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Rickie Lee Jones talks ‘Last Chance Texaco’ and tales of music, heartache, addiction and family

Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones says she decided to write her life story for one simple reason. The material was just so good. “I know I have great stories to tell,” she says recently by phone from her home in New Orleans. “I’ve told a few to audiences in live shows, and told them to friends, and watched them play in my head again and again.” Readers can now get the chance to experience these tales themselves in Jones’s memoir, “Last Chance Texaco,” which hit stores on April 6. She recounts t...
Tags: Books, Music, Bruce Springsteen, California, Washington, Robin Williams, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Tom Waits, Things To Do, Soccer, Ireland, Bob Dylan, Arizona


The eggs factor: Belgian pop star finds fame again from rural Irish exile

Philippe Robrecht was living the quiet life with his wife and hens when stardom came calling backSomething odd happened to Philippe Robrecht while hunkered down in lockdown on Inishbofin, a tiny island with just 170 inhabitants off Ireland’s Atlantic coast: he became, again, a pop star.The 55-year-old musician and singer had not made an album in almost a decade and was all but forgotten in his native Belgium when the Covid-19 pandemic reached Ireland last year. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, World news, Culture, Atlantic, Ireland, Pop and rock, Belgium, Coronavirus, Philippe Robrecht, Inishbofin


Q&A With Chicago’s Rising Underground Artist Cat Stockton

Please tell us how many years you’ve been making music? For those unfamiliar, please shed some light on your background in the Hip Hop game. Please detail. I have been making music for about five years now. It all started after I dropped out of college with no plans for my future. All I knew was I wanted to try & use my creativity to finance myself for the rest of my life. There was no plan, just a crazy idea. Please shine some light on the Chi-Town underground Hip Hop scene? Is it bubbling? I ...
Tags: Google, Post, Chicago, Ireland, Stockton, Jazz, Mick, St Paddy, Chi Town, Q&A Interviews, Cole Bennett, Cat Stockton, McDonald McDonough McManus, YRMIX, Fort Knox Studios, Bobby Daydream


Listen to "Forfocséic," a new album of Irish Rebel Songs by Thom Dunn

The last thing I did before the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives was play one of my scheduled St. Patrick's Day music performances. It was my second time using my new amplifier out, and I had just bought a cool new Acoustic Singer Processor Pedal to help me out, and then … no more concerts for a while. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, News, Ireland, Irish, Irish music, Irish-Americans, Paddy Punk, Celtic Rock, Irish trad, Thom Dunn, Irish Rebel Songs, s Day, St. Patrick& 039, Stpaddysday, Forfocséic


Ireland Is One Country That’s Done Well For Classical Music Online

Or so says pianist Finghin Collins, who’s also artistic director of Music for Galway and the New Ross Piano Festival. Collins: “Ireland has done extremely well in the arts, in the sense that many, many classical music organisations, and others, have pivoted very quickly into the online space. If I speak to my colleagues in France, Germany, Switzerland, continental Europe, they haven’t. … We really managed in August, September, October to get ourselves into this online space where we were able t...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Ireland, Collins, Galway, France Germany Switzerland, 01.18.21, Finghin Collins


When Iggy Pop Published an Essay, “Caesar Lives,” in an Academic Journal about His Love for Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1995)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpkADOTWSNg Purveyors of the shocking, primal idiocy of pure rock and roll can in many cases be some of the most intelligent people in pop. Or at least that’s the case with the king of shocking, primal idiocy, Iggy Pop. He has  ‘s “barbaric yawp” and delivered the John Peel Lecture for BBC Music, becoming “a visiting professor from the School of Punk Rock Hard Knocks,” writes Rolling Stone and bringing an elder statesman’s perspective informed not only by ...
Tags: Google, Music, College, America, Bbc, Pop, Rome, Ireland, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stone, Hutchinson, Iggy Pop, Facebook Twitter, Roman Empire, Gibbon, Edward Gibbon


For Those I Love: Ireland's potent new poet of grief

Recalling the delivery of the Streets and the music of James Blake, David Balfe’s project is a cathartic document in the wake his best friend’s deathIrish drill, jazz violin and supermarket musicals: 30 new artists for 2021When the Irish recession of 2008 shattered the country’s economy, communities from Dublin’s inner city neighbourhoods of Coolock and Donaghmede were struck hard. The frank lyrics of David Balfe, under the pseudonym For Those I Love, illuminate a generation who emerged from the...
Tags: Books, Music, Poetry, Rap, Culture, Ireland, Dance music, Electronic Music, Dublin, Donaghmede, Coolock, James Blake David Balfe, David Balfe


