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Paul Nolan

There was much wailing and gnashing of the teeth in Paul's corner of HP Towers recently when his beloved Kildare footballers once again failed to secure promotion to Division One of the NFL. Nonetheless, the Newbridge native predicts big things for Kieran McGeeney's charges this summer and feels that a Leinster title isn't out of the question. Of late, Paul has been grooving to Liars, Deerhunter, Tyler the Creator, Flying Lotus and Radiohead's The King of Limbs. He is also a big fan of Assassin's Creed, Alexa Chung and cartoonists Hugleikur Dagsson and Andy Riley.

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Interview: Punk-Pop Legends Ash Return With Islands!

2018-07-12 16:02:00

Back with one of the finest records of their career, punk-pop Legends Ash sound off about creative rebirth, touring with David Bowie and partying with Dave Grohl.

Album: Album Review: Nine Inch Nails 'Bad Witch'

2018-07-11 16:49:00

Industrial action commences!

Interview: The Full Cover Story With Nile Rodgers

2018-07-03 17:52:00

One of the world’s greatest live acts, Chic – who, like Hot Press, have spent 40 years at the apex of planet pop – recommenced their love affair with Ireland at Malahide Castle last month. The band’s legendary frontman, Nile Rodgers, talks about their special relationship with fans here, Prince, the Rolling Stones, the similarities between James Brown and James Joyce – and goes into exclusive detail about the recording of David Bowie’s Let Dance.

Report: Pride Month: Paul Nolan on the Genius of the Pet Shop Boys

2018-06-29 14:04:00

The Hot Press contributing editor on PSB’s phenomenal output and why Neil Tennant is his favourite ever interviewee.

News: Why Kildare Have Done the Whole GAA a Massive Service

2018-06-27 13:47:00

With the Kildare-Mayo game finally being fixed for Newbridge, Hot Press contributing editor – and lifelong Kildare fan – Paul Nolan outlines why this is about more than just a single game.

News: The Killers: Top 10 Songs Ranked

2018-06-26 17:09:00

We run down the Las Vegas heroes’ top tunes ahead of their hotly anticipated RDS performance

Interview: Pulp It Up! Electro-pop star Lauren Mayberry in her interview with Hot Press

2018-06-14 14:48:00

The well-known face from Chvrhes on their politically-minded new album Love Is Dead, the Me Too movement and remaining optimistic in turbulent times

Interview: The Wright Stuff: Hotpress' Interview with Lawrence Wright

2018-06-14 12:51:00

New Yorker reporter Lawrence Wright on his brilliant new book God Saves Texas, Donald Trump, adventures with Hunter S. Thompson and more

Sport Interview: Darran O'Sullivan talks about Kerry's Championship campaign for the summer

2018-06-05 12:10:00

With the GAA football championship on the horizon, Kerry star Darran O’Sullivan chats about the county’s influx of young guns – including the game’s hottest young talent, David Clifford – as well as their prospects for the year, their rivalry with Dublin, and his excitement about the forthcoming campaign.

Interview: Hot Press meets Dublin GAA midfielder and Hill 16 icon Michael Darragh McCauley

2018-06-05 11:58:00

Michael Darragh McCauley talks The xx, LCD Soundsystem, Rejjie Snow, and the small matter of going for four-in-a-row.


2018-05-24 10:21:00

Paul Nolan reports on a night of rip-roaring rock action in the docklands

News: Roisin Murphy's new video has arrived - and it's very special indeed

2018-05-18 16:30:00

Arklow’s favourite daughter is back and her latest video is one of the most stunning efforts of her career to date.

Reports: Remembering Chris Cornell - One Year On

2018-05-18 11:23:00

Last year, following the death of Chris Cornell, Hot Press recalled past Dublin interviews with the rock giant and paid tribute.

Book Interview: Declan Lynch: On the incredible true story of Carlow postman Tony O'Reilly

2018-05-16 13:06:00

Declan Lynch talks about the incredible true story of Carlow postman Tony O’Reilly, whose gambling addiction resulted in him stealing €1.75m from An Post while he was a branch manager in Gorey.

Interview: Graham Coxon: On Blur, Gorillaz, and The End of the F**King World

2018-04-24 16:30:00

The legendary guitarist discusses his brilliant soundtrack for Netflix’s latest cult smash, all-star live jams with Gorillaz, and his groundbreaking adventures with Blur.

Album: Album Review: 'The Destruction' from Eels

2018-04-17 16:18:00

Appetite for destruction.

Interview: Saturday night's alright for biting with Bryan Cranston

2018-04-09 11:36:00

Hollywood superstar Bryan Cranston discusses his role in cult director Wes Anderson’s latest masterwork, the brilliant Isle Of Dogs.

Frontlines: Alastair Campbell: On Brexit, the border, Trump, and his new novel

2018-04-06 16:47:00

Having just published his football-themed new novel Saturday Bloody Saturday, ex-Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell discusses Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Northern Ireland, Donald Trump – and, of course, the Irish contingent at his beloved Burnley.

Film: Film News: The Lodgers

2018-04-05 14:43:00

Darkly bewitching visuals make this spooky tale an atmospheric addition to Irish horror.

News: My Bloody Valentine to Appear At Robert Smith-Curated Meltdown Festival

2018-03-07 13:14:00

Irish shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine have been handpicked by the eagerly legendary Robert Smith to appear as part of the Cure frontman's mouthwatering Meltdown festival line-up.

News: Idris Elba and Earl Sweatshirt Added to Forbidden Fruit Line-Up

2018-03-07 13:01:00

There's more exciting news on the Forbidden Fruit front with the addition of The Wire star Idris Elba and Odd Future maverick Earl Sweatshirt to the RHK bash.

Album: Album Review: Black Panther: The Album – Music From And Inspired By

2018-02-27 14:47:00

Kendrick Lamar curates all-star blockbuster soundtrack.

Reports: The Wonderful and Inspiring World of Mark E. Smith

2018-02-13 14:29:00

Paul Nolan pays tribute to the late Fall frontman Mark E. Smith, whose groundbreaking approach to songwriting and performance made him one of the most influential artists of his generation.

News: Review : Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ' Wrong Creatures'

2018-02-09 10:50:00


Live: Live Report: Kendrick Lamar Triumphs at the 3Arena

2018-02-08 10:10:00

Paul Nolan was on-hand as the iconic rapper delivered a barnstorming opening night on the DAMN. tour

Live: Live Report: Absolute Bowie Round Off Their Dublin Stint in Impressive Style

2018-01-11 17:09:00

Paul Nolan was on-hand as the Bowie tribute wrapped up their three-night run at the Academy

Interview: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: St. Vincent talked new album, Bowie, Nirvana and Weinstein

2017-12-15 12:24:00

St. Vincent was only in Ireland for a flying visit to play two shows at the Olympia Theatre, but Paul Nolan was on the ground to catch the art-rock legend for a revealing interview in October.

Interview: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Martin Scorsese in Dublin

2017-12-15 12:00:00

In February, one of cinema’s greatest ever directors, Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese, arrived in Dublin to receive Trinity College’s prestigious gold medal award. Paul Nolan was on-hand for Scorsese’s public interview, during which studio battles, the future of cinema, Taxi Driver, Leonardo Di Caprio, the Rolling Stones, and the director’s eagerly awaited upcoming reunion with Robert De Niro, The Irishman, were all on the conversational agenda.

News: Remembering Leonard Cohen: Biographer Sylvie Simmons was allowed into his inner sanctum

2017-11-07 13:38:00

One year on from his death, we look back on Leonard Cohen's life and the Hot Press interviews with those who knew him best.

Album: Album Review: Stars, There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light

2017-11-03 14:08:00

Canadian synth-pop outfit deliver the goods.

Album: Album Review: William Patrick Corgan, Ogilala

2017-11-01 16:25:00

Underwhelming outing from alt-rock veteran

Book Interview: Andrew Meehan talks to Hot Press about his debut novel, One Star Awake

2017-10-31 14:48:00

Involved during his time at the Irish Film Board with such creative successes as Good Vibrations, A Date For Mad Mary and Song Of The Sea, ANDREW MEEHAN has now turned his hand to writing fiction. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN

News: Paul Nolan Joined Singer Brian Brody Pitchside Before Martin O'Neills Team's Remarkable Weekend of Wins

2017-10-13 16:47:00

The Hot Press contributing editor had an up-and-close and personal insight as Martin O'Neill's charges commenced a remarkable weekend

Album: Album Review: Beck, Colors

2017-10-13 12:06:00

An underwhelming outing for the Art-Rock maverick.

Live: Live Report: LCD Soundsystem triumph at the Olympia

2017-09-28 10:09:00

Paul Nolan was on-hand as the dance-punk crew played a barnstorming first night in Dublin

Live: LIVE REPORT: LCD Soundsystem Triumph at The Olympia Theatre

2017-09-28 09:00:00

Paul Nolan was on-hand as the dance-punk crew played a barnstorming first night in Dublin

News: Hot Press Gets A Sneak Peak At Newbridge Silverware’s Kurt Cobain Exhibition

2017-09-27 14:06:00

Paul Nolan reports on the Kildare company’s fascinating exhibition on the grunge legend

Interview: The Horrors: On Working with Nine Inch Nails, The Gorillaz, and their new record

2017-09-22 12:31:00

Art-rock mavericks The Horrors on their album of the year contender V, touring with Nine Inch Nails and collaborating with Gorillaz.

Report: COUNTDOWN TO ELECTRIC PICNIC: The Enduring Legacy of A Tribe Called Quest

2017-08-28 13:29:00

One of the most influential hip hop groups of all time, A Tribe Called Quest are sure to produce a barnstorming performance.

Interview: Rock/rap supergroup Prophets of Rage talk about their incendiary debut album

2017-08-07 16:05:00

The debut album from rock-hip hop supergroup Prophets Of Rage is an incendiary state of the nation address.

Album: Album Review: Prophets of Rage, Prophets of Rage

2017-07-27 17:38:00

Alternative state of the union address from rock/hip-hop supergroup.

Reports: Game Of Thrones: A Song of Revolutionary Television and Global Success

2017-07-24 12:43:00

With Games Of Thrones’ seventh season having just debuted to massive viewing figures and rapturous critical acclaim, uber-fan Paul Nolan drags himself away from the sofa long enough to salute the series’ unique mix of political intrigue, radical characterisation and atmospheric storytelling – whilst not forgetting the steamy sex and ultra-violence, of course.

Album: Album Review: Shabazz Palaces: Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star / Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines

2017-07-14 17:24:00

Cult US hip-hop act produce two stunning new albums

Album: Album Review: Broken Social Scene, Hug Of Thunder

2017-07-10 16:42:00

Canadian art-rock troupe make impressive return.

News: Live Report: The Avalanches Rock Dublin

2017-06-23 13:13:00

The Australian dance outfit made a long awaited return to Ireland, playing a stunning set of material from the classic Since I Left You and last year’s Wildflower

Live: Live Report: Radiohead Triumph In Dublin

2017-06-21 11:20:00

Paul Nolan was on-hand as Thom Yorke and co. celebrated the 20th anniversary of OK Computer and threw several unexpected classics into the set

Book Interview: Exclusive: Cult Author Jeffrey Eugenides Speaks To Hot Press Ahead Of His Borris House Appearance This Weekend

2017-06-08 12:37:00

Set to be interviewed by Florence Welch at Borris House this weekend, the writer’s Cork roots, his love of Joyce, Sofia Coppola’s classic adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, and his views on Trump-era America are all on the agenda as he talks to Paul Nolan

Interview: FORBIDDEN FRUIT 2017: Brought to Booka- Interview with Booka Shade

2017-05-29 11:19:00

German techno heroes Booka Shade discuss collaborating with Irish singer Craig Walker on their new album, DJing in world-renowned Berlin club Berghain, and playing huge support slots with Depeche Mode. Interview: Paul Nolan

Interview: Risky Business: Maximo Park make their return

2017-05-17 15:45:00

The state of British politics, Warp Records parties and the Chicago Cubs’ World Series win are all on the agenda as Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith discusses the band’s new album, Risk To Exist.

Film: Watching the Detective: Interview with Mindhorn's Sean Foley and Simon Farnaby

2017-05-16 16:19:00

Starring The Mighty Boosh's Julian Barratt as a down and out actor called on to reprise his most famous role as a TV detective, Mindhorn is arguably the comedy of the year. Director Sean Foley and co-writer Simon Farnaby- who also starred in the Boosh- talk about paying homage to their favourite '80s shows and getting Steve Coogan onboard.

Book Interview: Trangressing To Impress: Reflections on Art, Sex and Music with Cosey Fanni Tutti

2017-05-03 13:14:00

Throbbing Gristle’s Cosey Fanni Tutti discusses her superb memoir Art Sex Music, which reflects on an incredible career that once saw the group branded as “wreckers of civilisation”.

Album: Album Review: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

2017-04-28 10:48:00

Hip-hop superstar delivers second consecutive masterpiece.

Album: Album Review: Gorillaz, Humanz

2017-04-28 10:33:00

Cracking return from animated quartet

Album: Album Review: Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock

2017-04-21 12:58:00

Stellar effort from cult English art-rocker

News: The Chain Event: Jesus and Mary Chain make their comeback

2017-04-18 17:37:00

Onstage bust-ups, classic records and performing live with Scarlett Johansson are all on the agenda as the iconic Jesus and Mary Chain discuss their brilliant comeback album, Damage and Joy.

Album: Album Review: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Damage And Joy

2017-04-05 16:07:00

Excellent comeback from pioneering alt.rockers.

Album: Album Review: Booka Shade, Movements 10

2017-04-04 13:10:00

Classic album from German electronica duo gets the reissue treatment

Reports: Marty Speilin': When Martin Scorsese came to Dublin

2017-04-03 13:44:00

In February, one of cinema’s greatest ever directors, Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese, arrived in Dublin to receive Trinity College’s prestigious gold medal award. Paul Nolan was on-hand for Scorsese’s public interview, during which studio battles, the future of cinema, Taxi Driver, Leonardo Di Caprio, the Rolling Stones, and the director’s eagerly awaited upcoming reunion with Robert De Niro, The Irishman, were all on the conversational agenda.

News: Exclusive: The Full Lowdown on Martin Scorsese's Trinity College Appearance

2017-02-24 20:02:00

Paul Nolan reports on the legendary filmmaker's Phil Soc encounter, during which Leonardo DiCaprio, the Rolling Stones, Taxi Driver and his upcoming reunion with Robert DeNiro, The Irishman, were all on the conversational agenda

Album: Album Review: Hang , Foxygen

2017-02-07 15:10:00

Underwhelming effort from US indie-pop duo

Interview: White Lies talk new album and rocking Wembley with Muse

2017-02-07 14:45:00

Hot Press caught up with White Lies following the release of their fourth album Friends.

Album: Austra - Future Politics

2017-02-06 16:01:00

Canadian singer delivers quality electro grooves

Album: Album Review: Alive!, Mik Artistik's Ego Trip

2017-01-31 11:50:00

UK art rocker struts his stuff.

Album: Album Review: Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 3

2017-01-26 11:01:00

Superlative effort from US hip hop duo

Interview: Artistik Streak: Hot Press sits down with Mik Artistik

2017-01-06 11:11:00

Art-rock maverick Mik Artistik on unlikely adventures in Longford, being friends with leatherclad legend Zodiac Mindwarp, and acting as guest frontman for pioneering Krautrockers Faust.

Album: Album Review: Blue & Lonesome, The Rolling Stones

2016-11-30 10:57:00

Read our verdict on the Rolling Stones' hotly anticipated comeback album.

Book Interview: Pulpit It Up - An Interview with author Robert Harris

2016-10-26 16:21:00

Best-selling author Robert Harris discusses his new Vatican-set thriller Conclave, his friendships with Roman Polanski and Tony Blair, and his dismay after Brexit.

Film: Film Review: The Flag

2016-10-24 17:03:00

Pat Shortt excels in Rising-themed comedy.

Film Interview: Raising Standards: Declan Recks Discusses The Flag

2016-10-21 14:00:00

Director Declan Recks discusses his excellent new film, The Flag, which takes a comedic look at the 1916 commemorations.

Interview: Raising Standards

2016-10-19 14:02:00

Director Declan Recks discusses his excellent new film, The Flag, which takes a comedic look at the 1916 commemorations.

Interview: Kate Expectations: An Interview With Kate Tempest

2016-10-18 18:37:00

Musician and poet Kate Tempest discusses drugs, depression and creating one of the year’s best albums, Let Them Eat Chaos.

Album: Album Review: Kaiser Chiefs, Stay Together

2016-10-10 16:17:00

Indie veterans deliver Bona Fide Dud

Album: Album Review: Aim

2016-10-05 13:57:00

Excellent effort from hip-hop star

Book Review: Book Review: The Schooldays of Jesus

2016-09-27 12:03:00

By JM Coetzee (Harvill Secker)

Album: Album Review: Warpaint, Heads Up

2016-09-22 14:08:00

Impressive third album from la art rockers.

Album: Album Review: Various Artists, The Man Who Fell To Earth

2016-09-21 15:29:00

Cult soundtrack finally gets official release.

Interview: Shooting the breeze with Fantastic Negrito

2016-09-19 12:14:00

US artist Fantastic Negrito has been earning serious kudos of late for his album The Last Days Of Oakland, a bewitching mix of blues, soul and funk. The album title refers to the home town of the singer – whose real name is Xavier Dphrepaulezz – and several of the songs critique the city’s ongoing gentrification.

News: PICNIC IS HERE: Paul Nolan selects the pick of Saturday's Electric Picnic action

2016-09-03 09:44:00

We're up bright and early to begin Day 2 of the Stradbally spectacular – and already, a plan of attack is beginning to take shape, with Noel Gallagher, Joey Badass and the sensational LCD Soundsystem leading the way

Interview: Savage Banter

2016-08-31 17:49:00

The Electric Picnic-bound Savages on why they’re inspired by world music, playing with LCD Soundsystem at Red Rocks, and getting the thumbs-up from Lars Ulrich and Trent Reznor.

Film: Film Review: War Dogs

2016-08-24 16:07:00

Jonah Hill excels in remarkable real life tale

Book Review: Book Review: Seinfeldia

2016-08-24 15:03:00

Seinfeldia, by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (Simon & Schuster)

News: Shoot To Thrill: An interview with Todd Phillips about his new film War Dogs

2016-08-19 13:23:00

Based on an extraordinary true life tale, Todd Phillips' latest film War Dogs is a black comedy about the international arms trade. He talks about truth being stronger than fiction, the rise of Donald Trump and hanging with Bono and Tom Cruise.

Book Interview: Declan Lynch talks about The Ponzi Man his first new book in a decade

2016-08-11 15:16:00

Best known as a columnist with the Sunday Independent, ex-Hot Press contributor Declan Lynch is also an acclaimed author. He has just published his first novel in nearly 10 years, The Ponzi Man, which tells the story of titular fraudster John Devlin.

Book Review: Book Review: The Life of Simon Rich

2016-06-17 16:11:00


Book Review: Book Review: The Mandibles

2016-05-31 14:21:00

Paul Nolan reviews Lionel Shriver's The Mandibles

Book Interview: The Awaited Return of Trainspotting's Irvine Walsh

2016-05-25 16:12:00

Irvine Welsh has returned to one of his most iconic characters, Trainspotting nutter Francis Begbie. He talks about peeling back the layers of the notorious sociopath, class divisions in the UK and the recent Hillsborough verdict.

Album: Album Review: Pantha du Prince – The Triad

2016-05-24 14:30:00


Interview: Sigur Rós: "We're all changing instruments and doing all kinds of weird things."

2016-05-23 12:01:00

Epic post-rockers Sigur Rós talk about hanging out with porn stars, appearing on Game of Thrones and the darker direction of their new music.

Album: Album review: Digitalism Mirage

2016-05-18 10:59:00

Disappointing effort from German electro duo

Album: Radiohead Are Back With A Superb Record

2016-05-08 22:43:00

It may not be up there with their very best albums, but – with hints of Ariel Pink, Boards of Canada and Vangelis on display – Thom Yorke and the boys have once again produced something very special with their highly anticipated new album, A Moon Shaped Pool

Foulplay: Roche's Stories

2016-04-14 10:03:00

His father Stephen Roche won the Tour de France. But while he hasn't quite achieved that eminence in cycling, Irishman Nicolas Roche has been up there among the top professionals in the sport for almost a decade now. In a fascinating interview, he talks about drugs, Paul Kimmage, Maria Sharapova – and lots more besides...

Interview: Music World: Underworld On Bowie And Eno

2016-04-21 13:10:00

As they gear up for their Forbidden Fruit headliner; Underworld's Karl Hyde talks to Paul Nolan about the trainspotting sequel and why Bowie & Eno mean so much to them.

Album: Album Review: Rusangano Family-Let The Dead Bury The Dead

2016-04-08 11:56:00

Excellent debut from Irish hip-hop crew

Interview: Music World: The Savage Eye

2016-04-06 15:57:00

Savages are one of the most innovative rock bands to come out of the UK in recent years. They discuss their tumultuous second album and standing out from the crowd. WORDS Paul Nolan

News: Savages Open Up About Being Controversial in the New Issue of Hot Press

2016-03-30 14:35:00

Savages are one of the most innovative rock bands to come out of the UK in recent years. They discuss their tumultuous second album and standing out from the crowd.

News: Legendary comic Garry Shandling passes away aged 66

2016-03-25 11:27:00

A one-of-a-kind talent, the creator of The Larry Sanders Show is mourned by fans and friends all over the globe

News: Those '80s Shows- The Best TV Shows of the '80s

2016-03-15 16:46:00

From the A-Team to knight Rider via Top Of The Pops and Max Headroom, the '80s truly was a decade of highs, lows and inbetweens

Album: Album Review: Unloved- Guilty Of Love

2016-03-04 11:37:00

David Holmes & Friends indulge their love of classic soundtracks & '60s girl groups

News: Little Hours look forward to the next Bow St. Session on March 16

2016-03-01 11:53:00

Donegal folk-pop duo Little Hours have just joined Kodaline and Walking On Cars as part of the stellar line-up for the next Jameson Bow St. Sessions gig. Singer John Doherty takes TIME OUT from working on the band’s debut album to tell Paul Nolan why he’s hugely excited about the show.

