Alan Fitzpatrick is a DJ and producer who has been making a increasingly big name for himself amongst the ever thriving techno and electronic music scene. His latest EP release The Colours Of A Dream was released last month via his own label We Are The Brave. In the past year, in particular, Alan Fitzpatrick… Read more »

Posted on May 15th, 2018

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Of all the things that musicians have to deal with, from record deals to publishing to managers to touring, it’s their own personal welfare that often gets pushed to the periphery. Artists who are pursuing a full-time creative career are willing to go without food, job security, financial stability, normal working hours and stable personal… Read more »

Posted on May 11th, 2018

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Festival season is just around the corner so here is a handpicked selection of some European festivals of appeal happening this summer that may be less obvious or of a smaller scale than the other major and more well-known festivals taking place. Gottwood Where? Anglesey, Wales When? Thursday June 7 – Sunday June 10 How… Read more »

Posted on May 10th, 2018

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A great music video is greater than the sum of its parts. When we took on the challenge of compiling the best Irish music videos of all-time we had to find some criteria for our selection. We settled on three things. 1) Creativity – Does the video do something innovative with the form? Does it… Read more »

Posted on May 3rd, 2018

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With Music Cork, a music industry conference and showcase looming on the immediate horizon taking place for the second year this week, music director Alexis Vokos took the time to talk through the festival’s nuances with Nialler9. Vokos made his name in founding the Delphi Music label, currently home to artists such as Deaf Joe… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2018

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With the first quarter of the year down, here’s an overview of the albums that have resonated most with me in 2018 so far. 20. Palmbomen II – Memories of Cindy Smudged daydream neo-noir electronica A compilation of four EPs from the LA-based Dutch artist Palmbomen II with a concept around a eulogy to a… Read more »

Posted on April 6th, 2018

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An up-to-date selection of music documentaries on Netflix (UK and Ireland) to delve into. 1. David Bowie: Five Years’ This 2013 BBC documentary looks at a five-specific years that were crucial to Bowie’s legacy. It begins in 1971 with his breakthrough, then onto 1975 with his Young Americans record, onto 1977 when he made Low… Read more »

Posted on March 22nd, 2018

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“Touts are a three piece band from Derry, Ireland. A singer that can’t sing, a mod that can’t play bass and a drummer that can’t see.” That is a statement taken from Touts’ bio that the band have, over a short space of time, proven otherwise. The punk-rock band’s name alone is enough to draw… Read more »

Posted on March 20th, 2018

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St. Patrick’s Day is a time for celebration. Sure, we all know that. It’s also a time to have a look around and see where we’re at. Rather than rely on the usual diddlyeye that does the rounds when those with Irish heritage like to don a leprechaun hat and drink green beer, I believe… Read more »

Posted on March 15th, 2018

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The RTÉ Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year takes place this Thursday in Vicar Street. Tickets are available from €28 + fees. As the same time as the 10 artists nominated take to the stage (and the popular vote-driven, less weighted song of the year winner is announced), the 10 judges will spend… Read more »

Posted on March 6th, 2018

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State Magazine announced today that it is closing its website for good after 10 years of publishing music content. State is an operation close to my heart. In late 2007, the founding members of State: Roger Woolman, Phil Udell, Simon Roche and John Walshe brought me onboard as a staff writer and web editor for… Read more »

Posted on March 6th, 2018

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Fontaines D.C. are a band that are explicitly of Dublin city. It’s in their name. The city that brought them together is now reflected in all of its glories and defects through their own unique essence of rock’n’roll. We are in the midst of a dominant age of streaming music and instantaneous playlists. Perhaps because… Read more »

Posted on March 1st, 2018

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When people were asked 20 years ago what they thought music would sound like and how it would be written in 2018, I’m pretty sure they would have replied with a vague description of Superorganism – and they wouldn’t have been far wrong. Superorganism are an eight-piece art-pop band who formed in early 2017 consisting… Read more »

Posted on February 28th, 2018

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The revered German composer Nils Frahm’s stage setup in the National Concert Hall was a dual one. A large modular synth setup which included a link to an off-stage high-maintenance organ and a grand piano was complemented by a smaller setup of differing-sized pianos where the musician, whose fine new album All Melody was just… Read more »

Posted on February 27th, 2018

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Last Thursday,  Homebeat launched their Spring 2018 programme with a sold-out show by Maria Kelly and guests in the Fumbally Stables in Dublin 8. The building, which was originally constructed in the 1750s, and is used by The Fumbally Café team next door for events and workshops has retained some of its original features and the… Read more »

Posted on February 20th, 2018

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