After contributing to a worthy compilation along with Mac DeMarco and Oh Boland last week, Dublin indie-rockers Squarehead have returned with their first new single since 2013’s Respect album.

‘Waves’ is a positive track taken from a forthcoming album and comes with a video by Luke Byrne featuring some rollerskating and the band playing in an empty pool. Classic trope.

The single was recorded by ‘Respect’ producer Leslie Keye at Arad Studios in Dublin and features sometime fourth member Ruadhan O’Meara of No Spill Blood/Magic Pockets on Keyboards.

Squarehead play with Xtravision in the Grand Social next Friday June 23rd.

Posted on June 14th, 2017

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Paper Trail Records have put together a compilation of unreleased music from artists like Mac Demarco, Priests, LVL UP, Squarehead, Robocobra Quartet, Slow Skies and more in aid of the Abortion Support Network in Ireland and to highlight the need for choice in Ireland around abortion.

Every sale goes directly to The Abortion Support Network through Paypal, so you can be assured that your donations are being put to good use.

Buy it here.

I find it so strange that we have to fight for basic human rights for the women of our country. As a man, I feel that I shouldn’t have the right to answer this hugely important question on behalf of women, but ultimately we will support the cause however we can, because the women of Ireland deserve the right to choose – Roy Duffy, Squarehead

Tracklisting:

1: Mac Demarco – Without Me (Live)
2: Hot Cops – Weight
3: Squarehead – Ignorance
4: LVL UP – Proven Water Rights (Remix)
5: Beach Moon/Peach Moon – Cut Ties
6: Deer Scout – House
7: Participant – Leave Me Here (Acoustic)
8: CLBCLB – Dreaming in Solitaire
9: Priests – JJ (Live)
10: Oh Boland – Grass Wall
11: Robocobra Quartet – You’ll Shrug (Live)
12: Leapling – To Be Kind (Demo)
13: Katie Dey – Battery (Demo)
14: Just Mustard – Television (Remix)
15: Dexter R – Soy
16: Slow Skies – Anything More
17: Hand Habits – Scald

Posted on May 31st, 2017

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Squarehead have a new single and video for ‘2025’, a highlight from their recent Respect album. In the video, Domhnall and Brian Gleeson re-enact their brotherly antics as captured in home videos from years previous.

All proceeds from the song go to immaturityforcharity.com raising money for St Francis’ Hospice in Raheny for which Domhnall has made some comedy sketches for raising awareness, which has raised €65,000 already. Buy it here.

Posted on November 17th, 2014

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Ticket giveaways:

How to enter ticket comp – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 2pm latest for weekend gigs. Another Love Story entry is by this post only, no email.


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Tuesday August 19

Slint
  • Slint @ Button Factory (€28)
    [Rock] Spiderland-makers and post-rock inspirations reunited. 
  • Deafheaven,  No Spill Blood @ Whelan’s (€16)
    [Heavy rock] Black Metal and Sargent House support.

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Wednesday August 20

Come On Live Long

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Thursday August 21

Wyvern Lingo

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Friday August 22

Roy Ayers

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Saturday August 23

The Drifter

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Sunday August 24

Simmi Simma

Festival


  • Sim Simma! Carnival  @ The Twisted Pepper (6pm, Free)
    [Reggae, dancehall and Afrobeat] A tribute to Notting Hill Carnival

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Monday August 25

"Jeffrey
  • Voxx @ Whelan’s (€10)
    [Rock] Dublin based Rock n’ Roll band.
  • Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams @ The Grand Social (€12)
    [Rock] The brilliant and recommended Lewius with his the old school garage rock Jrams.

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Posted on August 19th, 2014

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Ticket giveaways this week:

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Tuesday August 12


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Wednesday August 13

Booka Brass

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Thursday August 14

Squarehead

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Friday August 15

JAck OF Diamonds
  • Jack Of Diamonds Rhythm & Roots Festival[email protected] Factory, The Grand Social, Sweeney’s, Mercantile (Free – €10, 9pm)
    [Roots/rock] The Eskies, Cujo Family, Gavin Glass, Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble, The Daily Howl, The Shades.
  • The Big Grill BBQ Festival @ Herbert Park (€10, 5pm – 9pm)
    [Food festival] Bodytonic’s BBQ festival with food, demos, Craft Beer and DJs. 
  • Sinead O’Connor @ National Concert Hall (€25-€45)
    [Rock] Songs from new album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss’ and her career.
  • Birdemic @ The Workman’s Club (€5)
    [Dublin seagullcore] The Late David Turpin ,Naoise Roo, French Bird, Joey Gavin and Spoken word artists.
  • Dial M for Murder @ National Concert Hall (€15-€40)
    [Classical] Watch all of the best bits from Hitchcock’s famous films on the big screen while at the same time the RTÉ Concert Orchestra performs the scores live on stage.
  • Bedlam & Bodytonic present: Huxley @ Twisted Pepper (€15, 10:30pm)
    [House] Uk House DJ sold out his last appearance here.
  • Archetype Present: Rødhåd & Kr!z @ District 8, Thomas Street (€15)
    [Dance] Launch of new club space.

