-30 00:00:00


Exclusive: Kevin Shields, the missing presumed lost genius of Irish rock, re-emerges to tell the truth about sandbags and barbed wire, the making of Loveless, early Dublin days with Gavin Friday, Liam O Maonlai and U2, and his Bafta-winning work on Lost in Translation.

Interview: Papa was a rolling stone

2004-03-25 00:00:00


Tobias Wolff’s new novel returns him to his schooldays and memories of classmate Oliver Stone and the towering influence of Ernest Hemingway. Interview by Peter Murphy.

Album: Billy Sings Greatest Palace Music

2004-03-23 00:00:00


Aongside gentlemen of similar vintage and taste such as Shane MacGowan and Nick Cave, Will Oldham (by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Palace Brother, or any other name) is a master of adapting traditional musical and linguistic idioms to post-punk sense and sensibilities.

Live: Fops and Robbers: live in Dublin

2004-03-11 00:00:00


Call it the shitegeist. In times of war and pestilence, art gets decadent, and all we wanna do is dance. Scissor Sisters are a tight little NY combo who apply rock dynamics to disco’s lust for the transcendent dance.

Album: Feels like Home

2004-03-09 00:00:00


With Come Away With Me, it was a class thing. Not class as defined by birthright or capital gain or social station, but that quaint 1950s Americanism denoting an indefinable aristocracy of character.

Interview: The interview: Bill Carter

2004-02-26 00:00:00


Following the sudden death of his girlfriend in the early ’90s, traumatised US writer Bill Carter took off for the unlikely destination of war-torn Sarajevo. Whilst there, he established a series of satellite link-ups with U2’s Zooropa tour, which still rank among the most divisive and controversial moments of the band’s career. Despite the subsequent media fallout, an unconsummated affair with an indian supermodel, and several brushes with death, Bill Carter has lived to tell his extraordinary tale.

Interview: The interview: Will Self

2004-02-20 00:00:00


Over the past decade or so, Will Self has remained one of the most fascinating, infuriating and downright provocative writers in contemporary literature. Now, following the publication of his typically inventive and challenging new book, Dr Mukti and other Tales of Woe, the perennially combative author gives Hot Press the low-down on the perils of psychiatry, his relationship with ultra-controversial artist Sebastian Horsley, and that memorable showdown with Paul Merton on Room 101.

Interview: Return of the bloomtown rats

2004-02-20 00:00:00


Don’t go, they said. but they didn’t follow their own advice. Now, after much professional and personal upheaval, the Hothouse Flowers are back, once more in love with the idea of “ringin’ the bell”.

Interview: Something Rotten in the jungle

2004-02-12 00:00:00


He didn’t like the set-up, he didn’t like the people and eventually he stormed off. Peter Murphy on how John Lydon did a Roy Keane in the jungle.

Interview: Twisted like a train wreck

2004-02-10 00:00:00


The “filthy loose noise” of The 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster.

Frontlines: The view from the panic room

2004-02-09 00:00:00


Peter Murphy argues that the US media are causing more fear and loathing than the threat of terrorism itself.

Album: Family Business

2004-01-16 00:00:00


Mark Cullen’s second album, the follow up to the respectfully received Home Truths, further establishes him and his band as one of the sharpest tools in the indie shed.

Interview: The boy of Sumner

2004-01-06 00:00:00


Sting – all dull AOR anthems, mawkish charidee singles and empty celeb blather, right? wrong! The artist formerly known as Gordon Sumner here talks to Hot Press about the lingering fall-out from the break-up of The Police, hanging with über-hip filmmakers Terry Gilliam and David Lynch, and getting the seal of approval from the late Johnny Cash...

Interview: Thrills & spills & bellyaches

2004-01-06 00:00:00


It’s been a hell of a year for The Thrills, propelled from rehearsal rooms in rainy Dublin to a number one album, sell-out shows and limo-driven tours of L.A. at night. Hotpress catches up with the band as they kick off an irish homecoming trek with an exclusive Dublin fan club gig.

Interview: Lipstick Killers

2004-01-06 00:00:00


Let us now praise famous women. 2003 was the year of the female condition in all its most gorgeous and gruesome. Sure, the boys – and men – acquitted themselves admirably, but this year oestrogen overload didn’t necessarily equate with PMT (Pro-Minstrel Attention).

Interview: Psycho Kila

2003-12-17 00:00:00


Softly spoken off stage and complete lunatics on it, Kila have torn up the rulebook with their wantonly eclectic mix of styles. music, inner anger, revolutions and, er, women who cure warts are all discussed, as the band’s Colm O Snodaigh talks to Peter Murphy.

Album: Rollercoaster Castaways

2003-12-11 00:00:00


Ursula Burns’ third outing is one of the few albums since Astral Weeks to mess with notions of temporal, spatial and cosmic displacement. It is constructed from rolling piano figures that threaten to vanish off cliff-tops, fragmented drum taps, harp arpeggios, soprano sax and vocals so in-your-ear they could be your conscience – or your fairy godmother – calling.

Interview: When a child is born

2003-12-11 00:00:00


Jerry Fish – or if you prefer, Gerry Whelan – is what you might call a happy man right now. In fact, if the guy were any higher, the boys in blue would probably stop him on the street and ask him to piss into a cup. Not only is he preparing to close on his most successful professional year in a decade, he’s also received a rather momentous early Christmas present. Some 28 hours before our meeting, the singer’s partner Niki had given birth to a baby boy, their second child. Mr Fish, as you can imagine, is coasting on cigars and brandy and goodwill to all men.

Album: Body Language

2003-12-01 00:00:00


Body Language is a fair to middling dance pop record that might go down easier if the listener wasn’t aware of how innovative and imaginative Kylie Minogue can be. Right now, she’s stuck halfway between Erotica and Evita, peddling PVC when we need fake leopardskin and warm leatherette.

Interview: He's just a sweet transvestite

2003-11-28 00:00:00


The return of the Izzard king

Interview: Something Rotten In The State Of Denmark

2003-11-24 00:00:00


Taking surf rock, doo-wop and bowery punk down the Euro-autobahn, The Raveonettes have hit on a winning combination of the wild, the innocent and the sado shuffle. Sharin Foo tells the story.

Interview: Something Rotten In The State Of Denmark

2003-11-24 00:00:00


Taking surf rock, doo-wop and bowery punk down the Euro-autobahn, The Raveonettes have hit on a winning combination of the wild, the innocent and the sado shuffle. Sharin Foo tells the story.

Interview: Something Rotten In The State Of Denmark

2003-11-24 00:00:00


Taking surf rock, doo-wop and bowery punk down the Euro-autobahn, The Raveonettes have hit on a winning combination of the wild, the innocent and the sado shuffle. Sharin Foo tells the story.

Interview: The Buck stops here

2003-11-14 00:00:00


from reagan to bush; from radio free europe to clear channel; from green to reveal; from the sfx to marlay park. REM call time out and Peter Buck fills in the gaps from 1983 to 2003. interview Peter Murphy

Album: Dangerous Magical Noise

2003-11-11 00:00:00


Hormonally charged grooves.

Album: Careful What You Wish For

2003-11-06 00:00:00


There’s just no point in judging a band like Texas by the same yardstick as this year’s models.

Album: Hobosapiens

2003-10-30 00:00:00


John Cale needed to make a musical statement of this nature for a long time.

News: Primitive Cool

2003-10-16 00:00:00


Heaviness is in the attitude, not just the sound. The Queens Of The Stone Age explain why primal music hits hard.

Album: Room On Fire

2003-10-15 00:00:00


The Strokes, if you’ll indulge the metaphor, know the price of film stock.

Album: Skull Ring

2003-10-10 00:00:00


Skull Ring comes out swinging but gets a little wobbly-legged in the later rounds.

Interview: God Speed You Black Emperor

2003-10-03 00:00:00


With the death of Johnny Cash two weeks ago, music’s Mount Rushmore finally crumbled. From the hell-raising country outlaw of the ’60s to his final incarnation as a patriarchal figure intoning songs of guilt and redemption, Cash’s voice resonated down through the years with undimmed intensity. In this special Hot Press tribute to the Man In Black, Peter Murphy talks to Cash collaborators Sandy Kelly and U2, and recounts the turbulent life and times of one of the most iconic figures in 20th century music

Interview: A Tale of Two Countries

2003-10-02 00:00:00


While Johnny Cash held what Nick Tosches called the “imprimatur of ageless cool” among the young punks, his repertoire, like that of Hank Williams, provided staples for the country ‘n’ Irish and showband canon, from the slickest old pros down to the most inept of part-time bar bands.

Interview: A Tale Of Two Countries

2003-10-01 00:00:00


Jim Aiken, Brendan Bowyer & Ray Lynam on Johnny Cash.

Album: Get What You Need/Teenage Kicks - The Best Of The Undertones

2003-10-01 00:00:00


No reformed band wants to compete with their own Greatest Hits, but these albums should be considered entirely separate entities.

Interview: Mars Attacks!

2003-09-30 00:00:00


After laying At The Drive-In to rest, two of their members have put together another outfit who are determined to push back the boundaries of modern music. In a far-ranging interview, Peter Murphy talks to The Mars Volta about reincarnation, hanging out with the Chili Peppers and their Hispanic roots.

Interview: Redemption Song

2003-09-25 00:00:00


He created great songs out of the good, the bad and the ugly and earned the respect of people as diverse as Bob Dylan and Hunter S. Thompson. In this previously unpublished interview Warren Zevon, who died last week after a long battle with cancer, reflects on his sweet and dirty life and times.

Album: The Wind

2003-09-24 00:00:00


If you’re a fan, and I am, there’s no impartial way to hear this record.

Album: 0304

2003-09-19 00:00:00


Jewel is a pleasing if somewhat bland vocalist, but for an artist who cut her teeth on the professional-confessional circuit, she’s no great writer of lyrics.

Interview: Paul Morley

2003-09-19 00:00:00


One of the greatest penslingers in rockdom, he’s championed U2, Joy Division and Kylie and taken a critical scalpel to Oasis, The Strokes and their “miserably narrow mates”. he’s also locked horns with Germaine Greer, helped Frankie to relax and let The Frames slip through his fingers.

Album: Love Life

2003-09-17 00:00:00


Love Life is perfectly realised within its own parameters.

News: God Speed You Black Emperor

2003-09-14 00:00:00


Johnny Cash – 1932-2003 By Peter Murphy

Album: Chain Gang Of Love

2003-09-05 00:00:00


Chain Gang Of Love won’t silence those detractors, but it does showcase Suni Rose Wagner as a pretty nifty writer of two-minute plus pop nuggets.

Frontlines: This note's not for you

2003-09-03 00:00:00


The recording industry Big Brother is keeping an even sharper eye on rock writers. Peter Murphy reports on the Neil Young CD classified "Top Secret".

Album: Indestructible

2003-08-29 00:00:00


Interview: Dangerous Liaisons

2003-08-27 00:00:00


All you need is one key, three chords and the right attitude. Peter Murphy meets The Raveonettes.

News: The glory that was Slane: Saturday's highlights reviewed

2003-08-25 00:00:00


"It was the Queens Of The Stone Age’s day," according to our roving reporter Peter Murphy

Album: Regard The End

2003-08-22 00:00:00


Interview: Paddy O'Gorman

2003-08-20 00:00:00


He's famous for asking the questions and sometimes getting unexpected answers. Like when one woman confessed to a distressing three in a bed romp. These days the RTE reporter is a little more circumsect about his own personal life but still outspoken and controversial on the subject of aids.

Album: Greendale

2003-08-20 00:00:00


Album: Bazooka!!!

2003-08-19 00:00:00


One look at the cover will tell you all you need to know, with all four members rockin’ the second-generation Heartbreakers look via Izzy Stradlin and Andy McCoy.

Interview: Jane's Recovery

2003-08-19 00:00:00


The self-styled "rock n roll shit of the 80's" has fertilised a new album. Peter Murphy sniffs out Jane's addiction.

Interview: Bad Air Days: Iain Banks interview

2003-08-15 00:00:00


Iain Banks Tells Peter Murphy about the high speed gestation of Dead Air, a story incorporating 9/11, television and dangerous love...

Album: Phoenix

2003-08-13 00:00:00


Album: A Drug Problem That Never Existed

2003-08-12 00:00:00


Nick Oliveri abbreviated is NO, and this second Mondo Generator album is one big yowl of wild and wilful negation.

Album: The Crooked Straight

2003-08-11 00:00:00


Straight hasn’t quite fulfilled El Diablo’s early promises, but it hasn’t made liars of them either.

Interview: Lost in the former West5

2003-08-06 00:00:00


Exiled in America when war erupted in his hometown of Sarajevo, author Aleksandar Hemon taught himself to speak and write english – with stunningly powerful results. Portrait Mick Quinn

Interview: Beyond the back of beyond

2003-08-06 00:00:00


Maverick genius or away with the fairies? Peter Murphy travels to North-East Scotland to meet Mike Scott at home in the spiritual Findhorn community where The Waterboys’ latest album was written and recorded. And Steve Wickham explains how he left and rejoined the band.

Interview: Can't stop the rawk

2003-08-01 00:00:00


The days of pop dominance are over. The worm has turned, and a whole new slew of blood and guts rock and roll bands are coming through with records that carry more than a hint of greatness. The darkling posse is headed by the Kings Of Leon – but there are outfits from all over the world who will be vying for poll position over the coming 12 months.

Album: Fire

2003-07-25 00:00:00


Over 13 tunes, the post-ironic disco king shapes and “Fire in the disco”/“Nuclear war on the dance floor” metaphors wear a little thin.

Album: De-loused In The Comatorium

2003-07-16 00:00:00


Close your eyes and you get flashes of Hispanic action painters flinging colours at bare canvas in whitewashed shanties, or shackled poetical prisoners sketching prohibited images in black dust in a hot tin shed.

Live: Rootes maneouvres

2003-07-14 00:00:00


Peter Murphy checks out The Roots

Live: Sweet tooth

2003-07-14 00:00:00


Peter Murphy gets a sugar rush from the 'babes

Live: Offaly good

2003-07-14 00:00:00


Mundy packs a punch at the Main Stage. On location: Peter Murphy

Live: Seasoned performers

2003-07-14 00:00:00


Peter Murphy is Upstage-bound for Relish's set

News: Witnness: Saturday Evening ...

2003-07-13 00:00:00


Peter Murphy runs the rule over the teatime slots ...

Live: The Waterboys

2003-07-10 00:00:00


Of the two shows, the first was characterised by a more formal atmosphere, and under scrutiny the band concentrated harder. The second was looser and more given to mischief.

Interview: The road to hippyville

2003-07-10 00:00:00


He may possess formidable academic credentials, but Road To Welville author TC Boyle refuses to take an elitist stance on his chosen art-form. “If it’s not entertainment at its root, it sucks!” he tells Peter Murphy

Interview: Orhan Pamuk

2003-07-07 00:00:00


Fresh from winning the IMPAC literary award for his acclaimed novel My Name Is Red, the Turkish writer talks about censorship and self-censorship, east and west, Christianity and Islam and the U.S. versus them. Photography: Roger Woolman

Interview: With a little help from my friends

2003-06-30 00:00:00


Despite having to contend with muscular dystrophy, the inspiration of working with some well-known musicians has given Fergus O’Farrell of Interference a whole new lease of creative life.

Album: Soul Journey

2003-06-27 00:00:00


Soul Journey still sees Welch coming off somewhere between Grandma Walton and Georgia O’Keefe. I have no higher praise.

Live: Interference

2003-06-19 00:00:00


It was often emotional stuff of course, but if this was O’ Farrell operating on one third of his lung power and tired after two days of intensive rehearsal, then most of the vocalists on the scene could be thankful for their egos he wasn’t on full throttle.

Interview: The price of an education

2003-06-16 00:00:00


What happens when good samaritans go bad? Screenwriter and novelist Richard Price on the dark side of altruism

Album: Universal Hall

2003-06-12 00:00:00


Gone are the distorted kaleidoscopes of A Rock In The Weary Land, back are natural fibres, and if Wickham plays a subsidiary role, his high lonesome keenings are integral to the prevailing air of windswept ennui.