Jason Derulo announces partnership with Bedlam Vodka tied to its national launch, and talks creativity, 'living rebelliously,' and how the pandemic has changed his outlook

Jason Derulo has taken time in 2020 to expand his business ventures, and hone his creativity. Get Engaged Media Jason Derulo and Bedlam Vodka, distilled and bottled by Graybeard Distillery in North Carolina, announced their new brand partnership today, as Bedlam launches nationally. Previously only available in select locations, Bedlam Vodka — a spirit distilled from long grain white rice for nearly 200 years in rural Ireland — is now available for purchase on Amazon and in stores across t...
Tags: Amazon, Music, Celebrities, Small Business, Entertainment, Life, US, Trends, Ireland, Retail, Evans, North Carolina, Vodka, Partnerships, Liquor, Jason Derulo


Nick Cave accuses BBC of 'mutilating' Fairytale of New York

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl song, to be played in a censored version on some BBC radio stations, will be ‘stripped of its value’, says CaveNick Cave has accused the BBC of “mutilating” Fairytale of New York, following the broadcaster’s recent decision to play a censored version of the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s festive classic on Radio 1.The BBC recently announced that the 1987 hit would still be played in its original form on Radio 2, while 6 Music DJs would be able to choose either version....
Tags: Music, New York, Media, UK News, Bbc, Culture, Ireland, Pop and rock, Nick Cave, Kirsty MacColl, Pogues, The Pogues, CaveNick Cave


Pogues singer Shane McGowan’s irascible life unfolds in Julien Temple’s documentary​, made with Johnny Depp’s encouragement

When the chance arose to make a documentary about Shane McGowan of the Pogues, director Julien Temple hesitated, not at all sure he wanted the challenge of capturing the irascible Irish-English folk-punk frontman on camera. “You’ve got to be prepared to put yourself through a special kind of experience with Shane McGowan,” says Temple, who, mind you, had previously subjected himself to the making of two films with the not-exactly-mild-mannered members of the Sex Pistols. “He does come with a war...
Tags: Music, New York, London, Movies, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ireland, David Bowie, Johnny Depp, Sinn Féin, Dublin, Republican, Orange County, Gerry Adams, Primal Scream


And Yet, A Live Performance Truly Beats Livestreaming

Ireland is reopening in some ways, but arts venues are expecting a third wave of coronavirus infections and another shutdown after Christmas. How should they plan? “Covid-19 has profoundly changed parts of our world. Business travel has been killed by the Zoom call. The absurdity of the daily rush hour has been exposed by home working. Some of these changes may turn out to be permanent. But when it comes to art and culture, lockdown has revealed a contrary truth: live will always be better than...
Tags: Art, Music, Ireland, 11.28.20


Sinéad O'Connor to enter trauma and addiction treatment programme

The Irish singer is seeking help for addiction to an undisclosed drug after being profoundly affected by the death of someone close to herSinéad O’Connor has postponed her 2021 tour in order to enter a year-long treatment programme for trauma and addiction. Writing on Twitter, O’Connor said that 2020 had been the culmination of six years of suffering. She had this year become addicted to “a drug other than weed”, which she has used for 34 years, after being profoundly affected by the death of “s...
Tags: Health, Music, Mental Health, Culture, Ireland, Sinead O Connor, O'Connor


Spotify introduces a new music-and-spoken word format, open to all creators

Spotify today is launching a new feature that combines spoken word audio commentary with music tracks. The new format will allow Spotify to reproduce the radio-like experience of listening to a DJ or a music journalist offering their perspective on the music. But Spotify is also making it possible for anyone to use the format to create a music-filled podcast through an integration with Spotify’s own DIY podcasting app, Anchor. Spotify says the new shows will still compensate the artist the same ...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Media, Podcasts, America, Tech, Pandora, Ireland, Streaming Music, Streaming Service, PAUL, Joe Rogan, Rogan, Canada Australia New Zealand, Rob Harvilla, Allison Hagendorf


Michael Kiwanuka Wins 2020 Mercury Prize

Michael Kiwanuka has won the 2020 Mercury Music Prize, awarded every year to an outstanding album from the United Kingdom and Ireland, for his 2019 LP KIWANUKA, beating out a field of competitors including Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, Laura Marling, Porridge Radio, and Stormzy. More »
Tags: Music, News, Ireland, United Kingdom, Michael Kiwanuka, Kiwanuka, Mercury Prize, Charli XCX Dua Lipa Laura Marling Porridge Radio


Spotify’s new radio-style playlist combines music and news in U.K.

