• Stream: Kowalski – Sunroom

    Bangor-based indie-pop foursome Kowalski have released a stream of their single, ‘Sunroom’. Taken from the band’s long-awaited debut album For The Love Of Letting Go, it is a suitably scintillating burst of sun-kissed electro-pop from the quartet who released their debut EP – Are You Noisy Sunshine State? – back in 2006. For The Love of Letting Go will be released on July 15 Stream ‘Sunroom’ via Soundcloud below.

  • Watch: Franz Ferdinand – Right Action

    Scottish four-piece Franz Ferdinand have unveiled the video to their new single, ‘Right Action’. Taken from the band’s first album in four years – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action – the video was directed by Jonas Odell, the man behind the band’s video for ‘Take Me Out‘. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action will be released via the ever-reliable Domino. Watch the video for ‘Right Action’ below.

  • Watch: Glasgowbury Documentary

    Draperstown man Dermot McBride, a man heavily involved with all things Glasgowbury-related, has unveiled his half hour documentary looking at the history and importance of the local homegrown music festival. With just over two weeks left until the 13th annual Glasgowbury festival in Eagle’s Rock, A Culture of Small but Massive features interviews with artists and individuals who have played or been involved in the festival including Cahir O’Doherty (Jetplane Landing/Fighting With Wire), Jonny Black (LaFaro), Tony Wright (VerseChorusVerse), Shauna Tohill (Silhouette) and Rory Friers (And So I Watch You From Afar). According to McBride – who filmed the documentary…

  • Download: Yazuka – Insane Plight In Plain Sight

    Seven years after it was recorded, sadly missed Belfast-based noise rock band Yakuza have released their second studio album, Insane Plight In Plain Sight. Recorded in band’s hometown of Coalisland and mixed in Portland, Oregon’s Jackpot! Studios the following year, it features the album’s original eleven songs and the three tracks that make up the band’s live EP Ride The Bible, recorded at BBC’s Blackstaff Studios in Belfast. A wonderfully unremitting slab of veering, coursing, incendiary noise rock, download the release for £3 or stream below now. All proceeds go to the Parkinsons research charity. Insane Plight in Plain Sight by…

  • Belle and Sebastian announce new compilation album

    Scottish indie-pop band Belle and Sebastian have announced that they will release an album comprised of “rarities, collectibles and non-LP tracks from the last decade” in August. Titled The Third Eye Centre, the album – the band’s first release since their 2011 EP Come On Sister – will be released via Rough Trade and will feature remixes from the likes of Miaoux Miaoux and The Avalanches. View the album’s artwork and tracklisting below. 1. I’m A Cuckoo (Avalanches Remix) 2. Suicide Girl 3. Love On The March 4. Last Trip 5. Your Secrets 6. Your Cover’s Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Remix) 7. I…

  • Harvest Music Festival Unveiled

    Set to take place on Saturday, August 31st, the inaugural Harvest festival has been unveiled. Already positing itself as Northern Ireland’s ultimate outdoor festival, the first ever line-up – taking place at Grey Abbey House – will feature Hayseed Dixie (pictured), Duke Special, Gareth Dunlop, Farriers, Emerald Armada and Belfast Community Gospel Choir. Tickets for the festival – the centrepiece of Ards 1613 festival – are available to purchase here, priced at £20.00 (children under 12 go free).

  • Watch: The Jepettos – Chemicals

    Derry/Belfast lullaby-folk band The Jepettos have unveiled the video to their latest single, ‘Chemicals’. A charmingly melancholic tale of lost love, the track was recorded and mixed by Rocky O’Reilly at Start Together Studios Belfast, whilst the video was directed by Darren Lee and features the band’s front-couple Mike and Ruth Aicken. Download the track for free here and watch the video below.

  • Pixies set to play Dublin in November

    Three days after they released their first song in nine years – ‘Bagboy’ – the Pixies have announced the first leg of a forthcoming world tour, stopping off at Dublin’s Olympia on November 18 and November 19. With the band’s frontman Frank Black stating the band will play “songs that we haven’t played in ages or never live before” the Muffs’ bassist Kim Shattuck has been confirmed as a replacement for the band’s founding member Kim Deal, who left the band last month. With the first having sold out, tickets for November 19 show are available to purchase via Ticketmaster…

  • Stream: Our Krypton Son – Gargantuan (and B-Sides)

    Derry singer-songwriter Chris McConaghy AKA Our Krypton Son is streaming his latest single, ‘Gargantuan’. Taking from his superb self-titled debut album, released last year via Smalltown America, the video for the single was released two weeks ago. You can watch it here. ‘Bring The Flood’ and ‘How Long Must I Dream’ are the B-sides accompanying the single. Stream all three tracks via Spotify here.

  • Stream: The Pixies – Bagboy

    Two weeks after founding bassist Kim Deal announced that she was leaving the band, the Pixies have released a brand new song, ‘Bagboy’ Nine years since their latest single release – 2004’s slightly iffy ‘Bam Thwok’ – the band have returned with a genuinely impressive, totally unexpected dose of classic Pixies. Stream the track below!