This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.


Lilla Vargen – Downtown

Northern Irish artist Lilla Vargen has this past few months, burst into life with her live performances and a debut single. It has been a most welcome activity as the song and shows have resonated and she’s not ready to stop there.

Majical Cloudz’s ‘Downtown’ is already a devastatingly effective song in the hand’s of the now defunct Canadian duo. Lilla Vargen’s version doesn’t change much of the original’s as it doesn’t need much work. Instead, she heightens the song’s backing arrangements and sings the song in her own way. She plays for us next Thursday evening in Bello Bar alongside Jafaris and Sleep Thieves at Future Proof.


Molly Sterling – Plain Static

Tipperary singer Molly Sterling, is a 19 year-old who has been trekking her own creative path for a number of years and it feels like it’s now finding a place of resonance.

Her latest single is a piano-lead ballad based wholly in reality and all its flaws, that has intimacy in its construction and one that Sterling sings of her body “is not just feast for eyes / it’s a home / a prison / a craft / all at the same time ” and explores how her mind and body are interlinked in reaction to external forces.


The Lost Brothers – Echoes In The Wind

The finest harmonic folk singers in the style of The Everly Brothers in the country, Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland return to calm our nerves with thee first single from their forthcoming fifth album Halfway Towards A Healing out 26th January next year.


And So I Watch You From Afar – Dying Giants

A highlight from the Belfast band’s fifth album The Endless Shimmering is the sound of them doing what they do best, bludgeoning the competition with big rock moves counteracted with pretty little riffs.


Autre Monde – Leuctra

Autre Monde’s debut EP, which is released today on Popical Island, digs deeper than their first ’80s rock and post-punk references for a “murkier” sound, darker in tone with bands such as Can, Total Control and John Foxx namecheckd. ‘Leuctra’ has that John Maus-esque synth ambience for sure.


Autumns – You’re A Right Useless Cunt Aren’t You

It’s been a number of years since we heard from Derry artist Christian Donaghey and last time, that was more in the vein of jangly noise rock. Now, Autumns sounds like industrial techno a la Factory Floor and has a great title to boot. His Dyslexia Tracks EP is out on Touch Sensitive Friday.


Áine Cahill – Blood Diamonds

The Cavan singer celebrates signing to Warner Music with a track produced by Courage (who has produced Ray Blk). This is the most modern sound that Aine has displayed thus far.


Elephant – Time Will Tell

Dundalk man Shane Clarke has been embracing a more layered sound of late moving away from his debut of finger-plucked music and his new music has more of a starry-eyed celestial vibe in the vein of Bowie at times. The video for new song ‘Time Will Tell’ asked 28 local artists to take one word from each line of the song and represent it how they wished.


Leigh Michael – Cosmic Couch’

From Leigh Michael’s new Cosmic Couch EP produced by Staz comes this tongue-twisting rap track highlight. Leigh has a Youtube channel with rap tutorials.


The Academic – Permanent Vacation

After their looped music video took on a large viral lift (more on that here), the Mullingar indie popper announced their debut album Tales From The Backseat for January 12th 2018 with new single ‘Permanent Vacation’. The album was recorded in LA with producer Tim Pagnotta (Dreamcar, Walk The Moon, Saint Motel). Their gig in Vicar Street this Saturday is a sellout.

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Posted on November 3rd, 2017

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With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly.


King Krule – The Ooz

Archy Marshall’s guttural vowel-swallowing voice has been the biggest draw across nearly all his work a King Krule, Zoo Kid, DJ JD Sports Edgar the Beatmaker or his given name. That work has shown him to be a proficient producer too but The Ooz takes his talent to assured new heights. For his second King Krule album since 2013’s 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, it’s as if a black and white painting has become shaded with a depth of colour over time. The Ooz is a spacious cinematic piece of work – a late night tale, where danger lurks on every corner and our protaganist drifts in and out of noir landscapes of wasteland motorways, urban decay, broken homes and joyrides.

Listen on Spotify


Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life

It’s good to hear a buzzed UK band come out the other side of their debut album with an even better release of scope, sonic ambition and songwriting prowess than before. Visions Of A Life. From the hedonistic roar of ‘Yuk Foo’ to the dreamy anthemic ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ to the delicate ‘After The Zero Hour’ and the expansive closer and title track, this is easily one of 2017’s best guitar/rock albums.

Listen on Spotify.


