Electric Picnic’s 2018 lineup has begun and it’s shaping up for Stradbally for August 31st to September 2nd this year.

  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Massive Attack
  • N.E.R.D
  • Dua Lipa
  • Ben Howard
  • St. Vincent
  • King Krule
  • George Ezra
  • The Kooks
  • Jungle
  • Wolf Alice
  • Chvrches
  • Nina Kraviz
  • Cigarettes After Sex
  • Friendly Fires
  • Garbage
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Benjamin Clementine
  • Sigrid
  • Jessie Ware
  • Jorja Smith
  • Mount Kimbie
  • Tom Misch
  • The Blaze
  • Stefflon Don
  • Peggy Gou
  • Yxng Bane
  • Field Music
  • Alexis Taylor
  • Sevdaliza
  • Lucy Dacus
  • La Femme
  • Inner Circle
  • Jordan Rakei
  • Raye
  • Gang Of Youths
  • Nilufer Yanya
  • Scarlxrd
  • Yellow Days
  • Hak Baker
  • Tom Tripp

No David Byrne or Lorde or Arctic Monkeys there as may be expected. It’s a festival lineup that reflects where Longitude was at a couple of years ago, with little room for a big heritage act (do Garbage or N.E.R.D. count?).

So far, the festival has confirmed that Red Bull, Three, Heineken, Bacardi, Electric Ireland and Just Eat area are back. No word on Body & Soul or other Voices yet but Mindfield, Trailer Park, Salty Dog, Jerry Fish Sideshow, Trenchtown, Comedy, Theatre of Food, Hazel Wood, Anachronica, Transmission and Global Green will return.

Electric Picnic festival director Melvin Benn are is also introducing the Rebalance programme to the festival which will aim to to redress the gender balance of music festivals after a lot of criticism was drawn last year for the lack of female representation.

So far that means for early campers on Thursday night there will be an all-female comedy night curated by Emily O’Callaghan. AE MAK were recently part of the Rebalance programme which offers female musicians studio and costs covered and more along with festival slots. So expect more of that to come.

Tickets are bound to sell out very soon.

Posted on March 15th, 2018

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Other Voices have uploaded live recordings from the show in Dingle over the 15 years so that performances from the likes of The xx, St. Vincent, Hozier, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, Jose Gonzales and Rufus Wainwright can now be seen for the first time since they were broadcast.

The clips are available on the RTE player and comprises of 16 re-edited episodes of Other Voices.

It’ll only be available for one week.

Dive in here to watch.

Posted on January 31st, 2018

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Time to look into the internet crystal ball and see who may (and who may not) release an album for our ears in 2018. Will Robyn finally release another album? Before we answer that, here’s some we know are on the way…


Tune-Yards

Release date: January 19th

Tune-Yards have announced that their fourth album I can feel you creep into my private life will be released on January 19th. They will be touring the US and Europe from February. Surely, an Irish date is imminent.


Nils Frahm

Date: January 26th

Nils Frahm’s new album All Melody is out on January 26th and was recorded in his custom-built studio in Funkhaus in Berlin. He also announced a world tour which starts on January 22nd in Berlin and lands in Dublin for a sold out show on Monday 26 February.


Frank Ocean

Possible Date: 2018

It’s been nearly a year and a half since the release of Frank Ocean’s album Blonde (add another week for Endless too). In November, he posted on Tumblr that he had finished a new album writing – “’Well I️ made the album before 30. I️ JUST AINT PUT THAT BITCH OUT!’ -quotes from an interview I️ haven’t given haha”. He also posted a picture on his Tumblr wearing a hat saying ‘If you likes 2017 you’ll love 2018. Frank was practically prolific in 2017 by previous standards with songs like ‘Provider’, ‘Chanel’ and ‘Biking’ released and first premiered on his Apple Music radio show Blonded.


Grimes

Possible Date: 2018

Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was reportedly halfway there in April 2017. Claire Boucher posted on Instagram in August 2017 that she needed two more months before finishing the new tracks. Last month she replied to a fan on Twitter regarding the new album saying ‘just played label new music they rly dig it so hopefully smthn soon’. Two days later on Instagram she said that she has all the tracks but needs to vox and drums on pretty much all of them. Signs are good.