Interview: The people’s band

2003-06-11 00:00:00


The industry may not have always liked them but their fans couldn’t be more passionate. Ten members, four studio albums, three managers and two major labels later, The Frames still managed to add up to more than the sum of their parts. Peter Murphy, with help from Glen Hansard and other key players brings the story of the band up to date in this, the final part of our two-part special [Photo Mick Quinn]

Album: Shootenanny

2003-06-05 00:00:00


Shootenanny is not quite as elaborate as previous eels records, rejoicing in simple beat group, rockabilly and ballad styles

Interview: The wayward wind

2003-06-04 00:00:00


From “Outspan” to Glen Hansard, from Grafton Street to Hollywood – and onwards to Lisdoonvarna 2003. A portrait of The Frames as a most unusual band. Part one of a two-part special feature by Peter Murphy. [Main Photos: Mick Quinn]

Album: Luna Park

2003-06-04 00:00:00


It’s no contradiction in terms to say that Kila rock, and Luna Park is a tour de force.

Live: Patti Smith

2003-05-28 00:00:00


It’s the all-singing all-dancing Patti on duty tonight.

Interview: Arc of a diver

2003-05-22 00:00:00


A classical pianist grandmother, bohemian parents and a half-brother in LA legends Love – you could say that Maria McKee was cut out for her job.

Interview: The story of the red, white & blues

2003-05-21 00:00:00


How The White Stripes turned the bare essentials into an essential noise, insisted that three is indeed a magic number and wound up becoming one of the most phenomenally successful rock acts in the world

Album: Say You Will

2003-05-20 00:00:00


Interview: Willam Gibson

2003-05-14 00:00:00


Sci-fi revolutionary and reluctant cyberpunk, William Gibson marks the publication of his new novel pattern recognition by offering Peter Murphy a peek into the present and a brief history of the future.

Single: There There

2003-05-09 00:00:00


Interview: Shoot first, ask questions later

2003-05-01 00:00:00


Pennie Smith, the legendary NME photographer who shot the cover of The Clash’s London Calling is about to have an exhibition in Belfast. Peter Murphy gets her to rewind the film

Album: Fiends Of Dope Island

2003-04-29 00:00:00


Their special talent is the ability to Frankenstein together body parts too diseased for other bands to use, sew ’em together and cover over the cracks with heaped trowels of whiteface and panstick.

Interview: American gigolo

2003-04-28 00:00:00


How David Henry Sterry sold his love on the streets of Hollywood and just about lived to write the tale.

Interview: The pursuit of happiness

2003-04-23 00:00:00


Laurie Anderson, performance artist and musician, explains the genesis of her new Dublin-bound show to Peter Murphy

Interview: System of a county Down

2003-04-22 00:00:00


You might not have heard of Leya, but Elton John, Ronan Keating and Jools Holland have. Peter Murphy meets the band who are putting Bangor on the rock’n’roll map

Frontlines: Beneath the barricades

2003-04-17 00:00:00


An 83-year-old woman says that she suffered shock and extensive bruising as a result of police action at an anti-war protest outside the Dail last week.

Interview: Lara Marlowe

2003-04-16 00:00:00


A veteran of conflicts in Nicaragua, Somalia, Lebanon, Rwanda, Algeria and the former Yugoslavia, Lara Marlowe is currently best known to readers in Ireland for her compelling and humane reports from Baghdad for the Irish Times. On the eve of what was being billed as a potentially decisive battle for the city, she spoke to Peter Murphy by satellite phone about war and journalism, her personal circumstances and why she believes the invasion of Iraq could still end in catastrophe

Interview: The man behind the wires

2003-04-15 00:00:00


Pioneering ambient artist, film-scorer, and producer of choice for everyone from Willie Nelson to U2, Daniel Lanois has assembled one of the most impressive CVs in modern rock. And with his new album, Shine, having just hit the racks, he’s far from done yet, as he tells Peter Murphy

Interview: Sonic boom boom

2003-04-15 00:00:00


Inside John Kelly’s teenage head, as the broadcaster and writer goes back to his roots.

Album: Dirty (Deluxe Edition)

2003-04-15 00:00:00


Anyway, the Dirty album proper hasn’t dated one second: Vig and Wallace had keen radar when it came to knowing just how much to sugarcoat the Sonics’ dissonant assault without compromising on raw power.

Album: Doll Revolution

2003-04-07 00:00:00


Album: High Dive

2003-04-02 00:00:00


High Dive is her magnum opus, her most audacious work, and a vertiginous leap of faith into thin air.

Interview: Cometh the 25th hour, cometh the man

2003-03-31 00:00:00


How Dublin helped David Benioff write a book that saw Spike Lee and Mickey Mouse go head-to-head in order to bring it to a big screen near you.

Album: The Trouble With Being Myself

2003-03-27 00:00:00


Anyway, Macy does both sides of the actor’s mask very well, balancing the party animal (‘Come Together’) with the natural melancholic (‘Jesus For A Day’).

Interview: The art of darkness

2003-03-20 00:00:00


Rory Gallagher’s posthumous Wheels Within Wheels is a remarkable collection of previously unreleased acoustic material by Ireland’s guitar legend. It comes complete with a cover by the celebrated painter, David Oxtoby, that is certain to make a lasting impression.

Interview: Christina Noble

2003-03-19 00:00:00


She’s no saint. She swears and smokes and doesn’t think she’ll go to heaven. But the one-time Dublin street kid has used the nightmare of her own past life to help make unlikely dreams come true for abandoned children across the world. Peter Murphy hears her extraordinary story.

Album: Spend The Night

2003-03-18 00:00:00


The Donnas, if you don’t know, are a hard rock (and yes, that antiquated term very much applies here) quartet armed with a serious index of AC/DC riffs and a smattering of gauche girl-gone-wrong charm

Live: Oasis

2003-03-13 00:00:00


The collective object of their allegiance have put on a few pounds, but remain lean and hungry, perhaps mindful that previous shots at bulking up with unnecessary extras like horn sections and blues harpists resulted in the bloat of Be Here Now.

Interview: The book of Rev Elations

2003-03-12 00:00:00


Since their debut single ‘Wired To The Moon’ went gold here The Revs have established themselves as Ireland’s hungriest and most energetic rock combo, with an appetite for gigging and an eye for publicity that has seen them embroiled in a number of amusing controversies. But behind the brash exterior is the fascinating story of three dedicated young musicians who have overcome their status as outsiders to build one of the biggest and most loyal grass roots following of any local act. Now with the release of their debut studio album, Suck, they are ready to go international.

Interview: New York state of mind

2003-03-10 00:00:00


Everybody’s talkin’ about Jesse Malin, a man who isn’t shy about powdering his nose – literally! – before a gig.

Album: Get Rich Or Die Tryin'

2003-03-10 00:00:00


Only the most blinkered rap aficionados could claim themselves immune to yet another record padded out with the same old routines about homicidal life on the street.

Album: Keep On Your Mean Side

2003-03-03 00:00:00


Gone wrong the whole filthy enterprise could’ve come off as contrived but guitarist Jamie Hince makes a virtue of rhythm in its rawest state, chopping out ugly-puss figures wound tight as sinews.

Live: Sato

2003-02-20 00:00:00


Specialising in a howling brand of blues-rock not a million miles from Led Zeppelin, Dublin quintet Sato provide a very enjoyable hour of entertainment in the tiny South William Street venue

Interview: I don’t think you're ready for this, Kelly!

2003-02-20 00:00:00


She may be very sensitive about babies and young people and her ideal bloke might have to be respectful, responsible and Christian – but that don’t mean Kelly Rowland doesn’t want to be bootylicious.

Album: The Neon Handshake

2003-02-19 00:00:00


The Neon Handshake sounds like a record made of bits cherry-picked from the rock radio airwaves of the last ten years: some tried and tested Pumpkins bellyaching, a few attempts at the clenched angst of the mighty At The Drive-In, a slice or two of prime Soundgarden

Interview: Wide awake in Dublin

2003-02-17 00:00:00


Not so long ago mavericks and experimentalism were thin on the ground in Ireland. But with the growth of an independent scene, all of that has changed. for confirmation, look no further than the rise to eminence of The Jimmy Cake.

Interview: Beyond The Pale

2003-02-12 00:00:00


The Heineken Rollercoaster Tour is taking to the road again and this time the capital is nobody’s hometown gig. From Kells come Turn, from Limerick Woodstar and from Cork The Frank and Walters. Next stop: a venue near you.

Album: The Raven

2003-02-11 00:00:00


Thus far reviewers have been foaming at the mouth trying to describe what an ungainly and unprecedented enterprise is The Raven, but Reed has always been at his best when there’s a thread to his threnodies, from New York to Berlin.

Commentary: Smells like spleen spirit

2003-02-07 00:00:00


Nirvana fans are far from happy Tom Dunne of Today FM. Peter Murphy explains why

Album: Dim Stars, Bright Sky

2003-02-06 00:00:00


Sparse stuff, but staunch.

Interview: 8 miles high

2003-01-29 00:00:00


He may have ranked among the biggest-selling artists in the world in 2002 – but the ambition that has driven Eminem to pop’s dizziest heights shows no sign of abating with the release of his own biopic, 8 Mile. On track to becoming Hollywood’s latest darling, with all the attendant pressures and provocations that entails, will his art survive?

Album: Master & Everyone

2003-01-27 00:00:00


His compositions have this remarkable unfinished air, as if he is in possession of painterly instincts telling him exactly when to stop, an interior alarm mechanism warning him that one more stroke might reduce a great piece of work to a failure

Commentary: Animal form

2003-01-11 00:00:00


Interview: Grace notes

2003-01-10 00:00:00


When Jeff Buckley drowned in the Wolf River, Tennessee, five years ago, the world lost a fledgling musical visionary, his lone album Grace becoming a sacred text of loss and unfinished beauty. In his short 29 years on earth, his power and grace touched many, especially his mother Mary Guibert and his former bandmate Gary Lucas.

Interview: Life after Nirvana

2003-01-10 00:00:00


Peter Murphy considers Nirvana’s legacy and wonders will we ever hear their like again. Producer Butch Vig and Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age help him with his enquiries

Interview: Screaming Queens

2003-01-06 00:00:00


From badass bunnies via political incorrectness to the mightiest drummer in rock ’n’ roll, it’s all in an interview’s work for Queens Of The Stone Age mainman Josh Homme.

Album: Skylarkin

2002-12-13 00:00:00


This album operates under its own internal logic, happens in its own dreamtime, the basic tracks being augmented with all the care and lightness of touch one would expect from musicians preparing their friend’s last will and testament

News: Bono speaks on CNN's Larry King Show about the African AIDS crisis

2002-12-06 00:00:00


U2 frontman speaks about "the biggest pandemic since the bubonic plague" and urges middle America to use their nation's huge financial power and get involved. "Our age will be remembered," he says, "for three things: the war against terror, the Internet, and how we let an entire continent burst into flames and stood around with water in cans"

Interview: The flesh made word

2002-11-28 00:00:00


Peter Murphy leaps through Kurt Cobain’s journals and finds that he wasn’t the selfless punk martyr he’s made out to be

Interview: Suits you, sir

2002-11-27 00:00:00


Jerry Fish, the artist formerly known as An Emotional Fish’s Gerry Whelan has ditched rock’n’roll for rat pack chic as Peter Murphy discovers

Album: Free So Free

2002-11-20 00:00:00


The guy’s a great hard rock drummer in the busy-bee late-’60s mode, his vocal phrasing is addictive, and he’s of the Neil Young school of gutsy but physically dyslexic guitar playing

Interview: Art attack

2002-11-19 00:00:00


The Tycho Brahe are a trio of musicians/artists who are among the leading lights of Dublin’s new musical underground

Album: ( )

2002-11-18 00:00:00


They are the ultimate life-is-a-movie soundtrack, perfect for self-mythologizing and elevating the humdrum ho-hum of the ’burbs and the boonies into the stuff of half-speed-shutter-flutter-partial-exposure existential

Album: Songs To No One 1991 - 1992

2002-11-08 00:00:00


Buckley was the original crazy mixed-up kid, a brilliant dilettante who could flit from jazz fusion to classic hard rock to vocal stylists like Nusrat and Nina to lo-fi garage rock to French chansons/chanteuse

Interview: The ballad of a Thin Man

2002-11-06 00:00:00


Phil Lynott, the first true Irish rock star, a rocker with a poet’s heart and the man who made paddy cool

Live: Prince

2002-11-05 00:00:00


Right now, Prince is caught in the twilight zone between tributary minnow and nostalgia act, unwilling (or unable) to advance, yet refusing to plunder the back catalogue for a classic hits roadshow

Interview: War stories

2002-11-01 00:00:00


Banned by the Iraquis and ribbed for “liberating” Kabul, veteran foreign correspondent John Simpson is one of the world’s most recognisable journalists. “I want people to think of me as a little bit like a grenade with the pin out,” he insists

Interview: What it feels like for a Grohl

2002-10-23 00:00:00


It’s been a long, strange trip for David Grohl, from Nirvana drummer to Foo Fighters frontman, via Queens Of The Stone Age and Tenacious D. Now he’s back with a new Foo album, he’s buried the hatchet with Courtney Love and he’s still as rock’n’roll as ever

Album: The Murky World Of Seats

2002-10-23 00:00:00


Seats is basically an alterna-rock post-country cocktail comprised of equal measures Pavement, Silver Jews and Grandaddy

Commentary: The book of love

2002-10-22 00:00:00


If it’s hot, steamy, degenerate and downright perverted sexual action you’re looking for, check out the literature shelves in the college library

Album:

2002-10-10 00:00:00


Interview: Set your controls for the heart of the sun

2002-10-09 00:00:00


With ‘Yellow’, Coldplay captured the imagination of even the most resistant of hard-boiled rock’n’roll cynics. Now, as A Rush Of Blood To The Head achieves lift-off in the U.S., even the sky is no longer the limit.

Album: Iicons

2002-10-09 00:00:00


Iicons is mercifully devoid of the usual filler that is the bane of hip-hop, namely unfunny skits based on outdated gangsta posturing, off-the rack bitch-dissin’ and equal-opportunities deployment of the epithets nigga, pussy etc.

Interview: The gospel according to Mark

2002-09-25 00:00:00


JJ 72 have been hailed by some critics as the finest thing to come out of Ireland since U2 - and no wonder. With a hugely impressive debut album under their collective belt, the expectations are even higher for the follow-up, I To Sky. They share with their illustrious predecessors a predilection for intense songs of spiritual yearning - and a desire to make music that truly stands the test of time. But is it rock'n'roll?

Album: Exile On Dame Street

2002-08-27 00:00:00


1000 Wedding are a loose affiliation of players drawn from a deep pool of Dublin barroom philosophers playing songs by Sean A. McDermott in a wilfully sloppy style

Album: Uncertain Intent

2002-08-20 00:00:00


Uncertain Intent is immaculately executed and recorded, full of big shiny shapes somewhere between art school quirkiness and latter day prog-rock muscle

Album: Irv Gotti Presents The Inc

2002-08-14 00:00:00


The beats are lethargic, the melodies are second generation g-funk and the main players just sound slovenly, and not in a Snoop-y gin and juice way either

Live: Oasis, Live at Witnness

2002-07-31 00:00:00


Presumably the fault lay with Oasis' techies rather than Witnness crew, but for an unforgivable dozen songs - the bulk of the set - Oasis battled to establish some sort of rapport with an underwhelmed crowd

Album: Tenacious D

2002-07-18 00:00:00


The optimum situation for playing this album in is at some kind of frat house initiation ceremony drunk out of your mind on applerot

Album: Tenacious D

2002-07-18 00:00:00


The optimum situation for playing this album in is at some kind of frat house initiation ceremony drunk out of your mind on applerot

Album: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

2002-07-11 00:00:00


The Lips' latest high-concept surrealistic pillow fight between good and evil

Album: Sidetracks

2002-05-14 00:00:00


The thirteen tracks herein can be split roughly into two camps - the originals penned quick and recorded even quicker for soundtracks, and the covers dashed off as extra incentives on special edition albums, or just for pig iron

Album: Bag Of Hits - 15 Interglobal Chartstoppers

2002-08-16 00:00:00


At their best - 'Scooby Snacks','‘Big Night Out', 'Korean Bodega' - FLC provide the comedy take on Lou's New York by way of seminal rap-rock crossbreeds like Big Audio Dynamite

Album: The Rising

2002-08-01 00:00:00


It's Bruce and the band given a new coat of paint by producer Brendan O’ Brien, who through his work with bands like Pearl Jam, knows a thing or two about gut feeling and mile-high noise

Album: The Remote Part

2002-07-25 00:00:00


Tto this customer, Idlewild are like lettuce, like white bread, like non-alcoholic beer or overcooked vegetables

Album: My Medicine

2002-07-15 00:00:00


They have got it all going on: big beefy choruses, a rhythm section that don't lose their nerve at high speed or volume, a nice line in multi-tracked vocal melodies, and guitars like a gravel bath

Album: Daybreaker

2002-07-04 00:00:00


Daybreaker takes effect only after repeated administrations, peaking somewhere between fourth and fifth

Album: Land (1975-2002)

2002-05-20 00:00:00


Good as her word, Citizen Smith let the people have the power in selecting the track listing for this Best Of kiss off to/from Arista

Album: Alice/Blood Money

2002-05-09 00:00:00


Alice and Blood Money are Siamese twinsets written by Waits and his wife Kathleen Brennan for a stage production directed by Texan image alchemist Robert Wilson

Interview: JJ72 Go Supernova

2002-02-27 00:00:00


Elstree, remember me, went the old Boggles tune. The location is a far-flung suburb of north London, former nerve centre of an entire B-movie industry, now home to television shows like East Enders, Holby City (wandering through the corridors, your correspondent comes across a room identified by the rather ominous notice: Make-up - GUTS), and of course Top Of The Pops.

