• 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…

  • Live At The Marquee Announces New Shows

    Three further acts have been added to the already hugely impressive festival in Cork with Bob Dylan, Imelda May and Lana Del Rey all confirmed to play. These acts join an already prestigious line-up and include Cliff Richard, Dolly Parton, Tom Jones, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Elbow, Biffy Clyro, Bryan Adams, Pixies, The Prodigy, Christy Moore, Neil Young and Crazy Horse and The National. Tickets for Dylan are €65.50 – €76, €35 for Imelda May and €45 for Lana Del Rey and the dates are June 16, June 21 and July 15 respectively. Tickets go on sale February…

  • Stream: Documenta – TV (Girl On Fire)

    Taken from the forthcoming three-track Valentines covers mini-EP, the ingenuously titled Latvian Batman, Belfast-based drone band Documenta have released a stream of their take on ‘TV (Girl On Fire)’ by London band The Perfect Disaster. Originally written by the latter band’s frontman Phil Parfitt and released in 1988 via Fire Records, it featured on the band’s second album, Asylum Road. Retaining the two-chorded infatuation of the original, Documenta’s masterfully understated cover features strings and a hypnotic, droning ambience reminiscent of their original material. Stream the track (released CF Records) via Soundcloud below.

  • Stream: We Cut Corners – Best Friend

    Taken from their forthcoming second album, Think Nothing, Dublin indie rock duo We Cut Corners have released their latest single, the brilliantly bobbing ‘Best Friend’ The follow-up to the equally impressive ‘Every Thief’ and ‘YKK’ by Conall Ó Breacháin and John Duignan, the track is a stripped-back affair, vehement vocals melding with abrasive guitar textures and a rhythm that emerges from a strut to a crashing conclusion. Think Nothing is released via Delphi in April. Check out the artwork for the album and stream ‘Best Friend’ via Soundcloud below.

  • EP Stream: FAWS – Free Samples

    The long-awaited follow-up to his 2012 EP, Blues Notes, Dublin electronic producer Faws has unveiled a new three-track EP, Free Samples. Featuring samples from the likes of Bobby McFerrin and Buena Vista Social Club, the EP is a typically shadowy and somnambulist effort from the Irish artist, peaking on the beautifully fragmentary melancholia of its closer ‘Ghetto Lover’. Stream the EP via Bandcamp below.

  • Longitude Announces New Acts

    Longitude have revealed six new acts to play at this year’s festival. Bombay Bicycle Club (above), First Aid Kit, Icona Pop, George Ezra and Koreless will be joining the likes of HAIM, Bastille, Disclosure and Chvrches. The festival will take place from Friday 18 to Sunday July 20, and tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster, priced at €59.50 for a day pass, and €149.50 for the weekend ticket. Watch the video for ‘Luna’ by Bombay Bicycle Club below.

  • Watch: Villagers – Occupy Your Mind

    “In the advent of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, please find attached a song written for you, your mother, your father and your gay brothers and sisters in Russia.” So reads a Facebook post by Dublin band Villagers, words that accompany the video to their Muse-esque new single, ‘Occupy Your Mind.’ Directed by Alden Volney, the video features the band’s main man Conor O’Brien sat on a theatre stage as luminous, scattered lights beamed onto his face, a faceless captor of sorts overseeing proceedings in the distance. Debuted on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show last night, the single follows on from…

  • Album Stream: Alana Henderson – Windfall

    Having had an extraordinary breakthrough year in 2013, Belfast-based singer-songwriter Alana Henderson has released a new album, Windfall. Ahead of entering the studio again soon to record some material of her own, the eight-track album is, in Henderson’s own words, “a side-project, separate from my own contemporary writing, in which I recorded an album of re-worked, contemporary arrangements of traditional songs from the North of Ireland.” Featuring the likes of Shauna Tohill AKA Silhouette and Mike Mormecha from Mojo Fury amongst a cast of musicians, the album is available as a limited edition cardboard release with enclosed sleeve-notes. Stream and/or download…

  • Mojo Fury announce tenth anniversary show

    A whole decade and two thoroughly exceptional full-length albums in, Lisburn alt-rock band Mojo Fury have announced plans for a special 10th anniversary show at Belfast’s Limelight 2 on Thursday, March 6. The Mike Mormecha-fronted band – who headlined our launch party at Voodoo, Belfast last year –  will be supported on the night by fast-rising folk band The Emerald Armada and alt-rock trio Two Glass Eyes. Tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow morning (Friday, February 7) at 9am. Check out our 5/5 review of Mojo Fury’s second album, The Difference Between, here and watch the video for the…