Music journalist, host of the No Encore podcast and end-of-year listicle fan. See all the guest selections of 2017 so far. 1. The Horrors – ‘Something To Remember Me By’ I still don’t know why The Horrors aren’t the biggest band in the UK and Ireland. Their journey has been fascinating to watch and enriching… Read more »

Posted on December 11th, 2017

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Niall D’Arcy aka Dj Deece is one of the most in-demand DJs in Ireland. Before the end of the year, Catch him in Navan, Galway and District 8 in Dublin for New Year’s Eve. See all the guest selections of 2017 so far. 1. Burnin Beat feat. Olive Masinga – Searchin’ Bit of a cheat… Read more »

Posted on December 11th, 2017

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Kenny Hanlon is a DJ and the boss of Apartment Records, who just released a digital compilation of their first 10 vinyl releases. See all the guest selections of 2017 so far. 1. Nu Era – Space Above Us I came across a video earlier this year of Benny Klock playing a classic DJ Skull… Read more »

Posted on December 11th, 2017

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Kelly-Anne Byrne is a regular DJ at festivals throughout Ireland. She’s known for her love of disco and soul, which manifests on the airwaves with her nationwide show on Saturday and Sunday night on Today FM called The Beat Goes On. Kelly-Anne plays the NYE Ball at The Sugar Club. See all the guest selections… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2017

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Galway electronic pop artist Laoise Ní Nualláin grew up playing violin and piano before teaching herself the guitar at the age of 11. She then started writing music at age 15. Her debut EP Halfway, of understated electronic-assisted pop, was released this year and was a regular feature on Nialler9. 1. Banks – Underdog One of… Read more »

Posted on December 6th, 2017

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Irish Sierra Leonean singer Sallay Matu Garnett or Loah takes you on a journey of self-discovery with her new track ‘Nothing’. “Being a woman in the world has often been a fraught and tense experience. Battles with self-worth, feeling like my body is not my own and a sense of worthlessness outside of relationships culminated… Read more »

Posted on December 6th, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place. Listen on Spotify 1. Yaeji – Raingurl The NYC-based Korean producer Kathy Yaeji Lee has released two EPs of house-pop music on the God Mode label (Shamir) and ‘raingurl’ is the standout in her discography so far. It’s at once – a banger,… Read more »

Posted on December 6th, 2017

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Hailing from An Ghráig in west Kerry, Cian Ó Cíobháin is best known for his long-running, renowned radio show An Taobh Tuathail (The Other Side), which has been broadcasting a treasure trove of underground delights on RTE RnaG since 1999. Alongside Cyril Briscoe, he is one of the founders of Galway club night 110th Street,… Read more »

Posted on December 6th, 2017

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The National Concert Hall will host a Shane MacGowan 60th Birthday Celebration on January 15th next year and a lot of famous people will be in attendance to participate including Shane MacGowan himself and: Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, Glen Hansard, Camille O’Sullivan, Johnny Depp, Cerys Matthews, Carl Barat of The Libertines, Lisa… Read more »

Posted on December 6th, 2017

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A new record store Blackwax Records is now open inside the Windsor Arcade on Meath Street Dublin 8 selling a selection of second-hand records with a mix of hip-hop, soul, disco, techno, house, Motown and 7″ records. Record store owner Willo Healy has been collecting records since he was 13 and has always wanted to… Read more »

Posted on December 5th, 2017

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Tuesday December 5th Shine @ Whelans (€11) Kekko Fornarelli and Roberto Cherillo with a mix of jazz piano and electronic sounds. Freddie Gibbs @ Button Factory (€20) Indiana Rapper Wednesday December 6th Ye Vagabonds, Alain Mc Fadden @ The Grand Social (€17.50+) Harmonic Carlow folk brothers. Mark Lanegan @ The Academy (€28+) The raspy alternative rock… Read more »

Posted on December 5th, 2017

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A Co-Present Christmas is a compilation of Christmas songs put together by Dwayne Woods who hosts the Irish music radio show The Co-Present on Dublin Digital Radio. The 15-track compilation will donate all proceeds to Pieta House ,  and features songs from Villagers (White Christmas), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Have Yourself A Merry Christmas), Ailbhe Reddy (Stay… Read more »

Posted on December 1st, 2017

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First Fortnight is now in its ninth year is a music and arts festival that aims to challenge mental health stigma and to create an open discussion and understanding of mental health. A wide range of events from live music, film, theatre, discussion, sport and arts will take place in 17 counties across Ireland in… Read more »

Posted on November 30th, 2017

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It Takes A Village is a new festival due to take place from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th April 2018 next year in Trabolgan holiday home in East Cork conceived by The Good Room. There will be three stages of music, self-catering houses and apartments, spoken word, swimming pool DJ parties (with wave machines, a… Read more »

Posted on November 30th, 2017

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists. 1. Wyvern Lingo – Snow II This track from the Wicklow trio has melodic and vocal similarities to that of Hiatus Kaiyote, with a soothing mix of bass synths and soft drum beats, written in response to the… Read more »

Posted on November 29th, 2017

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