When asked by Pitchfork about a new album release for 2018 Kevin Shields from the band said “Oh, we one hundred percent will,” he also gave details on the album stating “Basically, the record started off as an EP, and I realized it has to be, like, a mini-album, because it’s going to be at least 40 minutes long. So it’s going to be an album, but I don’t really know how many tracks it’s going to be. It’ll probably be seven or eight, by the looks of it.” He also stated that they will be touring this summer. This album will mark five years since the release of their third studio album MBV in 2013.


Franz Ferdinand

Date: February 9th

The Scottish indie rock band will release Always Ascending on February 9th a follow up from their fourth album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action which was released in 2013. The title track and some Galway/Dublin dates were previously announced.


Chromeo

Date: Spring/Summer 2018

The fourth album Head Over Heels from Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo is on its way this year, a follow up from White Women which came out in 2014. They released a tralier for the album back in November as well as new track ‘Juice’.


Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Spring/Summer 2018

In a post on Facebook in May last year Jon thanked fans for being patient while he worked on his new album and left us with a cover of Laura Palmer’s Theme tune for Twin Peaks. He later stated that the album is nearly finished, or to be more accurate – “nearly fucking finished.”.


Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Spring/Summer 2018


The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and set for release this year and former Fight Like Apes’ singer May Kay, who joined the band full-time, is set to feature on six tracks.. They released the first track off the new album ‘Pleasure’ in May last year but the album was delayed as the band signed a US deal for its release in late 2017.


Arctic Monkeys

Possible Date: Summer/Autunm 2018

The follow up to the Artic Monkey’s 2013 release AM is on the way. According to an interview with motorcycling magazine bassist Nick O’Malley said if the album isn’t out by 2018 ‘We’ve got problems’. Let’s hope that means the new album is on the way soon.


Blood Orange

Possible Date: Spring 2018

Last summer Blood Orange or Dev Hynes announced that he was writing new material via a post on Instagram. Last month he posted a video on his Instagram showing off some of the new material. The album will be a follow up to his 2016 release Freetown Sound.


The Good, The Bad and The Queen

Possible Date:Summer 2018

It’s been 11 years since Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Simon Tong and Tony Allen released an album under The Good, The Bad and The Queen name. According to NME, Damon Albarn reveled details on the new album hes’s been working on with Tony Visconti to radio DJ Zane Lowe: “We’ve got pretty much all the songs and recorded all the backing tracks but I’m just emoting over it at the moment. I can hear what I’m saying kind of, a bit, but it’s still a bit unintelligible.” He also stated that the album is “inspired by Brexit”.


David Byrne

Possible Date: March 2018


The former Talking Heads man has announced some live dates for this summer and that fact along with an apparent leak of the album title as American Utopia by an online retailer and a March date, more than suggest an album is on the way. His last album was his collaborative album with St. Vincent.


FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP and the release of new song ‘Good To Love’ in February 2017. Last year she confirmed that an album was on the way but would not be released in 2017 . According to NME she performed three new songs at Lastochka Festival in Moscow last summer. Could this mean that 2018 is the year for a new album release?


Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Spring/Summer 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which premiered at Sundance in 2017. In November 2017 he released a video for new track ‘Post Requisite’ and on January 1st this year he tweeted a mix from Brainfeeder which includes a new track ‘Quarantine’. No date for the new album has been released but there are a few telling signs that its on the way soon.


Empress of

Possible Date: 2018


Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best To You’. She released a new track ‘Go To Hell’ in July. In Demcember, she dropped a cover of Lana Del Rey produced by DJ Dodger Stadium. Hopefully, her new album is finally on the way.


Vampire Weekend

Possible Date:Summer 2018

It’s been five years since the New York City band released Modern Vampires of the City and according to a tweet reply from frontman Ezra Koenig in September last year, 2018 could be the year of their long awaited return. Later in the year he explained to fans via Instagram that he spent 2017 working on the new album saying “we gotta take our time’. This album with be the bands first without Rostam Batmanglij.


Robyn

Possible Date: 2018/2019


It’s been almost eight years since Swedish singer Robyn has relesed an album. Last year her track ‘Honey’ featured on girls which she stated as being selected by Lena Dunham from music that she has been working on. In January last year she released a track with Mr Tophat but it may be nine years before she returns. 🙁


Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

This time last year Daniel Avery was in studio hopefully that means a new release for 2018 is due to follow up from his superb 2013 album Drone Logic. It’s been too long already.


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


Nialler9 Weekly playlist


1.

