David Hopkins was a member of the band LiR before he decided to switch things up and move to New York. While he had a brief flirtation with a job in a famous restaurant that ended in him being fired for throwing cutlery at the head chef, most of his music career has since worked… Read more »

Posted on April 9th, 2018

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Two Door Cinema Club have re-released their debut EP that they first self-released when the band were still in school at the age of 16 in 2018. 50 CDs of The Four Words To Stand EP was distributed in the bars and record shops of Belfast by the trio. Today marks the 10th anniversary of… Read more »

Posted on March 23rd, 2018

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Leeside psych quintet The Shaker Hymn are currently finishing up their as-yet untitled third full-length, and heading into that process, yesterday released lead-on single ‘Colour Of The Holy Sun’. Taking influence from vintage rock ‘n’ roll as ever, the band’s new, more stoic take on matters has invested their music with a more serious edge…. Read more »

Posted on March 7th, 2018

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After being announced this week for It Takes A Village festival, Ghostking Is Dead, a project led by Corkonian musical polymath Matthew Corrigan, has dropped its latest extended-player, Sweet Boy, led by dry-humoured, reverb-laden pop highlight ‘Cast Iron’, streaming as part of the EP below. The release treads new ground for Corrigan, after doing the… Read more »

Posted on January 25th, 2018

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Today, Unknown Mortal Orchestra returned with a new song ‘American Guilt’ and a lot of US and EU tour dates from April onwards this year. There’s not much context for the new track but it’s a departure from Multi-Love for sure, revelling in a more scuzzy lo-fi rock buzz. I’d expect an Irish show and… Read more »

Posted on January 23rd, 2018

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Three years on from the release of their debut LP, Dublin retro garage-rockers The Number Ones are back with a new four-track EP. Lead track ‘Lie To Me’ is an upbeat, catchy and playful track to set the tone for their comeback and the four tracks on the EP are brimming with retro rock goodness…. Read more »

Posted on January 11th, 2018

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Today marks the day that would have been David Bowie’s 71st birthday and of course, it’s also the week that he passed away suddenly two years ago. It’s also the Dublin Bowie Festival here in Dublin until the 10th, the anniversary of his death. ‘Let’s Dance’ is one of Bowie’s most enduring songs of his… Read more »

Posted on January 8th, 2018

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Dublin band Wounds are back making music again after a two year hiatus. The band’s debut album Die Young was released in 2014 and their return is marked by a widening of their punk-rock sound and the brothers Aidan and James Coogan have brought with them a refreshed lineup of Dermot Murphy on drums and… Read more »

Posted on November 23rd, 2017

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Previously featured Dublin five-piece indie-rock band Silverbacks remind me of an upbeat and noise-driven version of Parquet Courts with a touch of Pavement. ‘Just For A Better View’ released on their on PK Miami Records explores themes of “gentrification, classism and the importance of telling man’s best friend how you really feel.” The track is… Read more »

Posted on November 22nd, 2017

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East London duo AGE, who consist of Dublin-born Jen Cosgrave and Australian Gavin Dwight formed last year in Hackney and call themselves an “indie electronic partnership.” I featured their debut track ‘Peaks’ – “a thumping slice of synthesizer tropical-leaning pop music with touches of Balearia and sunny vistas” Now, AGE have followed it up with… Read more »

Posted on November 22nd, 2017

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Super Extra Bonus Party are a band very dear to my heart. First of all, they are friends of mine, something which has to be said off the bat. In many ways, we came up together. Many of us moved together from Kildare to Dublin when the music stuff started happening. For myself, I started… Read more »

Posted on November 16th, 2017

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Cork psych-pop outfit The Shaker Hymn made their return recently with new single ‘Dead Trees’, recorded straight to tape by producer (and O Emperor man) Brendan Fennessy. The single is a follow-up to last year’s full-length Do You Think You’re Clever?, released on the band’s own imprint, Heavy Noids. Owing a clear a debt of… Read more »

Posted on November 15th, 2017

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Fans of Bitch Falcon will know ‘Of Heart’ from live shows but the single out November 24th is now available in recorded form. The song is slow dirge of a rock song that creeps across its running time menacingly. Drummer Nigel Kenny says, “The song has been hidden away and kept from release while finalised… Read more »

Posted on November 10th, 2017

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Five piece psychedelic/noise rock band from Leeds Hookworms released their new track ‘Negative Space’ off their third album Microshift set to be released in February on Domino Records. This track certainly suggests a more upbeat/dance sound for the new album to come compared to the previous two that stuck to the bands psychedelic-punk origins. ‘Negative… Read more »

Posted on November 7th, 2017

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Franz Ferdinand have returned. The arch Scottish rock band will release a new album called Always Ascending on February 9th next year on long -standing label Domino. It’ll be their first in five years since Right Thoughts, 2013’s Right Words, Right Action. The band have also announced an extensive world tour with two Irish dates… Read more »

Posted on October 25th, 2017

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