News: Raindogs

2002-05-01 00:00:00


Interview: Forty shades of yellow

2002-09-12 00:00:00


"When did Ireland ever take a stand on anything?" Niall O'Dowd, leading Irish-American and author of a new book on September 11, attacks Ireland's "moral superiority"

Interview: Reel to real

2002-09-05 00:00:00


from shadow player to leading man, ex-magazine/bad seed multi-instrumentalist and soundtrack composer barry adamson has once more found his voice

Frontlines: The man with the calcified heart

2002-09-02 00:00:00


Dirk Whittenborn started his writing career on the cult us show saturday night live in the 1970s when the hedonistic, cocaine-fuelled lifestyle claimed the talents of many of his contemporaries, including John Belushi. Whittenborn survived - but only after brutal heart surgery.

Frontlines: Wage against the machine

2002-08-22 00:00:00


Author Barbara Ehrenreich worked in a variety of low-paid jobs in the USA to research her book Nickel & Dimed - Undercover In Low-Wage USA. The conditions and terms of employment she uncovered make frightening reading

Interview: Twist and doubt

2002-08-08 00:00:00


The criterati may not like them but Adrian Young doesn't care. and why should he when No Doubt have crafted a most excellent pop record, with dancehall rhythms, in rock steady

Interview: Radical adults

2002-08-07 00:00:00


Age has not withered them. twenty years after they rose out of the new york underground, Sonic Youth have managed to grow old and stay hardcore. Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon reveal how it’s done

Interview: What makes the grass grow green in Texas

2002-07-23 00:00:00


The outlaw loved by the in-law, Willie Nelson can draw 4,000 people outside Dublin virtually by word of mouth. But it ain't all middle of the road: as befits a veteran of the honky-tonks who had done battle with the IRS and the law, the country music legend can still get in touch with the dark side of Hank

Interview: Sound and vision

2002-07-17 00:00:00


Donal Dineen launches his latest exhibition at the Galway Arts Festival this month. as we've come to expect from the DJ, TV presenter, filmmaker and photographer, music plays a big part in the new work

Interview: California screaming

2002-07-03 00:00:00


The Red Hot Chili Peppers visited Lansdowne Road, Dublin on July 8 but we caught up with the band in Paris recently and heard why the west coast warriors of funk-rock have never been hotter

Interview: Song and dance man

2002-07-29 00:00:00


Leaving behind his desk job, Paul Oakenfold has enlisted a galaxy of stars to perform vocal duties on hs new album Bunkka including Tricky, Nelly Furtado and, uh, Hunter S. Thompson

Interview: Shine on, the lights of the Bowery

2002-07-12 00:00:00


The blank generation revisited

Interview: Through the pain barrier

2002-05-22 00:00:00


Peter Murphy hears about Irish writer Suzanne Power's story of everyday heroism

Album: The Rising

2002-08-09 00:00:00


Last winter, as the cold set in and rock ‘n’ roll seemed about as useful as a paper piss-pot, you could almost hear the voices from the back of Madison Square Gardens hollering, “Bruce, why hast thou forsaken us?”

Album: The Rising

2002-08-01 00:00:00


Interview: Dillonology

2002-06-13 00:00:00


Can Cara Dillon sell her unique brand of folk music to fans of The Strokes? Rough Trade believe she can, and so does Peter Murphy.

Frontlines: Crime lines

2002-06-13 00:00:00


Peter Murphy meets the Galway born crime novelist KEN BRUEN and discovers a man with his own dark tale to tell.

Album: Staros

2002-06-06 00:00:00


Staros rarely raises its voice, and like Margaret Healy, marries flatland minimalism with elements of euro-electronica, avant jazz equations and The Blue Nile's nocturnal urban emptiness

Album: The Eminem Show

2002-06-06 00:00:00


Dre's enchanted tinker-toybox is opened on only a handful of tracks, the rest are blunt axe-handle jams

Album: Total Lee

2002-06-04 00:00:00


Some of the selections on Total Lee make delirious sense in conception and execution

Album: Bunkka

2002-06-05 00:00:00


Oakenfold manages to prove that you can be both a song and dance man

Album: For Every Solution There's A Problem

2002-06-04 00:00:00


His tunes strike an uncanny balance between old-school Nashville rat pack machismo and bedsit sensitivity

Interview: Confessions of a Catholic Girl

2002-06-03 00:00:00


Jesus died for somebody's sins but not Gemma Hayes'. By Peter Murphy.

Interview: Mann alive

2002-05-31 00:00:00


Peter Murphy meets the female singer/songwriter who's gone solo in more ways than one, Aimee Mann

Interview: Everything but the boy

2002-05-21 00:00:00


The rise and rise of the female singer/songwriter is fast achieving phenomenon status in Ireland - here, Peter Murphy profiles an eclectic mix of new and distinctive talent

News: The way forward

2002-05-17 00:00:00


Hot Press was granted an exclusive preview listen to so-new-it's-not-even-finished-yet Red Hot Chili Peppers LP By The Way, due out on July 8th. Peter Murphy gives us the rundown

Interview: Nick Johnstone

2002-04-30 00:00:00


With A Head Full Of Blue, music journalist Nick Johnstone reveals the harrowing story of his alcohol addiction - not just from first drink to last, but right back to the childhood "faulty wiring" that also led him to cut himself and through to the sometimes difficult process of recovery which has allowed him to reclaim his life

Interview: Miami voice

2002-04-29 00:00:00


Florida's favourite crime writer Carl Hiaasen has turned his attention to the equally murky world of newspapers and rock music for his latest book basket case. Peter Murphy reports

Interview: The official soundtrack

2002-04-29 00:00:00


Peter Murphy meets Sweden's Soundtrack Of Our Lives frontman Ebbot Lundberg and discovers that Scandinavia has more to offer music than Roxette and their ilk

Live: Billy Bob Thornton

2002-04-22 00:00:00


For Billy Bob, spinning yarns is like breathing and he did it all throughout the Vicar St. show

Album: Mobilize

2002-04-23 00:00:00


His melodies do the job, and this new record utilises a peculiar but pleasing palate of muted drum figures, manipulated guitar and synth strings, but as I say, the vocal tone grates

Album: Frantic

2002-04-17 00:00:00


This record signals the silver-tongued devil's return to compositional chores after a spell in the interpretive wildernesa

Album: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

2002-04-22 00:00:00


It looks pretty good on paper: alt-country stalwarts Wilco meet the godfather of post-rock Jim O' Rourke

Interview: Sophie's Choice

2002-04-08 00:00:00


Or how a short-term model, aspiring novelist and Indie kitten became a sophisti-cat and lived to twitch her tale. Peter Murphy meets the multi-layered Sophie Ellis Bextor

Interview: A star is Yorn

2002-04-09 00:00:00


How Pete Yorn became a consummate songwriter and learned how to score. By Peter Murphy

Interview: From hell, with love

2002-04-05 00:00:00


Comic book genius Alan Moore, who was also the original author of the big screen Jack the Ripper yarn, From Hell, has now turned his attention to fellow visionary/madman, William Blake. Peter Murphy reports

Interview: Southern man.

2002-04-04 00:00:00


No mere actor boy moonlighting as a rock star, Billy Bob Thornton is steeped in music and also in the kind of brooding Southern gothic aesthetic which informs his compelling album of song and story, Private Radio. Peter Murphy meets a singular man of stage and screen

Album: Are You Passionate?

2002-04-03 00:00:00


This time out, the sound is Stax and the vibe is, in Ginsberg's words, holy soul jellyroll, blues but no haikus

Album: The Stone Roses

2002-04-03 00:00:00


Frontlines: Rage against the machine

2002-04-01 00:00:00


Peter Murphy looks back at the career of the hard-living, hard-hitting US comedian Bill Hicks, now the subject of a new biography.

Interview: Smack my ass up

2002-03-25 00:00:00


Peter Murphy travels to London only to discover that US metal outfit and Fred Durst proteges Puddle Of Mudd fail to kick ass

Interview: Back beauty

2002-03-20 00:00:00


Tanya Donelly has returned with a new album, Beautysleep, which features the cream of Boston's musical talent. But Peter Murphy discovers that the ex-Belly vocalist's pregnancy at the time of recording forced her to re-evaluate her singing technique

Album: Plastic Fang

2002-03-11 00:00:00


A rethink in the production department (Steve Jordan's on the board) means some of the gunk has been scraped off the Explosion's bright pink fuck machine and the fenders have been given a good waxing. Some, I said, not much

Interview: La belle époque

2002-03-12 00:00:00


Extinguisher in hand, Peter Murphy cautiously approaches, but finds himself charmed and disarmed by Bellefire

Interview: John McGahern

2002-03-08 00:00:00


Seventeen years after his second book was banned and he lost his teaching job, John McGahern's reputation as one of Ireland's most gifted writers has been underlined by the critical acclaim accorded his latest novel That They May Face The Rising Sun. Yet McGahern remains a somewhat enigmatic personality, tending his farm, refining his prose and observing a vanishing world from his Leitrim home. "The rather nice thing about writing is that it makes everything else a pleasure,' he tells Hotpress

Interview: Dark days, bright sparxxx

2002-03-07 00:00:00


How Bubba Sparxxx went from being nose-down in a bowl of coke to becoming hip-hop's greatest white hope since Eminem. Peter Murphy hears how the southerner fell and rose

Live: Brian Wilson

2002-02-27 00:00:00


A rare cosmic event attended by a large mass of devotees

Commentary: Daddy cool

2002-02-20 00:00:00


Peter Murphy on the publication of illuminating correspondence between beat legend Allen Ginsberg and his father Louis

Frontlines: Hope, heaven & hell

2002-02-19 00:00:00


Peter Murphy speaks to South African writer Chris Hope and discovers a strange link between fashion and fascism

Commentary: The Vig roll

2002-02-13 00:00:00


Butch Vig's Top 3:

Main Event: Return to Neverland

2002-02-13 00:00:00


Nirvana - Ten years after. Peter Murphy talks to producer Butch Vig, musician Mark Lanegan and critic Greil Marcus, and gets the inside story of the making of Nevermind, the classic album that changed the face of music, unveiled the anthem 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and brought the world face to face with a screaming soul called Kurt Cobain.

Album: Under Rug Swept - Alanis Morissette

2002-02-11 00:00:00


It's not a terrible album.

Live: Maria Doyle-Kennedy

2002-02-06 00:00:00


Don't let the tulle threads fool you - there’s a flinty edge in Maria Doyle-Kennedy's delivery that's far closer to Patti Smith or Marianne Faithful than any of the '90s vintage Lainey Keogh-goes-to-Lilith songbirds

Frontlines: Out of control

2002-02-05 00:00:00


Allegations of racist literature and links to the British National Party have once more brought the activities of the immigration Control Platform into focus. Peter Murphy reports

Album: Under Rug Swept

2002-01-31 00:00:00


Under Rug Swept starts promisingly with the toothy guitar hook of '21 Things', but it isn't long before the groove fractures under a shopping list of Alanis' requirements in a lover, a bunch of cumbersome lines that probably scan better than they sound.

Album: Rock Steady

2002-01-17 00:00:00


Rock Steady comes with aspirations towards roots-reggae by way of dancehall beats, but the band have made a wise choice in plumping mostly for luscious cherry pop here, crafting a bunch of tunes that can slot easily between nu-punk and the new Pink.

Album: Iron Flag

2002-01-17 00:00:00


Of course, there are some prime Wu-Tang tunes here.....But this listener misses the sheer force of character of ODB or Redman, an ill not even guests like Flavor Flav and Ron Isley can remedy.

Interview: In memory of Mic Christopher

2001-12-14 00:00:00


In memory of Mic Christopher 1969-2001

Interview: Rock in a hard place

2001-12-14 00:00:00


what good was rock’n’roll in 2001? No good at all – and yet we couldn’t have got through without it. Peter Murphy reflects on a year in which some old codgers stood up to be counted and many of us lived “on songs and hope”

Interview: The story of M

2001-12-14 00:00:00


Sex and sanctity, grit and glitter, penthouse and pavement, God and the Devil, and all conical points in between! PETER MURPHY dials M for ADONNA, the pre-eminent pop icon of this and every other year

Interview: King of the castle

2001-12-14 00:00:00


Probably the first tickle-me-Elmo moment of the year was seeing the rockwrite trade getting immortalised in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous

Interview: How I learned to stop worrying and loathe the bomb

2001-10-11 00:00:00


After September 11th Radiohead were probably the last band you'd want to see live... but maybe the one that mattered most.

Interview: The rock of pages

2001-12-06 00:00:00


From soul boy to singer/songwriter to author - Johnny Duhan tells his tale.

Interview: Boyle-ing point

2001-12-06 00:00:00


Peter Murphy discusses the finer points of prophecy with US writer T.C. Boyle whose latest short story collection includes tales of plague, air rage and terrorism

Album: Britney

2001-11-29 00:00:00


This is the girl-growed-up album – it’s goodbye to all that soda-pop froth. Time to put childish things away.

Interview: Alone again, naturally

2001-11-29 00:00:00


Neil Hannon tells Peter Murphy about his decision to revert to “solo guy” status

Interview: Lanegan’s Ball

2001-11-29 00:00:00


Ex-screaming tree Mark Lanegan on field songs, serial killer music and having a member of Guns n’ Roses as your landlord. interview: Peter Murphy

Interview: Talkin’ to an angel

2001-11-08 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY meets Ghostland’s JOHN Sinead and his new 'Interview With An Angel' album

Interview: Home in time for E

2001-11-08 00:00:00


He might have been a young Einsten but instead MARK OLIVER EVERETT ended up as EELS aka a man called E aka the Souljacker. PETER MURPHY discovers how it all went horribly right

Interview: Schlock therapy!

2001-11-08 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY meets ex-Cramps guitarist KID CONGO POWERS and ambient producer KHAN, who bring their brand of punk bluesrock to The Shelter in October

Album: Supernova

2001-11-08 00:00:00


‘True Confessions’ hinges on a magnetic synth-cello figure, and all 13 tracks come in multiple flavours of soda pop, retro funk and trip-hop.

Album: Invincible

2001-11-08 00:00:00


It all went to hell when he started calling himself The King Of Pop. The backroom boys work their usual production juju, but Invincible has the air of everything Prince has done since Diamonds & Pearls: beautifully crafted tracks, top-notch performances, not a blemish in the merchandise (unless of course it was put there on purpose) but still light years from his best work.

Album: Ten New Songs

2001-10-25 00:00:00


Leonard Cohen is, as ever, good for a laugh

Album: Sex O'Clock

2001-10-25 00:00:00


Sex O’Clock is a pearl. Happy diving

Interview: Hey, Mr. Spaceman

2001-10-25 00:00:00


JASON PIERCE of SPIRITUALIZED comes on down to talk about mythology versus reality, art versus autobiography and the economy inherent in a cast of hundreds. Interview: PETER MURPHY

Live: Gavin Friday & The Friday Seezer Ensemble

2001-10-25 00:00:00


Baby it’s a Weill world. We’re just minding it ’til he gets back.

