1:48 pm - Wed, Apr 25, 2012
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Alliance Presents: September Girls + When Good Pets Go Bad
Cork based Alliance Promotions will be running the first of a number of intimate live gigs from the renowned Plug’d records store in the heart of Cork City.
First up are Dublins September Girls with support from When Good Pets Go Bad this Saturday April 28th. Doors are 9pm and tickets are few due to the limited capacity of the venue and are available from Plug’d records.

Alliance Presents: September Girls + When Good Pets Go Bad

Cork based Alliance Promotions will be running the first of a number of intimate live gigs from the renowned Plug’d records store in the heart of Cork City.

First up are Dublins September Girls with support from When Good Pets Go Bad this Saturday April 28th. Doors are 9pm and tickets are few due to the limited capacity of the venue and are available from Plug’d records.

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9:53 am - Thu, Apr 12, 2012

Not Squares release album YEAH, OK for free download! (Today only)

Not Squares Yeah, Ok

Irish label The Richter Collective have released Not Squares debut album YEAH, OK as a free download for one day only, so stop reading this and head over to BandCamp to claim your free download.

Not Square play Dublin’s The Button Factory this Friday the 13th with support from White Collar Boy

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9:23 am

Dead School release third single Incisions.

Cork post punks Dead School have released their third single Incisions as a free download via SoundCloud. Recently signed to Cork label FIFA Records, Dead School enjoyed favourable reviews in London recently for an energetic live show in the Bar Fly (review here) and plan to make a return visit to London’s Borderline on May 28th supporting The Minutes.

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11:33 am - Tue, Mar 27, 2012

The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet

The Mars Volta

March 26th marked the release of Noctourniquet, the 6th studio album from Texan prog rockers The Mars Volta. Produced by guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez it is a concept album inspired by the nursery rhyme Solomon Grundy, and the Greek myth of Hyacinthus. 

 Vocalist Cedric Bixler Zavala reveals, “It’s about embracing life for what it should be. There’s a view of the elitist lifestyle - that being an artist is unattainable. I’m trying to write this story that reminds people that we’re all artists.”

The Mars Volta official YouTube page is currently running a competition to make a video for the lead single The Malkin Jewel.

Preview Noctourniquet on Soundcloud.

Noctourniquet is now available on iTunes

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5:11 pm - Tue, Mar 13, 2012
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Twin Shadow covers “Here Comes the Flood” by Peter Gabriel

Florida native George Lewis JR, better known as Twin Shadow, has covered the Peter Gabriel track Here Come the Flood. Originally taken from Gabriel’s 1977 album Peter Gabriel, Twin Shadow sticks pretty close to the original track where he is accompanied beautifully on piano by Twin Shadow member Wynne Bennett. The video was shot at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.

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2:09 pm

Slow Motion Heroes new single Paper Over Cracks

Nailing their 6-piece line up and 2 killer EPs in 2011, Slow Motion Heroes enter 2012 with FIFA Records and a new single taking its lead from the vibrant Pop EP. Putting aside the distortion of their alter egos (Hope is Noise, [r]Evolution of a Sun, Rulers of the Planet), Slow Motion Heroes’ new manifesto is crafting dynamic and memorable pop tunes. The vocal interplay between up to five singers at any given time, a hammond vs korg, several guitars and music brimming with hooks is the new order with Slow Motion Heroes. Paper Over Cracks rolls along with the soft top down. At just over 2 minutes long, the new single is a blast of pure escapism, hollering and soaring like an adrenaline shot and it’s gone before you know it. Not before leaving a sense of joy.

Slow Motion Heroes play their first UK show in London’s Borderline on March 24 with Irish dates and festival appearances line-up this summer.

Paper Over Cracks  is released on FIFA Records on Friday, March 16th.

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1:27 pm
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The Ambience Affair + Slow Magic + Selebrities

The Pavillion, Cork.  March 10th

Feel Good Lost have this habit of putting on some amazing shows and once I saw the line-up for this one I knew it was going to be another good night. First up were Selebrities, a band from New York fronted by Maria Usbeck. Upon realising that the drummer was using an electronic drum-kit I was intrigued, maybe this band could make some interesting sounds after all. Unfortunately I was wrong. I’d like to clarify now that there was nothing wrong with their music, they performed well, but it was just a sound I’d heard too many times before. If you can imagine The Cure and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs having a baby, Selebrities would be just that. Having said that, they were pleasant on the ears, the vocals were excellent, executed perfectly and the guitar sound complimented them perfectly. A good support band, but they were just that, a support band. If they ever want to be at the headlining stage of a band’s career they will have to up their game.

Next up was Slow Magic.

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3:45 pm - Mon, Mar 12, 2012

The Shoes release video for single Time to Dance.

Jake Gyllenhaal does not like hipsters, violently. Or at least his character in the official video for Time to Dance by French electro beat pop makers The Shoes would suggest.

The video was shot by acclaimed director Daniel Wolfe of Somesuch & Co films (Plan B - The defamation of Strickland Banks) and stars Gyllenhaal as a psycho killer with hipsters on his mind.

Gyllenhaal previously appeared in a video for Vampire Weekends single ‘Giving up the gun’ as a crazed tennis player.

Buy Time to Dance Ep on iTunes

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7:31 am - Fri, Mar 9, 2012

Jape takes Meteor Choice Music Prize.

Richie Egan aka Jape has won the Meteor Choice Music Prize for best Irish album 2011. The awards ceremony was held in Dublin’s Olympia theatre last night. Japes fourth album, Ocean of Frequency, received top honours at the awards to the complete surprise of Mr Egan "this year I didn’t think we’d win because the line-up is so great. I actually thought that Lisa Hannigan was definitely going to win… I’m just actually in shock that we won".

Jape previously scooped the choice award for best Irish album for his 2008 Lp Ritual making him the only artist to win the award twice.

Jape plays a Dublin show in Whelan’s on March 16th supported by Ships and Reid.

Check out his video for The Oldest Mind directed by Cork visual artists Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost.

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1:21 pm - Thu, Mar 8, 2012
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Le Galaxie release debut album as free download on Bandcamp.

Irish electro dance act Le Galaxie have made their debut LP Laser Disc Night 2 available for free download today on bandcamp.  Check out their video for Powers of Miami, an instructional dance video of how one should dance to the sounds of Le Galaxies 80’s infused electro synth beats.

Le Galaxie play Dublin Twisted Pepper on St Paddys Day.

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