Professor Rhythm – Leave Me Alone

The always-reliable Awesome Tapes from Africa digs up a 1995 kwaito dance gem from South Africa’s Professor Rhythm. The label has had some great stuff in 2017 including Umoja’s 707′ and Om Alec Khaoli ‘Say You Love Me’ and this is no different. Joy. Brian and his Awesome Tapes From Africa are in the Sugar Club in Dublin on November 11th with Super Silly, Farah Elle courtesy of Woweembeem.


The Go! Team are back and for their first song since 2015’s The Scene Between. The Brighton band arrive with ‘Semicircle Song’ with a marching band, The Detroit Youth Choir. The band’s mastermind Ian Parton took inspiration from Northern soul, Japanese indie-pop and old-school hip hop and went to Detroit to record with a marching band and choir.


3.

Boy Harsher – Westerners

Massachusetts duo Boy Harsher impressed me with the dark and swirling ‘Motion’ and here’s another from their debut EP, a pulsating electro track with atmospheric care-free abandon and an old-school beat.


4.

SONDAR – Ready

Effervescent electro pop from Cait and Katie, a duo from Nashville.


5.

Burial – Rodent

I’d become less interested in recent Burial releases due to familiarity or apathy. That’s on me perhaps but the latest track from the enigmatic producer finds him in his most direct clubbing state in quite a while. From the the relentless bassline to the hypnotic vocal line to the snatches of sax, ‘Rodent’ is a fresh sound from a producer who already has a trailblazing tag.


6.

Palmbomen II – Ultimate Lovestory Fantasy

The latest release, Memories of Cindy 3, from the LA producer has his trademark textured ambience in full effect: revealing itself like a soft breath in a warm fogged tunnel.


7.

Four Tet – Lush

A mellow and melodic highlight from Kieran Hebden’s largely understated new record New Energy.


8.

St. Vincent – Pills

Annie Clark’s Jack Antonoff-produced album Masseduction is out today. Clark has always been one to root for – as a kickass female artist in a male-dominated guitar space, she’s proved herself more talented and ambitious than anyone yet sometimes, her songs remain stubborn to letting you in beyond admiration. ‘Pills’ is maybe the most pop thing Clark has ever done but it doesn’t lose the swagger that got her to where she is in the first place. She’s in Dublin next week.


9.

Baths – Out

Will Wiesenfeld is back as Baths with a new album Romaplasm on Anticon on November 17th and the album takes inspiration from anime and video games. ‘Out’ has that vivd bounce to it and Will says the title is “a dual meaning—either referring to someone going out for the night, or being an out gay person. It touches on the intersection of both but mostly deals with how I feel in a club environment.” Here’s first single ‘Yeoman’.


10.

King Krule – Half Man Half Shark

Archy Marshall’s newest album as King Krule might be his most complete yet (one listen in). Marshall has a tendency to let his drawl do all the work on tracks sometimes but there’s plenty of shade and energy on the new record to warrant further investigation. It’s still got that loose jazz feel at times and ‘Half Man Half Shark’ is one such typical highlight.


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Posted on October 13th, 2017

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St. Vincent has released a music video directed by Willo Perron for ‘Los Ageless’.

“How can anybody have you and lose you — and not lose your mind, too?”, she sings as a fuzzed and buzzed rock beat shatters around her. The video keeps up the colourful artpop style of the ‘New York’ video.

St. Vincent is on Jools next week and hits Dublin for October 20th and 21st on her tour. The album Masseduction is out on October 13th.

MASSEDUCTION’ TRACK LIST:

1. Hang On Me
2. Pills
3. Masseduction
4. Sugarboy
5. Los Ageless
6. Happy Birthday, Johnny
7. Savior
8. New York
9. Fear The Future
10. Young Lover
11. Dancing with a Ghost
12. Slow Disco
13. Smoking Section

FEAR THE FUTURE TOUR” DATES:

7th October – Los Angeles, Paramount Pictures Studios (Red Bull Academy Music Festival)
17th October – London, O2 Academy Brixton
18th October – Manchester, O2 Apollo Manchester
20th October – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
21th October – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
23rd October – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
24th October – Paris, Le Trianon
26th October – Berlin, Huxleys
27th October – Utrecht, Tivoli Vrendenburg (Ronda)
14th November – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
15th November – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
17th November – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
18th November – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theater
19th November – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
20th November – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
21st November – Louisville, KY – The Kentucky Center
22nd November – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
24th November – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
25th November – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
27th November – Washington, DC – The Anthem
28th November – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
39th November – Boston, MA – House of Blues
1st December – Portland, ME – State Theatre
2nd December – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
3rd December – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
16/17th December – Houston, TX – Day For Night Festival

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

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St Vincent dropped an art-popping video for her ‘New York’ song and it’s a bright colour palette-lead video Directed by Alex Da Corte & produced by: All Ages Productions.