Spotify’s Daily Drive presents listeners with a unique mix of music and news content that has British radio stations biting their nails. Spotify have launched ‘Your Daily Drive’ for listeners in the U.K. after launching the unique playlist in the U.S. and Germany last year. The playlist is a unique blend of music and news which is designed as a radio-style blend of content to get listeners up to date whilst interspersing tunes they know users will like. Whilst clearly intended by the ...
Tags: Spotify, Music, UK, Germany, Ireland, Times, Economist, Digital Music News, U K, Spotify News, Tom Connaughton, News And Music, News Music Streaming, News On Spotify, News Playlist, Spotify And Radio


Norse code: project aims to decipher sound of old languages

Composer Edmund Hunt leads effort to examine sonic footprints of Vikings and CeltsVikings are well known for helmets, swords and longboats, and they must have made a racket when raiding settlements, but history does not quite record what they sounded like. The centuries cast a hush over their conversations, poems, songs and music.That may soon change because a pioneering research project aims to breathe life into the sounds of early medieval languages, including extinct Old Norse and Early Irish...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK News, Culture, Ireland, Heritage, Language, Archaeology, Edmund Hunt


Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, Laura Marling Among 2020 Mercury Prize Nominees

Once a year since 1992, the British Phonographic Industry And British Association Of Record Dealers hands out the Mercury Music Prize to one album that's come out of the UK or Ireland. A bunch of UK music-business types select what they determine to be the best album that the two countries have to offer, and … More »
Tags: Music, UK, News, Georgia, Ireland, Charli Xcx, Kano, Anna Meredith, Laura Marling, Stormzy, Porridge Radio, Dua Lipa, Michael Kiwanuka, Moses Boyd, Mercury Prize, Sports Team


‘The Office’ star Creed Bratton talks Grass Roots rock fame, ‘Slightly Altered’ new album

A three-legged feng shui toad inspired the first single off Creed Bratton’s new album “Slightly Altered,” but that’s definitely not the only time good fortune has smiled on the singer-songwriter and actor. As lead guitarist for the Grass Roots in the late ’60s, Bratton was part of the psychedelic pop/rock band’s peak period when singles such as “Midnight Confessions” and “Let’s Live For Today” cracked the Top 10. As a character actor, decades of scuffling around Hollywood ended in 2005 when Brat...
Tags: Music, TV, Hollywood, London, California, Oregon, Berlin, Office, Israel, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ireland, Middle East, Athens, Elvis Costello


listening to joni: #15: turbulent indigo

Turbulent Indigo, 1994 Front Cover Turbulent Indigo is a rich album, one that demands repeated listening. Every time I hear it, I discover new sounds and meanings, and I find that it has slyly become one of my most beloved of Joni's work.The name of the album is itself enigmatic. Many reviewers have noted that it echoes an earlier masterpiece, since the colour indigo is a form of blue. I don't find much in common between 1972's Blue and this one. On Turbulent Indigo, the music is spars...
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Watch: 40 Irish women artists sing 'Dreams' by The Cranberries to raise funds for domestic abuse victims

In this amazing music video, 40 women musical artists from Ireland perform 'Dreams' by The Cranberries to raise funds for SAFE IRELAND, which supports women and children affected by domestic abuse. [Irish Women In Harmony] has a YouTube channel, also. This is a beautiful and emotionally overwhelming musical performance. Watch, and donate to support if you can. Listen/Add to your collection - https://orcd.co/iwihdreams All funds raised go to Safe Ireland, you can check out all the grea...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Entertainment, Youtube, Change, Domestic Violence, Ireland, Child Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Make A Difference, Ruthanne, Kevin Cassidy, Irish Women


World spends to protect culture from economic ruin

From Italy to Madagascar, funding is in place to try to preserve the arts sector by supporting actors, musicians and other cultural workersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCultural recovery programmes amounting to billions of dollars have been established across the globe to shore up theatres, festivals and other arts institutions against economic ruin. Although some advocates believe the arts industry can be rejuvenated by interventions in a post-pandemic world, other...
Tags: Europe, Music, Greece, Film, France, Germany, Africa, Spain, World news, Culture, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Art and design, Television & radio, Museums


Squid – “Broadcaster”

