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A Crash Course on Travis Scott

In August 2018 Jacques Webster II, better known as Travis Scott, dropped Astroworld. The album propelled the Texas rapper into the upper echelons of music recognition, received positively among fans and critics alike. However, beyond the likes of ‘Antidote’ and…

2016’s Most Underrated Rap Jam: Eversince by Bladee

Eversince is Swedish rapper Bladee’s first album, released in 2016 following his 2014 mixtape Gluee. It’s divisive to say the least – his shaky vocals buried under enough layers of autotune to suffocate a reasonably sized adult are certainly jarring…

Album Review: The Talkies by Girl Band

★ ★ ★ ★  The Talkies is Girl Band’s much anticipated return to the fray after a 4-year hiatus, and it cements their status as one of Dublin’s strongest exports. Abrasive and confrontational, the howling vocals of frontman Dara Kiely…

Album Review: Uknowwhatimsayin¿ by Danny Brown

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Something is happening with rap’s favourite eccentric Danny Brown. His signature screwball flourish of hair is now a no-frills buzz cut, his trademark broken teeth are now pearly whites and he even has his own…

Album Review: All Mirrors by Angel Olsen

★ ★ ★ ★ While many musicians reach a point in their careers where they start incorporating string arrangements and black-and-white portrait photography as album art, Angel Olsen has a fresh take on this. Her fifth studio album All Mirrors…

Trance Wax Lights up Dublin with a Set to be Remembered

Garry McCartney, who goes under the alias ‘EJECA’ or ‘Trance Wax’ depending on the show, is a young techno DJ from Belfast. He has been putting on performances across Europe for years at festivals and intimate shows alike, bringing a…

Artist Interview: Keywest

Keywest are one of Ireland’s leading bands, with some 200,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and over 164,000 followers across social media channels. In fact, they are officially Ireland’s biggest independent act, having decided not to join a record label, but…

Politics on the Dancefloor: Octo Octa and Resonant Body

I don’t know about you, but I like to start each day with a quick scroll of Twitter to check what new crisis I need to update myself on. It’s exhausting. There’s a pressure to make sure you’re equipped with…

Upcoming Gigs

Alice Phoebe Lou  October 11th @ 8pm  Whelan’s, Wexford Street  South African artist Alice Phoebe Lou has been busking in Berlin for years and lives to play live for people- it’s what she does best. Singing with a sense of…

Why Me? Why Not. – Liam Gallagher

★ ★ ★ ‘You only get to do it once’ is the bridge to the best song on Liam Gallagher’s second solo album, and it’s the perfect representation of Gallagher himself. With Why Me? Why Not Gallagher tries to reach…

Norman Fucking Rockwell! – Lana Del Rey

★ ★ ★ Lana Del Rey’s sixth studio album sees the return of her signature dreamy sound while the lyrics cut closer to the bone than ever before. Over 14 tracks, Del Rey laments the failure of the American dream,…

All My Heroes Are Cornballs – JPEGMAFIA

★ ★ ★ ★ JPEGMAFIA’s third studio album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs is a mixture of punk rap, experimental hip hop, lo-fi and trap beats which, in theory, feels like it shouldn’t work – but it does, and does…