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Ed Power

In addition to contributing to Hot Press, Ed has written for the Irish Independent, the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Irish Examiner, London Independent, Guardian, FHM, Spin, Irish Times, Metro and various other publications. He is fortunate to be from Cork and supports the Cork hurling and football teams and Cork City FC.




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News: Margaret Atwood: How TV made her the most influential author in the world

2017-11-14 11:49:00


With two TV adaptations of her work gaining swooning reviews it has been the year Margaret Atwood became the most influential author in the world. Words Ed Power

Album: Album Review: Seamus Fogarty, The Curious Hand

2017-11-03 13:52:00


The 'Beck of the Bogs' delivers his best record yet.

Interview: Mindhunter star Holt McCallany talks about redressing the serial killer genre

2017-11-03 13:18:00


David Fincher’s new collaboration with Netflix, Mindhunter, argues that the serial killer genre needs to get past Hannibal Lecter and reveal the truth about homicidal sociopaths. Star Holt McCallany talks about working with Fincher and presenting a fresh take on familiar subject matter.

Interview: Mindhunter star Holt McCallany talks about redressing the serial killer genre

2017-11-03 13:18:00


David Fincher’s new collaboration with Netflix, Mindhunter, argues that the serial killer genre needs to get past Hannibal Lecter and reveal the truth about homicidal sociopaths. Star Holt McCallany talks about working with Fincher and presenting a fresh take on familiar subject matter.

Album: Album Review: Jessie Ware, Glasshouse

2017-11-02 16:59:00


Polished but not earth-shattering return from London soul singer

Interview: Jessie Ware talks pop stardom, motherhood, and her most accomplished album to date

2017-11-02 14:50:00


Recorded while she came to terms with first-time parenthood, Glasshouse is JESSIE WARE’s most grown-up album to date – and also potentially her most successful.

Album: Album Review: Demi Lovato, Tell Me You Love Me

2017-11-01 16:38:00


Solid sixth outing for pop princess.

Reports: Stranger Things: How it became a global sensation

2017-10-31 14:55:00


Stranger Things was the surprise TV hit of 2016. Ed Power looks at how this valentine to ’80s cinema became such a sensation.

Interview: Can The Walking Dead survive its summer of woe?

2017-10-17 16:53:00


The world's best-loved TV show that doesn't have "Game" and "Throne" in its title returns to the screen after several miserable months. Can it reclaim its small screen crown asks Ed Power.

Album: Album Review: Younger Now, Miley Cyrus

2017-10-17 15:18:00


Former wild child straps on guitar and ten-gallon hat.

Live: Live Report: Grizzly Bear deliver superb show at Vicar Street

2017-10-05 12:24:00


Ed Power was impressed with the indie heroes' first night in Dublin

Reports: Opinion: Can a new version of Star Trek cut it with today's cutthroat TV?

2017-10-04 14:15:00


Star Trek is back on television. But can the iconic saga cut it in today’s world of cutthroat television, wonders Ed Power

Album: Album Review: Wonderful Wonderful, The Killers

2017-10-02 17:02:00


Personal upheaval gives bittersweet tinge to The Killers’ most vulnerable album to date

Interview: Exclusive: Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl talks Chris Cornell, Nirvana and the Band's New Album.

2017-09-27 16:55:00


It’s been a wild ride for Foo Fighters and the band’s iconic frontman Dave Grohl. As the band unleashes their ninth studio album, he talks about getting over Nirvana, the pain of losing friend Chris Cornell to suicide and how the rise of Donald Trump informed the new record.

Reports: Celebrating Philip K Dick, the most singular voice of sci-fi in television and cinema

2017-09-20 10:47:00


As a new Channel 4 series celebrates the work of Philip K Dick, Ed Power looks at the influence on television and cinema of science fiction’s most singular voice.

Interview: Aimee Mann: In Conversation

2017-09-20 10:38:00


As she prepares to play Dublin, Aimee Mann explains how the election of Donald Trump influenced her new album and why a glum evening in Ireland inspired her writing process.

Interview: The Vampire Diaries' Michael Malarkey talks swapping prosthetic incisors for a music career

2017-09-11 10:27:00


The Vampire Diaries was a cult TV sensation with students. Now star Michael Malarkey is swapping his prosthetic incisors for a guitar and taking his music career to the next level.

Album: Album Review: Sleep Well Beast, The National

2017-09-08 10:39:00


Cincinnatti's finest channel our troubled times with winning comeback

Interview: Hot Press talks to Flogging Molly ahead of Irish return

2017-09-05 17:01:00


As Celtic punks Flogging Molly return to Ireland for a hugely anticipated Olympia gig, frontman Dave King talks about having one foot in America in the age of Trump and why he isn’t quite as optimistic as the title of the band’s latest album might suggest.

News: COUNTDOWN TO ELECTRIC PICNIC: The Evolution of The XX

2017-08-30 10:49:00


Electric Picnic headliners The xx have cast off their early shyness to become compelling pop mavericks.

Album: Album Review: A Fever Dream, Everything Everything

2017-08-21 10:23:00


Indie groovers return with best album yet.

News: This Mogul Coil: Interview with The Last Tycoon's Dominique McElligott

2017-08-15 16:49:00


As her new Amazon series The Last Tycoon debuts, Dubliner Dominique McElligott talks about achieving success on her own terms, while the show’s producers reflect on the parallels between America in the age of fascism and the United States under Trump. By Ed Power

Interview: Mystical rappers Shabazz Palaces talk about sci-fi escapism and political criticism

2017-08-08 11:19:00


Sci-fi escapism and political criticism are intertwined on Shabazz Palace’s double-whammy of new records. Frontman Ishmael Butler explains how, as an African American, he feels like an alien in the Age of Trump and what Prince’s death tells us about our unhealthy obsessions with celebrity.

Album: Album Review: Lust For Life, Lana Del Rey

2017-08-07 16:00:00


Eerie siren turns her frown upside down.

Album: Album Review: Everything Now, Arcade Fire

2017-07-17 17:31:00


Stadium grumps deliver return-to-form fire-cracker.

News: Longitude Special: Mumford & Sons in Ireland

2017-07-14 10:48:00


Ed Power delivers the inside story on Mumford & Sons' extraordinary rise and unique relationship with Ireland.

News: Longitude Special: Something For The Weeknd

2017-07-14 10:31:00


Ahead of The Weeknd’s Longitude headliner, Ed Power looks at the artist behind pop’s most fascinating enigma.

Album: Album Review: Lorde, Melodrama

2017-07-12 15:54:00


Pop prodigy stages triumphant return

Album: Album Review: Katy Perry, Witness

2017-07-12 12:57:00


Generic comeback belies Perry’s supposed “woke” phase.

Interview: The Charlatans talk dealing with grief, working with Paul Weller, and the triumph of their new LP

2017-07-12 12:19:00


As one-time baggy figureheads The Charlatans return with one of their finest LPs yet, singer Tim Burgess talks about moving on after death, collaborating with Paul Weller and his debt to Alan Partridge.

Interview: An Interview with Beth Ditto: The Ex-Gossip Front-woman Goes Solo

2017-07-12 11:51:00


As ex-Gossip front-woman Beth Ditto returns with her first solo album, she explains how Jesus broke up her band and why she wasn’t surprised by the rise of Trump.

Album: Album Review: I'm Not Your Man, Marika Hackman

2017-06-19 13:04:00


Folk wallflower channels Pixies for her latest album.

Album: Album Review: Crack-Up, Fleet Foxes

2017-06-19 12:07:00


Artful folkies emerge from long dark night of the soul.

Album: Album Review: How Did Things Get So Dark, Royal Blood

2017-06-19 11:25:00


Saviours of British rock grow up but stay true to themselves.

Interview: FORBIDDEN FRUIT 2017: Bon Iver Interview

2017-06-02 12:13:00


Bon Iver tells about his youthful days in Galway and the inspiration for 22, A Million He's the world's biggest indie star- a contradictory figure who feels intensely uncomfortable in the spotlight, yet has Kanye West on speed dial. Now Bon Iver is returning to Ireland for a headline performance and an evening of curated music. But what makes this enigma tick- and how has his deepening unease with fame impacted his music? Ed Power attempts to uncover some of the answers...

News: FORBIDDEN FRUIT 2017: Must-see International Acts

2017-06-02 11:06:00


A selection of top international acts to sink your teeth into at Forbidden Fruit

Interview: Nevermind the Peroxide: Blondie talk memories of Bowie, summer gigs and political parallels between now and then

2017-06-01 16:11:00


Back with their finest LP in decades, new wave legends Blondie talk about the influence of David Bowie, kicking up a punk racket in Trump's America, and their forthcoming Aviva Stadium hook-up with Phil Collins.

Interview: FORBIDDEN FRUIT 2017: Teutonic From The Hip- Interview with electro stars Moderat

2017-05-31 15:57:00


Electro maestros Moderat talk about finding inspiration in Berlin, explain why they refuse to sign with a major, and discuss their love for live music over DJing.

Album: Album Review: Perfume Genius, No Shape

2017-05-29 10:16:00


Pop introvert steps confidently from the shadows

Interview: Can You Whig It? Interview with Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli

2017-05-26 12:52:00


Brooding alt.rock overlord Greg Dulli talks about The Afghan Whigs’ extraordinary rebirth, making rock in the Trump Era and how the death of Prince informed his latest album. Interview Ed Power

Frontlines: The Killing Folk: What Makes a Hitman?

2017-05-17 15:58:00


What makes a hitman? A new TV3 series from investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre lifts the lid on the secret world of the contract killer.

Interview: One Nation Under A Groove: Political Insights and Funk Pioneering with George Clinton

2017-05-15 15:48:00


Ahead of his return to Ireland, funk legend George Clinton talks about his friendships with Prince and Kendrick Lamar, why the Trump presidency is on borrowed time and what Obama did right.

Album: Album Review: Afterglow, Ásgeir

2017-05-05 17:24:00


Alt/folkie gets his groove on for cool follow-up.

Interview: Nelly Furtado discusses her new album, settling down, and public and private personas

2017-05-05 17:02:00


Life has been a rollercoaster for Nelly Furtado. But on her latest album she chronicles her journey from crowd-pleaser to mother at peace with the universe.

News: Sorry To Disturb You: Behind the controversial series 13 Reasons Why

2017-05-03 16:45:00


it's the most controversial new show of the year- but the team behind hard-hitting teen drama 13 Reasons Why argue that its gritty approach is entirely merited.

Album: Album Review: Nelly Furtado, The Ride

2017-05-02 17:57:00


Ex-chart diva embraces the indie underdog within

Film Interview: Saul That You Can't Leave Behind: Bob Odenkirk reflects on Better Call Saul

2017-04-24 14:07:00


As nihilistic comedy-caper Better Call Saul returns, start Bob Odenkirk reflects on the show's success and his unlikely journey from cult comedian to television icon.

Reports: For One Night Only...The best one day concerts taking place this summer

2017-04-21 16:01:00


With U2, Arcade Fire and Coldplay just a small selection of the acts headlining their own shows this summer, there really is no shortage of one-day events to choose from.

Interview: Skinner's Principle: We talk to Mike Skinner ahead of BARE in the Woods

2017-04-19 11:44:00


Mike Skinner talks life after The Streets and why he’s happiest as a jack of all trades.

Album: Album Review: The Magnetic Fields, 50 Song Memoir

2017-04-06 17:19:00


Indie moochers return to form with sprawling opus

Album: Album Review: Laura Marling, Semper Femina

2017-04-06 16:52:00


Elusive folk singer delivers career best LP

News: Ghoul and the Gang: Hot Press meets The Walking Dead actors

2017-04-06 16:42:00


As the season finale of The Walking Dead approaches, Ed Power talks to the stars of the world’s most popular television drama.

Album: Album Review: Depeche Mode, Spirit

2017-04-05 15:44:00


Synth warriors shine on consistently rewarding album number 14.

Live: Live Review: Cat Power at Vicar Street

2017-03-20 11:34:00


Hot Press headed to vicar street for Cat Power's spell-binding performance

News: For Whom The Bell Drolls - Grown-up comedies in TV's Golden Age

2017-03-07 17:34:00


A dark comedy with a devastating streak of sincerity, Judd Apatow's Crashing is one of a generation of new sitcoms that mingle laughs with slice-of-life veracity. You'll giggle but maybe you'll cry too.

Album: Album Review: Dirty Projectors, Dirty Projectors

2017-03-06 17:45:00


Affecting break-up LP from alt-pop mavericks.

Album: Album Review: The Tourist, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

2017-03-06 17:37:00


One-time indie darlings thrive in the margins.

Album: Album Review: English Tapas, Sleaford Mods

2017-02-23 14:52:00


Truth-speaking rants from the laureates of Brexit Britain.

News: Opinion: Can Trump's Presidency Make TV Great Again?

2017-02-13 12:52:00


The Terrible Tangerine has ascended to the White House - but how will his dystopian presidency impact on the small screen?

Album: Album Review: Human - Rag'N'Bone Man

2017-02-10 11:51:00


Brit soul star serves up the goods on glossy debut

Interview: Teenager of the Year - An Interview with Declan McKenna

2017-02-08 11:02:00


He's the up-and-coming songwriter of the moment - but don't write Declan McKenna off as just another Ed Sheeran clone.

News: HOT FOR 2017: International TV dramas to watch in the year ahead

2017-01-31 12:29:00


As part of the Hot Press ‘Hot for 2017’ special, here’s our run-down of the best international drama to watch out for in the months to come.

Album: Album Review: The xx, I See You

2017-01-27 14:02:00


Goth-pop crew turn their frowns upside down

Interview: Youth and Nothing But the Youth: Interview with whenyoung

2017-01-26 10:33:00


London-based Limerick trio whenyoung on breaking into the UK indie scene, why it pays to have a day job and the shadow cast by Brexit. By Ed Power

Album: Album Review: Oczy Mlody, The Flaming Lips

2017-01-23 13:25:00


Eye-rolling return to form by madcap crew.

News: Bronagh Taggart talks about The Fall becoming an international hit

2017-01-19 10:29:00


Serial killer drama The Fall went out with a terrifying flourish, with career best performances by Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. We talk to one of the show’s stars, Bronagh Taggart, and ask why this chilly thriller became such a word of mouth hit.

Interview: Pixies open up about last year's comeback album

2017-01-18 11:45:00


It’s been a stand-out 12 months for Pixies, with a fantastic comeback album to their name and now the ultimate accolade of Hot Press Indie Heroes of the Year. Ed Power breaks the good news to the Boston legends.

Interview: The Other Side of Adele

2017-01-18 10:04:00


Adele is an all too rare example of a celebrity visibly retaining their humanity under the spotlight. Ed Power recalls the moment last year when Adele embraced her superstar status yet somehow found a way to stay normal.

News: The Open Society - How Panti Bliss became Ireland's accidental activist

2017-01-17 17:54:00


In a revelatory interview, Panti Bliss opens up about inclusion, exclusion and matters personal and private.

News: Yeezy Does It - We look back on a seismic year for Kanye West

2017-01-17 12:40:00


It’s been a strange 12 months for Hot Press Man of the Year, Kanye West. Ed Power looks back at 365 days of heartache, scandal and sublime art from a troubled superstar.

Album: Album Review: Pete Doherty, Hamburg Demonstrations

2016-11-24 13:10:00


Impassioned Return from Sometime Libertines Troubadour

Interview: EU Sexy Thing: An interview with Super Furry Animals

2016-11-24 11:28:00


On the 20th anniversary of Super Furry Animals’ debut album, frontman Gruff Rhys talks about taking the record back out on the road and offers his thoughts on the EU, Wales at the Euros and that time he drove a tank around Glastonbury.

Album: Album Review: Lady Wood, Tove Lo

2016-11-16 16:00:00


Swedish star flies feminist banner. Gender rules apply...

Album: Album Review: Solange, A Seat at the Table

2016-10-25 16:35:00


Sublime R&B agit–prop from the cooler Knowles sister.

Album: Album Review: Kings of Leon, Walls

2016-10-21 12:35:00


Potent stadium rock from former wild child guitar-slingers.

Interview: Melancholic For The Troops

2016-10-13 12:59:00


Synth-pop sadsters Poliça talk about Donald Trump, finding happiness when they least expected and their debt to Prince.

Album: Album Review: Devendra Banhart, Ape In Pink Marble

2016-10-05 15:45:00


Cult folkie embraces obscurity.

Interview: Here Comes Your Band – An Interview With Pixies

2016-10-05 13:28:00


As Black Francis and co return with their finest record in 25 years, the alt-rock luminaries talk egos, in-fighting and the controversial exit of bassist Kim Deal.

Album: Album Review: Banks

2016-10-03 15:28:00


Elusive singer suffers enervating case of trying too hard

Interview: T Shall Overcome: Hot Press Talks with Jamie T

2016-09-27 15:19:00


Where do you start with Jamie Treays? Here is an intense young man whose early career was dogged by severe panic attacks yet who has always aspired to an old fashioned, chart-slaying idea of stardom.

Entertainment News: Larger than life – a look behind the characters of Narcos

2016-09-19 11:32:00


With season two of Narcos freshly arrived in Netflix, Ed Power looks at how the series met the challenges of chronicling the larger-than-life story of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar.

News: Peak Practice - An Interview with Julia Jacklin

2016-09-15 16:54:00


Artist on the rise Julia Jacklin tells Ed Power about coming of age in the mountains above Sydney, and why she can't wait to get back to Ireland for Electric Picnic.

Album: Album Review: Jamie T Trick

2016-09-08 12:16:00


Triumphant return from likely lad emoter

Album: Album Review: Aluna George, I Remember

2016-09-08 11:52:00


Dance duo deliver aural wallpaper on second outing.

Interview: Wolf Alice Discuss Life in the Spotlight

2016-08-30 14:51:00


Indie rockers of the moment Wolf Alice look forward to Electric Picnic, contemplate their overnight rise and tell Ed Power about the thrills and challenges of meeting your heroes.

Interview: All Edit to the Lads: The Editors talk Electric Picnic, Michael Jackson and new albums

2016-08-26 14:37:00


After more than a decade on the go, Editors remain in rude health. Tom Smith tells Ed Power how the Picnic-bound rockers came through past upheavals to end up stronger than ever

Entertainment News: TV Highlight: The Get Down

2016-08-22 13:07:00


Hollywood’s over-the-top master of ceremonies is making his first foray into television with a Netflix show chronicling the birth of hip hop. But, wonders Ed Power, can Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down – the most expensive TV show in history – live up to the hype?

Album: Album Review: Crystal Castles Amnesty

2016-08-19 13:04:00


Synth weirdos shrug off loss of talismanic vocalist and return with spellbinding fourth album

Interview: Some Like it Goth: Lera Lynn talks new music, True Detective and Colin Farrell's moustache

2016-08-09 16:59:00


Lera Lynn's Southern-gothic country dirges were the only good thing to come out of True Detective season two. The singer tells Ed Power about her new album, out-acting Colin Farrell's moustache, and the darkness that informs her music.

Album: Album Review: Wild Beasts, Boy King

2016-08-04 10:04:00


Mixed messages a-go-go as art-rockers deliver their most direct album yet

Album: Album Review: Broods, Conscious

2016-07-28 16:03:00


Lorde Acolytes Grow Into Their Sound

Entertainment News: That Eighties Show

2016-07-28 16:21:00


It's back to the Reagan era and smalltown America in the new sci-fi epic from Netflix. Ed Power binges on the Winona Ryder-starring Stranger Things.

Album: Album Review: The Avalanches, Wildflower

2016-07-28 12:47:00


Landslide of fun from missing-in-action sample gurus

Live: LIVE REVIEW: Belly @ The Academy

2016-07-26 16:10:00


The comeback kids celebrate their return to Irish shores with a showing every bit as triumphant as 21 years ago

Interview: Jamie XX: "I Feel Comfortable Being Nervous, It Spurs Me On"

2016-07-14 17:09:00


Jamie XX has cast off his shy-boy shackles to become one of the most innovative figures in electronic music.

Interview: Rejjie Snow is Out to Put Dublin on The Map With World Domination

2016-07-14 12:42:00


Up-and-coming Irish rapper Rejjie Snow tells Ed Power about his days as a budding sports star, touring with Madonna and bringing it all back home at Longitude .

Interview: Father John Misty Exposes His Demons to Hot Press

2016-07-13 17:18:00


Josh Tillman grew up believing in literal hellfire and damnation, he tells Ed Power. As Father John Misty he struggles both with the pain of his pentecostal childhood and the demons of adulthood.

Interview: Marco Polo Star Lorenzo Richelmy Tells Us What to Expect From Season 2

2016-07-13 16:59:00


As Netflix’s historical epic Marco Polo returns with a second season, Ed Power talks to star Lorenzo Richelmy about shrugging off bad reviews and why this tale of east meets west resonates with the present day.

Album: Album Review: Bat For Lashes, The Bride

2016-07-11 17:01:00


Stately concept record from death-obsessed enigma.

Album: Album Review: Garbage Strange Little Birds

2016-06-20 12:52:00


NINETIES ICONS KEEP IT SIMPLE WITH MAJESTIC RESULTS

Entertainment News: It's Time to Welcome the Return of Orange is The New Black

2016-06-17 15:18:00


Your favourite prison dramedy is back. Ed Power looks at what we can expect from season four of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black.

Interview: Interview: De La Soul spoke to Hot Press about their past and what's yet to come

2016-06-15 16:22:00


De La Soul have been part of hip hop’s tapestry since the genre exploded in the late ’80s. You could say they have a few stories to tell. Ed Power chats with the amiable Kelvin Mercer about the old days and the new.

