Bobby Aherne aka No Monster Club is back with his lo-fi indie project No Monster Club and he’s set himself a goal of 2017 being the year of the NMC Encyclopedia (he’s already written an actual book). So all the songs will go two at a time from A-Z. Last month he released the Aardvark… Read more »

Posted on February 8th, 2017

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Outsider is an Irish multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter from Galway who has found some immediate success with his debut song ‘Late Night Radio’, when it was featured on US TV showShadow Hunters last night. ‘Late Night Radio’ is a chugging Springsteen-esque rock song with guitar lines brandished like The Edge doing post-punk. Another song ‘Miol… Read more »

Posted on February 7th, 2017

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The Dublin band Orchid Collective are ready to follow up up their debut EP of hushed folk rock with a new single from the EP. ‘Waited On The Sun’ is a track that revels in its considered indie-rock atmosphere and the slipping away of a relationship out of grasp. “I waited on the sun. /… Read more »

Posted on February 6th, 2017

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The celestial x math-rock of new Dublin four-piece Yonen has found the perfect visual bedfellow in this clip by Ross Ryder, animated with the help of Joey Breslin and produced in Algorithm Studios. ‘Tokyo’ is a jazzy prog / math rock track that undulates over seven minutes which Ryder uses to his advantage to tell… Read more »

Posted on February 6th, 2017

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Future Islands play Iveagh Gardens this summer. Usually when a band trods back on the same path as before, interest in them can start to wane. Future Islands are not one of those bands. For 10 years, they’ve been creating chest-beating anthemic music like no-one else. It just too years for a larger audience to… Read more »

Posted on February 1st, 2017

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Fecking Bahamas is a website that specialises in math rock, cataloguing and highlight the bands who make instrumental and complex music know as “math rock”. For their latest region-specific compilation, they have put together a 21-track compilation of Irish rock of the math and post-rock persuasion, proving as if proof were needed, of the quality… Read more »

Posted on February 1st, 2017

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The Northern Irish alt-folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside has a new album forthcoming on Quiet Arch called Ephrata on May 5th. Burnside who has been a regular feature on the NI scene for a few years, wrote the album over a few weeks while living in Colombia, as you do where he stayed with a cousin… Read more »

Posted on January 31st, 2017

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Bad Sea‘s ‘Solid Air’ was one of the best songs from a new Irish band to debut last year with its charming elements of 1950s pop, indie and classic rock’n’roll. “You’re only just a man, you’re not very strong,” is a solid putdown. Ciara Thompson and Alan Farrell have concocted a homespun video about, uh-oh,… Read more »

Posted on January 24th, 2017

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Kid Karate dropped a debut album last year but the sense that there was a better album on the way at the time was palpable. Now, Kevin Breen, Steven Gannon and Ian McFarlane have returned with some new music – ‘No Way’, a new single due on February 20th and it’s a confident return, taking… Read more »

Posted on January 24th, 2017

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For Foresters are a Donegal/Dublin band who impressed me last year with the live video for ‘Bath’. ‘Towels’ is the band’s official debut single and it’s a devastating song about shocking news, specifically the about vocalist Gabriel Paschal Blake’s mother and the experience of being told by his father that she had cancer. “We cried… Read more »

Posted on January 23rd, 2017

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As was rumoured this week, Arcade Fire just dropped a brand new song to coincide with tomorrow’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the President of the United States Of America. The song ‘I Give You Power’ is a Tidal-only exclusive (though it plays in full below) and features vocals from Mavis Staples. It’s built on… Read more »

Posted on January 19th, 2017

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The South Korean band Jambinai came to my attention when they played Body&Soul festival last year. Their music is post-rock, avant-garde and neo-classical drawing on traditional Korean instruments like the haegeum, the piri and the geomungo. Last year, they signed a deal with Bella Union and released their second album A Hermitage and on 24th… Read more »

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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TRM are back.  Not only are their live dates around Ireland next month but there’s rumours that there will be new music on the way from The Redneck Manifesto too. The band’s four albums (Friendship, I Am Brazil, Cut Your Heart Off From Your Head, Thirtysixstrings) and two EPs (Seven Stabs, Rmnmn) from the years 2001… Read more »

Posted on January 17th, 2017

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London-based band HAWK have released a new song inspired by Galway vocalist Julie Hawk’s friend being followed home on a night out. ‘Take it Away’ is a tumultuous slice of indie rock with layers of vocals and an impending harmonic creepiness that sets the backdrop for the story. Her friend was told that she “shouldn’t… Read more »

Posted on January 11th, 2017

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Six years after the release of their debut album which drew favourable reviews and comparisons to Stereolab and Broadcast from yours truly, the 202s returned last year with ‘Oh My My’. This month, the trio return with a new four-track EP next week which will feature a Jape remix and will be available from Bandcamp…. Read more »

Posted on January 9th, 2017

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