Nialler9.com is 13 years old this month. This site has always been about new music but I wanted to mark 13 years in the business of music writing and recommendations by picking a song from each year the site has been active since 2005. The song choices aren’t definitive in representing that year as a… Read more »

Posted on November 23rd, 2017

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Mac Demarco, the charismatic Canadian river boy with the eccentric comedic demeanour and self-proclaimed ‘bum chic’ style graced Dublin with his tight-haired presence for the first time in five years last night. It was his first gig since he played Workman’s in 2013. Demarco’s show played it straighter than some of his other recent live… Read more »

Posted on November 23rd, 2017

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It’s a cold November evening and Julien Baker is getting ready backstage to go on for her show in Whelan’s. The Memphis, Tennessee native is experiencing her first winter in Ireland so she politely asks me if she can sit on the floor right next to the pull out heater, setting a humble tone to… Read more »

Posted on November 15th, 2017

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When conversations are held about the wider music picture in Ireland in the 1980s, talk invariably goes to what was happening post-punk in Dublin, and the many creative paths that emerged from those few years. Elsewhere in the country, however, the story was… slightly different. The mid-eighties were brutal to Cork city, and while the… Read more »

Posted on November 9th, 2017

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Saturday 1. Death In Vegas Saturday, Warehouse Stage, 6pm It’s not quite clear what a Death In Vegas live show will be in 2017 as it’s been 5 years since Richard Fearless has played a live set that we can verify what was played. Recent years have seen the project head down a more esoteric… Read more »

Posted on October 27th, 2017

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Set in the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery,  Hennessy Lost Fridays has hosted some of the best new Irish artists on the music scene such as Bad Bones, Wastefellow and Talos along side artistic showcases from the likes of Will St Leger and Leah Hewson over the past year.  Lost Fridays aims to highlight the inspiring… Read more »

Posted on October 26th, 2017

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The Turning Pirate crew’s annual New Year’s eve gig is a bacchanalia of celebration and collaboration has been running in Vicar Street since 2006. It brings together some of Ireland’s most talented artists and special guests which in the past has meant appearances from the likes of Conor O’Brien (Villagers), Richie Egan, Camille O’Sullivan, Bell… Read more »

Posted on October 20th, 2017

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With the nights closing in and Halloween approaching, the Bram Stoker Festival will be soon upon us from the 27th to 30th of October and there’s plenty of music highlights incoming as part of the festival. 1. Turning Vampire Mixtape Vicar Street, October 29th The Turning Pirate crew turn their attention to a fright night… Read more »

Posted on October 19th, 2017

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In a bid to encourage myself to run more regularly (it’s been working), I’ve been focusing more on the soundtrack to my fitness while running so I’ve decided to share it here. Here’s the updated Spotify playlist for the Autumn – the Running Workout Playlist. It’ll be updated regularly enough It’ll feature music that is… Read more »

Posted on October 10th, 2017

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Music festivals as an entity are now so well-established that you’re starting to see cracks of light appear in their construction. What you could arguably call the first wave of festivals that gave us multi-stage field or city-based entertainment with a dividing line between audience and performer are so ingrained in the culture that now,… Read more »

Posted on September 23rd, 2017

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The annual Culture Night where buildings, museums, galleries and more open their doors to the public for the night is happening tonight. Here’s a selection of  music highlights of Culture Night events happening in Dublin. All free. 1. Sing Along Social The Amphitheatre, Wood Quay My wife Aoife McElwain’s pop culture singing party / zero-commitment… Read more »

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

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It’s festival bank holiday weekend and that means there are 3 major music festivals happening in Dublin, Cork and the Midlands (four if you count the smaller Arcadian Field in Bellurgan). Here are 10 recommendations for acts and performances I would see if I was at all of Beatyard, Castlepalooza & Indiependence. 1. Air The… Read more »

Posted on August 3rd, 2017

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On August 26th, Studio Barnhus’ Axel Boman (Talaboman) and Belfast electronic galactic funkateer Space Dimension Controller are in Dublin for a 3-hour B2B night at the Pygmalion. So Axel in Stockholm, Jack SDC in Belfast and Niall in Dublin fired up Skype and had a chat about how they know each other, what makes for… Read more »

Posted on July 28th, 2017

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Headstuff’s No Encore podcast has a series with Kieran McGuinness of the band Delorentos that revisits a year in Irish music since 1980 and asks a panel of guests to weigh up the most notable albums of that year. It can be a fascinating delve into the history of Irish music particularly as a lot… Read more »

Posted on July 26th, 2017

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Following events in London, NYC and Austin, Other Voices travelled to Berlin last week for its first German excursion as part of Tech Open Air interdisciplinary festival. The evening took place in Kreuzberg’s renowned Riverside Studios, just a stone’s throw away from the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. The studio is the working… Read more »

Posted on July 20th, 2017

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