• The Rare Magic of Soft Gut Song Camp

    Since 2021, Soft Gut Song Camp has emerged as a wonderfully unique initiative to unlock the collaborative potential of artists, songwriters, and producers on the island of Ireland. Held at Julie McLarnon’s world-beating analogue recording studio, Analogue Catalogue, in rural Rathfriland, Co. Down, it has sealed its status as a sanctuary for genre-spanning songwriters from every corner of the island. Brian Coney reflects on time spent at its most recent edition in late June, highlighting the singular sense of creative solidarity that he witnessed at the camp. All photos by Graham Maree Back in the mists of time—2021—a spark ignited…

  • Féile na Gréine Announce Dublin and Limerick Fundraisers

    Very soon we’ll anointed with the knowledge of who all’s playing this year’s Féile na Gréine – the annual, volunteer-run Limerick festival that is right up there with the finest, supremely curated expressions of our world-beating, island-wide DIY community. Ahead of that, organisers have announced details of a couple of fundraiser gigs for this festival, set to take over Dublin and Limerick next week. With money raised at both going into funding this year’s festival, which takes over Limerick City form 23-25th August, Crowbar in Dublin will bring together Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies, Nashpaints and Aoife Wolf on…

  • Irish Tracks of the Week – 12th July

    We’ve been spoiled with essential new sounds from every corner of the island this week. Dig into new Silverbacks, Or:la, And So I Watch You From Afar, Sun Mahshene and more Photo by Róisín Murphy O’Sullivan Silverbacks – Selling Shovels And So I Watch You From Afar – Years Ago Sun Mahshene – Pale Azure Or:la – Chant Laurie Shaw – Power Cut Keeley – Inga Hauser Ahmed, With Love. – WHATCHIMACALLIT Sweets – Sweets Callum Orr – The Trials of Knowing Lost Cities D.C. – Monsters

  • Adore w/ Support at Anseo

    If your ear is anywhere near close to the ground – or you’ve found yourself in venues such as Róisín Dubh, Cyprus Avenue and Workman’s Cellar over the last while – you’ll likely know why Adore have swiftly emerged as one of the country’s fiercest garage-punk propositions. Made up of Lara Minchin on guitar and vocals, bassist/vocalist Lachlann Ó Fionnáin, and drummer Naoise Jordan Cavanagh, the trio wield a singular sound that shows just cause for their (oft-pedalled but not always called-for) “fast-rising” status. Uniting from opposite corners of the island – Galway, Donegal and Dublin – the band are…

  • The Filth and the Floodlights Festival

    An unmissable, two-day DIY punk festival takes over the home of Bohemian’s FC – Dalymount Park in Phibsboro – this weekend. Celebrating 20 years of DIY shows gigs in the bar, The Filth and the Floodlights is a fully stacked showcase set for Mono’s on Saturday, 13th July and Sunday, 14th July, A non-profit event, with all money going to bands and overheads, the two-dayer kicks on Saturday from 3pm until 1am, with sets from the likes of Hands Up Who Wants To Die, Surge, Genuflection, Special Branch, YOP and more. An all-ages affair, Sunday is equally essential, with Wild Rocket,…

  • PUNKS 4 PRIDE at Fibbers

    Assuming you’re not some TERF waster, Fibbers is the place to be in Dublin on Tuesday, 2nd July. Fend off the post-Pride blues with a stellar three-band bill in the basement, featuring Survival Horror, TTA favourites Touch Excellent and All Girls Piss (a) factual statement and b) great new band, well worth getting down to Parnell Street for.) Doors are 7pm, tickets are €8. Best of all, each ticket includes a donation to Trans Harm Reduction, a volunteer-run, grassroots organisation and charity that does truly great frontline work for our trans community in Ireland. Photo for The Thin Air by…

  • The Conncert at The Lodge, Co. Mayo

    It’s been our decade-plus pleasure to remind readers that, beyond the bigger cities on this particular floating landmass, we are extremely fucking blessed to have myriad sound heads making it all happen for independent Irish music – very often for the love of it, above all else. Throw in the fact that what those heads are making happen is often wonderfully world-beating in quality, not to mention how it builds and supports communities where they would literally otherwise cease to exist, and we are positively consecrated with the absolute craic. Should you wish to experience the square root of this…