Bad Bones emerged as one of the highlights from Hard Working Class Heroes festival this year but anyone who has caught her dancer-featuring live show or her considered audio-visual releases since Sal Stapleton started the project will be aware of the producer’s unique vision. Following the release of newest single ‘You’, Sal turned the song… Read more »

Posted on October 19th, 2017

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Come On Live Long’s singer Robert Ardiff released his debut solo EP in February 2016. The release offered the songwriter a different avenue from COLL’s sound of atmospheric and textured music as heard on their recent album. Ardiff has since completed a debut album Between The Bed and Room which will be out next month,… Read more »

Posted on October 17th, 2017

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After an eight-day programme of gigs and music documentaries that included Cork alt-rockers’ Hope is Noise’s 20th anniversary shenanigans, live techno outfit Bhailíu and Leeside premieres of The Truth About Irish Hip-Hop and Notes on Rave in Dublin, IndieCork Film and Music Festival last night capped off the season by presenting their third annual Music… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2017

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Slow Place Like Home, the project of Keith Mannion has morphed from bedroom electronic project to a full live band in recent years and new album When I See You…Ice Cream! is affirmation of his new inclusive ethos. The second SPLH album was still recored in Mannion’s bedroom but features vocals from Whipping Boy’s Fearghal… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2017

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Cork singer Brian Deady has released his first song since 2015’s album Non-Fiction. ‘Say When’ is a moving song of soul and gospel-leaning proportions about losing someone. Of the artwork, Deady says his mother is the inspiration: The artwork is an image of my mother Lucy’s baking tray which she’s worked hard on for most… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2017

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Diffusion Lab, the production and management house (Irish Times profile ) who have brought us Soulé and Jafaris among others have added another artist to their roster alongside Rushes, Killa Yan and AikJ. DAY_S is a 22-year- old singer-songwriter and his debut single ‘Last Night’ is a soulful slice of electronic pop with a wavy… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2017

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Wyvern Lingo are having a busy week, not only have they released a new single and video while announcing their next headline show in Dublin, all below, they have also released a new remix of their previous single ‘I Love You Sadie’. The rework adds Afro dancehall pop textures to the song with production by… Read more »

Posted on October 12th, 2017

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Placemats and Second Cuts was one of the finer records released out of Ireland this year and it came from Cork’s Marlene Enright, who also is known for her work with The Hard Ground. The album, premiered here, traded in classic songwriting, folk, indie, roots and Americana. O Emperor’s Paul Savage filmed and edited this… Read more »

Posted on October 12th, 2017

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Chris Somers is one of the hardest-working and unfathomably busy individuals in Cork city today: having served time in a succession of guitar outfits, recent years have seen him expand his horizons into event curation with PLUGD Records, visual art, scoring for theatre and an increasingly busy sound-engineering schedule. New music was never going to… Read more »

Posted on October 11th, 2017

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The Dublin-based band Orchid Collective have followed up their recent EP and single from earlier this year with ‘L.A.Z.Y’, another step forward for the fourpiece. ‘L.A.Z.Y’ is a song that doesn’t languish in comfort for too long, as the chorus and arrangements reach for the soaring. It’s released as a single on Friday on Spotify… Read more »

Posted on October 11th, 2017

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Eoin Dolan is a Galway musician who channels the Beach Boys’ sunny warmth like no other in the country. As I’ve said before, it’s more Salthill than Santa Monica but his latest release, the full-length Ubique certainly echoes the late-era Beach Boys music on an an album that has a pleasing psychedelic haze. Joined by… Read more »

Posted on October 10th, 2017

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The don of Limerick hip-hop has been back at it as of late, and he’s brought company. Over the past few weeks, Naive Ted has continued his journey into noisier, harsher sonic climes with the release of ‘The Minute Particulars’, a fortnightly series of extended-players featuring a wide range of collaborators, including Murli, GodKnows, Morning… Read more »

Posted on October 10th, 2017

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Cloud Castle Lake are a band like few others. If melding intricate arrangements with elements of post-rock, neo-classical orchestral lifts and jazz isn’t enough, Daniel McAuley’s falsetto, is one that is higher than the sun compared to others of its ilk. Truly, a singular band, Cloud Castle Lake’s last output was scoring a ballet called… Read more »

Posted on October 10th, 2017

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Whenyoung are a new London-based pop punks made up of Irish musicians Aoife Power (Vocals/ Bass), Niall Burns (Guitar), Andrew Flood (Drums). They are all from Limerick and met when sneaking into Costello’s Tavern early on. Their story goes: After bonding over cheap vodka and the sound of The Velvet Underground, they began playing music… Read more »

Posted on October 9th, 2017

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Martin Hayes is an Irish music legend that can there be no doubt. In recent years, his work with his superfellows in The Gloaming has crystallised that fact even further. Watching Hayes play his fiddle live, he’s a master of communication, of nudging other players, of encouraging others along, winking and tapping along guiding the… Read more »

Posted on October 5th, 2017

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