Music

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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Elbow say their new album, 'The Take Off and Landing of Everything', is their best, despite singer Guy Garvey's domestic upheaval during its making.

Why Elbow are joined at the hip

The vagaries of the music business have steeled the Manchester band’s resolve, says Ed Power. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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EuroSong did writers a disservice

No mentor should have been involved in composing or submitting a song for the EuroSong Irish final

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Live music: James Blunt

Vicar Street, Dublin This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Dr Susan Hallam: Music benefits social development in all sorts of ways, from team working to developing self-discipline.

Teaching children the rhythm of life through music

A leading expert in music education will address an event hosted by the Academy of Popular Music at CIT Cork School of Music next Saturday.

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CD review: Pat Metheny Unity Group

Ever since his recording debut as a leader early in 1976 (Bright Size Life, ECM) with bassist Jaco Pastorius and Bob Moses on drums, the man from Missouri is credited with reinventing the so-called traditional sound of jazz guitar for a new generation. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Classical review: Chanticleer

Cork Opera House This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Album review: Neil Finn, Dizzy Heights

Neil Finn has enjoyed an industrious career as a musician. As well as fronting Split Enz and Crowded House, he has released two albums with his brother Tim as The Finn Brothers, and one with his wife Sharon as Pajama Club. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live Music: Newton Faulkner

Cork Opera House ****

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Live music review: Bill Callahan

The Olympia, Dublin

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Smog dissolves as Bill finds wider audience

Bill Callahan plays the Olympia in Dublin next month. When the American played a smaller venue, The Academy, a few years ago, it was packed, as was Whelan’s a few years before that, when Callahan made his last appearance under his alias, Smog.

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New Zealander Lorde (aka Ella Yellich O'Connor) provided a welcome counter-balance to the flesh-laden antics of other pop stars

Sick of the sight of twerky

Ed Power looks at the highs and lows of a mixed year in music

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Artistic director Finghín Collins says the Music for Galway festival will focus on the birth of modern classical music.

Beginnings of modern music in midwinter

‘The Birth of Modern Music’ is the programme for the Music for Galway Midwinter Festival, which runs from Jan 17 to 19.

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It was Christmas Eve babe

Writing exclusively for the Irish Examiner, Shane MacGowan recalls the festive seasons of his childhood in Tipperary and London.

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In the US, Lady Gaga's much heralded third album Artpop could only manage a week at No.1

Is the pop album dead?

Album sales in Ireland are a third of what they were eight years ago. John Hearne wonders if this signals the end

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Fred call it a day

Joseph O’Leary reflects on 15 years with one of Cork’s best-loved bands.

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Donovan- The inventor of psychedelic sound

DONOVAN doesn’t mean to name-drop, but when you have moved in his circles it is inevitable. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Eamon Keane - A counsellor in concert

SINGER, songwriter and composer, Eamon Keane, is returning to Cork for his first concert in ten years at CIT School of Music this Friday, Dec 20. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scene and Heard

Bruce Springsteen: New album will be released on January 10. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Pins: More than just a girl band

FAITH HOLGATE doesn’t understand the fuss. “Everyone is going on to us about being a ‘girl band’,” shrugs Holgate, lead singer with buzzy Manchester guitar act Pins. “We didn’t realise people would make such a big deal of it.

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John Escreet : Sabotage and Celebration

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Classical : Irish Chamber Orchestra

University of Limerick

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Queens of the Stone Age
O2, Dublin

It has been a bittersweet few years for Queens of the Stone Age. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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