James Lavelle’s guest-heavy UNKLE project debuted in 1998 with Psyence Fiction, a collaborative album between himself and DJ Shadow, that featured Ian Brown, Mike D, Kool G Rap, Badly Drawn Boy and Thom Yorke, that he has never since surpassed. It was also responsible for one of the best music videos ever made in ‘Rabbit In Your Headlights’ which you can see below.

Lavelle has since been in a spot of bother about a Psyence Fiction vinyl reissue which he funded on Kickstarter back in 2015 and raised nearly £39,000 for. Only last week did he respond with an update about the reissue.

Since Shadow left the project, there have been sparks on albums 2003’s Never, Never, Land (‘Eye For An Eye’, ‘Reign’), 2007’s War Stories (‘Restless’, ‘Mayday’) and 2010’s Where Did The Night Fall (not much registers from that for me), it’s a very different beast with a very different palette.

Earlier this month, an UNKLE exhibition was held at the Lazarides gallery in London and so news reached of a new UNKLE album called The Road to debut in 2017, to follow a new song ‘Cowboys and Indians’ which debuted last year.

‘Sick Lullaby’ features the vocals of Keaton Henson and is getting a 12″ release from The Vinyl Factory. It’s a dense orchestral song from the album, due out in mid-February.

Posted on January 30th, 2017

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Having just released her album At Swim, Lisa Hannigan has has announced an Irish tour for December. The dates are:

December 1st Seapoint Ballroom, Galway
December 2nd O’Reilly Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford
December 8th The Glassworks, Derry
December 10th Vicar Street, Dublin
December 12th Cork Opera House, Cork
December 16th Limetree Theatre, Limerick
December 17th Beaulieu House and Gardens, Drogheda, Co Louth
December 18th Unitarian Church, Dublin (all ages show at 2.30pm)
December 19th The Empire Music Hall, Belfast
December 22nd St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny
December 21st An Ghrianán Theatre, Donegal
December 23rd Theatre Royal, Waterford

Tickets on sale for all shows Thursday September 15th at 9am from Ticketmaster.

National Concert Hall announced its Autumn season and as part of it, the American drone-based ambient music duo Stars of the Lid will play Sunday October 9th. They will be joined by a crew that includes Luke Savisky, visual collaborator & projectionist; MFO, German lighting designer; Echo Collective (A winged victory for the Sullen’s string ensemble); Francesco Donadello (collaborator); Bobby Donne (from Kranky label-mates Labradford) and support comes from Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

Tickets are €25 NCH

Wyvern Lingo have announced a headline show at Button Factory on December 3rd. In the meantime, they are supporting James Vincent McMorrow on his Irish dates. Tickets for The Button Factory cost €17.50 + fee and are on sale today from TM.

Here are all of their dates coming up:

24th Mike the Pies, Listowel, Kerry
25th INEC, Killarney, Kerry
26th Roisin Dubh, Galway
27th Cypress Avenue, Cork

1st Dolans, Limerick
2nd Kavanaghs, Portlaoise
3rd Button Factory, Dublin

Saint Sister are playing a unique headline show on November 5th at Dublin’s Christchurch Cathedral. Tickets from €19 + fee from TM.

Lyra will make her Irish debut Upstairs at Whelans on 4th October. Tickets €13 inclusive of booking fee available from Ticketmaster.ie and outlets from Wednesday September 7th at 9am.

Vinyl & Wine, the vinyl listening club is to to exclusively premiere David Bowie’s lost 1976 album, The Gouster on Thursday, September 22nd in The Liquor Rooms. Tickets on Eventbrite now from €15.

Keaton Henson, the brittle English folk singer-songwriter is set to play the Olympia on Saturday February 11th 2017. Tickets for the seated show from €34.50 including booking fee and restoration levy on sale now from Ticketmaster.

Brian Deady is playing headline show at St Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny on Saturday December 17th. Deady recently signed a major label deal on the back of his excellent Non Fiction album. Support is from brother Colin Deady. Tickets priced at €17.50 plus booking are available from www.tickets.ie and Rollercoaster Records, Kieran Street, Kilkenny. Tickets on sale now. Doors 7.30pm.

Cathy Davey has released her new album New Forest today (album of the week for the Irish Times) and she’s embarking on a tour as follows.


Posted on September 9th, 2016

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Following last week’s preliminary announcement of Richard Hawley, Lapsley and more for Other Voices this year, the TV show and event in Dingle between Friday 4th – Sunday 6th of December, has announced more this week.

