Tune-Yards, aka Merril Garbus and Nate Brenner returned last month with a new album called I can feel you creep into my private life.

Always a fine live performer, Garbus will return to Dublin for a show at the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin on 10th July.

The band are also playing the Roisin Dubh on July 11th.

Tickets priced €24 go on sale this Friday 16th February at 10am through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.

Posted on February 13th, 2018



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

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Tune-yards – Look At Your Hands

Now officially a duo of Merril Garbus and Nate Brenner, tune-yards will release a fourth record called I can feel you creep into my private life on January 19th. The sound of this song ‘Look At Your Hands’ is a nice taster, it’s more focused, danceable and electronic-leaning while retaining some of that Afro looped pop exuberance that is a key part of the Tune-yards identity.

“Thematically, the twelve new songs tackle race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album arrives as Tune-Yards’ most immediate and upbeat music yet – this is music to dance to.|


Pink Kink – ‘Munchie Magic’

A Liverpool band whose second single equates a desire for fast food with oral sex, ‘Munchie Magic’ is a gang-shouting slice of glittering shouty neon pop.


Lankum – Déanta In Eireann

From one of my albums of the past week (and a band who announced a Vicar Street show this morning) comes this standout from Between The Earth & The Sky about Ireland. The 8-minute ‘Deanta in Eireann’ that could be about nearly any time in Irish history but are applicable to the now – migration, a government who doesn’t care about the little people and using your Irish charm abroad but it turns the song’s gaze back on the homeland – “if the Dáil are the pimps, then we are the whores” and in the end, you’ll want to stand up and declare the song our new antagonistic national anthem.


Marcus Marr – High Times

THE DFA producer that brought us the absolute dancefloor riproar of ‘Rocketship’ brings the funk and house on this new track. Reminds me of early Daft Punk.


Gorillaz & Little Simz – Garage Palace

An uncharacteristic banger from Gorillaz with UK rapper Little Simz on vocals. This is a fresh thing.


Bibio – ‘Phantom Brickworks III’

Bibio has a new album out Friday called Phantom Brickworks and it’s a collection of mostly improvised ambient pieces that are quite evocative.

Phantom Brickworks is a collection of mostly improvised musical pieces, that for some years now, have provided me with a mental portal into places and times – some real, some imaginary, some a combination of both. Human beings are highly sensitive to the atmospheres of places, which can be enhanced or dramatically altered when you learn about the context of their history. Echoes and voices can sometimes be heard, in some way or another. Places sometimes have things to say.” Bibio


The Cyclist – When We All Break Down

Derry producer Andrew Morrison dropped his new album Sapa Inca Delirium last Friday and his stated aim was to bring some warmth into electronic music. On one of the album highlights, he hooks up with Joni, who recorded her vocals in one take over some percussive synth dance music with a nod to garage and drum ‘n’ bass.


Hamilton Leithauser & Angel Olsen – Wild Hunger

Olsen’s been on fire on the collaboration front lately and here, her turn with the Walkmen singer is a great match as his retro singing style is reinforced when she appears.


Young Fathers – Lord

Glasgow trio Young Fathers have finished recording their third album and so they’ve shared the closing cut from it to coincide with some UK dates. You can’t dance to it they want you to know. It is a slow alt-gospel ballad in their unique style.


Teen Ravine – Steady On

Toronto act Teen Ravine bring the crystallised dream pop vibes from an upcoming album.

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Posted on November 1st, 2017

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tUnE-yArDs is playing Vicar Street on Tuesday March 3rd. Nice. Tickets are €22 plus fee from Ticketmaster on sale Thursday morning at 9am.

Having topped the UK album charts with I Forget Where We Were (Hozier is still number 1 here), Ben Howard will play the 3Arena on Tuesday April 14th next year. Standing tickets: €39.05 plus fee / Seated tickets €44.05 plus fee on sale Friday 9am from Ticketmaster.

Also playing Vicar Street is Tweedy, also courtesy of Aiken, on Wednesday January 28th. The Wilco singer/songwriter is joined by his 18 year old son Spencer on drums. Son and dad on tour in Europe! Tickets €40.55 plus fees also on sale Thursday at 9am from Ticketmaster.ie.