Interview: Ave Maria

2001-10-11 00:00:00


With The Commitments, Black Velvet Band, Hothouse Flowers and a range of acting credits already to her name, MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY is finally releasing her debut solo album. PETER MURPHY is charmed

Interview: The story of da funk

2001-10-11 00:00:00


GEORGE CLINTON By PETER MURPHY

Album: We Love Life

2001-08-02 00:00:00


But if . . . Hardcore was a telegram from Francis Bacon’s Soho, this one’s a pastoral postcard done in charcoal

Interview: JT LeRoy – The Hot Press Interview

2001-10-11 00:00:00


Shirley Manson, Tom Waits and Suzanne Vega are among the many heavyweight champions of US cult author JT LEROY, a 21-year-old who survived childhood abuse and a period as a truckstop hustler to become what he calls “an accidental novelist”.

Interview: Born to be Weill-ed

2001-09-27 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY meets GAVIN FRIDAY and discovers a fascination with Kurt Weill that has led to Friday and Maurice Seezer’s Ich Lieb Dich revue at the Tivoli Theatre

Interview: Tupac Shakur and the bloody history of U.S. hip-hop

2001-09-13 00:00:00


It is five years since rapper TUPAC SHAKUR was gunned down on the streets of las vegas in a gangland-style shooting that took place on September 7, 1996. Since then he has become the subject of one of modern music’s most bizarre death cults, as he continues to sell millions of records and to top charts all over the world. but behind his death lies a story of hip-hop babylon – a sordid tale of intrigue, egos, drugs, sex, intimidation, violence – and, almost by the way, some great and enduring music. By PETER MURPHY

Interview: Suicide ride again

2001-09-13 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY meets ALAN VEGA of SUICIDE, the forgotten anti-heroes of ’70s NYC punk

Album: Private Radio

2001-09-13 00:00:00


Private Radio should be appraised as part of a body of work that includes Slingblade and a mesmerising performance in Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan,

Live: One From The Heart

2001-08-30 00:00:00


U2, Slane August 24th 2001

Commentary: One From The Heart

2001-08-30 00:00:00


20 years and the last seven days: U2 have gone through a whole heavenhell of a lot to get here. One can only guess at Bono’s state of mind, high on the euphoria of playing the most ecstatic shows of his band’s career, drained from the freeze-dried exhaustion of flying home to Dublin from all points around Europe to endure the dim purgatories every son goes through when his father is dying.

Album: Let It Come Down

2001-08-30 00:00:00


First, let’s dispense with all the drug talk. The ’90s narcotic experience was a social rather than solitary one.

Interview: The Heart of Garbage

2001-08-30 00:00:00


The Manson Family at work, rest and play, in sickness and in health. Peter Murphy travels to britain and the US to bring back the full, intimate story of a band on the run

Album: Is This It

2001-08-16 00:00:00


Every last tune is tight and tailored, no waste, flying economy class. Give that editor an apple.

Live: One from the heart

2001-08-30 00:00:00


One from the heart

Album: Interview With The Angel

2001-08-02 00:00:00


Interview With The Angel is out on its own, a string-driven hymn thing distinguished by occasional flashes of gnostic pop.

Album: Brains

2001-08-02 00:00:00


The subterranean currents of the Chicago post rock/Wire cadre are making themselves felt here, and to good effect.

Interview: Yellabelly without a pause

2001-07-05 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY goes fishing for PIERCE TURNER

Interview: Cherry bomb

2001-07-05 00:00:00


Why would a freight train take a dirt-road? PETER MURPHY gets a lesson in East Texas vernacular from hardboiled memorist MARY KARR

Live: Horse Play

2001-06-21 00:00:00


The good news is that some of the new material sounds like his best since Mirror Ball

Album: Beat ’Em Up

2001-06-21 00:00:00


Beat ’Em Up is pneumatic and neurotic Mandrax metal loaded with gonzo Darwinian one-liners

Album: Amnesiac

2001-06-07 00:00:00


From this end of the Radiohead telescope, all the hullabaloo about last year’s Kid-A was, quite frankly, unbelievable.

Album: The Invisible Band

2001-06-07 00:00:00


Travis possess the ability to make a perhapser out of the most opinionated commentator.

Album: The Good The Bad And The Funky

2001-06-07 00:00:00


Here’s a gentle reminder that rap didn’t always equate with firearms and crack. Almost ten years before De La Soul’s daisy age of sampladelic delight, Tom Tom Club were imagining rap not as a martial but a visual art with the hot colours and graffiti sensibilities of their eponymous debut.

Album: Look Into The Eyeball

2001-05-24 00:00:00


On Look Into The Eyeball, his seventh solo album, Byrne again uses his most stringent songwriting instincts to put manners on an unruly disparity of styles

Album: Everything’s Fine

2001-05-24 00:00:00


Everything’s Fine comes off as a strong brew of gin-soaked guilt, mountainy-man morbidity and good ol’ dust bowl agoraphobia

Album: Pneumonia

2001-05-24 00:00:00


This is a tombstone, a posthumous collection culled from a double album’s worth of tracks from the vault

Album: From Life

2001-05-24 00:00:00


Brian Eno sums up his musical philosophy as an attempt to balance the intellect and the emotions. From Life is about the simplest aesthetics: beauty, pleasure, pure sensation

Album: From Life

2001-05-24 00:00:00


Brian Eno sums up his musical philosophy as an attempt to balance the intellect and the emotions. From Life is about the simplest aesthetics: beauty, pleasure, pure sensation

Album: This Is The Day

2001-05-24 00:00:00


When everybody’s yelling for your attention, it’s Christy Moore's soft voice that catches your ear

Interview: The ballads of a thin man

2001-05-24 00:00:00


NICK CAVE: Between The Cradle And The Grave. By PETER MURPHY

Interview: Julian Gough

2001-05-10 00:00:00


Once he was the mouthy fop rocker who enraged at least as many people as he delighted; now with a debut novel just published he's a (mostly) critically acclaimed author whose time has apparently come. Peter Murphy meets former Toasted Heretic frontman Julian Gough to discuss a meeting with Morrissey and a near-miss with Sinead, the benefits of being humbled and crushed, fame and creativity on the dole and, one more time with feeling, the epic story of lawyers, lubricants and lunacy at Feile '92. Photography: Phillip Tottenham

Album: Can Our Love

2001-05-10 00:00:00


Ten years ago, on the Tindersticks’ amazing debut, Stuart Staples sang, “What we’ve got here/Is a tired love”.

Album: Long Honeymoon

2001-05-10 00:00:00


Or what Mary did after her Billie holiday. The premise, like most good ones, is simple in conception, if not execution.

Album: Trouble In Shangri-La

2001-05-10 00:00:00


As far back as ten years ago, any non-partisan listener might have greeted the new Stevie Nicks record as a kind of relic.

Album: The Battle Of Los Angeles

1999-11-24 00:00:00


WHAT WE have here are two prime specimens of Metallicus Mutatus, a creature indigenous to North America and as resistant to extinction as the cockroach.

Album: Twisted Tenderness

1999-04-14 00:00:00


From their inception, Electronic were always going to be dogged by high expectations. Let's face it, what act could possibly translate into music the point where three Manchester angles (The Smiths/Joy Division/New Order) trisected?

Album: 13

1999-03-31 00:00:00


FOR A band capable of composing such cockle-warming ballads as 'The Universal' and 'To The End', there's always been something innately stand-offish about Blur. At worst, this quality manifested itself in the smug observations of British Lotto culture that made up the bulk of 1995's The Great Escape, a work largely flawed by champagne-fatigue and a lack of compassion for its subjects.

Album: Whitey Ford Sings The Blues

1999-03-31 00:00:00


THIS WHOLE "Can Caucasians Rap?" claptrap is getting very tired. The US press might be having a field day over the fact that a new wave of white devils (Dr. Dre's boy Eminem, Remedy of the extended Wu-Tang Clan, Non Phixion) are moving in on the 'hood, but the race issue is as after-the-fact now as it was when The Stones and Led Zeppelin were committing grand larceny against Howlin' Wolf and Willie Dixon.

Album: Tragic Magic

1999-03-03 00:00:00


TRAGIC MAGIC, the third album from archetypal 30-something ex-No Wavers Madder Rose, originally only got a release in the US and Japan in 1997, hence this European version's three new tracks, plus a selection of remixes.

Album: Extremely Cool

1999-03-03 00:00:00


EXTREMELY COOL is right. Not every Charlie-come-lately touting his second album can boast an endorsement from Willie Dixon on the cover, credit executive production duties to Johnny Depp, and feature major contributions in the songwriting, production and vocal departments from none other than Tom Waits. Mr. Weiss is connected.

Album: The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One

1999-03-17 00:00:00


IN WHICH Liam Howlett, in the wake of the half-great but ultimately overblown shitstorm that was The Prodigy's Fat Of The Land album and panzer-campaign, holes up in the culture bunker, getting back to his B-boy bleach bum roots.

Album: Blues For A Honey

1999-03-17 00:00:00


A BOLT from the blues alright. On this, their third album, Barefoot Contessa perfect a slow, narcotic and melancholic avant-country/blues out of the sparest, spaciest structures. The effect is Polly Jean Harvey jamming with Mazzy Star (or even David Roback's first band The Rain Parade) under direction from The Walkabouts.

Album: Various Artists

1999-03-03 00:00:00


IN THE cold light of 1999, it's easy to forget that reggae was once the hip-hop of its time, a well of indigenous black music used by every other mainstream act as a source of rejuvenation and inspiration.

Album: The Ideal Crash

1999-03-03 00:00:00


WHAT NEVER happened to dEUS? Four years ago the Belgian band had the respect of their peers, the adoration of the indie cognoscenti, and the ears of the inkies.

Album: Out Of Sight - Music From The Motion Picture

1999-02-17 00:00:00


NOT FOR the first time, Ireland's echoing America in its current musical climate. Meat 'n' potatoes rock is, if not dead, then dozing, leaving the pop-kids and dance instructors calling the shots.

Album: By Your Side

1999-02-17 00:00:00


THE LAST time this listener encountered the Black Crowes, the band were, visually and sonically, stuck in '74. Like, 1874. After a year on the road flogging the Three Snakes And One Charm album, these former Sisters Of Morphine resembled some weird cult that'd crawled out of a peyote-pit on Walton's mountain, all tie-dyed dungarees and sandals, looking as bad as they must've smelled.

Album: No Exit

1999-02-17 00:00:00


20 YEARS ago, Blondie bangled the airwaves with ice-cream, obsession, sex and style - indeed, the sight of Debbie Harry cooing 'Heart Of Glass' on Top Of The Pops inspired the first significant twitchings in the Murphy pecker . . . but that's a little more information than you needed, Vincent.

Album: The Floors of Perception

1999-02-03 00:00:00


IF PEDIGREE alone paid the rent, The Floors' mastermind David Donohue would be a made man. Always ten years ahead of his time, this Carlow-born film-maker, musician, songwriter and alternative entrepreneur first made his mark in 1989 with Put Blood In The Music, an excellent documentary study of a downtown New York downtown scene that included John Zorn and Sonic Youth.

Album: Know Your Enemy

2001-03-15 00:00:00


On the face of it, you could take the title as indicating a reversal of the Manics' musical prejudices. Nicky Wire might've always professed a hatred of the New York school of hip, yet the opening notes of this album find his band blamming their way through a prime Velvets 4/4 and one-note piano motif ('Found That Soul').

Album: Robyn-Good

1999-02-03 00:00:00


ALWAYS HIGHLY regarded by his peers, but largely ignored by the masses, Robyn Hitchcock is a cipher in the hall of fame.

Album: Hit And Miss

1999-02-03 00:00:00


PAUL WELLER is often accorded an elder statesman status which ill becomes him - in this listener's opinion, the Modfather never really earned his stripes.

Film: GHOST DOG - THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI

2000-03-30 00:00:00


GIVEN HIP-HOP/film industry synergy, it's hardly surprising that the whole Wu Tang Clan-inspired Samurai-rap assassin ideal should eventually become immortalised on celluloid.

Interview: The rebirth of the uncool

2001-04-26 00:00:00


Peter Murphy chills out with TRAVIS

News: JOEY RAMONE 1951 – 2001

2001-04-26 00:00:00


Peter Murphy pays tribute to the lead singer with the great Ramones

Interview: Rap Van Winkle

2001-04-26 00:00:00


Stereo MCs Wake Up And Smell The Coffee. By Peter Murphy

Commentary: Scratch ‘n’ sniff

2001-04-26 00:00:00


Pop guru Simon Napier-Bell has written an account of the highs and lows of 50 years of pop music. Peter Murphy reports

Live: Once in a marquee moon

2001-04-26 00:00:00


“It was a tattooed night/Streets so bright . . .”

Album: Until The End Of Time

2001-04-26 00:00:00


Black America mightn’t have wanted a martyr like Tupac Shakur, but they got him anyway. This latest selection is the first of two double albums culled from Shakur’s dreadful “Makaveli” period.

Album: Death Row Greatest Hits

2001-04-26 00:00:00


Black America mightn’t have wanted a martyr like Tupac Shakur, but they got him anyway. This latest selection is the first of two double albums culled from Shakur’s dreadful “Makaveli” period.

Live: PAUL WELLER/FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS/RUN DMC

1998-07-22 00:00:00


PAUL WELLER/FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS/RUN DMC (The Point, Dublin)

Interview: Truth Decay - The Manic Street Preachers: From Despair To Here

1998-08-05 00:00:00


James Dean Bradfield on The Cult of Richey, The Spanish Civil War, Jon Bon Jovi, and the new album This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours. Truth Serum: Peter Murphy. Light Detector Test: Simon Clemenger.

Interview: The Million Dollar Man

2000-03-16 00:00:00


Bono on stalkers, women, Lypton Village, love… oh, and the Million Dollar Hotel. Interview: Peter Murphy. Occasional contributor: WIM WENDERS

Interview: KING OF THE INDEPENDENTS

1998-07-22 00:00:00


At the end of the last decade, Philip King was best known as a founder member of Scullion and writer of the music to the Frank O’Connor translation of the Irish lyric ‘I Am Stretched On Your Grave’. However, since setting up Hummingbird Productions with his partners Nuala O’Connor and Kieran Corrigan in 1987, he has established himself as one of the country’s leading makers of films about Irish music and culture, including acclaimed series such as Bringing It All Back Home, A River Of Sound, and Sult. Here he talks to Peter Murphy about the current Irish climate for independent film-makers, his stop-start relationship with RTE, and post-Riverdance Irishry. Pics: Cathal Dawson

Interview: DIRTINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS

1998-09-02 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY meets THE DIRTY THREE.

Interview: Taking Flight

1998-07-22 00:00:00


To be as tight as the Foo Fighters and as gutsy as The Pixies – Derry band cuckoo set out their stall for Peter Murphy.

News: I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC!

1998-07-22 00:00:00


Continuing his occasional Bum Notes series of reminiscences on life as a musician, Peter Murphy fondly casts a nostalgic eye over the birth of his daughter and the, eh, interesting rock ’n’ roll circumstances that surrounded it.

Album: Fantasma

1998-07-08 00:00:00


CORNELIUS Fantasma (Matador)

Interview: Belfast Cowboys

1996-12-02 00:00:00


How Jools Holland, Jo Brand and Peter Alexander ended up wrestling on the floor while a woman dressed as a giraffe offered them beer. Or, if you prefer your sub-heads sedate: Peter Murphy meets The vivid.