News: The Making of Kendrick Lamar

2016-02-18 11:36:00

At just 28 years of age, Compton-born rapper Kendrick Lamar has been hailed as one of the most important cultural figures of the modern era. But where did he come from? Who inspired him musically? And what is the creative background to the Hot Press Album of the Year 2015, To Pimp A Butterfly? As we prepare to welcome him to Ireland for Longitude this summer, Paul Nolan explains the global importance of this extraordinary phenomenon...

Book Review: Book Review: This Is The Ritual by Rob Doyle

2016-02-09 12:35:00

Thirty three year-old Rob Doyle caused a considerable splash 18 months ago with his debut novel, Here Are The Young Men, an uber-dark account of Dublin teens coming of age in the Celtic Tiger era.

Interview: Colm Williamson Interview

2015-12-03 10:04:00

Online satirical phenomenon Waterford Whispers have just put out a book compiling their best material from 2015. Founder Colm Williamson talks about his plans to venture into live performance next year.

Album: El Vy - Return To The Moon

2015-11-06 10:41:00

Impressive collaboration between National frontman and US alt. rock scenester

Interview: METROPOLIS: Questlove Interview

2015-11-03 10:59:00

Metropolis-bound with his group - and Jimmy Fallon's house band - The Roots, Questlove discusses his upbringing in Philadelphia, the current state of hip hop and his friendship with Jay Z and Prince.

Album: Sexwitch - Sexwitch

2015-10-28 11:45:00

UK indie supergroup get their psych groove on

Album: Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

2015-10-27 10:34:00

Quality psychedelia from US alt. rock stars

Album: Foals - What Went Down

2015-08-24 10:25:00

More stylish punk-funk from Yannis and the boys

Interview: Bryce Dessner Interview

2015-08-17 10:06:00

The National’s Bryce Dessner on his unique collaboration with Cork Opera House WORDS Paul Nolan

Album: The Chemical Brothers - Born In The Echoes

2015-07-27 11:15:00

Darkly mesmeric offering from veteran dance duo

Interview: Slaves Interview

2015-07-17 10:19:00

Skinhead outsiders Slaves talk anger, iPhones and approving tweets from Robbie Williams.

Live: LIVE REPORT: Chic in Dublin

2015-07-10 10:15:00

A pop extravaganza in Iveagh Gardens.

Album: Leftfield - Alternative Light Source

2015-06-16 10:02:00

Stunning comeback from celebrated dance act

Album: FFS - FFS

2015-06-11 16:43:00

Franz Ferdinand hook-up with Sparks – archness not exactly in short supply

Interview: Of Monsters And Men Interview

2015-06-08 11:44:00

They captured the hearts of Irish music lovers with their spirited debut album. With their second LP on the way Hot Press travels to Iceland to speak exclusively to chart-topping folk rockers Of Monsters and Men.

Interview: Matador Interview

2015-05-26 16:23:00

Electronica up-and-comer Matador talks about his move from Berlin to Dublin and why sometimes you have to give it your all in order to engage an audience.

Album: Shamir - Ratchet

2015-05-21 15:41:00

Stunning debut from Las Vegas dance wunderkind

Interview: The Cribs Interview

2015-05-18 10:07:00

As The Cribs storm back with a cracking new album, frontman Gary Jarman talks run-ins with Dave Grohl and having indie royalty record in his basement.

Album: Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too

2015-04-29 13:47:00

Superb second album from Mercury-winning hip hop trio

Album: Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

2015-04-13 13:25:00

Excellent second album from hip hop wunderkind

Album: Death Dab For Cutie - Kintsugi

2015-04-13 12:44:00

Patchy offering from US emo outfit

Album: Will Butler - Policy

2015-03-25 12:16:00

Impressive debut solo effort from Arcade Fire man

Album: Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home

2015-03-25 12:05:00

Shoegaze-influenced Seattle quartet stick with the programme

Album: The Pop Group - Citizen Zombie

2015-03-18 13:38:00

Welcome return for punk-funk anarchists

Album: Gang of Four - What Happens Next

2015-03-09 14:23:00

Underwhelming comeback for influential post-punks

Album: Mark Lanegan Band - A Thousand Miles of Midnight: Phantom Radio Remixes

2015-03-02 16:44:00

Alt. rock legend's most recent album gets a makeover

Album: Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin

2015-03-02 13:56:00

Darkly mesmeric electronica from London groove mechanic

Album: Joey Bada$$ - B4. DA. $$

2015-02-10 16:10:00

Patchy Debut from NYC Rapper

Album: Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons

2015-01-26 11:21:00


Interview: Shamir ‘Til I Tell Ya - Hot Press Meets Shamir

2015-01-23 11:07:00

We chat to the up and coming R'n'B sensation set to take the world by storm in the months ahead.

Album: Various Artists 'The Art Of McCartney' - Album Review

2014-12-04 11:12:00


Album: TV On The Radio 'Seeds' - Album Review

2014-12-04 10:47:00


Interview: Our Love To Admire - Hot Press meets Caribou

2014-11-28 11:32:00

With two hugely popular albums under his belt in Swim and Our Love, dance producer Caribou, aka Dan Snaith, tells Paul Nolan why he still flies Ryanair and discusses his friendship with tour buddies Radiohead.

Album: Taylor Swift '1989' - Album Review

2014-11-13 11:15:00


Album: Foo Fighters 'Sonic Highways' - Album Review

2014-11-13 10:31:00


Interview: Movember Spawned A Monster - Hot Press meets Aaron Heffernan

2014-11-06 11:45:00

Hang on a mo’, has a familiar face from Love/Hate just sprouted whiskers?

Album: Damien Rice 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy' - Album Review

2014-10-30 11:20:00

Impressive comeback from Irish folk star.

Album: Thurston Moore 'The Best Day' - Album Review

2014-10-21 12:26:00


Album: Thom Yorke 'Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes' - Album Review

2014-10-17 11:24:00

Haunting glitchtronica from Radiohead frontman

Album: Marianne Faithfull 'Give My Love To London' - Album Review

2014-10-06 11:44:00


Album: Prince 'Art Official Age / Plectrum Electrum' - Album Review

2014-10-06 11:30:00


Album: Aphex Twin 'Syro' - Album Review

2014-10-02 11:58:00

Brilliant comeback from legendary electronic producer.

Album: Perfume Genius 'Too Bright' - Album Review

2014-09-23 12:52:00


Interview: Straight Talking Man - Joe Brolly Interview

2014-09-02 16:44:00

He’s the country’s most controversial pundit, his opinions on football dividing opinion and prompting praise and outrage in equal measure. In a rare interview, Joe Brolly talks about cynicism in football, insists he isn’t biased towards Ulster sides – and tells the true story behind his recent on-air spat with RTÉ’s Des Cahill.

Film: Tough Mother - TV Highlight of the Fortnight

2014-09-02 16:28:00

For his new Sky TV series Baz Ashmawy set out to show his mother the meaning of true terror. Instead, he found out just how close he was to her

Interview: Bea Here Now - Aisling Bea Interview

2014-08-27 12:27:00

Award winning comic Aisling Bea on switching between sitcoms and live performance, reconnecting with the Abbeyleix massive and unpleasant horsefly encounters.


2014-08-13 17:37:00

Hypnotic Eye

Album: Shabazz Palaces - Album Review

2014-08-13 14:33:00

Sublime second album from avant hip-hop duo

Interview: Liev Schreiber: A Little Grit of What You Fancy

2014-07-22 10:07:00

As bruising crime drama Ray Donovan returns, star Liev Schreiber speaks exclusively about the show’s universal themes and why he was attracted to the part of an anti-hero.

Album: Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

2014-07-10 12:16:00


Album: 50 Cent- Animal Ambition

2014-06-11 17:45:00

Underwhelming effort by rap superstar

Album: Yann Tiersen – Infinity

2014-06-11 13:30:00

Moody soundscapes from French avant garde maestro

Album: Fucked Up-Glass Boys

2014-06-11 12:18:00

Wailing punk from Canadian extremists. Unlikely to be covered by One Direction

Interview: Patser Murray: Patser Way I Like It

2014-05-27 12:52:00

A former boxer, these days Dublin comic Patser Murray is kept busy doing cameos on Love/Hate, performing improvised skits with Jimmy Carr – and delivering some top-notch stand-up too, of course.

Interview: Duke Dumont- Duke Nukes Em

2014-05-27 10:58:00

He’s the hottest newcomer in techno, with a fanbase that includes Lily Allen and Bat for Lashes. But for Duke Dumont, one ambition remains unfulfilled: to write England’s World Cup anthem

Album: Brody Dalle-Diploid

2014-05-26 16:41:00


Album: Todd Terje - It's Album Time

2014-04-30 09:52:00

Irresisible nu-disco grooves from Norwegian dance wizard

Album: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

2014-04-28 13:30:00

Impressive solo effort from Blur and Gorillaz mastermind

Album: Madlib & Freddie Gibbs - Pinata

2014-04-16 13:12:00

Superb collaboration between LA hip hop duo

Interview: Bleeds United: Hot Press meets Royal Blood

2014-03-31 13:52:00

They're the hot new thing in hard-charging duos, with a ringing endorsement from Arctic Monkeys and a sound that splits the difference between White Stripes and The Kills. Royal Blood talk hype, hopes and why you don't need a guitar to rock your audience's block off.

Reports: My TV Fortnight

2014-03-31 12:17:00

Frontlines: The Sky's The Limit

2014-03-26 13:06:00

TV viewing habits are changing radically in our web-enabled world. Now broadcaster Sky is tackling changes in the market by offering subscribers a more interactive experience.

Album: Skrillex - Recess

2014-03-24 16:57:00

EDM God proves to be fallible

Album: Shit Robot- We Got A Love

2014-03-13 11:06:00

Irresistible electro grooves from Irish producer

Album: Pharrell Williams - G I R L

2014-03-10 16:05:00

Pharrell crowns his comeback with pop tour de force

Interview: A peeling to all tastes: Hot Press Interview with Andrew Maxwell

2014-02-14 16:35:00

As he prepares to take his Banana Kingdom show out on Irish tour, Andrew Maxwell talks politics, aliens, Mormon sheriffs, Russell Brand and comedians you want to give a wide berth.

Album: African Express - Maison Des Jeunes

2013-12-16 11:17:00

Damon Albarn oversees superb collaboration between Western & Malian musicians

Comedy: Comedy: No Spain, no Gain

2013-12-09 12:05:00

Karl Spain on his admiration of Zach Galifianakis, gigging with Flight Of The Conchords and the Martin O’Neill/Roy Keane dream ticket

News: The Scrum and the Restless

2013-11-20 17:17:00

With Irish rugby’s ‘golden generation’ inching towards retirement it’s time for a new batch of players to step forward. Chief amongst the latest crop is Leinster winger Dave Kearney, best known for being on the receiving end of Paul O’Connell’s boot last season. He talks about the sport’s remarkable increase in popularity.

Album: Cut Copy - Free Your Mind

2013-11-19 12:05:00

Superb effort from Australian electro-rockers

Album: Los Campesinos - No Blues (Turnstile)

2013-11-13 11:40:00


Album: Arcade Fire - Reflektor

2013-11-07 10:46:00

Canadian Rockers get their funk groove on with James Murphy

Album: Morcheeba - Head Up High

2013-10-30 11:18:00


Interview: Bliss And Tell

2013-10-29 12:18:00

With a Mercury nomination under the belt, it’s all happening for beat happy twins Disclosure. They talk about overnight success and their surreal falling out with Azealia Banks

Interview: Pleased To Veep You

2013-10-16 10:58:00

The doyen of British satirists, Armando Iannucci helped create Alan Partridge and gave the world swear-machine Malcolm Tucker. Now he has set out to conquer America, with his inside-the-beltway comedy Veep. Speaking exclusively to Hot Press, he talks about his feud with the UK spin doctor Alastair Campbell ­- supposedly the inspiration for Tucker – translating his humour to America and having the real Veep, Joe Biden, as a fan.

Laugh Lines: Fight For Your Right To Farsi

2013-10-14 11:46:00

Despite having once dropped the ‘British Isles’ bomb at Vicar Street, British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili is sensitive to national identities, a topic he explores at length in his new show

Album: Mark Lanegan - Imitations

2013-10-03 11:31:00


Album: Mum - Smilewood

2013-10-03 11:23:00


Album: Moby - Innocents

2013-10-02 11:37:00


Interview: In The Company Of Drenge

2013-09-30 16:19:00

They’re the frazzled blues rockers with the funny last name and a fanbase that includes British politicians. Neo-grungsters Drenge talk about the hype, their Irish roots and how it feels to be championed by a middle-aged politician in a suit

Album: Manic Street Preachers - Rewind The Film

2013-09-24 16:24:00

Terrific Effort From Welsh Veterans

Interview: The Cast Of The Years

2013-09-18 00:00:00

They’re not ashamed to cite Phil Collins and Whitney Houston as influences, but a love for terminally uncool music has done little to dent the progress of The 1975.

Album: The Weeknd 'KISS LAND'

2013-09-18 00:00:00


Interview: The Bare Necessities

2013-09-16 00:00:00

What’s going on with New Zealand pop troupe The Naked And Famous? They used to be so sweet and adorable. Now they’re channelling scary techno-goths Nine Inch Nails and have even roped in the band’s former bassist and producer. They explain their surprise transition...

Comedy: Shiny Happy Person

2013-09-13 00:00:00

Optimistic with a vengeance, comedian Adam Hills channels his personal good vibrations into a hilarious new show

Album: The Weeknd 'KISS LAND'

2013-09-12 00:00:00

Impressive Neo-Soul Opus From Canadian Producer

Album: Factory Floor 'Factory Floor'

2013-09-05 00:00:00

Latest DFA Signings Deliver Superb Debut

Album: Earl Sweatshirt 'Doris'

2013-09-05 00:00:00

Another Stellar Effort From The Odd Future Stable

Album: Feelin' Good Review

2013-09-05 00:00:00

Veteran Producer Gets His Party Groove On

Album: Paracosm Review

2013-08-29 00:00:00

Sun-Kissed Groves From Chillwave Guru...

Album: Hesitation Marks

2013-08-27 00:00:00

Stellar Return From Industrial Godhead

Album: Ghostface Killah: Twelve Reasons To Die: The Brown Tape

2013-08-23 00:00:00

Solo effort from Wu Tang Clan member gets remix treatment...

Frontlines: Hot Press meets Donal O'Kelly

2013-08-22 00:00:00

Having scooped a coveted Fringe First award at Edinburgh, Donal O’Kelly’s play Fionnuala is set to bring fresh publicity to the controversial Corrib gasline project...

Album: The Keynote Speaker

2013-08-15 00:00:00

Solid If Unspectacular Effort From Wu Tang Clan Member

Homefront: Hot Press meets Mark 'E' Everett

2013-08-15 00:00:00

The king of confessional indie rock, Eels leader Mark ‘E’ Everett talks super-star collaborations and why he won’t be dusting down his tent after playing this year’s Electric Picnic...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Watsky

2013-08-09 00:00:00

He’s had 24 million YouTube hits for ‘Pale Kids Rap Fast’, but LA rhymer Watsky is determined not to go down as a one-hit novelty...

Album: Fuck Buttons: Slow Focus

2013-08-08 00:00:00

Arty, experimental electro. Unlikely to be covered on The Voice...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Mayer Hawthorne

2013-08-06 00:00:00

Switching things up on his new LP, soul singer Mayer Hawthorne has gone in a rap direction. He talks about working with Pharrell Williams and his friendship with Kanye West...

Album: Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes

2013-07-31 00:00:00

Low key effort from LA folk collective...

Interview: Hot Press Meets The Dead Prezidents

2013-07-30 00:00:00

Indiependence-bound DJ duo The Dead Prezidents have been generating quite a buzz thanks to their irreverent attitude and onstage antics...

Interview: Clan You Dig It?

2013-07-25 00:00:00

Their American-influenced second record received a kicking in their native UK. Rather than take it personally indie urchins Tribes see the hostility as part of a wider media agenda against guitar music...

Album: Pet Shop Boys, Electric

2013-07-25 00:00:00

Cracking Electro Tunes From Veteran Dance Duo...

Album: David Lynch: The Big Dream

2013-07-24 00:00:00

Superb second album from cult film director...

Album: R.S.A.G.: Rotate

2013-07-24 00:00:00

Fine effort from Irish Indie maverick...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Gold Panda

2013-07-18 00:00:00

He thought about quitting music. Instead Gold Panda has bounced back with one of the year’s finest dance LPs. He talks about the commercial growth of EDM and how South America has influenced his writing...

Album: Transplants: In A Warzone

2013-07-10 00:00:00

Eclectic collection from US punk supergroup...

Album: The Boy Least Likely To: The Great Perhaps

2013-07-08 00:00:00

Solid offering from English Indie-pop duo...

Interview: Hot Press Meets These New Puritans

2013-06-28 00:00:00

With their third album Field Of Reeds, These New Puritans confirm their standing as one of the great art rock ensembles of the era...

Album: Gold Panda: Half of Where You Live

2013-06-26 00:00:00

Superb second album from English wizards...

Album: Boards of Canada: Tomorrow's Harvest

2013-06-26 00:00:00

Brilliant return from electronic duo...

Album: Tricky: False Idols

2013-06-17 00:00:00

Return to form for trip-hop legend...

Interview: Interview: Gaslight Anthem

2013-06-06 00:00:00

Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon on playing with Eddie Vedder, performing a special set for Letterman and the appearance of 24’s Elisha Cuthbert in the band’s latest video

Interview: Hot Press meets British Sea Power

2013-05-17 00:00:00

British Sea Power are back with a joyously eccentric new record and a polar bear that, ceiling permitting, will be coming to a venue near you soon...

Album: Will.I.Am: Willpower

2013-05-07 00:00:00

Underwhelming effort from Superstar producer...

Album: Ghostface Killah: Twelve Reasons To Die

2013-05-01 00:00:00

Excellent outing for Wu-Tang Clan member...

Album: !!!: Thr!!!er

2013-04-29 00:00:00

Electrifying dance-punk action...

Album: Wavves: Afraid Of Heights

2013-04-23 00:00:00

Wailing punk from San Diego trio...

Interview: Hot Press meets Irish novelist Ciaran Collins

2013-04-18 00:00:00

The shadowy side of rural life is evoked in the stunning debut from Ciaran Collins. Here, he discusses his complex feelings towards the countryside and the tradition of grisly novels set in the Irish sticks...

Album: Edwyn Collins: Understated

2013-04-16 00:00:00

Impressive efford from art-pop legend...

Interview: Hot Press meets Sam Beam from Iron & Wine

2013-04-12 00:00:00

There are less jagged edges on his latest album but that doesn’t mean Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam has mellowed...

Album: Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience

2013-04-08 00:00:00

Impressive effort from pop icon...

Interview: Hot Press meets Bombay Bicycle Club

2013-04-02 00:00:00

In Dublin for the Jameson St. Patricks Live gig, would-be stadium rockers Bombay Bicycle Club talk about their electronic new direction, cutting loose in India and participating in Damon Albarn’s Africa Express...

Album: The Strokes: Comedown Machine

2013-03-19 00:00:00

Impressive Return To Form For NYC Rockers...

Album: Suede: Bloodsports

2013-03-19 00:00:00

Terrific Return from Britpop Luminaries...

Interview: Let's Do Lynch

2013-03-19 00:00:00

She’s one of the most controversial figures in Irish comedy. And now Katherine Lynch is branching into traditional music inspired by, among others, her famous grand uncle Patrick Kavanagh...

Live: Foals, live at The Academy

2013-03-14 00:00:00

To complete that slightly painful racing analogy – these Foals are now prizewinning thoroughbreds...

Album: David Bowie: The Next Day

2013-03-14 00:00:00

Brilliant comeback from rock icon...

Album: How To Destroy Angels: Welcome Oblivion

2013-03-11 00:00:00

Moody electronica from Trent Reznor's new ensemble...

Interview: Andy, You're a Star

2013-03-01 00:00:00

Dublin-bound Mock The Week panellist Andy Parsons on Frankie Boyle’s controversies, Dara Ó Briain’s stag night, and why he’d prefer to be pottering in his shed than doing stand-up.

Album: Ducktails: The Flower Lane

2013-03-01 00:00:00

Excellent collection of psych-pop from real estate guitarist...

Album: Bastille: Bad Blood

2013-02-27 00:00:00

Underwhelming debut effort from London indie outfit...

Interview: Hot Press meets Bastille

2013-02-27 00:00:00

On the rise indie rockers Bastille discuss tour bus bad behaviour, their passion for Twin Peaks and why pop shouldn’t be a dirty word...

Album: Ron Sexsmith: FOREVER eNDEVOUR

2013-02-12 00:00:00

Let's talk about Sexsmith

Album: Eels: Wondeful, Glorious

2013-02-01 00:00:00

Stellar effort from alt. rock veteran...

Interview: Hoot For 2013

2013-01-21 00:00:00

Your guide to the year ahead in comedy...

Interview: DEE’S COMPANY

2012-12-19 00:00:00

Writing sitcoms, ignoring conspiracy nuts and working for Robbert Murdoch with everyone's favorite grouch Jack Dee...

Album: Bitter Rocc - Cold City

2012-12-20 00:00:00

Impressive debut from Dublin hip hop producer...

Interview: On the Boyle

2012-11-16 00:00:00

For his new novel TC Boyle abandons his trademark irony and takes a more naturalistic approach. He explains why he doesn’t want to be the literary equivalent of a clapped-out rock band playing the same hits over and over words Paul Nolan photo Trevor Nolan

Album: Tame Impala: Lonerism

2012-11-16 00:00:00

Australian band go on a tragical mystery tour.

Album: Vitalic:Rave age

2012-11-15 00:00:00

Dark electro odyssey from French dance wizard

Album: DJ Fresh: Nextlevelism

2012-11-07 00:00:00

 Blaring club tunes from english dance producer.


2012-11-06 00:00:00


Album: LUX

2012-11-05 00:00:00

Stellar effort from super-producer and ambient guru...

Interview: There’s no other J

2012-10-23 00:00:00

It’s been a hectic 12 months for English art-rock quartet Alt-J, who have gone from obscurity to music press darlings and Mercury Prize favourites, thanks to their UK top 20 debut album, An Awesome Wave. Alt-J’s rollercoaster year continues with a US tour, which is where Hot Press catches up with the group’s keyboard player, Gus Unger-Hamilton. The previous night they'd played a show in Las Vegas, which, unsurprisingly, proved a somewhat surreal setting.

