Other Voices returns to Dingle’s St. James Church from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December and the first names have been announced for the TV show / mini-festival.

Perfume Genius (Seattle, USA), Songhoy Blues (Timbuktu, Mali) & Aine Cahill (Cavan, Ireland) and the IMRO Other Room artist Katie Laffan has been announced to play in Kerry in December.

It’ll be OV’s 16th year in Dingle, where all their activity began.

The show have also launched the eir Other Voices Open Call 2017, which gives one Irish artist a slot at IMRO Other Room during the Festival in December and for the subsequent broadcast. This year, the prize is augmented with all travel to and accommodation in Dingle for the duration of the Festival, three days in a recording studio with a top engineer, the production company and budget to create a music performance video, along with practical music industry mentoring from the eir Other Voices team.

The eir Other Voices Open Call, supported by RTE 2FM, is an invitation to artists across Ireland, who produce all genres of music, to submit one track to the eir Other Voices team for consideration. Entries are now open at www.othervoices.ie/content/open-call and will close at 6pm on September 22nd, 2017. Last year, more than 900 acts applied for one performance slot at the IMRO Other Room.

Posted on September 13th, 2017


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Fresh from an acclaimed performance at Electric Picnic, Perfume Genius will return in December to play the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin courtesy of Aiken.

The date is Saturday 2 December 2017. Tickets: €23.50 +
on sale on Friday 8th September at 9am.

Posted on September 5th, 2017


Body & Soul have announced their lineup for the imminent Electric Picnic festival at the end of August and it’s another doozy lineup of acts across three stages. Only €229.50 weekend tickets are left but there is a serious lineup including the full list below.

Playlist of additions:

Body & Soul man stage

Young Fathers
Perfume Genius
Kate Boy
Francois and The Atlas Mountains
Oum Shatt
Glass Animals
Olof Arnalds
Alice Boman
Dermot Byrne
Florian Blancke & Brendan O Regan
Join me in the Pines
I Have A Tribe
Jon Gomm
Tommy KD
C.R. Avery
Girl Band
Altered Hours
Buffalo Woman
Donal Dineen
Ronan O Snodaigh & The Occasionals
Sounds of a System Breakdown
Viking Project
The Careers
Sleep Thieves
Grounds For Invasion
Youth Mass
Susan O Neill & The Low Standards


Shanti Celeste
P Disconaut
Chris Farrell
TR-One [live]
UNKNWN [live]
Ryan Vail
Shane Mannion
Donal Dineen
Adultrock [live]
Gilbert Steele
Sol & Louche
Mikey Joyride Soro

EarthShip Line Up

Maud In Cahoots
Ruff Chuff Live Crew
Come On Live Long
Leo Moran & Anto Thistletwaite
The Tav Jam Band
Joe Fury & The Hayride
Punch Face Champions
Willow Sea & Guests
Aindrais De Staic & The Latchikos
Attention Bébé
Stevie G & the Deep South Soul Soundsystem
The Eskies
Simi Crowns
Noelie McDonnell & Band
i am niamh
Polyphonic X
The Amazing Few
Sinead White
The Ground Will Shake
Floor Staff
Eileen Keane
Malcolm London
Symphonic Funk
Mikey and The Scallywags
Strange Boats
The Cold Draw
Louisiana 6
Shay Cotter and the New Blues
Analogue Wave
In The Willows

Posted on July 30th, 2014


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Tracks of the Week playlist

1. Real Lies – ‘North Circular’

Despite this song coming from a very London place and band, there are things mentioned that orbit it towards a Dublin urban environment. The Irish Times and the title (obviously there are North Circulars in both cities) give it some of our local flavour. ‘North Circular’ feels like a 12 years later companion piece to The Streets’ languid poetic club euphoria as heard on tracks like ‘Weak Become Heroes’. A true beauty that offers solace and hope, and a contender for one of the song of the year.

2. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’ (Extended mix)

Carrying on from the last track, what makes a song of the year? It’s a combination of personal experience colliding with the shared, the emotion felt and transmitted, the glory of sound eliciting shivers. ‘Can’t Do Without You’ has already established itself as one of those songs through festival appearances, repeat plays and peer sharing. This extended version is primarily for DJs but packs a precious couple of extra minutes into the song which doesn’t need it but is appreciated.