Interview: Boys Keep Swinging

1998-07-08 00:00:00


The Beastie Boys go Intergalactic on Planet Galway. Transmission: Peter Murphy

Interview: FITZ AND STARTS

1996-12-02 00:00:00


GLEN HANSARD explains that, despite the tribulations of the last 12 months, THE FRAMES are more “focused” than ever before. Interview: PETER MURPHY

Live: El Diablo

2001-04-12 00:00:00


16 HORSEPOWER, EL DIABLO Whelan’s, Dublin

Live: 16 Horsepower

2001-04-12 00:00:00


16 HORSEPOWER, EL DIABLO Whelan’s, Dublin

Live: Sun Ra Arkestra

2001-04-12 00:00:00


SUN RA ARKESTRA The Red Box, Dublin

Interview: Visions on

2001-04-12 00:00:00


As Television announce an Easter Monday date at Vicar St., Peter Murphy discusses the meaning of live with Richard Lloyd

Commentary: The bells of hell

2001-04-12 00:00:00


From horned devils to Celtic tigers, Peter Murphy casts a cold eye on a decade in Dublin. Camera: Philip Tottenham

Album: Live 81-82

1999-07-07 00:00:00


WELCOME TO the car smash. The Birthday Party were, like all the great bands, a good five years ahead of the pack: it would take that span of time before another remarkable 4AD act, The Pixies, would smash through the vapidity of the ’80s, eating rock ‘n’ roll’s carcass alive and spewing chunks of it back up into grotesque new configurations.

Album: Holger Hiller

2000-08-31 00:00:00


One thing’s clear from the off. Mr Hiller – nothing if not the quintessential Mute artist – is a dab hand at the old Pro Tools (or, if he’s an analogue snob, which I very much doubt, scissors and sellotape).

Album: Passage To Hades

2001-04-12 00:00:00


You can forget just how central a role Jah Wobble played in post punk pop: as Lydon’s accomplice in PiL; as the dub symphonist of the Primals’ ‘Higher Than The Sun’; as the provider of a blueprint for Madonna’s ge-henna’d Salomé dance routines by way of ‘Visions Of You’ with Sinéad and The Invaders Of The Heart.

Album: Red River

2001-04-12 00:00:00


Formed in Texas. Named after a Polanski movie. A healthy interest in death and decay. Have shared bills with Calexico and The Dirty Three and been described as Gram Parsons-meets-Spiritualized.

Album: Free All Angels

2001-04-12 00:00:00


Sixteen is a state of mind that, like that summer feeling, haunts you the rest of your life. It’s a quickening of stirrings into one overwhelming surge of sense and sensuality: cars, girls, noise, boys, surf, sand and sea breezes.

Album: Progress

2000-10-12 00:00:00


Heavy metal never corrodes, it just warps. Death metal, rap metal, black metal, industrial metal, glam-metal, nu-metal – there are 666 ways to polish a turd.

Album: Courtesy Of Choice

2000-10-12 00:00:00


No disrespect to the other parties involved, but this is that rare artefact: an engineer’s album. The boffin in question is Persian-born Leila, who, according to the publicity blurb, did the mixing honours on Björk’s Post tour.

Album: G.O.A.T. Featuring James T Smith The Greatest Of All Time

2000-10-12 00:00:00


If Barry White is the Walrus Of Love then LL’s the leader of the orang-tang clan, a knuckle-dragging braggart with a lucrative line in greasy pole-dancing steps.

Album: Add Insult To Injury

2000-10-12 00:00:00


South London’s Add N To (X), when not making hardcore porn promo cartoons, specialise in a bolstered and reupholstered variation of what used to be known as electro-rock (pre-post-post rock anyone?) constructed from real-time drums, manipulated synth, robot bass and vocoded vocals.

Album: In The Mode

2000-10-12 00:00:00


Where have all the beat boys gone? Three years is a long time to be absent from a form with such an accelerated rate of mutation as dance.

Album: American III: Solitary Man

2000-10-26 00:00:00


There’s always the danger of confusing Johnny Cash with Robert Mitchum in Night Of The Hunter.

Album: All That You Can't Leave Behind

2000-10-26 00:00:00


When we last left U2, at the conclusion of 1997’s Pop, they were marooned on a spaghetti Golgotha, shouting, “Wake up dead man!” at a god who had apparently reneged on his promise to live forever. Well pilgrims, here’s the resurrection shuffle.

Album: The W

2000-11-23 00:00:00


Just what the hell are Wu-Tang Clan these days anyway? A finishing school for loony-tunesters like ODB, Raekwon, Redman and Method Man? A clothing label/video game franchise? A hip-hop Freemasonry who’ve ceased to exist as a unit per se, but whose name and trademark represent a code of ethics by which the new breed must be measured?

Album: 69 Love Songs

2000-09-28 00:00:00


OR, IF you prefer, a very long album about love. 69 Love Songs does exactly as it says on the tin – it’s a 3CD set of pop sonnets by workaholic wonderboy Stephen Merritt, originally conceived as a 100-song revue to be performed by a cast of singers in the hotel bars and cabaret spots of New York.

Album: Dublin, Ireland 6/01/00

2000-09-28 00:00:00


In accordance with the many anti-corporate codes of honour that make life in the Ed-Ved band seem akin to a ten year stretch in some post-grunge version of the Navy Seals (or worse, a spell as Rage Against The Machine’s stylist), the Jam have done the Dead thing and assembled a whole slew of official live bootlegs, each one slated for release in the very territory it was recorded in.

Album: Various Artists

2000-09-14 00:00:00


We could squabble over the Mercury Music Prize shortlist until the cows come home, but this year has seen some unfathomable omissions. For instance, how come Primal Scream’s Xtrmntr, a career high and easily the equal of 1991’s Mercury-winning Screamadelica, gets ignored in favour of their buddies Death In Vegas muscular but somewhat overrated Contino Sessions.

Album: Teenage Snuff Film

2000-08-17 00:00:00


Twenty-four years is a long time to spend working up to a debut solo album, but Roland S. Howard follows his own wayward star. Whether participating in the jagged juvenalia of Melbourne’s Boys Next Door, lending his trademark flicknife guitar …

Album: Traveller

1999-10-27 00:00:00


CHRISTY HITS the chill-out zone? It’s enough to put the heart across club culturalists and hardcore troubadours alike. Moore’s often bedecked his songs with gaudy tapestries, but on Traveller, in partnership with Leo Pearson, he’s cross-pollinating folk forms with deep space beats, head music and ambient swashes, sticking his neck out further than ever before.

Album: The Sunburn Index

1999-10-27 00:00:00


BEWARE A rush to judgement on any Plague Monkeys recording – here be sleepers. Last year’s debut Surface Tension pleasantly perturbed this candidate on the first to fourth helpings, but by the dozenth dose I was figuring it for a minor classic.

Album: Animal God Of The Streets

1999-09-29 00:00:00


UBIQUITOUS ISN’T the word for it: Kim Fowley has placed himself just left of the epicentre of almost every major noisequake to strike Los Angeles since rock ‘n’ roll first kicked its way out of the belly of the blues.

Album: The Fragile

1999-11-24 00:00:00


COURTNEY LOVE’S dismissal of Trent Reznor as a farmboy who’d never really seen The Horror was glib but off-the-mark: any Deliverance fan will tell you there’s as much atrocity to be found in redneck terrortory as the urban sprawl, and Columbine scenarios are an epidemic endemic to the sticks, not the inner city.

Album: The Contino Sessions

1999-09-29 00:00:00


FORGET THE name, forget the pop-art/gothic sleeve design, forget titles like ‘Dirge’ and ‘Death Threat’: this ain’t no Fields Of The Nephilim.

Album: Trail Of Stars

1999-09-29 00:00:00


BEING ONE of the few grunge-free acts to hail from Seattle and hold down a deal with Sub Pop, The Walkabouts have oft been regarded as something of an anomaly, when in fact, their y’allternative yodel has always subtly shadowed the patricidal yowlings of Kurt ’n’ Eddie.

Album: The Answer To Your Problems?

1999-11-10 00:00:00


IN RESPONSE to the charge that his music was “predictable”, Ted Nugent once argued that the word could be applied to all the best things in life, namely eatin’, drinkin’ an’ ruttin’ – not to mention blasting small furry animals to blazes with a shotgun.

Album: The Bop Apocalypse

1999-09-15 00:00:00


FIRST OFF, the title – a steal from Ginsberg’s ‘Footnote To Howl’ – is a little disingenuous. The Bop Apocalypse is not the jazz-hardcore fusion one might expect, but rather a dazzlingly diverse montage of approaches, quoting everything from hip/trip-hop to big band shapes to torch songsmithery to post-modernist pop.

Album: Made In Dublin

1999-09-29 00:00:00


THE PUNDITS tend to get all sniffy about Aslan, but the fact is, there ain’t that much difference between the Northside quintet and the likes of Ocean Colour Scene or Cast or even Oasis – working class traditionalists specialising in whitebread Beatles values, an old fashioned adherence to live work, and a melodic but inarticulate speech of the heart.

Album: Northern Star

1999-11-10 00:00:00


From the time cracks first began appearing in the Spice Girls' foundation, Mel C was fingered as the one most likely to survive the hype; the girl with the tonsils, the 'tude and the talent. That may still hold, but unfortunately, on her debut outing, she's failed to channel those attributes into one coherent direction.

Album: Juxtapose

1999-09-01 00:00:00


Here he comes again, Tricky, leering out of the spliff-smog, all expectations of ever recreating the warped coffee table perversions of Maxinquaye well and truly dispelled by those difficult second and third albums.

Album: Hey Ho Let's Go - The Ramones Anthology

1999-09-01 00:00:00


It's been held that the best rock 'n' roll is a dumb noise made by smart people. Be that as it may, The Ramones were no stoopids.

Album: Resolutions

1999-08-18 00:00:00


Todd Terry is the hombre who put the "hard" into Hard House, a pump-out-the-jams freelancer with a mercenary bent and an unsentimental attitude towards the production of music. No surprise then, that Terry's latest opus is as tough as old Bootsy: the snare sounds alone are as toned as Madonna's midriff.

Interview: SEX LIVES AND VIDEOTAPE

1998-06-24 00:00:00


When Pulp released the obsessively carnal This Is Hardcore, it was widely touted that the band's main mover, Jarvis Cocker, had lost the plot entirely. But Pulp are back on the road now and Cocker is in fine form - as eloquent when talking about pornography and sex as he is reflecting on the vagaries of the press and his relationship with his father. Interview: peter Murphy.

Album: On The 6

1999-08-04 00:00:00


Whatever the musical merits and demerits of this debut album, you can be sure of one thing: the grunts and dog soldiers in the Sony frontline will not allow it to fail.

Album: Avenue B

1999-08-18 00:00:00


"It was in the winter of my 50th year when it hit me: I was really alone, and there wasn't a hell of a lot of time left. Every laugh and touch that I could get became more important. Strangely, I became more bookish, and my home and study meant more to me as I considered the circumstances of my death. I wanted to find a balance between joy and dignity on my way out. Above all, I didn't wanna take any more shit, not from anybody."

Album: 2

1999-08-04 00:00:00


One fine day about a decade ago, your reporter was idly hitching a lift to Wexford town when he chanced to glance up and realise that, to his horror, he was thumbing a hearse, the incriminating digit standing obscenely erect in full sight of the driver, the mourners and their grim cavalcade.

Album: Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada EP

1999-05-12 00:00:00


Question: Who are God Speed You Black Emperor!? Answer: They're a nine-piece ensemble from Montreal, Canada who refuse to be interviewed, issue press releases or publicity shots, remain wilfully non-specific about who plays what on their records, and are singularly wary of allowing outside forces to interfere with their music. So put that in your pipe and toke it.

Interview: What A Guy

1998-06-24 00:00:00


Having learned his trade with Muddy Waters and just about any other blues legend you care to mention, BUDDY GUY has long since become one himself. On the eve of his showcase gig in Dublin's Olympia, he tells PETER MURPHY of his struggle to pass the blues torch on to another generation.

Interview: SEX LIVES AND VIDEOTAPE

1998-06-24 00:00:00


When Pulp released the obsessively carnal This Is Hardcore, it was widely touted that the band's main mover, Jarvis Cocker, had lost the plot entirely. But Pulp are back on the road now and Cocker is in fine form - as eloquent when talking about pornography and sex as he is reflecting on the vagaries of the press and his relationship with his father. Interview: peter Murphy.

Interview: Shots From The Hip

1998-06-24 00:00:00


peter murphy meets the multi-faceted pelvis, whose debut album Who Are You Today marks them out as one of the most formidable new Irish talents in years.

Interview: MONSTER TRUX!

1998-06-10 00:00:00


Royal Trux Come Good. peter murphy meets the "cartoon smack fiends" who subscribe to the Wall Street Journal.

Commentary: THE GREAT BUBBLEGUM CONSPIRACY

1998-06-24 00:00:00


Irish teen popsters B*WITCHED last month became only the seventh act in chart history to see their debut single go straight in at Number One in the UK Top 40. Are they the latest great white hope for pop music, or simply a troupe of over-hyped cod-ceili dancers? And what does all this signify for the Irish music industry as a whole? peter murphy reports.

Commentary: They Don't Come Any Bigger Than This

1998-06-10 00:00:00


Peter Murphy previews this year's Big Day Out

Album: Premium Bond

1999-06-23 00:00:00


Marianne Faithfull possesses a voice made out of Blue Velvet; cracked and compelling in its evocation of ruined innocence. This wayward aristocrat has had a reckless career; in the last two years alone Faithfull's gone from fronting Brecht and Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins to gracing Metallica's 'The Memory Remains' with the kind of performance she could moan in her sleep.

Album: Flat Eric

1999-06-23 00:00:00


Blame it on springtime and the rising sap: Eric Benet is a silver-tongued handsome devil with tupping on his mind, slinky r 'n' b chops at his disposal and the flutteringest boudoir eyes since Prince.

Album: All Kinds Of Everything

1999-05-12 00:00:00


First, the facts. Everything Picture is 102 minutes of music spread over two CDs, an audacious debut from an encouragingly unconventional Newcastle-originated quintet with a long and tumultuous history of in-fighting.

Album: Synkronized

1999-06-23 00:00:00


There's no point in beating around the bush here: Jay Kay has to be one of the most loathed men in pop. Put it down to a perceived smugness, that spritzer-eating grin, a penchant for posh autos, a celebrity girlfriend - anything but the music.

Album: Preston 28 February 1980

1999-06-09 00:00:00


The grim labouring of heavy machinery. The voice of a drugged god. The bottom falling out of heaven. If these are a few of your favourite things, step right up.

Album: Vive El Amori

1999-06-09 00:00:00


What a curse it must be to nail it the first time out and then spend the rest of your career trying to get back to that point. Chrissie Hynde laboured long and hard in order to get The Pretenders airborne in 1979, but no sooner had her band become established than the ranks were decimated by Dr. Death.

Album: The Soft Bulletin

1999-06-09 00:00:00


Their hour has come round at last. The Flaming Lips could've been forgiven for feeling usurped when their sister ship Mercury Rev steamed away with the garlands for Deserter's Songs last December, but in truth, both collectives are in competition with no-one but themselves and the gods.

Album: The Carnivorous Activities of …

2001-03-29 00:00:00


Anyone lucky enough to tune into a Spiritualized gig circa 1997/8 will need little introduction to Lupine Howl.

Interview: John Kelly

2001-03-29 00:00:00


The man behind the Mystery Train is a bit of a mystery himself but, at Peter Murphy's request, writer and broadcaster JOHN KELLY steps forward to talk about Enniskillen, friends in high places, the fall and rise of his broadcasting career, his lack of intercourse with Dave Trimble, "taking the soup", desert island music and Uaneen. Broadcast Views: Cathal Dawson

Interview: Livin' Doll

2001-03-01 00:00:00


He pioneered the art of glam-punk excess with the New York Dolls and now he's learned to grow old gracefully. Peter Murphy meets the boy from New York City, the ever cool David Johansen. Photos: MYLES CLAFFEY

News: PADDYWHACKED!

2001-02-01 00:00:00


You may love them or loathe them but we'll bet you never thought THE CORRS played "British regional music". Peter Murphy observes The Observer getting its nationalities in a twist

Interview: Boys in the hood

2001-02-01 00:00:00


White English writer WILLIAM SHAW spent months in South Central LA documenting the lives of would-be rap stars and the young men fighting to survive in the ghetto. His book, Westsiders, is the result. He spoke to PETER MURPHY

Commentary: Something's Rotten In The State Of Pop

2001-03-01 00:00:00


Peter Murphy tunes in to ITV's 'search for a star' vehicle Popstars

Album: Equally Cursed And Blessed

1999-04-28 00:00:00


The most remarkable aspect of Catatonia's success is that they articulate that rarest of values amongst the pop clamour: common decency. The warmth transmitted through this quintet's songs makes breakfast radio almost digestible.