Da Corte says:

“I think Annie’s New York is the New York of my dreams-one that is blurry and fractured, dreamy and flat. It is the Toontown to my Hollywood. It is beautiful but slightly out of reach.”

St. Vincent recently discussed the making of the song music podcast Song Exploder.

Annie Clark is back in Dublin on October 20th.

Read a New Yorker profile with Annie.

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St. Vincent has announced a second Dublin date on the Fear the Future Tour for October 21st.

Ticket price is €28.50 + fees are on sale now via Ticketmaster.ie

Here’s her new song ‘New York’:

St. Vincent Tour dates

8/19 – Tokyo, Japan – Summer Sonic
10/17 – London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
10/18 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo Manchester
10/20 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
10/21 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
10/23 – Brussels, Belgium – AB Club
10/24 – Paris, France – Le Trianon
10/26 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
10/27 – Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVrendenburg
11/14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
11/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
11/17 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
11/18 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theater
11/19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
11/20 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
11/21 – Louisville, KY – Whitney Hall
11/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/24 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
11/25 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
11/27 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
11/28 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11/30 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
12/1 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
12/2 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre

Posted on July 5th, 2017

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St. Vincent’s new single is appearing on streaming services as the world turns to midnight on release day and it’s Europe’s turn.

‘New York’ is Annie Clark’s first song from her forthcoming album and last week she announced a European tour with a Dublin date on sale this morning..

‘New York’ is a piano-ballad that turns into an emotionally direct song thats up there with St Vincent’s most heart-bearing music. It clocks in at only 2 mins 34 seconds.

It’s been added to the Nialler9 New Music playlist.

NEW YORK lyrics

new york isn’t new york without you, love
so far in a few blocks to be solo
and if i called you from first avenue
well you’re the only motherfucker in the city who can handle me
new love wasn’t true lover back to you love
so
much for a home run with some blue
bloods
if i last
strawed you 8th avenue
well, you’re the only motherfucker in the city who can stand me
i have lost a hero
i have lost a friend
but for you, darling
i’d do it all again
new york isn’t new york without y
ou, love
too few of our old crew left on astor
so if i trade our hood for some hollywood
well, you’re the only motherfucker in the city who would
only motherfucker in the city who would
only motherfucker in the city who’ll forgive me
i have lost a hero
i
have lost a friend
but for you, darling
i’d do it all again

Posted on June 30th, 2017

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St. Vincent has announced the Fear the Future Tour which kicks off on October 17 in London and runs until December 2 at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre and takes in Dublin, Manchester, London, Brussels, Paris and Berlin.

Watch the announcement video:

USA pre-sale registration begins today at 10AM ET. Global fan pre-sale begins June 27. General on-sale for the entire tour begins Friday June 30. To pre-register and for more information, go to http://ilovestvincent.com/#tour. Fans will be able to choose from standalone show tickets as well as the Fear The Future Enhanced Experience – including tickets plus signed poster, photo with St. Vincent’s guitar, film screening and more.

Dublin’s Olympia Theatre date is October 20th and price is €28.50 + fees go on sale at 10am on Friday June 30th via www.ticketmaster.ie

St. Vincent Tour dates

8/19 – Tokyo, Japan – Summer Sonic
10/17 – London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
10/18 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo Manchester
10/20 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
10/23 – Brussels, Belgium – AB Club
10/24 – Paris, France – Le Trianon
10/26 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
10/27 – Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVrendenburg
11/14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
11/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
11/17 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
11/18 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theater
11/19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
11/20 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
11/21 – Louisville, KY – Whitney Hall
11/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/24 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
11/25 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
11/27 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
11/28 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11/30 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
12/1 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
12/2 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre

Posted on June 21st, 2017

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There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017.


