• Out To Lunch Arts Festival 2014 Line-up Revealed

    Boasting appearances from acts and people as diverse as ventriloquist Nina Conti, Irish novelist Edna O’Brien and multi-faceted English rock musician Julian Cope (above), the line-up for the ninth annual Out To Lunch Festival has been announced. Taking place from January 2 to January 26, the annual Belfast festival of music, arts and culture will commence with Scala Strings at The Black Box on Thursday, January 2 and conclude with the closing day of an exhibition by Julian Friers titled In Concert. There’s dozens of fantastic shows on throughout the festival’s three-week stint, all of which (including ticket bookings) you can…

  • Video exclusive: Ed Zealous – Telepaths

    Belfast-based electro-indie four-piece Ed Zealous having gave us an exclusive first look at their DIY video for their new single ‘Telepaths’ – and what a visual delight it is they’ve come with. Speaking about the video, the band’s drummer Paul Irwin said “We wanted to see what we could come up with having absolute zero budget, so we found an old warehouse full of strange lights and props, brought in a console and lit ’em up!” With the single itself released back in November, ‘Telepaths’ will feature on Ed Zealous’ forthcoming eagerly anticipated debut album, Wired – set for released…

  • Video exclusive: Our Krypton Son – Can’t Make You Come Back

    Ahead of the its release on December 16, we have an exclusive first look at the video for ‘Can’t Make You Come Back’ by Derry singer-songwriter Chris McConaghy AKA Our Krypton Son. Created by videographer Tristan Crowe, the video features McConaghy leading an isolated existence, contemplative and longing, ruing the void left by the song’s subject matter. A perfectly appropriate visual accompaniment to a song imbued with McConaghy’s instantly recognisable, masterfully melancholic songwriting style. ‘Can’t Make You Come Back’ will be released via Smalltown America on December 16. Watch the video for it below.

  • Download: Aaron Shanley – Bedroom Tapes: Swiss Cottage Teal Roses

    Lisburn lo-fi acoustic singer-songwriter Aaron Shanley has unveiled a new nine-track “bootleg” release, Bedroom Tapes: Swiss Cottage Teal Roses. Ahead of a fully-recorded studio release in the pipeline, Shanley said the release featured “generally unheard stuff that won’t ever be recorded again or featured on future albums” and ranges from the brilliantly understated – ‘Dear No One’ and the Death Cab For Cutie-esque ‘I Hope So, Laura’-  to more buoyant tracks including ‘She’s So Easy To Hold’ and ‘Trouble’, a track that evokes the heartfelt Americana of Foy Vance. Stream (or pay what you like for) Bedroom Tapes: Swiss Cottage Teal Roses below.

  • Stream: Fight Like Apes – Carousel

    Ahead of a handful of pre-Christmas shows, Dublin four-piece Fight Like Apes have unveiled a new track titled ‘Carousel’. A typically urgent number from the electro-indie-punk-popmakers – propelled by scurrying synths, Books-esque sample and MayKay’s voracious vocal – it feature on the band’s from their forthcoming new album, set for release at some point in 2014. Fight Like Apes play Distillation 07 at Belfast’s Oh Yeah Centre on Saturday, December 14. Go here for the Facebook event page. They also play Roisin Dubh in Galway on December 5, Whelan’s, Dublin on December 20, and Cork’s Cyprus Avenue on December 27th. Check out the track below.

  • Stream: Benihana – Patterns EP

    Kildare electronic duo Will Molloy and Billy Archbold AKA Benihana have unveiled a stream of their debut EP, Patterns. Having released a couple of tracks throughout the year – including the spectral ‘Vanish’ – the pair’s five-track release veers between understated techno and synth-driven electronic pop, serving as a brief but brilliant introduction to a duo likely to concoct great things over the next while. Stream (or pay what you like for) the EP via Bandcamp below.

  • Stream: Go Wolf – Voices/Even God

    Belfast indie pop band Go Wolf are streaming their latest single,’Voices’ and its b-side, ‘Even God’. Whereas ‘Voices’ was featured on the fifteenth compilation by French electronic label Kitsuné last month, the version of ‘Even God’ is a re-recorded version from the version released last year. Here’s the artwork for the double single, created by Paul Irwin: Stream ‘Voices’ and ‘Even God’ via Bandcamp below.

  • Watch: Jetplane Landing – Beat Generation… Ha!

    Taken from their fourth studio album, Don’t Try, Derry alt-rock quartet Jetplane Landing have unveiled the video to their forthcoming single, ‘Beat Generation… Ha!’ Referencing beat literature exponents such as Gregory Corso and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the video features cut-and-paste text from the likes of Corso’s poem ‘I am 25’, poetry works including A Coney Island Of The Mind by Ferlinghetti and press articles on the literary pioneers. ‘Beat Generation… Ha! is released on December 2nd via Smalltown America. Watch the video below.

  • Stream: My Tribe Your Tribe – Vol. II EP

    Dublin-based singer-songwriter and producer George Mercer AKA My Tribe Your Tribe is streaming his second solo EP, the aptly-titled Vol. II. Formerly of Boy Lights Fire, Mercer released Vol. 1 back in April. Vol. II is mainly comprised of material written since the musician moved to Dublin from Laois in June. Speaking of the release Mercer said “My direction felt like it was changing. A lot of the previous influences and styles of music I has been listening to over the past couple of years were surfacing in my writing.” “I wanted to bring the immediacy of folk and popular music into play,…

  • Watch: We Cut Corners – YKK

    Having released a stream of it last month, Dublin indie rock duo We Cut Corners have unveiled the Eoin Heaney-directed video for their new single, ‘YKK’. Filmed in black and white, the minimalist video features the pair performing the track in front of supremely seizure-inducing visuals from Dublin-based projection/visual artist collective LeTissier. ‘YKK’ is released via Delphi on November 25 and is set to feature on We Cut Corners’ second studio album, which will be released next year. Watch the video below via Vimeo.