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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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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