Tag: Villagers
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Villagers channel their inner Muse for ‘Occupy Your Mind’, their first new track since second album {Awayland} arrived in January 2013. It’s a bit of a departure for Villagers, whose previous most balls-out rock number was probably ‘The Bell’. ‘Occupy Your Mind’ comes at a timely moment, with the Winter Olympics opening ceremony taking place […]


Villagers returned to the Savoy in Cork on Monday night, as they draw the curtain on a stellar year, beginning with the release of second album {Awayland}. It’s no mean feat filling any Cork venue on a Monday night, but such is the draw of Conor et al that they not only do that, but […]


Coasting in on an underwater bassline, ‘Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon’ is an unexpected treat from Richie Egan aka Jape and Conor ‘Villagers‘ O’Brien. Egan says he had been sitting on it for a while but because of some upcoming Irish dates supporting Villagers, including the Savoy in Cork on Monday, December 16, he decided to forge […]

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Fresh from their second Mercury nod, this time for the glorious Awayland, Villagers have announced an Irish tour for December. We already knew they were playing Vicar Street on December 17, but they’ve now added preceding dates in Belfast, Derry, Galway and Cork (no Limerick as of yet). Villagers also played the Savoy in March, […]

Other Voices left behind Dingle and Derry and got a plane to London last month to put on a show at Wilton’s Music Hall. The show was broadcast on RTÉ2 at ridiculously late o’clock last night. It saw performances from the likes of Laura Mvula, Matthew E White, Laura Marling, and these two lads, John […]

Villagers capped off a European and Irish tour with two sold-out nights in the Olympia on Thursday and Friday night. They celebrated by, er, performing on RTÉ’s self-explanatory Saturday Night Show. Glad somebody uploaded their performance of ‘Nothing Arrived’ to YouTube and I didn’t have to suffer through any of Brendan O’Connor’s inane chat. Conor […]

(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 […]

Longitude, the latest rival for Electric Picnic, has this evening announced its lineup, the first of the bigger summer festivals to do so. Longitude takes place over three days, July 19-21, in Marley Park. Early bird weekend tickets cost €129.50 plus TM fees and early bird day tickets cost €44.50 plus fees. They go onsale […]

Here’s a gorgeous cover of a song written for David Lynch’s movie Blue Velvet. A bunch of musicians headed over to 2fm for Donal Dineen’s Christmas shows that he was hosting. Conor O’Brien played a couple songs on Christmas eve, including ‘Mysteries Of Love’. I don’t think there are many voices that could make me […]

I was very jealous that I couldn’t get my hands on Domino Records’ Smugglers Way FlexiZine that was specially made for Record Store Day 2012. It featured this Dirty Projectors track, this John Maus track, this Real Estate tune, and a Cass McCombs cover of Leonard Cohen. You can find out more about the flexizine […]