Category: music
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Dublin’s Anthony Donnelly aka Floor Staff released a fine debut EP three years ago and got the Bob Gallagher video treatment. But it’s been pretty quiet for a while – that’s all going to change now though. ‘Saviour’ continues in a similar chilled out, synthy way to his previous tracks – and is also pretty […]

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Milky Teeth sees Robbie Barron, guitarist in the Cork-based bands Shaker Hymn and John Blek and the Rats, take centre stage for the first time. ‘Sleepiness and Weary Wit’, his debut single, sees him channel the Beatles for an upbeat soundtrack to the end of a relationship. The chorus: “I don’t get it at all, […]

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A four piece – Anthony Breslin (drums), Cian Finlay (guitar/electonics), Cathal Mckenna (bass) and Alan Dooley (guitar) – from Dublin, Yonen‘s debut single ‘Tokyo’ sounds like Adebisi Shank at 4am in a jazz club. Just shy of seven minutes, it’s all instrumental and feels like it’s got ideas to spare. It goes through a couple […]

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Dublin artist Feather Beds aka Michael Orange is planning to release his second album, Blooming, in the summer and has just unveiled the new single to be taken from it. ‘Headache Dreams’ is a real headphones song – there are vocals in there but they’re so dreamy, so airy, that they’re just floating away in […]

In no particular order, here are some of the acts I’m looking forward to hearing a lot more from in the next 12 months. Some are already established artists while some are just starting out and haven’t even released a single yet. So hopefully you’ll find something new with which to fall in love. I […]

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Louise Bruton, in the Irish Times, wrote of Bantum‘s second album Move: “With familiar names such as Rusangano Family, Loah and newcomer Farah Elle featuring, it’s an exact guide of who we should be listening to right now.” At Bello Bar last Friday night, which me and two fellow Cork people stumbled across after consulting […]

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It was a solid lineup of new music at Dublin’s Academy last night as Rocstrong headlined a ‘five band bash’. Harbouring Oceans got things started before AE Mak, Barq and Zaska (featuring Jess from Barq, who is, instantly, one of the most arresting live performers in Irish music) showed why they’re likely to be on […]

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Well that was pretty good, wasn’t it!? Altered Hours launched their debut album In Heat Not Sorry at the Kino in January, promoted by Southern Hospitality Board, and returned to the venue at the end of the year, Saturday, December 10, as part of the promoters’ Sudden Club Weekender. Supported by the Bonk, a self-described […]

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Rusangano Family ripped it up at the Kino on Friday night, opening Southern Hospitality Board‘s Sudden Club Weekender. Anybody in doubt that they’re the most exciting live band in the country is surely convinced now. The three piece, comprising the non-stop energy of rappers God Knows and Murli and beatmaster mynameisj0hn, were supported by Bantum, […]

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Dublin four-piece Let’s Set Sail – Warren McCarthy, Ian Dunphy, Robert Molumby and Marian Hughes – have just unveiled ‘Canaries’, the first track taken from an EP they plan on releasing in 2017. They’ve been around a little while, releasing a couple tracks in summer 2015, and return with a madcap video that will leave […]