Katy B interview: “I used to pretend to be Dick Whittington”

May 28th, 2012 by

Here’s one. What sort of computer is very good at singing? Answer: A Dell. That, readers, was a joke. Katy B likes jokes, so she has recently been asking her Twitter followers to tweet her some of their favourites. Consequently, in an attempt to “break-the-ice” during our State interview, your intrepid journalist ventures the following […]


Paul Simon – Cork

June 23rd, 2011 by

Back in the summer of 1986, when Graceland fever was at its height, my household – like many others I should think – was caught up in the Paul Simon hysteria. I remember one particular weekend when a tape of Simon & Garfunkel’s Concert In Central Park was playing for periods of 12 hours at […]


Interview: Desy Balmer of Nice & Nasty Records

June 22nd, 2011 by

Layo & Bushwacka are used to playing to packed crowds in superclubs from Miami to Ibiza. This makes their forthcoming set in Dublin’s Turk’s Head a must for Irish tech-house fans who want to experience one of the Londoners’ legendary sets up close. The event has been organised by Nice & Nasty; a Belfast-based independent […]



New Singles: Bibio! Blondie! Nerina! Maxi! LMFAO! ROFL HARRIS!

May 26th, 2011 by

SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Bibio – ‘K Is For Kelson’ (Warp) The best song on Bibio’s recent Mind Bokeh album is finally available as a single although it ought to have charted by now because as anyone who is already familiar with it will tell you, it is a right good laugh. Like a madly […]


Warpaint – Dublin

May 17th, 2011 by

“When the mists are rising and the rain is falling and the wind is howling cold across the moor”, John Leyton sang at the opening of his number one single ‘Johnny Remember Me’ back in 1961, and his words could be used to decribe the perfect environment in which to listen to Warpaint. On an […]


Kitty, Daisy & Lewis: A Bit Of A ‘Do

May 10th, 2011 by

They are three precociously talented sibling teenagers, on tour with their mum and dad. Dapper, quiet, polite and impeccably mannered, they cut an almost Enid Blyton-esque triumvirate figure, although the homespun image is rather punctured by the fact that they are narked that they can’t get ciggies on their rider. They are Kitty, Daisy & […]


New Singles: Yasmin, Austra, Chris Brown, Sade, Clare Maguire & more

May 10th, 2011 by

The new singles for your perusal – featuring lots of totally uncalled-for name-calling. SINGLE OF THE WEEK Yasmin – ‘Finish Line’ Some people – grannies – moan that all pop music nowadays sounds the same, it’s all bang bang bang and you can’t make out the words. This proves them wrong. There’s a nice, filthy […]


Record Store Day – Put The Needle On The Wrecked

April 14th, 2011 by

Music fans are visiting their favourite shops to celebrate Record Store Day on April 16th. Join Ciarán Gaynor as he takes a nostalgic trip through the defunct record outlets of his past and laments the demise of record shop culture. Would you like to purchase a Secret Affair LP for €8.95? Perhaps a vinyl copy […]


Singles Of The Week

April 11th, 2011 by

Single of the Week Keren Ann – ‘My Name Is Trouble’ (EMI) Sometimes it’s good to pack away the racket of the rock world, break out the fizzy drinks and chill out on the garden’s sun lounger. When such occasions arise Keren Ann’s lilting tones always hit the mark, and even though ‘My Name Is […]


Singles Of The Week

March 28th, 2011 by

Single Of The Week Gypsy & The Cat – ‘Jona Vark’ (Sony) Spring has sprung, revellers, and although the temptation may be strong to pack our bags and book our hols, there are new singles to attend to. So which of this week’s offerings fit best with the chipper mood the sunshine has instilled in […]


Singles Of The Week

March 20th, 2011 by

SINGLE OF THE WEEK Nero – ‘Guilt’ (MTA Records) It’s becoming obvious that there are a bunch of producers / writers / musicians and vocalists from the dubstep scene who aren’t obsessed with staying ‘true to the underground sound’ and who are capable of charting while still knocking out an amazing tune that can make […]


Singles Of The Week

March 11th, 2011 by

SINGLE OF THE WEEK PART 1! CocknBullKid – ‘Hold On To Your Misery’ (Moshi Moshi) This is a pop revelation, downloaders. It’s a bit Cee-Lo Green, a bit Janelle Monae, a bit Lily Allen and a bit Raveonettes for good measure. Spring is in the air, and this single flutters like a butterfly. The chorus […]


33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History Of Protest Songs

March 8th, 2011 by

From Billie Holiday to Green Day, protest pop has had a long, nebulous history. Too long and nebulous, you might think, to be adequately addressed in a single-volume book, but tackling just such a mammoth task, Dorian Lynskey has written 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History Of Protest Songs, a “weighty tome” which takes in […]