Album: Mule Variations

1999-04-28 00:00:00


A shaggy dog story: Tom Waits shows up at a Northern Californian studio, prospecting for premises close to home so that he can ferry his kids to and from school while working.

Album: Lejper Skin - An Introduction To Julian Cope

1999-03-17 00:00:00


IF JULIAN Cope didn't already exist, nobody would've invented him. The spaceman has cometh in many guises over the last 15 years: flight-jacketed Scott Walker obsessive, collector of psychedelic Nuggets and Pebbles, krautrock authority, maggot-brained space cadet and now, modern antiquary - Julian belongs to a long and very zig-zag line of English eccentrics, one that stretches right back from Barrett through Byron to Blake.

Album: Modern Classics - The Greatest Hits

1999-02-03 00:00:00


PAUL WELLER is often accorded an elder statesman status which ill becomes him - in this listener's opinion, the Modfather never really earned his stripes

Album: For The Birds

2001-03-15 00:00:00


The Frames were the envy of the class of 1990, jammy dodgers who had a deal before they were a band, forced to evolve in public at an unmerciful rate. By the time most acts get ready to demo their first batch of songs, Glen Hansard and co. were on their second album and record deal.

Commentary: Almost Sober

2001-03-15 00:00:00


Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous offers a pleasant and almost innocent view of the life of a rock hack - sort of Little House On The Road. The reality, as PETER MURPHY explains, is rather different. Certain names in this harrowing saga have been changed to protect the guilty - and the author's delicate bone structure

Interview: From Zero To Here

1998-05-27 00:00:00


With the tragedy which disfigured their last Irish appearance still fresh in people's minds, SMASHING PUMPKINS' return to a Dublin stage was never going to be an ordinary affair. As it turned out, PETER MURPHY witnessed an act of redemption and spoke to BILLY CORGAN about surviving troubled times.

Interview: walker's world

1998-05-27 00:00:00


spirit walker - the story of how three Essex boys met two Paddies with attitude and released a five-minute ballad as their debut single. peter murphy has the details.

Interview: So Where Did You Go To, My Lovely?

1998-05-27 00:00:00


Nearly 30 years after he coasted into the big time, PETER MURPHY asks PETER SARSTEDT the big question - and finds that there is much more to the man than the "one-hit wonder" tag implies.

Interview: Nick Cave's Two Decades Of The Rosary

1998-05-13 00:00:00


Inevitably, The Best Of Nick Cave ... The Bad Seeds can only hint at the scope of the band's back catalogue. But if one listens to the group's ten studio albums chronologically, there are no gear-grinding changes of direction or radical overhaulings of the sound, all the more remarkable considering the amount of personnel that passed through the line-up.

Interview: MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH

1998-04-15 00:00:00


GARBAGE are a band who absorb all the detritus, darkness and despair of the pre-millennial zeitgeist and spit it back out in a torrent of searing guitars, futuristic technological trickery and lyrics that freeze the blood. They've also made two of the most sinister pop records of modern times - the second of which, Version 2.0, is due for imminent release. PETER MURPHY met them in London to discuss sex, surveillance, studio strife, pre-2000 tension and their special fondness for The Beach Boys.

Interview: Nick Cave's Two Decades Of The Rosary

1998-04-29 00:00:00


With the release of The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, it's obvious that someone's been rummaging around in the grim annals of ol' Nick's extraordinary back catalogue. But who? Interview: Peter Murphy

Interview: Nick Cave's Two Decades Of The Rosary

1998-04-29 00:00:00


With the release of The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, it's obvious that someone's been rummaging around in the grim annals of ol' Nick's extraordinary back catalogue. But who? Interview: Peter Murphy

Interview: Nick Cave's Two Decades Of The Rosary

1998-04-29 00:00:00


With the release of The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, it's obvious that someone's been rummaging around in the grim annals of ol' Nick's extraordinary back catalogue. But who? Interview: Peter Murphy

Interview: Nick Cave's Two Decades Of The Rosary

1998-04-29 00:00:00


With the release of The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, it's obvious that someone's been rummaging around in the grim annals of ol' Nick's extraordinary back catalogue. But who?

Interview: Nick Cave's Two Decades Of The Rosary

1998-04-29 00:00:00


With the release of The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, it's obvious that someone's been rummaging around in the grim annals of ol' Nick's extraordinary back catalogue. But who? Interview: Peter Murphy

Interview: Nick Cave's Two Decades Of The Rosary

1998-04-29 00:00:00


With the release of The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, it's obvious that someone's been rummaging around in the grim annals of ol' Nick's extraordinary back catalogue. But who? Interview: Peter Murphy

Interview: a plague on all your houses

1998-04-29 00:00:00


Hi-tech slo-fi merchants The Plague Monkeys discuss science, vocal heroes, glockenspiel loops and The Day Of The Triffids with a suitably quizzical Peter Murphy.

Interview: a plague on all your houses

1998-04-29 00:00:00


Hi-tech slo-fi merchants The Plague Monkeys discuss science, vocal heroes, glockenspiel loops and The Day Of The Triffids with a suitably quizzical Peter Murphy.

Interview: Been There, Dawn ThatPeter Murphy engages in some loony tunesmithery with dawn of the replicants frontman, pAUl vickers.

1998-04-29 00:00:00


Peter Murphy engages in some loony tunesmithery with dawn of the replicants frontman, pAUl vickers.

Interview: Been There, Dawn ThatPeter Murphy engages in some loony tunesmithery with dawn of the replicants frontman, pAUl vickers.

1998-04-29 00:00:00


Peter Murphy engages in some loony tunesmithery with dawn of the replicants frontman, pAUl vickers.

Commentary: Death Of A Swinger

1998-05-13 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY pays tribute to FRANK SINATRA, the man who became the yardstick by which all other singers were measured.

Commentary: Death Of A Swinger

1998-05-13 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY pays tribute to FRANK SINATRA, the man who became the yardstick by which all other singers were measured.

Commentary: Death Of A Swinger

1998-05-13 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY pays tribute to FRANK SINATRA, the man who became the yardstick by which all other singers were measured.

Frontlines: Over And Out For The Touts?

1998-06-10 00:00:00


A Private Members' Bill which aims to put ticket touts out of business will come before the Dail in September. Here we talk to some of the scalpers themselves, to get their reaction. By Peter Murphy.

Commentary: HOLY TRINITY

1998-04-29 00:00:00


The Ball To End 'Em All Cinderella shapes: Alabama 3, The Dust Junkys, Spiritualized, The Divine Comedy, Grandaddy. The Ugly Sister: Peter Murphy.

Commentary: I WAS A TEENAGE TUBTHUMPER!

1998-04-15 00:00:00


(N.B. This is a work of faction. All names have been changed in order to protect the guilty from certain incarceration in state mental institutions or correctional facilities.)

Interview: name that tunic

1998-04-15 00:00:00


Diverse Northern popsters tunic take time out from their hectic schedule to talk about their . . . em . . . hectic schedule. Tape: Peter Murphy.

Album: Agaetis Byrjun

2000-08-03 00:00:00


"AURORA BOREALIS/The icy sky at night." Neil Young's opening lines from Pocahontas could've been written to evoke the first international release by Icelandic quartet Sigur Ros.

Album: Live At The Greek

2000-08-03 00:00:00


Note, if you will, the billing. This is Page's baby, and the Crowes are acting as a superior pick-up band, a role for which, the more bellicose might suggest, they've been preparing for years.

Interview: Sturm und Drang in Berlin

1999-12-22 00:00:00


Triumph Of The Will meets Spinal Tap and Bach meets Sabbath as METALLICA join forces with 101 dinner jackets. Peter Murphy travels to Berlin to sample the results.

Interview: Nigger with attitude

1997-08-20 00:00:00


When Patti Smith came up with Rock N Roll Nigger in the 70s, she marked herself out as one of the most articulate and confrontational performers of her generation. On the eve of her visit to Ireland, the High Priestess of American Punk Poetry talks to Peter Murphy about art, music, the people she s lost and why she ll never give in to political correctness

Reports: Going for a song

1997-08-06 00:00:00


From the germ of a melodic idea through to the record that's played on the radio - Hot Press presents all you need to know about the art of songwriting. By journalist and musician PETER MURPHY. Part One of a three-part industry special.

Interview: The First Of The Celtic Tigers

2000-08-31 00:00:00


SEAMUS HEANEY once described Ireland as a country that went from the medieval to the post-modern in a generation. More than any other native band, Horslips embody that idea. Over their ten-year career, the band lurched back and forth from neo-classical Irish chamber music to progressive rock to acoustic folk to psychedelic pop to glam rock; here was one combo capable of going from Carolan to Caravan in a single bound.

Interview: The last great American male

1999-02-17 00:00:00


. . . Or not, as the case may be. In this extremely revealing interview with peter murphy, henry rollins speaks frankly about relationships, violence, depression, squaring up to Al Pacino and the problems that come with a life lived on the road

Album: For The Birds

2001-02-15 00:00:00


The Frames were the envy of the class of 1990, jammy dodgers who had a deal before they were a band, forced to evolve in public at an unmerciful rate. By the time most acts get ready to demo their first batch of songs, Glen Hansard and co. were on their second album and record deal.

Album: Know Your Enemy

2001-02-15 00:00:00


On the face of it, you could take the title as indicating a reversal of the Manics' musical prejudices. Nicky Wire might've always professed a hatred of the New York school of hip, yet the opening notes of this album find his band blamming their way through a prime Velvets 4/4 and one-note piano motif ('Found That Soul').

Album: Selections Circa 1990-2000

2001-03-01 00:00:00


The sticker on the cover bears an NME quote proclaiming Giant Sand "the founding fathers of modern Americana", and while that does some disservice to everyone from Lewis & Clark to The Long Ryders, it'll set curious newcomers in the right direction.

Album: Complete 'B' Sides

2001-02-15 00:00:00


They've been called the last of the great punk rock bands, and although that's an accolade which smacks of revisionism, it does give some hint of The Pixies' colossal impact. In fact, you can still feel some of those aftershocks resonating through Nirvana, Bowie, JJ72, Fight Club and selected vodka ads.

Album: Live At The Fillmore

2001-01-17 00:00:00


Given that most rap shows depend on the DAT, you'd think there'd be about as much demand for live hip hop albums as for second hand condoms.

Album: Guarapero/Lost Blues Vol 2

2000-03-02 00:00:00


YUP, IT'S Wild Will again, the adopted son of Bob at his most hellfire-spittin', sickly nephew of Neil at his most 'Safeway Cart' Beckett-esque, brother figure to Bill Smog, the Handsome Family and any Gram-my loser who ever chased a ghost in anger.

Album: Pictures From Life's Other Side

2000-03-16 00:00:00


"If rock 'n' roll was a religion, I'd be a preacher in need of a church." AND YOU shall know him by his trail of dead. Johnny Dowd is the middle aged co-owner of a New York-based haulage company.

Album: He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corner Of Our Rooms

2000-03-16 00:00:00


SAME LABEL, same country of origin, same release date, different acts, same effect. On the evidence of the treasures currently being produced by the Constellation label, Canada looks like becoming the post post-rock capital of the globe.

Album: Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead

2000-03-16 00:00:00


SAME LABEL, same country of origin, same release date, different acts, same effect. On the evidence of the treasures currently being produced by the Constellation label, Canada looks like becoming the post post-rock capital of the globe.

Album: Guarapero/Lost Blues Vol 2

2000-03-30 00:00:00


YUP, IT'S Wild Will again, the adopted son of Bob at his most hellfire-spittin', sickly nephew of Neil at his most 'Safeway Cart' Beckett-esque, brother figure to Bill Smog, the Handsome Family and any Gram-my loser who ever chased a ghost in anger.

Album: Punishing Kiss

2000-03-30 00:00:00


THIS ONE was always going to be an event. Take an award wining actress/singer - one of Germany's leading exponents of Weimar Republicanism and the French chanson tradition - give her a ream of songs by Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, Neil Hannon, Tom Waits, Philip Glass, Bertholt Brecht and Kurt Weill amongst others, assign Joby Talbot the arranging chores, recruit most of The Divine Comedy as house band and allow Scott Walker and Hal Willner to produce a brace of tracks . . .. this writer was halfway sold without hearing a note.

Album: Skull & Bones

2000-04-13 00:00:00


THE SMOKE has cleared, now we can get a good look at the bodies.

Album: La Sirena De Pecera

2000-04-27 00:00:00


IF FRENCH is the lingo of lurve, then, according to Old Time Relijun, Espanol, Italiano and Portugues are the vernaculars of sexual psychosis.

Album: Mystery White Boy

2000-05-11 00:00:00


IT'S HARD to believe Jeff Buckley was ever here at all, as if some pre-pubescent Bronte sister merely invented him for our benefit.

Album: The Filth And The Fury

2000-05-11 00:00:00


WITH JULIAN Temple's film going a long way towards restoring the legend the Pistols themselves did their damnedest to defile on the reunion tour of '96, it's inevitable that we'd get the soundtrack of the repackaging of the resurrection.

Album: The Death Of Quickspace

2000-05-11 00:00:00


IN HIS intro to the rather splendid anthology Poetry With An Edge, Bloodaxe Books mainman Neil Astley maintained that it's not tried and trusted forms of poetry such as the sonnet which get tired, but the practitioners of those very forms.

Album: Heaven Ain't Happenin'

2000-05-11 00:00:00


IN HIS intro to the rather splendid anthology Poetry With An Edge, Bloodaxe Books mainman Neil Astley maintained that it's not tried and trusted forms of poetry such as the sonnet which get tired, but the practitioners of those very forms.

Album: Bow Down To The Exit Sign

2000-06-08 00:00:00


Holmer may be our last hope, a vinyl junkie who evidently doesn't give a fiddler's fuck for ersatz (or otherwise) notions of lineage, tradition, nationality.

Album: To Stars

2000-07-06 00:00:00


You'll probbly know Jacques better as Anthony Reynolds, leader of moderately acclaimed also-rans Jack, who released a couple of valuable records on the Too Pure label in the mid-to-late nineties.

Album: The Bedroom tapes

2000-07-05 00:00:00


She really should've called it The Big Chill. Don't let the homely title fool you, Simon's first original album in six years is no bunch of basement recordings cranked out for the vain merriment of friends and family.

Album: Ronan

2000-07-20 00:00:00


Ronan Keating is an entertainer, not an artist, so maybe it's a bit rich to expect him to turn into Captain Beefheart at this stage.

Album: The Sociables Prefer Pop Music

2000-07-20 00:00:00


Irish acts have always excelled at blowing hot and cold, but they've never been too good at playing it cool, never had the kind of urban avant-garage tradition that fosters a Sonic Youth or a Pere Ubu.

Album: Small Moments

2000-07-20 00:00:00


True to its title, Small Moments might best be described as a superior sort of bedsit record. Rain on the window, failed heating, sugarless tea

Album: Jennifer Lopez

2001-02-01 00:00:00


Look, like most blokes - and not a few women - of my acquaintance, I have absolutely no problem with Jennifer Lopez taking her clothes off in her videos. To invoke John B. Keane, there's no greater vista in all creation than that of a woman's posterior, and forsooth, the last year has been a decidedly ripe time for connoisseurs of derriere dicolletage.

Album: Trouble In The Land

2000-02-03 00:00:00


ON PAPER, Black 47 could've saved Irish rock 'n' roll. A mouthy, unrepentantly Republican NY-based combo with the eclectic sensibilities of Fishbone, the rebel zeal of Dexy's or Little Steven and a fired up frontman in the form of Wexford expatriate patriot Larry Kirwan,

Album: Still I Rise

2000-01-20 00:00:00


HE HAS died. He is risen. He has come again. Tupac Amaru Shakur was the disposable hero of hip-hoprisy.

Album: David Johansen and the Harry Smiths

2001-01-17 00:00:00


David Johansen on the other hand, one-time front man with the New York Dolls (a moment's silence please), stays perfectly still and croaks his blues truths with all the grizzled gravitas of a fellow who has seen the three days.

