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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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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