• Irish Tracks of the Week – 1st March

    Have at the very best Irish tracks and albums out today – and from the final week in February just gone – from Chalk feat. Fears, Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra, M(h)aol, Connor McCann, THEE U.F.O., Oisin Leech, Danny Carroll and more M(h)aol – Pursuit Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra – Problem Child Reevah – Golden Danny Carroll – I Am The Cheese I Am The Cheese by Danny Carroll Oisin Leech – One Hill Further THEE U.F.O – Bursting Egos Chalk feat. Fears – Bliss Connor McCann – Ever The Dreamer Shark School – 411

  • Output Announces 2024 Return

    The first details of Output Belfast’s 2024 return have been announced. Having teamed up with AVA for last year’s outing, Ireland’s biggest one-day music conference is back to its usual format for this year – all while celebrating Sound of Belfast’s 10th birthday. On the morning and afternoon of Thursday, November 12, music industry leaders from across the globe will descend upon the MAC and the Oh Yeah Music Centre to speak on an array of panels. As with previous years, it’s set to be an unmissable programme full of networking opportunities for the local music community to meet industry…

  • A Band Apart: An Interview With Gilla Band

    Next year marks a mind-melting decade since we hosted two sold-out headliners by Gilla Band at Belfast’s Bar Sub. Coming off the back of a trouncing set in support of Slint at the Limelight – and their second EP The Early Years – the shows confirmed the arrival of a blitzing force in forward-pushing noise rock. Three genre-defining LPs, a two-year hiatus, one name change, and heaps of well-earned international recognition later, the Dara Kiely-fronted four-piece are on the cusp of a thrilling new era. Ahead of their long-awaited return to Belfast next week, we chat to guitarist Alan Duggan…

  • Mohammed Sufkhan at the Record Room

    Off the back of the release of his incredible debut album, I Am Kurdish, Mohammed Sufkhan has announced a show at the Record Room. The Kurdish/Syrian singer and bouzouki player, whose beatific craft has won him a legion of new fans in recent times, will play an intimate show at the Limerick venue, based in the Commerical, on Thursday, 28th March. Currently based in Leitrim, Sufkhan relocated to Ireland in late 2016 and has spent the last seven years largely playing at private parties and concerts in the community, as well as weddings and events for Kurdish and Syrian communities…

  • Gig for Gaza at Cyprus Avenue, Cork

    Cyprus Avenue is set for a massive Palestine fundraiser next month. On 24th March, the Cork venue will host the unmissable Gig for Gaza, featuring a host of TTA favourites from or based in Cork. As well as My Goodness’ ‘Goods For Gaza, the fundraiser will feature sets by I Dreamed A Dream, Pretty Happy, Elaine Malone, Caoilian Sherlock, The Altered Hours and Fixity. Tickets for the fundraiser, which kicks off at 7pm, cost €20 with proceeds going to Human Appeal. Buy tickets here. Photo for TTA by Celeste Burdon

  • Monday Mixtape: Trá Pháidín

    In our debut – that is long overdue – Monday Mixtape as Gaeilge, Connemara’s many-headed experimental enigma Trá Pháidín takes us on a sonic traipse via Astrid Sonne, Little Simz, Mabé Fratti and more Image provided: The Human Bridge of Carrick-on-Suir, sponsored by Paolo Soprani An 424 by Trá Pháidín Floyd Tillman – I Love You So Much it Hurts Chuala mé seo don chéad uair ar cheirnín de R. Stevie Moore darbh ainm “Glad Music” agus tháinig mé ar aríst i bailiúchain ceol tíre darbh ainm “Colombia Country Classics” ar útube. Cíneal gas é cloisteáil i gcomhthéacs eagsúil den…

  • Les Savy Fav Set For Dublin Return

    Les Savy Fav are coming back to Dublin. Marking their first headline show in the city since 2010, the New York indie rock greats will play Whelan’s Main Room on Friday, 24th May 2024. The news coincides with the band’s first new music in as many years (fourteen – 14 years). Check out the video for ‘Legendary Tippers’ below. Another first-rate co-pro from Foggy Notions and U:MACK, tickets for the show are €30.00 and go on sale at 10AM this Friday, 9th February. Photo by Nick Helderman

  • Bloc Party Announce 20th Anniversary Shows

    Bloc Party have announced details of two Irish shows to mark their 20th anniversary in July. The Kele Okereke-fronted outfit will perform their seminal debut album Silent Alarm and their greatest hits at the Telegraph Building in Belfast on Thursday, 4th July and 3Arena in Dublin on Friday, 5th July. Tickets go on sale on Friday, 16th February at 10am. In a statement, Okereke said: “We’ve been having so much fun playing shows over the past year, so it makes sense to do something special for old and new fans, celebrating twenty years of Bloc Party.” “We heard from a…

  • Still Open Wide: Catching Up With The Altered Hours

    Ahead of playing The Spirit Store in Dundalk tomorrow night – and Dublin & Limerick next month – we chat with Cathal MacGabhann of Cork psych-rock heroes The Altered Hours about their luminous journey & highly-anticipated next phase Go here to buy tickets to the Altered Hours and Alice Robinson at The Spirit Store as part of Collide Hi Cathal. When I interviewed you guys back in 2013, you had a very level-headed – and honestly very refreshing – conception of “success”. You said “Money, popularity and recognition I have no problem with. I really feel that if just one…