Patrick O’Laoghaire, I Have A Tribe released his debut album Beneath A Yellow Moon this year and it confirmed him as one of Ireland’s most interesting singer-songwriters. His piano-set compositions are emotionally drawn and imbued with classic songwriting touches. ‘Cuckoo’ is the closing track from the album and here Myles O’Reilly films it live in… Read more »

Posted on October 20th, 2016

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The independent festival KnockanStockan is now on a year-long break to return in 2018 (see my How Music Works with organiser Bettine McMahon). Luke Sweetman of Little Beast Films put together a mini-documentary featuring the festival’s key players talking about their time with the festival so far. Sweetman says: “KnockanStockan has been a part of… Read more »

Posted on October 19th, 2016

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The brilliant new Dublin duo Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon aka Æ MAK are influenced by tUnE-yArDs and Anita O’Day and perform with an emphasis on rhythmic vocal lines and harmonies. The joyous ‘I Can Feel It In My Bones’ is their calling card, an exuberant call indeed, and here, for their first proper single… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2016

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Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy released a fine debut EP in Hollowed Out Sea, which was premiered here a few months ago. Now, you can watch the new video for EP track ‘Keepsake’ directed by Nick Murphy and Reddy for the track, which takes its cue from the EP title and features the sea. Ailbhe has… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2016

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Ulrich Schnauss has a new album No Further Ahead Than Today in November on his label Scripted Realities. The lead-track ‘ Love Grows Out Of Thin Air’ has received a video by Dublin-based director Sean James Garland which serves as a short film about a detective dealing with the loss of his son. Sean James… Read more »

Posted on October 10th, 2016

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Radie Peat and Cormac Mac Diarmada of folk band Lynched has a side project with Brian Flanagan called Rue. Myles O’Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) and Donal Dineen had them set up shop in the Fumbally Stables recently to capture their harmonium-lead performance of ‘Katie Cruel’. Aideen Macken adds modelling touches to the video. Rue present an… Read more »

Posted on October 7th, 2016

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Sure, what else would you do on tour? Grimes yesterday released four music videos for her recent album Art Angels including ‘Scream [ft. Aristophanes]’,’World Princess part II’, ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Belly of the Beat’. Her support act and band member HANA made of her own too for ‘Chimera’, ‘Underwater’, and ‘Avalanche’. All seven videos were while… Read more »

Posted on October 6th, 2016

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James Vincent McMorrow appeared on Later With Jools Holland last night with his new band alongside Twin Atlantic, Tom Chaplin and Madeleine Peyroux. He performed ‘Rising Water’ from new album We Move. Lovely. McMorrow plays Dublin’s National Stadium on Friday and Black Box Galway tonight. Tickets are sold out for Dublin but available for Galway.

Posted on October 5th, 2016

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Bell X1 released ‘Out of Love’ a recent Irish music highlight this summer and today, there’s a video premiered right here, made in collaboration by Louise Gaffney and motion graphic designer Cian McKenna. Both are musicians and visual artists. Louise plays with Come On Live Long. The video takes the concept of love as a… Read more »

Posted on September 20th, 2016

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Chance the Rapper performed ‘No Problems’ with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz on Ellen, using the backdrop of a “Generic Records” company board meeting, which they promptly tear up the way Chance keeps his career independent and in his own control, as he discusses below with Ellen. Lil Wayne also referenced the recent US Olympic… Read more »

Posted on September 15th, 2016

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‘8 (Circle)’ is a song from Bon Iver’s forthcoming album 22, A Million and Justin Vernon and co. debuted it live on Jimmy Fallon last night. The performance debuts their new stage show setup as well as a soulful atmospheric song that sounds like a mix between ’70s soft rock and modern soul. It’s a beaut. Bon… Read more »

Posted on September 15th, 2016

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It’s a surprise in 2016 to see artists of any kind, established or otherwise actually make a really good music video (or make a music video at all really) and Beck has done just that. Channeling the whimsy of his peak for the buzz, the video he co-directed with Grady Hall features random imagery of… Read more »

Posted on September 14th, 2016

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Christine & The Queens has been the breakthrough act of 2016 and rightly so, Héloïse Letissier is an inspiration, an artist with a commanding presence and great tunes. Her debut album Chaleur Humaine was released in France a couple of years ago but an English version released this year gave her worldwide recognition along with… Read more »

Posted on September 8th, 2016

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One of the main highlights of Electric Picnic for many, Rusangano Family struck while the iron is hot (and the rest of us were asleep) in releasing a new video for their Let The Dead Bury The Dead track – ‘Soul Food’ yesterday. Directed by Dave Tynan (Just Sayin’ / Jape), it was shot in… Read more »

Posted on September 6th, 2016

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