Music

Dreadzone are still in the groove

They were contemporaries of UK acid-house era acts Leftfield, The Orb and Massive Attack, but Dreadzone’s roots reach back to Mick Jones’s urban groove-oriented post-Clash act, Big Audio Dynamite. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music - Elysian Quartet

St Multose, Kinsale 3/5 This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music - First Aid Kit

Olympia, Dublin 4/5 This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Stewart Copeland: Life after rock‘n’roll

Stewart Copeland is as happy as a composer and dad as he was as drummer with The Police, writes Ed Power This story is enriched with multi-media content

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U2’s Songs of Innocence Forget the hype: what about the music?

Amidst all the publicity around the U2 release, the actual songs were almost ignored. Ed Power has a proper listen This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Album Review: Blue-eyed Hawk - Under The Moon

(Edition Records) 4/5 This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music - Lloyd Cole

Triskel Christchurch, Cork

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Album Review: Interpol - El Pintor

Interpol get a hard time for sounding a lot like Interpol. The charge is that, after several engaging albums, the New Yorkers are slouching towards creative dotage, regurgitating a grab-bag of tics and tropes: clanging guitars, brooding melodies, Ian Curtis-esque singing from frontman Paul Banks. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Electric? We had a gas time at the Picnic

The adults had as much fun as the kids at the superbly run EP, says Des O’Driscoll This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Lloyd Cole: Still making a commotion

Contented and writing the best songs of his career, Lloyd Cole really is a merry old soul, says Joe Dermody This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scene and Heard: Tips for Electric Picnic

PICNIC PARTICULARS: The programmers at Electric Picnic have been doing their stuff for quite a few years, so hopefully the mellow tones of Portishead won’t jar with the exuberance of the Saturday mainstage crowd at 10.30pm.

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Clean Bandit, l-r, Luke Patterson, Jack Patterson, Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith. 'Rather Be' was one of this summer's big smashes.  <

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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