The Staves, the English sisters now based in the US in Minneapolis were already announced for Forbidden Fruit Festival but they’ve now got a few dates around the country as part of that Tired As Fuck Tour.

The trio will play headline shows in cities across the UK and Ireland this spring, following previously announced appearances at Forbidden Fruit Festival in Dublin and Bushstock in London. The tour, which commences on May 31 in Manchester, will make stops at venues in Belfast, Galway, Limerick, Glasgow, and Brighton – dates below.

Tickets are available on Friday March 17 from

Tired As Fuck:

The Staves UK and Ireland ‘Tired As Fuck’ Tour

Wednesday, May 31 Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Thursday, June 1 Limelight, Belfast, UK
Friday, June 2 Róisín Dubh, Galway, Ireland
Saturday, June 3 Dolan’s, Limerick, Ireland
Monday, June 5 Forbidden Fruit, Dublin, Ireland
Tuesday, June 6 The Art School, Glasgow, UK
Friday, June 9 The Old Market, Brighton, UK
Saturday, June 10 Bushstock, London, UK

Posted on March 13th, 2017


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Monday May 111

  • I don’t want to say there’s nothing on…
    [But] Yeah, there’s nothing on

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Posted on May 5th, 2015

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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlist on Spotify | Soundcloud

The songs

  1. MuRli  – ‘Both Sides’ (feat. God Knows)
  2. Vallis Alps – ‘Young’
  3. Jonnie Common – ‘Crumbs’
  4. Oh Wonder – ‘The Rain’
  5. Jape – ‘Séance Of Light’
  6. Buffalo Woman – ‘U Make Me High’
  7. Bitch Falcon – ‘Wolfstooth’
  8. Jessica Pratt – ‘Jacquelyn in the Background’
  9. Skelocrats – ‘Lyin’ Eyes’
  10. Bjork – ‘Stonemilker’
  11. Tobias Jesse Jr – ‘Hollywood’
  12. Joey Bada$$ – ‘Teach Me’ feat. Kiesza
  13. Doomtree – ‘Gray Duck’
  14. Kanye West / Paul McCartney – ‘Only One’
  15. Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – ‘Ray Gun’
  16. Aphex Twin – ‘Sams Car’
  17. Fort Romeau – Insides’
  18. Seven Davis Jr. – ‘Wild Hearts’
  19. Shlohmo – ‘Buried’
  20. Future Brown – ‘Room 302’ feat. Tink
  21. How to Dress Well x TALA – ‘The One’ (HTDW version)
  22. Purity Ring – ‘Begin Again’
  23. Kaytranada feat. Vic Mensa – ‘Drive Me Crazy’
  24. Marika Hackman – ‘Animal Fear’
  25. No Monster Club – ‘I’ve Retired’
  26. Courtney Barnett -‘Pedestrian At Best’
  27. Come On Live Long – Trough’
  28. Honningbarna – ‘Prinser Av Sarajevo’
  29. The Staves – ‘Steady’
  30. Laura Groves – ‘Dream Story’



Posted on February 2nd, 2015


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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM.

TXFM news: Today FM’s Paul McLoone is starting a Saturday show every week at 6pm on the station called Another Side where he’ll focus on a major recording artist’s work with an emphasis on some of their lesser known or heard music.

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Part One

Part Two


  1. Penguin Prison – ‘Calling Out’
  2. Jape – ‘Séance Of Light’
  3. Purity Ring – ‘Begin Again’
  4. The Go! Team – ‘The Scene Between’
  5. The Staves – ‘Steady’
  6. Inni-K – ‘Come with Me’
  7. #throwbackthursday: Broadcast – ‘Tears In the Typing Pool’
  8. Oh Wonder – ‘Dazzle’
  9. #albumoftheweek: Panda Bear – ‘Boys Latin’
  10. Ghostpoet – ‘Off Peak Dreams’
  11. Bitch Falcon – ‘Wolfstooth’
  12. Twerps – ‘Back to You’
  13. Zun Zun Egui – ‘African Tree’
  14. Skelocrats – ‘Lyin’ Eyes’
  15. Le Galaxie – ‘Lucy Is Here’
  16. Vallis Alps – ‘Young’
  17. D’Angelo – ‘Sugah Daddy’
  18. Beastie Boys / Nas – ‘Too Many Rappers’
  19. MuRli – ‘Both Sides’ (feat. God Knows) [Prod. by mynameisjOhn]
  20. Doomtree – ‘Gray Duck’
  21. Joey Bada$$ – ‘Teach Me (feat. Kiesza)’
  22. Chynna – ‘Glen Coco’
  23. Villain Park – ‘We Out To Get The Money’ (Prod. Smoke Dawg)
  24. Future Brown – ‘Room 302’ (feat. Tink)
  25. John Carpenter – ‘Vortex’
  26. Jack Garratt – ‘The Love You’re Given’
  27. #albumoftheweek: Panda Bear – ‘Lonely Wanderer’

