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I was recently on panels for the Guinness Amplify workshops around the country in Galway, Belfast, Dublin and Cork along with some people who have found themselves working in the music industry from people in labels, festivals, managers, radio, publishing, digital strategy and more. The workshops were set up so that musicians could ask the… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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Laura Groves’ did a wonderful job last year covering Paul McCartney’s ‘Waterfalls’. She also provided vocals on Bullion’s Nautic project’s track ‘Fresh Eyes’ before that. On her new track ‘Dream Story’, from her Committed Language EP, out on DEEK on February 16th, she shows off her talent once again with a lo-fi swaying track that… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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B.A.R.E. In The Woods the festival, that started up last year in Portarlington, Co. Laois, will return for a one-day outing on Saturday June 13th to Garryhinch. The festival has announced its first 12 acts which feature a few international names like Mt. Wolf. They are: Jon Gomm / Mt. Wolf / Pikachunes / Interskalactic… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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Dan Snaith shared an 1000-song playlist that’ll serve as your background playlist for any situation from rap to soul to funk to psychedelia and beyond. It’s something else. From Minnie Ripperton to Shuggie Otis to Liquid Liquid to Pusha T, this is a musical education. The last few years of my life have been incredible,… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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Yesterday, Björk announced her new album Vulnicura for a March release with a short handwritten note that announced the release with some small details including that two of the songs were co-written with the Venezuelan producer Arca and one by The Haxan Cloak alongside Arca. The name John Flynn also appears as a cowrite on… Read more »

Posted on January 14th, 2015

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There’s a good chance you’ve already heard this, it was released as a radio single in December but it debuted online only last week (while I was away), so in case you’ve not yet pressed play, then do so now. ‘Séance of Light’ is the second single from Jape’s fifth album This Chemical Sea, which… Read more »

Posted on January 14th, 2015

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‘Too Many Rappers’ is a Beastie Boys song that appeared on Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, the band’s final album before MCA passed away. A different version of the song was released as a single in 2009 and Roman Coppola directed a video in 2010 at the band’s Bonaroo show in 2009 that would end… Read more »

Posted on January 13th, 2015

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The Popical Island band Skelocrats will return with a new album. The band, made up of Land Lovers’ Padraig Cooney, Grand Pocket Orchestra’s Bronwyn Murphy-White and Paddy Hanna, Groom’s Michael Stevens will release an album Bella Bella in March and the excellent ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ is a Belle And Sebastian-style indie track that suggests the band… Read more »

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My favourite Irish act of 2014 is undoubtedly, God Knows and mynameisjOhn, the Limerick and Clare rap duo who released the best Irish album of the year (no Choice) in Rusangano Family. If you’ve dug deeper and seen the boys live then you’ll know, it’s not just the frenetic work of a duo but a… Read more »

Posted on January 13th, 2015

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