Interview: Al that you can't leave behind

2012-10-22 00:00:00

Lately a cuddly quiz show panel member, Alan Davies is going back to his first love, stand-up. He explains the rationale for the decision, but has less to say about his controversial comments on the Hillsborough Liverpool FC tragedy.

Album: Deadmau5

2012-10-05 00:00:00

Solid offering from canadian groove mechanic

Interview: Sardonic Street Preachers

2012-09-21 00:00:00

Synth-pop icons the Pet Shop Boys are back with their eleventh studio album, Elysium. It is another excellent collection of electro tunes that are by turns celebratory, witty and moving.

Interview: Byrne Notice

2012-09-04 00:00:00

Taking time out from a stay-cation funnyman Jason Byrne talks about his love of Ikea, channelling David Copperfield and sharing the stage with a naked PJ Gallagher.

Interview: His Time Is Now

2012-09-04 00:00:00

As The Charlatans prepare to perform their landmark Tellin’ Stories album at Castlepalooza, Tim Burgess talks about the record’s troubled origins and his foray into breakfast cereals.

Album: Blur

2012-08-30 00:00:00

Outstanding retrospective collection from britpop icons

Interview: Extra Curricular Activity

2012-08-28 00:00:00

Veteran electronica duo Orbital are Stradbally-bound, where they’ll be airing tracks from their first album in eight years, Wonky. They talk about getting back in the studio, hanging with Roger Moore and their rave-era escapades.

Interview: Skin Deep

2012-08-23 00:00:00

Having recently become a father and conscious of the legacy he’ll leave behind, Newton Faulkner returns to “have a positive impact on people’s brains.”

Interview: Cummins Up for Air

2012-08-01 00:00:00

He’s the funnyman and MC who doesn’t mind getting into a stand-off with rowdy punters. Steve Cummins explains how a Limerick upbringing made him the man he is today.

Album: Oceania

2012-07-25 00:00:00

Return to form for alt. rock legend

Album: Celebration Rock

2012-07-06 00:00:00

Underwhelming effort from Canadian garage-rock duo

Interview: Geddis Is Good For You

2012-07-02 00:00:00

He’s a leading light of northern comedy. Ahead of his appearance at Glasgowbury Colin Geddis talks about cracking the scene up north, keeping hecklers under control and making his name via YouTube.

Interview: Ship Happens

2012-06-26 00:00:00

Familiar to most comedy fans as Murray, the quirky manager of Flight Of The Conchords in the duo’s self-titled television series, Rhys Darby arrives in Ireland shortly to perform his stand-up show This Way To Spaceship, based on his book of the same name.

Album: The Bravest Man In The Universe

2012-06-25 00:00:00

Superb comeback album from soul legend

Album: Lex Hives

2012-06-07 00:00:00

Dr. Matt Destruction still not struck off by medical council

Interview: Chris Almighty!

2012-06-06 00:00:00

The vibrant Leeside comedy scene has a new young man in a hurry. Ahead of his first visit to Edinburgh Chris Kent talks about cracking them up down south.

Live: The Horrors, Live At The Academy

2012-05-31 00:00:00

Frankly, I doubt I’ll see a better gig all year.

Interview: Droid to the world

2012-05-28 00:00:00

Operating under the Shit Robot alias Dubliner Marcus Lambkin is part of the LCD Soundystem inner circle. He talks about hanging with the Beastie Boys, his friendship with dance-funk guru James Murphy and why the old ways of doing things in music don’t cut it anymore.

Interview: That Joe just isn’t funny anymore

2012-05-24 00:00:00

For his latest project Alexei Sayle recalls a childhood steeped in Stalinism. How did he manage to extract laughs from so serious a subject?

Interview: Some Velvet Mourning

2012-05-23 00:00:00

He is the downbeat songwriter who has transcended his origins in Velvet Underground to become a fascinating artist in his own right. John Cale talks about his surprisingly melodic new project and his surprise presence on the Queen’s honours list.

Interview: The gongs all here

2012-05-21 00:00:00

Funnyman musician Paddy Cullivan discusses Ireland’s first musical comedy awards event – and the highwire act that is balancing melody and laughter.

Album: Ways to forget

2012-05-17 00:00:00

Remix guru gets his rock groove on but fails to impress

Album: Dross Glop

2012-05-16 00:00:00

US post-rockers get the remix treatment, with excellent results

Album: Kisses on the Bottom

2012-02-08 00:00:00

Iconic rockers gets his jazz groove on

Album: Bangarang

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Underwhelming effort from LA dubstep producer.

Album: Kisses On The Bottom

2012-02-01 00:00:00

Iconic rocker gets his jazz groove on.

Interview: Gust In Translation

2012-01-27 00:00:00

Kings of chill-out Air discuss their latest album, inspired by a classic of silent sci-fi cinema.

Interview: What A Load Of Rap!

2012-01-24 00:00:00

They’re the comedy hip hop troupe ripping it up in Blighty. Ireland’s Abandoman talk about the challenge of making rhyming funny and discuss larking about with Alexa Chung at Daisy Lowe’s 21st. As you do.

Comedy: The Gongs All Here

2011-12-16 00:00:00

The votes are in, the embossed envelope is in our sweaty clutches, the drum-roll has begun. Yes, it could only be the Hot Press Golden Giggle Awards. But who will walk away with the coveted gongs?

Interview: Specs Appeal

2011-11-22 00:00:00

Ahead of his upcoming Dublin dates, Stephen Merchant talks about his new series with Ricky Gervais, his favourite Irish comedians and the engima wrapped in a mystery wrapped in man-pudge that is Karl Pilkington.

Album: A Map Of The Floating City

2011-11-08 00:00:00

Eclectic offering from '80s synth-pop maestro.

Album: Crazy Clown Time

2011-10-28 00:00:00

Legendary cult filmmaker gets his groove on.

Album: A Turn In The Dream Songs

2011-10-28 00:00:00

NYC singer knows what the folk he's doing.

Album: Pearl Jam Twenty

2011-10-17 00:00:00

Grunge veterans compile live tracks and rarities to accompany Cameron Crow Doc.

Album: Nervermind Deluxe Edition

2011-10-17 00:00:00

Alt. rock landmark gets the reissue treatment on its 20th anniversary.

Interview: Chuckling Under Pressure

2011-10-12 00:00:00

From humble beginnings Canadian comic Craig Campbell has gone on to become one of the most respected pros in the business. He talks about taking the long route to success, touring deepest Asia and ringing in the new year with Jim Carrey.

Album: The Golden Age Of Apocalypse

2011-10-04 00:00:00

La Groove Maestro Makes "Electro Jazz Fusion" Respectable. No, Honestly!

Interview: Thank you for the deus

2011-09-26 00:00:00

They may be Belgian, but there’s precious little waffle as Deus frontman Tom Barman discusses the hard times that inspired the band’s latest record, his relationship with Blur’s Damon Albarn and his parallel career as budding, if occasionally frustrated, filmmaker.

Interview: All the rage

2011-09-15 00:00:00

His comedy isn’t for the faint of heart. But if you’re willing to go the distance Doug Stanhope has plenty of shock and awe in store, including rape jokes and gags about ugly Irish people.

Interview: Oh Land Of Hope & Glory

2011-09-01 00:00:00

She’s the latest female pop star with a taste for the avant-garde. Don’t go calling her the new Lady Gaga though.

Interview: Gimme Moore

2011-08-26 00:00:00

Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore has returned with his third solo album, Demolished Thoughts, which is predominantly an acoustic affair, not a move we would have expected from the erstwhile king of noise-rock.

Live: Prince

2011-08-24 00:00:00

Live: Tom Tom Club

2011-08-22 00:00:00

Vicar St., Dublin

Album: Panic Of Girls

2011-08-10 00:00:00

Mediocre effort from new wave legends.

Interview: He Kane, He Saw, He Conquered

2011-08-10 00:00:00

He first came to our attention as the other half of Alex Turner side-project The Last Shadow Puppets. But can Miles Kane cut it as a solo artist? At the start, even he had doubts. But hook-ups with Noel Gallagher and Gruff Rhys soon set him straight.

Album: Skying

2011-08-10 00:00:00

Album of the year contender from Faris Badwan and the boys

Album: Skying

2011-07-29 00:00:00

Album of the year contender from Faris Badwan and the boys.

Interview: Some Murders Do Have Em

2011-07-26 00:00:00

In addition to his celebrated literary novels, John Banville has carved out a parallel career as a crime writer of some distinction, writing under the pen name Benjamin Black. He talks to Paul Nolan about the latest book in the Black series, the compelling A Death In Summer.

Interview: Poo kid on the block

2011-07-06 00:00:00

A member of the DFA family and close friend of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Dubliner Shit Robot has had a remarkable 12 months, with a rapturously received debut album and a star spot in LCD’s end-of-an-era madison square garden show. He tries to put it all into words.

Live: Tune-Yards live in Whelan's

2011-06-30 00:00:00

The Massachusetts native gives a spellbinding performance

Interview: Poo kid on the block

2011-06-29 00:00:00

A member of the DFA family and close friend of LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, Dubliner Shit Robot has had a remarkable 12 months. with a rapturously received debut album and a star spot in LCD's end-of-an-era Madison Square Garden show. He tried to put it all into words.

Interview: Talking Eds

2011-06-22 00:00:00

Ahead of their lone Irish festival appearance of the summer Editors’ Tom Smith talks about their adventures in China, their love of a good party and their relationship with the love it/hate it Twilight franchise

Interview: Great gas altogether

2011-06-21 00:00:00

As they release their second album All At Once, The Airborne Toxic Event’s Mikel Jollett talks about the tragedies that have inspired his songwriting, getting politically active, and the band’s very famous fans...

Interview: It's a flammable affair

2011-06-20 00:00:00

Who needs indie rock when there’s a whole world of fab pop music out there to be influenced by? That’s what St. Albans techno trio Friendly Fires reckon at least. Singer Ed Gibson explains why they’d much rather be up all night listening to New Kids On The Block and Britney than Oasis or Kaiser Chiefs.

Live: Forbidden Fruit - Saturday

2011-06-16 00:00:00

Erol Alkan performs a blitzkrieg of house, techno and electro.

Live: Suede live at the Olympia Theatre

2011-06-13 00:00:00

The band kick off the first of three shows with their eponymous album

Live: Queens of the Stone Age live at the Olympia Theatre

2011-06-13 00:00:00

The Californian stoner rockers bring the house down

Interview: Open mike night

2011-06-10 00:00:00

As he gets set to DJ at this year’s Temple House Festival, former Smiths man Mike Joyce talks about partying with the band, why a reunion probably won’t happen, and how he loves visiting his family home of Galway.

Album: Goblin

2011-06-09 00:00:00

Awesome effort from LA hip hop wunderkind.

Interview: Battling on

2011-06-08 00:00:00

As they prepare to release sophomore album Gloss Drop, NYC math rock combo Battles talk festivals, Gary Numan and how they came to appear on the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack.

Album: I Love You, Dude

2011-06-07 00:00:00

Quality dance from German groove mechanics

Interview: Tengo in the night

2011-06-07 00:00:00

Legendary indie rockers Yo La Tengo discuss their foray into live comedy, appearing on The Simpsons and their recent run-in with Spongebob Squarepants.

Interview: Leaving His Mark

2011-06-02 00:00:00

It’s not every up-and-coming artist who can boast of having a bona fide alt. rock legend play on their album, but that’s definitely the case for Limerick’s Mark O’Connor, who secured the guitar playing services of Dinosaur Jr’s J. Mascis...

Album: Espero

2011-06-02 00:00:00

Spirit of the US underground alive and well in Limerick

Album: Rome

2011-06-01 00:00:00

Super-producer pays tribute to Spaghetti Western soundtracks in style

Album: Ukelele Songs

2011-05-19 00:00:00

Solo album from Pearl Jam frontman, performed entirely on ukulele. No, seriously!

Interview: Too tight to mention

2011-05-16 00:00:00

Ex lawyer Keith Farnan on Tesco’s pole dancing kits for kids and how to talk about money and the IMF without depressing the hell out of yourself.

Frontlines: High five!

2011-05-12 00:00:00

He may be a poker novice but that didn’t stop Clareman Niall Smyth winning a whopping €550k in the Irish Open.

Album: Smother

2011-05-03 00:00:00

Another masterful offering from English art-pop outfit

Album: an

2011-05-03 00:00:00

Album: Tomboy

2011-05-03 00:00:00

Quality psych-pop from animal collective member

Album: Nine Types Of Light

2011-04-29 00:00:00

A sitek for sore eyes

Album: The Colour Of The Trap

2011-04-29 00:00:00

Solid debut offering from last shadow puppets man

Album: Cat's Eyes

2011-04-26 00:00:00

Faris Badwan's day off

Interview: A Gael At Their Backs

2011-04-14 00:00:00

From Dexys Midnight Runners to the Smiths, many of Britain’s most iconic bands were comprised of second generation Irish musicians. Now a Cambridge academic has written a book tracing the influence of Irish culture on British rock and roll.

Interview: The Man From The Telly

2011-04-08 00:00:00

Best known for giving the world ‘Horse Outside’, Republic of Telly is surely the funniest example of RTÉ biting itself in the arse since... well, it’s been a while. Presenter Dermot Whelan – or possibly a cunning lookalike – talks about The Rubberbandits, gay rugby players and Neil Prendeville’s willy.

Interview: The Butler Calls

2011-03-31 00:00:00

His first album answered the question: can Antony Hegarty do disco? Now Andy Butler is back with the second LP from his Hercules And Love Affair project. He talks about the record’s genesis and explains why Sinéad O’Connor is one of his greatest inspirations.

Interview: No More Mr. Nice Guy

2011-03-28 00:00:00

Long tagged as the nice guy of Irish observational comedy, Jarlath Regan is starting to show his teeth.

Interview: The Savage Truth

2011-03-21 00:00:00

Angry, irreverent and iconoclastic, David McSavage is a singular presence in Irish comedy. Lately, his career has taken its strangest twist yet, via hit RTÉ show The Savage Eye. At a time when sketch comedy is too often content to scrape the catch-phrase barrel, the Dubliner takes a cleaver to national stereotypes. In his frankest interview yet he discussses his alcoholism, being the blacksheep of a political dynasty and his unlikely rebirth as a TV sensation.

Interview: Wall That You Can’t Leave Behind

2011-03-11 00:00:00

Renowned for such establishment-baiting TV shows as The Mark Thomas Comedy Product, Mark Thomas’ latest project found him travelling to the Middle East to walk along the Israeli Wall, which separates the state from the West Bank. Thomas has detailed his experiences on the trip in a book and in a live show, Walking The Wall, which visits Dublin in March.

Album: Angles

2011-03-10 00:00:00

Disappointing Outing For Indie Icons

Album: The People's Key

2011-02-28 00:00:00

Underwhelming outing for us indie star.

Album: Horses And High Heels

2011-02-22 00:00:00

Album: Build A Rocket Boys!

2011-02-18 00:00:00

Solid if unspectacular return from Guy Garvey and co

Interview: This Is Hardcore

2011-02-18 00:00:00

With their seventh album on the way postrockers Mogwai talk about their famous feud with Blur, their relationship with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky and why it’s sometimes okay to be repetitive.

Interview: Special K

2011-02-11 00:00:00

Comedian Stephen K. Amos talks about coming to terms with being gay, racial tensions in London and how his teenage years inspired his new show

Album: Let England Shake

2011-02-02 00:00:00

Eight Albums In And PJ Keeps Getting Better

Album: Blue Songs

2011-02-01 00:00:00

Impressive Return For Nu-Disco King Andy Butler

Album: Mine Is Yours

2011-02-01 00:00:00

Californian Indie Mechants "Go Stadium". Be Afraid.

Live: Yeasayer: Live at The Academy

2011-01-24 00:00:00

Yeasayer embrace the possibilites of music with infectious enthusiasm and produce a life-affirming noise

Album: Computer & Blues

2011-01-19 00:00:00

Disappointing Final Outing For One-Time King of Garage

Album: Michael

2010-12-10 00:00:00

Disappointing swansong from the King of Pop

Interview: Left To Their Own Devices

2010-12-08 00:00:00

Fresh from a triumphant Electric Picnic performance,’90s dance legends LEFTFIELD are getting straight back into action with a short run of Irish dates. Mainman Neil Barnes talks about the joys of blowing the ears off punters with his vintage beats.

Live: LCD Soundsystem at Tripod

2010-12-06 00:00:00

LCD produce a brilliant show and quite possibly the gig of the year

Live: Arcade Fire, review and live shots

2010-12-06 00:00:00

Check out our pics from last night' epic O2 show

Album: Body Talk Pt. 3

2010-12-01 00:00:00

Third mediocre outing in twelve months for Swedish starlet

Album: Tron Legacy O.S.T.

2010-12-01 00:00:00

French duo's first soundtrack proves underwhelming

Album: Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

2010-09-06 00:00:00

Underwhelming third outing for UK electro-acoustic merchant

Album: Familial

2010-08-12 00:00:00

Drummer makes decent solo album shock!

Album: White Magic

2010-08-12 00:00:00

A treasure trove of psych-pop beats

Album: Move Of Ten

2010-08-12 00:00:00

Cerebral avant-electro. Top ten likely to remain untroubled.

Album: Something For Everybody

2010-06-15 00:00:00

Mediocre comeback from new-wave legends

Album: Further

2010-06-15 00:00:00

Solid if unspectacular outing for celebrated dance duo

Interview: Wanted Med Or Alive

2010-11-29 00:00:00

The’re the surgically precise avant-pop crew who count Radiohead and Arcade Fire as cheerleaders. So why are CLINIC still mired in obscurity? And can a popilicious new album remedy this disgraceful state of affairs?

Interview: Our Favorite Martians

2010-11-22 00:00:00

As Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds returns to the Dublin stage, the show’s creator explains how he cajoled Phil Lynott into appearing on the original record and how the death of Richard Burton derailed earlier plans for a live version.

Interview: Joly Good Show

2010-11-10 00:00:00

For his latest project, comedian Dom Joly has written a travelogue about some of the world’s strangest countries – and, yes, North Korea was the weirdest of the lot

Live: The Temper Trap, Live at Tripod

2010-11-05 00:00:00

The band perform with spirit and passion, but they unashamedly borrow from the most boring aspects of U2, Kings Of Leon and Coldplay.

Live: The Black Keys, Live at Tripod

2010-11-05 00:00:00

Based on tonight, expect to hear plenty more about The Black Keys in the near future.

Interview: Plumage Kicks

2010-11-03 00:00:00

The world’s most famous six foot transgender crooner, Antony Hegarty has returned with an astonishing new record, Swanlights. He talks about working with Bjork, his dalliances in nu-disco and his belief that mankind is basically doomed due to our destruction of the environment.

Interview: Give Us This Day Our Dulli Bread

2010-11-03 00:00:00

Taking time out from his Twilight Singers project, ex-Afghan Whigs leader Greg Dulli talks about putting Nirvana up for the night, his friendship with scary crooner Mark Lanegan and his first ever solo tour

Interview: Grace Under Pressure

2010-11-03 00:00:00

Having come of age as a comedian in the grim 70s and the even grimmer 80s, BRENDAN GRACE knows all about raising an audience’s spirits at a difficult time. Looking forward to his return to Ireland from self-imposed exile in Florida, he discusses his famous cameo in Father Ted and his sudden popularity among younger comedy fans

Live: Crystal Castles, The Academy

2010-11-03 00:00:00

Crystal Castles at The Academy, Dublin

Interview: Jim Class Hero

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Australian funnyman Jim Jeffries on trying to crack Hollywood and why, despite claims to the contrary, he really isn't trying to offend the moral majority

Interview: Mild At Heart

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Keyboard plinking, mild-mannered stand-up DAVID O’DOHERTY on being published in America, hanging with Bob Dylan (kind of) and a foray into UK television

Album: Write About Love

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Vintage baroque-pop courtesy of cult Scottish outfit

Album: Swanlights

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Impressive fourth outing for chamber-pop crooner

Interview: A Threepenny For Your Thoughts

2010-11-02 00:00:00

With a solo album and memoir on the way, Carl Barât talks about the breaking-up of Dirty Pretty Things, putting The Libertines back together and hanging out in Dublin with the Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon

Live: DJ Shadow, Live at Tripod

2010-11-02 00:00:00

So the visuals are great, how about the music? Hmmm...

Reports: Skit Happens

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Best known as one third of the Apres Match ensemble, Gary Cooke is branching into straight-up acting – well sort of – in the latest Ross O’Carroll Kelly play, which finds the south Dublin twat coming to terms with the recession. Taking a break from rehearsals, Cooke explains why Ireland is on the way to becoming the new Bulgaria

Album: Freedom

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Underwhelming debut from synth-pop duo

Album: Postcards From A Young Man

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Veteran rockers' "last attempt at mass communication" may fall just short of its ambition

Live: MGMT

2010-11-01 00:00:00

The Olympia, Dublin

Album: Tomorrow Morning

2010-10-22 00:00:00


Live: Live at the Olmpia, Dublin

2010-10-18 00:00:00

Performing against a backdrop of psychedelic visuals, much of the performance sees the band getting their avant-pop groove on. You can hear touches of Bowie, Barrett and sundry ’60s art-rock oddballs throughout the show

Album: From The Cradle To The Rave

2010-10-13 00:00:00


Album: God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise

2010-10-13 00:00:00


Album: Halycon Digest

2010-10-11 00:00:00

This expansive, wall-of-sound style is an art in which Deerhunter leader Bradford Cox excels

Reports: 12 Step Planet: Iceland

2010-10-11 00:00:00

Filled with wonderful bars, restaurants, galleries, museums, record shops and bookstores, and set against the stunning back-drop of the Esja mountain range and Atlantic ocean, Rekjavik is an unforgettable experience. Elsewhere in the country, Iceland offers the kind of scenery and natural beauty few countries can match.

Reports: Mordor Than A Feeling

2010-09-24 00:00:00

Canada’s Charlie Ross initially found fame with his brilliantly funny one-man performance of Star Wars. For his latest solo show, he has opted to tackle that other much-loved movie trilogy, The Lord Of The Rings.

Interview: School's out for [the] Drummer

2010-09-02 00:00:00

ahead of his appearance at electric picnic radiohead drummer Phil Selway tells us about his fantastic solo album.

Interview: Left To Their Own Devices

2010-09-02 00:00:00

Looking forward to their long-awaited Electric Picnic headline appearance, Leftfield’s Neil Barnes talks about putting the legendary dance ACT back together.

