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Tune-yards – Look At Your Hands

Now officially a duo of Merril Garbus and Nate Brenner, tune-yards will release a fourth record called I can feel you creep into my private life on January 19th. The sound of this song ‘Look At Your Hands’ is a nice taster, it’s more focused, danceable and electronic-leaning while retaining some of that Afro looped pop exuberance that is a key part of the Tune-yards identity.

“Thematically, the twelve new songs tackle race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album arrives as Tune-Yards’ most immediate and upbeat music yet – this is music to dance to.|


Pink Kink – ‘Munchie Magic’

A Liverpool band whose second single equates a desire for fast food with oral sex, ‘Munchie Magic’ is a gang-shouting slice of glittering shouty neon pop.


Lankum – Déanta In Eireann

From one of my albums of the past week (and a band who announced a Vicar Street show this morning) comes this standout from Between The Earth & The Sky about Ireland. The 8-minute ‘Deanta in Eireann’ that could be about nearly any time in Irish history but are applicable to the now – migration, a government who doesn’t care about the little people and using your Irish charm abroad but it turns the song’s gaze back on the homeland – “if the Dáil are the pimps, then we are the whores” and in the end, you’ll want to stand up and declare the song our new antagonistic national anthem.


Marcus Marr – High Times

THE DFA producer that brought us the absolute dancefloor riproar of ‘Rocketship’ brings the funk and house on this new track. Reminds me of early Daft Punk.


Gorillaz & Little Simz – Garage Palace

An uncharacteristic banger from Gorillaz with UK rapper Little Simz on vocals. This is a fresh thing.


Bibio – ‘Phantom Brickworks III’

Bibio has a new album out Friday called Phantom Brickworks and it’s a collection of mostly improvised ambient pieces that are quite evocative.

Phantom Brickworks is a collection of mostly improvised musical pieces, that for some years now, have provided me with a mental portal into places and times – some real, some imaginary, some a combination of both. Human beings are highly sensitive to the atmospheres of places, which can be enhanced or dramatically altered when you learn about the context of their history. Echoes and voices can sometimes be heard, in some way or another. Places sometimes have things to say.” Bibio


The Cyclist – When We All Break Down

Derry producer Andrew Morrison dropped his new album Sapa Inca Delirium last Friday and his stated aim was to bring some warmth into electronic music. On one of the album highlights, he hooks up with Joni, who recorded her vocals in one take over some percussive synth dance music with a nod to garage and drum ‘n’ bass.


Hamilton Leithauser & Angel Olsen – Wild Hunger

Olsen’s been on fire on the collaboration front lately and here, her turn with the Walkmen singer is a great match as his retro singing style is reinforced when she appears.


Young Fathers – Lord

Glasgow trio Young Fathers have finished recording their third album and so they’ve shared the closing cut from it to coincide with some UK dates. You can’t dance to it they want you to know. It is a slow alt-gospel ballad in their unique style.


Teen Ravine – Steady On

Toronto act Teen Ravine bring the crystallised dream pop vibes from an upcoming album.

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Posted on November 1st, 2017

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Also announced this week:

Former Throwing Muses’ musician Kristin Hersh is to play a solo Irish tour that goes to Spirit Store, Dundalk on November 1st, to Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin on November 2nd, The Triskel Cork on November 3rd (€22), Roisin Dubh, Galway on November 4th (€23) and Dolan’s, Limerick (€24) on November 5th. Tickets via Ticketmaster or venues.

Kiasmos play a DJ Set at Wah Wah Club / The Grand Social next Saturday night Oct 29th.

Dublin’s newest venue The Bowery in Rathmines opened its doors this weekend (it’s a lovely spot), and Badly Drawn Boy is the first of the new announcements with his first Dublin show in 10 years. The date is Sunday 18 December and tickets for the show priced from €22.90 plus booking free are on sale Friday 21 October available from Ticketmaster outlets and online at and the venue website.

A new indie club SOMA hits Whelan’s from next Thursday night and features live sets from Thumper, WOLFF and a DJ set from residents Otherkin. It’s free in.

Kilkenny’s multi-instrumentalist R.S.A.G. has lined up a post-Christmas show at The Sound House (in The Wiley Fox) on Eden Quay on December 28th.
Support on the night is fellow Kilkenny man The Kilo 1977. Early bird tickets go on sale this Friday (€10) at 10am. General (€15). Doors 11pm ’til 3am.

Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) + Rostam (Vampire Weekend) recently made an album together and now Leithauser will be touring it with a group that includesStephen Patterson (Drums), and Gregory Roberts (Bass) with occasionally, Rostam. His tour hits The Workman’s Club, Dublin on 12 March 2017. Tickets priced €22 + fees on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.

