No surprise there then. Earlier this week, we concluded that Flying Lotus would probably not be releasing a new album in 2017 because of this feature film Kuso he’s been working on under the name Steve. but we’d probably get some new Fly Lo in the film. Tim Heidecker, Hannibal Buress,David Firth, Iesha Coston, Zack… Read more »

Posted on January 20th, 2017

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Returning to Stradbally for Electric Picnic every year on the cusp of the seasons is like returning to your hometown at this point. Most things are in the place you expect, others have had a lick of paint and there are new attractions to check out, some gaudy and some just right. Electric Picnic 2016… Read more »

Posted on September 6th, 2016

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I met Marea Stamper when she was the booker in Smart Bar in Chicago when I was there to do a piece for Aer Lingus’ Cara Magazine. Her DJ and producer career as The Black Madonna was starting to take off and now she’s playing all around the world. This above Resident Advisor documentary follows… Read more »

Posted on August 16th, 2016

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Returning before All Hallow’s Eve with another batch of choice horror soundtracks of his choosing, is Solar Bears‘ John Kowalski. See last year’s list. Solar Bears will release a new album next year. Michel Rubini – Manhunter If someone were to ask me what makes me recall the 1980s more than anything else it would… Read more »

Posted on October 28th, 2015

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Over three days and nights in Cork the Sounds From A Safe Harbour’s programme took hold in the venues of the city that saw the likes of Lisa Hannigan, Wild Beasts, The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Crash Ensemble and many more contemporary artists play shows in a new festival put together… Read more »

Posted on September 22nd, 2015

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This year was my tenth Electric Picnic. That’s a lot of weekends spent in a field in Stradbally, so arriving on site early on Friday at lunchtime, I had the touch of a jaded cynic, who had seen it all before, who could walk the festival with eyes closed. Yet, despite the noticeable amping up… Read more »

Posted on September 8th, 2015

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There were a few NWA songs on one of the first primer rap cassettes I received from a schoolmate in 1998: ‘Straight Outta Compton’, ‘Fuck Tha Police’ and ‘Gangsta Gangsta’. To a Kildare Christian Brother schoolgoing 16 year-old, their narratives filled with gats, AK-47s, bitches, dirty-ass hos, penitentiaries, homicide and jackings were a vicarious thrill…. Read more »

Posted on August 27th, 2015

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The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson is a a film directed by Julien Temple that tells the extraordinary story of musician Wilko Johnson (Dr. Feelgood, The Blockheads, Roger Daltrey), who diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, managed to accept his fate with uplifting positivity and defy the death sentence handed down to… Read more »

Posted on July 14th, 2015

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If you were to pick the single best festival in Ireland at the moment, it’s certain to be Body&Soul. As I said last year, it’s the most beautiful festival in Ireland. The weather always helps but also does putting it on during the summer solstice, the brightest weekend of the year. It’s the attention to… Read more »

Posted on June 24th, 2015

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The annual Faces magazine from State which features 20 of Ireland’s best new bands as picked by the site’s writers is here and it might be their best yet. 20 acts including Bitch Falcon, Profound, Dear Desert, Booka Brass Band, Wyvern Lingo, Loah, Pockets, Rocstrong, Buffalo Woman and more are featured. Check out the mag… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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71 is a brand new film directed by Yann Demange starring Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris and Paul Anderson about a British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit after a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. The film features a soundtrack by David Holmes and there are only 100 copies of the album… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2014

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Minimum Maximum in Block-T on Friday night was one of the best Nialler9 gigs yet. The no advance warning on the lineup made for a special occasion and our limited capacity was sold out by 9pm as the first band took to the stage. That band, Planet Parade, played their first gig in four years… Read more »

Posted on September 29th, 2014

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This Saturday as part of the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival , the IFI  are screening Love is All, a film that will take the audience through the 20th century exploring love and courtship as seen on screen. The film uses the music of Richard Hawley to soundtrack the first kisses captured on film, and will frame… Read more »

Posted on September 23rd, 2014

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After last year’s GIF marathon, we returned to Stradbally this year with the intention of more GIF action. As captured by Killian Broderick and turned into GIFs by me, this is a selection of what went down at Electric Picnic in moving form featuring St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Outkast, Beck, Sleep Thieves, Portishead, Glass Animals, Girl… Read more »

Posted on September 4th, 2014

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A new site with an emphasis on photography portraits of upcoming musicians, Unmade in Ireland is the work of photographer Gregory Nolan, writer Katie Dwyer and music blogger Amelia Conophy. Unmade in Ireland, in their own words: “tells the story of the bands who haven’t made it yet,” focusing on artists who have been largely… Read more »

Posted on August 21st, 2014

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