Alt-J

Possible Date: Summer 2017

It’s been three years since the Leeds band released their second album This Is All Yours, so time is ripe for another in 2017. Last August, drummer Thom Sonny Green told NME, the band had loads of ideas, which wasn’t exactly – “songs are written, we’re recording them and they’re sounding awesome,” but after a period where Green released a solo record, bassist Gus Unger-Hamilton opened a café in east London and singer Joe Newman featured on a Clams Casino track with Lil B, there are rumblings.

The band have posted pics from the studio including ones at Abbey Road where they were recording strings only last week.The band have announced festival dates this summer so a good guess would be around the time of June, when they start.


Caribou / Daphni

Possible Date: Late 2017 but more than likely 2018

Three years on from a career apex record Our Love and a song which dominated the summer and the rest of the year. Dan Snaith is DJing as Daphni a lot this year including Coachella so a new album from Caribou doesn’t feel likely at this moment (maybe a Daphni 12″ / single release though?)


Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017


After last year’s DJ Kicks, 2017 looks to be the year that Daniel Avery follows up his superb 2013 album Drone Logic, according to this tweet.


Empress Of

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best Of You’, as well as one with Pional, so I really want a followup in 2017. This is more hopeful than concrete, though signs are good.


FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP. Last week, though a Nike ad directed and made by her featured a new track produced Oneohtrix Point Never suggested something isn’t far away, tweet replies to fans suggest it won’t be til 2018. 🙁


Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Late 2017 but looking like 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which will premiere at Sundance this year. He also scored a short too. It looks like we’re getting V, a Captain Murphy record some time this year, as ‘Crowned’ featured in the recent Adult Swim Singles club. As for Fly Lo, a Kuso some songs on the soundtrack may be all we get.


Future Islands

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Three years on from their breakthrough album Singles, things are heating up with some dates at festivals like Bonaroo, Panorama and Coachella. Last year, Sam T. Herring collaborated with Badbadnotgood. Their last music was single ‘The Chase’ in 2015. An album is definitely on the way very very soon.


Grimes

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017


Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was halfway there last April ( “more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.”) and in a November interview, she said it would be “slow and reflective”.

“I’m really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe,” she explained. “I feel like my work has always been fast paced, kinetic, and almost just manic and I feel like for me the hardest thing I can do is make something that’s slow and heavy.”


Grizzly Bear

Possible Date: Spring 2017

Come on already. The Grizzlies’ last album was 2012’s Shields and a few years before, Jay Z and Beyoncé were showing up to their shows and a lot has changed in music since American indie folk was the dominant genre of choice, However in October, a tweet saying “Album 90 percent done. Last update until you hear it,” was posted. Any day now?


Haim

Possible Date: Summer 2017

Another album long overdue now. The LA sisters’ self-titled debut Days Are Gone dropped in 2013 and they even cancelled their appearance at music festivals last summer to finish it. It arrives this Summer.


Holy Ghost!

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

DFA Records’ disco dons Holy Ghost! will surely followup last year’s Crime Cutz EP with a third album, a followup to Dynamics. Alex Frankel released a solo EP last year too. I’ve a soft spot for these two.


Hundred Waters

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Gainesville Florida band Hundred Waters have made two stunning albums of folk and electronica thus far in their career and it looks like 2017 will see their third released. On Christmas day they posted (with a Neil Young cover) that they were finishing the album. Last year, they made a big remix with their label boss Skrillex and Chance The Rapper among others.


Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Summer 2017


The followup to 2013’s Immunity is due this year according to Jon’s reply to a fan on Twitter. Yes. In the meantime, Hopkins plays piano on a track on the new Bonobo record.


Kelela

Possible Date: Spring 2017

A followup to 2013’s Cut For Me mixtape after 2015’s Hallucination EP is on the cards (check out this Song Exploder about ‘Rewind’). In an interview with Dazed, Arca, Jam City, and Bok Bok are to be reprising their role as co-producers and Kelsey Lu, one of my picks for new artists of 2017 guests.


LCD Soundsystem

Possible Date: Summer or Autumn 2017

After last year’s triumphant live return, that promised LCD Soundsystem album is indeed on the way as James Murphy told someone on Facebook this weekin response – “Sure. still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”


Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and it likely to get a worldwide releasearound September time. Former Fight Like Apes’ singer MAy Kay is set to feature on six tracks too.


Little Dragon

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

The followup to Nabuma Rubberband from 2014 looks to be coming this year from the Swedish band. They are playing Coachella so that’s a good sign.


