Archive: May 2013

Lots of festival news today. There have been additions to Electric Picnic (Little Green Cars, John Grant, Factory Floor, Space Dimension Controller!) and Castlepalooza (Come On Live Long; Overhead, The Albatross; Meltybrains?), while Northern Ireland’s Stendhal Festival of Art, held in Limavady, revealed its lineup and Derry’s Celtronic festival showcased its day-by-day breakdown. All of […]

We heard one-third of Dublin band Meltybrain’s new EP last week. The rest of Attention! Now That We Have Your Attention doesn’t let up in quality, and goes out on an epic eight-minute Animal Collective-style track. It’s called ‘soupORsynth’ and keeps you on your toes, as well as likely causing at least one eyebrow to […]

Grave Lanterns supported Philadelphia band Purling Hiss in the Pavilion on Sunday, May 19, a bill that didn’t disappoint. Purling Hiss were outstanding, serving a straight-up slab of dirty rawk music. Every time Mike Polizze went into a guitar solo, I just lost it. Perfection. They’ve played dates around Ireland over the last few days […]

The last time we heard from Belfast producer Unknown, he was remixing Mmoths’ track ‘For Her’. He’s now set to release a new EP and below is the title track, ‘I Cry’, which features vocals from Dublin’s Gemma Dunleavy. You might recognise her from Clu’s amazing song ‘Moonrunner‘, while she’s also sung for White Collar […]

Enemies were in the Pavilion in Cork on Saturday night, May 18, to showcase new album Embark, Embrace. Their last gig in the city, as they acknowledge tonight, was in Cyprus Avenue on a Sunday a couple of months ago and there were only a handful of people there. It’s better in the Pavilion, but […]

The Dudley Corporation hit Limerick, Cork and Galway over the weekend as they launched their fourth album Everyone Does Everything Wrong. Dudley Colley told me recently that the new songs are “a lot brasher and noisier than before” (full interview here), and he’s certainly not wrong. I left the Triskel’s TDC on Friday night, May […]

I saw Orquesta play a deadly DJ set in the Pavilion a couple weeks ago for Floating Points 3. In the interim he’s played Camden Crawl Dublin (at which that photo above was taken) and shared a new song, ‘Qingming’. It’s an instrumental jam that’s heavy on drums, clicks and summery sounds. You can download […]

I was sad to hear that Hello Moon are splitting up after they release their next EP. It’s called An Elephant Pining and, over the course of six songs, displays everything that I liked about the band – it’s so carefree, so happy and infectious. Sadly it’s not being released on CD or record, but […]

You might remember that Midlake played Live at the Marquee a couple of years back, on a bill that also featured Grizzly Bear, Camera Obscura and what then were fledgling Villagers. The Texan five piece are returning to Cork on Tuesday, August 13, for a date in Cyprus Avenue. It’s been a while since last […]

Some nice festival news today. Body & Soul, which takes place in Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath, on June 21-23, has added James ‘I’m not getting LCD Soundsystem back together’ Murphy and Nicolas Jaar to its already pretty deadly lineup. Murphy will be doing a DJ set while Jaar will be doing a live set. His […]