Update: Bad news, Phoenix’s Dublin show tonight has been postponed due to illness

Postponement Notice – Phoenix at The Olympia Theatre

Phoenix and MCD are sorry to announce that following medical advice, tonight’s performance at the Olympia Theatre has been cancelled due to illness.

Phoenix would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise to all fans for any inconvenience and disappointment caused.

Refunds are available from point of purchase, all tickets remain valid for any re-scheduled show.


After a long hiatus from even playing Ireland at all, after their recent Electric Picnic gig, Phoenix have announced a long-awaited indoor show at Olympia Theatre on March 27th next year. It’s the closing date of their tour.

Tickets will be go on general sale on Friday 6th October via: WEAREPHOENIX.COM/LIVE for €34.50 + fees at 9am.

The band’s latest album is Ti Amo and I still have not listened to it properly yet.

PHOENIX – March 2018 live dates:

20/03 Milan, IT – Fabrique
21/03 Zurich, CH – Volkshaus
22/03 Brussels, BE – Forest National
25/03 Manchester, UK – Academy
26/03 Glasgow, UK – Barrowland Ballroom
27/03 Dublin, IE – Olympia Theatre

Posted on March 27th, 2018



Artwork by Fatti Burke.

This is a personal list of the 20 music videos that stuck with me for various reasons, some explained below, some because they are great examples and some because they lifted the song into a new realm. These are my 20 favourites as opposed to my best.

20. Biggles Flys Again – ‘Chambers’

Video by: Colm Russell

A Wes Anderson-style clip of Dublin looking beautiful soundtracks the 28 stages of a relationship breakdown.

19. Grizzly Bear – ‘Gun-Shy’

Video by: Kris Moyles

You won’t thank me for watching this one – it’s a plain weird video featuring Grizzly Bear band members getting various surgical and medical samples taken in an idyllic place to the soundtrack of their gorgeous song.

18. Earl Sweatshirt – ‘Doris’

Video by: Hiro Murai

A dark menacing beat gets a roving urban foreboding video.

17. Lizzo feat. Sophia Eris – Batches & Cookies

Video by: Ryan Kron Thompson

If a video is a designed to introduce to an artist and give you a short time frame in which to “get” them, Lizzo’s video does that all right here. The Detroit MC is just one of those great videos that gives you a snapshot of the artist’s character and does so in a three and a half minute burst of fun. It also lifts the tune which is what any great video does.

16. Fryars – ‘Cool Like Me’ (Original and Mike Skinner remix)l

Video by: Ian & Cooper / Mike Skinner

Two videos for the same song: the original and the remix. The former is the cinematic one, focusing on a cult of body-popping evangelical bell-ringers while the latter for the Mike Skinner remix and also directed by him, is a play on the title of the song, takes pleasure in putting Fryars’ Benjamin Garrett and Mike Skinner as the photobombing background focus of a host of cooler-than-thou people at London Fashion week.

15. Glasser – ‘Design’

Video by: Jonathan Turner

Cameron Mesirow’s Interiors is an album that is inspired by “architecture, a physical imposition in my life, and the fluid emotional boundaries of relationships.” This clip for ‘Design’ fits that aesthetic and the song’s arpeggiated synths and nuanced production.

14. Bob Dylan – ‘Like A Rolling Stone’

Video by: Vania Heymann

The concept is simple. An interactive TV where every station is lip-synching to the Dylan classic.

Watch/interact: http://video.bobdylan.com/

13. Dizzee Rascal – ‘I Don’t Need A Reason’

Video by: Emile Sornin

Video techniques loop like animated GIFs. Brilliantly effective and suitable for the track’s minimal beat.

12. Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’

Video by: Feel Good Lost

‘Take Me To Church’ is the most complete song from Hozier’s nascent career, a soulful high-spirited track which seeks redemption in the flesh through metaphors around church worship – “if the heaven’s ever did speak / she’s the last true mouth piece”, “i was born sick but I love it / command me to be well”. Andrew Hozier-Byrne is a perfect vessel for that sentiment: his voice also plays on that dichotomy, a gospel-fused and sensual soul instrument.

It’s a clever ploy, playing the incongruous relationship between sex and religion off each other. Fittingly, Feel Good Lost’s black and white video for the track also addresses that issue: by showing what can happen to a gay couple who, in 2013, these modern times, are not recognised by the church and subsequently by prejudiced peers at a time when homophobia is proposed as a law by the Russian authorities. The video has a powerful synergy to it.

