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Clocking in at over 600 pages and featuring a cast of some 162 characters, ranging from Strokes to Yeah Yeah Yeahs and LCD Soundsystem to time-distilled acts like Mooney Suzuki and Har Mar Superstar, could-shoulda-wouldas like Jonathan Fire*Eater and the Rapture, along with various journalists, bloggers, industry heads, and Moby, it’s safe to say that […]


All photos by Brid O’Donovan Last weekend, September 15-18, saw the 11th edition of the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival take over the West Cork town. I’ve seen some great shows down the years as part of the festival, Girl Band on Saturday night two years ago was probably the best show I’ve seen from them. […]

halves boa howl album cover

“We stamp out lines we’ve drawn,” Tim Czerniak sings on ‘Hug The Blood, the seventh tracks on Halves‘ second album Boa Howl. It seems like the most apt line to describe the Dublin band’s follow-up to It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever): throughout these 11 tracks, their sound is never anything less than challenging, […]

COLL Everything Fall Cover

From their name, derived from Mogwai’s second album, through their first EPs and on the 10 songs that make up their debut album, Come On Live Long spout a positive message. A Dublin five piece, they released their first single two years ago. And while all the tenets of their sound are there – harmonies, […]

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 […]

(All pictures by Brid O’Donovan) Here’s the first quote that Drowned in Sound used in an interview with Conor O’Brien last week: “I remember when The Immediate went to London. We went to a big, ridiculous lawyers office who charged us a lot of money and he just looked at us and we felt like […]

(All pictures by Brid O’Donovan) Dynamics of Idealism has been seven years in the making, or as singer Paul McNamara said at Private Underground Residence‘s gig in Cyprus Avenue, Cork, on Saturday night: “Thanks for coming to our launch – it’s only taken seven years.” Completed by Kevin Blake and John MacHale, PUR put on […]

The posters outside De Barras in Clonakilty, Co Cork, proclaim: ‘Happiness is… West Cork Ukulele Orchestra’. A grand claim, but after a 90-minute set, just try and find somebody who could disagree. The nine-piece (yes, nine!) play covers both new and old, popular and less well known. But they always put on a great show […]

The Midsummer festival is shining on Cork for 10 days, ending on July 1. It’s an arts and culture festival that brightens up the city for a few days in anotherwise dull summer. In previous years it’s only been the music events that have really appealed to me – the Spiegeltent was synonymous with the […]