Plus a playlist of the best in Texas including Future Islands, Perfect Pussy, Sophie, Glass Animals, Kelela and more.

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 »

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Posted on March 24th, 2014


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Plus, a report from her first festival show at SXSW last night.

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

Plus a Spotify playlist below of most of the 16 acts from Ireland.

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 »

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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 »

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Posted on March 23rd, 2012


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SXSW is like a suspension of normal reality when it comes to gigs, events and festivals. That goes some way to explaining how I ended up curating the lineup for a St. Patrick’s Day gig at The Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel. We had six great live sets from six of the best new bands around,… Read more »

Posted on March 20th, 2012


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A special Patrick’s Day event, live from Austin – Nialler9 SXSW day party kicks off TODAY at 1pm local Austin time (6pm Irish time) in conjunction with guys and gals of The Hype Machine in their amazing Hype Hotel venue (which also includes free drink, free tacos & massages – what is up you guys?)…. Read more »

Posted on March 17th, 2012


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