I can’t stop listening to the latest Young Marco song so it’s good to see he’s playing Wigwam on November 26th.

It also features in my new mix:

The Last Mixed Tape hosts Lost Tapes featuring Paddy Hanna, Beauty Sleep & Montauk Hotel on November 18th in Bello Bar.

Cork’s Southern Hospitality Board presents The Sudden Club Weekender in December including gigs from Rusangano Family, Altered Hours and Rozi Plain all at the Kino, Washington Street.

The Sudden Club : Rusangano Family + BantumFriday 9th December, 7.30pm
Price: €16

The Sudden Club: The Altered Hours + The BonkSaturday 10th December, 7.30pm
Price: €13

The Sudden Club: Rozi Plain + The Shaker Hymn + Anna Mieke BishopSunday 11th December, 7.30pm
Price: €12

Weekend ticket for all shows are available for €36 and physical tickets available shortly from Plugd Records, Tobin Street.

As part of the Bram Stoker Festival next week, A Breaking Tunes Music trail featuring bands like Participant, Cult Called Man, Basciville, New Pope, Exploding Eyes and more are playing in cafés and shops across town over two days.

Brian Deady has added a second date in Whelan’s next week.

I Am Niamh is playing a headline show on December 9th in Bello Bar, Dublin.

Soulful Dublin singer Jesse John Heffernan plays his first headline live show at The Bello Bar on December 3rd.

Posted on October 19th, 2016

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Oxfam on Francis Street will host a takeover by three of the curators reprising their Oxjam at Electric Picnic roles this weekend. Friday.Homebeat, Abner Brown and will host Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively with the lineup featuring Elephant, Floor Staff, Let’s Set Sail & Ye Vagabonds (Friday); Soldiers Can’t Dance, Jemson Green, We went Down (Saturday); Booka Brass Band, Rocstrong, Come On Live Long and Amidships (Sunday).

Tickets are €6 a night or €12 for a weekend. BYOB too. Oxjam started in 2006 and has raised over £2 million. You can donate here.

Facebook event.

Beardyman plays Opium Rooms on Saturday November 8th. Tickets Earlybird €15 and general prices are €20 from & Wav tickets. He also plays Cypress Avenue, Cork the night before.

Hidden Agenda are bringing Erol Alkan over along with Ghost Culture to Opium Rooms on Saturday October 25th for a late show. Tickets €10 plus fees on sale from RA.

U:mack are bringing the idiosyncratic rock band Liars to Dublin for a Button Factory show on Bank Holiday Sunday October 26th. Tickets are €18 from

More for Halloween?

Abstract presents a Groove Armada DJ set at Opium Rooms, Dublin on Friday October 31st, 2014. Tickets from €20 via Resident Advisor + Fatsoma.

Dub legend Mad Professor has an Irish tour coming up in late November. The dates are Wednesday 26th November in Cyprus Avenue, Cork (Tickets €17/20); Thursday 27th November in Monroes Live, Galway (Tickets €17/20); Friday 28th November in Button Factory, Dublin (€17/€20). Support from Mama Kasbah on all dates.

Harmonic have booked the lead singer of The Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser on Monday November 10th at The Sugar Club, Dublin. Tickets €22 plus fee from

Is there any chance Mark Kozelek’s stupid beef with War On Drugs won’t define his year? Maybe by Tuesday December 9th, when Sun Kil Moon play Button Factory with emphasis on the acclaimed album Benji. Tickets are €24.50 plus fees on sale tomorrow from Ticketmaster.

Christmas gigs are starting to roll in…

Lisa O’Neill plays two Christmas gigs: at Triskel Christchurch, Cork, December 13th and Dublin Unitarian Church, December 19th. Tickets are €15 on sale from Thursday 9am from Ticketmaster.

Little Green Cars have a Christmas tour to close out their two-year touring schedule around their successful debut. The dates announced are are a big standing Dublin show followed by piano / acoustic tour of theatres.

December 14 – Vicar Street, Dublin (€22 on sale Thursday at 9am from Ticketmaster)
Dec 15th Town Hall Theatre, Galway (seated show)
Dec 17th Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge (seated show)
Dec 19th Glór, Ennis (seated show)
Dec 20th The Set Theatre, Kilkenny (seated show)
Dec 22nd The Everyman Theatre, Cork (seated show)
Dec 23rd Theatre Royal, Waterford (seated show)
Dec 28th The Pavilion Theatre, DLR (seated show)

Posted on October 13th, 2014

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