Video Premiere: Hands Up Who Wants To Die – Dreft

Published on September 10th, 2014 | by Brian Coney

Dublin noise-rock overlords Hands Up Who Wants To Die don’t as much beat around the bush as they tear right through it, an implacable beast steadfast in wreaking furious revenge. Over two years on from the release of their pummeling debut …... Read More



The Curse of Success – Billy Squier

Published on September 7th, 2014 | by Steven Rainey

In certain respects, the career of pop rocker Billy Squier can only be viewed as a failure. He was on the rise, he hit a fairly major speed-bump, and the wheels came off in a spectacular …... Read More



Electric Picnic 2014: Seven Must-See Acts

Published on August 28th, 2014 | by Stevie Lennox

Sold out for the second year in a row with good reason, there’s obviously a veritable plethora of talent at Electric Picnic. As a result, it’s never easy to sift through all the bands you may …... Read More



100 Years of Irish Women Artists 1870-1970

Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Ian Patterson

Irish Women Artists 1870–1970 at The Ava Gallery is one of the most significant exhibitions of its kind for many years. The seventy five paintings, drawings, engravings and sculptures represent some of the most important artists …... Read More



A Brief History of Post-Rock

Published on August 14th, 2014 | by Brian Coney

Of the countless genre names that describe modern music, post-rock is probably the vaguest of those widely used. Open to generalisation, uncertainty and blind exaggeration, it has no commonly accepted definition and many acts including Tortoise …... Read More



Festival Mixtape: Hard Working Class Heroes 2014

Published on August 14th, 2014 | by Brian Coney

Yesterday, 100+ acts were announced to playing Hard Working Class Heroes, hands down the country’s finest annual showcase of emerging, independent, homegrown talent. Spanning dozens of genres, the festival – taking place across Dublin from October 2-4 – is …... Read More



Festival Mixtape: Belsonic 2014

Published on August 13th, 2014 | by Brian Coney

An annual fixture at Belfast’s Custom House Square, this year’s Belsonic – running from Friday, August 15 to Friday, August 22 this year – boasts some extremely big hitters. Whether you look to the likes of Nile Rodger’s Chic, …... Read More



Frame by Frame #11: Tucan – As It Was

Published on August 8th, 2014 | by Colm Laverty

Back in June, Sligo instrumental band Tucan released easily one of the more interesting music videos from an Irish act that we’ve seen in quite some time. We called it “gloriously messed up”, concluding with “charmed or abhorred, you …... Read More

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