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The event needs to focus on local community not expanded commercialism.

There’s a growing dissatisfaction around Record Store Day. The event’s initial soft glow of warm limited vinyl purchase-opportunity has dissipated in recent years as the day has been flooded by ulterior interests. Conceived in 2007, Record Store Day’s intention is to shine a spotlight on the humble independent record shops around the world that are… Read more »

Posted on April 17th, 2014

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Including Beyoncé, Schooboy Q, Drake, Common, Ginuwine, Aaliyah, Ludacris and 'Gypsy Woman'.

London bass-heavy trio YOGI pulled off a major coup by having Pusha T on their huge ‘Burial’ single, no doubt helped by their presence on Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Their debut EP is out on May 5th but before that we asked them what songs are floating their boats. 1. What song(s) have been inspiring your… Read more »

Posted on April 15th, 2014

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A roundup of events happening on Saturday April 19th.

I have some thoughts about Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music shops taking place around the world on Saturday. But before that, here’s a roundup of Irish activity. If there’s anything to add, leave a comment below. Photo from Failte Ireland. First up, a full list of records stores participating in Ireland and the list… Read more »

Posted on April 15th, 2014

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The festival talkes place in Dublin from 24th - 27th April.

Darklight Festival takes place in and around Smithfield from 24th – 27th April and amongst the many events taking place at the digital arts festival there is a GIF exhibition, film and documentary screenings including The Act of Killing and Goodfellas, an emphasis on digital storytelling, print workshops, a make your own VR headset workshop… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2014

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Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington played a muted mammoth masterclass in Dublin last night.

Nicolas Jaar is only 24 years of age but has cultivated a reputation for sonic composition that crosses the divide between dance, electronic, ambient, jazz and neo-classical. The Chilean/American’s outlook is worldly, his music is otherworldly (just like his label, which is called Other People). Darkside, his collaboration with Dave Harrington, his latest project, was… Read more »

Posted on March 26th, 2014

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Plus a playlist of the best in Texas including Future Islands, Perfect Pussy, Sophie, Glass Animals, Kelela and more.

If you weren’t already aware of the significance of South By SouthWest (SXSW), the shorthand goes like this: thousands of bands and artists at all levels in their careers come to Austin, Texas for a week in March after the tech industry has done its business the week before. They come to SXSW to be… Read more »

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Posted on March 24th, 2014

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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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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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Includes films about backing singers, electronic music pioneer and Looney Tunes musician Raymond Scott, DC hardcore band Bad Brains and a left-behind UK cult singer.

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival takes place in Dublin cinemas and venues from February 13th to 23rd and there’s lots of interesting screenings, talks and events on the schedule including John Michael McDonagh’s new film Calvary, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem and Jonathan Glazer’s… Read more »

Posted on February 14th, 2014

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