Interview: Brix Smith Start, formerly of The Fall, speaks to Hot Press about ventures old and new

2016-06-15 15:16:00


The multi-talented Brix Smith Start discusses her new memoir, her old flames and how Princess Diana once flirted with her boyfriend.

Album: Album Review: Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman

2016-06-10 10:54:00


Up and coming siren seeks to be all things to all listeners

News: Can The New Top Gear Match Up To Predecessors?

2016-06-08 12:16:00


Top Gear is back but can the new hosts fill the shoes of the previous trio?

Album: Album review: Snarky Puppy: Culcha Vulcha

2016-05-24 12:48:00


Multi-headed jazz crew try to terrify you into liking them

News: Irish comic book Preacher set to hit our screens

2016-05-23 12:29:00


It's the Irish comic book they said could never make it to screen. Now after 20 years and endless speculation, Gareth Ennis's Preacher is finally coming to TV.

Album: Album Review: Drake Views

2016-05-19 12:55:00


DRAKE'S CAREER SERVES AS A CAUTIONARY REMINDER THAT WE SHOULD BE CAREFUL WHAT WE WISH FOR

Album: Album Review: Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets

2016-05-09 12:18:00


Bizarre Shakespeare tribute from cult crooner

Interview: 'Fro Those About To Rock: Wolfmother Interview

2016-04-29 14:12:00


It's ten years since Wolfmother's debut album reinvented heavy, non-ironic rock. In a rare interview,frontman Andrew Stockdale contemplates the album's legacy and explains why nostalgia is ultimately best avoided.

Album: ALBUM REVIEW: Lemonade is Beyonce's best yet

2016-04-29 13:24:00


As the Queen twists her stiletto heels into Jay Z's prone midriff, our man Ed Power judges the latest effort from the pop megastar to be her finest work to date

Album: Album Review: Pothole In The Sky

2016-04-28 14:28:00


Cavan singer reaches career high on magnificent third album

Album: Album Review- Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop- Love Letter For Fire

2016-04-20 16:11:00


Alt country crooner makes sweet music with Brit chanteuse

Album: Album Review: Azaelia Banks Slay Z

2016-04-15 11:13:00


CONTROVERSIAL RHYMER DROPS SURPRISE - AND SURPRISINGLY HOT - MIXTAPE

News: GoT Special: Let The Games Begin

2016-04-12 17:55:00


Tighten your tabard and sharpen your broadsword – the new Game Of Thrones is almost here. Ed Power consults the Lord of Light, throws a few interns on the pyre, and looks at what we can expect from the world’s favourite TV show.

News: Rusangano Family talk to Hot Press

2016-04-08 12:04:00


As they get ready to perform at Dublin's Music Town Festival, limerick hip-hop three-piece talk politics, identity & Kanye

Album: Album Review: Gwen Stefani This is What The Truth Feels Like

2016-04-06 16:58:00


No Doubt front woman pours heartache into frothy comeback record.

Interview: Music World: Chilling In The Name Of

2016-04-04 15:13:00


After years of buzz, Jack Colleran has just released his first album under his Mmoths moniker. He talks heartache, pressure and the negative stereotyping of lonely boys with laptops.

News: Rusangano Family: Our goal is to be 'of' the West of Ireland in as authentic a way as possible

2016-03-30 13:02:00


As they get ready to perform at Dublin's Music Town Festival, the Limerick hip-hop three-piece talk politics, identity & Kanye

News: Major LZRs: The National’s Scott and Bryan Devendorf tell Hot Press about their new venture LZNDRF

2016-03-09 11:59:00


With The National off the road, Scott and Bryan Devendorf are indulging their krautrock passion with their new LZNDRF

News: Cents & Sensibility: Santigold tells Hot Press about her latest album 99 Cents

2016-03-07 11:52:00


Santigold’s new album, 99 Cents, may take capitalism to task but it’s also meant to be a fun listen, she tells Ed Power.

News: TV HIGHLIGHT: Better Call Saul Season 2

2016-03-01 11:11:00


Saul that you cant leave behind: Everyone's favourite crooked lawyer is back, as Better Call Saul returns for its second much-anticipated season on Netflix.

Album: Album Review: Lion Babe Begin

2016-02-29 15:47:00


Smart R&B from New York pop royalty

Album: Album Review: Alessia Cara - Know-It-All

2016-02-26 16:44:00


Taylor Swift acolyte finds joy in sadness.

News: Getting Izzy With It: The Izzy Bizu interview

2016-02-22 12:48:00


She's a soul sensation to watch - with a gorgeous voice that has already floored Sam Smith. Now the rest of the world is about to discover the sultry sound of Izzy Bizu.

News: TV HIGHLIGHT: Making A Murderer- Our True Crime Romance

2016-02-17 15:53:00


The out-of-nowhere success of Netflix’s Making A Murderer speaks to audiences’ insatiable appetite for true crime. Ed Power dons his detective hat and investigates the making of a television phenomenon.

Album: Review: Night Beats Who Sold My Generation

2016-02-12 14:32:00


Acid-fried protest pop lands its punches

Album: Review: Animal Collective Painting With

2016-02-08 14:01:00


Zany return from psychedelic weirdos

News: Dua Lipa: Enigmatic for the People

2016-02-05 12:12:00


As a teenager she moved to London on her own, determined to break into music. Now Dua Lipa is about to see her wildest dreams come true, with her more-than-meets-the-ear sound set to conquer the charts.

Interview: TV Highlight: True Detective Director Cary Fukunaga

2015-11-19 10:44:00


True Detective made director Cary Fukunaga famous. He reflects on the surprise success of the show and talks about putting himself through the grinder shooting his new movie, Beasts Of No Nation

Album: Kurt Cobain - Montage of Heck

2015-11-17 10:21:00


Cobain demo collection shows new side to iconic artist

Album: Joana Newsom - Divers

2015-11-04 10:55:00


Quirky singer sticks to first principles

Interview: Metropolis: Jamie xx Interview

2015-11-04 10:09:00


With his mercury-nominated solo album in colour, jamie smith – aka Jamie xx – shows there’s more to the xx than shadows and sulking.

Album: Ellie Goulding - Delirium

2015-11-03 14:10:00


Pop maven releases her catchiest collection yet.

News: The Returned

2015-10-28 11:00:00


French series The Returned is a zombie lark with a brain – and a distinctly philosophical outlook. As the second series commences, Ed Power examines the show’s international appeal.

Album: Ryan Adams - 1989

2015-10-21 10:02:00


Alt-country stalwart unearths Tay-Tay's inner miserabalist.

Interview: Disclosure Interview

2015-10-07 10:33:00


Dance king-pins Disclosure talk overnight fame, celebrity friends and why Ireland has a special place in their hearts.

Album: Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

2015-10-06 10:13:00


Overnight sensation proves shes around for the long haul.

Album: Chvrches - Every Open Eye

2015-10-02 12:18:00


Electro-pop trio come out swinging on second record

Album: Thunderbitch - Thunderbitch

2015-09-28 11:09:00


Gobsmacking surprise solo record from Alabama shakes frontwoman

Album: Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Pets - Miley Cyrus

2015-09-25 10:23:00


Miley unleashes heartbreaking eulogy to dead dog

Interview: Shamir Interview

2015-08-27 09:47:00


He's the falsetto-voiced sensation who has tastemakers in a tizzy. Ladies and gentleman we give you future r&b super star Shamir

Comedy: Opinion: Was The Daily Show truly radical?

2015-08-10 19:52:00


Ed Power opines as Bruce Springsteen plays Jon Stewart out.

Film: Z Nation: More Walking Dead Have Taken Over TV

2015-08-05 11:43:00


Zombies are the hottest property on television right now. With hit American show Z Nation arriving on Irish screens this month, Ed Power looks at how the walking – and occasionally running – dead have taken over TV.

Album: Little Boots - Working Girl

2015-07-29 15:49:00


Odd Synth Pop from the big new thing of 2009.

Interview: Alabama Shakes Interview

2015-07-21 12:52:00


Their first album was an overnight phenomenon. Second time around, blues sensations Alabama Shakes are determined to do things on their own terms, they tell Ed Power.

Interview: Interview with the cast of Orange Is The New Black

2015-07-21 12:10:00


As a new season of hit prison drama Orange Is The New Black debuts on Netflix, Ed Power talks to key cast members and looks at how this quirky show become a surprise sensation.

Interview: Young Fathers Interview

2015-07-15 10:12:00


Young Fathers are intimately acquainted with uproar, having grimaced their way to the Mercury Music Prize and infuriated Gareth Gates. They talk about confronting stereotypes and channelling upheaval into music.

Album: Everything Everything - Get To Heaven

2015-07-13 17:11:00


Gloriously eccentric return from Manchester outsiders

Album: Leon Bridges - Coming Home

2015-07-13 11:20:00


Soul man's debut hits the vintage jackpot.

Interview: Cast of Orange Is The New Black talk season three

2015-07-10 17:02:00


As a new season of hit prison drama Orange Is The New Black debuts on Netflix, Ed Power talks to key cast members – plus series creator Jenji Kohan – and looks at how this quirky show become a surprise sensation.

Commentary: True Detective Season 2 Airs Tonight

2015-06-22 13:02:00


Series one of True Detective was a creepy blockbuster for the ages. Can the Colin Ferrell-starring second series live up to the crushing weight of expectation?

News: Beck Shows How It’s Done

2015-06-18 15:57:00


Were you watching Kanye? On a perfect summer's evening, Mr. Hansen delivered a spell-binding show at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin last night.

Album: Tame Impala - Currents

2015-06-16 09:55:00


Digital bliss marks return from Kevin Parker and chums

Interview: Stephen Mangan Interview

2015-06-09 12:13:00


He achieved cult fame in I’m Alan Partridge. But Stephen Mangan’s latest comedy has an altogether more serious side.

Album: Jamie xx - In Colour

2015-06-04 16:58:00


Knob-twiddler from the xx finds sadness amid the sunshine.

Interview: Enter The Wu: Forbidden Fruit preview

2015-05-26 16:01:00


Ahead of Wu-Tang Clan's greatly anticipated Forbidden Fruit headline slot, Hot Press assesses the legacy of the most impressible force in hip-hop.

Interview: ASIWYFA Interview

2015-05-26 12:45:00


They've had their ups and downs - and now And So I Watch You From Afar risk controversy with their most radical departure yet. We join the band on the road in Luxembourg. Where they contemplate life. The universe and Jay Z.

Album: Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color

2015-05-21 14:32:00


Slight return from acclaimed blues-rockers

News: Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos on public scrutiny and recovery

2015-04-20 16:38:00


Life’s been tough for Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos – who has fought a life-long struggle with mental illness. Now, though, he is in a good place – a state of mind reflected in the group’s winning third LP.

Album: Le Galaxie - Le Club

2015-04-20 16:29:00


Winning return from Ireland's greatest good-time band

Interview: Laura Marling on crisis, recovery and rebirth

2015-04-14 15:53:00


She’s always been a little severe, but a move to Los Angeles plunged english folkie Laura Marling into a full-blown existential crisis, as she reveals to Ed Power.

Interview: Matthew E. White: Songs in the Key of Strife

2015-04-14 13:27:00


Sexual abuse, the corrosive effects of religions, the death of rock music – it’s all grist to the creative mill of latter-day soul-daddy Matthew E White

Album: Marina and the Diamonds - Froot

2015-04-13 12:53:00


Welsh chanteuse has fun working through her identity crisis

Album: Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

2015-04-02 13:22:00


LA hip-hop luminary unleashes his masterpiece

Album: Dutch Uncles - O Shudder

2015-03-09 14:12:00


Moody mancs get their 80s on

Album: Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood

2015-03-09 13:57:00


Virginia soul-man goes dark

News: EP Archives: Hot Chip

2015-03-06 13:18:00


A 2012 chat with Alexis Taylor in which our man Ed Power dares to ask him about his band's geeky dress sense...

Album: Charlie XCX - Sucker

2015-02-24 13:18:00


Underwhelming solo record from pop writer of the moment

Interview: Grit Happens: Hot Press talks to The Districts

2015-02-20 15:44:00


Saviours of indie rock The Districts talk growing pains, extreme youth and how they fell for the blues.

Album: Natalie Prass - Spacebomb

2015-02-16 16:46:00


Newcomer pours her pain into exquisite soul record

Album: Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

2015-02-10 16:59:00


Rapper's long-awaited debut is a brilliant curveball.

Album: Marika Hackman - We Slept At Last

2015-01-26 15:27:00


Star-crossed siren plays it cool.

Interview: James Bay on fame, Taylor Swift & filling in for Hozier

2015-01-26 15:14:00


He’s been championed by the Brit Awards, Hozier and Taylor Swift and tipped for greatness in 2015. But James Bay is determined not to be perceived as just another pretty-boy strummer.

Interview: Twins Peak - Hot Press Meets Ibeyi

2015-01-22 10:54:00


As excitement builds around Cuban-French twins Ibeyi, the sisters at the heart of the storm reflect on their rapid rise – and tragedy in their homeland.

Album: Bjork 'Biophilia: Live' - Album Review

2014-11-28 11:37:00


Lush, but lifeless concert movie

Interview: The End Is Wry - Hot Press meets Royskopp

2014-11-28 10:33:00


For their very last album, Nordic electro duo Röyksopp have assembled a collection of bitter-sweet dance dirges. They talk about turning their backs on the long-play format – and their unlikely get-together with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Interview: Head Poets Society - Hot Press meets Philip Selway

2014-11-25 10:31:00


Radiohead fans have had reasons to celebrate lately, with new LPs from singer Thom Yorke and drummer Phil Selway. Here, the latter discusses album giveaway controversies, the background to the band’s paradigm-shifting album Kid A and his increasingly confident steps into solo artistry.

Album: The Flaming Lips 'With A Little Help From My Fwends' - Album Review

2014-11-03 13:05:00


ABYSMAL ‘RE-INTERPRETATION’ DESECRATES SGT. PEPPER

Album: Jessie J 'Sweet Talker' - Album Review

2014-10-20 11:50:00


Starlet comes out swinging.

Album: Caribou 'Our Love' - Album Review

2014-10-03 11:26:00


Bright return from electro boffin

Album: Alt-J 'This Is All Yours' - Album Review

2014-10-03 11:16:00


British experimentalists score a bullseye with follow-up to Mercury win.

Interview: Ellie Goulding interview

2014-09-30 11:13:00


She was one of the first of a brace of exciting Guinness Amplify guests. Before her historic visit to Dundalk we caught up with Ellie Goulding to talk celebrity boyfriends, media pressure and moving house.

Album: Professor Green 'Growing Up In Public' - Album Review

2014-09-24 16:03:00


Brit-rapper seeks a big pop payday.

Album: Klangkarussell 'Netzwerk' - Album Review

2014-09-19 11:11:00


AUSTRIAN ELECTRO DUO FAIL TO MAKE YOU GO BLEEP AT THE KNEES

Album: The Drums 'Encyclopedia' - Album Review

2014-09-18 11:51:00


Dark and discombobulated third outing from indie moochers

Interview: Getting Twiggy With It – Interview with FKA Twigs

2014-09-16 17:20:00


Pop enigma of the moment, FKA Twigs talks about growing up mixed-race in Britain's whitest town, her dread of selfies – and why nobody gets to tell her what to do.

Film: TV Highlight of the Fortnight: Strain Drain

2014-09-15 11:36:00


It’s the goriest, silliest, scariest TV show of the year – Ed Power previews The Strain, the ratings-slaying vampire romp from director Guillermo del Toro

Album: Rustie 'Green Language' - Album Review

2014-09-11 16:06:00


Dance wunderkind trips up in his desire to have a grown-up moment

Album: Gulp 'Season Son' - Album Review

2014-09-11 15:16:00


Pleasant yet forgettable Super Furry Animals side-project

Album: Banks 'Goddess' - Album Review

2014-09-05 16:17:00


This season’s doomed chanteuse (mostly) delivers.

Interview: Avi's Buffalo Stance - Avi Buffalo Interview

2014-09-05 12:46:00


The cult songwriter behind Avi Buffalo talks about creative struggle, growing up in the ‘burbs and why he’d rather be in a band than operate as a solo artist.

Album: The Wytches 'Annabel Dream Reader' Album Review

2014-08-27 17:40:00


Enjoyably askew psychedelia from the English seaside 

Album: JJ 'V' Album Review

2014-08-27 15:42:00


Mysterious Nordics deliver a big pop pay-off. 

Interview: Jazzy Geoff - Geoff Barrow Interview

2014-08-27 13:27:00


With trip-hop legends Portishead, less is more. Though not exactly prolific, their three albums to date have garnered a rabid following who can’t wait to welcome them to Ep. Geoff Barrow discusses Twitter rants, his hatred of the spotlight and why you can expect the band's next record when they’re ready...

Interview: Hello Ladies - Women's Hour Interview

2014-08-14 12:08:00


They’re the buzzed about band of the moment. Fiona Burgess, of chamber-pop newcomers Woman’s Hour, discusses the transition from theatre to music and how growing up in Britain’s Lake District made her the artist she is today.

Album: Jenny Lewis - Album Review

2014-08-13 17:43:00


Rilo Kiley frontwoman waxes happy sad

Interview: This Dawdle Coil

2014-08-12 12:30:00


They’re Harry Potter’s favourite band - now ‘sadcore’ partnership Slow Club are set to become everyone else’s most beloved downbeat folk duo as well

Album: Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear

2014-07-30 10:49:00


Publicity shy songwriter struggles to find her voice

Album: First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

2014-07-29 11:46:00


Swedish country songbirds strike gold

Interview: Chuck D Interview: Some People Have All The Chuck

2014-07-17 10:26:00


He’s hip hop’s supreme protest artist – articulate, angry, possessed. But Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, soon to appear at Indiependence, is also sharp as a whip, with thought-provoking opinions on everything from the ghastly afterlife of Michael Jackson to America’s belated blossoming as a soccer-loving nation.

Album: ROBIN THICKE - PAULA

2014-07-15 12:35:00


Sleazy singer waxes romantic, with disquieting results.

Interview: Rudimental Interview: The Original Rudimental Boys

2014-07-14 17:51:00


They owned the charts with the smash ‘Feel The Love’. But Rudimental want to be more than just another pop group. As the Londoners limber up for a headline turn at Longitude Festival, the band’s Amir Amor talks lightning strikes, overnight success and future ambitions.

Interview: Bombay Bicycle Club Interview - Some Bike It Hot

2014-07-14 13:20:00


Longitude-bound Bombay Bicycle Club spill the beans on bus break-downs, growing up on the festival circuit and their “cushy” backstage life.

Album: George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage

2014-07-10 11:03:00


Lauded singer-songwriter GROOVES on endless positivity

Album: Hamilton Leithauser - Black Hours

2014-06-17 10:52:00


Walkmen frontman channels Sinatra on beguiling debut.

Interview: Brody Dalle Interview: Living Dalle

2014-06-17 10:20:00


She was ridiculed for being 'overweight' and dismissed as a Courtney Love clone. Then cult rocker Brody Dalle almost lost her husband in a freak operation mishap. But she has bounced back with a cracking new album – and an entirely different perspective on life.

Album: Glass Animals - Zaba

2014-06-12 17:10:00


Post Alt-J group bring plenty of pretension

Album: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Ruin

2014-06-11 17:57:00


Sunrise rebirth for half-forgotten former buzz group

Album: Paul Heaton and Jacquie Abott

2014-06-11 15:43:00


Beautiful South all-star lineup reunite with compelling results.

Album: Sharon Van Etten-Are We There

2014-06-11 13:39:00


Gruelling break-up record from rising Brooklyn star

Interview: Dandy Warhols Interview- Top of the Rake

2014-05-30 15:38:00


They’re the last great rock group of their era, with a devil-may-care outlook and a store of cracking anthems. But as the sea sessions bound Dandy Warhols mark their 20th anniversary, Courtney Taylor isn’t inclined to look back

Interview: Tune-Yards Interview- Dark Side of the Tune

2014-05-30 15:03:00


Her last album made her a counter-culture star. But when time came to record a follow-up Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus found herself drained of inspiration. Her solution was to travel to one of the world's poorest countries, a trip that put her artistic troubles in perspective.

Interview: The War on Drugs Interview- Pharma Police

2014-05-29 11:26:00


The War On Drugs’ uplifting new album was inspired by a spell of depression, explains lead signer Adam Granduciel in an exclusive interview.

Interview: Fuck Buttons Interview- Swear It All Over Again

2014-05-28 14:54:00


The Olympics boosted their profile but, as their latest album attests, electro-duo Fuck Buttons have been very good at making a name for themselves on their own terms too.

Album: The Horrors – Luminous

2014-05-26 15:40:00


Last great British guitar band deliver solid fourth outing.

Album: Kelis-Food

2014-05-26 12:35:00


Gastronomically obsessed r’n’b singer springs into action

Interview: The Shriek Shall Inherit The Earth

2014-05-22 12:16:00


Loud and fucked up, the Pixies were the most important indie rockers of their generation – an influence on Nirvana, Radiohead… well, everyone essentially. In an exclusive interview, Joey Santiago talks about their tumultuous career, set the story straight about their place in the alternative rock firmament and explain why Deal walked out.

Reports: TV Highlight Of The Fortnight: Suit You Sir

2014-04-22 13:42:00


After over half a decade and too many liquid lunches to keep count of, Mad Man is preparing to shuffle into the horizon. Ed Power bids Don Harper and co a teary adieu.

