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CLEAN BANDIT: There’s no place they’d rather be

What a crazy, thrilling year it’s been for Clean Bandit. Twelve months ago, the Cambridge quartet were an obscure novelty, touting an unlikely mash-up of classical music and r’n’b. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Kate Bush returns to centre stage

Kate Bush made a sensational return to the concert stage on Tuesday night — 35 years after her last, and only, tour. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Merrill Garbus says summer festivals like Electric Picnic are rejuvenating.

Tune-Yards looking forward to taking Electric stage

Merril Garbus tells Ed Power why she’s so looking forward to performing at Electric Picnic This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music - Slint

Button Factory, Dublin
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Album - Adebisi Shank

This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank **

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Album review: Shabazz Palaces

Lese Majesty

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Review - Opera - Acis and Galatea

Kilkenny Arts Festival
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DJ Stephen Grainger,aka Stevie G (centre) has set up his own label, Soul Jamz Records, through which he is releasing a double A-side single

Cork’s Stevie G is serving up some southern soul

CORK DJ Stephen Grainger (aka Stevie G) is launching his own record label, Soul Jamz Records, with its maiden release being a double A-side 7” vinyl single. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Album review: Beck

Song Reader
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The Chills prove they are hot again

Martin Phillips wasn’t sure he wanted to come back. It’s 15 years since his band, the Chills, toured Europe. He worried whether anyone still cared — if the 40-hour flight from his home in Dunedin, New Zealand, was worth the inconvenience and expense.

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Judge Jules mixes it up in the clubs and the office

JUDGE JULES is everything you expect a veteran superstar DJ to be: matey, motormouthed, bit of a geezer (the accent is Danny Dyer with a hint of Ray Winstone).

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Peter Hook: Happy to raid a brilliant back catalogue

PETER HOOK emits a blokey chuckle. "Ian Curtis had very big shoes to fill," says the former Joy Division and New Order bassist. "Bernard Sumner’s shoes aren’t that big actually — about the same size as mine. So that worked out okay." This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music review: Westport Festival

Westport, Co Mayo

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Live music review: West Cork Music Chamber Music Festival

Bantry, Co Cork

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Branching out was best move for Antlers

IN 2009, The Antlers’ Peter Silberman wrote a concept album about a woman dying in hospital. Her malady was a metaphor: the LP was really about the breakup of a relationship (the particulars of which Silberman would rather not divulge). But he chose to call the record Hospice and critics assumed the story it told was true. That’s where things got complicated. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music: Goldfrapp, Body&Soul, Co Westmeath

The Body and Soul festival grew significantly for its fifth incarnation. Between weekend campers and Sunday ticket-holders, 8,500 people meandered in the marvellous sunshine, roaming through the woods and walled gardens of Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath.

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Album review: Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence

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Picture: Darragh Kane

Fewer thongs, more songs

Chilled and relaxed, Tom Jones seems to be liberated by his still relatively new status as a grand old man of gospel and blues, a legend whose voice has aged magnificently, with even more gravel to match his growing gravitas.

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Kasabian's Chris Edwards, Ian Matthews Serge Pizzorno and Tom Melghan polished their summer set by playing four gigs in Ireland.

Don’t like us? You’ll have to lump us

As Kasabian get ready to headline Glastonbury, the band tell Ed Power they are far too busy pushing boundaries to be bothered by the Spinal Tap jibes.

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The Irish Sopranos, Deirdre Masterson, Wendy Dwyer and Kay Lynch, are support act on Saturday to  Il Divo at Musgrave Park. Picture: Miki Barlok

The Irish Sopranos are excited to support Il Divo

It’s going to be an exciting night for Wendy Dwyer, Kay Lynch and Deirdre Masterson when they appear at Musgrave Park on Saturday as support act to international superstars Il Divo. Ballincollig woman Wendy Dwyer can hardly wait. "We’ve never met them so this is going to be quite an evening."

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Kevin Barnes: "I live in the moment, am always thinking about the next thing. I don't get any satisfaction reflecting on past achievements."

