• Watch: Broken Social Scene play ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

    Toronto-based label Arts and Crafts – home to Broken Social Scene, Bloc Party and more – celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. To help mark (et) the occassion, the people’s favourite ever-changing supergroup Broken Social Scene appeared on last night’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”, performing ‘Almost Crimes’ (from 2002’s You Forgot It In People) and ‘7/4 Shoreline’ (from their 2005 self-titled). Even Feist turned up! As well as photo exhibits and a one-day festival in Toronto, the label will also be releasing a collaborations compilation with other artists from the label’s roster, as well as a retrospective comp looking…

  • Download: Kanye West Role Playing Game

    Seriously. FACT have revealed that the global hip-hop phenomenon that is Kanye West is the star of Kanye Quest 3030, a ““a hip-hop-themed science-fiction 2D roleplaying game starring Kanye West”. The game is reportedly set in a dystopian future and sees other rappers such as Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Biggie Smalls being controlled by a malevolent “dictator”. Whilst Yeezy hasn’t officially endorsed Kanye Quest yet, you can download the alpha version of the game here. View the trailer for Kanye Quest 3030 below.  

  • Watch: VerseChorusVerse – The Birds

    Belfast-based singer-songwriter VerseChorusVerse AKA Tony Wright has released the video to a new track, ‘The Birds’. Filmed by Will McConnell of Bandwidth Films, it is latest promo video from the North Coast native, who is set to release his highly-anticipated debut album in the coming months. Next week, VerseChorusVerse will play to full-band shows in Belfast and Dublin. Go here for the event page for the former show, taking place on Saturday, June 15. In the meantime, watch the beautiful video for ‘The Birds’ below.  

  • Ebrington Square set for free concert

    Having proved itself to be one of the country’s best outdoor urban festival sites at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Derry’s Ebrington Square will host a free concert as part of the Music City celebrations on Friday June 21. Taking place between 4pm and 11pm, Sounds from this City vs. Sounds from Cities on the Edge Festival will stage to two arenas. Whereas The Sound from this City arena will host some of the most promising emerging and established bands and musicians from the city including Little Bear, Ryan Vail (pictured), Best Boy Grip, Wyldling, The Clameens, Wonder Villains, The Wood Burning…

  • Boards Of Canada to stream new album today

    A reminder that Scottish electronic duo Boards Of Canada will be streaming their new album Tomorrow’s Harvest over on their website tonight. The live stream of the group’s highly-anticipated new album represents a climax of all the internet hysteria to this point, which has so far included mysterious tweets from the band themselves, vinyl prints being sold on eBay for over $4,000, and several codes found on vinyl singles and internet messageboards. There was also a listening party streamed from a Californian waterpark last week, but unsurprisingly the feed didn’t last very long. You can see what all the fuss…

  • Stream: Fyfe – ‘Conversations’

    London musician Paul Dixon AKA Fyfe has unveiled the wonderfully disjointed slice of brooding electro-pop that is ‘Converastions’ The follow-up the equally immerseive ‘St. Tropez’ – taken form his debut EP Solace, released earlier this year – the track is officialy released on July 8. Stream ‘Conversations’ below.

  • Album stream: Camera Obscura – Desire Lines

    Ahead of its official release on June 3, Glasgow indie pop band Camera Obscura are streaming their fifth studio album, Desire Lines. Featuring guest appearances by the likes of Neko Case and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, the twelve-track release comes four years after their last studio album, the exquisite My Maudlin Career. It was recorded in Portland, Oregon by Tucker Martine. Stream the album below.

  • Watch: VerseChorusVerse – ‘Spiders’

    Belfast-based singer-songwriter VerseChorusVerse has unveiled the new video for the track ‘Spiders’. A so-called “paper crushed, insected, digital love story” the video for the song was animated, directed and designed by Pixelgram AKA Aaron McKee. VerseChorusVerse AKA ex-And So I Watch You From Afar guitarist Tony Wright take part in a ‘Getting to Know’ session at Belfast’s Oh Yeah Centre on Thursday, June 6. He will also play a full band show ahead of the release of his highly anticipated debut album at Belfast’s Voodoo on June 15. Go here for more information. Stream/pay what you like for the ‘Spiders’ via…

  • David Byrne and St. Vincent give away free EP

    Ahead of a pretty hefty U.S. and European tour David Byrne and St. Vincent have made their Brass Tactics EP available to download for free online. A collaborative release alongside their superb 2012 full-length debut Love This Giant, the EP consists of two remix tracks, two live tracks (including Talking Heads’ ‘Road To Nowhere’ and a previously unreleased track from Love This Giant. Brass Tactics tracklisting: 1. ‘Cissus’ 2. ‘I Should Watch TV’ (M. Stine Remix) 3. ‘Lightning’ (Kent Rockafeller Remix) 4. ‘Marrow’ (Live) 5. ‘Road to Nowhere’ (Live) Sound good? Download the EP for free below.

  • Nine Inch Nails make surprise album announcement

    Just twelve hours after it was announced that they are to play this year’s Belsonic festival in Belfast, Nine Inch Nails have made a surprise announcement stating a brand new album is finished and set for release later this year. On a statement released on the official Nine Inch Nails website, the band’s founder and brainchild Trent Reznor wrote, “I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to lately. For the last year I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to…