Album: Iggy Azalea - The New Classic

2014-04-22 13:06:00


Hyped rapper hits out at the nay-sayers but packs a pop punch too

Album: Foster The People - Supermodel

2014-04-16 10:42:00


Underwhelming follow-up from 'Pumped Up Kicks' sensations

Album: Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

2014-04-08 12:44:00


Fascinating anti-pop from controversial newcomer

Live: Pantha Du Prince @ National concert Hall: Review

2014-03-28 17:03:00


The humble bell has always held a special place in the heart of German techno producer Henrik Weber, aka Pantha Du Prince. You could say it has become an obsession.

Album: Future Islands - Singles

2014-03-28 10:34:00


Synth oddballs deliver career best

Interview: Good Harlots

2014-03-26 11:53:00


Their first album was a surprise hit - but when it came to a follow-up, The Jezabels found that making lightning strike twice was no easy thing.

Album: Aloe Blacc - Lift Your Spirit

2014-03-24 15:50:00


'Wake Me Up' singer sticks to the formula

Album: My Sad Captains - Best Of Times

2014-03-24 14:35:00


Indie Tunesmiths deliver career best

Interview: You Gotta Howl With It: Hot Press meets Chloe Howl

2014-03-20 12:31:00


She's the buzzy newcomer in British pop - but don't let the catchy tunes fool you. Chloe Howl has plenty to say and little time for fools or misogynists, of whom she has encountered plenty.

Album: Joan As Policewoman - The Classic

2014-03-12 10:16:00


Good cop continues her transformation into retro-soulstress

Album: Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

2014-03-05 11:40:00


Midlife break-up record is as much of a bummer as you expected

Album: Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness

2014-03-05 10:46:00


Indie chanteuse puts her fists up

Interview: The Saint is coming: Hot Press meets St. Vincent

2014-03-04 12:07:00


Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, discusses her dramatic new musical direction, her love of spontaneous nudity and the time she took too many sleeping pills and had an imaginary conversation with a black power leader.

Interview: The Bleached Shall Inherit The Earth - Interview with Nina Nesbitt

2014-02-27 11:57:00


Nina Nesbit is the 'anti-Miley', a non-twerking confessional singer who thinks you can have a pop career while staying wholesome and family friendly

Album: Wild Beasts - Present Tense

2014-02-19 12:09:00


Experimental rockers plug in, deliver career best album

Interview: The Hot Press Cover Story: Ellie Goulding

2014-02-19 10:46:00


The quintessential good girl gone bad – and we mean that as a compliment – British pop star Ellie Goulding has swapped mumsy clothes and an unassuming air for a sizzling new image and a parade of famous beaus. Speaking exclusively to Hot Press, she opens up about her painful childhood, life in the tabloid glare and why she is prepared to (nearly) bare it all – but on her own terms.

Album: Beck - Morning Phase

2014-02-18 12:26:00


Slacker icon stages low-key return

Album: Nina Nesbitt - Peroxide

2014-02-17 11:03:00


Brisk acoustic pop from Edinburgh ingénue

Album: Mogwai - The Rave Tapes

2014-02-05 11:31:00


Post-Rock business as usual for Glasgow veterans

Interview: A Strife Less Ordinary: Hot Press meets Warpaint

2014-02-04 14:17:00


"Twerk-gate", the struggles of being a woman in an all-male industry and the ways in which overnight success can warp life-long friendships are all up for discussion as girl rockers Warpaint return to active duty with a cracking new record.

Interview: Hot Press meets The Bohicas

2014-02-03 17:29:00


They're among the hottest debutants in British Rock, boasting a fanbase that includes Franz Ferdinand. With the Big Time calling, The Bohicas explain how they got from there to here.

Album: Angel Haze: Dirty Gold

2014-02-03 16:45:00


Underground rapper tries variety of commercial suits on for size

Album: Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes

2014-01-30 13:42:00


Odds-n-Sods compilation proves the proverbial mixed bag

Album: Britney Spears - Britney Jean

2013-12-12 12:50:00


Britney & her producers go deep and dark

Album: Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones - Foreverly

2013-12-09 11:35:00


Odd couple duo pay homage to a country classic

Album: Oh Land - Wish Bone

2013-12-03 10:47:00


Mixed bag from multi-tasking pop princess

Interview: Talk of the Town: Hot Press meets London Grammar

2013-12-02 12:23:00


London Grammar are the hottest newcomers in pop, no matter what the Mercury panel thinks.

Album: Lady Gaga - ArtPop

2013-11-28 14:49:00


Scandalous pop star presses the repeat button

Album: Wooden Shjips

2013-11-25 15:31:00


Golden Gate psychedelic warriors still holding on for yesterday...

Reports: Country Living

2013-11-25 13:05:00


They’ve already conquered America with their glossy Nashville pop. Now, The Band Perry have Europe in their sights.

Album: Eminem - Marshall Matters LP 2

2013-11-22 11:34:00


The flow is assured yet Eminem’s obsession with himself starts to get old

Interview: There's Mø Limits

2013-11-18 11:16:00


She’s the Scandinavian pop star du jour with a massive Avicii smash under her belt. Weirdly, though, Mø would rather not dwell on her biggest hit to date. For her, it’s about keeping it underground and edgy

Album: The Flaming Lips - Peace Sword

2013-11-15 12:56:00


Wayne Coyne’s merry crew blast into high, high orbit

Interview: The Girl who cried 'Wolfe'

2013-11-14 11:06:00


Is Chelsea Wolfe the alt.pop Lady Gaga or a death metal singer who ended up trading in Moroder-esque electro-pop by accident? These and other mysteries are up for discussion as the buzziest new talent in indie-dom gives her first ever Irish interview

Album: John Lennon McCullagh - North South Divide

2013-11-13 11:36:00


Teenage songwriter bogged down by his debt to the past

Album: Juana Molina - Wed 21

2013-11-11 11:45:00


Enigmatic yet impressive return from Buenos Aires weirdo-pop Maven

Live: Bastille live at The Olympia Theatre

2013-11-11 11:40:00


Bastille have distinguished themselves from other post-Coldplay bands by appropriating the bits people actually liked about Chris Martin’s gang – specifically the throbbing, epic sweep and the sense of gauzy wonder.

Album: Cults - Static

2013-11-06 13:53:00


Break-up record told from the inside

Album: Katy Perry - Prism

2013-11-04 11:00:00


Perry draws on private pain for perky album with unexpected death

Album: Lorde - Pure Heroine

2013-11-01 11:11:00


Esoteric newcomer hits pop paydirt

Album: Tinie Tempah - Demonstration EQ

2013-11-01 11:05:00


Efficient second album from the British Kanye

Interview: The Naked Truth

2013-10-31 11:21:00


Polica were all set to bounce back with their second record – and then iTunes vetoed the cover art on the basis that, oh the horror, it portrayed human nudity...

Interview: Breaking Up His Hard To Do

2013-10-29 12:12:00


They were the musical odd couple who conquered the world – until they woke one morning and realised they didn’t really get on. No sooner had they announced the split, than their album whooshed to the top of the charts. The Civil Wars' Joy Williams contemplates her group’s curious afterlife

Album: HAIM - Days Are Gone

2013-10-24 11:01:00


THREE SISTERS DELIVER POWER-POP GOODS

Interview: Chilling In The Name Of

2013-10-21 11:59:00


One of the most laid-back dudes in rock, for his latest project strummer Newton Faulkner decided to shake things up by inviting the cameras into the recording studio and chronicling every minute of the making of his new album.

Album: Birdy - Fire Within

2013-10-21 10:26:00


TEEN PRODIGY READY TO GO SUPEROVA

Album: Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day

2013-10-17 10:59:00


DREAMPOP PIONEERS STICK TO THE SCRIPT

Album: Chelsea Wolfe - Pain Is Beauty

2013-10-10 11:16:00


California goth releases most diverse collection yet

Album: MGMT

2013-10-08 12:05:00


Unfocused third outing from psychedelic pop stars

Interview: Hot Press meets Anna Calvi

2013-10-07 11:09:00


Bereavement and a looming sense of mortality have inspired the extraordinary new album from Anna Calvi. She talks about the difference between her stage personality and her everyday self, her terror of TV cameras and why, as a woman in music, she had to learn to say ‘no’

Album: Polica - Shulamith

2013-09-30 12:50:00


Darkly dazzling return from cult midwesterners.

Interview: She Sings The Body Electric

2013-09-19 00:00:00


Janelle Monae might be the weirdest mainstream pop star since David Bowie. In an exclusive Irish interview ahead of Arthur’s Day she talks about childhood poverty, her controverisal Robin Thicke photoshoot and how she managed to get Prince to sing on her new record.

Interview: Oh, The Divorces

2013-09-19 00:00:00


She started writing as a way of coping with her parents’ divorce. A decade later Alela Diane found herself penning tunes that predicted the end of her own marriage. The coincidence is not lost on her, though it seems this sob story has a happy ending.

Album: Chvrches - The Bones Of What You Believe

2013-09-17 00:00:00


Synth pop trio make mixed debut

Album: Dawes - Stories Don't End

2013-09-17 00:00:00


Mumford clones chill the marrow

Interview: Fibbing In The Name Of

2013-09-16 00:00:00


With their doomy sound and downbeat image, White Lies have become an international success. That’s not to say they don’t have their moments of self-doubt, however. With their third album just arrived, frontman Harry McVeigh talks exclusively about the stresses and traumas that surrounded the recording of the LP

Album: Drenge 'Drenge'

2013-09-11 00:00:00


Rugged blues-rock from deepest, er, Derby

Interview: Giorgio Moroder: Boy Of Summer

2013-09-09 00:00:00


In 1976, without anyone’s permission, Giorgio Moroder invented the future. That was the year he cut ‘I Feel Love’ a dancefloor stomper with ice-water in its veins and a protean disco throb that would serve as a manifesto for generations of DJs and producers. Credit for creating modern electronica usually goes to Moroder’s immediate predecessors – Kraftwerk and their acolytes – but make no mistake, were it not for ‘I Feel Love’ the genre as we know it today simply wouldn’t exist. Out of nothing, from nowhere, he forged something radical and new.

Album: King Krule '6 Feet Beneath The Moon'

2013-09-05 00:00:00


Outsider Rock From Brit School Graduate

Interview: Bjork's Impossible-To-Predict Career

2013-08-27 00:00:00


From her swan dress period to her new ‘Hellraiser’ look, Bjork is one of the last true mysteries left in pop. Ahead of her much-awaited Electric Picnic headline appearance, we assess the Icelandic singer’s legacy and trace her strange, impossible-to-predict career...

Album: Warp and Weft Review

2013-08-16 00:00:00


Songwriter no longer gripped by the thrill of parenthood...

Album: Ebony Bones: Behold, A Pale Horse

2013-08-09 00:00:00


Madcap gallop through the imagination of eclectic new talent...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Edward Sharpe

2013-08-08 00:00:00


Alex Ebert aka Edward Sharpe has overcome major dreams and substance-abuse issues to deliver us the mighty Magnetic Zeros.

Interview: Hot Press Meets Naughty Boy

2013-07-31 00:00:00


As Naughty Boy, Shadid Khan has topped the charts, produced Emeli Sande's smash LP and proved there is life after Noel Edmonds. Ahead of Oxegen, he discusses his remarkable rise...

Album: Jay-Z, Magna Carta... Holy Grail

2013-07-26 00:00:00


Empty album ruminates emptily on the emptiness of fame...

Album: White Lies, Big TV

2013-07-24 00:00:00


Steerage class indie rockers shoot for the heavens...

Album: Empire of the Sun: Ice On The Dune

2013-07-09 00:00:00


Euphoric electro duo perfect their happy/sad formula...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Amanda Palmer

2013-07-08 00:00:00


She was a cult singer and then Amanda Palmer raised a million dollars on Kickstarter. She followed this with a viral hit TED talk and suddenly here she is, super famous. The New Yorker talks about a year of highs, lows and lashings of online hate...

Album: Smith Westerns: Soft Will

2013-07-04 00:00:00


Anglophile Chicagoans channel their favorite shoegaze acts...

Album: Sigur Ros: Kveikur

2013-06-28 00:00:00


Post-rock moon children embrace the dark side...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Peace

2013-06-24 00:00:00


They’ve been acclaimed as Blighty’s answer to Vampire Weekend. As the hype storm builds, buzz act Peace discuss rock star sandwiches and staying calm at the heart of the hype hurricane...

Album: Ms Mr: Secondhand Rapture

2013-06-05 00:00:00


Game of Thrones approved electro poppers GO for the jugular

Interview: Interview: WoodKid

2013-06-05 00:00:00


Best-known for directing Lana Del Rey’s balls-out ker-azy ‘Born To Die’ video, as Woodkid Yoann Lemoine has set himself up as a damaged crooner in the Antony Hegarty vein. In his only Irish interview he tells Lana haters to take a hike and discusses the difficult transition from pop promo wunderkid to struggling songwriter.

Album: Laura Marling: Once I Was An Eagle

2013-05-31 00:00:00


Nu-folk songbird GETS PERSONAL on much anticipated fifth album

Album: She & Him: Volume Three

2013-05-22 00:00:00


Third outing for Zooey Deschanel and sideman M.Ward...

Album: Ghostpoet: Some Say I So I Say Light

2013-05-17 00:00:00


Triumphantly haunting second outing from London based ‘urban poet’...

Live: Solar Bears, live at The Button Factory

2013-05-10 00:00:00


A swooning, glistening show from electro duo...

Album: Deerhunter: Monomania

2013-05-10 00:00:00


Atlanta alterna rockers channel darkness into surprisingly brisk songs...

Album: John Murry: The Graceless Age

2013-05-08 00:00:00


Tortured songwriter details his drug hell to spoonful effect...

Interview: Hot Press meets Fight Like Apes

2013-05-08 00:00:00


Line-up changes, having to work day-jobs and now a row over their Fundit campaign. It’s been a turbulent 18 months for Fight Like Apes, but as Maykay tells Ed Power, they’re ready to rumble again...

Album: Savages: Silence Yourself

2013-05-07 00:00:00


Retro punk angst is brought bang up to date...

Album: Phoenix: Bankrupt!

2013-05-07 00:00:00


Business as usual from mercurial French rockers...

Album: Tom Odell: Long Way Down

2013-05-07 00:00:00


Sensitive songwriting is the Odell of the day...

Album: Noah And The Whale: Heart Of Nowhere

2013-05-03 00:00:00


Agreeable return from former nu-folkies...

Live: P!nk, live at The O2

2013-04-29 00:00:00


Then again, you could argue she has reached a point where the tunes are almost an afterthought. On record, it’s all about her gobby, let’s-do-shots persona; on stage what you remember are the genuinely awesome stunts. This, you suspect, is exactly as intended.

Album: Iggy & The Stooges: Ready To Die

2013-04-24 00:00:00


Punk godfather puts the band back together, grasps for old glories...

Album: Frank Turner: Tape Deck Heart

2013-04-23 00:00:00


Controversial strummer wears heart on sleeve...

Album: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: English Electric

2013-04-18 00:00:00


OMD go retro with a vengeance...

Live: Gabrielle Aplin, live at The Academy

2013-04-12 00:00:00


There’s no encore – in the circumstances that might have been a bit too much to esxpect...

Album: Iron & Wine: Ghost On Ghost

2013-04-11 00:00:00


Bearded revivalist keeps it mellow...

Album: Bill Ryder-Jones: A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart

2013-04-05 00:00:00


Ex-coral man looks inwards...

Interview: Hot Press meets Imagine Dragons

2013-04-03 00:00:00


Arena newcomers Imagine Dragons explain why they’re ready to take up the mantle of fellow Las Vegas-ites The Killers and conquer the world...

Album: Cold War Kids: Dear Miss Lonely Hearts

2013-04-03 00:00:00


Buzz band finally live up to potential...

Live: Polica, Live at Whelan's, Dublin

2013-04-02 00:00:00


The American band make a stop in Ireland...

Album: Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Mosquito

2013-03-26 00:00:00


Karen O amd chums stage surprisingly slinky comeback...

Album: Laura Mvula: Sing To The Moon

2013-03-20 00:00:00


Greatly hyped soulstress falls into the ‘interesting’ category...

Album: Daughter: If You Leave

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Nu-folk gets a new haircut, and a haunting new sound...

Frontlines: The Sane Event

2013-03-15 00:00:00


The classic image of David Bowie from Aladdin Sane is part of a major visual celebration of the singer at the Victoria and Albert Museum...

Album: Ed Romanoff: Ed Romanoff

2013-03-11 00:00:00


Lots of emotion, little innovation from Brooklyn strummer Ed Romanoff...

Album: John Grant: Pale Green Ghosts

2013-03-11 00:00:00


Careworn songwriter goes dark electro...

Album: Rhye: Woman

2013-03-11 00:00:00


Mysterious his ‘n’ hers duo get their Sade on...

Album: ASIWYFA: All Hail Bright Future

2013-03-01 00:00:00


Cult post-rockers cast off the doom AND step into the sunlight...

Live: Everything Everything, live at Whelan's

2013-03-01 00:00:00


Stepping briskly between the best of Arc and Man Alive the group deliver a pleasant mass-market funk assault, a polite fusion of the danceable and the populist. They are, you suspect, just getting started...

Live: Martha Wainwright, live at the Pepper Canister Church

2013-03-01 00:00:00


Overshadowed by the rest of her family through her career, you have a feeling that Martha is at last coming into her own...

Album: The History Of Apple Pie: Out Of View

2013-03-01 00:00:00


Perfect shoegaze pastiche from moochy Londoners.

Album: Tegan & Sara: Heartthrob

2013-02-27 00:00:00


Underground twins make a bid for the big time...

Interview: Hot Press meets Ron Sexsmith

2013-02-26 00:00:00


As if life as a jobbing singer-songwriter wasn’t tough enough, two years ago Ron Sexsmith had a health fright. He explains how coming to terms with mortality inspired his teary-eyed new album.

Travel: 12 Step Planet: WASHINGTON DC

2013-02-15 00:00:00


It was conceived of as an imperial capital that would one day rival Rome. Today, Washington DC is a bustling metropolis on the faultline between Red and Blue State Americ

Interview: Canadian Wry

2013-02-15 00:00:00


As if life as a jobbing singer-songwriter wasn’t tough enough, two years ago Ron Sexsmith had a health fright. He explains how coming to terms with mortality inspired his teary-eyed new album.

Album: Will and people: Friends

2013-02-13 00:00:00


The ghost of Sting haunts insubstantial debut

Interview: Hot press meets Kendrick Lamar

2013-02-08 00:00:00


He’s rap’s brightest new star, with a fanbase that includes Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre and Pharrell Williams and a chart-topping album that outsold Rihanna. Kendrick Lamar talks about growing up in super-violent Compton, California and his struggle to stay grounded as his career goes supernova...

Album: Esben & The Witch

2013-02-05 00:00:00


Brighton goth-moochers return with surprisingly accessible second record...

Album: Dark Star: News From Nowhere

2013-02-01 00:00:00


Stygian dance-floor bliss from dystopian Londoners...

Album: Black Heart Rebellion: Har Nevo

2013-02-01 00:00:00


Angsty Belgians wax angsty

Interview: Flame fatale

2013-01-31 00:00:00


She’ll quite happily talk about her high-profile dad but, with big things about to happen for Firehorse’s Leah Siegel, you might want to hold off asking about the time she made an uber-fan of Prince

Album: New Order: Lost Sirens

2013-01-28 00:00:00


Outtakes collection from electro-pop pioneers proves surprisingly cohesive

Album: Everything Everything: Arc

2013-01-22 00:00:00


Indie darlings go mainstream with mixed results.

Interview: AVANT IT LARGE

2012-12-18 00:00:00


They came from nowhere to scoop the Mercury Music Prize and Hot Press ‘Album of 2012’ gong and their fabulousness is the one subject One Direction and Mumford and Sons can agree on. Say hello to Alt-J, Hot Press phenomenon of the year.

Live: Dirty Three

2012-12-18 00:00:00


Button Factory, Dublin

Live: shabazz Palaces

2012-12-18 00:00:00


The Twisted Pepper, Dublin

Album: Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds – The New Generation

2012-12-21 00:00:00


Sci-fi prog classic gets polished make-over...

Interview: From Despair To Here

2012-12-20 00:00:00


Passion Pit are a band with the world at their feet but bipolar frontman Michael Angelakos has struggled to cope with fame.

Album: Swedish House Mafia: Until Now

2012-11-16 00:00:00


The gardai’s favorite EDM purveyors bid a blaring farewell.

Interview: Gem Fatale

2012-11-13 00:00:00


She was the indie pin-up of the moment. But when Marina & The Diamonds' debut album failed to become a mega hit her confidnece was badly knocked. It didn't help that, at that very moment, a game-playing lover was breaking her heart. In an exclusive interview Marina talks about rebuilding her self-belief by borrowing from Britney Spears, her decision to go blonde, and then brunette again, and why she doesn't care about the backlash against her chart-friendly new sound.

Album: Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

2012-11-07 00:00:00


Apocalyptic instrumental music chimes with the times...

Album: Lucy Rose: Like I Used To

2012-10-25 00:00:00


Nu-folk ingenue delivers the goods...

Album: Erros: New Relics

2012-10-24 00:00:00


Ambient loveliness from Scotland’s Animal Collective...

Album: Jake Bugg

2012-10-22 00:00:00


Rising britrock strummer battles to escape shadow of his influences

Interview: Boz is back in town

2012-10-22 00:00:00


As Morrissey’s loyal lieutenant Boz Boorer has his boss’ back no matter what. He discusses foot-in-mouth controversy, racism rows and voices his admiration for Imelda May...

Album: Paul Banks: Banks

2012-10-19 00:00:00


Interpol frontman goes it alone...