Comedy: Stand-Up For Your Rights

2010-07-28 00:00:00

The much-esteemed Phill Jupitus discusses improv, stand-up, and a variety of characters as diverse as Slash and Stephen Fry

Album: Lazer Proof

2010-07-14 00:00:00


Album: How to Destroy Angels

2010-07-14 00:00:00


Album: Dark Night of the Soul

2010-07-05 00:00:00

Hugely impressive collaboration between Brian Burton and the sorely missed Mark Linkous

Comedy: Rob Almighty

2010-07-05 00:00:00

He's the bad boy of gross-out comedy. Now Rob Schneider is going back to his stand-up roots. He talks about pre-show nerves, hanging backstage with Chris Rock and the profusion of political "crackpots" in the US...

Album: Gemini

2010-06-30 00:00:00


Album: Body talk pt 1

2010-06-29 00:00:00


Album: Flesh Tone

2010-06-29 00:00:00


Live: Leftfield

2010-06-28 00:00:00

"Look at that," he beams. "It’s a sea of craziness."

Frontlines: The Secret World of the Irish Casinos

2010-06-16 00:00:00

They are regarded by many as the seamy underside of gambling in this country. And yet the casino industry is booming. Paul Nolan pulled up a stool at the blackjack table for this special report

Album: More!

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Album: Before Today

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Album: The dogs are parading

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Live: Live at Tripod

2010-06-01 00:00:00

As well as short and sharp quirk-pop nuggets, Pavement are also capable of rustling up a rousing epic

Live: Live at the Olympia, Dublin

2010-06-01 00:00:00

Absolute mastery of numerous genres, allied to a flair for wordplay and witty satirical observation

Interview: Arj day will come!

2010-06-01 00:00:00

Farting cats, Radiohead and his work on Flight Of The Conchords are all on the agenda as Paul Nolan meets Kilkenny-bound comedy superstar Arj Barker

Comedy: Hoot Press: Justin Time

2010-05-19 00:00:00

Mancunian comedian JUSTIN MOORHOUSE fills us in on the exotic art of eating a boiled egg on the beach and negotiating the red carpet at Cannes with Eric Cantona.

Album: Total Life Forever

2010-05-19 00:00:00

They do make em' like this anymore

Album: Cosmogramma

2010-05-18 00:00:00

Stunningly eclectic offering from LA laptop guru

Interview: Holmes thoughts from abroad

2010-05-18 00:00:00

Preparing to DJ on the same bill as Paul Weller at the forthcoming Sea Sessions, David Holmes chews the fat with Paul Nolan.

Album: Crystal Castles

2010-05-12 00:00:00

Impressive second outing for Canadian electro fiends

Interview: Woah, Kele

2010-05-11 00:00:00

Bloc Party's Kele Okereke is going solo. He talks about his forthcoming debut album and burgeoning interest in cutting-edge electronica. But he’s rather less forthcoming about his recent exiting of the closet.

Album: Forgiveness Rock Record

2010-05-10 00:00:00

Classy baroque pop from Canadian indie all-stars

Album: Your Future Our Clutter

2010-05-04 00:00:00

Mark E. Smith successfully negotiates that difficult 28th album

Interview: Has He Got News For You

2010-04-29 00:00:00

A well-known journalist with the BBC, John Simpson has penned a provocative rumination on the way news was reported in the 20th century. He recalls his dangerous exploits in the Middle East and defends his contention that British broadsheets are the best in the world

Album: This Is Happening

2010-04-28 00:00:00

Sublime third outing for NYC dance-punks

Interview: The Twangs All Here

2010-04-27 00:00:00

Up and coming country rockers The Avett brothers talk about working with Rick Rubin and the buzz around their new album.

Interview: A Toll New Ball Game

2010-04-26 00:00:00

Music mixologist supreme Danger Mouse talks about his latest project, a hook-up with James Mercer of The Shins.

Interview: Lethal Drizzle

2010-04-14 00:00:00

You know him as the humungously bearded guitarist from TV On The Radio, but his new Rain Machine project sees Kyp Malone trying something completely different. And no, David Bowie isn’t involved!

Interview: The New Waif Of New Waif

2010-03-29 00:00:00

Folk songbird Laura Marling became quasi-famous when an ex-boyfriend wrote an album about their messy break-up. Now that she is returning with a record of her own, she assesses the fall-out from her brief flirtation with notoriety and explains why she hates being called a singer-songwriter.

Live: Panda Bear Live at Vicar St

2010-03-26 00:00:00

With this stellar gig, Lennox has once again demonstrated that he really is smarter than the average bear

Frontlines: Fervour Pitch

2010-03-24 00:00:00

The rivalry between two Scottish football teams is the basis of an intriguing new play, Singin’ I’m No A Billy, He’s A Tim [apparently the title makes sense if you’re from Scotland]. Its author Des Dillon explains why he was prompted to write the drama, which uses soccer to explore the thorny issue of sectarianism in the UK.

Interview: Black to the Future

2010-03-19 00:00:00

Tom Findlay Of UK dance wizards Groove Armada on their darkest album yet, working with Bryan Ferry and hanging out with Pop Idol star Will Young.

Interview: Home of the Rave

2010-03-16 00:00:00

He's known as the king of trance. Now TIESTO is making a foray into old-fashioned pop music. He explains why he's embarked on a change of scenery, and gushingly explains why U2 are one of his favourite bands (even if he hasn't heard all their albums).

Frontlines: Ramblin' Man

2010-03-15 00:00:00

Son of legendary filmmaker John, CHARLEY BOORMAN is famous for embarking on gruelling round-the-world treks, usually in the company of his pal, the actor Ewan McGregor. Ahead of his forthcoming Vicar St. engagement, the wild rover waxes anecdotal.

Live: Yeasayer Live at The Academy

2010-03-10 00:00:00

Embracing the possibilites of music with infectious enthusiasm and producing a life-affirming noise.

Interview: Glimmer Takes it All.

2010-03-09 00:00:00

She is the brightest pop star of the moment. But Marina Diamandis – who records as Marina and the Diamonds – doesn’t want to be a blink-and-she’s-gone starlet. As her debut album is released she tells Paul Nolan why she’s in it for the long haul, why celebrity culture has spun out of control and why she’s putting romance on hold to build her career.

Album: Tomorrow In a Year

2010-03-08 00:00:00

Swedish Electro Maestros go Avant Garde

Interview: The F Word

2010-03-05 00:00:00

Northern Irish DJ Fergie had an eventful noughties, winning support from such luminaries as Carl Cox, James Lavelle, Dubfire, Miss Kittin and Laurent Garnier, and also hosting his own BBC Radio 1 show for six years. What have been the highlights for him over the past ten years?

Album: Black Light

2010-03-05 00:00:00

Electro duo get a bit darker on latest offering.

Comedy: Eddie Steady Go

2010-03-04 00:00:00

After a six-year sabbatical, Eddie Izzard is back on the stand-up circuit. He discusses his left-wing political activism, acting with Tom Cruise and his admiration of Bono and explains why playing arenas is a bit like driving 'a really big car'

Interview: Holmes is Where the Heart Is

2010-03-04 00:00:00

From international superstar DJ and soundtrack co-ordinator to curator of Belfast’s cultural past and – who’d have guessed it? – sensitive songwriter, David Holmes has flitted between multiple identities this decade. He leads us on a trip down memory lane.

Album: Blood Red Shoes

2010-03-04 00:00:00

Mediocre second album from no-frills Brighton rockers.

Album: Plastic Beach

2010-03-03 00:00:00

Impressive third album from the animated quartet.

Comedy: Having the Rhyme of his Life

2010-02-26 00:00:00

Hip-hop improv man Rob Broderick is feeling jolly chuffed with himself after winning the prestigious Hackney Empire New Comedy Act Award.

Album: The Family Jewels

2010-02-23 00:00:00

Averegeness abounds from budding UK starlet

Album: I'm New Here

2010-02-19 00:00:00

A record that's a camel of truth in a desert of lies


2010-02-16 00:00:00


Laugh Lines: Chuckle Ar La

2009-12-09 00:00:00

A gag isn't out of the question

Interview: Life After Ted

2009-12-08 00:00:00

Father Ted co-creator Arthur Mathews and his writing partner Paul Woodfull have just penned a new political sitcom for RTÉ, Val Falvey TD. The show features Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon in the titular role, and the series tracks the hapless public representative and his adviser as they attempt to navigate the choppy waters of Irish politics.

Interview: Look, Hughes talking

2009-11-09 00:00:00

Funnyman SEAN HUGHES on why he thinks Ireland is backwards, comedians are boring and it’s okay to crack-wise about Stephen Gately

Album: Bleach Deluxe Edition

2009-10-30 00:00:00

The legend started here

Album: For Lack of a Better Name

2009-10-28 00:00:00

Quality Electro from Canadian Groove mechanic

Interview: Never Mind The Bucolics

2009-10-27 00:00:00

He’s the reigning champion of gently ironic comedy. Now David O’Doherty has written a nature book, full of fascinating “facts”. Did you know, for example, that panda fur can be used to make bullet-proof vests?

Interview: Justin Time

2009-10-19 00:00:00

He’s best known for reuniting – okay, attempting to reunite – the stars of ancient television programmes while the cameras roll. But behind the zany persona Justin Lee CoLlins has an interesting story of his own to tell, as he recounts in a fascinating memoir.

Live: The Pixies

2009-10-15 00:00:00

It’s the second night of The Pixies’ three-gig run in the Olympia, and like the other two shows, this date is completely sold out. It’s not hard to fathom the level of interest, as the pitch is pretty irresistible – the legendary quartet performing Doolittle, one of the greatest ever alternative albums, in its entirety.

Interview: For Whom The Tinkerbell tolls

2009-10-05 00:00:00

English singer Pixie Lott looks like being the latest pop sensation on the block. The stage-school trained 18-year-old already enjoyed a number one single earlier this year with ‘Mama Do’, and this month sees the release of her debut album Turn It Up.

Interview: The Paw and The Glory

2009-10-01 00:00:00

They’ve performed in front of Will Ferrell and created a huge stir with their RTE debut. Just back from Edinburgh, Dead Cat Bounce are now setting their sights on the live arena.


2009-09-30 00:00:00

…In October, actually. The reunited band’s guitarist and songwriter, Gary Kemp, talks about their rivalry with Duran Duran, inspiring Quentin Tarantino and the group’s long association with Ireland.

Interview: The Janeane Genie

2009-09-11 00:00:00

To audiences on this side of the Atlantic, Janeane Garofalo is most familiar as an actress, thanks to her roles in US comedy and drama series such as The Larry Sanders Show, Seinfeld, The West Wing and 24. However, she is first and foremost a stand-up performer, and it’s in this capacity that she will visit Dublin to perform at the Bulmers Comedy Festival.

Interview: A Laura Onto Herself

2009-09-09 00:00:00

Having been widely mooted as one of Ireland’s most promising young artists, Laura Izibor delivered the goods earlier this year with her debut album, Let The Truth Be Told, a sparkling collection of R&B and hip-hop tunes. Critically well-received, it also performed well commercially, hitting the number two spot here, and – perhaps even more impressively – charting in the US top 30.

Interview: Return of the Lynch Mob

2009-08-25 00:00:00

After a triumphant brace of performances at last year’s Bulmer’s Comedy Festival, US musical comic Stephen Lynch brings his trusty acoustic guitar back to the event once again this year. He talks about his love of old gangster flicks, his work with Comedy Central and writing controversial songs about kittens.

Interview: Jack in the High Life Again

2009-08-25 00:00:00

He used to be the ultimate indie no-hoper. But now JACK PEÑATE has discovered Krautrock, nu-rave and world music and released one of the year’s most engaging, and surprisingly accomplished, records. He talks about cultivating his eclectic side and discovering an outsider sensibility he describes as ‘joyous melancholy’.

Interview: The Primeval That Men Do

2009-08-24 00:00:00

You mightn’t be too familiar with their output, but Dublin metal outfit PRIMORDIAL are one of the quiet success stories of Irish music.

Interview: Go With The Flo

2009-08-10 00:00:00

She’s shaping up to be one of the break-out stars of 2009, with a number one album and a Mercury Prize nomination to her name. We catch up with Florence And The Machine’s Florence Welch, who talks about becoming an overnight sensation, reflects on her bizarre childhood and explains why her most controversial song really isn’t as contentious as it’s made out to be.

Interview: The Beautiful Pout

2009-08-07 00:00:00

Rising Irish star ANTONIA CAMPBELL HUGHES talks about her starring role as a sulky teenager alongside Jack Dee in the BBC’s Lead Balloon, her ringside view of the Pete Doherty circus and being ogled by Bryan Adams

Interview: Sunshine superman flies again

2009-07-09 00:00:00

The enigmatic pied-piper of psychedelic rock Donovan is to be honoured with a festival and a new documentary. Long based in Ireland, he talks about working with David Lynch and his plans to bring a new movie project on the road.

Interview: The polyphonic oui

2009-07-09 00:00:00

Underground heroes for the best part of a decade, French soft-rockers Phoenix look set to break-big with their latest album. They talk about drawing inspiration from the annals, and hanging out with Francis Ford Coppola

Album: Varshons

2009-07-08 00:00:00

Patchy covers album from alt.rock veterans

Interview: Jah will protect us

2009-06-29 00:00:00

African reggae god Tiken Jah Fakoly continues to be a thorn in the side of corrupt West African governments

Interview: Jurassic Lark

2009-06-25 00:00:00

Grunge is back, apparently. And the hotbed for the revival is the English city of Leeds, where Dinosaur Pile-Up are among the newcomer acts leading the charge.

Interview: Lucky rugger

2009-06-24 00:00:00

He's the David Beckham of world rugby – but what does All Black star Dan Carter think of Ireland's historic Grand Slam and Leinster's dramatic Heineken Cup victory?

Interview: Where legals dare

2009-06-24 00:00:00

Get your dancing shoes on. Electro newcomers Magistrates are here to rock your blocks off. They talk about hanging out with Damon Albarn, worshipping Michael Jackson and living up to the legacy of heroes like Bowie and Talking Heads

Live: Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Journey live at The O2

2009-06-19 00:00:00

There’s even a bona fide Spinal Tap moment, when the lead guitarist gets caught up in the mic stand and the bassist has to untangle him

Live: Manic Street Preachers live at the Olympia

2009-06-18 00:00:00

The band reel through the short and sharp psychic shocks of Journal, which sounds as good live as it does on record.

Album: Begone Dull Care

2009-06-12 00:00:00

Quality electro from Canadian groove mechanics

Interview: There's no business like Joe business

2009-06-10 00:00:00

Julie Feeney, Ron Wood and Kazakhstan’s answer to Will Young are just some of the artists who’ve availed of Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott’s Dublin studio. He talks about life as a budding recording mogul

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: DIY Hard

2009-06-10 00:00:00

Apart from saving time, money and sanity when touring America, one o the best things you can do is try and get some American radio play. Here are some of the best online stations and guides to doing that.

Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

2009-06-09 00:00:00

Essentially, the record finds Phoenix doing what they do supremely well – danceable indie-pop with touches of shoegaze guitar and ambient electro.

Interview: Serf's up

2009-06-04 00:00:00

Backstage craziness with Bell X1. Gratuitous (prescription) drug-taking. Cucumbers down the pants (sort of). It’s all in a day’s work for über-buzzy indie rock newcomers Villagers.

Interview: Pink Alert

2009-05-11 00:00:00

If you haven’t yet heard of gifted maverick ARIEL PINK, don’t worry – you soon will.

Interview: ‘Four Chords And A Fucking Chorus’

2009-05-11 00:00:00

TWISTED WHEEL’s stunningly straightforward neo-punk manifesto has won them a horde of enthusiastic fans.

Album: Sounds of the universe

2009-04-22 00:00:00

Twelfth album from electro veterans finds them back on top form

Interview: Never mind the bucolics

2009-04-22 00:00:00

When Iain Archer decided to get away from it all for the making of his latest album, he didn’t settle for half measures. He packed up his guitars and vanished for several months into the depths of Germany’s Black Forest. But can the resulting record transform the career of a singer still best known for helping write Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’?

Interview: Get your brits out for the lads

2009-04-03 00:00:00

Roll out the Union Jack and strike up the first verse of Rule Britannia. Al Murray is bringing his pub landlord character back to Dublin. Looking forward to the gig, Murray talks about stripping to his boxers in front of Dita Von Teese and hanging out with Phil Collins and Alex James (while remaining fully clothed).

Album: Two suns

2009-03-27 00:00:00

Welcome to the (haunted) house of fun

Interview: Byrne after reading

2009-03-26 00:00:00

He was one of the first Irish comedians to make an international breakthrough in the ’90s. And now Ed Byrne is going from strength to strength with an entirely new show. He talks about the role class plays in his work and talks about the time he was accused of misogyny.

Album: To the pine roots

2009-03-19 00:00:00

Former Snow Patrol man knows what the folk he’s doing

Interview: See here now

2009-03-18 00:00:00

Ragamuffin rockers The View talk about second album syndrome, the upside of selling out and feeling the love from Lily Allen and Oasis.

Album: It's Blitz

2009-03-16 00:00:00

NYC art-rockers go in for some ch-ch-changes on excellent third album

Interview: O’Kane the able

2009-03-06 00:00:00

She made her name as one of Ireland’s leading stand-ups. Now Deirdre O'Kane is channelling her comic skills into a bittersweet study of a dissolving relationship.

Live: The Killers at the 02 Arena, Dublin

2009-03-06 00:00:00

The band churn out the dreariest material from both Sam’s Town and Day & Age, and – although I’m definitely in the minority – I find myself feeling a bit bored.

Album: The Spirit Of Apollo

2009-03-05 00:00:00

LA producers bond over Sao Paolo funk.

Interview: The Sweet Hereafter

2009-02-26 00:00:00

You might not think diabetes would be a rich source of comedy material. But Karl Spain found his medical condition to be a veritable goldmine.

Interview: Nina: Up Close And Persson-al

2009-02-25 00:00:00

She's swapped her Cardigans for a blanket of mid-life melancholia. From her new home in Harlem, Swedish indie-babe Nina Persson talks about her downbeat new album as A Camp, hooking up with a former Smashing Pumpkin and why life in a band can be like a prison sentence.

Interview: Infant Terrible

2009-02-24 00:00:00

His admirers have included Kurt Cobain, Beck and Jack White. But Billy Childish is far from your average cult musician. He’s dabbled in conceptual art, is equally influenced by The Kinks and Joe Strummer and doesn’t listen to music – especially if it has anything to do with Leonard Cohen.

Album: Frightened rabbit

2009-02-03 00:00:00

Scottish outfit impress with stripped-back acoustic album

Interview: Gas attack

2009-01-29 00:00:00

Scenesters have been hip to widescreen New Jersey-ites THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM for several years. Now the rest of the world is starting to pay attention, too.

Interview: What dreams may come

2009-01-29 00:00:00

An Irish artist destined to make a big breakthrough this year is Dublin singer IMELDA MAY, whose debut album, Love Tattoo, mixes rockabilly and pop influences to superb effect.

Live: Kings of Leon

2008-12-21 00:00:00

It’s been a phenomenal year for Kings Of Leon – but opening the O2 in Dublin provided them with the best night of their tour…

Live: Leonard Cohen live at the O2 London

2008-12-11 00:00:00

Paul Nolan gets a taste of what the Dublin O2 will have to offer, as he visits its London counterpart for a truly stunning Leonard Cohen gig.

Live: Duffy live at the Olympia

2008-12-10 00:00:00

Crowd-pleasing performance exposes musical weaknesses

Live: Foals live at the Ambassador

2008-12-09 00:00:00

Oxford dance-punk outfit set the Ambassador on fire

Interview: A Lykke Li story

2008-12-09 00:00:00

Nordic indie sensation LYKKE LI on charming Conan O'Brien, living it up Amy Winehouse-style (well, sort of) and why it's important to keep the odd thing secret from the media...

Interview: Cardinal Confessions

2008-12-04 00:00:00

Wayward alt. country sensation Ryan Adams talks about his battles with depression and the new lease of life he's enjoyed since hooking up with The Cardinals.

Interview: Byrne After Reading

2008-12-03 00:00:00

In an era of mad-cap stand-ups Jason Byrne is the maddest of them all. With a new DVD on the way, he talks about pushing the comedy envelope.

Live: TV on the Radio live at Tripod

2008-12-01 00:00:00

This band's eclectic nature shines in this compelling, soul-infused performance from frontman Tunde Adebimpe.

Album: Day & Age

2008-11-26 00:00:00

A few decent songs can't outshine this record's over-produced stadium rock. The Las Vegas rockers' latest just doesn't have the same sparkle.

Interview: West in Show

2008-11-24 00:00:00

The famously egotistical Kanye West talks about storming the MTV awards and his synth-happy new album, 808s and Heartbreak.

Interview: That Bovine Feeling

2008-11-19 00:00:00

Reggae superstars Sly an Robbie were among the international music acts who gathered in Barcelona for the recent Red Bull Music Academy.

Interview: The Stranglers Were Go

2008-11-05 00:00:00

Now taking the solo route, Hugh Cornwell talks about his latest album, reminsces about kicking back with David Bowie, squaring off back-stage with U2 and cooling his heels in Pentonville.

Reports: There's No Business like Music Show Business: The Music Show, Sunday

2008-11-03 00:00:00

Coverage of the last day of events for the Music Show, bringing together all elements of the music industry for the general public.

Interview: Chiefs Like Us

2008-10-23 00:00:00

They're one of the biggest names in indie-dom but, with album number three about to be unleashed, Kaiser Chiefs can still go out on the town without being pestered by paparazzi.

Interview: Origins of Symmetry

2008-10-22 00:00:00

Having survived a flirtation with coke-addled infamy, nice-boy Britrockers Keane natter about the long road to recovery and how it feels to be Bret Easton Ellis' favourite band.

Interview: The man behind The Wire

2008-09-23 00:00:00

Ahead of his public interview in Dublin with Hot Press, Wire creator David Simon talks about the genesis of the series and about his controversial new Iraq-set show.

Interview: A twist in the whale

2008-09-19 00:00:00

They're a melodic folk-pop band in whose mouths butter wouldn't melt, but beneath the happy-clapy exterior Noah And The Whale have a dark side.

