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The Year In Underrated Albums

Kala O’Toole Jey on Lily Allen’s No Shame Lily Allen has always been a contentious figure in the music world. Not one to shy away from public gaze, her undeniably straight-talking, no-bullshit attitude, is often a surprising contrast to her…

UCD’s Own Loners Releases Debut Album ‘Be Happy!!!’

Newman stalwart Cian O’Farrell has released his highly-anticipated debut album under the name of Loners. His first full-length is an ambitious collection of soundscapes, ambient grooves and brave samples. Fans of everyone from the Horrors, to Arthur Russell, to Burial…

The Groupchat: Emo Music

Niall O’S: I’ve summoned you all here to discuss what you will soon discover is a very sensitive topic for me, emo music; more specifically ‘does emo have serious artistic merit?’. Sometimes I think it’s my life’s mission to bring…

Revisiting Hours: Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right

Protomartyr’s second album is the red-headed stepchild of their back catalogue for the sole reason that it tends to be overlooked in favour of their later work. It’s a personal favourite album of mine. Following on the heels of their…

Make Way For The Queen: Robyn Has Returned

Obviously, the new Robyn album is great. I cannot in good conscience call this a ‘review’; my sheer lack of objectivity whenever Robyn is part of the discussion prohibits the use of the word. Robyn has long since solidified her…

John Field: Ireland’s Forgotten Composer

On the 26th of July 1782, Dublin would contribute its own renowned composer to the classical music narrative with the birth of John Field. This was a time of great shifts in the world - the American Revolution had recently succeeded,…

The Groupchat: Matty Healy of The 1975

Music Editor Niall O’Shaughnessy hops into a groupchat to discuss The 1975 and their controversial frontman Matty Healy. Niall: This week’s topic reads like a Leaving Cert Exam question ‘Matty Healy of The 1975 is a divisive figure, with some…

Album in Review: Iridescence – BROCKHAMPTON

BROCKHAMPTON have always been a group on the cutting edge, but with their latest album iridescence, their sound has become even more exploratory. Even the name of the album echoes the wide array of worldviews present in the group; as…

Hozier’s Timely Return To A New Age of Activism

Four years after disappearing from the music scene, Hozier returns with an EP deemed a “thank you note to the spirit of protest”, that perfectly encapsulates the political and social crises’ around the world and those who fight to change…

The Groupchat: BROCKHAMPTON

The first instalment in a new regular column sees our contributors tackle the issue’s hottest topic. This week, we brave the stans of BROCKHAMPTON and try to unpack the hype. Our resident sceptic and music editor Niall O’Shaughnessy attempts to…

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fresher’s Week: A Musical Survival Guide

Why is Freshers Week in the second week of college and not the first? Is music just wiggly air? Who tailored that ridiculously oversized suit David Byrne wore in Stop Making Sense? I can’t answer these questions, nor will I…

Fandom as a Character Trait: The Hidden Genius of Sharp Objects

The first image in the opening credits for Sharp Objects, the recent HBO miniseries starring Amy Adams, is a needle on an LP. Anyone who has seen the show would agree it’s a fitting introduction. The music featured throughout the…