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The dude Kurt Vile is leaving the Violators back in the US to come to Ireland in April and play the Pavilion in Cork and Whelan’s in Dublin. Whelan’s is first up on Monday, April 7, before he heads to Cork on April 9. Wonder what he’ll get up to in between… Tickets for the […]

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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 […]

It’s been a while now since Tony Wright left And So I Watch You From Afar. His new project, VerseChorusVerse, has endeared many listeners though, with whimsical tales spun around an acoustic guitar. It’s as far removed from his previous guise as possible. VerseChorusVerse, along with as yet unannounced support, will be taking to the […]

The Crayon Set make music that just makes me feel so happy inside. Over the course of their 12-track self-titled album, the right-piece Dublin band delve into acoustic musings and upbeat pop songs, all the while with lush instrumentation and gorgeous vocals. They launch the album in Whelan’s this Sunday, April 21. Admission is €6, […]

The Mighty Stef is a band that just keeps on trucking, one that is just always reliable in both output and live show. And they’re about to step things up this year. The band is just back from Los Angeles, where they were recording an album at 11AD in Hollywood with Alain Johannes. He’s done […]

I really like what I’ve heard so far from Niall Colfer‘s new EP Before the Night Goes. ‘Blew Away’ is a breezy acoustic tale, and a song that reminds me of one of my favourite Cork bands, Armoured Bear (who should have new music incoming soon). The new EP is due out tomorrow, and features […]

Wow, this is a big song. There have been murmurs about Derry band Little Bear for a few months now. There are only a couple songs up on their Breaking Tunes and Soundcloud pages at the moment, including first single ‘I’d Let You Win’ and ‘The Few & Far Between’. It’s the latter that Myles […]

Last year’s Ones to Watch mini-fest in Whelan’s threw up some previously unheard bands that went on to do great things last year. Cashier No 9 are the band who spring to mind. Soon after playing the January 2011 bash, their album came out and became one of my favourites of the year. A lot […]

Whelan’s was bursting at the seams on Saturday. It was the night before Valentine’s day, and one of the most dreamy, loving bands imaginable were ready to get Dublin in a sweaty mess, and in the mood for romance. FIrst off, Lawrence Arabia, hailing from New Zealand, get things off to a flying start with […]