Album: Push and Shove

2012-10-18 00:00:00


Gwen Stefani and company carry on where they left off in 2001

Album: Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer

2012-10-17 00:00:00


Kanye rounds up posse for cameo-stuffed mix tape

Interview: Naked Ambition

2012-10-17 00:00:00


She deserves to be as big as Florence + the Machine. So why is big-eyed pop goth Natasha Khan – aka Bat for Lashes – still a cult singer? With her most anticipated album yet on the way, she talks about her rivalry with Welch, her bouts of self-doubt and her decision to pose (almost) nude on the cover of the new record.

Album: Nelly Furtado: The Spirit Indestructible

2012-10-05 00:00:00


Canadian singer reprises her biggest moment

Interview: Passion Projects

2012-10-05 00:00:00


Three new compilations document the rude health of Irish music, past and present.

Album: Mumford & Sons: Babel

2012-10-02 00:00:00


Impressive step forward for family concern

Album: The Killers: Battle Born

2012-10-02 00:00:00


Brandon and pals ditch the eyeliner and the bad moustaches, return to stadium roots

Interview: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

2012-10-02 00:00:00


Marc Almond has announced his intention to retire from writing original material. It won’t be the last you’ve heard of him, though...

Album: Green Day: Uno

2012-09-21 00:00:00


Punk superstars kick off three album binge in familiar style

Interview: Bring The Noise

2012-09-12 00:00:00


After some unpleasant wrangling with their former record label, Noisettes are back, better than ever before...

Album: Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

2012-09-04 00:00:00


Odd Future crooner exits closet, delivers r&b masterclass

Interview: Human Behaviour

2012-08-31 00:00:00


She’s written for Cheryl, had a massive radio hit in the US and almost crashed a Tony Bennett recording session. She’s Ingrid Michaelson.

Live: Paul Simon

2012-08-29 00:00:00


O2, Dublin

Interview: See Here Now

2012-08-29 00:00:00


They were tipped to be the new Oasis, but The View decided they’d rather party ‘til they dropped than sell millions of records. Five years later they’re somehow still standing. Singer Kyle Falconer tells Ed Power how they’ve not only survived but prospered.

Interview: Shaking All Over

2012-08-28 00:00:00


As they prep for an Electric Picnic headline slot Alabama Shakes talk life, death and being the year's biggest buzz band.

Interview: Untamed Melody

2012-08-28 00:00:00


Counting down to their Electric Picnic slot Wild Beasts‘s Hayden Thorpse talks Olympics, sexual identity and Liam Gallagher.

Interview: A Chip Off The Old Pop

2012-08-28 00:00:00


They’re the brainy electro stalwarts whose smart, emotive music look set to weather the ages. Whatever you do, though, don’t mention the ‘N-’ word to Hot Chip .

Interview: Noughty But Nice

2012-08-01 00:00:00


They look like a cult but Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros’ feel-good pop is anything but scary.

Album: Worship

2012-08-01 00:00:00


Noize Rockers Bring the Choons

Interview: Great Gas Altogether

2012-07-31 00:00:00


They’re Bruce Springsteen’s favourite band and one of the last great blue-collar outfits in America. Now The Gaslight Anthem are back with possibly their finest record to date.

Album: The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

2012-07-31 00:00:00


Psychedelic jape-meisters hook up with famous pals, fail to generate sparks.

Album: Human Again

2012-07-31 00:00:00


Tori Amos meets Regina Spektor.

Album: Swing Lo Magellan

2012-07-31 00:00:00


Cult Brooklynites learn how to write a tune.

Album: Cheeky For A Reason

2012-07-26 00:00:00


Indie ragamuffins back to their best

Album: Spirit Bird

2012-07-26 00:00:00


Tree hugging fun from cult didgeridoo wielder.

Album: Early Birds

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Grab-bag of unreleased material hits the sweet spot

Album: Lucifer

2012-06-20 00:00:00


Proud parents lay on the sap with surprisingly moving results

Interview: Shiver Sister

2012-06-15 00:00:00


Their appropriately named Give You The Ghost is one of the year’s most haunting debuts. Polica’s Channy Leaneagh discusses the heartache behind the record and how it feels to be championed by Jay-Z and Bon Iver.

Album: Urban Turban

2012-06-13 00:00:00


Brimful of Asha stars still bringing the groove

Album: Valtari

2012-06-12 00:00:00


Icelandic post rockers make busy with the aural wallpaper

Album: In Our Heads

2012-06-07 00:00:00


Electro gloomsters let the light in

Interview: Some Like It Haute

2012-05-29 00:00:00


She's been embraced by the fashion industry, which can't get enough of her kooky looks and, er, vagina rings. Ahead of her much buzzed about Forbidden Fruit appearance, electro sensation Grimes tells us why she's happier being compared to Madonna than Lady Gaga.

Interview: The men behind the fire

2012-05-29 00:00:00


Ahead of their Forbidden Fruit slot Friendly Fires discuss success, the death of a friend and why modern dance is frankly pants.

Album: Handwritten

2012-05-29 00:00:00


Heartland rockers go to Nashville, reclaim mojo

Interview: Rip It up and start again

2012-05-28 00:00:00


He used to be the party boy of the sensitive indie circuit. But Beirut boy wonder Zach Condon has grown up and calmed down. He talks about his mature new record, The Rip Tide, shivering ‘naked’ before the world and why, under the surface, he feels Irish.

Album: Out Of The Game

2012-05-25 00:00:00


Melodramatic crooner back to his best

Album: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

2012-05-25 00:00:00


Quirky songstress loses her edge

Live: Ryan Adams, Live At The Olympia

2012-05-22 00:00:00


Adams demons are locked in a trunk somewhere, out of view, out of mind.

Album: Dr Dee/Rocket Juice And The Moon

2012-05-22 00:00:00


Sometime Blur ringleader gets his funk – and his Blackadder – on

Album: What the world knows

2012-05-18 00:00:00


Ed’s cousin delivers the goth pop goods on second record

Album: Strangeland

2012-05-17 00:00:00


Anthemic rockers go back to their roots

Interview: Brun-eyed girl

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Vivacious Nordic sensation Ane Brun on working with Peter Gabriel, covering Arcade Fire and riding in a car with Jose Gonzalez.

Interview: Corvus in glory

2012-05-15 00:00:00


They’ve split from the major label record industry and released a collection of obscure covers. You could say Counting Crows like doing things their own way.

Interview: Keep It Civil

2012-05-03 00:00:00


They’re adored by everyone from Adele to Taylor Swift, who recently collaborated with them on the Hunger Games theme tune. Ed Power catches up with the increasingly massive The Civil Wars.

Album: Other People's Problems

2012-04-10 00:00:00


Art rockers deliver surprisingly accessible debut

Interview: Blurring The Boundaries

2012-04-10 00:00:00


Blur’s Brits Lifetime Award speech went on longer than the rest of the ceremony and they’ve been chosen to close the London Olympics. Meanwhile guitarist Graham Coxon has a new solo record out. He explains his departure and return from the day-job and why his latest LP is a sequel of sorts to ‘Girls & Boys’.

Album: Port Of Morrow

2012-03-30 00:00:00


Indie quirksters go straight

Interview: Chasing Pavement

2012-03-28 00:00:00


What do you do for a second act when your first band was one of the most iconic in alternative rock history? Stephen Malkmus hasn’t quite figured out an answer to that question – but he’s having a lot of fun trying.

Interview: Free As A Bird

2012-03-23 00:00:00


It’s taken the Muppets-loving Andrew Bird 10 years to become an overnight sensation. Ed Power catches up with the reluctant rock star in Paris.

Interview: First Aid Kit

2012-03-20 00:00:00


They are the folk sensation du jour, two Stockholm sisters who sing as though they were dredged from the soil of Appalachia. In an exclusive face to face interview First Aid Kit talk about instant stardom, the burdens of fame and, in a good way, reducing Patti Smith to tears.

Album: Break It Yourself

2012-03-13 00:00:00


Violin Manipulator Plays It Straight, Records Best Album Yet

Live: Django Django

2012-03-12 00:00:00


Album: Your Back N 2 It

2012-03-05 00:00:00


Gorgeous piano pop exudes quiet power

Album: Love At The Bottom Of The Sea

2012-03-01 00:00:00


Ho-hum return to the synthpop motherlode from icon of misanthropy

Interview: Boogie rites

2012-02-27 00:00:00


On his first solo album in eight years, Mark Lanegan deals in glimmering death disco, dark funk and melancholic balladry. The man of few – occasionally no –

Album: Ghostory

2012-02-20 00:00:00


Now a duo, nu-gazers release career best.

Album: Blues Funeral

2012-02-17 00:00:00


Grunge icon releases career best collection.

Album: Azari & III

2012-02-10 00:00:00


Acid throwback transcends nostalgia value

Interview: Born To Be Wild

2012-02-10 00:00:00


After 10 years of being indie also-rans, The Maccabees have just produced a bona fide Britrock classic. Ed Power discovers how it all went right.

Album: E Volo Love

2012-02-08 00:00:00


French troubadour gets his Britrock on

Album: Old Ideas

2012-02-03 00:00:00


Older and wiser, Cohen gives us a tingle-inducing sign-off.

Interview: Green In All The Right Places

2012-01-30 00:00:00


Meet Liz Green, the former teacher who has a voice like Billie Holiday fronting Antony and the Johnsons. Not bad for an artist who’s childhood dream was to the world’s firest female snooker champ.

Interview: August Rush

2012-01-17 00:00:00


Formed against a backdrop of intense tragedy We Are Augustines are the Springsteen-sound-alikes you don’t want to slap in the face. Singer Billy McCarthy talks frankly about the family death that inspired the group’s extraordinary debut.

Interview: The Spying Game

2012-01-16 00:00:00


They’re a bunch of hot new rockers with an iconic frontwoman and the stadium sized sound. Meet Sleeper Agent, the coolest thing to come out of Bowling Green, Kentucky since John Carpenter.

Report: The International Brigade 2012

2012-01-13 00:00:00


Some things are easy to predict: the economy will continue its torturous unravelling, your house will be worth even less this time next year, Dublin will fail to put back to back All-Irelands together. Other events are trickier to forecast. Who, in January 2011 would seriously (seriously) have imagined Adele shifting a kazillion records? Or that Jedward would still be humping the zeitgeist? As Hot Press retrieves its crystal ball from the top shelf and gazes into the (very near) future, all that can be said for certain then is this: the 12 months ahead in music will be many things but they won’t be boring.

Interview: O Gillian, Where Art Thou?

2012-01-10 00:00:00


She was the voice of a new generation of country singers, a breed that valued authenticity over record sales or bums on seats. Then, for reasons nobody understands, the songs stopped flowing. Gillian Welch discusses a long dark night of the soul that seemed it might never end – and the difficult road back.

Interview: Bon Appetit

2012-01-04 00:00:00


Bon Iver were firmly established as a major force during 2011, with their Dublin show becoming the Hottest Ticket of the Year. Mainman Julian Vernon discusses Twitter, Supermacs and collaborating with Kanye.

Frontlines: Ireland invades Scandinavia

2011-12-14 00:00:00


We are getting our own back on the Vikings at last, as Philip O’Connor’s book about establishing GAA games in the Nordic countries confirms.

Album: Talk That Talk

2011-12-09 00:00:00


RiRi tones down the perviness and learns to smile again.

Interview: Agnes’ Day

2011-12-08 00:00:00


She’s come from nowhere to be a European-wide chamber pop phenomenon, a veritable Bjork for the dinner party set. But Agnes Obel confesses that overnight success has come at a heavy price.

Album: El Camino

2011-12-07 00:00:00


Blues duo reach for the big time.

Interview: Annie Get Your Strum

2011-12-02 00:00:00


As the divine St. Vincent, Annie Clark performs ethereal orchestral pop. Still even a dulcet indie waif has to cope with a killer hangover every now and then.

Live: Anna Calvi

2011-12-01 00:00:00


It is a juddering, wailing tour de force – and a glimpse of what a special talent Calvi may become if she is granted the space and time.

Album: Funny Looking Angels

2011-11-30 00:00:00


Ace Yuletide album from alt. rock odd couple who go together like Brussel sprouts & potato croquettes.

Album: 50 Words For Snow

2011-11-22 00:00:00


A Christmas curio to make the hairs on your neck stand on end.

Interview: Turtle Recall

2011-11-11 00:00:00


With the Irish Discworld Convention just a few days away, Ed Power talks to best-selling author – 65 million copies and counting! – Terry Pratchett about his disdain for literary snobs, why Tolkien was wrong about The Orcs and the fall-out from his controversial Choosing To Die documentary.

Interview: Bringing Sexy Back

2011-11-07 00:00:00


Having lost ground with their extremely difficult second album, CSS have come up with a new record, La Liberación, which returns them to the top of the electro-rock pile. Ed Power talks new beginnings and catsuit chic with Lovefoxx.

Album: Ceremonials

2011-11-07 00:00:00


Flame-haired pop priestess serves up glossy reprise of chart-gobbling debut.

Live: dEUS

2011-11-07 00:00:00


If tonight’s down-scaled show – it moved from the Olympia to the Academy – proves anything it’s that, when you’re packing these sort of killer tunes, location is irrelevant.

Album: Audio, Video, Disco

2011-10-28 00:00:00


Ironic dance duo return, minus the irony.

Interview: The Strife Of Ryan

2011-10-24 00:00:00


He was the boy wonder of country rock before drugs, illness and an inability to rein in his creativity got in the way. Now Ryan Adams is hitched to a movie star and ready to proclaim himself an artist reborn. He talks about the long road to redemption and explains why he was never such a lost soul in the first place.

Album: Mylo Xyloto

2011-10-21 00:00:00


Stadium Überlords go dinner party rave – and it works.

Interview: What KT Did Next

2011-10-14 00:00:00


She was the overnight sensation ten years in the making. As she prepares to make her way to Sligo Live KT Tunstall talks about how it’s getting ever harder to sell records, speaking her mind about Shakira and being splashed all over the tabloids.

Album: Ashes and Rain

2011-10-11 00:00:00


The bad boy of alt. country is back on the straight and narrow.

Album: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

2011-10-11 00:00:00


Ex-Oasis man delivers his best record since Morning Glory.

Interview: Here Comes The Strum

2011-10-14 00:00:00


Cult favourites for years, Beirut look set to truly hit the big time in 2011 (they’ve just graced the Hot Press Electric Picnic chat room, for lawd’s sake!). But the road to indie-stardom was far from straightforward for singer Zach Condon, as he explains in a revealing interview.

Album: Keep You Close

2011-10-03 00:00:00


Belgium rockers back to their messy, majestic best

Album: Night of Hunters

2011-09-26 00:00:00


Confessional songwriter gets bogged down in a proggy mire near Kinsale.

Album: Strange Mercy

2011-09-16 00:00:00


Indie songbird waxes weird and aims for the limelight in same heartbeat.

Album: Velociraptor!

2011-09-13 00:00:00


Leicester crew reaffirm their standing as Britain’s most interesting and ambitious stadium rockers.

Interview: Furry business

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Gruff Rhys has recently engaged in a collaboration with Phil Collins. Yes, it’s true. Horrified Super Furry Animals fans, please read the small print below before rushing to judgement...

Live: Electric Picnic: Pulp Review

2011-09-08 00:00:00


pulp.ep.sept/04/2011

Live: Electric Picnic: Sunday, September 4

2011-09-08 00:00:00


day3.ep.sept/04/2011.

Interview: Unforgettable fire

2011-09-02 00:00:00


Ahead of their Stradbally slot, Ed Power caught up with Arcade Fire, the massive band currently making waves from Stradbally to Saskatchewan. They talk about the pressure of success, the incessant U2 comparisons and explain why they won’t let the haters get them down

Interview: The Palm after the storm

2011-09-01 00:00:00


They were every bloggers’ favourite band for 15 minutes in 2005. Then the zeitgeist moved on and the bandwagon ran out of fuel. What happened next? Back from self-imposed exile Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Alec Ounswourth has the answers.

Interview: Chilling In The Name Of

2011-08-30 00:00:00


In the ‘90s, he was the poster-boy for sample-riffic chillout. But DJ Shadow never wanted to be the king of comedown and his subsequent career saw him trying to shake off the tag, sometimes to the disappointment of his fans. Now he’s finally relented with an album that recalls his zeitgeist defining debut Entroducing. But what’s upmost on his mind is the music industry and the internet pirates slowly ripping it limb from limb.

Album: A Creature I Don’t Know

2011-08-30 00:00:00


Nu-folk songbird seizes the moment with career best long player.

Interview: Twinning in the name of

2011-08-26 00:00:00


Their record label is an energy drinks company and they famously scrapped their debut album and started over from scratch. You could say tattooed pop rockers Twin Atlantic aren’t fans of doing things the conventional way.

Album: The Rip Tide

2011-08-25 00:00:00


Chamber rock boy-wonder returns with most polished album to date.

Interview: The sound of the cloud

2011-08-24 00:00:00


They’re critics’ darlings down under – but can Cloud Control crack it overseas? As their big push for world domination gets underway, they talk about touring with Vampire Weekend, bagging the Australian answer to the Mercury and the perils of a dashed-off press release.

Album: Black And White America

2011-08-24 00:00:00


Unreconstructed guitar hero keeps on rockin’.

Album: Johnny Boy Would Love This… A Tribute To John Martyn

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Reverential tribute to late folk singer.

Interview: Fight for their reich to party

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Before Sigur Ros return from the post-rock wilderness with a long overdue new album, songwriter Kjartan Sveinsson is appearing as part of the Reich Effect in Cork. He talks about the minimalist composer, his band’s debt to Britney Spears and why you won’t find them frolicking with elves in the shadow of glaciers.

Album: The Olympus Sounds

2011-08-22 00:00:00


Duckworth Lewis Method singer returns with career-best solo album.

Interview: Howl Soon Is Now

2011-07-13 00:00:00


He’s spent most of his career in an existential mope, but now Patrick Wolf is in love and has decided he wants to sound a bit like Arcade Fire. Following the release of latest album Lupercalia, he talks about his extraordinary transformation – and the importance of his Irish roots.

Live: Beyoncé, live at Oxegen

2011-07-12 00:00:00


Beyoncé’s thunder-stealing performance at Glastonbury ensures anticipation for her Oxegen slot is somewhere the far side of fever pitch...

Album: You And I

2011-06-29 00:00:00


Sibling duo featuring former Strokes girlfriend go 70s pop

Album: Bon Iver

2011-06-16 00:00:00


Cult songwriter waxes mysterious with tingle-inducing results

Interview: Thrill of the Chase

2011-06-16 00:00:00


Cheerleaders for the best in UK music, grime superstars Chase And Status certainly get around. Ahead of their eagerly anticipated Oxegen slot they talk about hooking up with Rihanna, being the Prodigy’s favourite band and a strange encounter with Snoop Dogg.

Interview: A fleeting glimpse

2011-06-07 00:00:00


Their first album was a surprise hit. But when it came to a follow-up, Fleet Foxes found the recording process heavy going. Frontman Robin Pecknold talks about overnight fame, the crushing burden of expectations and his debt to WB Yeats.

Travel: 12 Step Planet: Cork

2011-06-03 00:00:00


The People’s Republic makes the perfect weekend getaway, says proud Corkonian Ed Power

Interview: Smother superior

2011-05-13 00:00:00


Who says skinny white guys with guitars can't write about sex? Knocking the old cliches about uptight English guitar bands firmly on the naggin, Hot Press Album of the Year winners Wild Beasts return with a record chronicling in excruciating detail the squalid underbelly of sudden success. Over coffee and buns, they discuss new LP Smother, the pressure a Mercury nomination brings and the dark side of the English Lake District.

Album: Salon Des Amateurs

2011-05-11 00:00:00


Avant-grade pianist turns in surprisingly conventional new record

Album: The English Riviera

2011-05-03 00:00:00


Nu-ravers pack a saxophone and visit club med, circa 1985

Album: Helplessness Blues

2011-04-27 00:00:00


Nu-folk cheerleaders return with an album that mistakes dullness for authenticity

Interview: Be Here Now

2011-04-26 00:00:00


She’s been labeled the Queen of Dubstep, but Katy B is just an old-fashioned pop singer at heart. The Brit school, her Irish roots and nicking tents at the Electric Picnic are all on the agenda as she meets Ed Power

Live: Adele

2011-04-26 00:00:00


Live @ Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Interview: Ring Them Bells

2011-03-29 00:00:00


Championed by MIA, Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Miller muses on the poltics of being character assassinated by the NY Times and - maybe - producing Beyoncé.

Live: Iron And Wine

2011-03-25 00:00:00


Live @ The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Live: The Decemberists

2011-03-21 00:00:00


Live At Vicar St., Dublin

Interview: Low In The Dark

2011-03-16 00:00:00


A gloomy post-industrial warehouse might seem a strange place to record your long-awaited new album. But that didn’t stop The Low Anthem giving it their best shot.

Album: Norwegian Wood OST

2011-03-15 00:00:00


Radiohead Guitarist Gets His Ambient On For Second Soundtrack Project

Interview: Mad About The Joy

2011-03-15 00:00:00


Punk rock trio The Joy Formidable have a strange effect on their fans – some of whom are moved to express their love through the medium of the suggestive YouTube video.

Interview: Hersch But True

2011-02-17 00:00:00


Kristin Hersh was the snarling fairy godmother of ‘90s indie rock. But behind the scenes she struggled with a debilitating mental disorder, which brought her to the edge of madness. Now she has written a powerful memoir about her battle with the demons in her head.

Album: Last Train To Paris

2011-02-17 00:00:00


Diddy's big dark beautiful fantasy proves surprisingly enjoyable.

