Category: music

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 […]

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“The sky falls to the sea,” repeats Stevie Lennox on ‘Do You Ever Think About Existence, Adrian?’, the second track on Belfast band Junk Drawer‘s debut EP, For The Cult Fat Guy. “You’re going nowhere fast,” he proclaims on ‘Black Cat’. So it’s safe to say that Junk Drawer aren’t the most optimistic of bands. […]

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What with James Blake coming to Dublin this week, it seems apt that Proper Micro NV has unveiled a new single. Blake’s influence looms large over Limerick producer Rory Hall. ‘Flaws’ is the first single from the 21-year-old’s second EP It’s Always Raining, released on December 7. It follows EP1, which came out in June […]

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Currently in the middle of an extensive European tour, which included gigs in Galway, Cork and Limerick last weekend, Marc O’Reilly has just unveiled a video for ‘Of Nothing’. Taken from Morality Mortality, his first release for Virgin Records/Universal Ireland (the album is out this Friday), the track showcases an emotionally wrought side of O’Reilly. […]

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The Grey Merchant is a new project from Neon Atlas bassist Enda O’Flaherty and a collection of friends and fellow musicians. He says: “Recorded with friends in kitchens and abandoned buildings, mixing at Cork’s Whitewell Studios, and Studio Silo, Stöðvarfjörð, the result is some noisy mood-rock that combines guitars, bass, and drums with a vein […]