Atmospheric indie rock band Pumarosa released their debut album The Witch today on Fiction and it coincides with the announcement of a Dublin date at the Workman’s Club, Dublin on Friday 24th November.
Tickets priced €16 go on sale Monday 22nd May at 9am through Ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.
Pumarosa have been confirmed for a Whelan’s show on October 31st. The UK indie rock band are playing Electric Picnic bit this will be a decent headline show. Tickets are €15.50+ fees on sale August 24th from Ticketmaster.
Hare Squead are playing a headline show at Button Factory on Wednesday September 28th. Tickets are €13 +fees are on sale this Thursday at 10am from Ticketmaster.
Rapper Bishop Nehru who has collaborated with MF DOOM is to play a gig in the Academy Green Room on Tuesday October 4th. Tickets €18.35 +fees on sale Friday August 26th at 9am from Ticketmaster.
James Vincent McMorrow is releasing his album We Move on September 2nd and on Wednesday September 14th the man will perform live at Tower Records Dawson street with a Q&A after with Irish Times’ Tony Clayton-Lea. It starts at 6:30pm. To get in, you have to pre-order a copy of We Move on CD or LP from the site or in person in the Dawson Street branch between now and September 13th.
Read my How How Music Works piece with James’ manager at Irish Times.
Clonakilty International Guitar Festival has added shows from Adrian Crowley, The Vespertine Quintet, Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard, Spook of the Thirteenth Lock and The Redneck Manifesto as part of the festival taking place from 15th-18th of September this year.
The Belfast boys deliver a stonker.
The Belfast house duo Bicep have been on some roll of late. Everything they touch has a sense of magic to it.
Last year’s output included two tunes that due to heavy rotation were basically instant classics. The bleeping minimalism of ‘Just’ dominated but their collaboration with Hammer ‘Dahlia’ was equally moving.
For a 2016 reminder, their Isaac Tichauer’s ‘Higher Level’ remix follows the lead of ‘Just’ building from booming house-bass track to a siren synth line over the song’s “at a higher level” vocal sample. It’s music to get lost it.
The Loft Record release with remixes from Hackman, Dorsia and Lancelot, is available on 12″ has sold out vinyl wise but is available digitally on April 22nd.
Irish album of the year contender dropped on Friday.
God Knows, MuRli and MynameisjOhn dropped Let The Dead Bury The Dead, their brilliant second album on Friday and in the process, the Limerick-based rap trio explore the fertile ground between two distinct cultural polarities, as an African migrant in Ireland with familial pressure and the balancing act between expectation and the determination to follow a chosen path. It’s full of heart and soul.
‘Lights On’, the album’s new single is a way in. It’s a song about embracing your new surroundings and being yourself – in Rusangano’s case – being African, Irish, Limerick, Clare, repping the culture they’re experiencing and involved in.
The Nialler9 radio show airs live every Thursday night from 10pm to Midnight on 105.2FM TXFM. TXFM will close some time this year but the show continues until further notice. Like this website, it’s a new music show featuring myself presenting my favourite tunes.