Album: Palace

2011-02-15 00:00:00


Gloom pop debut stifled by lack of vision

Interview: Here Comes The Fuzz

2011-02-14 00:00:00


You know him as the custodian of the biggest beard in indie rock. But there’s a lot more to Iron And Wine’s Sam Beam than heroic facial hair.

Album: Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will

2011-02-07 00:00:00


Veteran post-rockers reclaim their mojo.

Album: Buffalo

2011-02-04 00:00:00


Cult New Zealand Soft Rockers Spread Their Wings Overseas.

Interview: Christ All Frighty!

2011-02-02 00:00:00


She’s the gloomy face of ‘nu goth’ and a deadringer for Lady Gaga to boot. With the buzz around Zola Jesus approaching deafening the artist otherwise known as Nika Danilova talks about her high school quest for anonymity, the plastic side of LA hipster-dom and why she can’t get her head around the ‘g’ word.

Live: Midlake: Live at Vicar Street

2011-01-24 00:00:00


For stretches tonight, one has the sense of being trapped inside a Jethro Tull live record circa 1977.

Album: The Deep Field

2011-01-20 00:00:00


Downbeat Piano-Woman Lets The Light In

Interview: She's Goth The Look

2011-01-19 00:00:00


With her zeitgeist humping goth-pop and Jack White-grade shredding, Anna Calvi looks set to become one of the faces of 2011. She talks about snarky critics, childhood illness and being whisked off for candlelit dinner by Nick Cave

Album: 21

2011-01-14 00:00:00


Winehouse protege steps from the shadows on confident second record

Interview: A Jenny For Your Thoughts

2010-12-07 00:00:00


Taking a taxi to the dark side of lurve it’s boy/girl couple JENNY AND JOHNNY. The girlier half of the partnership, Jenny Lewis, discusses provocative outfits, Brandon Flowers and growing up on White Russians in Vegas.

Interview: Who Blares Wins

2010-12-06 00:00:00


Their first album was an opinion-dividing hit. For the follow-up, KLAXONS have junked the nu-ravisms and taken the long way around. In their most comprehensive Irish interview of the year, they talk about their “disgusting” new video, singing with Charlotte Church and kicking down the doors of consciousness in New York.

Album: The King Is Dead

2010-12-01 00:00:00


Conceptual rockers go Americana crazy

Album: 4x4=12

2010-12-01 00:00:00


Rodent-obsessed electronica composers sets phasers to banging

Album: The Five Ghosts

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Indie chills and thrills from grief stricken electro popsters

Album: Streets Of Gold

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Fratboys bring the party but not the tunes

Album: The Optimist

2010-03-24 00:00:00


New rave scenesters turn out to be rather less chameleonic than we'd imagined

Album: Realism

2010-01-28 00:00:00


Chamber-pop gloomsters revert to type on final installment of 'No Synths' trilogy

Live: Midlake At Vicar St

2010-11-22 00:00:00


On a stormy evening in the capital, there is evidence that Midlake have finally found a way of combining the twin aspects of their sound...

Album: Loud

2010-11-19 00:00:00


Pop chanteuse lets the sunshine back in

Interview: Battle Of The Band

2010-11-16 00:00:00


LA quartet Warpaint might just be the hottest new band on the planet, but singer Emily Kokal is far more eager to talk about her Irish roots than the band's Tinsel Town associations

Album: Nothing

2010-11-15 00:00:00


Slumming uber-producers chuck the guitars and get their smoove on

Interview: Hot Hot Beat

2010-11-15 00:00:00


They’re one of the most buzzed about dance acts on the planet right now. So what the hell are The Count and Sinden doing signing with indie mainstay Domino?

Album: Lucky Shiner

2010-11-15 00:00:00


Gorgeous electronica inspired by the death of a friend

Interview: Good As Goldfrapp

2010-11-02 00:00:00


Perv-pop queen Alison Goldfrapp talks about leaving the closet, hanging with Christina Aguilera and going on stage wearing nothing but video tape

Album: The Age of Adz

2010-11-01 00:00:00


So weird it's good studio comeback from Brooklyn based singer-songwriter

Interview: Beauty And The Beast

2010-11-01 00:00:00


They’re the strangest musical collaboration since Marilyn Manson appeared on the Muppet Show. Isobel Campbell discusses the heartbreak behind her latest hook-up with Mark Lanegan and tells us why she’s swapped Glasgow for Los Angeles

Album: Senior

2010-10-13 00:00:00


Big-beat Nords clamber into a flotation tank for follow-up to last year’s comeback

Album: Trick Of Light

2010-10-12 00:00:00


Bequiffed Londoners channel Springsteen with predictably hilarious consequences

Interview: Heart of Glass

2010-09-02 00:00:00


Gothic bleep-core duo Ethan Kath and Alice Glass, aka CRYSTAL CASTLES, could never be accused of being conventional.

Interview: Never Mind The Buttocks

2010-08-23 00:00:00


In the middle of the noughties, Scissor Sisters were the biggest, gayest thing in pop. Then they came down with writer’s block and vanished for five years. Now they return to a music scene that has changed utterly...

Album: Champ

2010-07-29 00:00:00


Pleasant but ineffectual second outing from Canadian indie foursome

Album: The archandroid

2010-07-29 00:00:00


Genius robo-funk opus from worthy-of-the-hype OutKast protegé

Album: Aphrodite

2010-07-14 00:00:00


Kylie sticks to formula, makes half decent record.

Interview: Just Deserts

2010-07-06 00:00:00


The Middle East talk about seeing the world with Mumford and Sons and keeping their integrity while all around are losing theirs

Album: The Twilight saga: eclipse

2010-06-30 00:00:00


Vampire juggernaut goes indie schmindie for third outing.

Album: Memoirs

2010-06-15 00:00:00


BRIT SOUL PRODUCTION LINE KEEPS ROLLING

Album: Where did the night fall

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Electro-goths channel their inner Field Mice

Album: Sea Of Cowards

2010-05-20 00:00:00


Umpteenth Jack White side-project finally comes good

Album: My Best Friend Is You

2010-05-19 00:00:00


Mockney songbird grows up – but is she any wiser?

Interview: Wowie Zooey

2010-05-19 00:00:00


She’s a famous actress and style icon, but Zooey Deschanel would rather be known as one half of country-pop duo She And Him. She talks about juggling cinema and music and turns a bit nervous when conversation turns to famous lookalike Katy Perry.

Interview: Still Paunch-ing Above Their Weight

2010-05-10 00:00:00


Their dapper keyboard-player has departed, but The Hold Steady reckon they still qualify as the best bar band in America. Frontman Craig Finn talks religion, Bruce Springsteen and helping the Rolling Stones conquer Slane.

Album: Compass

2010-04-29 00:00:00


Berlin based electro crooner ratchets up the goo factor.

Album: Women And Country

2010-04-27 00:00:00


The Bob-sters first born presides over immaculate country collection.

Album: Wake Up The Nation

2010-04-16 00:00:00


Modfather gets his weird on

Album: I And Love And You

2010-04-13 00:00:00


Country rock siblings step up to the mark with major label debut

Interview: Nordy But Nice

2010-04-13 00:00:00


A new breed of Northern band is taking the music scene by storm. And none is more ambitious than Derry’s General Fiasco.

Live: Ellie Goulding Live at The Academy, Dublin

2010-04-07 00:00:00


Engaging but raw at the edges.

Album: I Speak Because I Can

2010-04-06 00:00:00


Folk Princess Turns The Screws On Blabbing Ex.

Interview: A Cult Above The Rest

2010-03-31 00:00:00


Behind their disembodied indie-pop, GIRLS are a band with a truly strange back story. Frontman Christopher Owens talks about meds, cults and Elvis Costello.

Live: MGMT Live at the Academy

2010-03-26 00:00:00


To describe this performance as surreal experience is a bit like stating that Shane MacGowan enjoys the odd drink.

Interview: Clap Your Hands, Say Yea

2010-03-19 00:00:00


They used to be droney and mysterious but now MGMT’s best mates YEASAYER have gone all pop. With a bit of luck, they might even be giving Rihanna a run for her money on the dancefloor.

Album: Head First

2010-03-15 00:00:00


Goldfrapp go cuddly and ‘80s – with surprisingly charming results.

Live: Midlake Live at Vicar Street

2010-03-10 00:00:00


The latest ragged-mopped Statesiders to transcend cult-stardom and plant a foot in the mainstream.

Interview: Going with the Flo

2010-03-04 00:00:00


Florence Welch started the year a virtual unknown, and ended it an eccentric pop genius worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Bjork, Kate Bush and Siouxsie Sioux.

Album: Coconut

2010-03-03 00:00:00


Domino b-listers return with new producer but same old sound

Interview: Life's a Beach!

2010-02-10 00:00:00


Julian Casablancas and Grizzly Bear are fans. Now Baltimore duo Beach House look set to conquer the mainstream with their dreamy sound. They talk about the mean streets of their home town and confront the critics who claim they’ve heard it all before.

Album: Contra

2010-01-15 00:00:00


New York prepsters stick to their Paul Simon-goes-indie formula on successful second album

Album: The Fame Monster

2009-12-14 00:00:00


Dirty dance-diva bundles new EP with reissued album

Interview: A War Unto Themselves

2009-12-11 00:00:00


Post-rock supergroup BATTLES talk about scoring an internet hit, whipping up Japanese ravers and why you should never, ever describe them as ‘math rock’.

Album: New Worlds

2009-11-30 00:00:00


Everything’s coming up roses for indie wallflower

Album: Them Crooked Vultures

2009-11-20 00:00:00


Weird, sometimes wonderful softrock superproject

Interview: Galaxy Quest

2009-11-17 00:00:00


It sounds like the opening line to an elaborate joke – heard the one about the Englishman, the Irishman and the multi-million selling, gag-stuffed science fiction saga? However, Eoin Colfer is perfectly serious about breathing new life into Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. But what has that got to do with The Blizzards? Read on to find out

Interview: Their Neigh Will Come

2009-11-17 00:00:00


For a few dizzying months in 2007, New Young Pony Club were London’s pre-eminent ‘it’ band. But despite a Mercury Music Prize nomination, commercial success never quite arrived. Now they’re regrouped and planning another full-frontal assault on the pop universe. Singer Tahita Bulmer talks about the personal traumas that coloured their new record and explains why they’re not angry with La Roux for stealing their electro-pop thunder.

Album: Raditude

2009-11-12 00:00:00


Experimental’ album from American nerd-punks is surprisingly conventional – and all the better for it

Interview: Blonde Ambition

2009-11-03 00:00:00


Mr. Hudson talks about his mentor Kanye West’s Taylor Swift meltdown, the challenges of hanging with the hip-hop elite when you’re a skinny white guy from Birmingham and why the death of Auto-Tune is greatly exaggerated.

Interview: Rocket From The Encrypt

2009-10-27 00:00:00


Codes’ epic sound has marked them out as one of the most exciting new Irish acts around. Just don’t tell them they sound a bit like Muse.

Album: Phrazes For The Young

2009-10-23 00:00:00


Strokes frontman ditches leather jacket, reinvents self as DIY Gary Numan

Interview: The Man Don't Give A Puck

2009-10-19 00:00:00


This year’s MGMT? Hockey would prefer to think of themslves as a cross between LCD Soundsystem and The Strokes.

Album: Cupid Shoot Me

2009-10-06 00:00:00


“Meh” collection from London warbler

Album: Coming To Terms

2009-10-01 00:00:00


Decent mid-tempo rock from Swede-assisted Los Angelinos.

Album: turn it up

2009-09-25 00:00:00


Close but no rosette for the new British diva on the block

Interview: IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH

2009-09-17 00:00:00


Ed Power meets newcomer noiseniks HEALTH, whose experimental grindhouse din puts the ‘hard’ in hardcore.

News: Jurasic Lark

2009-09-03 00:00:00


Indie rock icon Lou Barlow talks about making the US top 20 with Dinosaur Jr and explains why he definitely didn’t invent grunge or lo-fi

Interview: Thy Kingdom Glum

2009-09-01 00:00:00


They dress in black and tend to pout a lot. But don’t be put off by the long faces – The XX might just be the year’s most thrilling newcomers.

Album: The Resistance

2009-08-28 00:00:00


Engagingly bonkers epic from sci-fi paranoiacs.

Album: Folk Songs

2009-08-11 00:00:00


Mournful folkie not quite as desolate as usual.

Album: Conditions

2009-08-07 00:00:00


Vacuous debut from hotly tipped Australians.

Album: Conditions

2009-08-05 00:00:00


Vacuous Debut from Hotly Tipped Australians.

Interview: Fright club

2009-07-10 00:00:00


They used to be a bit of a joke but, with the release of their fantastic new record, The Horrors are suddenly a band to watch. Faris Badwan talks about stepping out with Peaches Geldof, ditching the freak-show hair and recalls his traumatic childhood experiences on Palestine’s West Bank

Album: La Roux

2009-07-10 00:00:00


Strangely moving robo-pop from hyped duo

Interview: Petal machine music

2009-07-10 00:00:00


Though her hippyish sensibilities are a throwback to the flower-power era, Florence Welch - aka Florence And The Machine - is one of the year's most hyped new artists. She talks about domestic violence, Andy Warhol and why sometimes hangovers can be good for you.

Interview: Airborne to be wild

2009-06-26 00:00:00


Following a potentially fatal bout of auto-immune deficiency, Airborne Toxic Event’s Mikel Jollett gave up a damned promising writing career to play music.

Interview: Booty Call

2009-06-22 00:00:00


She’s the most hyped newcomer since... well, since as long as we can remember. But with her debut album finally here, BBC Sound of '09 winner Little Boots is equal parts nervous and excited.

Album: Music For Men

2009-06-18 00:00:00


A spirited return from Beth Ditto and company – but where are the new ideas?

Album: The Eternal

2009-06-12 00:00:00


Quality chugging from weirdo-rock institution

Reports: 12 Step Planet: Tokyo

2009-06-09 00:00:00


Tokyo is like a sci-fi version of the West – plus, the people are immaculately polite, the trains run on time and the chances of something unpleasant befalling you are virtually zero.

Album: The High End Of Low

2009-06-08 00:00:00


Assuming they haven’t all grown up by now, Manson fans will adore every dark, juvenile flourish. For the rest of us, The High End Of Low serves as a cautionary tale of artistic regression.

Album: Abnormally attracted to sin

2009-05-12 00:00:00


Further mystical adventures from grunge-era Kate Bush

Interview: California Dreaming

2009-05-11 00:00:00


Avant-hardcore zeitgeist-humping six-piece CRYSTAL ANTLERS traverse genres to intriguing effect.

Album: Music For The People

2009-04-24 00:00:00


Widescreen return from Jam wannabes

Album: Tentacles

2009-04-24 00:00:00


Raw, beguiling psychedelia from Californian newcomers.

Interview: Bondie ambition

2009-04-15 00:00:00


He’s best known for his bout of fisticuffs with Jack White but nowadays it’s the dire situation of his native Detroit that is foremost on the mind of The Von Bondies’ Jason Stollsheimer.

Album: Bromst

2009-03-31 00:00:00


Lo-fi freakster doffs cap to minimalism & screaming chipmunks

Interview: A pit of what you fancy

2009-03-30 00:00:00


They’re the quirky electro-rockers who have got the music industry buzzing. But don’t mistake Passion pit for another bunch of MGMT clones. As their viral hit ‘Sleepyhead’ confirms, their whimsical sound is entirely unique – as is their enthusiasm for sampling obscure Irish harpists

Album: Fine fascination

2009-03-25 00:00:00


Thrilling indie jinks from Arcade Fire wannabes

Interview: Hawke of the town

2009-03-06 00:00:00


She’s named after a chessy ‘80s fantasy flick but there’s a lot more to Ladyhawke than retro vibes and over the top fashion.

Album: Alight of night

2009-03-03 00:00:00


Ghostly pop transmissions from buzzy Brooklynites

Album: March of the Zapotec/Realpeople Holland

2009-03-03 00:00:00


A Game of two halves as Brooklyn world music troop go synth pop on split disc

Live: The Gutter Twins

2009-02-03 00:00:00


Interview: Creature comforts

2009-01-29 00:00:00


They’ve been underground stars for years now. Now ANIMAL COLLECTIVE are heading for the big time – provided pesky file-sharers don’t ruin their chances.

Interview: Viva Glasvegas

2009-01-29 00:00:00


They’re the hottest thing in British rock, four working class kids done good from the wrong side of the Glasgow tracks. At the start of what is shaping up to be a whirlwind year GLASVEGAS talk fame, football and fisticuffs.

Album: Women

2009-01-27 00:00:00


Impressive debut from calgary folk-pop outfit

Interview: The blatant good fortune of highly effective people

2009-01-23 00:00:00


A thought-provoking new tome from New Yorker scribe Malcolm Gladwell challenges the ‘genius’ myth.

Laugh Lines: The craic is mighty

2008-12-17 00:00:00


Over the past 12 months, The Mighty Boosh have made the transition from cult favourites to arena-filling icons. Noel Fielding chats to Ed Power about playing huge venues, his friend Russell Brand's recent difficulties, and borrowing clothes from Courtney Love.

Interview: Pretenders to the Throne

2008-12-04 00:00:00


Retro-pop sensations MGMT take time out from hanging with movie stars and partying like its 1979 to talk about their overnight success.

Album: I Am...Sasha Fierce

2008-11-24 00:00:00


Beyonce still proves that she's an all-around good performer even though her attempt to branch out into an alter ego fails a little.

Interview: The Tilly Season

2008-11-20 00:00:00


Having a tapdancer instead of a drummer might seem like the height of indie schmindieness, but thanks to Conor Oberst, Tilly and the Wall are heading for the big time.

Live: Black Kids live at The Academy Dublin

2008-11-12 00:00:00


Destined for greatness, the Black Kids sell the crowd with their ambivalent lyrics and charm.

Live: Juana Molina live at Crawdaddy

2008-11-05 00:00:00


Overcoming a little bit of shyness, Juana Molina gives a nod to her South American sound and puts on a good show her second time around at Crawdaddy.

Album: Heavy Rotation

2008-11-04 00:00:00


Mega balladeer returns with ‘street’ flavoured new record

Interview: Juana Is The Loneliest Number

2008-10-23 00:00:00


Argentinian comedian turned indie starlet Juana Molina refuses to abandon Spanish and is bemused by lager-swilling Electric Picnickers.

Interview: Stuck Together with God's Iglu

2008-10-23 00:00:00


Being evicted by Take That and hanging out with notorious Hollywood hellraisers like Matthew McConaughey are all in a day's work for keg-party rockers Iglu & Hartly.

Album: Perfect Symmetry

2008-10-21 00:00:00


Polite boys of British stadium pop stage bland comeback

Interview: The maritime of their lives

2008-09-19 00:00:00


Bird watching, real ale and having Jim Davidson taken out by a professional assassin are all on the agenda as British Sea Power swap salty tales with Ed Power.

Album: Everything Is Borrowed

2008-09-18 00:00:00


Everything Is Borrowed is calculatingly whine-free, with lyrics that seem chiefly concerned with probing Deep Questions.

Interview: Combat Rock

2008-09-17 00:00:00


While other bands sip Fair Trade skinny lattes in Primrose Hill, Feeder have been championing the War Child cause in the conflict-ravaged Congo.

Reports: Lewi's Carols

2008-09-17 00:00:00


From child actress to Rilo Kiley frontwoman to hanging out with Elvis Costello: every day is Groundhog Day, but when you're Jenny Lewis that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Album: Intimacy

2008-09-09 00:00:00


Released on the web fully two months before it hits record stores, Bloc Party’s third album is as gleaming and hermetically sealed as one of Kubrick’s monoliths.

Album: Glasvegas

2008-09-08 00:00:00


From the grim and gritty depths of east Glasgow, Glasvegas tout a sure-to-be-huge mix of ragged emotion and vintage vibrations straight out of the Phil Spector playbook.

Interview: Heaven or Glasvegas

2008-09-03 00:00:00


East Glasgow quartet Glasvegas have nothing to do with the TG4 show. They're the anthemic band discovered by Alan McGee in the same venue he found Oasis.

Interview: Subterranean Blues

2008-08-13 00:00:00


Heartache, blue Speedos, David Grohl's 'ego ramp' - they're all grist for the mill as THE SUBWAYS return with a long-awaited second record.

Album: The Bake Sale

2008-08-11 00:00:00


Chicago duo ride to the rescue of hip-hop – on pimped up BMXs

Album: Melody

2008-07-28 00:00:00


Sharleen Spiteri surely feels more entitled than most to fling herself in the path of the onrushing Duffy/Amy/Adele bandwagon.

Interview: Wasser Matters

2008-07-23 00:00:00


Joan as Policewoman, aka Joan Wasser, has had quite a year of it, balancing public success with private grief after the death of her mother.

Album: Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong

2008-07-22 00:00:00


Heralded britpoppers arrive with surprisingly nuanced debut, awash with yearning psych rock plaintive guitar chimes and lashings of damp-cheeked wistfulness.

News: Oh Yea, Can You See?

2008-07-18 00:00:00


They sound as if they've just arrived from the far side of Mars, but Brooklyn avant-rockers YEASAYER have some unexpected influences.

Interview: The beard and the wonderful

2008-07-16 00:00:00


Folksy newcomers Fleet Foxes are one of the year's most critically-acclaimed bands. Just don't called them hippies.

