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Godspeed You! Black Emperor are playing Vicar Street in April but it won’t be a full-on back catalogue-fest as the Montreal post-rock band have announced Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress, their first album in three years will be released on Constellation on March 27th. At 40 minutes, it’s purported to be their most focused of… Read more »

Posted on February 26th, 2015

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Wexford songwriter Justin Cullen released Slow Season, his debut album as Frankenstein Bolts last year. He has since teamed up with guitarist/vocalist Dan Comerford and the pair were recently selected by judges of Guinness Amplify (who include me) as one of the bands who were given recording time. The pair used the studio time wisely… Read more »

Posted on February 26th, 2015

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I introduced the music of Algiers, an Atlanta “doom soul trio” here three years ago but the band went very quiet after that initial appearance. Glad to hear then that the band are back and about to release an album on Matador Records in June and that they’ve re-recorded the song ‘Blood’ that got my… Read more »

Posted on February 25th, 2015

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After previewing their crescendo-reaching intricate new single ‘Glacier’, Cloud Castle Lake have revealed the song’s B-side ‘Turn Your Head’. Daniel McAuley, Brendan Jenkinson and Rory O’Connor’s clear vision in creating grand cinematic arrangements from synths, percussion, guitar and voice is evident on the track, which moves gracefully without ever trying to peak. Both songs are… Read more »

Posted on February 23rd, 2015

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If nearly-incoherent reverbed noise-rock that nods to a lo-fi garage past and sounds like it should exist on cassette is your thing then you probably have to press play on Derry band Autumns new Blonde EP which has four songs of such an ilk. The EP was recorded in one day at Belfast’s Start Together… Read more »

Posted on February 17th, 2015

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The problem with penning a towering achievement of a song like ‘Hold On’, a catchy yet simple blues-soul rock’n’roll song is that it overshadowed everything else including the album Boys & Girls that Alabama Shakes did after that. That may just me though, the album did sell in the millions. Time apart from that birthing… Read more »

Posted on February 11th, 2015

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The old Go! Team lo-fi rattle is in full-effect on ‘Blowtorch’ as if the rhythm section is playing guitars adorned with bells and tambourines – this time around it’s actually sitars helping to give that shade. That unique shake is matched with the band’s ever-present sense of innocent melody. Except it’s not a band any… Read more »

Posted on February 11th, 2015

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Conor Adams and Lar Kaye aka All Tvvins dropped their big new track ‘Thank You’ on Zane Lowe last night. The song has an eighties-production sheen like Aha to it which really suits the song, the bassline gliding along with Adams asking “do you want to be a cold cold killer? / do you want… Read more »

Posted on February 11th, 2015

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The Belfast band Go Wolf continue their forays into ’80s-gilded synth and indie pop with their latest song ‘Running’ on Brooklyn record label Ooh La La Records . The four-track EP is out in March and is also called Running. The band are playing Chromatic at The Woodworkers in Belfast next Saturday February 14th –… Read more »

Posted on February 4th, 2015

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