New York art pop band Bodega made their UK debut last week after buzzing at SXSW in Texas in March. The band playing two shows at The Great Escape in Brighton where they created quite a stir, with queues forming down the street under an hour before their second gig. The five-piece group draw influences… Read more »

Posted on May 21st, 2018

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The Murder Capital are a new five-piece Dublin-based band made up of James McGovern, Morgan Wilson, Damien Tuit, Matt Wilson and Cathal Roper. They’re a recent addition to the city’s live music scene and promise they contain is captured in this live video of their first public track ‘More is Less’ for the Soma x… Read more »

Posted on May 2nd, 2018

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists. 1. Arad – The Glimpse Dara Smith is one half of Lakker but his latest project Arad takes a lighter electronic tone. An entire EP is now out called The Glimpse and the title track is a good… Read more »

Posted on May 2nd, 2018

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The transformation of Cork-based muso Kelly Doherty from enthusiastic online music journalist to producer, DJ and events maverick has been a joy to witness over the past few years, with Doherty assuming the name ‘Gadget and the Cloud’ in 2016 for her exploratory, semi-improvisational strain of lo-fi electronica. In doing so, she’s gained a certain confidence… Read more »

Posted on March 15th, 2018

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Laois based solo female artist Host has spent the last year furiously writing and recording music. Operating independently, her debut single ‘Goodbye’ is the first of that material to be released to the public. Taking inspiration from the 80s’ synth wave movement as well as drawing from more contemporary sources, think Hot Chip or Chvrches,… Read more »

Posted on March 13th, 2018

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One of Cork’s lesser-known musical success stories is Robert O’Halloran, a beatmaker better known in Irish hip-hop circles as Jar Jar Jr. (or jar jar jr, as the kids say). Assembling jazzy, lo-fi beats of the old-school persuasion, O’Halloran’s traversion of “the Rhodes less travelled”, to coin his own phrase, has led to a dedicated cult… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2018

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21 year-old independent artist and BIMM Dublin student Rob Toal-Lennon or RTL’s new EP Much Love is a body of work built up over the past five years that depicts five definitive moments in his life. “This is an accumulation of five years of planning, writing & recording. A transition of sound/taste over five years…. Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2018

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A. Smyth has been producing and releasing music for over 10 years, most notably with his last band Vann Music. The pressures that surrounded these experiences of success and the impact this had on his career inspired him to write ‘Into The Darkness’ – “sacrificing the past and present in order to carve out some… Read more »

Posted on January 9th, 2018

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It’s quite something to consider the body of work of Wirral-born/Cork-based troubadour Laurie Shaw. Having been doing the rounds locally for several years, the singer-songwriter’s body of work is frighteningly extensive for a man of 23, with several albums already to his considerable credit. Having already aired some of his music on UK label Sunstone… Read more »

Posted on January 4th, 2018

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Billie Eilish looks like the kind of school student that teachers have nightmares about. Images of a pouting, petulant-looking adolescent wearing layers of oversized trousers, hoodies and fur coats. In the true fashion of a truculent teenager, Eilish refuses to smile in pictures because she feels that it makes her seem “powerless and small”. The… Read more »

Posted on November 27th, 2017

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Tipperary singer Molly Sterling, is a 19 year-old who has been trekking her own creative path for a number of years and it feels like it’s now finding a place of resonance. Her latest single ‘Plan Static’ is a piano-lead ballad based wholly in reality and all its flaws, that has intimacy in its construction… Read more »

Posted on October 24th, 2017

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The new Dublin band Little One featured here earlier this year with a “post/indie” tag and an M.O that has their music shared among various singers like Faustina Finnerty (Pockets), and Catherine Smyth (Vernon Jane & Farrah Elle) among the singers. The followup to ‘L/0’ continues the atmospheric guitar pop sound with ‘The Habit’ a… Read more »

Posted on October 23rd, 2017

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Whenyoung are a new London-based pop punks made up of Irish musicians Aoife Power (Vocals/ Bass), Niall Burns (Guitar), Andrew Flood (Drums). They are all from Limerick and met when sneaking into Costello’s Tavern early on. Their story goes: After bonding over cheap vodka and the sound of The Velvet Underground, they began playing music… Read more »

Posted on October 9th, 2017

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Amy Rose Esdale AKA May Rosa is a new Belfast artist dealing in electronic pop tones who was living in London and performing in cabaret and fringe theatre shows last year. After enrolling in a production night class, Esdale moved home to Belfast to pursue the music and write with producer Ryan McGroarty. Her debut… Read more »

Posted on September 1st, 2017

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Aoibhín is a new 19-year-old musician and host of an Irish music show on Raidió na Life. For her newest track ‘My Choice’ addresses the struggle of the personal and was inspired by the Repeal the 8th campaign. In Aoibhín’s words: The song mainly reflects being shut out by society, and the main inspiration for… Read more »

Posted on August 23rd, 2017

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