A look back at the life and legacy of the legendary Motorhead frontman.
Peter O’Loughlin’s musical life is a joy to hear
This new CD traces the music of the famous County Clare multi-instrumentalist from the '50s to earlier this year.
Thomas Meagher: badass
Pulitzer Prize winner Timothy Egan outdoes himself with the remarkable tale of a patriot in both his native Ireland and America.
Around the Farm Gate tells stories of Irish farm life
These 50 stories from 50 authors detail rural Ireland in decades past.
Back for the first time in decades, the legendary Father Charlie Coen leads the way on a superbly gentle CD of classic and family-composed music.
Sun Records founder Sam Phillips gets his due with new(ish) biography
Peter Guralnick's bio of the man who discovered Howlin' Wolf, Elvis and many more is as great as several of his previous books, and that's saying something.
Paddy Buckley’s in trouble, and you should read all about it
This darkly funny crime novel clearly shows that Dublin-born author Jeremy Massey is a young writer to watch.
Tom Jones impresses with new autobiography
Written without a ghost author, the book traces the Welshman's life from poverty to '70s superstardom to his current status as pop music royalty.
A young Irish woman blooms in Brooklyn
Saoirse Ronan is incredible as an Irish immigrant struggling to adjust to America in a new film.
Whatever happened to Brendan Keenan?
A younger brother of master piper Paddy Keenan, he made one promising LP in 1984, and never recorded again.
Eddie Moloney: A master musician, masterfully documented
This new two-CD set profiles the County Galway-born multi-instrumentalist's career via recordings drawn from nearly 30 years of playing alone and in a variety of group settings.
Chrissie Hynde’s reckless, dangerous life makes for a bracing memoir
The Pretenders' founder charts her course from music-obsessed Midwestern teen to the leader of one of the best New Wave bands of the early '80s with a lack of self-pity.
Academy Street introduces Mary Costello as a major new Irish novelist
This brief novel about an Irish immigrant portrays a quiet, solitary life with a spare beauty.
The Legacy brings Peter O’Loughlin’s amazing career to a close
The County Clare multi-instrumentalist has been recording since the 1950s, and this, his third CD with piper Ronan Browne, is a lovely, sweetly vigorous swan song.
Here’s why your cell phone is making you fat
Time and again, I see a connection between people in the gym who need to work out the most and work out the least -- for one simple reason.
The pipes, the pipes are calling on these two recent releases
The third solo CD by David Power and the debut by piper Brian Stafford and fiddler Josie Nugent highlight the beauty of the uilleann pipes.
No closer to wisdom: the brutal sadness of Therapy?’s Disquiet
One of Ireland's very best, and most resilient, bands goes back to its roots for a CD that recalls its 1990s pop/metal/punk peak.
Madonna, Michigan, and me
Some stay, and some choose to break away and go, and who is to say which is best?
Loss and regret in the small hours: Bob Dylan’s Shadows in the Night
Dylan's homage to the great lost-love songs of the '40s and '50s is a small gem in his vast body of work.
The Whites is classic Richard Price
A taut tale of friendship and escalating violence among the denizens of night-time New York, this is one of the best things the novelist/screenwriter has ever done.
Respect: Aretha Franklin’s life, in all its glory and pain
The new David Ritz biography tells the full, and sometimes heartbreaking, story of the Queen of Soul.
Rory Gallagher’s famous Irish tour lives again on new box
The Irish bluesman's finest hour returns -- with more tracks, better sound, and a bunch of excellent and previously unreleased performances.
Roddy Doyle’s latest novel takes on the bad times and fear that consumed Ireland after the economic crash of 2008.
This 2014 live recording of the remarkable 1985 LP reminds us why these songs remain so timeless.
Novelist Eddie Stack’s look at the famous County Clare village takes us deep inside its history, culture and traditions.
This new memoir by soldier Joe Good deserves to be read by anyone with an interest in the Easter Rising or the history of Ireland.
Twenty-two years after his first autobiography, the onetime Johnny Rotten still has a lot to say about music, society, and his place in pop culture.
A marvelous new two-CD set is all you need to know about the famous County Clare musician.