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Saturday August 16

Inc.
  • Jack Of Diamonds Rhythm & Roots Festival[email protected] Factory, The Grand Social, Sweeney’s, Mercantile (Free – €10, 9pm)
    [Roots/rock] Tucan, Prison Love, Mongoose, Tupelo, Corner Boy, The Full Moon Boogie Band and more. 
  • The Big Grill BBQ Festival @ Herbert Park (€15, Noon – 9pm)
    [Food festival] Bodytonic’s BBQ festival with food, demos, Craft Beer and DJs. 
  • Spirit Of Folk Launch – We Are Made Of Star Stuff @ Whelan’s Upstairs (€10, 7pm)
    [Music and talk] Carriages, Stephen James smith, Leading Armies, Bunoscionn, Grace Dyas  and more.
  • Gavin James @ Whelan’s (Sold Out)
    [Folk] Melodic poppy singer-songwriter.
  • Dublin Tropical “On The Beach”  @ D-Lite Studios (€10/€15, 6pm, BYOB)
    [Party] warehouse beach-party with DJ Izem and friends.
  • Death in the Sickroom, The Statics, I Am Niamh @ Bellobar (€5)
    [Rock] Launch of new EP.
  • Creamy Goodness play Earth, Wind And Fire @ The Sugar Club (€10)
    [Soul/R&B/funk] Covers set.
  • Forza Nautica 2 – Una Vita Forzacquatica! @ Dun Laoghaire Pier (€35)
    [Boat Party ] The Italo disco boat party returns.
  • Inc.  @ Twisted Pepper (€12)
    [R&B] Nialler9 favourites inc make their Irish debut.
  • Staunch x Together Disco @ The Pint (€10, 11pm)
    [Club] Maurice Collier, Lil Dave, Billy Scurry and more.
  • Henning Baer & L/B/W @ Pogo, Twisted Pepper (€10, 10:30pm)
    [Club] Grounded Theory Berlin DJ and Dublin based electronic pop band among others.

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Sunday August 17

The Big Grill
  • The Big Grill BBQ Festival @ Herbert Park (€15, Noon – 9pm)
    [Food festival] Bodytonic’s BBQ festival with food, demos, Craft Beer and DJs. 
  • Jack Of Diamonds Rhythm & Roots Festival @ The Grand Social, Sweeney’s, Mercantile (Free – €10, 6pm)
    [Roots/rock] Saucy Sundays Wyvern Lingo, Fox E And The Good Hands,  Howbrew, Dixieland Jazzmen.
  • Dublin Youth Big Band @ The Sugar Club (€7/€10)
    [Big band] Featuring members of Booka Brass Band
  • Sim Simma! @ The Twisted Pepper (6pm, Free)
    [Reggae, dancehall and Afrobeat] 

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Posted on August 12th, 2014

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I have some thoughts about Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music shops taking place around the world on Saturday. But before that, here’s a roundup of Irish activity. If there’s anything to add, leave a comment below. Photo from Failte Ireland.

First up, a full list of records stores participating in Ireland and the list of special releases available worldwide which includes releases from Disclosure, Cut Copy, Little Dragon, Parquet Courts, Chvrches, Devo, Conor Oberst, Haim, Chromeo and Villagers.

Dublin

Elastic Witch closing party @ Twisted Pepper, Abbey Street (3pm)

15.30 Lisa O’Neill
16.15 Squarehead
17.00 David Kitt DJ
18.00 Skinny Wolves DJ
19.00 Girls Names
19.45 Skinny Wolves DJs
20.15 Twinkranes
21.15 Jape
22.00 Diamond Dagger
22.45 Elastic Witch DJs
23.15 I Am The Cosmos
12.00 to 01.00 Platimumray DJ
01.00 to 02.00 Kenny Hanlon DJ
02.00 to close Forza Italo DJs

Free in til 8pm. Shop open at 11am.


Record Store Day Party @ Tower Records, Dawson Street

1pm Join Me In The Pines
2pm Lucius
3pm SOAK
4pm Conor O’Brien
5pm Little Matador
6pm Lisa Hannigan

Food stalls and TXFM live broadcast.
(RSD Releases also in Eason’s, O’Connell Street) – 8am – all-day


Record Store Gay @ Outhouse, Capel Street

Kate’s Party, I Heart The Monster Hero, Patrick Kelleher, French Bird, The Late David Turpin, Gar Cox, Sleep Thieves, Lo Fires and many more. 12 – 6pm.

