Ye Vagabonds and The Brand New Switcheroo

January 27th, 2015 by


Who are you and where are you from? I’m Brían Mac Gloinn, one half of Ye Vagabonds, and part of The Brand New Swictheroo for some of our sessions. I grew up in the a few miles outside Carlow Town, and I’ve been living in Stoneybatter, Dublin for the past two and a half years. […]

A Winged Victory for the Sullen…”I think every note should count”

January 27th, 2015 by

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In 2006, Dustin O’Halloran became a household name in hip households when a trio of his sparse, lovely solo piano pieces landed on the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. ‘Opus 17′, ‘Opus 23′ and ‘Opus 36′ had an immediate emotional resonance that made you wonder where you’d already heard them when you hadn’t, and […]

Booka Brass Band – Nute

January 26th, 2015 by


Featured on our State Faces of 2015 mixtape, the track ‘Nute’ will make it’s next appearance on Booka Brass Band’s debut EP BBB. The release is available to pre-order now here (including lovely 7″ vinyl) but to whet your appetite here’s a new live video, recorded at the Button Factory last year.

Faces of February details

January 26th, 2015 by

Bufallo Woman by Olga Kuzmenko

It was only a couple of weeks ago that our Faces of 2015 launch show packed out The Mercantile but, not one to rest on our laurels, we’re back early next month. Saturday 7th is the date and our guests will be Buffalo Woman (photographed above by Olga Kuzmenko), Participant and Pockets. Doors are at […]

Val Normal

January 23rd, 2015 by


Part of the ever growing and ever noisy Irish guitar scene, Val Normal have been busy since the release of their debut album two years back. Developing relationships with bands, promoters and media in the UK and beyond, they’ve played a good 150 shows since, as well as recording a follow up record. The trio […]

Win passes to the Meteor Choice Song of the Year launch

January 22nd, 2015 by


Running alongside the panel chosen Irish album of the year, the Meteor Choice song of the year prize throws open the vote to the public at large. In association with IMRO and IRMA, the organisers will announce the ten nominees on Tuesday 27th January, at The Workman’s Club, Dublin. The songs will then go the […]

The Weeks

January 21st, 2015 by


Who are you and where are you from? We’re the Weeks, from Jackson MS but living in Nashville TN Who are your favourite artists from home? North Mississippi Allstars What’s it really like touring? How much time do you have? What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play? Brooklyn NY at Brooklyn Bowl What’s your ideal festival […]

Radio Room

January 21st, 2015 by

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Who are you and where are you from? We are Radio Room and we are from Dublin. Who are your favorite artists from home? Oak Hollow, And So I Watch You From Afar, Red Enemy. What’s it really like touring? It’s bittersweet… mostly sweet! It taught us a lot about roughing it out to achieve […]

Oscar Nominations and the Absurdity of Equality

January 20th, 2015 by


Unlike the Golden Globes which is seen by many to be a bit of a laugh, just a night for famous people to mingle and get drunk and pat each other on the back, the Academy Awards is Hollywood’s attempt for the world to take them seriously. Also, unlike the Golden Globes, the Academy Awards […]

Pádraig Rynne’s NOTIFY & Pauline Scanlon

January 20th, 2015 by

Padraig Rynne's  Notify & Pauline Scanlon by Con Kelleher

Sitting alongside other genres that have given the Irish music scene such a shot in the arm, the latest generation of traditional musicians are proof that our native culture is in safe hands – as well as ones that are prepared to push it forward. The combination of concertina player Rynne, vocalist Scanlon and the […]

Jape…”it’s all about colours and flavours”

January 19th, 2015 by


Sitting in the cozy environs of the Library Bar of the Central Hotel, Jape frontman / main man Richie Egan is in suitably cheery spirits. A now permanent resident of Malmo, Egan seems noticeably charged about being back in Dublin and is clearly excited about his fifth The Chemical Sea. With a European tour to […]

The Mariannes

January 19th, 2015 by

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Who are you and where are you from? We are The Mariannes, we’re from all over the shop – but based in Dublin right now. Who are your favorite artists from home? I Draw Slow, Handsome Handsome, The Hot Sprockets, Tupelo, Red Sail. What’s it really like touring? Ask us when we’ve done it and […]

State’s Faces of 2015

January 14th, 2015 by

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Since Villagers featured on the cover in January 2009, State has been drawing up our annual list of the artists to watch in the year ahead. Hozier led our 2014 list and, while his global success has set a high bar for this year’s crop, the twenty acts here are all proof of the extraordinary […]

MuRli – Surface Tension

January 13th, 2015 by


As much part of one of the great stories in Irish music from 2014 as his partners God Knows and mynameisjOhn, MuRli steps out on his own with the new Surface Tension EP. The sound is what we’ve come to expect from the hip–hop collective, heavy beats and bass infused with a strong cultural sense […]