Archive: June 2013
halves boa howl album cover

Dublin band Halves release their second album Boa Howl next Friday, July 5, on their own label, Hate is the Enemy. Three years on from It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever), Halves have built on their sound, making it more expansive, intricate and emotional, as well. Recorded in Gothenburg, Boa Howl clocks in at […]

altar of plagues cover

Cork metal band Altar of Plagues have released one of my favourite albums of the year, Teethed Glory and Injury. I’m not the biggest metal fan in the world, but that record is just too exciting to ignore, a blast of energy and innovation. I don’t think they’ve played any accompanying dates in Ireland for […]

Bouts by the pier on the West Side/Jersey City side of Manhatttan

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Dublin four-piece Bouts. If you’ve been following them on Facebook and/or Twitter in recent weeks then you’ll know they are busy recording their debut album. Today we get a taster of that the album might sound like, in the shape of ‘Blind Red Luck’, which the band […]

Fuck Buttons body and soul

Last weekend, June 21-23, the fourth edition of Body & Soul was taking place in Ballinglough Castle, Co Westmeath. The lineup seemed like a real step-up on previous years, with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds a massive coup for the Saturday night. It was my second time seeing the band in less than a […]


Elastic Sleep are a new five piece from Cork who, judging from the first song they’ve uploaded to the internet, ‘Anywhere’, specialise in shoegazing dream pop. Elastic Sleep are: Dan Walsh (Stink, Great Balloon Race) on drums, Chris Somers (Terror Pop, Grave Lanterns) and Brendan Riordan (Une Pipe) on guitars, Muireann Levis (Terror Pop) on […]


Good news, everybody! Tomorrow night, Friday, June 21, the Kino reopens its doors once more. Where once it offered an alternative to the bland popcorn and blander movies in multiplexes, the Kino now offers Cork an all-ages events venue, with a cafĂ© to boot. Five people are involved in the project: brothers Dave and Shane […]


Oliver Cole is formerly the frontman of Turn, who were laid to rest last year. He’s now back as a solo performer, having released his debut solo album, We Albatri, in 2009. Cole is readying a 7″ single for release next Tuesday, June 25, on the new Cork label MDR Recordings. ‘Little Wolf’ is the […]

Body & Soul lineup

The fourth outing of Body & Soul takes place this weekend at Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath. You’ve probably heard about the big international artists playing over the three days: James Murphy, Kurt Vile, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PiL, Charles Bradley, Solange and Jon Hopkins (seriously don’t miss Solange and Jon Hopkins). This is […]

LeGalaxie Indiependence 2

Sea Sessions returns for its seventh outing to Bundoran, Co Donegal, at the weekend. It’s as much about the surf than it is the music, but there’s plenty of stuff to interest all music fans as well. There are also lots of Irish acts who’ll be playing across three stages from June 21-23. The full […]

race the flux cover

I featured Race The Flux on the blog back in April, when they released ‘I Am Animation’, an exhilarating six minutes of punchy rock. Things don’t get much shorter on ‘Siren’, but the band keep them just as exciting. The Galway four piece take their time getting into the track, creating a System of a […]