One of Cork’s lesser-known musical success stories is Robert O’Halloran, a beatmaker better known in Irish hip-hop circles as Jar Jar Jr. (or jar jar jr, as the kids say). Assembling jazzy, lo-fi beats of the old-school persuasion, O’Halloran’s traversion of “the Rhodes less travelled”, to coin his own phrase, has led to a dedicated cult… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2018

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21 year-old independent artist and BIMM Dublin student Rob Toal-Lennon or RTL’s new EP Much Love is a body of work built up over the past five years that depicts five definitive moments in his life. “This is an accumulation of five years of planning, writing & recording. A transition of sound/taste over five years…. Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2018

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A. Smyth has been producing and releasing music for over 10 years, most notably with his last band Vann Music. The pressures that surrounded these experiences of success and the impact this had on his career inspired him to write ‘Into The Darkness’ – “sacrificing the past and present in order to carve out some… Read more »

Posted on January 9th, 2018

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It’s quite something to consider the body of work of Wirral-born/Cork-based troubadour Laurie Shaw. Having been doing the rounds locally for several years, the singer-songwriter’s body of work is frighteningly extensive for a man of 23, with several albums already to his considerable credit. Having already aired some of his music on UK label Sunstone… Read more »

Posted on January 4th, 2018

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Billie Eilish looks like the kind of school student that teachers have nightmares about. Images of a pouting, petulant-looking adolescent wearing layers of oversized trousers, hoodies and fur coats. In the true fashion of a truculent teenager, Eilish refuses to smile in pictures because she feels that it makes her seem “powerless and small”. The… Read more »

Posted on November 27th, 2017

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Tipperary singer Molly Sterling, is a 19 year-old who has been trekking her own creative path for a number of years and it feels like it’s now finding a place of resonance. Her latest single ‘Plan Static’ is a piano-lead ballad based wholly in reality and all its flaws, that has intimacy in its construction… Read more »

Posted on October 24th, 2017

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The new Dublin band Little One featured here earlier this year with a “post/indie” tag and an M.O that has their music shared among various singers like Faustina Finnerty (Pockets), and Catherine Smyth (Vernon Jane & Farrah Elle) among the singers. The followup to ‘L/0’ continues the atmospheric guitar pop sound with ‘The Habit’ a… Read more »

Posted on October 23rd, 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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Amy Rose Esdale AKA May Rosa is a new Belfast artist dealing in electronic pop tones who was living in London and performing in cabaret and fringe theatre shows last year. After enrolling in a production night class, Esdale moved home to Belfast to pursue the music and write with producer Ryan McGroarty. Her debut… Read more »

Posted on September 1st, 2017

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Aoibhín is a new 19-year-old musician and host of an Irish music show on Raidió na Life. For her newest track ‘My Choice’ addresses the struggle of the personal and was inspired by the Repeal the 8th campaign. In Aoibhín’s words: The song mainly reflects being shut out by society, and the main inspiration for… Read more »

Posted on August 23rd, 2017

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Sudan Archives is a 23 year-old self-taught violinist, vocalist and producer recently signed to Stones Throw who has an EP coming out on the label this Friday. Her influences include “Sudanese fiddlers, R&B, West African rhythms, and experimental electronic music.” There’s not much info on her other than that but her first two songs speak… Read more »

Posted on July 11th, 2017

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Little One are a new band formed in Dublin calling themselves a “post/indie” group. The band’s MO is atmospheric guitar pop with collaborations at the core of their output with Catherine Smyth (Vernon Jane & Farrah Elle) among the singers. Last week, they played Glastonbury so they may well be a band on the up…. Read more »

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

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1000 Beasts is a new project by Cian Sweeney, who is a freelance musician, pianist and producer who has recently worked with Jenny Greene & The RTE Concert Orchestra and Phil Coulter. 1000 Beasts is less a classical project and more of an intriguing electro-pop one with the idea being that each song in the… Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2017

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The East London duo AGE, made up of Lucan-born Jenny Cosgrave and Australian Gavin Dwight formed last year in Hackney and call themselves an “indie electronic partnership.” They previously played in Good Dangers. AGE have been working with producer Paddy Baird (his bro is in Two Door Cinema Club), Russ Fawcus (Wild Beasts, Noah and… Read more »

Posted on June 19th, 2017

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Kilnamana are new Berlin-based consisting of Enda and Miguel. The band are named after the town of Kilnamanagh near Tallaght where Enda went to primary school and where Miguel learned Spanish. The duo have a full debut album called Paradise Suicide this Friday but they’ve announced themselves with a video for the last song on… Read more »

Posted on May 10th, 2017

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