Album: Only By The Night

2008-09-17 00:00:00

Kings Of Leon have had number one albums, rave critical notices and boast a remarkable array of A-list fans (U2, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones).

Interview: King David

2008-09-12 00:00:00

After years of slogging in the undergrowth of comedy, whimsy-merchant David O'Doherty has suddenly become an 'overnight' success having won a top prize at Edinburgh.

Live: Live at Electric Picnic: Saturday

2008-09-12 00:00:00

For three days, an otherwise quiet corner of the midlands was transformed into a carnival of the absurd, the extreme and the blistering loud.

Album: Death Magnetic

2008-09-12 00:00:00

Metallica certainly have a lot to prove with Death Magnetic, the follow-up to 2003’s St. Anger, an album which divided the critics and the band’s own audience.

Interview: Sino the times

2008-09-11 00:00:00

This year's Olympics were one of the most fascinating ever. We sought the opinions of leading musicians and sports commentators on a memorable two weeks' action.

Interview: Death becomes them

2008-09-09 00:00:00

Metallica are back with an album that recaptures their brain-frying '80s pomp. Frontman James Hetfield talks about the dark side of hedonism and his love of Thin Lizzy.

Interview: Arch Deacon

2008-09-08 00:00:00

There's more to Baltimore than The Wire. For instance, prolific electro experimentalist Dan Deacon, a former member of the Wham City arts collective.

Interview: Stevie Wonder

2008-09-08 00:00:00

He's the comedy songwriter who is deadly serious about his work. Meet Stephen Lynch, the man determined to prove that stand-up and indie rock really can get along.

Interview: Boxing Clever

2008-08-28 00:00:00

The Lovebox festival returns to Dublin with a stellar line-up including Maximo Park, N*E*R*D, Paolo Nutini and Gorillaz Soundsystem. We talk to organisers Groove Armada.

Interview: Duff at the top

2008-08-26 00:00:00

He's barely recovered from Velvet Revolver but Duff McKagan is back with his Loaded side-project. He talks about Scott Weiland's departure from VR and his plane ride with a doomed Kurt Cobain

Reports: Mouth it from the rooftops

2008-08-26 00:00:00

From his role as Officer Larvell Jones in Police Academy to voicing Gremlins and imitating Zeppelin and Hendrix, Michael Winslow has been making funny noises with his mouth for decades.

Album: Sample and Hold

2008-08-12 00:00:00

Debut album from acclaimed English duo gets the remix treatment, with impressive results, if only all remix albums were as good.

Comedy: The Brendan Voyage

2008-08-07 00:00:00

Legendary Irish comic Brendan Grace returns from his American exile to perform his annual Irish tour.

Interview: "You're just waiting for the 4x4s to come over the hills and kidnap you!"

2008-08-06 00:00:00

Muse's live sound engineer Marc Carolan on hair-raising experiences on the Russia-Ukraine border, Mexican earthquakes, Paris Hilton and playing Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium.

Interview: Exclusive interview with Crispin Glover

2008-08-06 00:00:00

Cult actor Crispin Glover talks about his taboo-busting directorial debut What Is It?, playing George McFly in Back To The Future and meeting Andy Warhol at Madonna and Sean Penn’s wedding.

Live: Ministry

2008-08-01 00:00:00

Al Jourgensen’s mob have rolled into town for their final ever gigs, and the occasion is a suitably black celebration of their pioneering career.

Interview: Grace under pressure

2008-08-01 00:00:00

Astronomical record sales, sell-out tours and critical plaudits have not dimmed Coldplay's reputation as the worried men of pop. Bassist Guy Berryman gives us the lowdown.

Album: Conor Oberst

2008-07-24 00:00:00

A definite sense of fun permeates Conor Oberst, with the singer allowing himself to indulge a few whimsical idea's.

Comedy: Prankster's Ball

2008-07-23 00:00:00

Naked Camera star PJ Gallagher tells all on the joys of festival sobriety, random acts of heckledom and his reputation as a right prankster.

Album: Donkey

2008-07-21 00:00:00

Donkey is the mediocre second outing Brazilian electro rockers CSS – will it show that they have more substance beyond being a mere good-time party band?

Interview: Kings of all they survey

2008-07-16 00:00:00

Kings Of Leon's Nathan Followill shoots the breeze about going on the road with Pearl Jam, mid-tour brawls and his burgeoning Radiohead addiction.

Interview: Jean Genies

2008-07-14 00:00:00

Oxegen-bound White Denim look set to give Jack 'n' Meg a run in the mutant blues stakes.

Album: End Titles… Stories For Film

2008-07-14 00:00:00

Despite boasting another stellar line-up of guest vocalists, James Lavelle’s dance-rock project once again fails to convince

Album: Seeing Sounds

2008-06-30 00:00:00

Production superstars The Neptunes get back to penning their own tunes – with highly impressive results

Album: Weezer

2008-06-30 00:00:00

Rivers Cuomo and co. deliver another scintillating collection of punk-pop – with added experimentation

Interview: Different Strokes

2008-06-30 00:00:00

Albert Hammond Jr isn't just a pretty face. As well as his solo career and dayjob with The Strokes, he's also co-written a screenplay adaptation of Charles Bukowski's Pulp

Interview: "I've got something to get off my chest"

2008-06-30 00:00:00

In a world exclusive interview, Morrissey sets the record straight on sex, religion, politics, David Bowie and his Irish heritage, and casts a Trinny & Susannah-esque eye over Brian Cowen

Interview: Sia No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

2008-06-25 00:00:00

Australian singer SIA's song `Breathe Me', was destined to become a great lost classic, until the folks at Six Feet Under gave it a new lease of life. Next stop, duets with Beck.

Interview: The Hurley Burley of modern life

2008-06-18 00:00:00

As the CEO of YouTube, Chad Hurley has been lauded and criticised for the video-sharing site's content in almost equal measure. Paul Nolan speaks with one of the world's richest men.

Interview: 'Heads We Win

2008-06-16 00:00:00

Delighted to have been dropped by Warners, The Futureheads haven't stood still for a moment.

Interview: The Greek Shall Inherit The Earth

2008-06-16 00:00:00

Hercules and Love Affair mainman Andrew Butler talks about being signed to mega-label DFA and his formative experiences DJing in a leather bar.

Interview: Boom with a view

2008-05-08 00:00:00

As a key member of Public Enemy production team The Bomb Squad, Hank Shocklee helped lay the groundwork for modern hip-hop.

Album: Vol IV: Johnny Pyro And The Dance Of Evil

2008-05-09 00:00:00

Mick Pyro and co. showcase some new stylistic influences on impressive third album

Album: Oppenheimer

2008-05-21 00:00:00

Electro-pop duo Oppenheimer have a very strong melodic sensibility, which means that, for all the sonic experimentation, the songs remain very accessible.

Interview: Tweaking tabboos, tickling ribs

2008-05-20 00:00:00

Confrontational Aussie comic Brendon Burns came to the attention of a wider audience last year after receiving the if.comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Interview: Tinder is the night

2008-05-17 00:00:00

After a hiatus and reshuffle, Tindersticks have returned to former glories with their album The Hungry Saw. Singer Stuart Staples talks about the band's rejuvenation.

Interview: Fright club

2008-05-14 00:00:00

Panic At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie talks about channelling The Beatles, recording at Abbey Road and the influence on their music of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk.

Reports: The best of the fests

2008-05-13 00:00:00

Europe now offers a bigger, better, wilder range of festivals than ever before.

Interview: Your arts from your elbow

2008-05-12 00:00:00

On top of scoring a Top 5 hit with Elbow's latest album, singer Guy Garvey recently absconded to Nashville to record with Richard Hawley and Frank Black.

Live: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds live at Dublin Castle

2008-05-12 00:00:00

This was a towering performance from the charismatic singer, with awesome musical backing from The Bad Seeds.

Live: Foals live at The Academy, Dublin

2008-05-09 00:00:00

Bland pop, dull mainstream rock and generic indie-schmindie are poison. But as the title of their album suggests, Foals have got the rhythmical remedy.

Album: Vol IV: Johnny Pyro And The Dance Of The Devil

2008-05-02 00:00:00

Mick Pyro and co. showcase some new stylistic influences on impressive third album

Live: Sia, Har Mar Superstar

2008-04-29 00:00:00

Before we get to tonight’s main event, a special mention has to go the support act, Har Mar Superstar, who performs a brilliantly entertaining set of cracking electro-funk rhythms.

Live: The Real Deal

2008-04-28 00:00:00

Paul Nolan reviews THE BREEDERS live set in Vicar St., Dublin

Album: Crystal Castles

2008-04-21 00:00:00

Hotly tipped Canadian electro duo Crystal Castles deliver the goods on their debut album.

Interview: Once more unto the bleach

2008-04-18 00:00:00

English indie rockers The Long Blondes are back, with a new electro sound and an unabashed love for Ronnie Corbett.

Interview: The Real Deal

2008-04-17 00:00:00

She's best known as the Pixies' sugar-voiced bassist, but now KIM DEAL is back with her latest Breeders record.

Album: Third

2008-04-15 00:00:00

Long awaited comeback from Bristol trip-hop outfit proves worth the wait

Album: Consolers Of The Lonely

2008-03-28 00:00:00

Jack White’s bit on the side return with an accomplished and musically diverse second album.

Album: Accelerate

2008-03-27 00:00:00

Accelerate is patchy at best, with only the blaring finale, ‘I’m Gonna DJ’, really catching the attention.

Interview: Terse for fears

2008-04-01 00:00:00

They make dense, deep, Bible-referencing rock. But that doesn't mean The Gutter Twins are the sort to wear their hearts on their sleeves, especially when it comes to chinwagging with the press.

Interview: London Girl

2008-03-28 00:00:00

Still in her second decade, Adele is about to go stratospherically huge.

Interview: If I were a rich man

2008-03-26 00:00:00

American comic Rich Hall explains why he prefers the Irish to 'whiny' Brits and talks about working with Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David back in the day.

Album: Hercules And Love Affair

2008-03-25 00:00:00

Hercules And Love Affair may be a party, it may be a disco, but it sure ain't no foolin' around.

Interview: Carry on Campesinos

2008-03-25 00:00:00

Hotly tipped Britrockers Los Campesinos talk about the influence of the '90s riot grrrl scene on their music and explain why the prospect of arena rock success doesn't rev their motors.

Album: Diamond Hoo Ha

2008-03-19 00:00:00

"You get the feeling that, in the long run, Diamond Hoo Ha is destined to be remembered as one of the lesser works in their canon"

Live: MGMT

2008-03-18 00:00:00

Brooklyn psych-pop outfit MGMT proved to be an unexpected delight before a jam-packed Academy

Interview: At Home With... Dustin

2008-03-11 00:00:00

You know him as the straight-talking turkey and Eurovision contender. But, in the confines of his 'pad', Dustin also turns out to be quite the indie rock connoisseur.

Album: Svn Fngrs

2008-03-06 00:00:00

"It’s a tribute to the former Pixies frontman’s finely honed songwriting talents that this hastily created record is such an accomplished affair."

Interview: Sect Appeal

2008-03-06 00:00:00

Bad-ass rockers The Cult have reconvened following half a decade in the wilderness. Frontman Ian Astbury talks about standing-in for Jim Morrison, jamming with UNKLE and explains why it's good to return to his day-job.

News: Exclusive interview with cult comedian Richard Herring

2008-03-05 00:00:00

Cult comedian Richard Herring talks about his Dublin bound stand-up show Oh Fuck, I’m 40, working on Little Britain and writing for On The Hour, the legendary news spoof which launched the careers of Chris Morris and Steve Coogan.

Album: These New Puritans @ Crawdaddy, Dublin

2008-02-29 00:00:00

"After a short and sharp evening’s entertainment, These New Puritans have left us impressed, intrigued and – wisely, perhaps – hungry for more."

Interview: Shock of the world, ma

2008-02-27 00:00:00

He's one of the most notorious stand-up comics on the circuit, once even sparking a brawl among outraged audience members. But Jim Jeffries says he's just trying to make people laugh.

Interview: Strife on Mars

2008-02-26 00:00:00

30 Seconds To Mars' Jared Leto talks about the challenges of juggling a music and Hollywood career and sheds light on his run-in with the authorities in China.

Interview: Creole and the gang

2008-02-25 00:00:00

Cajun Dance Party are Thom Yorke's new favourite band and proteges of Bernard Butler. Not bad for a bunch of teenagers just out of school.

Interview: The glimmer takes it all

2008-02-21 00:00:00

They're unheralded heroes of Canadian rock, purveyors of slinky indie-pop and swooning torchsongs about gay football hooligans. Say hello to Stars, the other great band from Montreal.

Album: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

2008-02-20 00:00:00

"The record is a less sonically abrasive affair than the album Cave released last year with his side-project Grinderman, but it teems with as many musical and lyrical ideas as ever..."

Album: Vampire Weekend

2008-02-04 00:00:00

"Vampire Weekend certainly have one of the best band names I’ve heard in ages, although their music unfortunately proves less exciting than one might have hoped."

Interview: She's in fashion

2008-02-01 00:00:00

Former Moloko singer Roisin Murphy talks to Paul Nolan about collaborating with an all-star team of songwriters, her unique image and clubbing in Sheffield and New York.

Live: Stars at Tripod, Dublin

2008-01-31 00:00:00

"The focal-points of the performance are the duo of Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan, who alternate vocal duties and have a strong onstage chemistry."

Interview: Meek And Ye Shall Find

2008-01-25 00:00:00

Ahead of a headline date at Vicar Street, David O’Doherty talks about hanging out with the Flight of The Conchords and about his new Channel 4 TV show.

Interview: Clanks for the memories

2008-01-23 00:00:00

A protegé of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Dubliner Shit Robot is one of the hottest new forces in electronica.

Album: Jukebox

2008-01-21 00:00:00

"Power certainly has an incredibly beautiful and expressive voice, it’s just that covering big band classics isn’t necessarily putting it to its best use."

Album: Do You Like Rock Music?

2008-01-17 00:00:00

"...a powerful collection of passionate, anthemic rockers that will no doubt please their hardcore following whilst winning new converts to the cause."

Interview: An Offaly big adventure

2007-12-19 00:00:00

Paul Nolan meets Neil Delamere, one of the stars of The Panel and pound for pound the most rib-tickling stand-up in Ireland.

Interview: Bright lights, big city

2007-12-10 00:00:00

In a highly revealing interview, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke talks about the inspiration behind one of the albums of the year, his current listening and the band's plans for the future.

Interview: A sort of homecoming

2007-11-30 00:00:00

Always guaranteed a rapturous reception on Irish shores, David Gray meets his people.

Frontlines: Throwing out the auld with the new

2007-11-22 00:00:00

The auld fellas of Ireland are a dying breed, says award-winning writer Declan Lynch, who has written a new book in defence of our curmudgeonly senior citizen.

Interview: Berry's Treasure

2007-11-21 00:00:00

He’s best known as an experimental UK comedian. But Matt Berry is no slouch as a musician either. Now, he’s combining his love of comedy and music in a ‘rock opera’ about the birth of Christ.

Interview: Heaven knows they're legendary now

2007-11-08 00:00:00

Key players in the Smiths’ extraordinary saga, Johnny Marr and Stephen Street recall those heady days.

Live: LCD Soundsystem at Tripod, Dublin

2007-11-05 00:00:00

LCD Soundsystem delivered a storming show on the second of their two nights in Tripod.

Interview: Kelly Watch The Stars

2007-10-24 00:00:00

As Stereophonics release their sixth abum, frontman Kelly Jones talks about his friendship with Oasis and reveals that he’s buried the hatchet with Muse.

Live: De La Soul at Spirit, Dublin

2007-10-19 00:00:00

The NYC rap outfit are in flying form and deliver a top-notch performance.

Live: Gwen Stefani at RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin

2007-10-18 00:00:00

This was a triumphant performance and, frankly, a damn sight better than anything Madonna has done in a long time. All hail the mighty Stef.

Interview: Maxwell Overdrive

2007-10-10 00:00:00

Andrew Maxwell who has followed up a year of successful television appearances with a sell-out stand-up show and a nomination for a prestigious comedy award.

Interview: Gang Of Flaw

2007-10-08 00:00:00

The border counties may not exactly be a hotbed of indie rock but that hasn’t stopped Monaghan hopefuls The Flaws from producing one of the year’s most mesmerising debuts.

Reports: A Sting in the tale

2007-10-05 00:00:00

It was the reunion they said would never happen, but now The Police are about to bring their sell-out comeback tour to Ireland.

Live: Happy Mondays at The Olympia

2007-10-05 00:00:00

There were too many moments on the night when the Mondays most closely resembled a dodgy Madchester tribute band.

Interview: A Bishop Out Of Water

2007-10-01 00:00:00

New York comic Des Bishop’s new show chronicles his attempt to learn Irish in the Connemara Gaeltacht.

Interview: O'Rourke on the wild side

2007-09-24 00:00:00

With a voice like his, and some remarkable songs to match, Declan O'Rourke's ascension to the international frontline is no surprise.

Album: Necessary Evil

2007-09-24 00:00:00

Necessary Evil is bereft of surprises and is pretty much as you would expect it to be.

Album: Once Upon A Time In The West

2007-09-21 00:00:00

To paraphrase Jarvis, you’ve got to wonder what exactly Hard-Fi are going to do for an encore – cos this is hardcore.

Live: The Foo Fighters & Nine Inch Nails, Marlay Park, Dublin

2007-09-12 00:00:00

Possessed of a jovial demeanour, Dave Grohl is a hugely likeable performer and he effortlessly wins the crowd over with his good-humoured banter.

Live: Electric Picnic 2007: Friday

2007-09-06 00:00:00

From the goodtime vibes of Hot Chip to the full-on sonic assault of Primal Scream, this year's Electric Picnic was even more fab than its predecessors.

Interview: Sonic Adventures

2007-08-27 00:00:00

Ahead of Electric Picnic, seminal band Sonic Youth chat to Hot Press.

Interview: In the flick of it

2007-08-27 00:00:00

Switches talk about standing out from the indie-pop crowd, and their recent adventures at the poker table in Ireland.

Interview: Twenty-first century boy

2007-08-24 00:00:00

After a five-year hiatus, Jarvis Cocker has bounced back with a cracking solo record.

Interview: Mumm's The Word

2007-08-22 00:00:00

Indie-shy boys to their boots, seasiders Mumm-Ra have turned heads with their stylish and plaintive alt-pop.

Comedy: Henry the great

2007-08-16 00:00:00

Doing his best to brush aside a splitting headache Lenny Henry talks about the influence of Irish comics on his work.

Comedy: Tommy dearest

2007-08-01 00:00:00

He’s been busily wooing the US (squeezing in a Letterman appearance while he’s at it). Now, he's preparing to unleash a new show on Irish audiences.

Reports: Gangster wrap: Frank Vincent

2007-08-01 00:00:00

Still scratching your head over The Sopranos’ enigmatic final curtain? To help you make sense of it – and to look back over its eight years – we talk to Frank Vincent, aka wiseguy Phil Leotardo...

Album: The Mix Up

2007-07-19 00:00:00

The Mix-Up is billed as the Beastie Boys’ “first ever album of all-new instrumental material,” although the NYC trio have been playing around with wordless funk and jazz pieces throughout their career.

Interview: He's Hall that

2007-07-18 00:00:00

Fresh from his Glasto appearance with Lily Allen, Terry Hall talks about his friendship with Damon Albarn and the enduring influence of his band, The Specials.

Interview: Chris almighty

2007-07-17 00:00:00

Citing “irresolvable conflict”, grunge legend Chris Cornell has packed in his day job with Audioslave to pursue a solo career. Here, he explains why he’s decided to go it alone.

Live: Justin Timberlake live at the RDS, Dublin

2007-07-13 00:00:00

Timberlake shows impressive flair and versatility - he's as comfortable sitting on a stool crooning an acoustic ballad as he is larking around with scantily clad dancers.

Live: Oxegen 2007: Sunday at Punchestown Racecourse, Kildare

2007-07-12 00:00:00

Assailed by raindrops, Sunday’s line-up nonetheless managed to work their magic without resorting to naked mud-wrestling.

Album: Our Love To Admire

2007-07-05 00:00:00

Probably a track or two short of being a stone-cold classic, Our Love To Admire nonetheless makes for hugely rewarding listening.

Album: Maths And English

2007-07-05 00:00:00

Dizzee Rascal’s third album is an inspired affair, building on the basic sonic template of his acclaimed first two albums and adding new layers of audio trickery. Make no mistake about it – this is one mean sounding record.

Interview: Remain in light

2007-07-04 00:00:00

Razorlight have catapulted to superstar status with their No. 1 single 'America'. As they prepare to wow Oxegen this weekend, we talk to mainman Johnny Borrell about cricket, saving the planet and dating Kirsten Dunst.

Comedy: Comfortably yum

2007-07-03 00:00:00

Step aside Jamie Oliver. English comic John Shuttleworth is about to reveal to the world the secrets of good cooking.

Album: War Stories

2007-07-02 00:00:00

If there’s a central problem with War Stories, it’s that at times it strays too close to rock orthodoxy and loses the offbeat stylistic flourishes that made Unkle such an exciting proposition to begin with.

Live: Devo live at Vicar Street, Dublin

2007-06-29 00:00:00

For a band that started over three decades ago, Devo put remarkable energy and imagination into their live shows, with a performance that retains its unpredictability right to the finish.

Interview: The son always rises

2007-06-25 00:00:00

The recent release of the compilation album So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley was a potent reminder of the extraordinary impact Jeff Buckley made during his short life. In an exclusive interview, on the 10th anniversary of his death, his mother Mary Guibert reflects on the singer’s legacy.

Report: Rock 'n' roll Babylon

2007-06-21 00:00:00

30th Anniversary retrospective: From the murders of Tupac and Biggie to the bizarre implication of Marilyn Manson in the Columbine massacre; from Courtney, Axl and Spector’s falls from grace to the canonisation and demonisation of Peter Doherty... here’s a potted history of the most controversial events in the last 30 years of rock ‘n’ roll.

Interview: Orbital that you can't leave behind

2007-06-21 00:00:00

Currently promoting his debut solo album The Ideal Condition ahead of his appearance at Electric Picnic, Paul Hartnoll made his name alongside his brother Phil in Orbital, one of the most significant dance acts of the past 20 years.