Interview: Bruce Robinson

2001-01-17 00:00:00


Fourteen years on and people still come up to BRUCE ROBINSON and quote chunks of Withnail & I to his face. But if you don t know more about this talented, opinionated, chain-smoking, wine-guzzling writer/director, then that may be because, to put it at its mildest, he and Hollywood have never seen eye to eye. PETER MURPHY meets the angry older man

Interview: In Off The Post

1999-11-24 00:00:00


THE HIGH LLAMAS continue to define the indefinable. Peter Murphy catches up with busy mainman SEAN O'HAGAN.

Interview: The Boy From The County Hell

2001-01-17 00:00:00


EMINEM s Marshall Mathers LP has gone 12 times platinum in Ireland. He s been voted Time magazine s Man Of The Year. And, having broken through into the mainstream with the remarkable Stan , he s just been nominated for four Grammys. So why is the world suddenly falling at the feet of a venomous bottle-blonde rapper who s penned some of the most repugnant, hate-filled lyrics since the invention of the gramophone record? Peter Murphy tells one of pop music s most extraordinary stories ever

Interview: Sweethearts Of The Rodeo

1999-10-27 00:00:00


With a new tribute album to Gram Parsons on release, PETER MURPHY enlists the help of co-executive producer EMMYLOU HARRIS to recreate the tale of Southern Gothic that was the late singer s life.

Interview: See No, Hear No, Speak No Evil

1999-11-10 00:00:00


Peter Murphy meets The Plague Monkeys, who have just released their second album, The Sunburn Index. Under discussion: Soundscapes, European film-makers and Alanis Morissette s lyrics.

Interview: The Angry Brigade

1999-10-27 00:00:00


THERAPY? are back. ANDY CAIRNS talks to Peter Murphy about losing (and re-finding) the plot, hardcore, and the new album s resonances with the Northern peace process.

News: Three Chords and the Truth

1999-12-08 00:00:00


U2- The Joshua Tree Release Date: May, 1987 Label: Island Producer: Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno Running Time: 50 mins

Interview: Rock stars In Their Underpants

1999-09-29 00:00:00


Ash s Charlotte Hatherly gets into her skivvies (well, you know what we mean!) with Peter Murphy.

Interview: The Man Who Built The Old Weird America

2000-12-15 00:00:00


It's been a long strange trip and no mistake, one that describes a discernible line from Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music through to the Handsome Family. But there's even more going on beneath the surface. GREIL MARCUS, the music critic's music critic, is PETER MURPHY's guide on a mystery train whose other passengers include Elvis Presley, Robert Johnson, Mark Twain, Nick Cave, The Blair Witch, Bill Clinton, The Band, Siniad O'Connor, Beck, William Burroughs, William Faulkner and Bob Dylan. And that's just the first class carriage. All aboard

Interview: ready, steady, joe!

1998-04-01 00:00:00


They all left poxy factory jobs to be in a band, they used to dress in Clockwork Orange costume onstage, and they confess that they only signed to their current label so that one of them could sleep with Saffron from Republica. They are THE JOSEPHS, and your host is PETER MURPHY.

Interview: Talking Blues

1998-04-01 00:00:00


Harmonica virtuoso DON BAKER has been busy recently adding another string to his bow, in the form of an acting career which has so far seen him work with Jim Sheridan and Richard Attenborough. And in between takes he s even managed to put the finishing touches to his latest album, Just Don Baker. Interview: PETER MURPHY. Pics: cathal dawson

Interview: Co.Operation

1998-04-01 00:00:00


Ulster noisniks Co.UK are the latest bunch of guitar-abusers to punch their way out of the province. PETER MURPHY meets them.

Interview: ON THE FIDDLE

1998-03-18 00:00:00


Peter Murphy presents all you need to know about Nero.

Interview: THE NIGHTTOWN BOYS

1998-03-04 00:00:00


Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer give Peter Murphy a blow-by-blow guide to soundtracking The Boxer.

Interview: Parker, WELL DONE!

1998-03-04 00:00:00


Even though he s just as acerbic and witty as he ever was, these days GRAHAM PARKER isn t what you d call the man of the moment. Which is a shame, because the veteran new-wave critics darling is currently writing some of the best material of his life, including last year s Acid Bubblegum album, which he describes as a fucking great record . And as if that wasn t enough to be going on with, he s also got plenty of short stories on the go. Tape: Peter Murphy

Interview: A Lad In Slane

1999-09-01 00:00:00


The rise and fall and rise of Robbie Williams. By PETER MURPHY.

Interview: Tombstone Blues

1998-02-04 00:00:00


They may have been overshadowed by the activities of their musical mastermind The Rza with his day job in the Wu-Tang Clan, but GRAVEDIGGAZ prime exponents of New York horrorcore hip-hop still produced one of 1997 s best albums, The Pick, The Sickle And The Shovel. Interview: PETER MURPHY.

Interview: BYRNE AT BOTH ENDS

1998-02-04 00:00:00


Time magazine dubbed him The Renaissance Man Of Rock . With and without Talking Heads, he s made some of the most innovative music of the last two decades, as well as being an author, photographer, director, sound-track scorer, Academy Award winner, and all-round friendly neighbourhood psycho-killer. David Byrne allowed Hot Press to put him on the couch for thirty minutes when he arrived in Dublin for his recent Olympia Theatre show. Peter Murphy was there to hear the Head man talking.

News: Dancing In The Moonlight

1999-09-01 00:00:00


PHIL LYNOTT would have been 50 on 20th August this year. Here, PETER MURPHY profiles the legendary Philo, and talks to other stars about his enduring influence.

Interview: more songs about fucking, drinking & death

2000-10-12 00:00:00


Have mad scientists constructed the perfect ex-pat Paddy popster ? PETER MURPHY meets MICHAEL J SHEEHY

Interview: About The Boy

2000-09-28 00:00:00


In the second and final part of an extensive interview, MIKE SCOTT discusses inspiration and influences, recalls his difficult solo years and explains the death and resurrection of THE WATERBOYS. Interview: PETER MURPHY

Interview: The Transformer

2000-09-28 00:00:00


The first rule of interviewing LOU REED is that you don t: he interviews you. Peter Murphy survives the turning of the tables and is rewarded with thoughts on Joyce, Wilde, Dylan, Ginsberg and on becoming an elder stateman for the alternative thing .

Interview: The Rise and Fall And Rise Of The Waterboys

2000-09-14 00:00:00


MIKE SCOTT once fronted the greatest rock n roll band in the world, but before the world got a chance to wake up to the fact he had gone west and invented raggle taggle. Now with a new Waterboys album, A Rock In The Weary Place, just released, Scott takes time out to reflect on his strange but true adventure. By PETER MURPHY

Interview: The Dead Heads

2000-09-14 00:00:00


AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD talk to PETER MURPHY about Zen, punk, cavemen and George Dubya Bush

Interview: Have I Got Ewes For You

2000-09-14 00:00:00


With 17 people in the band LAMBCHOP aren t your average alt-country merchants. Band-leader KURT WAGNER tells Peter Murphy why big is beautiful

Interview: Where The Streets Have New Names

1999-09-01 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY has a dream in which he encounters the second coming of all-girl group BACK ALLEY.

Interview: strings OF LIFE

1997-10-01 00:00:00


Donegal fiddle player john doherty died relatively unheralded in 1980 at the age of 86. Now, a new CD bears ample testament to his almost supernatural skill with a bow and strings. By peter murphy.

Interview: BALLAD OF A THIN MAN

1997-12-10 00:00:00


Man In Black GREG GARING discusses beats, bleeps and B.P. with Peter Murphy.

Interview: Soul On Ice

2000-08-17 00:00:00


Sigur Rss are the latest highly-rated Icelandic export. They talk to PETER MURPHY about ambition, inventing their own language and the showband circuit

Interview: NOBLE SAVAGE

2000-08-31 00:00:00


Bad Seed CONWAY SAVAGE is hooking up with Suzie Higgie to bring pure pop and stoned love to Ireland. PETER MURPHY reports

Interview: Happy Mondays Are Here Again!

1999-07-21 00:00:00


The boys are back in town for Galway s Big Beat and SHAUN RYDER is back in the saddle. I m actually now becoming some sort of poet-film-directing-intelligent-motherfucking-artist-luvvy-darling sort of guy and it s wonderful, he tells PETER MURPHY. Pics: Michael Quinn

Interview: A Reconstruction Of The Fables

1999-07-21 00:00:00


On the eve of REM s Lansdowne Road show, PETER MURPHY talks to MICHAEL STIPE about creativity, sexuality, LA and Patti Smith.

Interview: Manson Family Values

1999-02-17 00:00:00


Having been catapulted to fame by their debut, the knives came out for GARBAGE with the release of Version 2.0. But their crifical mauling has only served to bring the band closer together. PETER MURPHY saw them triumph at The Point, and spoke to SHIRLEY MANSON about fame, performance and one-night stands.

Interview: Wise Guys

1999-05-12 00:00:00


An adventure starring FUN LOVIN CRIMINALS. Screamplay: Peter Murphy.

Interview: DON T SHOOT ME, I M ONLY THE GUITAR PLAYER!

1997-08-06 00:00:00


JENNIFER BATTEN, as well as being a solo artist in her own right, has spent 10 years slinging six strings for michael jackson. Amazingly, she has survived to tell her story to peter murphy. Pix: Cathal Dawson.

Interview: MAC S BACK!

1997-08-06 00:00:00


1980s heroes Echo And The Bunnymen have pulled off the seemingly impossible - they ve made a credible, well-received comeback. Interview: peter murphy.

Interview: Hardcore Trouba-dour

1999-02-03 00:00:00


TRACY CHAPMAN S eponymous debut album was one of the biggest sellers of last year more than ten years after its release. She spoke to PETER MURPHY about her life before and after fame, that album and the race issue.

Interview: All Revved Up

1999-02-03 00:00:00


. . . and ready to go. Mercury Rev s recent album Deserter s Songs was met with a rapturous critical reception, even topping the Hot Press critics end-of-year poll. On their recent Dublin visit they spoke to Peter Murphy about the album, The Band and their volatile past. Jonathan Donahue pics: Cathal Dawson

Interview: STRIKING THE RIGHT CORD

1997-07-23 00:00:00


STRIKING THE RIGHT CORD' Film soundtrack buffs and nattily-attired acid jazz whippersnappers CORDUROY tell peter murphy about their strange passion for Dave Allen's theme tune.

Interview: Debussy Power!

1999-04-28 00:00:00


PAUL MORLEY of THE ART OF NOISE talks to PETER MURPHY about the band s tribute to Debussy!

Interview: Who Loves Ya Babies

1999-04-14 00:00:00


Meet hot new Dublin quintet THE HIGH BABIES. They re endorsed by Bret Easton Ellis, produced by Kim Fowley and wanted by Madonna. Could this be the first great Irish rock sensation of the 21st century? PETER MURPHY reports. Cathal Dawson gets the pics in.

Interview: The Sweetest Thing

1999-04-14 00:00:00


Ahead of the band s heineken green energy gig in Dublin, PETER MURPHY talks to NINA PERSSON of THE CARDIGANS about success, sexuality, self-esteem and joyriding!

Commentary: BACK IN BLACK

2000-08-03 00:00:00


Three Johnny Cash collections God, Murder and Love have just been released. Peter Murphy reviews the journey of a legend

Interview: The Judas Diary

2000-08-03 00:00:00


Brendan Kennelly s Book Of Judas is soon to hit the stage. Peter Murphy reports on a work which had Bono enthralled, and predicted many of the more unappealing features of contemporary Ireland

Interview: Thar He Blows Again!

1999-05-26 00:00:00


MOBY is back with a new album, Play! PETER MURPHY met him to talk about hip-hop, his image and degenerate art world parties.

Interview: You've Been Framed

1999-07-07 00:00:00


The Frames DC Come Good. By Peter Murphy.

Interview: Immortal Soul

1999-11-24 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY meets MACY GRAY, the latest heroine of modern r'n'b. Under discussion: raunchiness, Billie Holiday comparisons and life in LA.

Commentary: Rock Of Pages

2001-01-17 00:00:00


With Cameron Crowe s Almost Famous putting rock hackery on the silver screen, no less, Peter Murphy wonders if Seventies rock journalism is the new rock n roll. Helping him with his enquiries: PAUL MORLEY and GREIL MARCUS

Interview: The Big Music

1999-11-10 00:00:00


Psychic and physical disintegration! Quacks, pulsars and Marshall amps! The sound of the end of space and time! And, oh yes, silly song titles too! Welcome to the world of WAYNE COYNE and The Flaming Lips. Interview: Peter Murphy.

News: Hatchet Unburies

1999-10-27 00:00:00


A war of words has broken out between IRISH RADIO and DOLORES O RIORDAN of THE CRANBERRIES. Peter Murphy has the details.

Commentary: Hit the Tracks Jack

1999-10-27 00:00:00


Like the Loch Ness Monster and The Abominable Snowman, doubts have long been cast over the existence of a recording of beat master JACK KEROUAC reading from his classic On The Road. Now, not only have the legendary tapes finally materialised, they also show that the man was no mean crooner and songwriter to boot. PETER MURPHY reports.

Frontlines: Young People Of Ireland, I Loathe You

1999-10-27 00:00:00


Peter Murphy takes a look at youth culture in 1999 Ireland. And he s not happy.

Commentary: Hatchet Unburied

1999-11-10 00:00:00


Hatchet Unburied A war of words has broken out between IRISH RADIO and DOLORES O RIORDAN of THE CRANBERRIES. Peter Murphy has the details.

Commentary: Hit The Tracks Jack

1999-11-10 00:00:00


Like the Loch Ness Monster and The Abominable Snowman, doubts have long been cast over the existence of a recording of beat master JACK KEROUAC reading from his classic On The Road. Now, not only have the legendary tapes finally materialised, they also show that the man was no mean crooner and songwriter to boot. PETER MURPHY reports.

Commentary: Young People Of Ireland I Loathe You

1999-11-10 00:00:00


Peter Murphy takes a look at youth culture in 1999 Ireland. And he s not happy.

Interview: Walkies Talkies

1999-10-27 00:00:00


Peter Murphy talks to THE WALKABOUTS about their new album, mythic America and agoraphobic isolation.

News: Critics' Round-up of the year 2000

2000-12-15 00:00:00


The Year Of The Song by Peter Murphy

Interview: Its Too Late Late To Stop Now

1999-12-08 00:00:00


Pat Kenny answers his critics, tackles TV3, bins the Sunday Times, denies he's Alan Partridge, backs John Kelly, queries Clare McKeon and reveals his best, worst and scariest moments in television's hottest seat. Interview: Peter Murphy. Pics: Mick Quinn.

Commentary: Into The Heart Of America

2000-12-07 00:00:00


As the Bush-Gore election night morphed into pure strung-out political farce, a footloose hotpress writer found himself hunkered down in Amherst, Massachusetts, the place Emily Dickinson and Dinosaur Jnr have both called home. With smalltown American as his window on the world, this is the view that Peter Murphy got

Interview: The Devil In Mr Jones

1999-09-15 00:00:00


Peter Murphy meets former Led Zeppelin bassist JOHN PAUL JONES as he releases his first solo album. On the agenda pacts with the Devil, Jones musical education, and thoughts on Eno, Nico and Charles Mingus.

Frontlines: STILL LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE

1998-04-01 00:00:00


Anti-Racist Campaign co-ordinator John McCamley speaks to Peter Murphy about the continued intimidation of refugees in Ireland.

Commentary: Houses of the Unholy

1998-04-01 00:00:00


In the first of a new series about life at the rock n roll coalface, musician and writer Peter Murphy recalls the night the devil wrecked all his best tunes. Confessions Of A Rock n Roll Survivor

Commentary: Dancin' With Manson

1999-09-15 00:00:00


In the second part of his examination of the cult of CHARLES MANSON, PETER MURPHY looks at the cult leader s trial, his continuing influence of left-field heroes and the controversy over his recordings. Also: BONO on U2 s decision to include Helter Skelter in their Rattle And Hum set.

Commentary: Blood On The Tracks

1999-09-15 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY reports on a new and gruesome American phenomenon the railroad killer.

Commentary: GET IN GEAR

1998-03-18 00:00:00


All you need to know about musical instruments and equipment from 1 to 11 on the volume control. By Peter Murphy.