Posted on January 16th, 2015


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Their Mercury Prize win sealed what many of us already knew, these Scottish alt-rappers are ones to watch and to see, especially live. Thanks Bodytonic, then for lining them up for a gig on Thursday March 26th in The Academy. The band will be launching their second album.

Tickets are €16 plus fees

The Staves moved their February 9th Olympia show to March 6th . Tickets are €25 plus fees. Here’s their excellent new single, ‘Steady’

Lethal Dialect is supporting Macy Gray in The Academy on February 5th.

Catfish and The Bottlemen’s show in Whelan’s has moved to The Academy on April 8th.

Masters At Work’s Kenny Dope is lined up for a Hidden Agenda gig in Opium Rooms on January 31st. Tickets are €12 from RA.

The Certain Three tour is back for 2015, taking three burgeoning Irish acts on the road. This year’s artists include Kentucky songwriter Joan Shelley, Pennsylvanian balladeer Vikesh Kapoor and Cork’s John Blek (of John Blek & The Rats).

22 Feb | De Barra’sCLONAKILTY
23 Feb | Mick Murphy’sBALLYMORE EUSTACE
24 Feb | The Workman’s ClubDUBLIN
25 Feb | The Errigle InnBELFAST
26 Feb | Kelly’s BarGALWAY
27 Feb | The Greyhound BarKILKEE
28 Feb | Leap CastleROSCREA
01 Mar | Coughlan’sCORK

Finally, as you are probably aware, the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish album of the year shortlist was announced and the list had no room for God Knows + MynameisJohn, Daithí or Lethal Dialect or other choices. The list is:

Aphex Twin – Syro (Warp)
Delorentos – Night Becomes Light (Universal Ireland)
The Gloaming – The Gloaming (Real World)
Hozier – Hozier (Rubyworks/Universal)
James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical (Faction)
Sinead O’ Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (Nettwerk)
Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy (Warner Music)
The Riptide Movement – Getting Through (Universal Ireland)
U2 – Songs of Innocence (Island)
We Cut Corners – Think Nothing (Delphi)

The overall winning Album of the Year will be selected by the judging panel at the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar St, Dublin on Thursday, March 5th 2015 where many of the artists will play. Tickets are €24 plus fee from Ticketmaster. Don’t count on Richard D James turning up though – has he ever embraced his Irish heritage?

Posted on January 12th, 2015


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Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona have announced its first act for its 15th year. The Strokes are the first on the team sheet on 28th to 30th May next year. Tickets  €145 until the 14th November. and will rise to €160 after that.

Dutch Uncles are back with a new album next year called O Shudder and they hit The Workmans Club on Saturday 25th April. Tickets are €17 on sale now through & usual outlets nationwide.

The ever reliable Homebeat have announced three shows of note:

As part of the Dublin Book Festival this Sunday, Songbook, the series about songwriting returns with Cathy Davey and Homebeats’s Emmet Condon in conversation with Hilary Woods and The Young Folk with music from each. It takes place in the Irish Writers Centre and is €10/BYOB.

Homebeat are curating the next Blue Moon Wednesdays at the RHA. The lineup features little xs for eyes, FeatherParticipant, Somadrone providing an apt soundscape to  artist Karl Burke’s exhibition and live visuals from Le Tissier. DJ sets come from Sleep Thieves, T/A/S/T/E DJs (The Grand Social) & spoken word performances from celebrated slam poets Erin Fornoff and John Cummins. Tickets are €15 with 3 free Beers. Hit to purchase tickets. 

Thirdly, Homebeat present Ryan Vail & Conor Walsh in the The Unitarian Church on Friday Dec 12th. Tickets and more info.

The Staves are moving on up to a show at The Olympia on February 9th 2015. Tickets €25 on sale Friday at 9am from TM.