11. Arcade Fire – ‘Afterlife’

Video by: Emily Kai Bock

Kai Bock’s ‘Afterlife’ video has a sumptuous dreamy quality that wraps itself around in the song in a cinematic haze.

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Posted on December 17th, 2013


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Longitude Festival’s lineup is pretty close in taste to the music featured regularly on this blog so with that in mind, here’s five of my must-see recommendations per day for the Marlay Park festival. There’s also a Spotify playlist of Longitude artists at the end of the post along with the site map and time table.

See you at my Longitude DJ set at 3:30pm on Sunday at the Red Bull Music Academy stage and later on that night at the Afterparty in The Academy. Check out the stage times for the weekend.

All bands & a Spotify playlist →

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Posted on July 17th, 2013

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MCD today have announced the lineup to their new July festival in Marlay Park on the outskirts of Dublin from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st  of July. The crossover festival to the UK Latitude festival the debut lineup features:

Kraftwerk (3D set), Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Foals, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Villagers, Hot Chip, Modest Mouse, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Jake Bugg, SBTRKT DJ set, Paul Kalkbrenner, Mark Lanegan, Local Natives, Django Django, Jessie Ware, Alunageorge, Flume, The Cast Of Cheers, Trentemøller, Kodaline, Mmoths, Tom Odell, Young Wonder, MØ, Mikhael Paskalev, S O H N, Petite Noir, Half Moon Run, Vondelpark and Stealing Sheep.

Phoenix are playing Friday, Vampire Weekend on Saturday and Kraftwerk are headlining Sunday. Super excited about Kraftwerk!


Early Bird weekend tickets (Fri, Sat, Sun) are priced €129.50 plus fees. Early Bird day tickets are priced €44.50 plus fee. Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster and outlets from 9am on Monday 4th March. Early bird offer expires on April 7th.

Weekend tickets €149.50 / Day tickets €54.50 plus fees after April 7th. April 8th will see a further announcement.

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Posted on February 27th, 2013


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Phoenix are offering another version of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix track(s) ‘Love Like A Sunset’ for the price of a retweet about their upcoming Madison Square Garden show this month. The Tong & Rogers Wonderland remix takes the somewhat ambient original track into house dancefloor territory. Get it by retweeting or listen below.

Phoenix – Love Like a Sunset (Part 3)

Posted on October 6th, 2010



This weekly chart consists of ten of favourite tunes right now including a killer Ellie Goulding remix from Penguin Prison, a Stones Throw gem from Madlib and Strong Arm Steady, a web-only Erykah Badu track, a Delphic remix and a cut each from new releases from These New Puritans’, Four Tet, Yeasayer, Joanna Newsom, Hot Chip and Joy Orbison.

  1. Hot ChipOne Life StandOne Life Stand
  2. Strong Arm Steady – Best of Times (featuring Phonte) – In Search of Stoney Jackson
  3. Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Penguin Prison Mix ft. Theophilus London)
  4. These New PuritansAttack MusicHidden
  5. PhoenixFences (Delphic remix) Delphic
  6. (more…)

Posted on February 1st, 2010


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fuck-buttons-tarot-sport Remember those times when you picked up a music magazine and read a playlist of what the writers were playing in the office that week? Here is my nod to that publication staple. No great fanfare, just ten of the best song around right now I’ve been playing lots of.

Fuck Buttons new’ album Tarot Sport is out now and it’s amazing. If Street Horrrsing was a lethargic rush of euphoria, Tarot Sport is a kick in the balls at a rave at 6am, Full of sounds that would be at home on Aphex Twin’s Druqs. It reminds me more of Holy Fuck in parts too. The 10 minute full version of ‘Surf Solar’ is something else.

Also this week: two of the chart-featuring artists will be playing here soon. Miike Snow is joining Marina and the Diamonds and Digitalism for that Heineken Green Spheres gig in Carlow (more info here) and Ou Est Le Swimming Pool will be joining Annie Mac and Benga on November 12th in The Academy (tickets here).

