Label Mixtape: Bella Union

Published on January 24th, 2014 | by Brian Coney

In the second installment of Label Mixtape, we take a look at one of the UK’s finest ever independent record labels, Bella Union. Initiated in 1997 by Cocteau Twins‘ founder/lead guitarist Robin Guthrie and the band’s bassist …... Read More



The First Time: Michael Pope (Le Galaxie)

Published on January 13th, 2014 | by Joe Laverty

Ahead of their extraordinary Belfast show at the Black Box on Friday night (January 10) Joe Laverty met up with Michael Pope from Dublin indie-dance band Le Galaxie to discover the musical firsts of his music making, …... Read More



Classic Album: Cynic – Focus

Published on January 10th, 2014 | by Conchobhar Ó Dochartaigh

In 1993, Floridia’s Cynic released their debut full length on the heels of their well received demos. After singer/guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert’s stint in Death (recording and touring the seminal Human album), anticipations …... Read More



Eight Must-See Gigs at Out To Lunch 2014

Published on January 7th, 2014 | by Brian Coney

Despite would-be highlight Julian Cope rather laughably jumping ship at the last minute due to “safety fears”, the three-week music and cultural feast that is Belfast’s Out To Lunch festival boasts it strongest and most colourfully diverse line-up …... Read More



The Thin Air’s Winter Metal Playlist

Published on December 24th, 2013 | by Conchobhar Ó Dochartaigh

The Thin Air (Semi)-Alternative Christmas playlist is a great alternative for people who want to celebrate Christmas musically without having to resort to the same tracks played over and over again in supermarkets and shopping centres, …... Read More



Track-by-track preview: Ed Zealous – Wired

Published on December 17th, 2013 | by Brian Coney

In advance of its release on February 3, we have the honour to bestow upon your lovely eyes a track-by-track preview of Wired, the momentously-anticipated debut album by Belfast-based indie/electro-pop quartet Ed Zealous. Having released ‘Thanks A Million’, ‘Telepaths’ …... Read More

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