It’s been an unusually long journey for Jack Colleran from the time he first appeared as Mmoths to now. As he tells Jim Carroll in the Irish Times today, it’s been five years, some waiting around included. When the Newbridge kid first arrived, his music’s central appeal was that it was a naive, warm-hearted and… Read more »

Posted on March 11th, 2016

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The music of John Cowhie aka Goodtime, has consistently had a textured appeal to it over the course of his discography. The now Sweden-based Dubliner has spent some time collaborating with Diamond Dagger as Chrystyne; Cowhie has returned to his core sound on new album Veil out March 18th on Rite. The eight songs including… Read more »

Posted on March 7th, 2016

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This weekend, and part of the next week, The Gloaming will take up a sold out five-night residency in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Arriving just in time for those performances, is album number two from an international band with an Irish heart, a trad band with a contemporary worldview. Together, fiddlers Martin Hayes… Read more »

Posted on February 24th, 2016

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They might have a generic name and not much of a presence but the music of LA/Minneapolis R&B trio King, made up of twins Paris and Amber Strother and Anita Bias leaves a dreamy lasting impression. As it turns out their name has a meaning: “We named the group ‘KING’ because in a business where… Read more »

Posted on February 12th, 2016

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If you were paying attention to featured guests and collaborators on rap albums in 2015, the name Anderson .Paak was one that appeared on a few albums – Dr. Dre’s Compton, The Game’s The Documentary 2.5, Busdriver’s Thumbs and his joint effort with Knxwledge as NxWorries for Stones Throw. 2016 is the year that Paak,… Read more »

Posted on January 29th, 2016

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For a young artist in his twenties, Dubliner Cian Nugent is inspired by music of another age. His debut album Doubles was a favourite around here, featuring elongated John Fahey (revered American guitar bluesman) style songs. Since then, Nugent as released on on small but respected independent American labels like Matador and No Quarter. Musically… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2016

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Cork man Brian Deady has returned to long format album for the first time in six years. Recently, Deady has been showing off his vocal chops with fun doo-wop covers that were followed by a couple of singles, both equally impressive but disparate in style. ‘A Darkness’ opens the album on a melancholic note ruing… Read more »

Posted on December 2nd, 2015

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“Sunshine jams & melodic mood swings” is how Mike Smalle & Matteo Grassi have pitched the music of Augustus & John which is an apt description. The Galway based Italian/Irish pair have made a full-length album Above Water Hull that crosses the boundaries of genres, from house to ambient to soundtrack scores to disco to… Read more »

Posted on October 29th, 2015

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Dundalk man Shane Clarke has been making a reputation for himself with his gentle falsetto-laden singer-songwriter music under the name Elephant, particularly live where he’s accompanied by a friend on keys. His debut album though, largely chucks out that stripped-back tag. From the Bon Iver-esque ’80s light-synth-channeling opener of 14 Crows to the the triumphant folk… Read more »

Posted on October 29th, 2015

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