Making their trip to the main room at St. James Church also are:

Low, Jack Garrett, Keaton Henson, Glen Hansard and The Academic.

The Irish acts of the IMRO Other Room are:
Gavin Glass, Saint Sister, Talos, Bitch Falcon, Hawk with another TBC from the viewer’s choice from the open call.

For those heading to Dingle for the weekend, who may not get tickets, fear not, there’s a load of music happening for free in the pubs and venues of the town as the CPL Music Trail is back with 45 live acts including:

David Kitt, Sorcha Ni Bhriain, Declan McLoughlin, My Tribe Your Tribe, Eve Belle Mongoose, Chanele McGuinness, Hannah McPhilimy, Johnny Stewart , Hare Squead, Marc O’Reilly, Rusangano Family, Conor Walsh, Shookrah, Chapter 2, Slow Moving Clouds, Maria Kelly, Sample Answer, Callum Orr, Bad Sea, MKAI and Rebecca Collins

Listen to the first Other Voices podcast.

Posted on November 16th, 2015


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The National Concert Hall have revealed their This Must Be the Place series of concerts for this August which features Marc Almond, Sun Kil Moon and Keaton Henson. Tickets for below are on sale Friday at 10am.

1 August, 8pm – Marc Almond performs his The Velvet Trail Tour – €40, €45, €50
6 August, 8pm – Sun Kil Moon perform songs from his latest album, Benji, alongside his 2003 debut Ghosts of the Great Highway – €30
15 August, 8pm – Keaton Henson who rarely performs live, will be accompanied by his 22-piece sinfonietta for his Irish debut – €35

Discotekken continue their great run of shows with Twin Kelly – a Twin Peaks, R Kelly A/V night. Yes, that’s what it says. It happens Wednesday May 8th @ the Underground Cinema Room, The Generator, Smithfield. €8/€10.

Homebeat have lots coming up in the coming weeks two events of note not mentioned here yet are the following:

Not Pop Up #2 with guest DJ Donal Dineen @ Odessa Club, Friday April 17th.
Support from fronted by resident Emmet Condon (Homebeat / T/A/S/T/E).
Doors 11.30 pm. Admission. €7.

Homebeat presents: Blurred Lines #1 @ Project Arts Centre
featuring German minimal techno / electronic auteur Jan Jelinek, Somadrone, Ben Bix & Feather
Wednesday April 22nd. €17/€23

Mark Geary is playing Whelan’s in aid of Society of St Vincent de Paul, Gardiner Street Branch on Wednesday 22nd April, 8pm. Tickets €16 available from Whelanslive.com.

Yes, there is a Black Grape show happening in Dublin in June.

Karenn (Blawan & Pariah) Live, Don Williams & Sunil Sharpe at District 8 on May Bank Holiday weekend. Thanks Subject, Archetype and Bodytonic.

Gemma Hayes has a UK and Ireland tour coming up at the following places:

May 14 The Globe, Cardiff
May 16 Leaf Café, Liverpool
May 17 Gorilla, Manchester
May 19 The Louisiana, Bristol
June 12 Electric Circus, Edinburgh
June 13 Óran Mór, Glasgow
June 27 Whelans, Dublin
June 28 Killarney Festival
July 10 Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

This is her new single ‘Palomino’

Posted on April 9th, 2015

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Wallpaper by 400 Facts. Click to enlarge.

For our 41st podcast Aoife and I got ourselves a better audio setup with two pro microphones (thanks to all who helped with that) and took a return aural trip to Canada via  the Caribbean, Cambridge, Malmo, Manchester, LA and New York. Better equipment also means you can hear our dog Daffodil barking from downstairs throughout if you listen closely but I trust it won’t detract from these 13 songs, which are some of the finest I’ve heard over six weeks and collected together. Also, Bruce Willis makes an appearance. You’ll just have to listen.

MP3: Nialler9 Podcast #41

See the tracklisting..

Posted on August 27th, 2012

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The best of new album streams this week in A-Z form. See recent album streams in the category page.

This week I’m enjoying albums from Breton, Keaton Henson, Chromatics, Hundred Waters, Amadou & Miriam and The Ghandis.

Addison Groove – Transistor Rhythm
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (alt)
Amadou & Miriam – Folila (alt)
AU – Both Lights

Posted on April 2nd, 2012


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