Comedy: Ted reckoning

2007-06-20 00:00:00

30th Anniversary Retrospective: It was the funniest Irish comedy ever. A decade after Father Ted, two of the men behind the show - Declan Lowney and Arthur Mathews - reminisce about its impact.

Interview: Puppets' regime

2007-06-18 00:00:00

Playing Live at the Marquee on Sunday June 24: Lock up your housewives. Ireland’s most eligible bachelors, Podge & Rodge, are on the road and looking for love.

Interview: Rio brava

2007-06-18 00:00:00

Live at the Marquee on Friday June 29: They were the gaudiest of the ‘80s pop sensations. 20 years on, Duran Duran leader Simon Le Bon explains why the good time boys are a band for the long haul.

Album: We Are The Night

2007-06-13 00:00:00

We Are The Night is unlikely to make much of an impression with the hipster contingent, but it’s still a wonderful album.

Interview: Noise keeps swinging

2007-06-07 00:00:00

They’ve played with Bloc Party and Muse and shared a studio with Fionn Regan. Now, London garage rockers The Noisettes are set to make a splash of their own.

Comedy: A Starr is reborn

2007-06-06 00:00:00

Having enjoyed a new lease of life on the back of his appearances on The Podge & Rodge Show, Freddie Starr talks to Paul Nolan about his trips to Ballydung Manor, the current state of British TV and why he most definitely did not eat that hamster.

Interview: Chip happens

2007-06-06 00:00:00

From electro curios to feted songwriters, it’s been a long strange trip for Hot Chip. And they’re just warming up.

Album: With lasers

2007-06-01 00:00:00

With their thumping rhythms and crunching guitar riffs, Bonde Do Role are actually reminiscent of the no-brainer party music of Andrew WK, albeit with an added lyrical emphasis on lewd sexual acts.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: This is the new shit

2007-05-30 00:00:00

A rock star having sex with his 19-year-old girlfriend whilst drenched in blood – no, it’s not Sam Snort’s latest escapade, it’s the new collaboration between God of Fuck Marilyn Manson and Titanic director James Cameron.

Interview: Have they got Groove for you

2007-05-28 00:00:00

They’ve spent the past four years pottering around the garden. Now, electro kingpins Groove Armada are back with a new album that features cameos from ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena among others.

Interview: Play it again, Jam

2007-05-22 00:00:00

Twenty five years after The Jam went their separate ways, bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler are back playing together under the name From The Jam.

Caught In The Net: Taoiseach horror

2007-05-16 00:00:00

Bertie has been given a tongue-in-cheek online tribute.

Comedy: Farrell of laughs

2007-05-09 00:00:00

With The Panel set to return for a series of election specials, show regular Mairead Farrell discusses the state of the body politic, doorstep meetings with Bertie Ahern and her encounter with Bill Clinton.

Reports: Political theatre

2007-05-09 00:00:00

Lobby group Theatre Ireland recently invited the arts spokespeople of the main political parties to outline their policies ahead of the general election. The event took place at Andrew’s Lane Theatre before an audience of key figures from the arts sector.

Interview: Gear angels fear to thread

2007-05-04 00:00:00

Hotly-tipped art-rock outfit Headgear fuse bed-sit miserablism with a masterful pop instinct. But what’s former D’Unbelievable Pat Shortt doing on sax duty?

Interview: Original synth

2007-05-03 00:00:00

Despite Andy McCluskey’s svengali role in Atomic Kitten, OMD were a far more left-field proposition than most of their ‘80s synth duo contemporaries.

Interview: Soft boy keeps swinging

2007-04-30 00:00:00

He's the godfather of English whimsy, the spiritual successor to Syd Barrett. So why the hell is Robyn Hitchcock sharing a pokey tour bus with three fifths of REM?

Album: Beyond

2007-04-30 00:00:00

Beyond is the first album of new material by Dinosaur Jr since 1997, and the first to feature Mascis, Barlow and Murph in nearly two decades.

Interview: Kiss and destroy

2007-04-26 00:00:00

On the eve of the release of their highly anticipated debut album, Dublin quartet Delorentos take five from their latest video shoot to discuss playing with Gang of Four, hanging with Steve Albini and playing football in Texas.

Interview: A Wolf in chick's clothing

2007-04-24 00:00:00

Patrick Wolf’s baroque folk-pop has earned the singer comparisons with artists such as David Bowie and Kate Bush, while The Arcade Fire were sufficiently impressed to offer him a support slot on the first leg of their European tour.

Interview: Love live the kings

2007-04-20 00:00:00

Now on their third album, Kings Of Leon have rubbed shoulders with Bob Dylan, U2 and the Pixies, and can count Led Zep and the Rolling Stones among their fans.

Comedy: Impersonation once again

2007-04-20 00:00:00

In the countdown to the general election, Apres Match member Risteard Cooper is aiming to revive Irish political satire with his new series of spoof documentaries, The State Of Us.

Album: Favourite Worst Nightmare

2007-04-18 00:00:00

Like The Smiths and The Jam in their heyday, Arctic Monkeys certainly don’t hang around when it comes to releasing new material.

Album: Far From Refuge

2007-04-18 00:00:00

Formed by brothers Niels and Torsten Kinsella in 2002, God Is An Astronaut are among Ireland’s premier practitioners of the post-rock genre.

Interview: No use in Brian over spilt milk

2007-04-16 00:00:00

He may have lost his record deal but Brian McFadden is optimistic about the future. And no, he doesn’t plan on getting back with Kerry.

Album: Graveyard Of Burnt Out Cars

2007-04-11 00:00:00

Comprised of members of various local indie outfits (among them Future Kings Of Spain and Mexican Pets) A Lazarus Soul have delivered an intriguing second album.

Interview: Scum Dancing

2007-04-10 00:00:00

LCD Soundsystem's frontman James Murphy talks about working with Justin Timberlake, his Cork ancestors and recalls the time he almost hooked up with Arcade Fire

Comedy: Panel beater

2007-04-10 00:00:00

From RTE’s The Panel to London’s Comedy Store Andrew Maxwell has the comic world at his feet.

Interview: Joan between two lovers

2007-04-10 00:00:00

She used to step out with Jeff Buckley. Now rock and roll is Joan As Policewoman’s first love.

Live: Bryan Ferry live at Vicar St, Dublin

2007-04-06 00:00:00

He arrives onstage at Vicar Street dressed like John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction, while throwing shapes with characteristic flamboyance and charisma.

Live: P. Diddy + Snoop Dogg live at The Point, Dublin

2007-04-05 00:00:00

Numerous elements conspired to make this gig a more intriguing event than might otherwise have been the case.

Album: Are Going To Hell

2007-04-02 00:00:00

Made up of some of Ireland’s finest session musicians, who have played with artists ranging from Damien Rice and Paddy Casey to Sister Sledge and the Bee Gees, The Carnival Saloon offer a promising debut.

Interview: A Jason once again

2007-03-30 00:00:00

He’s spent years trying to live down his bubble-gum pop days but, two decades after the event, former hearthrob Jason Donovan is finally going back to his roots.

Live: The Rapture live at The Tripod, Dublin

2007-03-26 00:00:00

Those who are into The Rapture continue to love them, as evidenced by tonight’s sold-out crowd. The band remain, as ever, a thrilling live act.

Interview: Michah boo

2007-03-21 00:00:00

Texas native Micah P Hinson has a decidedly more intriguing background than the average singer-songwriter.

Album: Pocket Symphony

2007-03-20 00:00:00

Air have retained their trademark dream-pop sound, though they have added a few interesting new elements to the mix.

Live: Razorlight live at the RDS Arena, Dublin

2007-03-20 00:00:00

It has to be acknowledged that Razorlight, despite their limitations, have actually put on a very enjoyable show.

Interview: At the pavilion with Neil Hannon, Pugwash and the Irish cricket team

2007-03-15 00:00:00

You know them as heartfelt songwriters. But when they’re not mucking about in the studio, Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh enjoy nothing more than a game of cricket. And they’re not just in it for the cucumber sandwiches, either.

Interview: The tweet hereafter

2007-03-14 00:00:00

Virtuoso violinist Andrew Bird may be an avant-pop posterchild, but that hasn’t stopped him jamming with the cast of Sesame Street

Frontlines: Touts: the government looks on while the scandal continues

2007-03-12 00:00:00

The grey market in tickets is a growing problem. So why does the Government appear so reluctant to address the issue?

Live: The Killers + Black Rebel Motorcycle Club live at the RDS, Dublin

2007-03-08 00:00:00

The singer is actually much more assured onstage than the last time I saw The Killers, at the Olympia in 2004, when his inhibitions seemed to be holding him back.

Album: Separated By The Sea

2007-03-07 00:00:00

Delicately plucked acoustic guitar and lovelorn vocals; an all-round atmosphere of “cidery traditionalism”.

Interview: Another dose of the claps

2007-03-02 00:00:00

Difficult second album syndrome has no place in the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah vocabulary. Not that the blogger faves are exactly busting a gut to have a hit.

Album: Sound Of Silver

2007-03-01 00:00:00

Their self-titled album was one of the very best records of 2005, and with the follow-up, Sound Of Silver, James Murphy has delivered another absolute cracker.

Comedy: Neil and give praise

2007-02-28 00:00:00

Neil Delamere on the joys of working on The Panel, meeting Jason Alexander from Seinfeld and his appearance on Holland’s answer to the David Letterman show.

Album: Reformation Post TLC

2007-02-19 00:00:00

The Fall’s 431st album – made by their 804th line-up – doesn’t feature any particularly radical stylistic departures by the post-punk legends.

Album: Yours Truly, Angry Mob

2007-02-15 00:00:00

Kaiser Chiefs’ teenage fanbase is unlikely to be disappointed by Yours Truly…, which is packed to the brim with the sort of singalong anthems that made their first album such a resounding commercial success.

Interview: The gospel according to Matthews

2007-02-12 00:00:00

Dave Grohl and Damon Albarn are among the growing number of fans of English singer-songwriter Scott Matthews.

Live: The Automatic + The View + The Horrors + Mumm-Ra live at the Ambassador

2007-02-09 00:00:00

It may well be their fate to end up on some future compilation entitled The Classic Sounds of January 2007, but, for tonight at least, The Automatic are indie rock’s (ahem) undisputed heavyweight champions.

Live: The Klaxons, CSS & The Sunshine Underground live at the Ambassador, Dublin

2007-02-08 00:00:00

Singer Lovefoxx is a magnetic performer; resplendent in figure-hugging lycra bodysuit

Album: Learn To Sing Like A Star

2007-02-06 00:00:00

Kristin Hersh’s seventh solo album sees the singer mix the indie rock of her cult bands Throwing Muses and 50-Foot Wave with the sparse acoustica so familiar from her previous solo albums.

Album: Some Loud Thunder

2007-02-05 00:00:00

Some Loud Thunder covers an impressive stylistic breadth without ever losing the band’s identity.

Interview: Once more unto the preach

2007-02-05 00:00:00

Hot Press brings you an exclusive preview of The Arcade Fire’s hotly anticipated second album, Neon Bible. And yes, it really is worth the wait.

Interview: Stanley and me

2007-01-29 00:00:00

From Dr Strangelove to Eyes Wide Shut, film director Stanley Kubrick cast an enigmatic shadow over film. Since his death, the director’s widow, Christiane Kubrick, has dedicated herself to preserving his legacy. Here she offers a glimpse of the man behind the legend.

Album: Agents Of Empire

2007-01-29 00:00:00

Lluther need to learn a few more tricks to really stand out from the crowd, but Agent Of Empire certainly makes for a promising beginning.

Live: Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 live at Whelan's, Dublin

2007-01-25 00:00:00

Whelan’s is completely jammed for English maverick Robyn Hitchcock’s performance, and you can scarcely move without spilling the pint of a musician, DJ, journo or music industry figure of some description.

Interview: Leanne on me

2006-12-08 00:00:00

Leanne Harte is the new rock queen of Bebo and she’s done it all herself, with just a little help from 47,357 friends.

Interview: Dreadlock holiday

2006-11-29 00:00:00

As Duke Special set off for a jaunt around Europe with the Divine Comedy, our correspondent hitched a ride on the tour bus. In between the sound-checks and the motor-way pitstops, he received a unique insight into the life of the touring musician.

Album: The Information

2006-10-26 00:00:00

Beck's The Information veers between two distinct styles – the kind of blues/folk/hip-hop mash-ups that Beck has made his own, and a more melancholy, plaintive type of tune that he has increasingly favoured in recent years.

Interview: Dishing the dirty

2006-10-24 00:00:00

Disused Mexican banks, Little Britain, Pete Doherty and drunken Sky TV appearances are all on the agenda as Paul Nolan and his temperamental tape machine meet Carl and Didz from Dirty Pretty Things.

Live: Jurassic 5 live at Vicar St, Dublin

2006-10-06 00:00:00

It’s hard to think of a more perfect setting for Jurassic 5’s good-time party vibes than twelve o’clock on a Saturday night in Vicar St. The venue is sold out and from the off, everybody is up and dancing for what proves to be a pulsating couple of hours’ entertainment.

Live: Jay Z live at The Point, Dublin

2006-10-05 00:00:00

Jay Z is, almost effortlessly, a star. After the opening few numbers, all he has to do is wander out to edge of the stage and stare out into the crowd for the whole place to go apeshit

Live: Pearl Jam live at The Point, Dublin

2006-09-11 00:00:00

There’s a sell-out crowd on hand for Pearl Jam’s eagerly anticipated Point date, their first in Dublin in six years, which is also the opening night of their European tour. The group’s ace card is unquestionably Eddie Vedder, whose charisma and stage presence are reminiscent of no one so much as Jim Morrison.

Live: Daft Punk live at Marlay Park, Dublin

2006-09-08 00:00:00

There is no better group to lift the spirits of the tired and weary than Daft Punk.

Live: The Raconteurs live at The Olympia, Dublin

2006-09-08 00:00:00

The first sell-out show of the week arrives in the form of The Raconteurs’ jam-packed Olympia gig, and Jack White and co. don't disappoint.

Live: Radiohead + Beck live at Marlay Park, Dublin

2006-09-07 00:00:00

As if Beck’s brilliance wasn’t enough, Radiohead deliver an absolutely stunning set that puts the efforts of Coldplay, Keane, Muse and the million other pretenders to their throne into utterly unforgiving perspective.

Live: Morrissey live at Marlay Park, Dublin

2006-09-07 00:00:00

Unfortunately, the material from Morrissey’s most recent solo albums, while still containing the clever lyricism that is his hallmark, is missing one vital element – Johnny Marr – and so is musically generic, undistinguished and at times just downright boring.


2006-08-25 00:00:00

It goes without saying that at this stage SNOW PATROL are an incredibly polished live act, with the likes of ‘Spitting Games’ and ‘Chocolate’ electrifying the venue early on.

Live: Depeche Mode live at The Point, Dublin

2006-07-14 00:00:00

Departing to tumultuous cheers and standing ovations on the balconies, the message to the band from the audience is clear – we just can’t get enough.

Live: Oxegen Sunday at Punchestown Racecourse, Kildare

2006-07-13 00:00:00

Yes, the incessant downpour ensured that Punchestown Racecourse often looked more like the set of a World War 1 epic than a music festival, but the rain couldn't dampen the 80,000-strong Oxegen crowd's spirits, not to mention the fiery performances delivered by Arctic Monkeys, Franz, The Who, the Chili Peppers and a cast of, well, hundreds.

Album: Mr. Beast

2006-03-06 00:00:00

Mogwai carries the intense sounds from their album Mr. Beast from the recording studio to the stage.

Live: Beth Orton live @ Vicar St, Dublin

2006-02-23 00:00:00

I have to confess that I was not hugely excited by the prospect of going to this gig. Although never exactly averse to Beth Orton (I loved her Chemical Brothers collaboration, ‘Where Do I Begin’) I generally find it hard to enthuse about acoustic-wielding singer-songwriters, particularly in a live setting.

Live: The Prodigy live at The Point, Dublin

2005-12-13 00:00:00

I once put it to Liam Howlett that if Harrison Ford had strayed into a nightclub for a boogie in Blade Runner, the resident live band would most probably have looked and sounded like The Prodigy.

Live: Public Enemy live at The Village

2005-12-01 00:00:00

As expected, it turns out to be a superb performance: an awesome collision of thumping bass-lines, crunching hip-hop beats, chaotic samples and funked-up wah-wah guitar, all underpinned by an incredibly powerful political message.

Live: Bloc Party live at The Olympia

2005-11-17 00:00:00

As it happens, there is a good deal more substance to Kele Okereke and co than the average flash-in-the-pan indie outfit, and throughout 2005 their standing has grown and grown, to the point that they are now able to perform with considerable confidence and poise before a sold-out Olympia audience.

Live: John Peel Tribute Night at the Hub, Dublin

2005-10-20 00:00:00

A fitting tribute to the late John Peel, showcasing an impressive collection of diverse bands, all of whom featured on the legendary broadcaster’s show at some stage – a testament to the Radio 1 DJ’s tireless promotion of new music.

Live: Weezer live at The Point, Dublin

2005-09-08 00:00:00

For such a legendarily shy character, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo sure has a commanding presence.

Live: Marilyn Manson and Iron Maiden live at the RDS, Dublin

2005-09-08 00:00:00

Smoke is billowing out from behind the giant rippling black sheet covering the stage at the RDS. It’s safe to assume that a new pope has not been elected.

Live: Chemical Brothers and Sonic Youth live at Marlay Park, Dublin

2005-08-25 00:00:00

Hallelujah, brothers! Mercifully, the rain (which has intermittently fallen in bucket-loads throughout the day) has held off, and so the scene is perfectly set for peerless US noiseniks Sonic Youth to come along and do their alternately corrosive and blissfully melodic garage rock thang.

Interview: Dirty Pretty Things

2005-08-17 00:00:00

Their deconstructed noize-pop has personified rock's cutting edge for three decades. But could Sonic Youth finally be mellowing?

Live: Devendra Banhart Live At The Village, Dublin

2005-08-12 00:00:00

Around two years ago, Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat told this reviewer that the finest gig he’d ever seen was by an American musician named Devendra Banhart

Interview: Interview With The Vampire

2005-06-24 00:00:00

Arising from the ashes of aborted supergroup Zwan, onetime Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan returns with a hotly anticipated solo debut. Still brimming with that patented goth angst, he tells Paul Nolan about his collaboration with fellow doom-merchant Robert Smith, his friendship with the two Davids – Lynch and Bowie – and, oh yeah, why he's still sore about the Pumpkins.

Live: Live At The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

2005-06-17 00:00:00

Odelay! The undisputed master of rock/funk/hip-hop/blues has come to spellbind us with his magical sonic sound-dust. And – to quote well-known indie authority, John Motson – my word, he doesn’t half deliver the goods.

Interview: For E's A Jolly Good Fellow

2005-06-07 00:00:00

Far from the miserable pessimist of lore, eels frontman Mark Everett, aka E, is in fact an upbeat, sanguine character with an engagingly wry sense of humour. He here talks to Paul Nolan about The Eels’ extraordinary new double album, Blinking Lights And Other Revelations, being inspired by Stanley Kubrick, collaborating with Tom Waits, why his dog couldn’t make it out on tour, and slapping Steve Jones’ backside.

Interview: Gorillaz In Our Midst

2005-05-20 00:00:00

Back in the saddle with their eagerly anticipated second album Demon Days, subversive animated quartet Gorillaz here talk to Paul Nolan about striking out against celebrity culture, what went wrong with the Gorillaz movie, collaborating with Shaun Ryder, Roots Manuva and Dennis Hopper, and why they didn’t vote Labour. Oh, and Mexican brothels.

Album: With Teeth

2005-05-19 00:00:00

Although Trent Reznor has been tried and been found guilty for taste crimes in the international court of pop-cultural opinion (his semi-legendary and frighteningly authentic pseudo snuff-movie, the Peter Christopherson-directed Broken, remains banned on this side of the Atlantic) personally speaking, I have generally found the singer’s fascination with extreme horror imagery, S&M and general underground depravity to be the least startling aspect of his estimable oeuvre.

Live: Live At The Point Depot

2005-05-19 00:00:00

One of the funniest comedy sketches I ever saw concerned the timelessly naff quality of Queen’s sartorial sensibilities. It was on an Armstrong And Miller show about four years ago, and was set in the year 2040. A guide was taking a group of tourists around a stately home, which was putatively an exact replica of Freddie Mercury’s real life abode. The titular comedians were paid actors playing – for “educational purposes”, understand – Brian May and the late singer, with Ben Miller’s skin-tight leather costume being an especially funny tribute to Mercury’s near-heroically outrageous fashion sense.

Interview: A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

2005-04-22 00:00:00

Since the release of their sophomore album Antics late last year, New York goth-rock quartet Interpol have risen to the pantheon of great contemporary bands. In a rare in-depth interview, the group’s erudite frontman Paul Banks here discusses the making of Antics, their upcoming support slot with U2, the band’s peers in the NYC indie scene, The Strokes, Nirvana and David Lynch - and where one of the most acclaimed groups of recent years go to from here. Interview by Paul Nolan.

Live: Live at Vicar St, Dublin

2005-03-29 00:00:00

And will you know them by the trail of bands they influenced: Mogwai, Tortoise, Labradford, Godspeed – the list goes on and on. Among the Dublin indie cognoscenti, this was the must go-to gig for weeks in advance, as Dave Pajo (who has become the most high-profile member of the band since their 1992 split) and his cohorts played another show on their short reunion tour, hastily embarked upon following their recent reformation to play the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in Camber Sands.

Interview: This Mortal Coil

2005-03-21 00:00:00

Online Exclusive: presents the final ever interview with electro-industrial pioneers Coil

Album: Gemstones

2005-02-02 00:00:00

As ever with this maverick talent, Gemstones is predictable only in its sheer unpredictability. Whilst his musical style remains at least moderately categorizable (those ragged folk rhythms are still present and correct), lyrically, his approach is more laissez faire than the economic policies of Reagan and Thatcher combined.

Interview: You Can Quote me on That

2005-01-11 00:00:00

From the profound and the insightful to the weird, funny and just plain daft, Paul Nolan rounds up what the famous and infamous had to say for themselves in 2004...

Album: With The Lights Out

2004-12-10 00:00:00

You can very much hear the band gradually piecing together the constituent elements that would make Bleach such a bewitching sonic brew; the gonzo experimentation and guitar pyrotechnics of the ‘80s US underground, married to Cobain’s Beatles-like melodic sensibilities and, of course, that searing, indelible voice.

