• Watch: Malibu Shark Attack – Better Off As Friends

    Featuring a heartbroken BeeMickSee, transatlantic indie-rap group Malibu Shark Attack  have released their first music video, for ‘Better Off As Friends’. Set for release on March 17 via No Dancing, the single features vocals from Dudley Colley of Dublin three-piece The Dudley Corporation. According to the band’s Soundcloud page, the video “shares the turmoil and heartache in the loss of some of [our] most-loved groups. From The Undertones and Sleater-Kinney to The Streets and ABBA. [We] want you to remember one thing. No matter what happens, you’ll always have the albums. As long as you don’t smash them up”. Malibu Shark Attack…

  • Watch: We Cut Corners – Best Friend

    Set to play our new gig/club night, No Tomorrow, on May 3, Dublin indie rock duo We Cut Corners have revealed the beautifully animated video for their single, ‘Best Friend’. Following on from the release of ‘YKK’ and ‘Every Thief’, the track is taken from the band’s forthcoming second album, Think Nothing.  The video for the single was created by Kijeki/Adamski. Watch the video for ‘Best Friend’ below!

  • Premiere: The Twenty – You Can’t Be Lonely Forever

    The first installment of a new two-single release, Belfast-based, Derry-derived alt/punk band The Twenty have unveiled the video for ‘You Can’t Be Lonely Forever’. A cover of the Bam Bam and the Calling original – written by Paul PJ McCartney from the band – the cover features the Twenty’s ever-inimitable, Colm Warren-fronted punk snarl and proves suitably stripped-back homage. The Twenty will release their own original follow-up single to the track next week, titled ‘Have You Seen Her?’ Watch the video to ‘You Can’t Be Lonely Forever’ below.

  • Watch: Mojo Fury – Iris Influential

    Having already besot us the singles ‘Original Bird’ and ‘The Difference Between’, Lisburn alt-rock band Mojo Fury have unveiled the video to ‘Iris Influential, their latest single to be taken from their second studio album. Directed by Daniel Holmes, the video features the Mike Mormecha-fronted band luring zombie-like aficionados from the night to revel in the track’s masterfully understated cosmic groove. Mojo Fury play Belfast’s Limelight 2 on Thursday, March 6. Win tickets to the show here. Watch the video for ‘Iris Influential’ below.

  • Stream: Sleep Thieves – City Of Hearts

    Having reached no. 40 in out Top 100 Irish Tracks of 2013 with the stunning slice of indie/electro-pop that was ‘Sparks’, Dublin trio Sleep Thieves have released a stream of their latest single, ‘City of Hearts’. Propelled by a strutting, synth-lined beat, the track blossoms into a subtly kaleidoscopic chorus, its Solar Bears-esque twists and turns governed by Sorcha Brennan’s wonderfully lulling vocals. Taken from the band’s forthcoming new album, You Want The Night, the single – recorded by Keith Byrne and mixed by Rian Trench – is the trio’s first release since recently signing to Chicago-based record label Minty Fresh Records. Stream ‘City of…

  • Watch: Wonder Villains – Marshall

    Taken from their forthcoming debut album, Belfast-based pop four-piece the Wonder Villains have released the typically starry-eyed video for their new single, ‘Marshall’. Shot at legendary Portrush amusement complex, Barry’s, the video was directed by Little Giant Films‘ Robin Morgan and a small team of producers and assistant directors. Wonder Villain’s debut full-length offering, Rocky – named after one of the band’s managers, producer Rocky O’Reilly – will be released via No Dancing/Third Bar on March 24. Watch the video for ‘Marshall’ below.

  • The Specials Announce Dublin and Belfast Shows

    Marking the anniversary of their current reunion, English ska legends The Specials have announced that will return for a couple of Irish shows in 2014, at the Olympia in Dublin and the Ulster Hall, Belfast on November 3 and 4 respectively. The tour – kicking off in Dublin – will culminate in a show at Nottingham’s Rock City on November 22. Tickets for the Dublin show are priced at €49.65 – the Belfast listing is yet to be announced. Both go on sale this Friday, 21 at 9 am from Ticketmaster. Check out our review of the Specials’ Ulster Hall last year here.

  • White Lies Announce Dublin Show

    Exciting news in Dublin today with the announcement that the Jameson St. Patrick Day live event will be returning this year. White Lies (above), Funeral Suits and Darling are the acts confirmed to play at the event, and most interestingly the location for the show will be the Ambassador Theatre, a venue that has not been used for music shows for some time. The show will take place on Sunday 16th March and tickets are onsale now, priced at just €15. Watch the video for ‘There Goes Our Love Again’ by White Lies below.

  • Download: Documenta – Latvian Batman EP

    Having piqued our interested with its lead track, a sublime cover of ‘TV (Girl On Fire)’ by The Perfect Disaster, Belfast drone pop outfit Documenta have unveil their full Valentine’s Day covers EP, Latvian Batman. Featuring the aforementioned take on ‘TV Girl On Fire’, the release also features a cosmically-enhanced cover of ‘Blue Flower by Americana dream pop band Mazzy Star and a special bonus track that comes with a (totally free) download of the EP. Rather than spoil it for you, check out the first two tracks via the stream below and download the full EP via Bandcamp here.

  • Watch: Go Swim – Call Sign

    Filmed over a period of a few months at various Belfast venues including the Limelight and T13 Skate Park, Belfast-based indie pop five-piece Go Swim have unveiled the video to their new single, ‘Call Sign’. Speaking of the video, the band’s vocalist Steven Smith said, “We picked this track for a video as it was the one we felt was the most energetic and the one we felt we really could ‘let loose’ to on stage so I guess we wanted to really capture that energy in the video so we decided on trying to make the video come across as live…