​PICTURED: Ian Dempsey (Today FM), Lisa Ní Choisdealbha (IBI), Brian Adams (Today FM) & Sinead Troy (Yangaroo Music/IASCA) // Photo: Arthur Carron

It used to be easy. When a musician wanted to send their music to a radio show or journalist, they’d get the relevant address, stick it in an padded envelope and send it in the post. But the internet complicated that system and now some people prefer digital (me, my laptop doesn’t even have a… Read more »

Posted on August 3rd, 2016

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Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Spotify playlist | Stage Times & Map Knockanstockan Festival happens this weekend in Blessington Lakes and here are four bands and one DJ to check out per day. 1. AE MAK Friday, The Burrow, 9pm Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon met while studying music at BIMM. Their debut track… Read more »

Posted on July 21st, 2016

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Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Spotify Longitude playlist | Stage Times & Map Longitude Festival is this weekend in Marlay Park and as is customary here are the acts to highlight on your lists and timetables. 12 acts playing, 4 per day – you simply must see, according to Nialler9. 1. Kelela Friday, Heineken… Read more »

Posted on July 13th, 2016

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Here are a list of my most listened and loved records of 2016 so far with Spotify playlists for overall and Irish albums of the year. Anderson Paak’s soulful album has been on constant, while Bowie left us a legendary parting gift, Bibio turned in a career best work, Kendrick dropped an outtakes album that… Read more »

Posted on July 6th, 2016

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In a bid to encourage myself to run more regularly, I’ve been focusing more on the soundtrack to my fitness while running. So in effort to increase the commitment, here’s the start of a new Spotify playlist series, the Running Mix. It’ll be updated monthly (or as often as possible). It’ll feature music that is… Read more »

Posted on April 20th, 2016

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Artwork: Donough O’Malley/The Public House for Nialler9. Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record shops and its stock returns on Saturday and this year, it feels like there’s a lot less focus on the actual Record Store limited releases and more of a focus on the actual physical shops that exist and the… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2016

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from dvsn, Kaytranada, Kel Assouf, Kappekoff, Underworld and Toby Kaar. Hit the last page for the fullSoundcloud playlist. 1. Isaac Tichauer ‘Higher Level’ (Bicep remix) The Belfast boys deliver a stonker. The Belfast house duo Bicep have been on some roll… Read more »

Posted on April 11th, 2016

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Before Lianne La Havas was a Grammy-nominated artist, before she was a singer, her ears were piqued by the singular voice of Lauryn Hill. “She made me realise the power of a voice,” La Havas says of the R&B singer. “After I heard her, I really knew that singing felt nice. Before that, I didn’t… Read more »

Posted on March 21st, 2016

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“Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times.” – Björk. Over the weekend in Belfast, I participated in a talk about Women In Music at the Women’s Work festival at the Oh Yeah Centre. Being the “token male” was a joke of the panel but it was an experience that is… Read more »

Posted on March 8th, 2016

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