Nialler9 Weekly Chart

  1. Fuck ButtonsRough SteezTarot Sport
  2. Ellie Goulding – Under the SheetsBuy 7″
  3. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance The Way I FeeliTunes
  4. Miike SnowBurial (DJ Mehdi remix)
  5. JoggerNapping CaptainThis Great Pressure
  6. (more…)

Posted on October 14th, 2009


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phoenix_son_greenYou remember the awesomely amazo-tune ‘The Soon Future’ from Son Green which I posted back in July – “an upbeat electronic workout with squelchy vocodered bits, funky cascading guitar notes, distorted synths, treated vocal lines and some funky beats”. It still gets better with every listen.

Son Green is back with a remix of those French popsters Phoenix.

Son Green is a somewhat well-known independent musician/graphic designer from Ireland, now based in Malmo, Sweden.

Phoenix – Fences (Son Green remix)

This is the tune I posted in July. Wowza.

Son Green – The Soon Future

Another tune called ‘Your Echo and Your Shadow’ is up @ myspace.com/songreen.

Posted on October 13th, 2009


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This morning on Twitter, I asked people to submit their song to a mixtape to the theme:

Songs to beat the Monday blues?

Here are 22 songs handpicked to cheer you up on any given Monday.

One of the bands picked, Local Natives play The Academy 2, Dublin tomorrow night. WE SHOULD ALL GO. I’ve a feeling it’s going it be amazing.

  1. New Order – Blue Monday [@GavinFeeney & @colmbracken]
  2. Local Natives – Airplane [@domBrog]
  3. The Flirtations – Nothing But a Heartache [@Jessieluvaction]
  4. Nathan Fake – Basic Mountain [@Swyh]
  5. Listen to the mixtape >>

Posted on September 28th, 2009


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Last week I asked my Twitter followers for their submission to a newTwitter mixtape or Twixtape for short:

What’s your perfect summer song for 2009?

There was about 50 responses or so and I had a great time collating as many tracks as I could for the mixtape below. There’s some crackers and belters right here: That Classixx Phoenix remix, the Alice in Wonderland electronic song, Atmosphere’s summery jam, the stupendous ‘So Far to Go’ from J Dilla, the clattering boogie funk of Dam Funk, an excellent tune from Wave Machines, an acoustic Yeah Yeah Yeahs a classic from Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and up-to-date indie hits from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Girls.

If I didn’t include your song, it’s because time or legalities didn’t allow it. Enjoy the mixtape. Hopefully, some of these songs will soundtrack your summer..
Listen to the mixtape >>

Posted on May 25th, 2009


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kitsune I was listening to the rather front-loaded Kitsuné Maison 7 compilation last night and it reminded me of this great track from Bangor’s Two Door Cinema Club.

It’s a stonking indie-pop number which is a prime example to the gazillion indie bands out there how you can learn from bands like Phoenix (aside – how awesome of a tune is ‘1901’? Very is the answer.) and craft a decent tune alongside a decent producer – in this case Lexx. It’s even got an almost Bewitched-type “Go! Go! Go!” breakdown. What’s not to like?

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work

As for the Kitsune comp – there are tracks from We Have Band, That killer Lisztomania remix from Classixx (FYI – The term “Lisztomania” was coined by the German romantic literary figure Heinrich Heine to describe the massive public response to Franz Liszt’s virtuosic piano performances, thanks Wikipedia), The Golden Filter, La Roux, Autokratz, James Yuill and others but it’s mostly forgettable. Here’s a minimix for a taster. It’s out now in advance on eMusic.

Kitsuné Maison 7 minimix

Click to see the video for ‘Something Good Can Work’

Posted on May 21st, 2009


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tiga My digital column in the Indo’s Day and Night magazine contains lots of juicy music recommendations this week. Links to tracks from Wave Machines, Ellie Goulding, Vega, Burial/Four Tet, Liechtenstein, The Chasms, Tiga’s awesome ‘Shoes’ (check the brilliant video), Fly Girlz, Lissy Trulie and Fred Falke remixes Grizzly Bear’s ‘Two Weeks’, The Golden Filter remix Empire of the Sun, Calvin Harris doing Passion Pit and my favourite – Classixx remixing Phoenix’ ‘Listzomania’.

Tiga – Shoes

Videos with cute kids singing Jarvis and Pavement, what My Little Pony would be like if Michael Bay directed it, Goonies re-united and a look at Nick Cave’s bonkers script for Gladiator 2.

On the gig front in Dublin tonight – you are spoiled for choice… (more…)

Posted on May 15th, 2009


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