My favourite songs of the past month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below on Spotify and Soundcloud.

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The top songs of the month

  1. Bon Iver – ‘8 Circle’
  2. Young Marco – ‘Dreamless’
  3. 808 State – ‘In Your Face’ (Bicep remix)
  4. Solange – ‘Cranes In The Sky’ (Kaytranada edit)
  5. NxWorries – Anderson Paak & Knxwledge – ‘Lyk Dis’
  6. Banks – ‘Mind Games’

  7. D.D. Dumbo – ‘Walrus’
  8. Solar Bears – ‘Across Yesteryear’
  9. Enemies – ‘itsallwaves’
  10. Midnight Magic – ‘I Gotta Feeling’
  11. Mura Masa – Love$ick (Four Tet Remix)
  12. Basciville – ‘Sweetheart Rodeo’
  13. Nicolas Jaar – ‘Three Sides Of Nazareth’
  14. Beesmunt Soundsystem – ‘Sensual Work’
  15. Bantum feat. Rusangano Family & Senita – ‘Feel Your Rhythm’
  16. Katie Kim – ‘Ghosts’
  17. D.R.A.M. feat Erykah Badu – ‘WiFi’
  18. Run The Jewels – ‘Talk To Me’
  19. Polica – ‘Kind’ (Boys Noize remix)
  20. Austra – ‘Utopia’
  21. Jens Kuross – ‘We Will Run’
  22. Christine & The Queens – ‘Intraquilité’
  23. Danny Brown – ‘Ain’t It Funny’
  24. Ekkah – ‘Can’t Give It Up’
  25. Grace Lightman – ‘Repair Repair’

Posted on November 2nd, 2016


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Also announced this week:

Former Throwing Muses’ musician Kristin Hersh is to play a solo Irish tour that goes to Spirit Store, Dundalk on November 1st, to Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin on November 2nd, The Triskel Cork on November 3rd (€22), Roisin Dubh, Galway on November 4th (€23) and Dolan’s, Limerick (€24) on November 5th. Tickets via Ticketmaster or venues.

Kiasmos play a DJ Set at Wah Wah Club / The Grand Social next Saturday night Oct 29th.

Dublin’s newest venue The Bowery in Rathmines opened its doors this weekend (it’s a lovely spot), and Badly Drawn Boy is the first of the new announcements with his first Dublin show in 10 years. The date is Sunday 18 December and tickets for the show priced from €22.90 plus booking free are on sale Friday 21 October available from Ticketmaster outlets and online at and the venue website.

A new indie club SOMA hits Whelan’s from next Thursday night and features live sets from Thumper, WOLFF and a DJ set from residents Otherkin. It’s free in.

Kilkenny’s multi-instrumentalist R.S.A.G. has lined up a post-Christmas show at The Sound House (in The Wiley Fox) on Eden Quay on December 28th.
Support on the night is fellow Kilkenny man The Kilo 1977. Early bird tickets go on sale this Friday (€10) at 10am. General (€15). Doors 11pm ’til 3am.

Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) + Rostam (Vampire Weekend) recently made an album together and now Leithauser will be touring it with a group that includesStephen Patterson (Drums), and Gregory Roberts (Bass) with occasionally, Rostam. His tour hits The Workman’s Club, Dublin on 12 March 2017. Tickets priced €22 + fees on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.

I can’t stop listening to the latest Young Marco song so it’s good to see he’s playing Wigwam on November 26th.

It also features in my new mix:

The Last Mixed Tape hosts Lost Tapes featuring Paddy Hanna, Beauty Sleep & Montauk Hotel on November 18th in Bello Bar.

Cork’s Southern Hospitality Board presents The Sudden Club Weekender in December including gigs from Rusangano Family, Altered Hours and Rozi Plain all at the Kino, Washington Street.

The Sudden Club : Rusangano Family + BantumFriday 9th December, 7.30pm
Price: €16

The Sudden Club: The Altered Hours + The BonkSaturday 10th December, 7.30pm
Price: €13

The Sudden Club: Rozi Plain + The Shaker Hymn + Anna Mieke BishopSunday 11th December, 7.30pm
Price: €12

Weekend ticket for all shows are available for €36 and physical tickets available shortly from Plugd Records, Tobin Street.

As part of the Bram Stoker Festival next week, A Breaking Tunes Music trail featuring bands like Participant, Cult Called Man, Basciville, New Pope, Exploding Eyes and more are playing in cafés and shops across town over two days.

Brian Deady has added a second date in Whelan’s next week.