Album: Ritual

2008-07-14 00:00:00


Jack White-annointed synth-rocker raises his game on long-awaited sequel

Album: Promised Lands

2008-07-01 00:00:00


Languid comeback from forgotten but not gone post-shoegazers

Album: Partie Traumatic

2008-07-01 00:00:00


Youngbloods triumph with unpretentious pop

Album: We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things

2008-07-01 00:00:00


Would be blockbuster from the Jack Johnson it’s really not okay to like

Album: Brighter Than Creation’s Dark

2008-06-30 00:00:00


Sprawling America travelogue stays strictly old school

Album: The Loner: Nils Sings Neil

2008-06-26 00:00:00


Bruce cohort pays tribute to grumpy Canadian.

Album: Backwoods Barbie

2008-06-26 00:00:00


Surprisingly agreeable return from the High Priestess of country kitsch

Album: On The Brink

2008-06-25 00:00:00


Dreary britrock from Bloc Party wannabes

Live: Lykee Li Live At The Sugar Club

2008-06-19 00:00:00


For a helium-voiced babydoll with a screwy stage-name and a silly haircut (recently abandoned), Lykke Li is certainly kicking up waves.

Interview: Autopsy Of The Pops

2008-06-16 00:00:00


Hurricanes, Mexico and computers are on the agenda, but definitely not Kate Moss as Alison Mosshart waxes lyrical to Ed Power about The Kills' new album

Interview: Zu Station

2008-06-09 00:00:00


Fresh from meeting Ringo, Zutons frontman Dave McCabe pitches up in Dublin, wondering if `Valerie' brought about some bad juju for Amy Winehouse.

Album: Angles

2008-05-12 00:00:00


Agit-prop poetry meets club beats on long-awaited debut from brit-rap tag-team

Interview: Oh Fauna, Where Art Thou?

2008-05-12 00:00:00


Animal Collective regale us with tales of Conan O'Brien, tour-bus illnesses and explain why the life of the footloose musician isn't always a romp through the daisies.

Album: A Larum

2008-05-29 00:00:00


Touching ersatz folk from guitar wielding thespian... A Larum is a record of campfire belters, meloncholic melodies and gospel-tinged airs...

Interview: The tower and the glory

2008-05-17 00:00:00


Beloved of both nu ravers and Timbaland who neglected to ask permission before sampling one of their songs, Crystal Castles might just be the biggest band to come out of leftfield this year.

Album: We Started Nothing

2008-05-14 00:00:00


For a pair of hyped to the heavens kids who pout waaay too earnestly in their photo-shoots, The Ting Tings prove surprisingly beguiling debutantes.

Interview: The glow team

2008-05-07 00:00:00


Take one Super Furry Animal, one lap-top wizard and one disgraced motor industry executive and you get synth revivalists Neon Neon and the year's best concept album.

Interview: Daydream Nonbelievers

2008-03-25 00:00:00


They're making a splash in their adopted home of LA. Now Dublin ex-pats La Rocca are back to conquer the old country.

Interview: Foal if you think it's over

2008-03-25 00:00:00


Genre-busting art-rockers Foals are the moody face of the 'new eccentric' scene. And they've got tastemakers in a proper tizzy.

Interview: The Swedest thing

2008-03-12 00:00:00


Nordic singer Jonna Lee on her ambiguous relationship with her homeland and meeting Ed Harcourt in cyberspace.

Interview: Frat's entertainment

2008-03-07 00:00:00


They like to clown around, but hotly-tipped funkateers MGMT are deadly serious about their music - and their love for Hall & Oates.

Interview: News Of The Weird

2008-03-04 00:00:00


They're flagbearers for the 'new eccentric' scene and the toast of the fashion set. So what are These New Puritans doing writing songs about Michael Barrymore?

Album: Alone: The Home Recordings

2008-02-26 00:00:00


"For Weezer fans awaiting the next installment, it adds up to a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of Cuomo’s sweet, strange mind."

Interview: Justice For All

2008-02-08 00:00:00


Gaspard Augé of acclaimed electro duo Justice on the group’s stunning live performances, upstaging Kanye West and putting the humour back into dance music.

Album: Distortion

2008-02-06 00:00:00


"...the new record sees him pushing his songbook to extremes in entirely unexpected fashion."

Album: Long Distance Swimmer

2008-01-30 00:00:00


"Adrian Crowley’s fourth album is a goose-bump inducing collection of folk ballads and bare-boned post-rock."

Interview: Interview with the vampires

2008-01-29 00:00:00


New York quartet Vampire Weekend are set to be one of the breakthrough bands of ‘08 thanks to their inspired brand of Afro-beat tinged rock. Just don’t mention Paul Simon.

Interview: Take a chanson me

2008-01-28 00:00:00


She’s been hailed the Irish Amy Winehouse. But dusky-voiced chanteuse Carly is too unique a talent to fit neatly into a pigeon hole.

Interview: Life though a Jens

2008-01-24 00:00:00


He’s the classic indie shyboy who quit music to become a bingo announcer because he can't bear the rock 'n' roll gossip mill. Now Jens Lekman is back with his finest album yet words.

Album: Beat Pyramid

2008-01-23 00:00:00


"Giddy with end-of-days rapture, Beat Pyramid is a gorgeously gloomy puzzle box, a record salted with secrets, visions and intimations of wonder."

Interview: Never mind the bollocks

2008-01-22 00:00:00


Former Test Icicles frontman Devonte Hynes, aka Lightspeed Champion, has returned to the fold with an excellent debut solo album.

Live: Roisin Murphy at the Village, Dublin

2008-01-21 00:00:00


"As diverting as the fashion show is, the costume changes can’t mask an unpalatable truth: Murphy’s discoid shtick is the stuff of cult adoration, not populist adulation."

Interview: Queens of all they survey

2008-01-17 00:00:00


We’ve tipped them for success in the past, and now, with a New Year upon us, Laura Izibor, Dirty Epic’s SJ Wai and Fight Like Apes’ MayKay are set to sweep all before them.

Interview: To the manor horn

2007-12-18 00:00:00


They invented 'nu rave', bagged the Mercury Music Prize and gave Noel Gallagher the mother of all migraines. You could say the Klaxons have had a busy 2007.

Interview: Pluck of the iris

2007-12-05 00:00:00


He’s the outstanding protest singer of his generation. But don’t let Bright Eyes catch you comparing him to Bob Dylan.

Interview: Swede Dreams

2007-12-04 00:00:00


Elfin Scandinavian popster Robyn muses on creative freedom and the vagaries of the industry.

Interview: LA confidential

2007-11-27 00:00:00


Since swapping Dublin for Los Angeles, hotly-tipped indie rockers La Rocca have experienced all the ludicrous pleasures and extremes of the City of Angels. Here, they regale us with tales from their California exile.

Album: X

2007-11-21 00:00:00


Kylie's persona infuses the album, even if her vocals do not. As pop heatseekers go, X is a heartbeat away from perfection.

Interview: Partners in grime

2007-11-13 00:00:00


Why dance/hip-hop crazies Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip will not be giving away their new record free online.

Interview: The los boys (and girls)

2007-10-25 00:00:00


14-legged groove machine Los Campesinos! are shaping up to be one of the year's most exciting new bands. Just don't call them twee.

Interview: Back Into The Groove

2007-10-23 00:00:00


From self-contained sound system to collaborators of choice for everyone from Mutya Buena to Kylie, Groove Armada have perfected the art of beat science.

Live: Kevin Drew at Tripod, Dublin

2007-10-19 00:00:00


In a packed and heaving Tripod, Drew shows us that sometimes artists are at their most interesting when grappling with turmoil.

Interview: Rudd Brother

2007-10-10 00:00:00


A white man inducted into aboriginal culture, 29-year old Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd eschews western-obsessed pop for more indigenous spirits.

Interview: Grime And Punishment

2007-10-01 00:00:00


Dizzee Rascal opens up about his teen hoodlum years and explains why fame has its perks.

Album: Louder And Clearer

2007-10-01 00:00:00


What rescues Stanley Super 800 from their more outre instincts is frontman Stan O’Sullivan’s sterling pop chops.

Album: Shotter's Nation

2007-09-27 00:00:00


Pete Doherty has just dropped one of the best indie rock records you’re likely to hear this year.

Interview: Kiley Watch The Stars

2007-09-20 00:00:00


Rilo Kiley have been hailed as the new Fleetwood Mac, and not just for their exquisite soft-rock shimmer.

Interview: The bleep shall inherit the earth

2007-09-10 00:00:00


He’s the DIY pop genius who, in the space of a year, has gone from stacking the fruit shelves at Marks & Sparks to masterminding Kylie’s next record. Meet Calvin Harris the bedsit wunder-kind.

Live: Electric Picnic 2007: Saturday

2007-09-07 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.

Album: Jacknife Lee

2007-09-05 00:00:00


Jacknife Lee shuffles into the spotlight with an album that sounds like a gloomy mash-up of the bands he’s helped transform into mainstream champs.

Interview: Do not feed the animals

2007-09-04 00:00:00


Super Furry Animals wax passionate about Nazi taxi drivers, nuclear power stations and obscure Celtic sports

Album: Kala

2007-09-03 00:00:00


Kala is an intoxicating junk-culture travelogue, a genre-humping mash-up of Bollywood rumbles, shrieking guitars and machine-gun rhymes.

Interview: Top of the sops

2007-08-13 00:00:00


In the late 90s, Travis made touchy-feely earnestness fashionable. Now they’re back to reclaim their sob-rock throne.

Album: Ash Wednesday

2007-07-25 00:00:00


There’s no getting past the thick layer of grief that cakes Ash Wednesday. Far from plunging down a sinkhole of the soul, however, Perkins has struck a note of quiet defiance.

Album: These Things Move In Threes

2007-07-13 00:00:00


Sussex five piece Mumma-Ra, named after a character from an ‘80s TV show but otherwise earnest to the tips of their skinny denims, wax drippy in extremis.

Album: Wait For Me

2007-07-05 00:00:00


The Pigeon Detectives deal in sweet, shimmering tempos: guitars jangle breathlessly, melodies swish and flutter.

Album: Wait For Me

2007-07-05 00:00:00


The Pigeon Detectives deal in sweet, shimmering tempos: guitars jangle breathlessly, melodies swish and flutter.

Album: Time On Earth

2007-07-02 00:00:00


Frontman Neil Finn is reluctant to engage in the arena-pleasing jinks with which Crowded House made their reputation – anyone hoping for another ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ is going to find Time On Earth a disappointment.

Album: An End Has A Start

2007-06-26 00:00:00


In places An End Has A Start is bleakly compelling; nevertheless, great swathes of the record strain towards a pasty arena-rock future.

Interview: Funk soul brother

2007-06-19 00:00:00


The founding father of funk, George Clinton’s influence still informs virtually every hip-hop act on the planet.

Interview: Bonn voyage

2007-06-18 00:00:00


Playing Live at the Marquee on Thursday 28 June: Having caused something of a sensation on the back of their smash hit single ‘Everytime We Touch’, the German-based Cascada are now bringing their infectious brand of dance-pop to Cork.

Album: Icky Thump

2007-06-11 00:00:00


Icky Thump fizzes with ideas. Nevertheless, you wonder whether The White Stripes are trying too hard to prod a simple formula – guitar, drums, inscrutable irony – into a new direction.

Interview: Northern exposure

2007-05-31 00:00:00


Akron singer-songwriter Tim Easton has just settled in Alaska, a place where people “go mad or die”. Thankfully, he’s still alive and sane enough to tell the tale.

Interview: Fields marshalls

2007-05-29 00:00:00


Fields may be equal parts Icelandic and UK indie, but make no mistake, they like to play loud.

Interview: Women's cribs

2007-05-25 00:00:00


Employing naked female man-slashers in their videos, hanging out with Lee Renaldo, Alex Kapranos and Rosanna Arquette – there's never a dull moment with The Cribs.

Interview: The sweetest thing

2007-05-21 00:00:00


Soul sister Candie Payne may have Wayne Rooney’s accent but her music is pure Motown.

Interview: A kind of magic

2007-05-16 00:00:00


UK indie veteran Pop Levi explains how his music comes to him from other, extra-terrestrial dimensions.

Interview: Pleasures and wayward distractions

2007-05-15 00:00:00


Brit-rock heroes Maximo Park are back with a new album – and without the novelty hair-cuts. Here they talk about death metal, hip-hop and missing notebooks.

Album: Send Away The Tigers

2007-05-15 00:00:00


Send Away The Tigers is the sound of a group straining, and failing, to recapture glories long vanished. Time, chaps, to move on.

Interview: For those about to ruck

2007-05-11 00:00:00


Rob Hawkins on why The Automatic just can’t seem to avoid fisticuffs...even with their own fans.

Album: Baby 81

2007-05-11 00:00:00


A universe removed from the campfire boilerplate of 2005’s Howl, Baby 81 sees Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (reunited with drummer Nick Jaggo) rediscovering their sub-Mary Chain fuzzbox growl.

Interview: The twang's all here

2007-05-08 00:00:00


They want to be the next Oasis and The Twang are certainly as lippy as the Gallaghers. Their aspirational indie-rock’s not bad either.

Interview: Rock the shikari

2007-04-12 00:00:00


Taking the best – or at least, the most over-the-top – pieces of KLF, Slayer and Radiohead, Enter Shakarai are the hottest thing on eight legs at the moment.

Interview: Caught by the buzz

2007-04-11 00:00:00


They may be from the Isle of Wight but a little bit of The Bees’ hearts will always belong to Brazil.

News: Where it's at

2007-04-04 00:00:00


They’ve got a killer dress-sense but there’s more to Mr. Hudson And The Library than spiffing threads. For one thing, they’re surely one of the first hip-hop acts fronted by an Oxford graduate.

Album: Out Of The Woods

2007-04-03 00:00:00


Returning from a seven-year hiatus, the former Everything But The Girl frontwoman Tracey Thorn shows she’s lost none of her astuteness.

Album: Everything Last Winter

2007-04-02 00:00:00


Languidly blending moods and textures, Everything Last Winter feels like a fantastic comedown record disguised as a witch-rock wig-out.

Interview: The polyphonic twee

2007-03-27 00:00:00


From indie shy-boys to multi-platinum chart toppers, it’s certainly been a long, strange journey for The Shins. By now, we all know that Natalie Portman played a part in their success – but what’s Elliot Smith go to do with it?

Interview: Songs in the key of knife

2007-03-21 00:00:00


As the gobbiest man in rock Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell’s reputation proceeds him. So what’s with the nice guy act?

Interview: Oh Fray can you see

2007-03-20 00:00:00


Raised in the American bible-belt, The Fray have traded Christian pop for Keane-style piano anthems. And yes, you can tell the difference.

Album: Take To The Skies

2007-03-16 00:00:00


Only the second unsigned band to sell-out the London Astoria (The Darkness were the first), this St. Albans foursome have variously been tagged as synth-wielding emo kids, New Rave of New Rave late-comers and indie boys on a hardcore trip.

Album: The Weirdness

2007-03-13 00:00:00


Kicking off in a rush of rudimentary riffs and cracked vocals, The Weirdness suggests all of your fears have come true: rock’s angriest mob have turned into toothless old sleazes, and it seems they’re the only ones not to realise it.

Interview: The shoot out louds

2007-03-07 00:00:00


They’re heavy, they’re mad but don’t mistake My Alamo for just another emo band.

Interview: Tilly love songs

2007-02-26 00:00:00


They may use a tap dancer in place of a drummer but Conor Oberst faves Tilly And The Wall are no novelty group.

Live: Pop Levi live at Crawdaddy, Dublin

2007-02-23 00:00:00


Stepping – okay, perhaps “ tripping” is a better word – into Pop Levi’s phantasmagorically unhinged universe is, by turns, a thrilling and disorienting experience.

Album: Tones Of Town

2007-02-19 00:00:00


Field Music’s second album sees the Sunderland three-piece delving deeper into intricate pysch-pop arrangements and bucolic atmospherics.

Interview: Frizzy logic

2007-02-16 00:00:00


The Fratellis‘ John Lawler may have renounced rucking with The Horrors, but he’s not above impersonating Alex Kapranos.

Album: If We Can't Escape My Pretty

2007-02-16 00:00:00


Why is this band not dripping in hype? Never mind all those Libertines clones vying for your ear – IV Thieves are IV real.

Live: Psapp live at Whelan's, Dublin

2007-02-12 00:00:00


Psapp are a London duo who toot on children’s toys and bang out rhythms on plastic fish. This sounds toxically cute and very nearly is.

Interview: And now the end is blare

2007-02-08 00:00:00


Klaxons have got glowstick-waving fans, yes, but really, there’s so much more to this band than retro-beats, explains frontman Jamie Reynolds. For instance, have you heard the one about his spiritual healer grandfather.

Album: A Weekend In The City

2007-02-05 00:00:00


Bloc Party's A Weekend In The City is both less oblique and more understated; initially the album proves harder work than its predecessor – at the same time it's more open about what it has to say.

Album: Myths Of The Near Future

2007-02-02 00:00:00


Klaxons aren’t a novelty group and, no you don’t have to hate them. They aren’t very ‘rave’ – old or new – either.

Interview: Laura's theme

2007-01-23 00:00:00


Her record label thought it had signed the new Norah Jones. But Dublin teen chanteuse Laura Izibor is every inch her own woman.

Interview: Waiting for the siren's call

2007-01-17 00:00:00


Raised in India and hailed as an heir to Tori Amos, singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot is set to break big in 2007. Just don’t ask her about her appearance on kids’ television.

Interview: View to a kill

2007-01-15 00:00:00


With Pete Doherty, Mani, Noel Gallagher and Alex Kapranos in their fan club, and a debut album that makes the Arctic Monkeys sound like jaded old has-beens, The View have ’07 by the short and curlies. Just don’t let them stay in your hotel.

Interview: Love minus zero: Snow limit

2007-01-11 00:00:00


Forget all the chatter about solo albums and injuries sustained on the road: Snow Patrol are revelling in the end of a triumphant year, one which saw Eyes Open become the biggest selling album in the UK in '06, as well as making serious inroads Stateside.

Interview: All the Muse that's fit to print

2007-01-03 00:00:00


Annual article: It’s the C.I.A. wot done it, says Dominic Howard, as he explains why his Muse bandmates and him reckon that 9/11 was a put-up job.

Album: Crap Attack

2006-12-14 00:00:00


We Are Scientists’ 2005 debut, With Love And Squalor, traded in fun if derivative indie-pop: there were snatches of Bloc Party’s avant-rock and lashings of The Killers’ new wave bombast.

Album: KINGDOM COME

2006-12-13 00:00:00


Guess who’s back? Retirement, it appears, does not agree with Jay-Z, who declared he was hanging up his mic at the end of 2003’s The Black Album...

Interview: Welcome to the measure dome

2006-12-11 00:00:00


They’ve recorded with Broken Social Scene and once shared a flat with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Now Toronto avant-rockers Metric are set to make a splash of their own.

Live: I'm From Barcelona live at Whelan's, Dublin

2006-12-04 00:00:00


The Polyphonic Spree may have fallen off the map but Swedish 29-piece indie-gospel ensemble I’m From Barcelona are here to fill the football-team shaped void left behind.

Interview: More Meringue For Your Buck

2006-11-21 00:00:00


Ed Power reports on how Irish supergroup The Cake Sale are chouxing it for the kids.

Live: Cansei de Ser Sexy live at The Village, Dublin

2006-11-20 00:00:00


In the flesh, CSS really plunge off the deep end, cranking out Godzilla riffs and machine-gun rhythms.

Interview: Ghoul the young dudes

2006-11-20 00:00:00


They might be godawful at applying make-up, but British buzz band The Horrors have a winning way with a three-minute pop tune.

Album: This Hungry Life

2006-11-13 00:00:00


For indie boys of a certain age, Tanya Donelly’s absence has been a cause to mourn. The Pixies may have written the A-Z yet in the early ‘90s nobody exemplified the bubble-gum indie aesthetic quite so hauntingly and thrillingly as Donelly’s band, Belly.

Album: Someone To Drive You Home

2006-11-13 00:00:00


Fashion mags have been drooling over Sheffield’s Long Blondes for months now – a pavlovian reaction, one guesses, to frontwoman Kate Jackson’s knack for looking quite dapper in a vintage neck cravat.

Interview: Jet there be light

2006-11-09 00:00:00


Having started out busking on the rainy streets of Dublin, 747s have lately struck up a friendship with Arctic Monkeys and nearly triggered an international terrorist scare.

Interview: The bling that shakes the barley

2006-11-08 00:00:00


Messiah J and The Expert aim to put Dublin hip-hop on the map. To do so, they must tackle several deep-set prejudices – such as the belief that Irish people can’t rap.

Interview: The sons always shines in NYC

2006-11-06 00:00:00


Rollerskate Skinny frontman Ken Griffin is back with an ace new band, Favourite Sons. And, would you believe it, they’re the toast of New York’s rock scene. Even Jack White’s a convert.

Album: A Public Display Of Affection

2006-10-27 00:00:00


A remarkably confident and infectiously upbeat indie salvo, A Public Display Of Affection throws many familiar shapes but wins the listener over through its sheer, unyielding exuberance.

Album: Rudebox

2006-10-27 00:00:00


Robbie Williams' seventh album is everything a pop record should not be.

Interview: Screamin' from the rooftops

2006-10-20 00:00:00


Despite having Kevin Shields stolen away from them by Gemma Hayes, Primal Scream are in the best shape of their careers. So says Bobby Gillespie in a no punches pulled interview.

Interview: It's a hard rock life

2006-10-18 00:00:00


They love Afros, hate spandex and have a sneaking regard for The Police. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, please welcome Boss Volenti.

