Smoke And Mirrors: The NI Music Prize

Published on October 16th, 2013 | by Steven Rainey

Award ceremonies are a strange beast, a curious mixture of the repellently naff and the irresistibly enticing. Regardless of what they might claim, everyone loves a pat on the back, the feeling of being vindicated in …... Read More



Classic Album: Doll By Doll – Gypsy Blood

Published on October 11th, 2013 | by Steven Rainey

A flicker of neon light casts shadows on a wet brick wall in Soho. A man, with a special glint in his eye, a glint that suggests danger, romance, and pain, turns his collar up against …... Read More


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The First Time: Louise Holden of I Draw Slow

Published on October 11th, 2013 | by Joe Laverty

In the latest installment of The First Time, Belfast-based photographer Joe Laverty catches up with Louise Holden of Dublin-based roots/Americana five-piece I Draw Slow to pry, ever so respectfully, into the “firsts” of her music-listening, loving and making …... Read More


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Exclusive EP stream: Best Boy Grip – Runaway

Published on October 7th, 2013 | by Ruth Medjber

Ahead of its official release on Monday, October 21, we have an exclusive stream of Runaway, the new EP by Derry singer-songwriter Eoin O’Callaghan AKA Best Boy Grip. The follow-up to his terrific second EP The …... Read More



Revisted: Our Krypton Son – Our Krypton Son

Published on October 5th, 2013 | by Brian Coney

In the second installment of Revisited – a feature looking back at some of the finest Irish album and EP releases of the last few years – we return to the spectacular self-titled debut album by …... Read More



Playlist: National Poetry Day

Published on October 3rd, 2013 | by Brian Coney

We’re humongous fans of poetry here at The Thin Air. As far as we’re concerned, the very best poetry is far superior to a very good song or album – the syllabic genius of a handful …... Read More



Culture Night – Culture of What?

Published on September 27th, 2013 | by Iain Holmes

Last Friday saw the return of Belfast’s Culture Night, and by all accounts it was complete success, bigger than before both in terms of events and attendance. On the other side of the world, in the …... Read More



The Guide To: In The Court Of… Tom Ravenscroft

Published on September 24th, 2013 | by Brian Coney

Spectacularly curated by the comprehensively cultured Duke Special last year, the annual In The Court Of… showcase at Belfast’s The MAC returns this week in the trusty hands of one of our generation’s most informed and sonically attuned …... Read More

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