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Presenting a non-definitive overview of Irish music in the last five years

What song best represents Modern Ireland to you? What current singer/musician has a strong Irish identity you’d like to share with the globe? If you were sending a song out to the rest of the world and saying – “Listen to this not only is it Irish but it is awesome,” what would one track… Read more »

Posted on March 14th, 2014

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Plus, a report from her first festival show at SXSW last night.

Last night was the first official night of SXSW Music and Capitol subsidiary Harvest Records put on an impressive night of their artist roster including Young & Sick, Arthur Beatrice, Glass Animals and The Preatures. Most of the crowd present were there for Jillian Banks’ and her brooding atmospheric R&B. Her set was damn impressive…. Read more »

Posted on March 12th, 2014

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What song best represents modern Ireland to you?

I was recently asked some questions for an US site around their Irish St. Patrick’s Day coverage and it includes a request for some suggestions for an Irish Paddy’s Day playlist, which got me thinking about the idea of a St. Patrick’s Day playlist for this site too. I want to do a playlist this… Read more »

Posted on March 11th, 2014

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Highlights: Paddy's Weekend, R.S.A.G., Greenhouse, Metronomy, Gregory Porter, Moodymann, Ben Sims, Trailblaze

If you’re looking for tickets to sold out Dublin gigs try #ticketfairy on Twitter. Skip to day: Tues | Wed | Thurs | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon Tuesday March 11th Beyoncé @ The O2 (€82-€100 with fees) [Pop] The Mrs. Carter World Tour. She might be Queen Bee but those tickets are expensive. … Read more »

Posted on March 11th, 2014

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Tom Krell continues his quest to inject old-school R&B tones with new forms.

“This song for me is about love, trust, commitment… and what happens to these things and, like, what happens to really real love when sentimentality is so co-opted and ruined. What remains of true love in this world of simulations?” Beautiful brittle new R&B electronic track from How to Dress Well who sounds like he’s… Read more »

Posted on March 8th, 2014

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It's always good to hear a new Soulwax remix.

Metronomy’s Love Letters was one of the better albums to come out last Friday. The band’s fourth album displays their trademark deft touch in making sparse melancholic pop that is completely out on its own. The two pre-released songs, ‘Aquarius’ and ‘Love Letters’, are probably more the most upbeat tracks on a lithe and at… Read more »

Posted on March 8th, 2014

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The TDE-signed singer returns with a slow and draggy R&B cut.

Since signing to Top Dawg Entertainment, St Louis/New Jersey singer SZA’s own output has taken a backseat to contributions to other TDE artists – most recently on Isaiah Rashad’s Cilvia Demo mixtape and Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron album. But she’s back later in April with the Z EP and the first track ‘Babylon’, stays close to… Read more »

Posted on March 8th, 2014

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A roundup of this week's best with Shamir, Talos, Future, Hundred Waters, Lxury, Wallis Bird and more.

Tracks of the Week playlist 1. Shamir – ‘If It Wasn’t True’ Simply one of the best things I’ve heard in ages. The sound of DFA disco house filtered through a 19 year-old Las Vegas kid Shamir Bailey. Playful, danceable and both modern and vintage at the same time. 2. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’ Cork blooms… Read more »

Posted on March 7th, 2014

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HMV closed on Grafton Street last year but since then, new owners Hilco Capital have re-opened the store on Henry Street and today announced HMV will be returning to Grafton Street in Dublin to occupy the old A-Wear premises. There’s no opening date yet but 35 jobs will be created (presumably old staff would have… Read more »

Posted on March 7th, 2014

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