Sweet. Annie Clark aka St. Vincent will be back in Ireland this summer for three shows now: an outdoor show in Iveagh Gardens, Dublin on Friday July 10th, Cork Opera House on Monday July 13th and Festival Big Top, Galway on Tuesday 14th July.
23 year-old Irish beat and soundtrack producer Revin Goff, from Galway has been posting songs on Soundcloud for about a year now. They range from the synth-waving clipping track of ‘Genocide City Zone’, the experimental beats of ‘Rain Shrine’, the distorted bedroom hip-hop beats of ‘Endgame’ and the electro-rock of ‘Harlots’.
Clearly, there are influences from all over the spectrum at work on his music. As an introductory track, ‘Salthill’, originally posted earlier this year is an effective one. A rattling chain piano stomp heralds some eerie vocal lines with some almost field-recorded sounded effects buzzing around them. The lyrics that talk of regret and leaving everyone. It’s a moody and murky composition but one that finds solace in its disquiet.
HAWK are a band fronted by Galway lady Julie Hawk, who are now based in London. The band began in 2012 when Julie started working with Matt Harris before Chris Handsley and Sam Campbell rounded out the band.
It’s Hawk’s vocals that are the main draw here. The band’s debut single ‘Take Off Your Suit’ showcased Hawk’s squeaky timbre and range set to a relatively forgettable musical backing. ‘Seasick Summer’, the lead track from their upcoming The Sum of All Things EP fares better, it has that histrionic voice at its centre and is a free download.
There’s an acoustic cover of Tears For Fears’ Head Over Heels too:
The New Year’s Eve gig announcements are upon us so if you decided to go out on the night here’s what’s on offer so far. Email [email protected] if you’re got a suitable event around the country to add to this. For non-music events hit up Visit Dublin for a guide.
NYE and the City (FREE) Hard Working Class Heroes bands play for free in establishments around the city on the afternoon of December 30/31st. Plus some bands play in Dublin Airport. See poster for details:
Dublin NYE countdown concert @ College Green (€22.50) With Madness, Ryan Sheridan, MKS (formerly known as Sugababes), The Strypes, Seo Linn and special guests. 8:30pm
After their show in the O2 this year, and a generally very successful 2013, The National will be back in Ireland for more dates in Cork, Dublin and Galway.
July 14th – Cork, Live At The Marquee (€38) July 16th – Galway Arts Festival in the festival’s Big Top. (€39.50 plus fees) July 18th & 19th – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin (€42.05 plus fees)
All tickets go on sale on Saturday, December 21st at 9am from Ticketmaster.
Tickets for the Galway event are available from galwayartsfestival.com, roisindubh.net. Tickets can also be bought in person at the Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street, Galway and OMG, Shop Street, Galway. Phone bookings can be made with Ticketmaster on 0818 719300 and 00353 1456 9569 for international customers and OMG on 091 509660.
Daithí’s had an amazing year on the home front. He’s played a lot of festivals and gigs around the country touring his unique loopstation and fiddle-based setup and a set which is a banging mix of pop, house, dance music. He’s really developed into a 21st century Irish pop musician, one that is equally comfortable playing an instrument as he is pushing buttons to make music, as well as being versed enough in the deeper more underground elements of music to draw from in his live sets.
‘Case Closed’ is one of the tracks that will be familiar to anyone who has caught a live set from Daithí this year. Featuring the big soul vocal talent of Cork-based singer Senita Appiakorang, the tune, produced by Young Wonder’s Ian Ring, is a big garage house number that, along with ‘Chameleon Life’ states the case for a bigger breakout in 2014.
Daithí plays the Academy, Dublin on December 21st and the show will feature vocalists Elaine Mai, Liza Flume, Raye and Senita.
The annual Culture Night where buildings, museums, galleries and more open their doors to the public for the night is happening this Friday night. Here’s a roundup of all the recommended musical events happening. Free unless stated otherwise. More to be added throughout the week. Full programme plus iPhone / Android apps. (more…)
After debuting themselves to the world in January, Galway garage band Dott have shacked up with Popical Island on their debut EP release. Mining the same ’60s girl-harmony rock ‘n’ roll DIY aesthetic that the Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls amongst others have been exploring of late, Dott also includes hat tips to ’90s alt-rock groups like Throwing Muses. All four tracks are kept very much on the distorted lo-fi buzz but the band’s penchant for a pop chorus shines through the static.
Upcoming gigs: Roisin Dubh, Galway May 17th. Eamon Dorans on the Green, Dublin, May 18th. Bourkes, Limerick, May 24th.