Tony Clayton-Lea

Tony Clayton-Lea

From riffs to riches

From riffs to riches

In a previous life, Chris Carter was a glam rock musician, but these days he makes his living as a writer of gory crime thrillers - some of them too gory for audiences in the US, writes Tony Clayton-Lea

Albums of the week

Albums of the week

POP/AMBIENT Moby : Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt (Little Idiot) Almost 20 years ago...

Albums of the week

Albums of the week

HIP-HOP Rejjie Snow: Dear Annie (300 Entertainment/Brace Face) With Limerick’s Rusangano Famil...

Albums of the week

Albums of the week

ALT-POP Joan As Police Woman: Damned Devotion (PIAS) There are few voices out there as liquid-go...

Music: Friends Indeed

Music: Friends Indeed

Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland have had their ups and downs with the music industry, but as The Lost Brothers they still believe in the magic of creating music, writes Tony Clayton-Lea

Albums of the week

Albums of the week

POP/ROCK Franz Ferdinand: Always Ascending (Domino Records) Make no mistake: Franz Ferdinand’s...

On the front foot: The Academic

On the front foot: The Academic

By taking a cautious approach and being in no rush to sign up to the first label that came knocking, The Academic have dealt with the music industry on their own terms, writes Tony Clayton-Lea

Britannia: The great British face-off

Britannia: The great British face-off

There’s a new sweeping historical drama on the block, and Britannia is big on battles, blood and budget. Tony Clayton-Lea meets its stars David Morrissey, Barry Ward and Eleanor Worthington Cox

Albums of the week

Albums of the week

SINGER-SONGWRITER Glen Hansard: Between Two Shores (Anti) Allegiance to the cause continues to b...

Albums of the Week

Albums of the Week

Indie Pop The Academic: Tales From the Back Seat (Room 6 Records) Irish indie rock is crying out...

Albums of the week

Albums of the week

INDIE-FOLK Sufjan Stevens: The Greatest Gift (Asthmatic Kitty) The subtitle of Sufjan Stevens’...

Django unbound

Django unbound

Three albums in, British art rock quartet Django Django are still making it up as they go along - to the benefit of their overall sound.

Rotterdam: A real urban legend

Rotterdam: A real urban legend

With cutting-edge architecture and a thriving design scene, Rotterdam is a worthy rival to the first city of the Netherlands, writes Tony Clayton-Lea

The colourful story of a totemic female rocker

The colourful story of a totemic female rocker

BIOGRAPHY/MUSIC: Gold Dust Woman: The Biography Of Stevie Nicks, By Stephen Davis, St Martin’s Press, €25

Going for Gold: Rick O'Shea on reinvention

Going for Gold: Rick O'Shea on reinvention

The 2FM veteran is facing into a new job at RTÉ Gold with plenty of optimism – but also no small amount of realism