Garbage's return to Dublin well worth the wait

Garbage's return to Dublin well worth the wait

Garbage offered a pop twist on grunge’s maximalist angst when they materialised in a dramatic swirl in the mid-Nineties. Like a candy-cane Nirvana, they were ...

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A musical journey with no road map which lead to desired success

A musical journey with no road map which lead to desired success

After various incarnations, Joan Wasser is now where she wants to be, writes Ed Power.

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Review: New Order, Trinity College, Dublin

Review: New Order, Trinity College, Dublin

To the centre of the city where all roads meet, waiting for New Order. It’s 26 years since Manchester’s gloomiest played a non-festival or support show ...

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Moving Hearts still pushing the boundaries

Not content with the success of Planxty, Dónal Lunny set about reimagining what Irish trad music could be. The band he created are still going strong, writes ...

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Stereolab: The right band at the wrong time

Stereolab provided a reminder of their 1990s glory at Vicar Street in Dublin, writes Ed Power

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Music is at the core of Sultana’s raison d’etreThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Music is at the core of Sultana’s raison d’etre

Ahead of her Cork gig, the Aussie singer tells Ed Power how her ‘overnight success’ was actually 11 years in the making

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On the record: Maradona's life laid bare in new documentaryThis story is enriched with multi-media content

On the record: Maradona's life laid bare in new documentary

The highs and lows of Diego Maradona’s life in Naples provided fertile ground for a major new documentary, writes Ed Power

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The Cure bring magnificent gloom to Malahide

The Cure bring magnificent gloom to Malahide

A jaunty Robert Smith led The Cure through a superb gig at Malahide in Dublin, writes Ed Power

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Review: Forbidden Fruit, Kilmainham, Dublin

Review: Forbidden Fruit, Kilmainham, Dublin

The rain mysteriously vanished as Luke Kelly’s stentorian words chimed out over Kilmainham

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Review: Black Mirror, Season 5, NetflixThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Review: Black Mirror, Season 5, Netflix

Has Netflix ruined Black Mirror?

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Monsters of rock: How Metallica became one of the biggest bands on the planetThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Monsters of rock: How Metallica became one of the biggest bands on the planet

In the summer of 1990 the biggest heavy metal band in the world stood at a crossroads.

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Dublin's Fontaines DC put on show-stealing performance at Forbidden Fruit festival

Dublin's Fontaines DC put on show-stealing performance at Forbidden Fruit festival

Home-town heroes Fontaines DC overshadowed the international stars at Forbidden Fruit, writes Ed Power

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Springsteen wending way towards twilight of his career with new albumThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Springsteen wending way towards twilight of his career with new album

Ed Power reviews Western Stars, an album expected to split opinon among fans of the Boss.

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Paul Brady back with a new kid on the block

Paul Brady back with a new kid on the block

Paul Brady has teamed up with American funkster Theo Katzman for his latest tour, writes Ed Power.

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Album review: Flying Lotus - Flamagra

Album review: Flying Lotus - Flamagra

The artist born Steve Ellison has devoted his career to bending and weaving the familiar genres of jazz, hip-hop and funk into fantastical new shapes.

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New album of Rory Gallagher's music features unreleased tracks

New album of Rory Gallagher's music features unreleased tracks

The previously unheard music on the new album of Rory Gallagher’s music features a track he made with Muddy Waters, writes Ed Power.

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Review: Game of Thrones, Series FinaleThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Review: Game of Thrones, Series Finale

Game of Thrones has proved such a letdown in its concluding season it was difficult to imagine in what way the final episode could any further tarnish a reputation ...

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Spoilers: Game of Thrones finale problematic in both plot and execution

Spoilers: Game of Thrones finale problematic in both plot and execution

Game of Thrones has proved such a letdown in its concluding season it was difficult to imagine in what way the final episode could any further tarnish a reputation ...

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I can go for that: Hall and Oates ready to rock Cork

As they get ready to play the Marquee in Cork, Hall and Oates tell Ed Power about the mad times of their 1980s heyday, and having Bowie support them for his first ...

