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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Chris Hanna and Gemma Dunleavy aka UNKNWN have come out behind the shroud and were very much in focus at recent appearances in NYC and SXSW Festival. This short documentary by SixteenPixels follows the pair in America on that trip, ahead of their forthcoming EP on Champion Sounds Recordings, the preview of what I’ve heard has… Read more »

Posted on May 2nd, 2014




If you weren’t already aware of the significance of South By SouthWest (SXSW), the shorthand goes like this: thousands of bands and artists at all levels in their careers come to Austin, Texas for a week in March after the tech industry has done its business the week before. They come to SXSW to be… Read more »

Posted on March 24th, 2014


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Last night was the first official night of SXSW Music and Capitol subsidiary Harvest Records put on an impressive night of their artist roster including Young & Sick, Arthur Beatrice, Glass Animals and The Preatures. Most of the crowd present were there for Jillian Banks’ and her brooding atmospheric R&B. Her set was damn impressive…. Read more »

Posted on March 12th, 2014



Damien Rice

Update: Damien Rice, Cian Nugent and Kid Karate added. The music industry’s standard bacchanalia that is South By Southwest (SXSW), has announced its third round of bands to play and among them are a lot of the Irish acts confirmed to play the Austin festival during March. They are: Cian Nugent Damien Rice Dott Foy… Read more »

Posted on January 22nd, 2014


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…and some not so good ones ones. When I’m asked why I go to Austin for South By Southwest, the answer is basically: to see as many new bands as possible. The festival features over 2000 bands playing over 10 days so I try take in as much as I can. You can see/read myself,… Read more »

Posted on March 21st, 2013


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This year was my fourth South By South West and before I left for Austin, I was apprehensive about the festival’s status as a relevant music event in its 26th year. Over 2,000 bands visit the Texas capital to try and advance their careers and I wondered why they bothered anymore? Was there actually worth… Read more »

Posted on March 23rd, 2012


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