3. letthemusicplay Feat. Kate Tempest – ‘Our Town’

As heard on Jamie xx’s show sitting in for Benji B (as was that Real Lies track), the spoken word parallel here via Kate Tempest, lifts this track up in emotion and meaning. It’s lyrically vulnerable (“let’s spend the afternoon in bed / with three bottles of wine ..forget the shame and awkwardness”) but lines like “let’s just take off all our clothes / and watch the sun set in the city” fit with the clubby synth magic snaking its way in the background which reaches its crescendo in Tempests’ decree – “make this town our town.”

4. Wet – ‘Move Me’

From the same Kitty Cash mixtape Love The Free Vol. II (out Monday) that gave us SZA’s new song ‘Mood Ring‘, ‘Move Me’ from Brooklyn trio Wet has some serious seductive indie R&B grooves going on. Kelly Zutrau gives a moving vocal fittingly for the song title and subject matter.

5. Perfume Genius – ‘Queen’

Perfume Genius‘ comeback song ‘Queen’ is a comeback and a retort also to the latent homophobia that still persists in modern society and that Hadreas feels is a type of “gay panic” when people see him on the street.

“No family is safe as I sashay” goes the chorus of the song which has a languid starry Mercury Rev-style arrangement to it. A slow motion fuck you to those afraid of others who are different.

6. “Old English” ft. Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs & A$AP Ferg (prod. by Salva & Nick Hook)

From the Mass Appeal Compilation Vol. I– ‘Old English’ is a rap banger produced by Salva and Nick Hook.

7. We Are Shining – ‘Hot Love’

A psychedelic blues/hip-hop/gospel jam from the London production duo.

8. Shabazz Palaces – ‘Forerunner Foray’

From the forthcoming Lese Majesty album (streaming here on Monday), ‘Forerunner Foray’, part of the first of seven suites on the album, is moe reliant on atmosphere and production as synth notes ping in the distance, the track seeps into your consciousness.

9. Gwilym Gold – ‘Muscle’

A vulnerable and baring song from the former Golden Silvers singer for his new single.

10. Klo – ‘False Calls’

New future soul single from the Melbourne duo.

Posted on July 18th, 2014


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Perfume Genius‘ comeback song ‘Queen’ is a comeback and a retort also to the latent homophobia that still persists in modern society and that Hadreas feels is a type of “gay panic” when people see him on the street.

“No family is safe as I sashay” goes the chorus of the song which has a languid starry Mercury Rev-style arrangement to it. A slow motion fuck you to those afraid of others who are different.

Portishead’s Adrian Utley has produced Too Bright.

Too Bright drops on the 19th of September through Matador.

Posted on July 15th, 2014


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

Air – Le Voyage Dans la Lune
Bonobo – Black Sands remixed
Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory
Errors – Have Some Faith In Magic
Field Music – Plumb
See the full A-Z list…→

Posted on February 13th, 2012

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Yes, this kind of thing happens at a Sufjan show...

A list of personally recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Let me know if I missed anything of interest in the comments.

Anyone in Belfast, I’m DJing at Animal Disco after Le Galaxie’s album launch in Auntie Annie’s on Friday night.

Ticket giveaways:

  • A pairs of The Minutes album launch in The Workman’s Club on Saturday. Email [email protected] with your full name before Thursday 6pm to win.

Tuesday 17th May

Wednesday 18th May

See the week’s full gig guide …»

Posted on May 17th, 2011



Because Learning is a very intense album that deserves your ears to experience it, it is streaming above. Mike Hadreas’ solo project is a desolate, provocative and devastating listen. Comparisons to Sufjan Stevens abound but Sufjan trades in relief, nerdy joy and caricatures while Perfume Genius deals in possibly harrowing experiences, hopefully not drawn from reality. check out a live video below.

Posted on July 22nd, 2010



The best new music this week…

  1. Jai Paul – ‘BTSU’
    A tip from Richie Egan when he appeared on Donal Dineen’s show, Jai Paul is a producer from London who is just starting out. So far, he’s been making electronic R&B with dub frequencies. It still sounds like pop music – just really weird pop music that plays in your brain forever and ever.
  2. Perfume Genius – ‘Learning’
    Beguiling dark ballads from a Seattle Mike Hadreas, It’s pretty desolate stuff but makes for fascinating listening. Learning is out now on Matador. Stream it whole.
  3. (more…)

Posted on July 5th, 2010


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