A celebration of diversity, mini music festival, poster exhibition and pop up music shop for International Record Store Day Saturday April 19th in aid of OUTHOUSE LGBT Community Resource Centre. A compilation of covers by the bands below for RSG will be available in Outhouse and local Record Shops. The mini music festival will continue later at PantiBar from 6pm – 10:30 on Capel St. Donations will be accepted towards Outhouse LGBT Community Resource Centre.

Schedule for Saturday:
12.30-Biggles Flys Again
1pm-Stephen Quinn (cafe)
1.30-Swimmers
2pm-Villagers (cafe)
2.30-Exploing Eyes
3pm-Gar Cox (cafe)
3.30-Hot Colossus
4pm-Lofires (cafe)
4.30-The Late David Turpin
5pm-Darren Yorke (cafe)
5.30-French Bird


At Pantibar:
6.30-Bouts
7.15-Kate’s Party
8pm-Crayonsmith
8.45-Slap & Tickle
9.30-I Heart The Monster Hero
10pm The Panti Show

 


All-City Records RSD instore(Free)

All City DJs plus special guest in the shop.


Wingnut Records celebration @ Bello Bar, Portobello (9pm, €6)

No Spill Blood, The River Fane, Bouts and Bitch Falcon.
Gig to celebrate Wingnut’s latest shop in Musicmaker Dublin on Exchequer Street.


Tower presents Empire Records @ Lighthouse Cinema (10:30pm)

Arrive early in your best, grungiest gear for some ’90s themed-fun from 9pm on the night followed by a screening of Empire Records at 10:30pm.


The R.A.G.E./Record Spot

-9am opening
– 20% off all vinyl
– a record player to be given away for free to a random customer, every hour
– €200 worth of vouchers to be given out

Performing on Fade St:
10am – Dennis Cassidy Yacht Rock DJ Set – (Record Spot)
11am – DJ Ragharry – (Mixtapes From the Underground)
1pm – The Statics
2pm – Come on Live Long
3pm – Luke B. – MPC Set
4pm – Ben Bix & Feather
5pm – DJ Louis Scully (Discotekken)
6pm – DJ James Keating Set (Hip Drop)
7pm – DJ Liam Maher (Twin Dublin/Watermelon)


TBC

Sound Cellar
Spindizzy Records
Freebird Records


Belfast

BBC Across the Line has you covered.

Cork

We Play Here zine launch/Weekender. Zine info.

Saturday @ Gulpd:
– Twin Lights // 7:30pm – 8:15pm
– Nativizm // 8:15pm – 9pm(ish)!
– Keep On Jumpin’//9:00pm(ish)

Record Store Day April 19:@ the TDC (Doors 9pm):
– The Shaker Hymn
– Paddy Hanna
– The Great Balloon Race

On Sunday, April 20, We Play Here presents:
– Croupier
– Carried By Waves
– The Careers

Tickets from €6 or €10 with a copy of We Play Here 2.
Weekend ticket €8 or €12 w/ WPH2

MDR label celebration @ The Pavilion (9pm, Free)

Meltybrains? + Band of Clouds. Free compilation CD for the first 50 attendees.


Galway

Instore @ Wingnut, Bell, Book & Candle on Sea Road @ 4.30pm.

Mynameisj0hn + God playing live.


Limerick

Instore @ Wingnut Moviedrome, Henry St @ 2pm.

Windings, Fox Jaw, Mynameisj0hn + God playing live.


Kilkenny

Rollercoaster Records

Instores with Kingston, Frankenstein Bolts and more.


Waterford

Hive Gallery & Studios

 

Ben O’Neills 64 O’Connell Street, Dungarvan

Mellow Yellow Original Dansette vinyl playback. 6 Dozen customer made Vinyl topped cupcakes. Also – Gig sa Tigh @ Bainnlann.

Posted on April 17th, 2014

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The Paddy’s weekend are starting to come out and Subject have announced two events in two days on the weekend of March 16th and 17th. On Paddy’s Day, Detroit house vet/superfreak Moodymann returns for a show in The Grand Social that night. Tickets are €19.50 on sale from RA and Tickets.ie.

The previous night, Subject will be involved in Network #3 which sees Levon Vincent, Ben Sims, Truss vs Tessela and a whole load of local talent in The Grand Social. Tickets are €5/10/15/20 depending on when you get them.


Other Paddy’s weekend events:

The Workman’s Club and Garage Bar are also doing a Free Paddy’s weekender on Sunday, 16th March / Monday 17th March with Irish bands Overhead The Albatross, Squarehead, The Notas, Other Creatures, Exploding Eyes, Otherkin, Death In The Sickroom, Jetsetter, Beach, Late City Edition, Galants, Gav & Thee Icons, Ad Ateris and DJs playing.