I Am Niamh is playing a headline show on December 9th in Bello Bar, Dublin.

Soulful Dublin singer Jesse John Heffernan plays his first headline live show at The Bello Bar on December 3rd.

Posted on October 19th, 2016

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Recent gigs not listed below? Bruce / BD Festival / Sigur Ros & James McMorrow.

The Bernard Shaw is hosting its Tinder Party again next Saturday Feb 13th. Love Me Tinder is a free event where everyone will be on their phones, pretending not to look at someone across the smoking area, self-consciously dancing to the DJs (Hannah & Craig from District Magazine) because their crush is watching and trying not to eat pizza like a boar in front of said crush. There is also a “Shiftin’ corner”.

After Call Super last week, Out to Lunch next’s Tengu event to be announced is a two-room double header with Young Marco + Intergalactic Gary on March 16th. I’d go to hear ‘Love in Bahia’ alone.

There will be Ghostly International showcase in Opium Rooms on March 5th courtesy of Abstract, featuring Shigeto (pictured), Lord Raja & Heathered Pearls.

Jack Garratt has added a Nialler9 new artist of 2016 pick – Kacy Hill to his Olympia Theatre sho on March 30th.

Some gigs upcoming in The Sugar Club of note include:
Shuggie Otis (February 18th), Slum Village (February 20th) RA The Rugged Man, GangStarr Foundation – Jeru The Damaja – Big Shug – Afu Ra & more (Paddy’s Day), Willis Earl Beal (April 3rd), Hiatus Kaiyote – 2nd Show (May 5th) and The Hot 8 Brass Band (New Orleans Party) & Booka Brass Band (May 13).

Earth, Wind And Fire were also confirmed for a 3Arena show on June 28th this year.

Townloads Carnival is a festival happening in Macroom in Cork on 8-10 July this year and features Jerry Fish, Damien Dempsey, natty & The Rebelship, Daithí, Saint Sister, The Eskies, Altered Hours, Talos, The Cujo Family and more.

Posted on February 4th, 2016

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Tuesday June 2

  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6)
    [Acoustic club] Siomha Brock Music / State Lights / Paul Sheridan / Sophie Coyle

Wednesday June 3


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Saturday June 6

  • Bodytonic & Jr Spesh Present: Your Old Droog @ twisted Pepper (€12/€14)
    [rap] Brooklyn rapper debut.
  • Ross Breen @ The Workman’s Club (€10)
    [Singer-songwriter] Idyllic Valley.
  • Lord Huron[email protected]’s (SOLD OUT)
    [Rock] Galavanting country indie music.
  • Girls Names  @ Hangar (€12)
    [Rock] Guitar rock foursome from Belfast. new song Reticence.
  • The Lonely Schizophrenic, Sinead White, Radioactive Grandma @ The Grand Social (€10)
    [Fundraiser] Ceol Collectives charity event in aid of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.
  • Retro Revival Indie Club @ Sweeney’s (€5, 9pm)
    [Garage/rock] Barry Sutton & Cammy (The La’s) & Beatnik Hurricane. Support from The Statics, David Keenan Chris Parkes & The Dead Beat.
  • Musique Afrique – Manden Express & Ajo Arkestra @ The Sugar Club (€10-€12.50, 9pm, WIN TICKETS)
    [Afrobeat] Double header.
  • Seventies Disco Saturday Night  @ Bello Bar (€8)
    [Disco] 10-piece disco live band
  • SUMMER RISING: The Summer Party @ IMMA (€15)
    [food, art & music] Music curated by Peter Maybury (Thread Pulls) & Dennis McNulty includes Rainfear, Das DJ, Press Charges (Sunken Foal), Simon Conway, Ellll and Andrew Fogarty.
  • Nightflight @ The Grand Social (Free, 11pm)
    [Club] Andrew Kearney and Louche.
  • Pogo: Bodytonic & Hidden Agenda present Late Nite Tuff Guy & Young Marco @ The Twisted Pepper (€15, 10:30pm)
    [Dance] Disco edits and oddball house.
  • Mother 5th Birthday @ Copper Alley (€10/€5, 11pm)
    [Club] Ghostboy, Rocky, Ruth Kavanagh & Chewy.

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Sunday June 7

  • SODA: Betty @ The Bernard Shaw (6pm, Free)
    [Djs] Expect Disco, Electro, Italo and Boogie.
  • Ash @ Whelan’s (€20)
    [Rock] NI rock trio still kicking.

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Monday June 8

  • Watch I Heart Huckabees.

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Posted on June 2nd, 2015


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