It’s not easy to call time on a project that you’re invested in and love, especially with your childhood buddies. As creators of math-rock, instrumental post-rock, music whatever you call it Wicklow’s Enemies weren’t ones to stay still. Their own discography charts a course from melodic instrumentals to a different take onto a more expanded… Read more »

Posted on December 8th, 2016

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Ahead of their biggest Dublin show yet tomorrow night in Vicar Street (with support from Bitch Falcon), Overhead, The Albatross have shared a new track to mark the occasion, the first song written since the album Learning To Growl was released earlier this year. ‘Our Youth Our Younger’ features kids talking about the universe, God (or… Read more »

Posted on December 8th, 2016

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St. Francis Hotel are a new Irish act/producers based in London who have released three songs thus far but have done enough to be noticed by the wider world via KCRW, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, BBC Six Music and Spotify. They previously featured here as producers of the song ‘Writer’s Block’ with Lixo… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2016

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Dublin singer-songwriter Naoise Roo’s new single ‘Whore’ follows in the tradition of PJ Harvey in the scornful yet human rock song stakes. It’s a song that seeks control and craves release in no uncertain terms. The video by acclaimed director Bob Gallagher (Girl Band / Myles Manley/ Spies) takes the idea further and places it… Read more »

Posted on December 1st, 2016

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Three years on from The Notas’ second EP, it turns out the Dublin band had not laid their instruments to rest. Formed from members whose families are from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, France and Ireland, the alternative band went relatively quiet. It looks like they were living in London the last while. Now, they’ve resurfaced with… Read more »

Posted on November 16th, 2016

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Ruth and Mike Aicken aka New Portals have made a fine line of electro-pop songs in the last two years, when they’re not working as The more folk-pop band Jepettos. ‘Winterskin’ is their newest single (released December 2nd), a song with a lot of tense electronic atmosphere. Musically, it’s the most confident and commanding they’ve… Read more »

Posted on November 10th, 2016

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Earlier this week, the xx’s new album details leaked out via Shazam. Well, surprise, we didn’t have to wait much longer. The band have just released their new song ‘On Hold’, a song which features a sample of Hall & Oates’ ‘I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)’. It’s the sound of a more… Read more »

Posted on November 10th, 2016

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Brendan McGlynn is the former singer of Color//Sound and the current guitarist of the Raglans. As Lovr, his solo project, McGlynn has a series of four EPs coming out over the next year, recorded in home studios. Girls Girls Girls is the first of the EP releases and the first track ‘Ode To The Women… Read more »

Posted on November 4th, 2016

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In a short time, TooFools, a band brought to us by Lorcan O’Dwyer, Steven McCann and their big gang of friends have made a splash on the Dublin music landscape. They introduced themselves with a live video by Christian Tierney of Insanity. Now, nearly a year later and with much live experience under their belts,… Read more »

Posted on November 3rd, 2016

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Limerick alt-rock band Slow Riot have just signed a deal with UK label Killing Moon, bringing their angular atmosphere to potentially bigger audiences. ‘Absent Dreams’, the band’s new single has that modern post-punk edge found in Interpol’s music and the stylish video by director Lukasz Pytlik and shot in Warsaw features the supernatural kind of car… Read more »

Posted on October 28th, 2016

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Diane Anglim (vocals & piano), Jarlath Canning (bass, guitars & synth) and Ian Frawley (drums) are the musicians that make up Swords. The band’s 2013 debut Lions & Gold established a melodic synthesizer-lead rock style but for their followup Tidal Waves is a leaner, more considered record with songwriting up a notch on previous. Lead… Read more »

Posted on October 26th, 2016

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Irish-born New York-based talent Sorcha Richardson is back releasing music into the world. Check out the recent track ‘Walk Away’, ‘Lost’ and the acoustic version of ‘I Can Be Your Friend’. Latest song ‘Ruin Your Night’, is typical of Richardson’s talent of making a friends’ night out universally relatable. “You should just forget my name,”… Read more »

Posted on October 20th, 2016

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One of the best sets I saw at Hard Working Class Heroes earlier this month was from the Dublin-based four-piece Orchid Collective. Their set in Wigwam showcased a considered, sonorous folk-rock sound from four lads who have been growing into their music. This week, the band release their debut EP Courage and over four songs,… Read more »

Posted on October 17th, 2016

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been too long since we heard from Tomorrows. In case you need a refresher, Tomorrows is a project featuring five members of the bands Biggles Flys Again, The Chapters, Jethro Pickett and Woodheart which takes its inspirations from prog, psychedelic and folk music of the ’60s and ’70s. After a few fine singles in 2015,… Read more »

Posted on October 5th, 2016

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In the wake of Hozier, Wexford band Basciville feel like the most obvious candidate to capitalise on his success, in terms of industry interest and shorthand of discovery. Cillian and Lorcan Byrne are brothers who have been biding their time since the incidentally Hozier-like ‘Blues In Red’ last year. As with all smart bands playing… Read more »

Posted on October 5th, 2016

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