Finally this morning, another Aiken Vicar Street gig in the form of Daniel Lanois, the producer and composer, who plays the venue Thursday April 16 next year. Tickets on sale Monday November 3rd at 9am costing €44.05 plus fee from Ticketmaster.

Lanois has a new album called Flesh and Machine, out now on Anti.

Posted on October 28th, 2014

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After last year’s GIF marathon, we returned to Stradbally this year with the intention of more GIF action. As captured by Killian Broderick and turned into GIFs by me, this is a selection of what went down at Electric Picnic in moving form featuring St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Outkast, Beck, Sleep Thieves, Portishead, Glass Animals, Girl Band, Clu, Neneh Cherry, Le Galaxie and a lot of festival randomness.

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Foals crowd


Kelis dances during ‘Trick Me’


How to dance to Mogwai




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Posted on September 4th, 2014


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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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OK it’s been a few weeks due to me being away so there’s some songs that are a few weeks old in here.

Tracks of the Week playlist

1. Little Dragon – ‘Paris’

Another brilliant single from Nabuma Rubberband. Cannot wait.

2. Ratking – ‘Canal’

A highlight from my album of the week.

3. The Derevolutions – ‘Now You Know My Name’

A sweet whistle-hook bright indie jam from the Boston band The Derevolutions. The band are Brett Boucher + Ana Karina

4. Kelis – ‘Runnin’ (Machinedrum Remix)

Machinedrum has stepped up and turned in a beguiling remix of Food album slow cut ‘Runnin’.

5. Ben Khan – Savage

Really getting into Mr Khan now. It’s like Jai Paul if he released records. This is from his forthcoming 1992 EP.

6. I Have A Tribe – ‘Yellow Raincoats’

Patrick O’Laoghaire was playing with Slow Skies a year ago. Now he’s supported Anna Calvi on a European Tour and releases a debut EP on Faction Records next month with two gigs in Dublin’s Chancery Lane Theatre.

7. TĀLĀ – ‘The Duchess’

The debut track from an London/Iranian musician cultivates an aesthetic that references her ancestry through deep-low end, bright synth melodies, vocal cutups and nuanced percussion. TĀLĀ is the sole composer, producer and singer.

8. Taylor McFerrin – ‘The Antidote’ (feat. Nai Palm)

Son of Bobby ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ McFerrin has an album coming on Brainfeeder in June. RIYL: Fly Lo. Duh.

9.  Ryan Vail – ‘Grow’

A sombre elegy from the Derry duo, their first in a year.

10. Tune-Yards – ‘Wait For A Minute’

A slow R&B-style cut from Tune-Yards’ new album.

Posted on April 11th, 2014

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Highlights:  Tune-Yards, Wu-Tang Clan, Joy Orbison, Low, 10 Days In Dublin, Paul Simon, Monster Truck fundraiser, Le Galaxie EP launch & Teengirl Fantasy.

This is the weekly list of recommended Dublin gigs taking place over the next seven days published every Tuesday. All times are 7.30/8pm unless stated. Feel free to recommend events not present in the comments below. If you’re looking for tickets to sold out gigs try #ticketfairy on Twitter.

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Posted on July 10th, 2012


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A dose of Merril Garbus goodness. Following on from the kids from last year’s ‘Bizness’ video, these children come from the Brightworks and San Francisco Rock Project , a nonprofit music school that offers musical education to kids through the experience of learning and performing rock music. Tune-Yards has set up a Kickstarter project to help them out for appearing in the uplifting video, which was directed by Mimi Cave. Tune-Yards play Vicar Street on July 15th.

Posted on April 11th, 2012


Highlights: Tune-Yards, BLONDES, Balam Acab, Musicmaker Social, Michael Kiwanuka, !Kaboogie Sixth Birthday with Miss Dynamite.

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Posted on February 7th, 2012

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Myself and Aoife introduced two friends of ours to tUnE-yArDs’ last night by playing them ‘Bizness’ and ‘Party Can’. Watching their jaws drop was a delight. There’s no greater joy than sharing some good music and Merrill Garbus is a pretty exceptional musician. The video is a black and white tour made affair but sure, any excuse for a birra tUnE-yArDs.

Posted on September 26th, 2011