South By Southwest (SXSW), the music industry festival behemoth in Austin, Texas where deals are made and bands are lapped by for gigs and the next stage of their careers, is well into announcing its hundreds of bands to play the festival in March. In among them, is a healthy dose of Irish acts who… Read more »

Posted on January 28th, 2015


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3 NO FEE Best Irish Song

The nominees for the Meteor Choice Music Prize’s Irish Song of the Year have been revealed today. The 10 songs are The Coronas – ‘All The Others’ Delorentos – ‘Show Me Love’ Hozier – ‘From Eden’ Kodaline – ‘One Day’ Kormac – ‘Wake Up’ Little Hours – ‘It’s Still Love’ The Minutes – ‘Cherry Bomb’… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2015


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See the last page for a Soundcloud playlist of all the tracks. 1. Jape – ‘Breath Of Life’ A standout from Richie Egan’s fifth just-released album. Richie Egan’s This Chemical Sea is a collection of serene electronic songcraft, aligning songwriting, sonics and production into one cohesive release. ‘Breath Of Life’, which Egan says is the… Read more »

Posted on January 26th, 2015

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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM. This week’s album of the week is Jape’s This Chemical Sea and there’s debut plays from Buffalo Woman, Fort Romeau with New Jackson, Johnnie Common and Natalie Prass. You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app,… Read more »

Posted on January 23rd, 2015


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The Meteor Choice Music Prize in association with IMRO and IRMA, will announce the nominees for Irish Song of the Year 2014 next Tuesday 27th. The night will feature acoustic performances from some of the nominated acts as revealed on the night and takes place in the Workman’s Club from 7pm. I have 5 pairs… Read more »

Posted on January 22nd, 2015




From the very first time I heard Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ back in November, I couldn’t help but admire the influences the pair were mining for the track. Particularly, I’m thinking 80s funk: whether it’s the Minneapolis funk pioneered by Prince along with Morris Day and The Time or the vocoder electro-funk… Read more »

Posted on January 21st, 2015

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Bitch Falcon

As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM. TXFM news: Today FM’s Paul McLoone is starting a Saturday show every week at 6pm on the station called Another Side where he’ll focus on a major recording artist’s work with an emphasis on some of their lesser known or heard… Read more »

Posted on January 16th, 2015


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Dan Snaith shared an 1000-song playlist that’ll serve as your background playlist for any situation from rap to soul to funk to psychedelia and beyond. It’s something else. From Minnie Ripperton to Shuggie Otis to Liquid Liquid to Pusha T, this is a musical education. The last few years of my life have been incredible,… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015