Interview: Hoot Press: In A League Of Their Own

2004-11-25 00:00:00

The League Of Gentleman are currently shooting their debut feature film in County Wicklow – and we’ve got the inside story.

Live: DEAF presents Coil, live at Dublin City Hall

2004-10-26 00:00:00

The decision by the DEAF organisers to take electronic music out of the clubs and into more unorthodox venues is increasingly looking like a masterstroke. It's difficult to conceive of a more suitable environment for Decal's moody electronica or Coil's foreboding ambient compositions than the baroque surroundings of City Hall.

Live: DEAF presents Coil live at Dublin City Hall

2004-10-26 00:00:00

t's difficult to conceive of a more suitable environment for Decal's moody electronica or Coil's foreboding ambient compositions than the baroque surroundings of City Hall

Caught In The Net: You sir, are an idiot

2004-10-06 00:00:00

...if you don’t pay attention to Caught In The Net’s student friendly guide to humourous sites on the web.

Interview: Byrne baby Byrne

2004-09-22 00:00:00

A tired and emotional Ed Byrne talks to Hoot Press about partying in Edinburgh, undergoing strenuous discourse with Ricky Gervais and attempting to track down a Czech porn star.

Live: Kelis live at the Olympia

2004-09-14 00:00:00

The received music industry wisdom that Dublin crowds are a soft touch for touring artists got another boost here tonight, as funk/R’n’B queen Kelis came rolling into town in support of her Tasty album

Single: Lucky Strike

2004-09-08 00:00:00

A catchy slice of reggae-fied up-tempo rock.

Interview: ELECTRIC PICNIC: A visit from the bishop

2004-09-01 00:00:00

Paul Nolan puts the questions to Des Bishop ahead of his trip to Stradbally

Album: On Something

2004-08-30 00:00:00

It goes without saying that Glen Matlock has already sealed his place in rock lore as the melodic conscience of The Sex Pistols.

Interview: Arrested Development gear up for the Electric Picnic

2004-08-30 00:00:00

Hip Hop guru, political activist and occasional visitor to Inishturk, Speech tells Paul Nolan why his group are still as relevant in the 21st century as they were during their mid ‘90s heyday.

Frontlines: Conor Lenihan in the Hot Press Interview

2004-08-20 00:00:00

A member of one of the most famous political families in the country, Conor Lenihan gave up a career in journalism to follow his late father brian into politics. Tipped for promotion in Bertie Ahern’s September reshuffle, the rising star talks to Hot Press about Charlie McCreevy, Charlie Haughey. His father’s political downfall and the future of Fianna Fail. [Photos: Liam Sweeney]

Comedy: The all-seeing eye

2004-08-18 00:00:00

Private eye columnist Craig Brown on why there’s no danger of satire going out of business.

Album: The Spine

2004-08-16 00:00:00

This is an impressively accomplished collection from Messrs Linnell and Flansburgh. Who knows, the geeks might yet inherit the earth.

Comedy: Hoot Press: A cab-driver talks...

2004-08-09 00:00:00

From being the voice of the toilet duck (no, really) to having his own chat show (well, kind of), actor and comedian Rob Brydon (aka keith barret) has finally come of age.

Interview: Wide Awake in Dublin

2004-08-05 00:00:00

Paul Nolan talks to Neil Hegarty, author of Waking Up In Dublin, a new book which offers an outsider’s view of the music scene – and more – in the capital

Album: The Lights In This Town Are Too Many To Count

2004-08-04 00:00:00

Even before I’ve opened the PR release, I know the reference points to expect: Dylan, Petty, The Byrds and The Band with a more than-is-strictly-necessary side order of Tonight’s The Night-era Neil Young.

Live: The Doors of the 21st Century

2004-07-29 00:00:00

By all known rationale, this gig should be a disaster, a car-crash, Burroughs-in-a-GAP-advert awful. And yet, incredibly, miraculously, it’s not. It is fucking brilliant, a revelation, the best gig I have seen in this horrendous cattle-mart by some distance.

Album: Tyrannosaurus Hives

2004-07-27 00:00:00

Overall, Tyrannosaurus Hives is a fairly perfunctory attempt to merge a few different new-wave guitar styles, with ‘70s punk as the support scaffolding. But, like many of their contemporaries, The Hives don’t seem to have the willingness to progress and experiment that mark out the truly great bands.

Interview: Harvey Pekar in the Hot Press Interview

2004-07-23 00:00:00

Comic book artist and file clerk turned movie star, Harvey Pekar must be one of the most unlikely and somewhat reluctant celebrities of our time. An ordinary man whose work has produced extraordinary art, the anti-hero of American Splendour here talks about his friend Toby, Robert Crumb, James Joyce, David Letterman, fame and misfortune, surviving and more.

Interview: Saturday Night's Alright For Laughing

2004-07-20 00:00:00

Paul Nolan is impressed with a new book which tells the inside story of America’s ground-breaking comedy phenomenon, Saturday Night Live

Interview: Saturday Night's Alright For Laughing

2004-07-20 00:00:00

Paul Nolan is impressed with a new book which tells the inside story of america’s ground-breaking comedy phenomenon, Saturday Night Live

Live: Mission of Burma live in Dublin

2004-07-19 00:00:00

The first half-hour practically peels the paint off the walls; Conley and Prescott provide a relentless surge of thumping rhythmic pandemonium, whilst Miller coaxes wave after wave of skull-shattering distortion from his guitar.

Interview: Flight of the Conchords

2004-07-16 00:00:00

Paul Nolan talks to highly praised new zealand comedy duo flight of the conchords ahead of their upcoming dublin show.

Live: Oxegen Sunday

2004-07-15 00:00:00

Every breath they took...

Interview: Happiness is...

2004-07-02 00:00:00

...Life after booze, depression and Blur. Paul Nolan meets a newly energised and optimistic Graham Coxon

Album: Bone

2004-07-01 00:00:00

Tim Booth is not a man who has ever been unduly troubled by contemporary notions of cool and un-cool. In the early nineties, when Nirvana were storming the barricades, Primal Scream had the nation under an acid-drenched groove and Kevin Shields was in the process of reinventing guitar music with Loveless, Booth and his cohorts in James were encouraging patrons at Student Union discos all around Britain to literally sit down to the strains of the anthemic stadium rawk number, er, ‘Sit Down’.

Interview: Oh yes, he’s the great offender

2004-07-01 00:00:00

At the last count he’s earned the ire of Republicans, Democrats, equality lobbies and Ed Sullivan, whilst garnering admiring notices from Woody Allen, Steve Martin and Nelson Mandela. meet former rabbi and czar of un-pc comedy, Jackie Mason.

Album: Sonic Nurse

2004-06-23 00:00:00

Ten years on from what many critics consider to be the band’s career apex – the era of down ‘n’ Dirty, Butch Vig-facilitated crossover appeal and Kurt-ordained, alt.rock godfathers-status – the Youth are certainly unlikely to re-attain cred-heavy money-spinner status with Sonic Nurse, but as the band put it on the incomparably brilliant ‘100%’, that’s got nothing to do with a good time.

Laugh Lines: Laughing all the way to the bank holiday

2004-06-22 00:00:00

From jon kenny to kilkenny to paul merton in cork, Paul Nolan selects some highlights from a madly busy weekend of comedy.

Interview: An audience with Mr. Merton

2004-06-18 00:00:00

Master of improv and star of Have I Got News for You, Paul Merton talks about comedy without a safety net, why Angus Deayton had to go, and performing alongside a tub of lard.

Album: Gettin' in over my head

2004-06-16 00:00:00

He’s still capable of the odd moment of genius, and his place in the pantheon of rock greats is more or less sacrosanct, but Gettin’ In Over My Head singularly fails to reach the stratospheric standards Brian Wilson has previously set himself.

Album: Retriever

2004-06-14 00:00:00

Ron Sexsmith has always had a unique take on the genre. Combining a flair for haunting Americana a la Johnny Cash (indeed Retriever is dedicated to the memories of June & Johnny, along with Elliot Smith), with an arch lyrical sensibility owing a debt to Jonathan Richman, Morrissey, and even, on this outing, Neil Hannon...

Interview: A riot of their own

2004-06-08 00:00:00

Cinematic weirditude! arbus-like photography! theoretical physics! as Paul Nolan discovers, it’s definitely not only rock’n’roll for Hope Of The States, the Chichester band with a certain Westmeath connection.

Interview: A riot of their own

2004-06-08 00:00:00

Cinematic weirditude! arbus-like photography! theoretical physics! as Paul Nolan discovers, it’s definitely not only rock’n’roll for Hope Of The States, the Chichester band with a certain Westmeath connection.

Interview: HP interview: Ashley Cole

2004-06-10 00:00:00

Ahead of the European Championships in Portugal, the England and Arsenal full back on another great year for the Gunners, discipline and indiscipline, football scandals, money and, of course, Roy Keane.

Interview: The outsider

2004-06-03 00:00:00

He may just be the best-kept secret in Irish comedy, a veteran export who has won critical acclaim in Britain and the respect of luminaries such as Frank Skinner, Bill Bailey and Simon Munnery. Paul Nolan talks to Ian MacPherson in advance of his homecoming.

Album: Baptism

2004-05-31 00:00:00

As ever, the singer pays dutiful homage to his musical heroes, without ever taking the time to fully forge a distinctive personal identity.

Laugh Lines: The top ten

2004-05-26 00:00:00

Paul Nolan looks forward to the tenth anniversary of the Murphy’s Cat Laughs Festival

Interview: Best of British

2004-05-25 00:00:00

Matt Lucas and David Walliams on the joy and drag of Little Britain. words Paul Nolan.

Interview: HP Interview: Ivana Bacik

2004-05-12 00:00:00

Politician, law & criminology professor, activist, abortion information campaigner and labour party candidate in the forthcoming european elections… all this and Ivana Bacik once served a pint of vodka to Perry Farrell, shortly before he fell over on stage at Glastonbury.

Interview: Not the nine o'clock news

2004-05-10 00:00:00

The last scintilla of doubt just rode out of town – groundbreaking news spoof The Day Today is back on the agenda courtesy of a brand new DVD, and the show’s gleeful send-up of current affairs broadcasting is now more relevant than ever.

Live: Ash live in Dublin

2004-04-26 00:00:00

As is often the case when bands have a whole host of new material they're itching to try out, the crowd become slightly restless midway through the evening. The Meltdown material sounds great, but there's no getting around the fact that we've come to hear the old favourites, and the band know it.

Interview: Hoot Press: Unhappy as Larry

2004-04-27 00:00:00

An incorrigible curmudgeon he may be, but seinfeld co-creator Larry David has once again produced a bona fide comedy classic in curb your enthusiasm.

Interview: The Hot Press interview: Mark Little

2004-04-19 00:00:00

For a former mod who once failed to get a prince review published in Hot Press, Mark Little has done pretty well for himself. Paul Nolan quizzes the author and broadcaster about Iraq, Washington, the West Wing, Ireland’s place in the world, politics, the media, Michael O’Leary, Bono and, of course, the smoking ban.

Interview: Married to the mob

2004-04-15 00:00:00

In the five years since its debut, The Sopranos has grown from an underground show with a small cult following to one of the most successful TV series' of all time. Paul Nolan traces the show’s development from its inauspicious beginnings on HBO to its current status as a transatlantic cultural phenomenon, and also examines our enduring fascination with a man called Tony Soprano.

Interview: All you need is love

2004-04-13 00:00:00

Righteous, raging and hysterically funny, the late Bill Hicks was the comedian too hot even for Letterman. Paul Nolan on a new book that fills out the legend.

Single: Hotel Room

2004-03-31 00:00:00

Fresh from a support slot on Damien Rice’s recent UK tour, Bray songwriter Fionn Regan has now released this intriguing EP on the Brighton-based Anvil Recordings.

Single: Sometimes

2004-03-31 00:00:00

Alphastates’ ‘Sometimes’ is still a supremely elegant electro-acoustic number that convincingly explains their esteemed status in the Dublin independent scene.

Single: Chocolate

2004-03-31 00:00:00

Clearly subscribers to the “strike while the iron is hot” school of album promotion, no sooner has the Patrol’s breakthrough hit ‘Run’ exited the British top ten than the Northern rockers are rush-releasing the follow-up single.

Single: Naughty Girl

2004-03-31 00:00:00

To be frank, I sincerely doubt we’ll hear a better pop single than the rip-roaringly brilliant ‘Crazy In Love’ for the remainder of the decade..

Single: Flamboyant

2004-03-31 00:00:00

Okay Placebo, pay attention – this is how you fashion a graceful, plaintive electro-ballad with a side order of singalong-friendly chorus.

Single: Flamboyant

2004-03-31 00:00:00

Okay Placebo, pay attention – this is how you fashion a graceful, plaintive electro-ballad with a side order of singalong-friendly chorus.

Single: English Summer Rain

2004-03-31 00:00:00

As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and this fortnight’s winning streak on the singles page is bought to a predictably crushing terminus by Placebo’s unwelcome return to the fold.

Single: Surfing on a Rocket

2004-03-31 00:00:00

A characteristically gorgeous slice of dreamy electro-pop (though perhaps slightly more tense than the supremely languid, blissed-out epics of yore), ‘Surfing’ is one of the standout tracks of Air’s excellent third album..

Single: There's no Home for you Here

2004-03-31 00:00:00

Jack and Meg round off a phenomenally successful twelve months with this limited edition release from Elephant.

Single: There's

2004-03-31 00:00:00

Single: Plug It In

2004-03-31 00:00:00

With a roster featuring such luminaries as The White Stripes, Electric Six, Dizzee Rascal and The Avalanches, the XL label is right now occupying a position in the British music industry roughly equivalent to that of Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Interview: Two men and a little lady

2004-03-30 00:00:00

Despite all appearances, Tamsin Grieg’s Black Books character Fran isn’t an unsympathetic, neurotic freak. “She wears dresses… she makes an effort,” she tells Paul Nolan

Interview: Their dark materials

2004-03-19 00:00:00

Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer on Catterick, a radical departure for comedy’s most anarchic duo. Interview Paul Nolan

Live: live in Dublin

2004-03-15 00:00:00

Perhaps it’s attributable to the noticeably low room temperature – the Ambassador, bizarrely, is tonight colder than even Dave Letterman’s notoriously igloo-like NY studio – but whatever the reason, New Jersey pop-rock masters Fountains Of Wayne are disappointingly sluggish getting out of the traps on the occasion of their debut Dublin gig.

Interview: Neil Morrissey: The Hot Press interview

2004-03-15 00:00:00

Known from the TV sitcom as the Man who Behaves Badly, actor Neil Morrissey is confounding the laddish caricature with his work for an anti-landmine charity. In this candid interview with Paul Nolan, he also reflects on childhood trauma, death in the family, that affair with Amanda Holden and his encounters with Olivier, Burton and Mel Gibson. main photography Cathal Dawson

Interview: Neil Morrissey: The Interview

2004-03-11 00:00:00

Known from the TV sitcom as the man who behaves badly, actor Neil Morrissey is confounding the laddish caricature with his work for an anti-landmine charity. In this candid interview with Paul Nolan, he also reflects on childhood trauma, death in the family, that affair with Amanda Holden and his encounters with Olivier, Burton and Mel Gibson.

Interview: Arresting Developments

2004-03-09 00:00:00

He’s not a favourite with the Garda siochana, but he’s just sold out Vicar St. and Billy Connolly is raving about his work.

Interview: How Maroon is now?

2004-03-09 00:00:00

Having taken America by storm, Maroon 5 are showing the rest of the world their true colours.

Live: Live at the Olympia, Dublin

2004-02-26 00:00:00

Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space. A few tracks into Air’s stunning show at the Olympia and the redoubtable Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel are already gently elevating us to a higher plane of consciousness.

Single: Here she comes Again

2004-02-20 00:00:00

The latest group of Brit indie upstarts make a play for the charts with this uninspired take on ‘60s psychedelia.

Single: She Brings me Only Sorrow

2004-02-20 00:00:00

Equine motif aside, this track reminds me hugely of U2’s anguished hymn to tortured and tortuous relationships, ‘Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses’.

Single: Follow the Wave

2004-02-20 00:00:00

The debut single from the band formed by ex-Hole/Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Mar is a ditchwater-dull attempt to mine the same stoner-rock territory favoured by Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss et al.

Single: On Viper Point

2004-02-20 00:00:00

Irish band influenced by Radiohead/Jeff Buckley make decent record shock!

Single: Amazing

2004-02-20 00:00:00

To paraphrase The Simpsons’ uniquely oleaginous lawyer, Lionel Hutz, ‘Amazing’ is guilty of possessing the most spectacularly fraudulent title this side of The Never Ending Story. Avoid like the bubonic.

Single: Toxic

2004-02-20 00:00:00

The publicity blurb for ‘Toxic’ heralds the track as “classic, commercial Britney, but with a darker, more dance-oriented edge”.

Single: What's on my Mind

2004-02-20 00:00:00

Disappointingly not a fresh musical venture from erstwhile Jim’ll Fix It supremo, Jimmy Saville, this is nonetheless a supremely accomplished slice of catchy quirk-pop from the veteran Dublin outfit.

Single: If I Can't/ Poppin' Them Thangs + CHINGY Holidae Inn

2004-02-20 00:00:00

What better way to gauge the state of contemporary hip-hop than checking out the latest singles from 50 Cent and Chingy, two of the genre’s brightest young things.

Single: Seafarers Music

2004-02-20 00:00:00

Master of the forlorn torch-song Will Oldham returns to the fold with an elegiac suite of plaintive, instrumental acoustica.

Album: When It Falls

2004-02-16 00:00:00

British ambient maestros Zero 7 were one of a plethora of groups to seize on the fresh stylistic blueprint provided by Air’s Moon Safari, and use it to further explore the new realm of dreamy soundscapes so brilliantly realised by Messrs Dunckel & Godin.

Interview: Ritter happier

2004-02-12 00:00:00

Fresh from a starring role in the Readers Poll, Josh Ritter has even more reasons to be cheerful – like touring with Joan Baez and getting to know Damien Rice.

Interview: The premier league

2004-02-10 00:00:00

The League Of Gentlemen’s Jeremy Dyson talks to Hoot Press about the celebrated quartet’s plans to conquer the world of film-making.

Interview: Divine Rapture

2004-02-09 00:00:00

The most exciting merger of rock and dance since the heyday of The Stone Roses, the Happy Mondays and Primal Scream – meet The Rapture.

Interview: Divine Rapture

2004-02-06 00:00:00

The most exciting merger of rock and dance since the heyday of The Stone Roses, the Happy Mondays and Primal Scream – meet The Rapture. Words Paul Nolan

Interview: David McWilliams: the Interview

2004-02-02 00:00:00

He wrote speeches for Bertie and then criticised him in the press using a pseudonym. He turned down an offer to party with Bono. And Richard Boyd Barrett once nicked one of his crass albums. All this plus the importance of economics, the threat posed by the Bush administration and the truth about power are on the agenda, as Paul Nolan meets David McWilliams.

Interview: It happened to a Bishop

2004-01-15 00:00:00

Ireland’s favourite New Yorker, Des Bishop has had to work for a living for his new TV show.

Interview: More glee, vicar?

2003-12-10 00:00:00

The home studio, the stadium gigs, the best-selling dvd – nope, it’s not rock’n’roll, it’s stand-up comedy. Pat Shortt talks about a boom year for mirth-making.

Single: Bo Selecta's Proper Crimbo!

2003-12-10 00:00:00

Like The Simpsons, Ali G and the PDs, Bo Selecta is a joke which has long since past its sell-by-date. I’ll take the Pepsi Challenge with this and Mel & Kim’s ‘Rockin’ Around The Xmas Tree’ any old day of the week. To be blunt, unlikely to find its way into many stockings this Yuletide.

Single: The Lucky One

2003-12-10 00:00:00

Quick, quick – I need to make a cynical wisecrack about a whinging troubadour type before I explode! Ah, here’s Paddy Casey – that should do the trick. Yawnsome drive-time snoozefest which makes ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ sound like a cut from Bolt Thrower’s Realm Of Chaos. Not my cuppa meat, as you can see.

Single: Drugs

2003-12-10 00:00:00

I stuck this in the CD player fully expecting the usual deathly dull singer-songwriter shenanigans, but, incredibly, had my sharply ingrained rock journo fastidiousness knocked for six by a storming electro-pop number. Almost despite myself, I’m hooked on the tune’s sizzling, Bowie-esque glam grooves within seconds. I don’t like the drugs but the drugs like me.

Single: Can't feel a Thing

2003-12-10 00:00:00

The latest skinny-hipped addition to the Domino indie-boy roster, Clearlake stealthily deliver another impeccably detailed portrait of provincial ennui.

Single: Just a Rascal

2003-12-10 00:00:00

The label which brought us The White Stripes, Electric Six and The Avalanches now treats us to this visionary marriage of melodramatic funk and Queen-like mock operatics.

Single: Hysteria

2003-12-10 00:00:00

Disappointingly not a cover of the Def Leppard track, this is instead a typically plodding pseudo-industrial workout from the perennially gloomy Devonshire boys.

Single: One More Chance

2003-12-10 00:00:00

Speaking of regressive childhood complexes, Jacko is back in the saddle for this lead-off single from yet another Crimbo cash-in anthology.

Single: Bill McCai

2003-12-10 00:00:00

This is a typically rollicking, country-tinged blues number from one of the more intriguing young acts on the Brit indie scene.

Single: In Every Man there is a Child

2003-12-10 00:00:00

The Papenfus brothers return to the fold with a plaintive piece of moody acoustica.

Single: Some Velvet Morning, feat. Kate Moss

2003-12-10 00:00:00

Kate Moss has talent shocker! Everybody’s favourite bi-pedal clotheshorse hooks up with the Scream team for a truly gorgeous slice of dreamy electro-psychedelia.

Album: Still life

2003-12-04 00:00:00

Hales has ploughed his own furrow in an admirably single-minded and low-key fashion, deservedly earning himself a loyal following for his Tindersticks/ Joy Division-indebted brand of spectral melancholia.

Album: Still life

2003-12-04 00:00:00

Hales has ploughed his own furrow in an admirably single-minded and low-key fashion, deservedly earning himself a loyal following for his Tindersticks/ Joy Division-indebted brand of spectral melancholia.