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Review: The National's I Am Easy To Find is a minor-key delightThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Review: The National's I Am Easy To Find is a minor-key delight

When The National performed at Cork’s Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival in 2017, they were raising the curtains on 18 months of punishing touring. After ...

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Chernobyl drama series is sober, respectful and unbearably tenseThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Chernobyl drama series is sober, respectful and unbearably tense

Ed Power reviews Chernobyl, the new drama series on Sky Atlantic.

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Foreign fields: The best music festivals in Europe and beyond This story is enriched with multi-media content

Foreign fields: The best music festivals in Europe and beyond

Glastonbury is back and there are a host of other overseas festivals offering impressive line-up, writes Ed Power.

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Few standouts on 18-track Vampire Weekend albumThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Few standouts on 18-track Vampire Weekend album

Vampire Weekend’s prep-school rock lit up the zeitgeist a decade ago.

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Catherine Grieves: The woman who chooses the music for Killing Eve This story is enriched with multi-media content

Catherine Grieves: The woman who chooses the music for Killing Eve

Catherine Grieves is at the Music Cork event this week to talk about her work on TV and film soundtracks, writes Ed Power.

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UCC scholar wants to challenge assumptions about choral music

UCC scholar wants to challenge assumptions about choral music

US-born composer James May will have his prize-winning work performed at Cork International Choral Festival, writes

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Loyle Carner back with album of soul-baring honestyThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Loyle Carner back with album of soul-baring honesty

There are no hands in the air moments on the second album from British MC Loyle Carner.

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Review: Beyoncé, Homecoming

Review: Beyoncé, Homecoming

Beyoncé may be Queen of Pop. But she’s also mistress of the surprise album drop.

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Walking On Cars revved up and ready to go for second album This story is enriched with multi-media content

Walking On Cars revved up and ready to go for second album

Dingle heroes Walking on Cars tell Ed Power how they got past second-album syndrome, and why the band are turning their Cork gig into a sort of homecoming.

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Shawn Mendes impressed at a sold-out 3Arena in Dublin

Shawn Mendes impressed at a sold-out 3Arena in Dublin

Boy-next-door charm and smoothly calibrated pop have proved a potent blend in the hands of Canadian chart poppet Shawn Mendes. Without fanfare the 20 year-old has ...

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Irish R&B group Chasing Abbey on finding their grooveThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Irish R&B group Chasing Abbey on finding their groove

To make it to the top, sometimes you have to hit rock bottom first.

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Setting the record straight: Music's greatest comeback revolves at 45rpm

Setting the record straight: Music's greatest comeback revolves at 45rpm

Saturday is Record Store Day - and with viyl sales on the up, Ed Power wonders, in an era of streaming and music on demand, just why we are still drawn to the humble ...

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From struggling troubadour to chart-topper: David Gray takes to Bórd Gais Energy Theatre stage This story is enriched with multi-media content

From struggling troubadour to chart-topper: David Gray takes to Bórd Gais Energy Theatre stage

David Gray has had an occasionally fraught relationship with his back catalogue, once telling this writer he was a bit jaundiced playing his biggest hit, Babylon, ...

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Fontaines DC: Dublin city rockersThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Fontaines DC: Dublin city rockers

Fontaines D.C’s debut album arrives as a hard-edged antidote to other elements of the Irish music scene, writes Ed Power

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Not quite a return to the Stone AgeThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Not quite a return to the Stone Age

The case can be made that Queens of the Stone Age in their pomp were among the last great monsters of rock.

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Why directors are hiring ‘intimacy experts’ for sex scenesThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Why directors are hiring ‘intimacy experts’ for sex scenes

Actors used to turn to alcohol to numb nerves before filming explicit shots. Now Tinseltown has ‘intimacy co-ordinators’, writes Ed Power

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Galloping off to war: War Horse

Galloping off to war: War Horse

A horse and a boy go to war. That’s the premise of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s bestseller War Horse.

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'Will I retire? I’ll have to one day': Rod Stewart on his tour and love of footballThis story is enriched with multi-media content

'Will I retire? I’ll have to one day': Rod Stewart on his tour and love of football

Rod Stewart tells Ed Power about his upcoming Irish dates, his cover of Grace, and his ongoing love affair with football.

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