Button Factory will host a St Patrick’s Day Post Parade Party with The Frank & Walters, Kila and more on Monday 17th March. Doors 2:30pm. Tickets €6.65/€7 plus fee. Laurent Garnier is playing that night.


No Spill Blood play Whelan’s on the 15th.

Posted on February 19th, 2014

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The 30 tracks that made the month of music awesome in a Soundcloud playlist with links to where you can find the track.

The 30 tracks:

  1. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Cavalier’
  2. Chromeo – ‘Sexy Socialite’
  3. Nadia Ksaiba – ‘Virtual Lover’
  4. Ali Love – ‘Another’
  5. Wave Racer – ‘Rock U Tonite’
  6. Polica – ‘Chain My Name’
  7. Kelela – ‘Guns ‘n’ Synths’ 
  8. Lorde – ‘Royals’
  9. Squarehead – ‘2025’
  10. Arcade Fire – ‘We Exist’
  11. The Juan Maclean – ‘Feel Like Movin’ 
  12. Darkside – ‘Paper Trails’
  13. Lasertom – ‘All The Time’
  14. Spies – ‘November Sun’
  15. Wiley – ‘And Again’
  16. Movement – ‘Us’
  17. Contour – ‘Change Your Ways’ (feat. Anna Doran)
  18. CON VOS – ‘Central Park’
  19. Ensemble Eriu – ‘3 College Square’
  20. Daniel Avery – ‘Drone Logic’
  21. Tiger & Woods – ‘Bash At Jacks’
  22. Gilligan Moss – ‘Choreograph’
  23. Ménage à Trois – ‘White Noise’
  24. Gentry – ‘Not Like Me’
  25. Lxury – ‘Jaws’
  26. Dioscó Na mBó – ‘Brassanova’
  27. We Cut Corners – ‘YKK’
  28. Danny Brown – ‘Dope Song’
  29. Emakousma – ‘Can’t Reach The Pedals’
  30. Mark Pritchard – ’1 2 3 4′ feat. Ragga Twins

Posted on November 6th, 2013

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Every Friday, I’ll publish my new tracks and artist picks of the week as featured in the Irish Independent’s Day & Night Magazine. Follow Day & Night on Twitter and Facebook for more and pick up the paper to see my entire column this week including a Netflix film of the week and why Lorde has made such an impact.

Movement – ‘Us’

You might recognise that bassline from ‘Jasmine’, the alternative hit from the estranged UK musician Jai Paul. Sure, Modular Records-signed Sydney three-piece Movement move in the same shadowy dance/R&B circles so loving ‘Us’ is kind of like falling for the cool sexy cousin from Australia.


All new music picks …→

Posted on October 11th, 2013

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If you’ve not been on the internet in the last few weeks, you may not know that Squarehead released their second album Respect in September and they launched it last week in Moxie Studios off Leeson Street which looks like a cool place for bop. Musicians With Cameras were there and captured two songs – ‘Two Miles’ and ‘Swing’ from the gig.  Get the album from Bandcamp.

Posted on October 8th, 2013

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Over the weekend, Squarehead quietly put out their second full-length album Respect on Bandcamp. After getting it mastered last week, the band just wanted to put it out rather than sit on it for months.

So what’s it like?
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Posted on September 23rd, 2013

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Our LGBT brothers and sisters are the focus of lots of attention at the moment, between retrograde homophobic attacks and the constitutional amendment to extend rights to same-sex couples. With important steps towards progress, there are still steps backwards. Being a young person is hard enough, being one who is seen as different from the majority is even harder. Which is why places like Outhouse are really important. The Capel Street centre in Dublin city offers support to the LGBT community. Last year 25,000 people visited the centre for advice.
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Posted on April 17th, 2013

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Squarehead and So Cow’s split LP has already spawned a one-minute music video and a cool camera video session and here, you can listen to Out Of Season which sees the two Irish bands contribute five new tracks each to the 30 minute record. For So Cow, it’s the first batch of songs written not just by Brian Kelly but the band ahead of the album coming up which was recorded with Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier.

Squarehead, for their part, go harder than they’ve gone ever before, their five songs bite with more distortion, energy and more raucous vocals. A fun stopgap record.

Out Of Season is released on Inflated Records this week with physical copies available next week in Elastic Witch and Tower Records.

Posted on November 15th, 2012

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Popical Island #3 – Listen to Side B

Side A of Popical Island #3 appeared for your streaming pleasure on Monday. 48 hours is just enough time for you to fit in a big digestable listen so Side B is now ready for your indie-pop gluttonous ears and it relies more on distortion pedals, singalong choruses, broken drumsticks, bass and drums being best mates, in-band disagreements and agreements; and a big squeeze of lo-fi rock dynamics.
Listen to the stream and see Saturday’s stage times…→

Posted on July 4th, 2012

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