As trailed back in November with Donal Dineen reflecting on the No Disco TV show and the lack of current outlets for music not of a mainstream disposition, for music of a high-grade artistic disposition. It promised a new kind of show and that show debuted on Christmas Eve on Facebook. Made with Myles O’Reilly… Read more »

Posted on January 2nd, 2017

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I’ve spent 11 years writing about and documenting Irish music, with an emphasis on Dublin, my hometown and capital city. The music scene has changed a lot in those times, not only from the industry side: with the revenue in flux, streaming music changing the landscape and a greater emphasis on the experience that can’t… Read more »

Posted on December 12th, 2016

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James Vincent McMorrow just released a deluxe version of We Move, which featured alternative and demo versions of the album’s songs. For his performance on Jimmy Kimmel on US TV last night, he stuck to the original version of ‘Get Low’ but gave it a bit more bite with his band for the cameras. Tour… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2016

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Dublin singer-songwriter Naoise Roo’s new single ‘Whore’ follows in the tradition of PJ Harvey in the scornful yet human rock song stakes. It’s a song that seeks control and craves release in no uncertain terms. The video by acclaimed director Bob Gallagher (Girl Band / Myles Manley/ Spies) takes the idea further and places it… Read more »

Posted on December 1st, 2016

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We Cut Corners’ ‘Of Whatever’ from new album The Cadences of Others addresses Irish society’s apathetic disposition and how we are able to shake off what is happening around us. We shrug and go back to talking about Trump – a faraway demon as opposed to a local one. The video for the song by… Read more »

Posted on November 22nd, 2016

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The xx were the musical guests on Saturday Night Live this weekend, which was hosted by Kristen Wiig. The band performed current single ‘On Hold’ and new song ‘I Dare You’. It was a glimpse into what the setup might be for the upcoming European tour once the album is released. Jamie xx looks to… Read more »

Posted on November 21st, 2016

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To accompany the live single of ‘And Dream Of Sheep’, originally recorded on Hounds Of Love in 1985 and performed at Kate Bush’s 22 concert run in London of Before The Dawn, which is released as on Friday as a triple album. This film was made Kate performed live in a huge water tank at… Read more »

Posted on November 21st, 2016

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Overhead, The Albatross have a headline gig coming up in Dublin’s Vicar Street so to promote it they took to the venue’s stage and filmed their cover of a song that Hans Zimmer wrote for the Inception soundtrack with added Charlie Chaplin via The Great Dictator. It was shot by Bold Puppy.

Posted on November 14th, 2016

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A Tribe Called Quest released their final album We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service on Friday. It’s a fine album, a fitting tribute to Phife Dawg and an album that holds its head up proud in the discography. On Saturday night, the remaining trio appeared on Saturday Night Live to perform… Read more »

Posted on November 14th, 2016

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John Duignan and Conall Breachain’s third album as We Cut Corners‘ The Cadences Of Others feels like a band at their most fine-tuned. Recorded in a church in Drumcondra, the band in a short documentary by The Reelists which explains how they turned a church setting into a recording studio and how they had to… Read more »

Posted on November 10th, 2016

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From Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes‘ recent album The Soft Animal LP (premiered here) , ‘Serpents’ is a highlight. Myles O’Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) has directed a video for the song shot in Sligo in in Strandhill, Edenbaun and Knocknarea. ‘We had a very simple idea…Pearse was to pick up a stone and climb the height of… Read more »

Posted on November 8th, 2016

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Donal Dineen is known as a radio presenter, DJ and the TV presenter of No Disco. No Disco, in case you are unaware, was a TV show that ran on RTE from 1993 and 2003 and was the only TV outlet for alternative music. Dineen was its first presenter and he was followed by Uaneen… Read more »

Posted on November 7th, 2016

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Music for 18 Machines is a reimagining of Steve Reich’s minimal 1976 piece Music for 18 Musicians which focuses on synthesizer performance. It was conceived by Simon Cullen (Synth Eastwood, Lasertom, Ships) with help by Neil O’ Connor (Somadrone) and was presented live in the Button Factory in September. Featuring 18 synthesizers on stage, unique… Read more »

Posted on November 4th, 2016

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Limerick alt-rock band Slow Riot have just signed a deal with UK label Killing Moon, bringing their angular atmosphere to potentially bigger audiences. ‘Absent Dreams’, the band’s new single has that modern post-punk edge found in Interpol’s music and the stylish video by director Lukasz Pytlik and shot in Warsaw features the supernatural kind of car… Read more »

Posted on October 28th, 2016

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