The Brighton quintet Squid have been quickly making a name for themselves amongst a generation of exciting young art-rock bands coming out of the UK and Ireland. Early buzz led into the Town Centre EP last year -- we ranked it amongst our favorite EPs of 2019, while also naming Squid one of … More »
Tags: Music, UK, Ireland, Brighton, Squid


Margaret Atwood Reads Fables: Livestreaming Today

Appointment viewing is back. Find out which online events to look for today, and when to tune in.
Tags: Music, Television, Movies, News, Ireland, Theater, Margaret Atwood, Jewel, Sarah, Marin, Jessica, Amanda, Margaret, Zachary, Atwood, Hecht


Sinead O’Brien – “Roman Ruins”

If you've been paying attention to the rock scene of the UK and Ireland in recent years, you are probably already familiar with Dan Carey and the wave of artists associated with him. The Speedy Wunderground head has proven to be a crucial figure in bringing this weird, unclassifiable generation of new, arty rock bands … More »
Tags: Music, UK, Ireland, Dan Carey, Sinead O'Brien


Ronan O'Rahilly, Radio Caroline founder who inspired UK pop and pirate radio, dies aged 79

O’Rahilly, who also managed pop stars and James Bond actor George Lazenby, was diagnosed with dementia in 2013Ronan O’Rahilly, the Irish founder of the notorious Radio Caroline that popularised pop music on British radio, has died aged 79.His death was announced by the radio station that is still broadcasting, who said: “In a pastime populated by unusual people, Ronan was more unusual than all of them combined.” He had been diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2013. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, UK, UK News, Radio, Culture, Ireland, Pop and rock, Television & radio, James Bond, Caroline, Ronan, George Lazenby, O'Rahilly, Rahilly Radio Caroline


Squid – “Sludge”

Out of the new generation of guitar bands coming from the UK and Ireland, Squid quickly proved themselves to be one of the most exciting. Last year, they released a handful of infectious, shape-shifting singles, "The Cleaner" and "Match Bet." (Each ranked amongst our favorite songs in their respective … More »
Tags: Music, UK, Ireland, Squid


Whim Examines Social Media Woes via "Oh Society" (premiere)

"I was on tour in Ireland when I got snowed in while staying in my friend's apartment while she was out of town, so I had no one to talk to and nowhere to go," recalls the singer. "All I had was a piano and internet access. After seeing a friend's post on Facebook about one issue or another, I made the comment 'oh, society!' and immediately thought it would be a great song title. I ended up writing a much slower ballad like a version of the song on the piano and abandoned it after the first ve...
Tags: Facebook, Music, New York, Ireland, Portland, Premiere, Indie Pop, Galway Ireland, Fluff and Gravy, Folk pop, Whim, Gravy Studios, John Shepski, Juniana Lanning


New Digital Archive Will Bring Medieval Chants Back to Life: Project Amra Will Feature 300 Digitized Manuscripts and Many Audio Recordings

Among historians of European Christianity, it long seemed a settled question that Irish Catholicism, the so-called “Celtic Rite,” differed significantly in the middle ages from its Roman counterpart. This despite the fact that the phrase Celtic Rite “must not be taken to imply any necessary homogeneity,” notes the Catholic Encyclopedia, “for the evidence such as it is, is in favour of considerable diversity.” Far from an insular religion, Irish Catholicism spread to France, Germany, Switzerland...
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Kathleen Donohoe's Playlist for Her Novel "Ghosts of the Missing"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Kathleen Donohoe's Ghosts of the Missing is a smart and engaging literary thriller. Kirkus wrote of the book: "Donohoe is skilled at cultivating the pervasively disconcerting and m...
Tags: Music, New York, David, Ireland, Sinead O'connor, Carney, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Evelyn, Rowan, Scully, Angela, Cyndi Lauper, Mulder, Hudson Valley


'We're playing to the world': Galway's European capital of culture year kicks off

Galway 2020 promises everything from Margaret Atwood to art with local asylum-seekers. Its organisers and artists talk about building bridges and creating a lasting legacy for Irish artists‘I know it’s not utopia, but …” Author Sarah Moss has made a decision, she tells the audience at Imagining Ireland. She’s moving to Ireland to discover whether the country of her imagination can survive the test of lived experience. Striking a note of guarded optimism that captured the mood of the evening at G...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, Festivals, Margaret Atwood, Arts funding, Performance art, Galway, European Capital Of Culture, Sarah Moss, Sara Baume, Imagining Ireland, Elaine Feeney



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