Mount Kimbie

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Mount Kimbie played some new songs at Metropolis Festival in November so it’s a safe bet a new one is coming to followup the brilliant 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.


St. Vincent

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Annie Clark promises “the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done” on her new record which is inspired by the topsy-turvy world events of the last year. “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geopolitical standpoint,” he told Guitar World (while managing to get a dig in on the cover). The last St. Vincent album came out in 2014.

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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Ceol Ar An Imeall will be back on TV screens from Thursday April 7th for its seventh season on TG4.

The Irish-language-based music television show is one of the few remaining shows aimed at a youth audience interested in new and alternative music.

This season new presenters Cian Ó Ciobhain and Eithne Shortall have taken over from Una Mullally. Cian is a respected DJ and broadcaster of An Taobh Tuathail on RnG and Eithne is an arts journalist with the Sunday Times and an experienced TV contributor.

On the show this season will be feature performances from 23 Irish bands including Bitch Falcon, Ham Sandwich, Wyvern Lingo, Oh Boland, Sam Amidon, The Academic, Buffalo Woman, Fierce Mild, The Staves and Ryley Walker.

Interviewees include Mark Ronson, St. Vincent, Everything, Everything; Hot Chip Chvrches and Jose Gonzalez.

The series kicks off this Thursday April 7 on TG4 with performances from Ham Sandwich and Wyvern Lingo.

A preview:

Bígí linn Déardaoin agus sraith úr nua "Ceol ar an Imeall" ag tosnú. Beidh ceol againn ó Ham Sandwich agus Wyvern Lingo…

Posted by Clár Imeall on Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Some previous performances / interviews from the series:

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Posted on July 7th, 2015

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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below.

The songs

  1. Julio Bashmore – ‘Holding On’ feat. Sam Dew
  2. Roots Manuva – ‘Facety 2.11′ Production by Four Tet
  3. Le Galaxie –Le Club
  4. St. Vincent – ‘Teenage Talk’
  5. Samantha Urbani – ‘1 2 3 4′
  6. Tame Impala – ‘Cause I’m A Man’
  7. Wet – ‘Deadwater’
  8. George FitzGerald – ‘Call It Love (If You Want To)'[Feat. Lawrence Hart]
  9. King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard – ‘The River’
  10. The Cyclist – ‘Heart of Stone’
  11. Young Wonder – ‘Sweet Dreaming’
  12. Braids – ‘Miniskirt’
  13. Hot Chip – ‘Need You Now’
  14. Lianne La Havas – ‘Unstoppable’
  15. Oddisee – ‘That’s Love’
  16. Ratatat – ‘Cream on Chrome’
  17. Shit Robot – ‘Where It’s At’ feat. Reggie Watts
  18. Ben Khan – ‘1000’
  19. Oh Wonder – ‘Midnight Moon’
  20. EMBRZ – ‘Silent’
  21. Towkio – ‘Reflection’ (prod. Kaytranada)
  22. Torres – ‘Cowboy Guilt’
  23. i am niamh – ‘Wonderland’
  24. Tell No Foxx – ‘Dust’
  25. Tourist – ‘Holding On’ featuring Niia & Josef Salvat
  26. Made In Heights – ‘Forgiveness’
  27. Tei Shi – ‘Go Slow’
  28. Future Islands – ‘The Chase‘
  29. Young Fathers – ‘Sirens’
  30. Cinema – ‘Horizon’

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Posted on May 5th, 2015

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Bridie Monds-Watson was asked by Rookie Magazine to cover St. Vincent which she did in her own inimitable way and they interviewed her about it and her music as part of it:

So much of that song, and what Annie Clark has said about it, is about her disdain for internet culture and people broadcasting their lives. What’s your relationship to the internet like as someone who’s never known a world without it?

I’m definitely the first generation that’s grown up with the internet in school, from like, primary, year one. I had a Facebook account when I was, like, 13. I wasn’t that interested until I was, like, 15. Now I use it tons—I kind of have to, because it’s an incredible form of promotion. But I think it’s fun, as well. I’m lucky because I’m with an independent label, so I’m in charge of my social media. If my label people post on it, it’s with my approval. I decide how much of myself I want to give away, and what I want to say as well.

The Derry musician’s debut Before We Forgot How to Dream comes out on Rough Trade next month.

Posted on April 30th, 2015

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