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I had Torres pegged as a Nashville singer-songwriter when she first came around. Mackenzie Scott has returned with a rougher, tougher edge. The American decamped to Bridport in Dorset, England to record her second album and then to Portishead’s Adrian Utley’s studio and PJ Harvey associated Robert Ellis and Ian Olliver The PJ Harvey tie-in… Read more »

Posted on April 28th, 2015

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Celtronic, the Derry festival of electronic music, happens from Wednesday June 24th – Sunday June 28th

 this year and the lineup was revealed a few days ago. The lineup includes Mano Le Tough, Ripperton, Derrick May, Objekt, Move D, Henrik Schwarz, The Drifter, Fort Romeau, Clark, Recondite, Francesco, Tristano with more to be revealed at… Read more »

Posted on April 28th, 2015

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Skip to day: Tues | Wed | Thurs | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon  Ticket giveaways: Friday: Matthew Dear & Matt Tolfrey @ Opium Rooms (€10-€15, 11pm) Sunday: Jeff Mills @ Button Factory (€20-€25) How to enter ticket comp – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your… Read more »

Posted on April 27th, 2015

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A rising talent on the Irish music scene, Kildare singer-songwriter Sinéad White will release her debut Finally on May 30th. Her melodic bright style is in full effect on the eminently pleasing ‘Better’, the first song from it, about giving yourself a chance in relationships. The simple guitar picked song is adorned with the lightest… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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Here are the top 15 tracks of the last week: Wet – ‘Deadwater’ Cinema – ‘Horizon’ George FitzGerald – ‘Call It Love (If You Want To)'[Feat. Lawrence Hart] Young Wonder – ‘Sweet Dreaming’ Chemical Brothers – ‘Sometimes I Feel So Deserted’ EMBRZ – ‘Silent’ Blonde Maze – ‘Awake / Asleep’ Lianne La Havas – ‘Unstoppable’ Unknown… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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Le Galaxie’s first album Laser Disc Nights 2 was totally immersed in retro futurism down to the VHS-aping video, references to Miami (think Vice) and song titles like ‘This Is Reality, Diane’ (no one born past 1989 has been named Diane, fact).  It was great fun, if light on big tunes, something quickly fixed with… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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The Chemical Brothers have news of their first album in five years out on July 17th (they play Longitude two days later). Their eighth album in total, Born In The Echoes features 11 tracks of “lean, propulsive machine driven music,” taking in “juddering robotic funk” to “unhinged futurist Freakbeat”, “icy spectral psych” and “rhapsodic analog… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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For the last two months, I’ve been doing a weekly column for the Irish Times (along with one about new Irish music) where I talk to people who make a living working in the Irish music business. So far, I’ve talked to an artist manager, festival manager, independent label owner, venue manager, DJ, lighting designer… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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