Commentary: Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know

2000-11-09 00:00:00


He might not have been the first rock n roller but he came pretty damn close. And in the success-through-excess stakes no-one could rival Rimbaud. PETER MURPHY savours a revealing new biography of the wild child

Commentary: Symphony For A Devil

1999-09-01 00:00:00


30 years after the savage Tate/LaBianca murders that epitomised the dark side of the American hippy dream, CHARLES MANSON aka God aka The Devil, continues to exert a potent influence on popular culture. In part one of a two-part feature, PETER MURPHY recalls the twisted vision of a charismatic man whose personal interpretation of The Beatles Helter Skelter helped give rise to one of the crimes of the century.

Commentary: NINE YEARS IN A LEAKY VAN

1998-01-21 00:00:00


(The True Adventures Of An Also-Ran)

Interview: SPIRIT OF 72

1998-01-07 00:00:00


Washington DC bluesers The delta 72 currently have the rock critics of America all of a-quiver. Peter Murphy finds out why.

Frontlines: "I have seen what I think might have been a Romanian lady selling The Big Issues . . ."

1998-01-21 00:00:00


Aine Ni Chonaill of Immigration Control Platform outlines her views.

Frontlines: Living On The Frontline

1998-01-21 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY reports on the bureaucratic traps and social hysteria confronting Ireland s tiny immigrant refugee population of 4,000. And he interviews the founder of Immigration Control Platform, Aine Nm Chsnaill.

Reports: ADVICE FROM THE PROFESSIONALs

1997-12-10 00:00:00


Some of the people operating behind the scenes in the Irish music industry have been there, seen that and done it too. So their words of wisdom about how to get yourself tacked up for rock n roll stardom are well worth listening to. Report: PETER MURPHY

Interview: The Lives And Loves Of A She-Devil!

1999-07-21 00:00:00


There s very little torture involved in making a record until it s released and then the audience gets to suffer. PETER MURPHY meets the one and only LYDIA LUNCH.

Interview: Human On The Inside

1999-08-04 00:00:00


Peter Murphy meets Chrissie Hynde who talks about fame, feminism and musical loyalty .

Interview: Having It Garg

1999-08-18 00:00:00


Peter Murphy gets the lowdown on cutting edge literary magazine Gargoyle from key players including RICHARD HELL.

Commentary: Beautiful Losers

1999-07-07 00:00:00


In another extract from his ongoing experiment in musical autobiography, Peter Murphy recalls the band that coulda bin a contenduh.

News: God Is A DJ

1999-07-07 00:00:00


Jesus Christ And The Church Of Gnostic Rock. Peter Murphy on the good, clean, but mostly dirty, fight for the soul of the Devil s Music. Part One: The Old Testament.

Interview: Life Of Brian

1999-05-12 00:00:00


Dublin songwriter Ken Sweeney, the man behind Brian, talks to Peter Murphy. Pics: CATHAL DAWSON.

Frontlines: Star Trekker

1999-02-17 00:00:00


History is likely to remember FW de KLERK as the man whose most significant political accomplishment ensured his own political downfall. Peter Murphy meets the last South African President to hold power in the era of apartheid. Pic: COLM HENRY.

Homefront: Born Blippy

1999-02-17 00:00:00


Limerick band RADARS have just released a new single which confirms their position as one of the country s finest exponents of trip-hop. PETER MURPHY met them . . .

Frontlines: Colorado Uber Alles

1999-05-12 00:00:00


The High School massacre: PETER MURPHY sees an old spin being put on a new horror.

Frontlines: The Gore Details

1999-05-12 00:00:00


Gore Vidal In Dublin. By Peter Murphy. Pics: Cathal Dawson

Frontlines: judgement DAY

1997-08-06 00:00:00


The High Court had decided that the U2 gigs at Lansdowne Road could not go ahead. But after a tense week in the Supreme Court, that decision was comprehensively overturned. Reporters: PETER MURPHY, ADRIENNE MURPPHY and BARRY GLENDENNING.

Frontlines: through a screen DARKLY

1997-08-20 00:00:00


You may not have been able to see the banned movie Showgirls in an Irish cinema or take it home from your local video store but that doesn t mean Irish viewers were prevented from catching it on the small screen. peter murphy reports on how satellite television avails of EU regulations to exploit a loophole in the Irish censorship laws.

Frontlines: through a screen DARKLY

1997-08-20 00:00:00


You may not have been able to see the banned movie Showgirls in an Irish cinema or take it home from your local video store but that doesn t mean Irish viewers were prevented from catching it on the small screen. peter murphy reports on how satellite television avails of EU regulations to exploit a loophole in the Irish censorship laws.

Commentary: It s alright ma, we re only SLEEPING

1997-09-03 00:00:00


After being a magnet for A&R men during the 80s, Dublin has recently developed into something of an underachiever. The city may have the second biggest growth-rate in Europe but there are a hell of a lot of gigs and records that simply aren t selling. peter murphy casts a critical ear over the capital s music scene and decides that what s required is a full-scale artistic enema.

Frontlines: Into Their Trees

1997-09-17 00:00:00


Environmental activists are taking direct action to prevent the building of a motorway through a famous Wicklow beauty spot. ADRIENNE MURPHY reports.

Frontlines: The Invisible Republic

2000-08-03 00:00:00


They re calling it Little Africa, this area close to Dublin s city centre where the country s first real ethnic quarter is slowly taking shape. Peter Murphy reports on the birth pangs of a new kind of Irish nation. Photography: Peter Mathews

Commentary: Peasant in The Big City

1999-04-14 00:00:00


In his ongoing series of Bum Notes, PETER MURPHY reminisces about his early adventures in Dublin.

Interview: Smog Alert

1999-02-17 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY talks to Smog mainman BILL CALLAHAN about road songs, childhood and the band s new album Knock Knock

Interview: The white devil's fear of a black planet

2000-07-20 00:00:00


Or how PUBLIC ENEMY changed the landscape of popular culture forever. Words: Peter Murphy. Snapping with The Enemy: Sasfi Hope-Ross

Interview: Freak magnet

2000-03-02 00:00:00


HENRY ROLLINS talks Travis Bickle, Ted Bundy, Lawrence Bittaker, Charles Manson, OJ Simpson . . . and David Lynch. Ink blots: Peter Murphy

Commentary: white trash nightmare

2000-07-20 00:00:00


EMINEM s supposedly knowing take on the violence, homophobia and misogyny endemic to rap has lost its lustre with his wife s suicide attempt. Report: Peter Murphy

Interview: BECK THE LOSER TAKES IT ALl

1997-04-30 00:00:00


Greetings From LA beck and tom petty get together in Los Angeles for an impassioned rap on songs, songwriting, showbiz, the Unplugged phenomenon and how too much music can boggle the mind. mark rowland listens in.

Interview: Man And Boy

2000-06-22 00:00:00


The latest Boy to leave the Zone, the launch of Mikey Graham s solo voyage has been attended by controversy and criticism. But don t underestimate his determination. I m not the passenger, he tells PETER MURPHY. Portraits of the Artist: DECLAN ENGLISH

Interview: The Schoolkids Are Alright!

1999-03-31 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY meets Chicks, the Dublin schoolgirl trio who may be just about to take the rock n roll world by storm. Chick Pics: Mary Scanlon

Interview: Confessions Of an Irish Harpist

2000-03-16 00:00:00


Ursula Burns talks to Peter Murphy about her nomadic teenage years, her often disturbing lyrics, and why she might yet marry harping and dance beats.

Main Event: Rave On, Van Morrison

1999-04-14 00:00:00


Peter Murphy sees the man they call The Man showcase his new album in the intimate confines of Ronnie Scott s club in London.

Interview: Belfast Cowboys

1996-12-02 00:00:00


How Jools Holland, Jo Brand and peter alexander ended up wrestling on the floor while a woman dressed as a giraffe offered them beer. Or, if you prefer your sub-heads sedate: peter murphy meets The vivid.

Interview: Oscar Bravo!

1997-02-05 00:00:00


Leslie Keye of THE Wilde Oscars on his long, strange swim upstream. Fishing for details: Peter Murphy.

Interview: Men Behaving Radley

1997-02-19 00:00:00


Although the acclaimed C Mon Kids was conspicuous by its absence from the Best-Of-96 polls, The Boo Radleys sice and martin carr aren t bitter. As they prepare for an assault on the States, peter murphy gets the lowdown on their hatred of videos, their contempt for producers and their disapproval of outfits such as Dodgy, The Lightning Seeds and Everything But The Girl.

Interview: THE RETURN of the GRIEVOUS ANGEL

1997-02-19 00:00:00


Although arguably the outstanding female country artist of her generation, Emmylou Harris has always distanced herself from the Nashville mainstream. From early recordings with Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan through to her most recent Daniel Lanois-produced album Wrecking Ball, her work has been characterised by a maverick spirit and real fire in the belly. PETER MURPHY caught up with her in Dublin.

Interview: Bring Me the rest of Jerry Garcia

1997-03-05 00:00:00


phish are a bone-fide American underground phenomenon who have gone overground in a very big way. Word of mouth rather than record company hype, initially made their reputation Stateside and now they can boast of chart success, mega-audience attendance and their very own devoted following of Phisheads. But is Europe ready for the 90s equivalent of The Grateful Dead extended jams, waccy baccy, patented ice-cream flavours and all? peter murphy investigates.

Interview: JAYHAWKING

1997-06-25 00:00:00


Few things faze gary louris and marc perlman, the original members of the jayhawks. In fact, their only regret is that they don t have breasts. Interview: Peter Murphy.

Interview: TALES FROM THE CRYPT

2000-05-25 00:00:00


JOHNNY DOWD is a 50-year-old Oklahoman who runs a haulage company. He is also a singer-songwriter who explores life s deepest, darkest sides. Interview: Peter Murphy

Interview: STILL KILL-CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!

2000-03-02 00:00:00


A full 17 years after their acclaimed eponymous debut exploded onto the American alt-rock landscape, Milwaukee malcontents The Violent Femmes are back with a new album (Freak MAgnet) and the same old typically off-kilter worldview. Interview: PETER MURPHY.

Interview: Almost Bloomsday With The Frank & Walters

1997-07-09 00:00:00


the frank and walters are back addressing the nation. Our man on the inside, Peter Murphy, shares a day in the life of the Cork threesome as they record a radio session for RTE.

Interview: HORSE SENSE

1997-07-09 00:00:00


Although john squire and his new band The seahorses have taken something of a critical mauling following the release of their album Do It Yourself and some less-than-sparkling live shows, the former Stone Roses axeman is surprisingly unperturbed as peter murphy finds out.

Interview: THE CROW AND THE CORKMAN

1997-06-25 00:00:00


Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and Kieran Kennedy a mutual appreciation society that went public during the Heineken Green Energy Festival get together to discuss songwriting, critics, genius, mediocrity and what it takes to be a rock n roll outlaw. Referee: PETER MURPHY.

News: Brewing Up A Storm

1999-03-03 00:00:00


30 years after the recording of Bitches Brew, the release of The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions comes on like Apocalypse Then The Sequel. PETER MURPHY journeys upriver into the heart of darkness and unearths still more evidence to confirm MILES DAVIS reputation as one of the most peaceful and influential musicians of the millennium.

Interview: Ray s Like This

2000-05-11 00:00:00


Chief Kink RAY DAVIES talks to PETER MURPHY about his spoken word show, being tagged as The Godfather of Britpop and being banned by the BBC.

Interview: UP & DOWN WITH THE BLESSED TRINITY

2000-05-11 00:00:00


WARREN ELLIS of The Dirty Three talks to PETER MURPHY about performing, Nick Cave and "moments of clarity".

Interview: A Quare Name But Great Stuff

2000-03-02 00:00:00


They named themselves after a Japanese biker gang, they won t give details of their line-up to the music press, and their first ever recorded release was limited to 33 copies. GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR also happen to be one of the most exciting new bands to emerge in years. PETER MURPHY investigates.

Interview: the godfather revisited

2000-03-02 00:00:00


Can Puff Daddy Beat The Rap? BY PETER MURPHY

Main Event: The Second Coming Of Moby

2000-03-30 00:00:00


Moby Comes Out To Play IT S NOT often a Grammy nominee saunters into the Hot Press offices in the midst of the controlled explosion that is production weekend. But then, Moby s one of those freaks of nature a pop star who seems interested in what goes on around him rather than employing people to block it out.

Interview: BASS THE NEXT GENERATION

2000-03-30 00:00:00


After years as son of Charles , ERIC MINGUS is forging his own musical identity. He talks to PETER MURPHY about jazz purists, hip-hop and playing bass with Nick Cave.

Commentary: Fender Bender

2000-02-17 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY casts a critical eye over a series of RORY GALLAGHER re-issues.

Interview: PRIMAL SCREAM COME CLEAN

2000-01-20 00:00:00


Out of the fog of addiction bobby Gillespie sees clearly now and reckons it's time for some manic streetpreaching.

Interview: The French Connection

2000-06-08 00:00:00


Peter Murphy talks to French producer and Madonna-collaborator, MERWAIS

Frontlines: Big Trouble In Little Africa

2000-07-06 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY reports on continuing controversy over the response of Gardam to a racial attack in Dublin s Parnell Street

Commentary: In the Name of the Father

2000-07-06 00:00:00


The former NME rock crit, ZTT founder and hyper of Frankie has written a book. But it s not about pop it s about the suicide of his dad. PETER MURPHY reports on how Nothing matters.

Commentary: In God s Country?

2000-07-20 00:00:00


A new book traces the influence of country music on rock s alternative artists. PETER MURPHY reads on, impressed

Commentary: LIFE S WHAT YOU MAKE IT

1997-02-05 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY previews SWEET DREAMS, a new series beginning this Wednesday on RTE1 at 8.30pm, which tells the real-life stories of performers yearning to realise their career aspirations in the entertainment industry.

Interview: pigs in space

1997-01-22 00:00:00


Guitarist richArd hawley explains why legal wrangles and a lack of media exposure have not affected the meteoric rise of Sheffield s longpigs. Askin t questions: peter murphy.

Commentary: We Are Floating In Inner Space

2000-03-02 00:00:00


For his 30th birthday we bought PETER MURPHY a session in a flotation tank. This is what happened. Murphy-in-underwear pics: CATHAL DAWSON.

Frontlines: MEAN STREETS

2000-06-22 00:00:00


The Irish government plan to implement the fingerprinting of asylum seekers from the age of 14. Meanwhile, Amnesty International, the Irish Refugee Council and the African Refugee Network have all reported a rise in race-hate attacks on blacks and non-nationals in recent months. Report: Peter Murphy. Pictures: DEREK SPIERS/REPORT

Commentary: No Direction Home

2000-06-08 00:00:00


Proposed changes to the law concerning deportations of failed asylum seekers have aroused controversy. Are they a necessary safeguard or do they open the door to civil rights abuses? Report: Peter Murphy. Rally Pictures: Peter Matthews

Commentary: Rockin' In The Free World

2000-05-25 00:00:00


Or how Uncle Sam got his mojo working again. PETER MURPHY celebrates the new US underground

Interview: King Of The Road

2000-04-13 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY meets WIM WENDERS, the movie maker BONO calls a jazzman and with whom he collaborated on The Million Dollar Hotel.

Commentary: Love Blurts

2000-04-27 00:00:00


He was one of America s greatest writers and he wrote almost nothing but record reviews. PETER MURPHY on a new biography of the rock crit s rock guru, LESTER BANGS.

Interview: TALL TALES

2000-04-13 00:00:00


Rock bands, a brain haemorrhage, surviving cancer, and now a successful career as both a novelist and TV producer. FERDIA MacANNA s life has been nothing if not eventful. He talks to Peter Murphy.

Interview: THE SHAMROCK SHUFFLE

2000-02-17 00:00:00


FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM is a major new six-part RTE series. Directed by DAVID HEFFERNAN, and featuring new interviews with the major players including Van Morrison, Bob Geldof, U2 and Siniad O Connor it traces the history of Irish music, from showbands to boybands and beyond. By PETER MURPHY.

Commentary: Altamont: The Killing Field

2000-02-17 00:00:00


PETER MURPHY recounts the horror of the day the Woodstock dream died

Commentary: The Shape of Things to Come

2000-01-20 00:00:00


Vid-phones, global warming, biotechnology, cyber-sex, extra-terrestrial intelligence, the abolition of race . . . Peter Murphy gets his crystal balls out.

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