Get naked on stage? No problem

Of Montreal’s flamboyance can even extend to getting naked on stage, writes Ed Power. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scene and Heard

MUSIC NEWS: While Arcade Fire line up in Marlay Park, Dublin, on June 29 with the Pixies for support, those who get to see them in London tomorrow will be treated to an undercard headed by Lorde. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Jazz album review: Tommy Smith/Brian Kellock

Whispering of the Stars(Spartacus Records)

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Album review: Little Dragon

Nambuma Rubberband

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Gilles Peterson

Album review: Gilles Peterson/Sonzeira

Brasil Bam Bam

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Warpaint

Live music review: Warpaint

Forbidden Fruit, Dublin

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Live music review: Mick Flannery

The Pavilion, Cork

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Classical review: Sophie Creaner (clarinet)/ Gabriela Mayer (piano)

Crawford Gallery, Cork

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Little Dragon: Playing Forbidden Fruit at Kilmainham, Dublin.

Scene and Heard

MUSIC NEWS: The big issue among the music world’s chattering classes this week has been the announcement of Metallica’s headline slot at Glastonbury.

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Live music review: Christy Moore

Glór Theatre, Ennis, Co Clare

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Joan Wasser came across as a melancholic chanteuse on her first two albums, but has switched to rough-edged soul for her new album, The Classic.

Joan Wasser is a law unto herself

Joan Wasser, who records as Joan As Policewoman, is going her own way with a new, groovy, soulful sound, says Ed Power. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Classical review: Hunka/ Dunne/ Robinson Trio

CIT Cork School of Music

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CD review: Damon Albarn

Everyday Robots

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Ed Hamell

Ed Hamell steps out of the shadows

Ed Hamell has been hiding in plain sight. "I haven’t released an album in six years. But I’ve been on YouTube. I decided that I would write a song every day for a year and put it online." This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Lykke Li

Music review: Lykke Li - I Never Learn

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This Is How We Fly

This Is How We Fly taking wing on graceful airs

This Is How We Fly, a group that brings a diverse range of skills and experiences together, are out to make honest music.

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David Fennessy, with an image of Emma Hauck's barely legible handwriting, which inspired his musical composition.

Music that reads between the lines at Cork Choral Festival

A psychiatric patient’s densely written letters to her husband inspired David Fennessy to compose a haunting dirge for the Cork Choral Festival, says Jo Kerrigan. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Jazz cd review:Phronesis

Life To Everything (Edition)

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Alessandro Brustenghi

Singing friar says heavenly voice is gift from God

Alessandro Brustenghi is a young Italian Franciscan friar whose beautiful, emotionally charged tenor voice has been attracting sell-out audiences to concerts throughout Europe. His album, The Voice of Assisi quickly rose to No 1 in the UK Classical Album Charts. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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CD review: St Vincent

St Vincent

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Live music: Asgeir

Sugar Club, Dublin

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Lucius: "More than anything, we are good friends. We genuinely like hanging around together."

Brooklyn band Lucius hit critical mass

Jess Wolfe of Lucius shakes her head in an expression of mild disbelief. “Apparently Paul Krugman got into our music through his daughter,” she says, referring to the Nobel prize winning economist. “He turned up at one of our shows in New York. It was a bit of a surprise. He’s written some very nice things about us, which is always a help.” This story is enriched with multi-media content

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After four well-received albums, Booka Shade were close to quitting, but the rise of EDM in the US  has reinvigorated them.

Booka Shade have their time in the sun

The belated popularity of dance music in the US has paid off for German duo, says Ed Power This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Shane Filan's solo singing career is soaring

Things are looking up for Shane Filan

Former Westlife singer Shane Filan didn’t let bankruptcy get him down, says Ed Power. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Godfathers are still in the business of ‘hits’

Formed around London-Irish brothers Peter and Chris Coyne, the Godfathers are dogged in attitude and sound. “Obstinate little fuckers,” says bassist Chris. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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House music legend Frankie Knuckles passed away on Monday.

Scene & Heard: Farewell to Frankie Knuckles

FRANKIE KNUCKLES RIP: House music fans around the world are mourning the passing this week of Frankie Knuckles, a man who had such a hand in the development of the genre. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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