Album: Nux Vomica

2006-10-03 00:00:00


Doomed romantics are not in short supply at the moment, but even in a field as crowded as this, The Veils stand aloof and apart.

Interview: My life with the thrill kill kult

2006-10-02 00:00:00


Their debut Hot Fuss sold over 4 million copies and in the process set The Killers up as one of the brightest young hopes of the modern era. On the eve of the release of their second album Sam’s Town, the band look like settling for nothing less than U2-sized supremacy. Now, if only Brandon Flowers would shave off that, ahem, controversial face fuzz.

Album: LeToya

2006-09-22 00:00:00


No, not that LeToya. Far from being a Jackson scion, LeToya Luckett is a survivor of another dysfunctional family, having been an original member of Destiny’s Child.

Interview: Rapture of the deep

2006-09-18 00:00:00


When punk-funk art rockers The Rapture emerged a couple of years ago, they failed to translate tragic hipness into big sales. Road psychosis aggravated the problem, but they weathered in-fighting to ditch the DFA production and strike out on their own.

Album: Magic Potion

2006-09-11 00:00:00


The Black Keys, two gawky indie archetypes from rust belt Ohio, have been investigating gutbucket blues to mostly memorable effect for the best part of five years now.

Interview: Lupine and dandy

2006-09-11 00:00:00


Are you ready to rawk? We should hope so, because Australian metal-heads Wolfmother have produced one of the albums of the year.

Interview: Jammin after all these years

2006-09-06 00:00:00


With the anthem ‘Welcome To Jamrock’, Damien Marley has proved himself a worthy inheritor of his father’s musical and political legacy.

Interview: Bloc making sense

2006-09-05 00:00:00


Ahead of their much anticipated Electric Picnic spot, Bloc Party talk about going mad in Westmeath and explain why it’s time for a post-punk concept record.

Interview: WEEP AND YOU SHALL FIND

2006-08-28 00:00:00


You know her as the songstress from Stars and Broken Social Scene. Doing her own thing AMY MILLAN reveals herself to be, of all things, a country chanteuse, her heart heavy with woe.

Interview: Squeezing out sparks

2006-08-24 00:00:00


Glam legends, electro pop pioneers, seminal new wave icons... those strange Sparks brothers are very much alive and kicking.

Interview: Feeling their way

2006-08-24 00:00:00


US/Indonesian trio Semifinalists met in London film school to forge a new sound out of weird Americana.

Interview: The dread baron

2006-08-24 00:00:00


Don’t be fooled by the dreadlocks and crusty chic. Piano man Duke Special could be one of the breakthrough Irish talents of the year.

Album: Gang Of Losers

2006-08-15 00:00:00


On their second record, the Montreal quintet have chosen to go widescreen, abandoning their previous tendency towards bed-sit mopery. The broader canvas suits, though don’t expect to find any of The Dears celebrating the fact.

Interview: No Place Like Drone

2006-08-14 00:00:00


Tapping the spirit of the shoegaze era Giant Drag have released one of the year’s most beguiling debuts. And in frontman Annie Hardy they have a rock icon in the making.

Interview: Knife in the fast lane

2006-08-09 00:00:00


Razorlight are one of the best bands in the world, or so reckons their dapper frontman Johnny Borrell. In an exclusive interview, he talks about heroin addiction, his troubled friendship with Pete Doherty and explains why Arctic Monkeys are also-rans.

Album: The Great Western

2006-08-08 00:00:00


Recorded during the Manics’ two year hiatus (they’re due to reconvene in early 2007), the album sees Dean Bradfield dealing in familiar tropes. He’s still belting out those yearning choruses, still straining for breathless high notes slightly beyond his workman’s grunt.

Interview: Songs of mope and glory

2006-08-03 00:00:00


Nordic trio Peter Bjorn and John have released one of the year’s pop classics. So why the long faces?

Interview: Screens of the stone age

2006-07-28 00:00:00


While to some the demise of Top Of The Pops is a mercy-killing, the relationship between music and television remains as awkward as ever.

Interview: Automatic for the people

2006-07-26 00:00:00


A case of food poisoning in the Keane camp was Welsh band The Automatic's golden ticket to a Jools Holland performance. Next stop, a UK top five hit in the form of ‘Monster’.

Album: We Are The Pipettes

2006-07-26 00:00:00


Ditzy and epic in the same heart-beat, Brighton's The Pipettes lay their debt to the girl groups of the '60s on the table and dare you to smirk.

Interview: Big south strikes again

2006-07-21 00:00:00


They’ve sold millions of records but don’t expect to find Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton breaking out in a grin. Unless England have been stuffed at football.

Interview: Metal gurus

2006-07-19 00:00:00


It'll take more than a clapped-out tour bus to stop The Answer emulating their heroes. Ed Power hears how the Downpatrick rockers' burgeoning fan club already includes Jimmy Page and Philomena Lynott.

Album: Razorlight

2006-07-18 00:00:00


Sometime in the past 12 months Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell took a long, unflinching look at himself in a mirror and saw Pete Doherty staring back. From such moments of clarity are great pop makeovers forged. No longer content to hawk pretty-boy Oasis pastiches, the sulky-looking Muswell Hill-ian, who embodies Razorlight even if he doesn’t write all of the music, has junked the bad-boy patois and cultivated his inner Bacharach.

Live: Oxegen 2006: Saturday 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.

Interview: Rimes scene investigation

2006-07-06 00:00:00


Hurricane Katrina may have broken Mississippi native and country-pop starlet LeAnn Rimes' heart, but she has no interest in preachifying politics.

Interview: Thai-dyed and legless

2006-07-03 00:00:00


Following the implosion of Suede, drummer Simon Gilbert quit the rock'n'roll business and moved to Thailand, only to hook up with a pair of fellow ex-pats, making big music under the Futon banner.

Interview: Snow patrol

2006-06-30 00:00:00


Niall Breslin of Mullingar ska-rock mongrels The Blizzards is that rare thing, a strapping ex-rugby-playing Irish indie poster boy.

Interview: Today we are all Germans

2006-06-30 00:00:00


A trip to the World Cup brings a few surprises and some wonderful football.

Album: Goodbye Alice In Wonderland

2006-06-27 00:00:00


Jewel has a sweet way with melody but, lyrically, is in hock to the drabbest of folk clichés.

Album: Loose

2006-06-26 00:00:00


Letting her inner ghetto princess off the leash, Furtado has crafted the first great mainstream pop record the year.

Live: Hard-Fi live at the Ambassador, Dublin

2006-06-12 00:00:00


In frontman Richard Archer , Hard-Fi possess a wry, self-aware lyricist, with a gift for poetic bluntness. Musically, however, they remain some way short of virtuoso status – melodies plod when they might soar; their debt to reggae-flavoured post-punk can tip into pastiche.

Album: Last Days Of Wonder

2006-06-07 00:00:00


Handsome Family albums – Last Days Of Wonder is their seventh – possess a mournful consistency but that, perhaps, is to their disadvantage.

Interview: Send in the ceanns

2006-06-06 00:00:00


Phone calls from Kate Bush, scraps with football mascots - it's been a rollicking year for new wave brats The Futureheads

Interview: Rabbi with a cause

2006-06-01 00:00:00


Matisyahu is a rapper with a difference. As a Hassidic Jew he lives a strictly orthodox lifestyle. Whatever you do, don’t describe his music as ‘heeb-hop’.

Interview: In goth we trust

2006-05-31 00:00:00


My Chemical Romance are one of the hottest tickets in US rock. But is frontman Gerard Way really a Kurt Cobain for the 21st century?

Interview: The Kook of Love

2006-05-29 00:00:00


Stepping out with Katie Melua has provided ample inspiration for Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard, who isn’t above sending himself up in song or indeed chronicling embarrassments in the bedroom. words Ed Power

Interview: Fissure man's blues

2006-05-26 00:00:00


With their affirmative vibes and sprawling line-up, indie heroes Broken Social Scene are a sight to behold. But keeping this 40-legged rock machine on the road isn't always exactly a romp in the playground, confesses fromtman keving Drew.

Live: Dresden Dolls live at Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin

2006-05-19 00:00:00


A week since the release of their second album, Dresden Dolls' Irish debut draws a capacity crowd.

Single: Sweet Talk

2006-05-15 00:00:00


Being lazy, one might dismiss Baltimore’s Spank Rock as a sweltering East Coast riff on Dizee Rascal. Squelchy beats, blink-and-they’re-over samples and front-man Naeem Juwan’s frenetic delivery mark this out as hip hop unabashedly of the left-field. Then the chorus, a looping girly-girl chant that burbles like a waterfall kicks in and you forget these guys are pure hipster bait. Marvelous, despite itself.

Single: (AFK)

2006-05-15 00:00:00


Fairuza have cheekbones, pouts, and occasionally, a memorable tune. Given to wild self-praise, they are a band with the capacity of vex and thrill in equal doses. This, though, is marvelous – an absurd, flamboyant chunk of neo-glam, with grinding riffs and a chorus worth spilling virgin blood for.

Single: Country Girl

2006-05-15 00:00:00


Having taken electro pop nihilism some distance past its logical conclusion on their unnecessary Evil Heat album – a bored rehashing of the landmark XTMR, with less tunes and more vowels. – the Scream throw a swerve ball with ‘Country Girl’, a lazy slice of Stone-derived country pop. It’s a tune with the air of something cobbled together from a garage sale yet, all the same, scrubs up a treat. You could bring it home to your mum.

Single: The Rules

2006-05-15 00:00:00


Dublin band most likely Delorentos whet appetites with this thrilling taster for their debut album. ‘The Rules’ posits a sweetly naive collision of swaggering riffs and almost but not quite emo choruses. Too much hype may already have dulled their appeal – it’s ominous when you’re sick of a band not yet on their first record. For now, though, Delorentos are bright young things to watch.

Single: Boy From School

2006-05-15 00:00:00


Hot Chip are marvelous and I don’t care what you think. The world suffers a disgraceful shortage of indie-rock bands who wish they were techno heroes (Soul Wax...erm...) and Hot Chip are a welcome addition. One itsy-bitsy criticism – the song suffers a threadbare chorus. Window-lick beats and a yammering melody mean we’re prepared to forgive a lot, however.

Single: You Are What You Love

2006-05-15 00:00:00


She’s a sweet gal – and no, she won’t mind us describing her as such – with a voice that could raise blisters on a corpse. Still, the Rilo Kiley singer’s solo foray into bruised country-rock is several emotional scars short of convincing. You need to have lived through real pain to get away with this material. Lewis’ travails are, one suspects, strictly of the first world ‘mocha or latte grand? – being top of the Starbucks queue is SUCH a dilemma’ blend.

Single: Did I Tell You

2006-05-15 00:00:00


Are you, like me, just not digging Delaware’s The Spinto Band? Why such a fuss over five petrol pump attendant-types peddling Pavement/ Yo La Tengo indie-folk, only with all of the interesting loser conflict leached out. Also, singer Nick Krill’s whine achieves what we’d all considered impossible – it’s more irritating than the bloke from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

Single: Long Distance Call

2006-05-15 00:00:00


Oh, how we adore Phoenix, high-priests of Parisian easy listening and a band that recognizes the difference between louche and sleazy. Word was that, after the comparative failure of their last record, the newie would cleave to a conventional indie aesthetic. Well, the guitars are a little bit more fizzly. In all other respects: as classy as high tea at served on a silver tray.

Single: Fill My Little World

2006-05-15 00:00:00


Second let-down in a row from a London band who are genius at sound-bytes – they twigged the Fleetwood Mac revival six months before there rest of us and may just eke a career out of it. With its dreamy melody and furtive chorus – which sounds like a verse that’s been left out in the rain – ‘Fill My Little World’ tells a story of good intentions unfulfilled.

Single: Dimenson

2006-05-15 00:00:00


Another Antipodeon rock band attempting to simultaneously reference the soul of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and the blues-era musicians those artists were cribbing from in the first place. It rocks, of course, but torn between the impulse to descend into post-prog psychedelia and straightforward meathead metal, Wolfmother are the sound of compromise, albeit compromise writ in large capitals with a string of exclamation points at the end.

Single: You And Me

2006-05-15 00:00:00


Apparently Coxon’s latest LP, Love Travels At Illegal Speeds was a leap forward in so far as it contained songs that you can hum. Sheesh – what a sell out. Oh, and the thick-rimmed specs – isn’t it time Graham got over the late ‘90s dork chic thing? Nice chorus, though.

Interview: In the time of Bic

2006-05-12 00:00:00


She’s New Zealand’s biggest musical star. For her new album, Bic Runga retreats from sunny pop songs in favour of an introspective sound inspired by the death of her father.

Live: The Cardigans live at the Ambassador, Dublin

2006-05-05 00:00:00


Playing a rare Irish show (the first since their ‘Erase/Rewind’ era pomp) the Malmo outfit had the air of arriving superstars – a necessary deception fans were happy to play along with.

Interview: Too much, Tucson

2006-05-02 00:00:00


Calexico’s Joey Burns might be one tired and emotional puppy, but promo fatigue hasn’t dampened his ire.

Interview: More than a feeling

2006-05-02 00:00:00


Self-confessed musos and manic Hall & Oates devotees, The Feeling might be the most exciting band you’ve heard all year. Just don’t call them a ‘guilty pleasure’.

Interview: Boys ‘n the hoodwink

2006-05-02 00:00:00


The Charlatans throw a curve ball on their ninth record, which sees the former baggy heroes go reggae. Frontman Tim Burgess talks revealingly about the record’s difficult gestation.

Album: Semifinalists

2006-04-27 00:00:00


Give praise for obnoxious guitars. Without them, Semifinalists' wistful, precious debut might be too much to take. As it is, a patina of unruly powerchords and blowsy bass riffs saves the day for the London-based American/Indonesian three-piece.

Interview: Boys' own adventure

2006-04-12 00:00:00


Kaiser Chiefs and Hard-Fi may have sold more records, but they’re mere also-rans in the tabloid fame game compared to Sam Preston. Ed Power finds out how the Ordinary Boys frontman is coping with life post-Big Brother.

Album: With Strings, Live At Town Hall

2006-03-27 00:00:00


For ‘With Strings’ (a tour captured truthfully, more or less, on the 20-track sprawl of Live At Town Hall) Everett appeared bent on contradiction, at once stripping down and expanding Eels’ sound.

Interview: Teuton from the hip

2006-03-22 00:00:00


His dreamy electro-pop is winning Ulrich Schnauss an international fanbase. In his native Germany however, they’re still not convinced. Maybe it’s something to do with all those guitars.

Album: Hearts And Unicorns

2006-03-22 00:00:00


Hearts And Unicorns opens as it means to continue, with a dreamy blast of feedback and blizzard drifts of melody. There are cooed vocals and weird dissonant surges – think ‘90s college rock pin-up Tanya Donnelley warbling over a My Bloody Valentine fade-out.

Interview: Hoovers and shakers

2006-03-15 00:00:00


Traffickers in happy/sad alt.pop, Guillemots are one of the year’s hottest contenders. But don’t believe all that nonsense about them performing with vacuum cleaners.

Live: Choice Music Prize Awards @ Vicar St, Dublin

2006-03-09 00:00:00


Watching so many acts in sequence, the audience may have discerned a hierarchy. Those on the cusp of mainstream success played with a cocky disregard for the actual event.

Album: Ringleader of the Tormentors

2006-03-09 00:00:00


Like the album that immediately preceded it, Ringleader Of The Tormentors is a record of extremes. Extreme bitterness, extreme joy. Above all, extreme guitars – they chug and howl, burying the Moz whine beneath vast drifts of fretwork.

Interview: José the lonely

2006-03-07 00:00:00


His tearful acoustic ballads have become a phenomenon. In a forthright interview José González discusses his terror of writing lyrics and meeting Craig David and tells of his parents’ flight from oppression.

Album: Rodrigo y Gabriela

2006-03-07 00:00:00


According to my iPod, Rodrigo Y Gabriela is to be filed under ‘world music’: in fact it seems explicitly to defy such pat stereotyping.

Interview: She's Goth The Look

2006-03-02 00:00:00


Russian born, New York reared, Regina Spektor writes songs that seem to inhabit their own dark little world. No wonder she’s been compared to both Tori Amos and the anti-folk movement.

Live: Belle & Sebastian @ The Ambassador Theatre, Dublin

2006-02-23 00:00:00


A problem is that, as Belle And Sebastian, begin a two night, sold-out run at The Ambassador, the album has not yet been released. A clutch of journalists and downloaders aside, not many are in on the secret.

Album: A Blessing And A Curse

2006-02-22 00:00:00


Drive By Truckers can lay claim an unfortunate honour – they were the last band to play the French Quarter before Hurricane Katrina transplanted half of Lake Pontchartrain onto downtown New Orleans. This, their fifth album, was actually recorded before the disaster. Yet its muted, regretful air feels like an appropriate elegy for a ravaged metropolis.

Interview: Deceiving you loud and clear

2006-02-21 00:00:00


The industrial indie-rock of New York’s Liars isn’t pretty, but it’s always honest.

Album: Steafan Hanvey And The Honey Moon Junkies

2006-02-17 00:00:00


Steafan Hanvey’s debut is a rare delight, a singer-songwriter record which eschews introspection and deals in sparkling, dare one say it, feel-good, melodies.

Interview: In mog we trust

2006-02-15 00:00:00


Drifting somewhere between the mosh-pit and the avant-garde Mogwai are back to their apocalyptic finest.

Interview: The sweet belle of success

2006-02-10 00:00:00


They’ve turned their back on breezy pop production and embraced a soulful, indie groove. Belle And Sebastian talk about the making of what might just be their finest record to date.

Interview: The go! scene

2006-02-07 00:00:00


Toronto supergroup Broken Social Scene have been christened this year’s Arcade Fire. No wonder they look so worried.

Interview: Touched by the hand of blog

2006-02-01 00:00:00


Thanks to internet fueled word-of-mouth, Brooklyn’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are indie-rock’s latest sensation. But they’d much rather you compared them to Hall & Oates.

Interview: The Wainwright stuff

2006-02-01 00:00:00


The confessional coffee-house rock of Martha Wainwright doesn’t pull any emotional punches.

Interview: González with the wind

2006-02-01 00:00:00


Steeped in Latin mystery, José González’s tender ballads are set to make him the year’s biggest cross-over success.

Live: Mogwai live at the Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin

2006-01-27 00:00:00


What happens when post-rock becomes merely post? This is a dilemma confronting Mogwai, once frontiersmen of sonic extremity, now your third favourite band from the ‘90s.

Interview: Republic Of Lewis

2006-01-24 00:00:00


Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis has released her first solo record, a plaintive country pop epic that might just be her ticket to the mainstream.

Frontlines: Raising Eyebrows

2006-01-23 00:00:00


Eyebrowy cast a mocking glance at the Irish rock scene. But their ambitions go further than local lampoonery.

Interview: Frost in translation

2006-01-19 00:00:00


Never mind the silly name, Test Icicles are set to be one of 2006’s most exciting new bands.

Album: Broken Social Scene

2006-01-12 00:00:00


A dark, dank melancholy drifts over Broken Social Scene, the latest in an unfortunate series of Canadian bands lumbered with the ‘new Arcade Fire’ tag. In truth, the Toronto group traffic in sounds far stranger and more otherworldly than that of their Montreal compatriots.

Interview: Rebels rule

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: Cork asserted its innate supremacy in hurling, soccer, camogie, ladies’ football, and no doubt darts, dominoes and tiddlywinks.

Interview: Boom with a view

2005-12-13 00:00:00


Her political lyrics and aggressive rapping have made Ms Dynamite a singular presence in hip-hop. In an exclusive interview, she talks about her troubled family background and explains why she took three years out to have a baby.

Interview: Lady grinning soul

2005-12-09 00:00:00


Her sassy moves and plaintive songs have poised Laura Izibor for the big time.

Interview: Taking the peace

2005-12-07 00:00:00


Eurythmics have reformed for a once-off single. To mark the event, Dave Stewart discusses life, love and the harmonious power of pop music.

Album: All That I Am

2005-11-28 00:00:00


Carlos Santana is not afraid to share the spotlight. On his 38th album, the Latino virtuoso adopts a revolving door policy, roping in collaborators as though in mortal terror of being left alone. What results sounds like a sprawling salsa jam, frantic yet fatally devoid of a unifying mood or style.

Interview: Let's talk about sax

2005-11-24 00:00:00


A the Zutons prepare another visit to these shores, saxophonist Abi Harding talks to Ed Power about their hugely successful debut album, the not very difficult follow up and how she can spot a creep at a distance.

Interview: Going Underground

2005-11-23 00:00:00


Forget Liam and Nicole and Pete and Kate, the hottest rock 'n' roll couple in town at the moment are The Subways' Charlotte Cooper and Billy Lunn. The female half of the duo tells Ed Power about the highs and lows of making beautiful music together.

Album: For Screening Purposes Only

2005-11-22 00:00:00


Jarring, discordant, awash with uncomfortable blasts of tuneless guitar, For Screening Purposes Only follows in the tradition of great unlistenable records such as Big Black’s first LP and Throbbing Gristle’s early work.

Album: At This Time

2005-11-10 00:00:00


Bacharach’s pop instincts clearly tug in both directions at once. This conflict is at the heart of At This Time, an extravagant, confused solo LP which cannot seem to decide whether it wishes to fetch up in a hipster coffee shop or in the background as your bank puts your call on hold.

Album: Judgement Days

2005-11-08 00:00:00


Ms Dynamite may have found common cause with the international pop Mafiosi, but this is an LP rooted in specifics, the grime and grey of London’s inner-city.

