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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This is the first in a continuing series of posts where I’ll be highlighting Irish bands and artists worth checking out on MySpace. Now that they have revised their terms and conditions clarifying user ownership of any content a user uploads, it’s OK for artists to put up their songs. With MySpace being so ubiquitous,… Read more »

Posted on July 19th, 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 – Underground@ 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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I’m offering a great live set for your ears from Dublin based Super Extra Bonus Party, who were formerly known as the Illegal Kids. The set consists of some refreshingly upbeat electronica from the jangly tones of Spanik to the bouncy energetic Mushie Shake, and the ethereal Softly which samples Dublin singer songwriter Nina Hynes…. Read more »

Posted on February 16th, 2006

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