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If you were paying attention to featured guests and collaborators on rap albums in 2015, the name Anderson .Paak was one that appeared on a few albums – Dr. Dre’s Compton, The Game’s The Documentary 2.5, Busdriver’s Thumbs and his joint effort with Knxwledge as NxWorries for Stones Throw. 2016 is the year that Paak,… Read more »

Posted on January 29th, 2016

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This week, news reached that Block T, an arts and culture organisation based in Smithfield has to leave their premises in the Dublin 7 area and find space for 120 members who utilise the space’s 70 studios. Their members include dozens of practioneers in design, art, fashion, visual art, painting, web developers, screenprinting, musicians, animation… Read more »

Posted on January 28th, 2016

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After their two Dublin gigs last week, Massive Attack have dropped a new Ritual Spirit EP on Virgin/EMI today featuring 4 tracks of collaborations with their old pal Tricky, Roots Manuva, Azekel & Young Fathers. It’s the first of two EPs to be released this year with an album to follow. Ritual Spirit EP has… Read more »

Posted on January 28th, 2016

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For a young artist in his twenties, Dubliner Cian Nugent is inspired by music of another age. His debut album Doubles was a favourite around here, featuring elongated John Fahey (revered American guitar bluesman) style songs. Since then, Nugent as released on on small but respected independent American labels like Matador and No Quarter. Musically… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2016

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The Choice Music Prize have announced their song of the year nominees, which features 10 songs to a public vote. The shortlist is decided by a combination of Choice judges (who are solely responsible for the album list), Today FM DJs and airplay. They are: All Tvvins – ‘Thank You’ Daithí – Mary Keane’s Introduction… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2016

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Belfast’s Ava Festival (Audio Visual Arts) is looking like the best electronic city festival on the isle at the moment. Returning for a second year, on Saturday June 4th in T13 Belfast, Titanic Quarter, the Belfast festival features a conference and live / DJ sets and there’s loads planned for the day. On the live… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2016

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The Great Escape, the new music industry-focused event in Brighton that takes place in May 19-21st has announced 100 bands of its 450 to play the festival. Additions include: Michael Kiwanuka, Inheaven, St Lucia, Songhoy Blues, Fatoumata Diawara, Blossoms, The Big Moon, Bleached (pictured), Iglooghost, Lady Leshurr, Band Of Skulls, Mabel (daughter of Neneh Cherry),… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2016

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Eipic is a new comedy drama show about to be broadcast on TG4 from next week Thursday February 4th at 10pm for a six-week run.. The show, penned by Mike O’Leary (a writer on Misfits) has been described as “The Commitments for millennials” and an off-beat comedy drama that “follows the fortunes of five rural… Read more »

Posted on January 26th, 2016

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