The Looks Debut Single

On July 30th Dublin based indie band The Looks released their debut double ‘A’ side single Enemies / Romeo. The Looks are Pearl, Fatty, Nightlight and The Squirrel, a four piece outfit which boasts rasping indie-punk guitar riffs and biting lyrical observations. Continue reading

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Crooked Mountain Crooked Sea’s new EP out August 16th

I watched It From The Roadside is the new EP from Brighton four piece Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea. Since the band began playing shows last year they have been developing their own unique sound in the post-rock/post-hardcore genres which have been fairly underrepresented in recent years. Continue reading

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Rachel Austin talks about her new EP released today on iTunes

Singer songwriter Rachel Austin’s new EP ‘Age of Wisdom’ is due for release today, Monday 5th April.

Rachel’s music was born in Virginia but travelled with her around the United Kingdom, Ireland, and France and other distant lands. This has given her music a very eclectic and distinct flair. She has also been blessed with a rotating band of international musicians.

By the age of seven Austin had already recorded three full-length cassettes of her own music. She also handwrote a book of short stories and created portraits of a townful of characters that she and her sibling’s played with instead of dolls.

In an exclusive interview Rachel Austin talks about making music and the run up to the release of her EP. Continue reading

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Astral Plains festival, 26th June 2010

The Astral Plains festival took place in the grounds of Birr Castle, Co. Offaly on 26th June. The festival is one of a number of Boutique Festivals popping up all over the country. The festival had a really laid back family atmosphere that I enjoyed and it had a lot to offer other than music. Set up around the grounds of the castle were several shop tents set up selling fair trade clothing, jewellery and bags, a smoothie bar and a tent selling freshly made pizzas cooked on a portable fireplace. I can’t wait to go back next year and I’ll hopefully be camping.

Here’s some of the highlights of the music line up:

Music Maker Stage Line Up

Hamlet Sweeney

Chestnut Bar & Stage Line Up

Awake Young Soldiers

HMV Stage Line Up

Anthony Furey

Anthony Furey

Walter Mitty and the Realists

Walter Mitty and the Realists

Walter Mitty and the Realists

Mainstage Line Up

Simon Fagan

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Sonic Academy

Sonic Academy was established in Belfast in 2003 by Kevin Traynor – a former member of one of Ireland’s most successful bands, The Divine Comedy and Phil Johnston, one of Northern Ireland’s leading producers of electronic music. The academy offers music production training courses to aspiring musicians, producers and DJs applying the founders’ real world knowledge of the music industry. Continue reading

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Silhouette Speaks to It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)

Northern Ireland singer Silhouette released her first single Volume destroyed on May 24th 2010 through the new and exciting Indie label VM Records. Silhouette is the enigmatic alias of the passionate 22 year old Northern Irish girl whose main focus creatively is to inspire, touch and mend the hearts of anyone who is drawn in to listen.

Silhouette was created by Shauna Tohill in late 2007 after the break-up of her previous band, Angelfall.  After great experiences in various bands, Shauna felt it was time to do something which she had always wanted to do… create music that broke down the boundaries of traditional line-ups providing a raw, honest and truthful edge, hopefully offering some kind of accessible and therapeutic effect — whilst continuing to place emphasis on the music as opposed to the creator.

Shauna, as Silhouette has sessioned and shared the stage with a number of bands and artists to local acclaim including Joe Echo (co-writer for Madonna), Duke Special, Cat Malojian, Katie and the Carnival, Clown Parlour, MojoFURY, Kyle Suckling, Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), Teddy Thompson and Stephen Fretwell.  She has also worked with many well-known producers such as Shaun ‘Mudd’ Wallace (Therapy?) and Billy Farrell (The Corrs).

Silhouette spoke to It’s Only Rock ’N’ Roll (But I Like It) in a recent interview about her musical influences, songwriting and women in the music industry. Continue reading

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Skibunny – Walk Don’t Walk

Skibunny’s debut EP Walk Don’t Walk was proudly released on 7th June through SMALLTOWN AMERICA Records. The EP features four tracks, including a remix of the title track from New York’s Cereal Spiller – check out his recent remixes of A Place To Bury Strangers and Goldfrapp – and 2 new songs CUT & RUN and OSSINGTON – inspired by a recent trip to Toronto!

The band has been described as a mix of The Cure and Joy Division but admittedly I didn’t hear any similarities to either. I can understand why they have such appeal as an electronica band but the EP isn’t reinventing the wheel. Their songs are quite funky (do people still say funky?) and will, I would imagine, have a fairly built-in audience of club-goers but further to that might be a case of ‘you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it’. Continue reading

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Simon Fagan’s debut album Outside Looking In released May 14th

Outside Looking In is the debut studio album by Irish singer-songwriter Simon Fagan. This album is a very different direction to Simon’s first EP Hired and Fired. Outside Looking In moves away from the heavy brass arrangements in favour of a more acoustic sound and features lush string arrangements from the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Sandi Thom plays Whelans, May 17th 2010

On the release date of her new album Merchants and Thieves Sandi Thom played Whelan’s with support from The PW Sessions and Marcus Bonfanti.

PW Sessions Live in Whelan's

Marcus Bonfanti Live in Whelan's

Sandi Thom Live in Whelan's

Sandi Thom Live in Whelan's

Sandi Thom Live in Whelan's

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Classic Album Review – The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street

rolling-stones-exile-on-main-streetThere are very few bands more notable for their success and survival than the Rolling Stones. After almost half a century together the band has seen its fair share of ups and downs, from love and loss to drug overdoses and arrests. In between the chaos they managed to make some of the finest records the world has ever heard and they don’t get much more classic than Exile on Main Street.When Exile on Main Street was released in 1972 it was met with some fairly lukewarm reviews, with critics describing it as “weary and complicated“. Nonetheless the album reached number one worldwide enjoying huge commercial success. Continue reading

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