Interview: Putting the philo in philosophy

2003-12-04 00:00:00

The great and the good of the Trinity philosophical society recently assembled to discuss not epistemology, theology or indeed any other class of “ology”, but rather to address the question, “Is music losing its right to artistic licence?”

Album: Ego tripping at the gates of hell

2003-12-03 00:00:00

The Flaming Lips return to the fold with this neatly packaged mini-album featuring four new tracks and a series of remixes from their 2002 opus, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.

Interview: A y- front to human dignity

2003-12-03 00:00:00

Rik Mayall is back with a show that could be his rudest and most spectacular yet. Paul Nolan asks about the latest installment of bottom, and why he and Ade Eedmondson are the new Laurel & Hardy.

Interview: A y- front to human dignity

2003-12-03 00:00:00

Rik Mayall is back with a show that could be his rudest and most spectacular yet. Paul Nolan asks about the latest installment of bottom, and why he and Ade Eedmondson are the new Laurel & Hardy.

Interview: Jon Kenny

2003-11-27 00:00:00

As one half of D’unbelievables, Jon Kenny became one of Ireland’s most famous and successful entertainers. but the hard touring took its toll and, he believes, may even have contributed to the cancer which threatened not only his career but his life. now fully recovered, Kenny is back as a solo artist but one still hugely inspired by small-town Ireland and its rich crop of characters. Photo Cathal Dawson

Live: Lucre After Number One

2003-11-26 00:00:00

Nelly is undoubtedly a charismatic performer with oodles of attitude and a raft of hip-shakingly funky singles in his repertoire.

Interview: The Man Behind Alan Partridge

2003-11-18 00:00:00

Armando Iannucci is the man who created our favourite East Anglian superstar. And he’s no mean performer in his own right.

Live: Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

2003-11-10 00:00:00

Opening with a predictably stunning video-screen blitzkrieg.

Interview: Shut Up You Fruit Cake

2003-10-29 00:00:00

Silence is golden in the brilliant visual comedy of Men In Coats – but, off-stage, when Mick Dow opens his mouth he has some cracking tales to tell.

Live: Thrilling Killing

2003-10-29 00:00:00

Killing Joke always stuck firmly to a resolutely contrary stance.

Interview: The King's Jester

2003-10-20 00:00:00

From stand-up and sit-com to comedy drama, Ed Byrne continues to spread his wings at the ambassador theatre.

Frontlines: The Street Parties

2003-10-10 00:00:00

Their placards are invariably visible at bin-charge protests – and, indeed, virtually any other street protest you care to mention. but do the SWP – and other left-wing parties frequently demonised by mainstream politicians really have something meaningful to offer?

Interview: A Visit from the Bishop

2003-09-22 00:00:00

Honing his Best-Of set, working on a “secret” documentary for RTE, being compared to Bill Hicks, lollygagging at Dr Quirkey’s… it’s just another day at the office for Des Bishop.

Interview: Byrne Baby Byrne

2003-09-03 00:00:00

Hosting his own chat-show, running away with the circus and wrestling David O’Doherty whilst swathed in bubblewrap – it’s all in a day’s work for Irish comedy’s busiest performer, Jason Byrne.

Comedy: The Lobster Who Committed Suicide

2003-08-19 00:00:00

For the duration of August each year, Edinburgh becomes a veritable treasure trove of artistic delights, playing host to the best in theatre, music, film and, of course, comedy.

Interview: Return Of The Prodigy Son

2003-08-12 00:00:00

Bringing danger and excitement back to music - that's the goal of Flint led by the eponymous firestarter.

Interview: Now It's Keano, The Musical

2003-08-11 00:00:00

Mothers disowned their kids. The kids fought each other. And the fathers… well, those who weren’t utterly inconsolable with grief did the only thing any grown man could do in such a situation – they phoned Joe Duffy and gave him an earful. For a few feverish, unhinged days in the build-up to World Cup 2002, the fallout from the Roy Keane/Mick McCarthy bust-up in Saipan divided the nation in a manner not seen since, well…

Interview: Mick O'Dwyer

2003-08-01 00:00:00

Fresh from masterminding yet another historic victory – this time, Laois’ first Leinster championship in 57 years – gaelic football legend Mick O’Dwyer recalls famous days with Kerry and offers his customarily forthright views on professionalism, soccer at Croker, drink sponsorship, booing the Taoiseach and a changing Ireland. All this plus the little-known Louis Walsh connection!

Interview: In at the deep end

2003-07-25 00:00:00

All girl shiny happy pop combo Skyn Deep are determined to learn from the mistakes of others.

Interview: Three’s company

2003-07-21 00:00:00

Triple Espresso, a show currently enjoying great popularity in Dublin (and the rest of the world) is helping to give family entertainment a good name.

Live: Main Stage, Witnness 03

2003-07-15 00:00:00

"Gray is his usual head-shaking, good-spirited self"

Interview: The view from a broad(caster)

2003-07-10 00:00:00

2fm’s Dave Fanning shares his thoughts on the ghost of Witnness past. And – inevitably – some other stuff! Trying to keep up Paul Nolan

Interview: Down at eel

2003-07-07 00:00:00

He may be unhappy about once again being forced to climb the interview treadmill, but Eels frontman E soon relaxes sufficiently to discuss swimming with sharks in the American music industry and why turning into Beck isn’t on the agenda just yet

Interview: Being Eamon Dunphy

2003-07-04 00:00:00

Après Match member Gary Cooke on Joe Duffy, body piercings, and the perils of impersonating Ireland’s most belligerent broadcaster. Playing intermediary Paul Nolan

Album: Lonely Space Age

2003-06-30 00:00:00

A record which, overall, is something of a skewed treat

Laugh Lines: Marble city index

2003-06-27 00:00:00

Hot Press trawls Kilkenny city for the highlights of this year’s Cat Laughs Festival.

Album: I Trawl The Megahertz

2003-06-25 00:00:00

Perhaps drained from the effort of sculpting such a monumental opening, McAloon eschews lyrics altogether for the remainder of the record, opting instead to create a supremely elegant suite of plaintive chamber music and jazz-soaked ambience.

Interview: Bloody fun

2003-06-19 00:00:00

Aussie stand-up comic Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson on the traumas of ‘Bali belly’ and gold-mining in Kalgoorlie.

Interview: Reasons to be cheerful

2003-06-16 00:00:00

Birthday boy Stuart Braithwaite enthuses about the making of Mogwai’s staggering new album Happy Songs For Happy People.

Interview: Golden Graham

2003-06-12 00:00:00

Having drummed his way round the world with Therapy?, Graham Hopkins is now upfront singing with his own band Halite. But as Paul Nolan finds out, he’s no indie Phil Collins

Album: Sound Of The Underground

2003-06-11 00:00:00

Whilst Girls Aloud’s debut album, Sound Of The Underground, is a reasonably diverting slice of mainstream pop, it’s about as substantial as tissue-paper and twice as expendable.

Interview: Stand-up to be counted

2003-06-05 00:00:00

Righting political wrongs is all very well and fine, but what Mark Thomas enjoys most is fucking people right off. except Paul Nolan that is who talks to him about his new stand-up show, A Minor Celebrity Discusses War Crimes

Live: Asgard

2003-06-04 00:00:00

A very enjoyable performance from a quietly promising outfit.

Live: The Vines at Heineken Green Energy Festival

2003-06-03 00:00:00

The Vines are cruelly exposed for what they really are: a glorified Aussie bar-band

Album: The Golden Age of Grotesque

2003-06-02 00:00:00

Whatever else you say about Marilyn Manson, the guy sure is resilient.

Live: Yo La Tengo

2003-05-29 00:00:00

Interview: Fine and Dando

2003-05-22 00:00:00

Evan Dando may have very mixed memories of his days with the Lemonheads and hanging out with Kurt and Courtney but with the dark stuff consigned to the past, he’s much happier where he is today.

Album: Hail To The Thief

2003-05-22 00:00:00

No longer the nascent, impressionable - though hugely ambitious - young quintet who unleashed the blood-splattered masterpiece The Bends in the mid-'90s, nor the newly crowned kings of modern rock who enjoyed virtually unprecedented levels of acclaim circa-OK Computer, they have instead settled into a role as sort of latter-day alt. culture godfathers

Interview: Trouble at the top

2003-05-14 00:00:00

Dark circumstances surrounding the making of her new album and the everyday hassles of fame notwithstanding, Macy Gray assures Paul Nolan that, for her, the thrill has definitely not gone

Album: Retrospectives, Rarities And Instrumentals

2003-05-12 00:00:00

The Llamas records are truly lush affairs, drawing on everything from Beach Boys-style dream pop-harmonies and continental, Gainsbourg-referencing strings to ethnic rhythms and mellow post-rock ambience to create a dazzling aural tapestry.

Laugh Lines: Midnight in a less-than-perfect world

2003-05-01 00:00:00

A woman encouraging her boyfriend to “shit his leg off” during bad sex, doctors diagnosing symptomless comas, death through prolonged ejaculation – looks like Chris Morris is back on TV again. investigating the nocturnal goings-on: Paul Nolan


2003-04-25 00:00:00

"When the group shift the dynamic completely and segue into a typically skyscraping rendition of ‘Revelate’, the effect is dizzying. And as Glen howls, “My human fate/My revelate” with all the fury of Prince Hamlet after being confronted by his father’s ghost, it makes you think Pat McCabe was absolutely spot-on when he pointed to Hansard as being one of the most gifted lyricists around."

Album: Black Cherry

2003-04-23 00:00:00

"Those who have discerned the link between Goldfrapp’s sartorial caprice and her tendency toward seemingly arbitrary shifts in musical direction will have twigged what’s in store on Black Cherry"

Live: Warlords Of Pez/Mikabomb

2003-04-22 00:00:00

Lead by leather-skirt clad, shape-throwing glam diva Mika, the ‘Bomb deliver a supremely melodic collection of glitter-flecked garage-punk, reminiscent of early-’90s Nirvana faves Shonen Knife.

Interview: Engaging with the enemy

2003-04-10 00:00:00

Public Enemy spokesman Professor Griff on the group’s legacy and the current state of hip-hop – though not, remarkably, the war in Iraq.

Interview: Canada wry

2003-04-10 00:00:00

Having admitted that he really doesn’t know what he’s talking about, Brendan Dempsey briefs Paul Nolan on the upcoming Montreal Comedy Festival. and other stuff

Live: Paddy Goes Belfest

2003-04-07 00:00:00

With something of a renaissance having taken place in the Dublin independent scene over the past few years, now seems as good a time as any to bring ourselves fully up to speed with the sounds emanating from the Belfast underground.

Interview: Passion play

2003-04-01 00:00:00

Love, relationships, dating – and the first Diana song since the reworked ‘Candle In The Wind’. Sarah Nixey takes Paul Nolan on a guided tour of Black Box Recorder’s new album Passionoia.

Live: David Kitt

2003-03-28 00:00:00

It says something about the degree to which Kitt has honed his live shows that he can afford to play such crowd favourites as ‘Song From Hope Street’ and ‘You Know What I Want To Know’ early in the set, whilst effortlessly retaining momentum and audience participation for the remainder of the gig.

Interview: Floored genius?

2003-03-28 00:00:00

Dara O’Briain on the pressures of getting a laugh on live tv every saturday night. words Paul Nolan

Interview: Dirty somethings

2003-03-25 00:00:00

Having one’s bare arse dragged along sandpaper is one thing – but having said raw arse doused in salt and vinegar is something else again. Paul Nolan meets the team behind the UK’s answer to Jackass, Dirty Sanchez

Live: Lemon Jelly

2003-03-25 00:00:00

Lemon Jelly shows are, above all, tremendous fun to attend.

Interview: A staple diet

2003-03-21 00:00:00

Steve-O, the man best known for stapling his penis to his scrotum, on the scariest stunts, life after Jackass, and being empowered by going backstage with Mötley Crue.

Interview: Hey! Ho! Let’s go again

2003-03-20 00:00:00

The boy looks at Johnny – Paul Nolan meets Johnny Ramone, whose legendary group are now the subject of a star-studded tribute album

Interview: N.O.W. that’s what I call music

2003-03-19 00:00:00

Nightmares On Wax mastermind George Evelyn on dirty funk grooves, goin’ to Goa and judging Amsterdam’s cannabis cup.

Interview: Laughter in the dark

2003-03-07 00:00:00

It may be the time of year for staying indoors, but there are plenty of comic treats around to keep you entertained, including a brace of top class new TV shows and the return of one Christopher Morris.

Live: Autamata

2003-03-03 00:00:00

With the truly spellbinding vocals of The Tycho Brahe’s Carol Keogh captivating the audience from the off, the suprisingly formal guitar/bass/drums/keyboards line-up masterfully wove a supremely atmospheric, hypnotic wall of sound.

Single: Love Boat Captain

2003-02-28 00:00:00

Single: Death Of A DJ

2003-02-28 00:00:00

Single: Make A Mockery

2003-02-28 00:00:00

Single: Out Of Time

2003-02-28 00:00:00

Single: Charge EP

2003-02-28 00:00:00

Single: For What It's Worth

2003-02-28 00:00:00

Single: Jive County

2003-02-28 00:00:00

Interview: The new Dylan

2003-02-28 00:00:00

Yes, it’s the all-new, all-chuckling, all-giggling, all-grinning Dylan Moran. Well, not quite, but as Paul Nolan discovers, portraits of the stand-up as a difficult interviewee are rather wide of the mark

Interview: What Coolio did next

2003-02-21 00:00:00

Still most famous in this part of the world for ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, la rapper Coolio has certainly kept himself busy in the eight years since that hit. Movies, charity work and an appearance on Open House are all in a day’s work for the artist formerly known as Artis Leon Ivey Jr.

Live: Sum 41

2003-02-18 00:00:00

Sum 41 energetically tear through their resolutely one paced (ie. extremely fast) back catalogue for just over an hour, without a single concession to either varying the dynamics or just simple good taste

Album: A Tribute To The Ramones

2003-02-17 00:00:00

Comparing the insipid, whiney ramblings of The Offspring and Rancid to the incendiary anthems of movement-instigators The Sex Pistols, The New York Dolls and The Ramones is like comparing a firecracker to a nuclear explosion. But then you already knew that

Interview: Desperate dan

2003-02-14 00:00:00

0ver the past twelve months, Daniel Kitson has risen to prominence following his Perrier award winning show at the Edinburgh fringe, and his celebrated appearance on Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights but all the bespectacled comic really wants is to be recognised as a stand-up guy.

Interview: Stroke city rollers

2003-02-03 00:00:00

Dublin art-rockers Rollers/Sparkers are currently earning critical garlands for their debut EP, Geography For The Leaving erudite band member, John McMahon, here holds forth on the local music scene and forsaking academia for rock’n’roll.

Live: NME Brat Tour

2003-01-30 00:00:00

With little to offer in the visuals department – five blokes playing guitars whilst remaining stationary having lost its allure many years ago – The Thrills instead hope to get by on sheer pop class instead.

Album: 100th Window

2003-01-30 00:00:00

By the time the album shuffles into life with the opening ‘Future Proof’, it feels like Massive Attack have never been away

Interview: A band called horse

2003-01-28 00:00:00

When Rubyhorse quit their native Cork for the US in 1997, they had no game plan. Now they’re being hailed as one of the rock hopes for 2003, with appearances on Letterman and Conan O’Brian to their credit – as well as an extraordinary collaboration with the late George Harrison.

Album: Avenue

2003-01-21 00:00:00

Avenue is a largely inessential addition to a genre already clogged to breaking point.

Interview: Laughterwards

2003-01-17 00:00:00

Comedy hit a spectacular high in 2002 with the success of The Office, The League of Gentlemen and Bachelor’s Walk. But there may be even better to come this year, as three generations of Irish comic talent tell us.

Interview: Skinner's principles

2003-01-08 00:00:00

This time last year, Mike Skinner of The Streets was a complete unknown. 12 months later, he reflects on being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, shrugging off the attentions of Damon Albarn, turning down a stack of film roles and partying in Dublin. “There’s been a lot of mad moments,” he acknowledges

Album: Slicker Than Your Average

2002-12-18 00:00:00

Never the most self-effacing character to begin with, Craig David’s ego appears to have finally got the better of him.

Interview: Jean genius

2002-12-10 00:00:00

He’s collaborated with Bono, Mick Jagger, and Destiny’s Child, hung out with Bill Clinton and co-wrote the biggest selling rap album of all time. but that’s only the beginning. The multi-talented Wyclef Jean here discusses George W. Bush, the death of his father and why Michael Jackson might not be such a strange guy after all

Live: JJ72/Melaton

2002-12-03 00:00:00

After such an explosive opening, the JJs have difficulty maintaining the pace, and there’s a definite mid-gig lull.

Album: Ben Folds Live

2002-11-12 00:00:00

For the most part, whether Folds is encouraging the crowd to act as a makeshift brass section, or playfully throwing in a snippet of ‘Misirlou’ from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, this is music guaranteed to put a smile on your face

Album: Live At The Spirit Store

2002-11-11 00:00:00

Barnes is quite clearly a gifted musician. His slide guitar work is mightily impressive, and one can hear echoes of the dustbowl epics of Ry Cooder

Album: Smile For The Money Shot

2002-11-04 00:00:00

this record is a messy, immature and thoroughly enjoyable romp through a cigarette-butt littered, beer-stained teenage wasteland

Commentary: Sex and the Student Body

2002-10-21 00:00:00

Will college improve your love-life? Is promiscuity rife on the campuses? Was Animal House, in fact, a masterpiece of cinema verite? We sought the views of those in the know

Commentary: Sex and the student body

2002-10-21 00:00:00

Will college improve your love-life? Is promiscuity rife on the campuses? Was Animal House, in fact, a masterpiece of cinema verite? We sought the views of those in the know

Commentary: Study breaks

2002-10-21 00:00:00

The sheer breadth of material covered in third-level courses represents a daunting challenge to many first-year students arriving fresh from school. However, there are plenty of practical tips you can follow to improve your study techniques

Album: Be Yourself

2002-10-17 00:00:00

Former Emotional Fish front-man Ger Whelan aka Jerry Fish has taken an unusual-but-winning route with this project, rounding up a diverse array of local talent to partake in a quirky, upbeat collection

Interview: Richard’s return

2002-10-15 00:00:00

Richard Ashcroft spent the best part of the ’90s on a quest to make one of the great rock albums with The Verve. Having succeeded with Urban Hymns, he promptly broke up the band. Now, with the imminent release of his second solo album, Human Conditions, an upbeat Ashcroft discusses his excitement about collaborating with Brian Wilson, his youthful adventures in clubland, and why The Verve had to split

Live: Alligator

2002-10-02 00:00:00

Alligator are certainly a good band, but this writer, at least, would venture that they’re still a considerable distance from greatness

Live: Concern Concert For Afghanistan

2002-09-30 00:00:00

A solid night's entertainment

Interview: Saints alive

2002-09-26 00:00:00

They began as an acid house act doing a disco cover of Neil Young's 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart'. Then they took a break, discovered big beat and became wine waiters for cult author Douglas Coupland. There's never a dull moment with Saint Etienne

Album: Life On Other Planets

2002-09-26 00:00:00

Life On Other Planets is not going to be a major cross-over album, but it thoroughly deserves a place in any serious record collection

Interview: Sweet things

2002-09-25 00:00:00

Although still in their teens, the career of English popsters the Sugababes has been more eventful than most bands twice their age. Co-founder Mutya Buena tells us how they pulled through the dark times and why she’s pleasantly shocked at the NME’s coverage of the band

Album: Scorpio Rising

2002-09-25 00:00:00

DIV have found themselves a somewhat mellower groove

Album: Before The Dark

2002-08-28 00:00:00

A mesmerising collage of music library, found sounds, Rhodes and breakbeat

Album: Magic Hotel

2002-08-23 00:00:00

Toploader specialise in an uncomplicated form of rootsy, denim-clad soft rock not a million miles from Richie Sambora and co.

Album: The Music

2002-08-19 00:00:00

No amount of slick production can hide the fact that far too many of these songs are threadbare grooves wandering aimlessly in search of a tune

Album: Almanac

2002-08-07 00:00:00

An enjoyable collection of sweetly melodic curios

Live: Creamfields Ireland 2002

2002-09-19 00:00:00

Live: Chris Brokaw

2002-09-06 00:00:00

With a pair of sunglasses perched atop his head, Brokaw sits on a stool centre stage and accompanies himself on electric guitar and foot-operated percussion. What's most surprising about the evening is the amount of musical diversity he's able to extract from such limited instrumentation

Homefront: Jazz warriors

2002-09-10 00:00:00

They are heavy and they’re brothers. Dublin skank rockers Heavy Flow are showing why the phrase “jazz-rock fusion” needn’t mean Spinal Tap

Interview: French fancies

2002-03-29 00:00:00

Paul Nolan talks to Gallic dance duo Rinocerose and discovers that they count a certain Madonna Ciccone among their fans

Live: Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

2002-02-25 00:00:00

Although the momentum builds slowly, once the band hit their stride they're unstoppable

Live: Jimi Tenor

2001-11-29 00:00:00

Jimi Tenor utilises kitsch music and gauche showmanship not because he wants to take the piss, but because he positively adores such behaviour.

Album: Once We Were Trees

2001-11-08 00:00:00

Sadly, this record isn’t quite the sum of its parts. Having said that, there are some superb moments here.

Album: Bones OST

2001-10-25 00:00:00

The soundtrack features eight tracks from the canine one himself, and contributions from any hip-hop crew who happened to have a free weekend around recording time

Live: Gray, David

2001-10-25 00:00:00

David Gray is an undeniably superb performer. His passion for his music is overpowering.

Live: Preston School of Industry

2001-10-11 00:00:00

The show really takes off a few tracks in with ‘Whale Bones’

Live: Margaret Healy

2001-10-11 00:00:00

There’s something a little too laid-back about the whole evening, and perhaps therein lies a dilemma for Healy as an artist.

Live: The Orb

2001-10-11 00:00:00

The show catches fire over the next few minutes...

Album: Neon Lights

2001-10-11 00:00:00

Classic songs by David Bowie, The Velvet Underground and Kraftwerk feature on this album of cover versions, but it reeks of contrivance

Live: Hopper

2001-09-27 00:00:00

Playing in front of a number of large video screens, Hopper for the main part play it by the indie rulebook

Album: Happiness

2001-09-27 00:00:00

For their fourth record, Fridge have opted for the minimalist route, to take in elements of contemplative jazz and even modern classical

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