• Premiere: Darling – It’s Just One Look

    Ahead of its release on Friday, we’re pleased to present an exclusive first look at the video for ‘It’s Just One Look’ by Dublin duo Gary Harding and James McGuire AKA Darling. Directed by Michael Kelly, the video is a wonderfully retro affair, capturing the band and their rousing alt-pop to a tee. In fact, their exuberance is perfectly tangible. The song is the follow-up to the band’s equally impressive 2014 singles ‘Echoes’ and ‘Sail Away’ and will feature on their new EP, also set for release on Friday. Pre-order it here. Darling launch the EP at Dublin’s Sugar Club on Saturday night.…

  • Festival Mixtape: Indiependence 2014

    Hands down one of Cork’s finest annual festivals, Indiependence returns to Mitcheltown’s Deer Park across the weekend of August 1-3, headlined by hip-hop overlords Public Enemy, London post-punk trio White Lies and Tom Odell. Better still, this year’s festival boasts some of the very finest acts, of every conceivable ilk and genre, that fall comfortably under the banner “homegrown”. Whether you look to the cosmically-inclined rapture of Cork’s The Altered Hours or Belfast-based indie-pop quartet Go Wolf, amongst several others, the veritable cream of Ireland’s musical crop will be nicely represented across the weekend. Check out the full line-up for the festival…

  • Gigs of the Week: The Bonnevilles, Darling, Light Colour Sound Festival

    As we enter the height of summer, with suspiciously good weather, there are, as always, numerous gigs to check out all over the country, whether they be outdoors blessing their good fortune, or safely indoors away from the sweltering heat. Here are just a few worth looking at. No Tomorrow: The Bonnevilles, Rhinos – Voodoo, Belfast; Saturday, July 5 The next installment of our new gig/club night No Tomorrow takes place at Belfast’s Voodoo on Saturday July 5. A garage rock duo double-header of sorts, much talked about twosome Rhinos will support one of the greatest double acts in all of the land, garage-blues…

  • Darling Announce Dublin Show

    Having impressed when supporting White Lies last week, Dublin’s indie rockstars Darling have announced a headline show at Whelans on Friday May 23rd. Tickets for the upcoming band are a measly €11 and are on sale now.

  • 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.

  • The Thin Air’s Top 100 Irish Tracks of 2013 (35-1)

    Sixty-five increasingly exceptional songs in, we’re pleased to round up our first ever countdown of the Top 100 Irish Tracks of the year. Truth be told, this list could have been much, much longesear – such was the extent and quality of the output from our homegrown musical talent over the last twelve months. From unassuming bedroom artists treading the often very thin line between absolute anonymity and mass recognition to genre-defining, decades-spanning bands that fall comfortably under “legendary” status, we’ve been very happily bombarded with some truly extraordinary Irish music over the last year. Until next time… listen, enjoy…

  • Stream: Darling – Echoes

    One of the downright catchiest songs we’ve heard from a new Irish act in ages, Dublin duo Gary Harding and James McGuire AKA Darling have unveiled their debut single, ‘Echoes’. A starry-eyed, three-and-a-half-minute hit in the making – calling to mind everyone from Two Door Cinema Club to Ed Zealous – the track was produced by Stephen Lipson, an English producer/engineer who has worked with the likes of  Annie Lennox and Pet Shop Boys. Check out the Feel Good Lost-directed video to the song below.