Dublin native The Mighty Stef dropped his debut album The Sins of Sainte Catherine two weeks ago. Recorded in Montreal, Canada earlier this year, the album is a mixture of old fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll, Garage Rock with strong pop melodies. I’ve seen Stef live regularly over the past year and a half and I… Read more »

Posted on October 4th, 2006

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October and November are a mad busy time for gigs with a host of quality artists playing in Dublin. There’s a LOT I’m going to miss. As well as once-off gigs, there’s the Heineken Green Synergy dates, Bud Rising, Hard Working Class Heroes with 80-odd Irish bands and the DEAF festival which this year will… Read more »

Posted on October 1st, 2006

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The Spiegeltent is a great venue for the kind of collaboration offered by Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and Steve Reid. Reid plays spectacular Jazz drumming the likes of which I’d never seen live before. As soon as he took to the stage, he appeared to enter a delirious trance, eyes closed, knowing the position of… Read more »

Posted on September 22nd, 2006

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Normality is a hard thing to grasp after such an ecstatic weekend at Electric Picnic. The last festival of the summer came and went over the weekend (way too fast) with some amazing music and great memories. My body is sore, my throat is raw, I’m bloody tired but I wouldn’t swap it for anything…. Read more »

Posted on September 5th, 2006

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OK, so it seems it’s Electric Picnic week on the blog, so I thought I would put up some music from bands that are playing the festival this year. We alll know what most of the headline acts are we want to see so this post is going to highlight some of the smaller acts… Read more »

Posted on August 30th, 2006

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FRIDAY MAIN STAGE 23:30-01:00 Massive Attack 21:15-22:15 Antony & the Johnsons 19:30-20:30 Devendra Banhart 18:15-19:00 Youngblood Brass Band 17.00-17:45 Dulsori Drum Project ELECTRIC ARENA 22.00-23.30 Damien Rice 20.15-21.15 Mogwai 18:30-19:30 Deus CRAWDADDY STAGE 22.30-23.30 PJ Harvey 21.00-22.00 Amp Fiddler 19.30-20.15 Jah Wobble’s English Roots Band 18.30-19.00 Red Sirus 17:30-18:00 The Rumours BODYTONIC TENT 00.00-02.00 Bodytonic… Read more »

Posted on August 29th, 2006

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It’s been a bit quiet around here the last week due to excessive gigging / drinking / general good times. Last weekend, I was at Mantua Festival (mostly at the Alphabet Set electronic tent) which was a great laugh – Review here. This video was taken at 10am on Sunday morning. Poor fellah. It’s been… Read more »

Posted on August 29th, 2006

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Top Dublin band Channel One are offering a free five track EP for anyone who signs up to their mailing list on their site. The EP is a collection of tunes from their two recent EPs on the Sound Foundation Recordings. They make quality electronic-infused rock music – think M83 jamming with Depeche Mode and… Read more »

Posted on August 22nd, 2006

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Next weekend sees the Mantua Lives Festival take place in Ballinagare, Roscommon. It’s a small festival run by a local art collective. There will be 4 stages of quality music as well as live visual art installations and a sculpture arena. There’s a main stage with a bit of everything including Luke Vibert, God is… Read more »

Posted on August 15th, 2006

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Much of the reason I listen to music is for that primal/cerebral moment when a piece of music captures you for a few intense seconds when nothing else matters or could possibly hold your attention at that point in time. These moments are usually accompanied by feelings of ecstasy and can lead to uncontrollable smiling…. Read more »

Posted on August 1st, 2006

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Here’s a list of some small (mostly independent) gigs you may not have heard about that are coming up in the next 30 days. Bong-Ra (Dutch breakcore) – with Prince Kong, Lakker, Melody Masher – [email protected] Kennedys – Westland Row, D2 – 1st June – €10 – See Kaboogie’s Myspace for more info. The Garden… Read more »

Posted on May 31st, 2006

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Direct quote from IN DUBLIN via MCD. Hi:Fi Ireland Voted The Number 1 festival By In Dublin “This festival is already legendary – and it hasn’t even taken place yet” “Ok, we’re just going to list some of the initial line up to Hi:Fi, and we think you’ll get the idea…The Prodigy, The Streets, Paul… Read more »

Posted on May 6th, 2006

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Great to see Irish band, Butterfly Explosion getting some worldwide recognition through mp3 blogs such as 3hive, *Sixeyes, for the eardrums and Who needs radio. This seems to be due to their recent SXSW appearance which by all accounts, went down a storm. Musically, the band have been described as “Brooding, atmospheric, melodic and lush”…. Read more »

Posted on April 20th, 2006

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First official Line-up confirmed: Basement Jaxx Massive Attack New Order Pet Shop Boys Groove Armada Anthony and the Johnsons DJ Shadow Damien Rice Yeah Yeah Yeahs The Frames Devendra Banhart Super Furry Animals Belle & Sebastian Rufus Wainwright (solo) Bloc Party Alabama 3 The Rapture Mad Professor Saul Williams Tom Vek Gang of Four David… Read more »

Posted on March 23rd, 2006

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