Archive: March 2010

This Bangor threesome have made one of the best debuts of the year, and some pretty good promos as well. Here is their third video, ‘Something Good Can Work’. It is another great track off the album, and any video that features bumper cars is going to make for some pretty good viewing. ‘Something Good […]

Two Door Cinema Club are under little illusion as to what is needed to succeed in the ’music biz’. We are talking in the ‘backstage area’ before they head onstage at Dolan’s warehouse in Limerick for the first date of their yearlong tour. As we talk, the support band, Kowalski, are drinking and pottering around […]

The National were on Jimmy Fallon last week to remind everyone what an amazing band they are, and to show what they can do live. ‘Terrible Love’ is the opening track off their third album,High Violet, which is due out in May. Tracklisting: ‘Terrible Love’ ‘Sorrow’ ‘Anyone’s Ghost’ ‘Little Faith’ ‘Afraid of Everyone’ ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’ […]

Arctic Monkeys have had a pretty quiet nine months since they first released the third album Humbug. Despite a few tours here and there, they have hardly been as in-your-face as they were during that first album run all those years ago. But, they have already released two singles, and are releasing the opening track […]

If Kings of Leon had chosen critical acclaim over mainstream acclaim, then one might imagine their sound to be like the new track from Black Keys. As it is though, what Black Keys have created,with the help of Danger Mouse, for this track at least, is a cracking rock and roll affair with a full […]

It is refreshing to go to a gig knowing that what you see is not what you will get. If you go to a Lynard Skynard show- they were in town last week, hence the reference- you expect to see ‘Freebird’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama’. You do not want to sit through the turgid album […]

Those electro boys are at it again. After brilliant promos for almost all their videos- ‘Ready For the Floor is my personal favourite- ‘I Feel Better’ gets a video, directed by Peter Serafenowicz As is the norm with Hot Chip, the video is not what everyone else is doing. Or is it? JLS, a British […]

Steve Mason is one of those underground gods who, every so often, appear to a select few. He was in the Beta Band who disbanded in 2004; then he did some work himself under the name King Biscuit Time and now, he releases an album under his own name for the first time. And from […]

Second album syndrome seems to affect more than a few bands. It seems to have become a particular problem in lieu of all the bands following The Strokes precedent in 2001. Indeed, their second album was not what one would call a success (though this writer liked it alot). And so, today, saw the premiere […]

Think of an awkward band with high pretentions of themselves and a dedicated fanbase, and many people who “just don’t get them”. Ok, now forget Radiohead, and yes, you have it. Foals. They are back with a new single, an album title, and a very arty, pretentious video. Yannis Philippakis et al have been busy […]