The Grammys took place last night and the winners list is here, though it must be said, the Grammys have repeatedly shown themselves to be culturally irrelevant in the winners of the awards. Adele’s OK album winning over Beyoncé’s for album of the year continues the problem that a black artist has in winning one of the night’s major awards. Frank Ocean just refused to enter his work and explained why yesterday.

So the awards are establishment-lead trash but the live performances are what keeps people coming back. There were 16 performances last night and here are the most notable ones:


Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin & Tamela Mann

Chance The Rapper’s performance was a highly-charged medley from Coloring Book complete with choir, Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann. Chance won Best New Artist and this is how he accepted.


A Tribe Called Quest, Anderson .Paak, Consequence & Busta Rhymes

A Tribe Called Quest performed ‘We The People’ (with some bits from ‘Award Tour’ and ‘Can I Kick It?) with Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes and Consequence. Busta called Trump President Agent Orange, they brought American Muslims on-stage and Q-Tip called the crowd to ‘Resist!’.


Beyoncé

A heavily-pregnant-with twins Beyoncé delivered the most visually-arresting performance of the night with some slow Lemonade cuts.


Bruno Mars’ Prince Tribute with The Time

Bruno Mars’ did a tribute to Prince with Morris Day and The Time (a band that Prince played with and formed in school) – ‘Jungle Love’ was played too but isn’t in the video. Mars did ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ is a Purple Rain-era velvet suit and it turns out he can slay on guitar:


Adele’s underwhelming George Michael Tribute

The big winner of the night – Adele performed a tribute to George Michael that was she restarted as she was off-key. Performing ‘Fast Love’ she slowed the song down to a craic-less coma level cover that could have been so much more. She also performed ‘Hello’ at the start and acknowledged that Beyoncé should have won the album of the year trophy (the Grammys do not have a strong history of giving big awards to black artists).


The Weeknd performed with Daft Punk

DP dressed as Glam Darth Vaders. They are very good at standing around behind equipment (it’s unclear if they did anything).


Metallica and Lady Gaga – Why?

Gaga couldn’t have fallen from the top further with this shit show pairing. Hetfield’s mic doesn’t work for most of it, Gaga trips. Why?

Posted on February 13th, 2017

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Coachella, one of the biggest drawing music festivals around announced its lineup today and it includes some big names: Radiohead, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar at the top.

Coachella takes place in Indio, California over two weekends in April: 14th-16th and 21st to 23rd.

Other names of note on the lineup for the festival include The xx, Lorde, Future Islands, Father John Misty, Bon Iver, Roisin Murphy, The Avalanches, Schoolboy Q, Kaytranada, Devandra Banhart and mutherfucking Hans Zimmer.

Posted on January 3rd, 2017

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Louise Bruton is a freelance journalist, pop culture enthusiast, lone wolf and party ledgebag. She loves Craig David and getting famous people on her knee. She combined both of those things just this week. She also runs Legless In Dublin which reviews Dublin places in terms of wheelchair accessibility.

See all the top 10 tracks of 2016 guest selections.


1.

Kanye West – Fade

Aul Kanye gets a hard time but this song with dirty disco vibes and a bounce so smooth, your shoulders develop a rhythm of their own. The Life of Pablo is full of songs that give us insights into an unhappy life (No More Parties in LA, Real Friends) but Fade is a filthy club hit with dark undertones.


2.

Beyoncé – Formation

I was at a party full of Irish people in London when Formation dropped and we ended up pausing all other playlists and had the song on repeat for the rest of the night. Its combination of pop culture and political statements make it one of Beyoncé’s most powerful songs, adding to the resurgence of protest music for the masses.


3.

Drake – One Dance

When mopey Drake is kicked to the curb, we get dance delicacies like One Dance. This, for me, will forever be the sound of summer 2016. Even when I’m old and weary, the first few strains of this will take me back to dancing at a chip van in the wee hours of the morning at music festival, refusing to go to bed.


4.

All Saints – One Strike

Now, this is a comeback. Influenced by Nicole Appleton’s divorce from Noel Gallagher, One Strike is an understated break up song about defiance that throws All Saints right back to that realm of cool that they specialised in in the late 90s and early 00s.


5.

Rihanna – Kiss It Better

With its shrilling electric guitar riff and durrty R&B groove, Kiss It Better strikes me as the type of song that Lenny Kravitz wish he wrote. This song evokes wind machines, silk shirts and impractical sex scenes normally displayed in movies like Top Gun.


6.

Run the Jewels feat. DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak

Not since Mousse T. has a song had so much horn. The collaboration between Run the Jewels and DJ Shadow is instantly recognisable and with lyrics that portray the worst of humanity, it’s an anthem for this trainwreck of a year that we’ve all managed to survive.


7.

Ariana Grande – Into You

Although many pop fans were hesitant to accept another pop diva in our lives, Ariana came along with this song and we apologised for ever doubting her. With flirtatious lyrics and a throbbing beat, the dance floor becomes a very dangerous place when Into You starts to play.


8.

NAO – Inhale Exhale

NAO was the breath of fresh air that the pop scene needed this year and Inhale/Exhale is a smooth and swirling R&B treat that melts in your mouth.


9.

Tove Lo – Cool Girl

Tove Lo is the bold outlaw of the pop world, writing songs that celebrate our shameful moments instead of hiding them. Cool Girl trips over itself and the words roll into each other, making it an effortless ditty that challenges the power play in relationships.


10.

