Ruadhan O’Meara’s Magic Pockets project indulges the Dubliner’s love of instrumental synthesizer-based music with descriptors like progressive and drone applying. His Magic Pockets project predates his work with synth-metal band No Spill Blood, going back to 2012 and mainly taking the form of live gigs and supports for Emeralds, Blanck Mass, The Ex and Umberto…. Read more »

Posted on November 21st, 2016

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An old band comes together for a final statement after years of fighting and estrangement of its two most vocal members. It’s an age-old story that happened to A Tribe Called Quest in the 18 years since they released their fifth album The Love Movement. As bitterly captured in the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life,… Read more »

Posted on November 18th, 2016

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It’s been a clusterfuck of a week by any standards, even a year which has given us so much terrible news in music alone. 2016 continued dumping on our spirits this week with a Trump presidency in the US and the death of Leonard Cohen this morning. A respite is needed. With all the turmoil… Read more »

Posted on November 11th, 2016

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Tomorrows are a band made up of members of defunct Dublin bands Biggles Flys Again, The Chapters, Jethro Pickett and Woodheart. Conor Deasy (Guitar, Keys, Lead Vocals) Jethro Pickett (Guitar, Keys, Vocals) Ben Shorten (Guitar, Keys, Vocals) Michael Murphy (Bass) and Ciaran Fortune (Drums) take their inspiration from vintage rock, folk and prog, which all… Read more »

Posted on November 4th, 2016

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Diane Anglim (vocals & piano), Jarlath Canning (bass, guitars & synth) and Ian Frawley (drums) are the musicians that make up Swords. The band’s 2013 debut Lions & Gold established a melodic synthesizer-lead rock style but for their followup Tidal Waves is a leaner, more considered record with songwriting up a notch on previous. Lead… Read more »

Posted on October 26th, 2016

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Four years on to the month, Cork producer Ruairi Lynch, Bantum, follows up his debut album Legion with a 7-track mini-album called Move. The catalyst for the album’s formation, ‘Take It’, featuring impressive vocals of Dublin / Sierra Leonean Sallay-Matu Garnett AKA Loah also serves as the blueprint for guest vocalists. Bantum’s production is more… Read more »

Posted on October 21st, 2016

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Solange Knowles’ new album A Seat At The Table, which was surprise released at the end of September arrived at a bitter time in the U.S. where race relations are at boiling point. Where in the election to lead the country, hate, misogyny and racism are spouted all too frequently (and accepted and tolerated). Where… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2016

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Since appearing on the live scene a few years ago, Booka Brass have built a great reputation for themselves through a swell of party-starting live gigs, clutch of original New Orleans’ style brass and covers of known songs. In the process, they paved the way for the likes of Stomptown Brass locally too. On their debut… Read more »

Posted on September 15th, 2016

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After its neverending goal post shifting release date since Frank Ocean first announced the retitled Boys Don’t Cry in April 2015, the hype and expectation had reached fever pitch more than once. Deadlines passed. No music came. The expectation was for songs that would resonant to the same level as ‘Thinking About You’, ‘Swim Good’… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2016

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