St Vincent – Masseduction

A dense and near schizophrenic album upon first listens, Annie Clark’s Jack Antonoff-produced fifth album has a hyper-real pop coat that barely contains searing guitar lines, electronic percussion and high-tempo busy rhythms. The album is at its best when it takes a breath and doesn’t crowd the songs with overactive sonics on songs like ‘Los Ageless’, ‘Happy Birthday, Johnny’ , ‘Pills’, ‘New York’ and “Savior’. Clark plays the Olympia in Dublin on Friday and Saturday.

Listen on Spotify


Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

A loose album of jaunty bluesy slacker-rock between two idiosyncratic songwriters from two parts of the globe from Australia and America respectively, who work well as a duality on record.

Listen on Spotify


And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering

The Belfast post-rock instrumentals deliver heft and a return to form on their new fifth album, which can be heard in full two days before release.


Blue Hawaii – Tenderness

You can catch Blue Hawaii in Dublin at the Workman’s Club next month on November 18th and Tenderness is a fine album by Raphaelle Standell (Braids singer) and Alexander Kerby who got their project back together after a four year hiatus in 2016. The album draws on relationships forged through online apps, disco rarities and ’90s dance music.

Listen on Spotify

Posted on October 18th, 2017


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Tuesday August 26

  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6)
    [Acoustic] John Francis / Edisons / Ian O’Doherty (FOTLrecords) / Craig Gallagher 

Wednesday August 27

Thursday August 28

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Friday August 29

  • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy @ The Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire (SOLD OUT)
    [Folk/rock]  Will Oldham plays live.
  • Anarchy Café Weekender @ The Grand Social (€7/€10 for weekend)
    [Rock] Chewing On Tinfoil, Ray Gange Clash Roadie DJ set and Fangclub.
  • End of Summer Jam @ The Sugar Club (€5)
    [Live] The Nova Collective | The Wood Burning Savages | Million Little Gods
  • Trouble Pilgrims @ The Workman’s Club (€12)
    [Rock] Former The Radiators From Space members.
  • MUD: Spectrum Present Penny Giles @ Twisted Pepper (€10, 10:30pm)
    [Club] Plus Phil Tangent ( Soul:R/Integral) Sickly Sweet (Sub X)Sickly Sweet (Sub X) Spectrum Dj’s Steo

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Saturday August 30

  • Anarchy Café Weekender @ The Grand Social (€7/€10 for weekend)
    [Rock] Paranoid Visions, The Lee Harveys, Corrosive Machine…
  • Wild Rocket, Yurt ,  Black Spring @ Bello Bar (€15 with LP, €6 without)
    [Rock] Album launch Geomagnetic Hallucinations from the space rockers.
  • iZem Dublin Tropikal @ The Bernard Shaw (Free)
    [DJs] Global and tropical beats.
  • Groovement Soul @ The Grand Social (11.30pm, Free)
    [DJs ] Groovement Soul Residents Declan Comiskey Glenn Davis and Carl Bauer
  • A Celebration of Red @ Button Factory (€15)
    [Dance] Music from four legendary Dublin clubs: an annual tribute to pioneering Red Records label with an exclusive Pulse laser show. DJs: Mark Kavanagh (Olympic / Red anthems), Eddie Sargent (exclusive Dublin dance classics) plus two special guests to be added playing Sides, Asylum and Ormond tribute sets.


Sunday August 31

Monday September 1

  • Rest up.

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Posted on August 26th, 2014

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Colm Moore took his camera down to Kilmainham where he caught pics of The Flaming Lips, Warpaint, Flying Lotus, ASIWYFA and more at Forbidden Fruit.

I didn’t make it in for all the weekend but I enjoyed the visual show from Flying Lotus but I came away thinking he really needs to step up his live set.

Posted on June 3rd, 2014


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And So I Watch You From Afar have a tour coming up in Ireland in December. The band have only been to India recently so there can’t be very many places on the earth left for them to play. Next stop, space? The band’s third album All Hail Bright Futures came out earlier this year and this run of shows will celebrate the last year. Live, they’re still as ferocious as ever.

ASIWYFA tour dates

13/12 – Dublin – The Button Factory – Tickets: €13.50 – Doors: 8PM
19/12 – Galway – Roisin Dubh – Tickets: €16/€14 – Doors: 8PM
20/12 – Galway – Roisin Dubh – Tickets: €16/€14 – Doors: 8PM
29/12 – Belfast – The Limelight – Tickets: £14 – Doors: 8PM
31/12 – Cork – New Years Eve – Crane Lane – Tickets: €15 – Doors: 8.30PM

Posted on November 20th, 2013


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