Adultrock – Put ‘Em Under Nazareth (Jack Charlton v Justice)

Jesus Christ. The first time I heard this, I felt like I had been reborn. Put ‘Em Under Pressure should be Ireland’s national anthem but this version gets the blood pumping and it awakens a tribal roar that you never knew you could muster. Paired with the national pride we had during the Irish fans’ triumph at the Euros this year, this was an attack of the emotions.


Posted on December 8th, 2016

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London bass-heavy trio YOGI pulled off a major coup by having Pusha T on their huge ‘Burial’ single, no doubt helped by their presence on Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Their debut EP is out on May 5th but before that we asked them what songs are floating their boats.


1. What song(s) have been inspiring your new material?

Blake: ‘Partition’ by Beyonce and ‘Coast Is Clear’ by Skrillex ft Chance The Rapper.

i/O: There are way too many to mention but I’ve been listening to Beyonce- ‘Partition’, Drake – ‘Trophies’ & Common – ‘War’ a lot this week.

2. A song that you remember from a particularly good club night recently and why?

i/O: If the night was really that good, I usually can’t remember anything.

Yogi: Some crazy track that I heard in Miami, I don’t know the name of it! I Been trying find it so I can put in our set, I’ll let you know when i find out.

3. Remix of the year so far?

i/O: Jay Electronica & Jay-Z – ‘We Made it’ (Remix)

Yogi: Showtek – ‘Booyah’ (Party Favour Remix)

4. Favourite song to wake up to?

Blake & i/O: Pharrell – ‘Happy’

5. A song you have discovered/heard in a club, gig or mix recently that blew you away?

i/O: Its old but I heard ‘I Cant Stop’ by Flux Pavillion in a mix recently. I’d forgotten how massive that drop is.

Yogi: I rediscovered that Crystal Waters’ ‘Gypsy Woman’ track recently, it still sounds dope.

6. Favourite slow jam?

Blake: Ginuwine – ‘Pony’

Yogi: Aaliyah – ‘Are You That Somebody‘ if that counts…

i/O: Notorious ‘B.I.G – Me & My Bitch‘. That counts right?

7. A song guaranteed to get people on the dancefloor?

i/O: Jay-Z – ‘Big Pimpin’

Blake: Lil Wayne – ‘Six Foot 7 Foot’

Yogi: Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Moguai – ‘Mamouth’ (Carnage mix)

8. A song that’s always likely to get played when you DJ?

i/O: Shameless plug time….YOGI featuring Pusha T – ‘Burial’

Blake: Skrillex and A$AP – ‘Wild For The Night’

Yogi: i/O got it right!

9. An old song you play at DJ sets regularly?

Yogi: Ludacris – ‘What’s Your Fantasy?’

10. Favourite rap verse?

Blake: Busta Rhymes – ‘Gimme Some More’

i/O: The first verse from ‘Warning’ by Notorious B.I.G

Yogi: 2pac – ‘Hit Em Up’, first verse.

11. Favourite song from the ‘70s?

i/O: Marvin Gaye – ‘Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)’

Blake: Jackson 5 – ‘ABC’

12. Favourite rapper of the moment?

Blake: Kendrick Lamar
i/O: Schoolboy Q
Yogi: Chance The Rapper

13. Song of the year so far?

Blake: Beyonce – ‘Partition’
i/O: Schoolboy Q – ‘Man of the Year’
Yogi: The interlude song on from Pharrell’s new album, ‘Lost Queen’.

14. A new artist are you most excited about..

i/O: Chance The Rapper
Blake: Schoolboy Q
Yogi: Miriam Bryant

15. An album you’ve been recommending to people?

Blake: Pharrell’s new album Girl
i/O: Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron

16. What song did you hear this year that you wish you’d written?

i/O: Drake – ‘Trophies’
Blake: XO – ‘Beyonce’

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Tuesday March 4th

  • The Head and The Heart @ Whelan’s (SOLD OUT)
    [Folk] Seattle Band. Support Paul Thomas Sanders.
  • Picturehouse @ The Sugar Club (€12.50)
    [Pop] Elder ‘Sunburst’ Irish band back releasing records.
  • Rufus Wainwright @ Vicar Street (€44.05)
    [Songwriter] Best of show.

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Sunday March 9th

  • MURO Mini-Fest  @ The Generator, Smithfield (Free, Noon – Midnight)
    [DJs]Market, swap shop, workshops, live music (Jetsetter, Twin Headed Wolf), short films.
  • 12 Sundays: Space Dimension Controller @ The Bernard Shaw (Free, 8pm)
    [DJ] The interplanetary Belfast superfreak
  • Beyoncé @ The O2 (€82 – €100 with fees)
    [Pop] The Mrs. Carter World Tour. She might be Queen Bee but those tickets are expensive. Plays 8th, 9th, 11th.

Monday March 10th

Posted on March 4th, 2014

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Gonzales Amazing mixtape from Gonzales who is now calling himself Chilly Gonzales. The entire thing is made up of piano remixes of songs like ‘A Milli’ by Lil Wayne, ‘Single Ladies’ by Beyonce, ‘Rollin’ and Scratchin’ by Daft Punk and ‘Grindin’ by Clipse. It’s a deconstructive/ reconstructive mixtape of sorts.

It’s called Pianist Envy and it’s oddly brilliant. Gonzales is currently doing a series of “Piano Talk Shows” in Joe’s Pub in NYC where he is joined by people like Sia, A-Trak, Andrew WK and Princess Superstar. It should come as no surprise after all, this is the man who set the world record for longest solo performance clocking in at 27 hours, three minutes and 44 seconds at Paris’s Ciné 13 Théâtre last year. He recently joined Marina and the Diamonds in Estonia for this performance.

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Posted on February 18th, 2010

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