The Unthanks play The National Concert Hall on 12th March 2015. Tickets €26.

Sam Lee is a Mercury Prize-nominated singer-songwriter who collects music from off-beat places. Most recently, he’s been collecting songs from the traveller community in Ireland. He has an Irish tour coming up this month. Dates:

Moving On Music, Belfast
Wednesday 26th November 2014
8pm Tickets:

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
w/ support from Vanishing Lakes & Brian Mooney
Thursday 27th November 2014
8pm Tickets €20 a/v from
or call 0818 33 32 31

Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
Friday 28th November 2014
8pm Tickets

Aiken presents Glen Hansard with a full band at Vicar Street on Monday December 15th. All in aid of the Simon Community. Tickets are €30 on sale  Thursday November 13th @ 9am from www.ticketmaster & outlets nationwide.

Death From Above 1979 play The Academy, Dublin on Friday 20th February. Tickets €27.90 incl. booking fee are on sale this Tuesday at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets and online at

Cloud Castle Lake play a Christmas show on December 22nd at The Grand Social. Tickets €10 (incl booking) from now.

Seven Quarters, the quarterly club that offers a free 7″ with every entry returns for a Christmas show on December 19th with Not Squares and Percolator lined up. €10 in with a vinyl for first 150 people.

Posted on November 12th, 2014


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Ticket giveaways:

  • Sunday:  Krystal Klear @ The Academy (11pm, €20)
  • Sunday: Onra @ The Sugar Club (10pm, €10/12)

How to enter ticket comp – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.

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Tuesday October 21

  • Ben Caplan @ Whelan’s Upstairs (€15)
    [Bluesy folk] Melodramatic Canadian singer songwriter .

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Monday October 27

  • Royal Blood @ The Academy (Sold out)
    [Rock] Chugrock Englishmen.
  • GLXY Present: UK Urban @ Twisted Pepper (€5)
    [Club] Abrand new UK urban night focusing on the best of the UK’s underground sounds covering grime, hip-hop, bass & dancehall.

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Posted on October 21st, 2014


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As announced this morning, Jungle are coming back.

Also announced today, a special Nialler9 secret gig.

Just in – Damien Rice plays Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on November 3rd as part of a world tour. The comeback is truly under way now. Tickets are on sale Friday from ticketmaster on Friday morning. Pre-sale to fans on Wednesday.

There’s a cool night taking place in the RHA Gallery on Wednesday 24 September called Blue Moon Lost Wednesday. It’s curated by Orlaith Ross of Making Space and the RHA and features experimental live music, DJs and more in the gallery. Live bands include Ships, Lets Set Sail, Maria Somerville and Margie Lewis while DJs include This Greedy Pig and Sally Cinnamon and me, Nialler9.

Alex Ridha aka Boys Noize is collaborating with Chilly Gonzales as Octave Minds but he plays a solo show at The Academy on Friday 14th November. Tickets €22.90 plus fees.

KÖLSCH, the man behind ‘Goldfisch’ is playing a DJ set at the Button Factory on Friday November 7th. Tickets €15 plus any fees. 11pm show.

Amber Run, the Nottingham band responsible for the bootiful ‘I Found’ are making their Irish debut on November 12th at Whelan’s. Tickets €15 plus fees.

Folk trio The Staves are back in Whelan’s on Thursday October 23rd. Tickets are €22 plus fees on sale this Friday. A track from their new EP was produced by Justin Vernon. They’re also in Dolan’s Limerick on the 24th.

Krystal Klear is back in Dublin for a gig on 26th October, a Bank Holiday weekend. It’s at The Academy and tickets are €19.90 plus fees.

Gruff Rhys has added a second Peppercanister gig on December 17th.

English indie/pop musician Bipolar Sunshine is returning after Longitude to play Whelans next March 26th. Tickets are €14.35 plus fees.

London-based rockers Cheatahs play their first headline show at The Workman’s Club on Wednesday, 26 November.Tickets €11.75 on sale now.

Posted on September 15th, 2014

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The xx

For a different take on Electric Picnic, I went down to Stradbally with photographer Mark Duggan who shot a series of artist portraits on-site with the xx, Villagers, Heathers, The Jezebels, Young Wonder, The Cast Of Cheers, Milagres, The Staves, Croupier, Le Galaxie, Nightwave and Nanu Nanu.
See the full gallery…

Posted on September 5th, 2012


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