Album: Confessions on a Dance Floor

2005-11-07 00:00:00


The presence of Madonna feels almost incidental, as Price deals in back-beats and a pounding glib electro-clash. What comes out the other end, sparkling yet full of post-modern grit, is a Madonna song for people who don’t like – or even are actively hostile towards – Madonna.

Live: The Dandy Warhols live at the Ambassador, Dublin

2005-11-03 00:00:00


The Dandies seem to feel both affection and disdain for their audience, a rag-bag of every-blokes and office girls.

Interview: Opus Deus

2005-11-03 00:00:00


Sick of being tarred with the art-school brush, Deus have released a no-fuss rock album. It may just be the best record of their career.

Album: Rehearsing My Choir

2005-11-02 00:00:00


This sounds absurd and, in practice, proves nearly unlistenable. As Sarantos dribbles and coos, guitarist Matthew Friedberger drops discordant non-song fragments and sister Maria sings in a semi-coherent whisper.

Album: Playing the Angel

2005-10-24 00:00:00


Sweepingly angsty, Playing The Angel is the cyber-schlock masterpiece Martin Gore, DM-songwriter-in chief, has always threatened.

Live: Sufjan Stevens at The Village, Dublin

2005-10-20 00:00:00


An elaborate, generous songwriter, Stevens proves unexpectedly fuss-free as a live performer.

Interview: Weird wide web

2005-10-13 00:00:00


If you know where to look, the internet is a strange place indeed.

Interview: Heartache and yearning

2005-10-12 00:00:00


How Claire Sproule's debut LP had its roots in a traumatic break-up.

Interview: Torquil of the town

2005-09-28 00:00:00


Torquil Campbell, singer with Canadian indie achievers Stars, is a thoroughly nice guy – when he’s not plotting to put photographs of his naked, crucified, Spiddal-born wife on his album covers.

Album: Prairie Wind

2005-09-15 00:00:00


From balmy folk revivalist to angst-rock totem, there are many Neil Youngs. Sometimes, you wish there was only one: the feckless, snarling fallen angel of On The Beach and Rust Never Sleeps.

Interview: The Glasgow team

2005-09-15 00:00:00


It’s a long time since they graced the stadium circuit, but Simple Minds are still thinking big. Jim Kerr takes time out from sunning himself in Sicily to tell Ed Power their plans.

Album: Takk

2005-09-12 00:00:00


Takk, their major label debut, comes across almost as conventional. There are proper songs! With names, and lyrics – conveyed in Icelandic yet recognizably of this universe. Have Sigur Ros gone normal on us?

Interview: The regal has landed

2005-09-09 00:00:00


Raised in the Bible belt, Kings Of Leon have fallen in love with the devil’s music. In an exclusive interview, they explain why rock ‘n roll is just like preaching and reveal what’s in store on their next album.

Album: One Man's Treasure

2005-09-05 00:00:00


The wistful chamber pop of Mick Harvey is charming and, at times, very lovely.

Interview: Wonderful World, Beautiful People

2005-09-02 00:00:00


They may have started out as avant garde indie noisemongers, but The Flaming Lips have matured into one of the greatest and most musical bands on Planet Earth. Plus, they do an utterly magnificent live show!

Album: Howl

2005-09-02 00:00:00


The damaged licks and feedback-fattened melodies of LA’s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have always suggested a karaoke riff on your favourite avant-pop outsiders.

Interview: Confessions of a hitman

2005-08-31 00:00:00


Sharp suits, a global fan base, his own luxury recording studio - David Gray has certainly come a long way. On the eve of the release of his latest album, he talks about the dark side of success and explains why he wants to leave the singer-songwriter tag behind

Album: Paradise

2005-08-22 00:00:00


Stereo MCs 1993 breakout album, Connected, was the record that suggested indie and hip-hop could enjoy a beautiful friendship together. Since then, they, and the rest of the world, have struggled to find anything else to say on the topic.

Album: Crying At Tea Time

2005-08-17 00:00:00


Fans of Alfie, a waifish Manchester four-piece, like to fete the band for their ‘dependability’. This is a polite way of saying you adore something because it isn’t completely dreadful.

Interview: All that glitters is Goldfrapp

2005-08-16 00:00:00


Alison Goldfrapp talks about going glam, troubled times with Tricky and the joys of rocking out.

Album: Road To Rouen

2005-08-10 00:00:00


Supergrass are survivors and don’t we just hate them for it? This has nothing to do with their music, a blokey psychedelia informed by a flair for everyman pop, and everything to do with cosmic justice.

Album: Early 21st Century Blues

2005-08-08 00:00:00


Covers albums have traditionally ranked among pop’s most pointless pursuits. Frequently, they are flippant and lacklustre, offered up in fulfillment of contractual obligation or as a reminder to wavering fans that a band still exists.

Live: Anastacia Live At Marlay Park, Dublin

2005-07-29 00:00:00


Some performers wish you to know they can sing like angels and howl like banshees. In fact, so proud are they of their foundation-shaking vocals, they hesitate to allow anything as trivial as a song get in the way.

Interview: New adventures for Hard-Fi

2005-07-27 00:00:00


The twisted dance-punk of Hard-Fi is inspired by the angst of suburbia. But that hasn’t stopped them reaching for the stars – or breaking into an airport.

Album: Honeycomb

2005-07-21 00:00:00


Middle age can cause strange wheels to rotate in the rock star’s mind.

Live: Sunday

2005-07-19 00:00:00


Extreme heat can provoke strange reactions. People lose the ability to fret over pointless dilemmas. Such as: do I watch New Order or the Super Furry Animals? Or, when are Audioslave on and is there time to visit the loo first?

Interview: Take Me To The River

2005-07-11 00:00:00


Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is one of rock’s great eccentrics. In an exclusive interview he talks about meditation, chastity and why ego is the enemy of art.

Album: Outlaw

2005-07-06 00:00:00


What is it about this mob that fails to persuade? Their steel peddle revivalism comes on like pastiche, yet it’s subtle, tender pastiche, delivered with intelligence and reverence. There are hints of Beck, glimpses of vintage Nick Cave and tremors too of music that is older, sadder, wiser.

Interview: Leaving Certs

2005-07-04 00:00:00


With attitude and classy songs to burn, David Jones and his Departure bandmates are poised to become the new Kings of Skinny White Boy Pop.

Live: Live At Ardgillan Castle, Dublin

2005-07-01 00:00:00


In 2005, what is the point of REM? At times even they seem to be grasping for an answer. For nearly a decade now, the music of Stipe, Buck and Mills has told a story of wavering attention spans. Over that period, fans have cheered rousing, reflective echoes of previous glories – ‘Leaving New York’ might be their best stab at an unapologetic anthem since the mid 1990s – yet endured reams of disinterested dross also.

Album: Moon Pool

2005-07-01 00:00:00


Most bands ache for the mainstream but Cane 141 crave something murkier: the adoration of the underground. Steeped in glitches, swaddled in concise bursts of digital weirdness, the third album from the Galway avant-pop three piece politely pleas for the love of an outsider.

Album: Another Day On Earth

2005-06-30 00:00:00


The forensic pop-visions of Brian Eno frequently feel dredged from places alien to human emotion. How, his music seems to ask, can the vapid and random flutterings of the heart compare with technology’s unblinking perfection? For such reasons, Eno’s first album of five years, strikes a curiously retrograde note.

Album: Bodyrockers

2005-06-29 00:00:00


The music of Bodyrockers, a DJ/producer collaboration that wants to see your panty line, is creepy and shudder-inducing. One is put in mind of sweaty, sleazy nightclubs where the air is taut with soured lust and simmering aggression.

Live: Live At The Ambassador, Dublin

2005-06-22 00:00:00


The comeback trail has, in its time, thrown up some far-fetched candidates. The highly inconvenient fact of John Lennon’s death didn’t prevent him appearing on a new Beatles single; Thin Lizzy’s busy touring schedule suggests they have long overcome the speed-bump of Phil Lynott’s passing. Few rebirths, though, have been as unlikely as that of The La’s, a Liverpool band undone by the tortured brilliance of its leader, Lee Mavers.

Interview: Beck To Basics

2005-06-20 00:00:00


Back to his wonderful, eclectic self on new album Guero, Beck talks to Ed Power about the many sonic detours that have marked his career.

Interview: Joy Meets Girl

2005-06-16 00:00:00


Having picked up an unjust reputation as slow-coaches, New York's Joy Zipper tell Ed Power about their rush to bang out the new record.

Album: Thefutureembrace

2005-06-16 00:00:00


Ghostly, synthetic and smeared, possibly, in charcoal eye-liner, Billy Corgan’s first solo record throws a bleakly affectionate glance towards the ‘80s and the decade’s parade of sombre new-wave groups.

Album: Get Behind Me Satan

2005-06-14 00:00:00


The suspicion that The White Stripes are a conceptual prank masquerading as a rock group intensifies with each outing. For their fifth dispatch, Jack and Meg contort their beaten up, gut-bucket blues into wrenching, subversive shapes. A feral heckle as much as a pop record, it flaunts its weirdness gleefully and capriciously.

Interview: The Secret Of Her Success

2005-06-10 00:00:00


Self-contained, intelligent, and far from the pouting princess of her stage persona, Natalie Imbruglia in person is a cool customer. The singer here discusses Kylie’s recent illness, her hit album Counting Down The Days, being the face of L’Oreal and forthcoming movie projects. “I couldn’t just do the one thing. I’d get bored,” she tells Ed Power.

Live: Live At Vicar Street

2005-06-03 00:00:00


Personal catastrophe invites two possible responses – surrender or quiet, dignified resistance. Eels, the American indie-pop band who flaunt their private traumas like couture fashion, have stumbled upon a third way. They’ve learned to laugh at the grisly comedy that is life. Not that you’d know it from their records, which are awash with avant-garde moroseness. Their most celebrated, 1998’s Electro Shock Blues, recalled the protracted death from cancer of the mother of singer and group leader, Mark Everett.

Interview: The Great Pretenders

2005-06-02 00:00:00


In Istanbul as a "curious neutral observer" of the Champions League Final, Ed Power was unimpressed by the Irish contingent’s putatively genuine support for Rafael Benitez’s Liverpool side.

Interview: An Airforce To Be Reckoned With

2005-06-01 00:00:00


Paul Wilkinson of widely touted Coleraine duo, The Amazing Pilots, on the making of the group’s Dave Odlum-produced debut album, Hello My Captor, joining artists like Jarvis Cocker and Evan Dando in paying tribute to Lee Hazlewood, and surviving a visit to the real-life Twin Peaks.

Interview: Ryder On The Storm

2005-05-30 00:00:00


With The Coral’s third album, The Invisible Invasion, set to seal their reputation as one of Britain’s foremost indie bands, guitarist Billy Ryder-Jones here discusses their desire to make a classic album, collaborating with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, and why their reputation as Liverpool chavs is entirely ill-deserved. “We’ve never nicked anyone’s stereo,” he explains.

Album: Demon Days

2005-05-31 00:00:00


Gorillaz are, in many ways, the pub conversation that went too far. On the back of a beer-mat, it’s certainly a perky conceit: a comic-strip band whose songs muddle genres with cartoonish chutzpah. In execution however, Damon Albarn’s pet endeavour has too often tended towards debilitating smugness. Toxically pleased with itself, Gorillaz’s self-titled 2001 debut felt like an open-top tour of Albarn’s ego.

Live: Live At Dublin Castle

2005-05-23 00:00:00


Sometimes it feels as though Ireland is suffering an overdose of bed-sit earnestness. For a generation of songwriters, elegant mooching has acquired the character of a national pastime. Amidst the apparently bottomless onslaught of weepy self-consciousness, Paddy Casey cuts a solitary figure. Although no less gushing than his peers, the Dublin singer boasts songwriting chops to match.

Album: You're Speaking My Language

2005-05-23 00:00:00


Juliette Lewis always seemed too visceral, too wantonly scuzz, for Hollywood. Troubled stars are no novelty but Lewis paraded her confusion like a gunshot wound. Her perma-sneer and ragged complexion glowered in defiance of the dream factory. Frantic and feral , she stank up the screen like a noxious perfume. Understandably, it’s been a while since she was asked to front a rom-com. In the hiatus, Lewis has plumped for a career in guttural punk-pop. The question posed by You’re Speaking My Language, her frantic and debauched full length debut, is this: does she really mean it?

Album: Hello My Captor

2005-05-13 00:00:00


The musician crippled by pathological introversion is a familiar trope of indie-pop, a hackneyed pose long since drained of artistic potential. Yet the Amazing Pilots, a Coleraine act built around the songwriting partnership of brothers Paul and Phil Wilkinson, eke fresh possibilities from the stereotype of tortured shyness.

Interview: Art Of Darkness

2005-05-13 00:00:00


Not content with corrupting the youth of America with his music, the God of Fuck has diversified into painting, acting and writing. Plus: the singer’s encounters with literary outlaws JT Leroy and Hunter S. Thompson.

Interview: The Banned Of The Free

2005-05-11 00:00:00


The latest wave of right-wing attacks on US musicians is likely to have a knock-on effect here, with the words and actions of our own artists coming under increased scrutiny. In a special hotpress report, Ed Power enlists the help of Marilyn Manson and a number of major Irish players to pick his way through the censorship minefield.

Interview: Alphabet Street

2005-05-06 00:00:00


Exclusive: The new Coldplay album, X & Y, is set to finally hit the stores next month, and Hot Press has been granted a special sneak preview. Ed Power here gives a track-by-track guide to one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

Interview: The Crying Game

2005-05-03 00:00:00


Having departed from Suede in acrimonious circumstances a decade ago, Bernard Butler is now back working with his artistic soul mate, Brett Anderson, this time in The Tears. And as Anderson tells Ed Power, the duo feel their best work is still ahead of them.

Interview: Eire Nua Sensation

2005-04-25 00:00:00


Ed Power meets the team behind Monged, an edgy and exciting new play which explores the seamier side of contemporary Dublin.

Album: A River Ain't Too Much Too Love

2005-04-25 00:00:00


There is a tendency to regard Bill Callahan, the morose Kentucky songwriter who trades as Smog, as a sort of bargain-basement Will Oldham, a rural malingerer perched perpetually on the brink of an emotional fault-line. For all its starkness though, Callahan’s oeuvre is tinged with a cautious beauty. Beneath the artist’s pained snarl – he’s one of those live performers who seems in constant distress – one begins to detect the hint of a rueful grin. For his 12th record, Callahan retreats from the mannered melancholia of his recent albums. Here, the ominous tranquility of nature is Callahan’s obsession. Where most see a tranquil lake, Callahan senses the sinister undertow.

Album: 10,000 Things

2005-04-22 00:00:00


10,000 Things' songs have a brutalised air, as though they were bullied into existence. Fitful guitars prowl the mix in search of a melody or, failing that, a purpose, while front-man Sam Riley yelps in a manner that suggests he’s about to have his throat slashed. For such reasons, their self-titled debut feels less like a statement of intent than an obstacle course through the muck. Opener 'Self Destruct' is as tired and tattered as an old denim jacket; a putatively anthemic 'Titanium Boxer Shorts' suffers delusions of tunefulness.

Album: Exhibit A

2005-04-21 00:00:00


Kicking off in a ferociously derivative swamp-rock squall, Exhibit A initially goes out of its way to confirm your misgivings. Couched in zinging guitars that evoke a backwoods ZZ Top and melodies which could have been cadged from a Nashville pawnshop, the record comes on like the work of efficient, but disengaged , forgers. Perhaps The Features, whose semi-prominence is owed to a Kings Of Leon support slot last year, feel obliged to return the favour through the only means at their disposal: by offering up a misshapen hillbilly-metal pastiche. The gambit seems cheap, as though the group considers such shtick beneath them. It gets better though.

Interview: Hail To The Chiefs

2005-04-21 00:00:00


Six months ago, Kaiser Chiefs were complete unknowns. Now, they’re making appearances on the Ant and Dec show, playing Letterman, being saluted by Damon Albarn and heralded as the spearheads of “the new Britpop” movement. The group here give the lowdown on what’s been a hectic 2005 to Ed Power.

Single: I Can Do Nice

2005-04-19 00:00:00


What rescues ‘I Can Do Nice’ from the ranks of singer-songwriter orthodoxy is its beguiling melody, delivered with the fretful strokes of an acoustic guitar. The song has the delicateness of spun sulk, the weird beauty of candlelight in pitch darkness.

Single: Stone Orr

2005-04-19 00:00:00


The Galway singer So claims Sonic Youth, Pink Floyd and Neil Young (“with or without Crazy Horse”) as inspiration, but the only discernible influence here is Dylan-esque folk-pop. On the EP’s lead track, ‘Just For You’, he evokes sweeping vistas but forgets to include a chorus.

Single: Switch

2005-04-19 00:00:00


The urban Tom Cruise sounds so in love with himself a dissing would seem appropriate if only for the sake of balance. ‘Switch’, it turns out, isn’t entirely hateful – the novelty of a rap single devoid of misogyny or words that rhyme with ‘glok’ incline one to forgive its hammy exuberance.

Single: Laika

2005-04-19 00:00:00


Laika’ seems a peculiar choice for single, being the track where Arcade Fire’s debt to Talking Heads is at its most blatantly obvious. Better is the b-side, ‘My Buddy’, a cover of 1940 big band number by Alvimo Rey, great grandfather of AC frontman Win Butler.

Single: It Ended On An Oily Stage

2005-04-19 00:00:00


Where The Killers and Interpol play karaoke with Joy Division’s legacy, BSP pay closer attention: ‘It Ended On An Oily Stage’ is a funereal romp that would make marble weep. That’s a recommendation, by the way.

Single: Walking With A Ghost

2005-04-19 00:00:00


‘Walking With A Ghost’ pulls off the neat trick of sounding terrifyingly significant and gorgeously throwaway.

Single: I Ain't Saying My Good Byes

2005-04-19 00:00:00


In Tom Vek’s corner the quest for a lost link between Franz Ferdinand and Beck (Feck, anyone?) leads up a cul-de-sac of throbbing white-funk.

Single: Behind These Lines

2005-04-19 00:00:00


There is an endearing and bittersweet ballad in here somewhere but Wallmark cleave too tightly to the tenets of singer-songwriter convention.

Single: Around and Around Again

2005-04-19 00:00:00


The ‘around and ‘around’ of the title refers presumably to the opening riff, which the Dublin quintet enjoy so much they hang onto it for the rest of the song. Elsewhere, we find a sweaty indie-bloke bellowing about the pain of being misunderstood while the remainder of the band try to figure out who forgot to bring the tune.

Live: Live at Whelan's, Dublin

2005-04-19 00:00:00


The all-girl punk trio Fair Verona flaunt their influences like chunks of gaudy jewelry. There are flashes of The Pixies, a glint of The Breeders, and a saucy wink in the direction of The Donnas. The formula has an overly familiar ring. However, Fair Verona, who are from Tipperary but dress like escapees from a Seattle charity shop circa 1989, work it with chutzpah.

Single: The First Girl To Leave Town

2005-04-19 00:00:00


Mullingar’s The Blizzards have struck upon an appealing FM-rock schtick, buoyed up by optimistic swirls of piano and a bouncy chorus that seems to clamber down from the stereo and deliver a great big slobber of a hug.

Single: The Tiny Magic Indian

2005-04-19 00:00:00


Blink’s return is an engaging tale of hard work and honesty triumphing over indifference but, close up, the story feels less compelling. For while ‘The Tiny Magic Indian’ touts engaging emo theatrics, its ambitions in the direction of skater-punk anthemia fail to convince.

Interview: Forever Young

2005-04-14 00:00:00


Neil Young that is. Up and coming Dublin rockers Hal are earning serious kudos for their winning take on classic ’70s rock sounds. And despite dark murmurings of artistic plagiarism, they sure as hell aren’t about to apologise for it, as they tell Ed Power. Photography by Emily Quinn.

Album: Dramanalog

2005-04-15 00:00:00


The sun-dappled territory between chill-out electronica and gentle acoustic rock is the destination of Halfset, three Dubliners who wish life meandered at a more elegiac pace. Opening with a languid banjo loop that sounds like a dragonfly negotiating a marijuana haze, Dramanalog, Halfset’s mannerly and agreeable debut, casts so slight a presence you sometimes forget it is there.

Album: We Have Sound

2005-04-06 00:00:00


It is Tom Vek’s curse that his music evokes nostalgia for our favourite trailblazers. The ramshackle indie-blues he peddles reminds you of a younger, more daring Beck. Those funeral-bell rhythms and caffeinated vocals offer traces of Talking Heads and Franz Ferdinand. His penchant for the odd mouth organ solo, meanwhile, has seen him tagged as “the new Dylan”.

Album: Want Two

2005-03-24 00:00:00


The flamboyant torch songs of Rufus Wainwright feel like jetsam from a dazzling alternative reality. In Wainwright’s rococo otherworld, Busby Berkeley and Tin Pan Alley cast a languorous and lingering shadow. Overwrought emotion is respected artistic currency. And the Golden Age of Hollywood – the era of high-camp and brash musicals – abides in perpetuity.

Album: Anniemal

2005-03-21 00:00:00


Hailing Annie Berge-Strand, a Norwegian former DJ and sometime Royksopp collaborator, as the saviour of sussed chart music is possibly an unfair prognosis. Yet halfway through Anniemal, her cheeky and eloquent debut, you almost start to believe it.

Album: Guero

2005-03-10 00:00:00


Guero (Spanish for ‘white boy’) represents then is an attempt to reconnect with the slacker who went away. Having downplayed the legacy of Odelay for nearly a decade, Beck has retrieved his baggy trousers and tie-dye accessories and gone back to work.

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