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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…

The Therapeutic Power of Music

We all know that dopamine rush we get when listening to our favourite song. While music often evokes emotions, it can also stimulate multiple parts of the brain. This has led to music becoming a useful therapeutic tool. At face…

Album In Review: Little Dark Age – MGMT

MGMT’s latest record Little Dark Age has been received almost universally well, signalling a return to pop music after two albums that passed well under the radar. This new record blends 1980’s nostalgia with the admirable weirdness of MGMT, making…

An Interview With: DJ Deece

Niall D’Arcy is probably the first name down on the team sheet for any Irish festival promoter. Better known as DJ Deece, he’s been a mainstay on the summer circuit for years now. With bigger rooms, later set times and…

The Beginners Guide to East Coast Hip Hop

Now that hip hop is experiencing soaring popularity in the mainstream, it is interesting to explore how the genre evolved overtime. After gangsta rap with its provocative lyrics, emerged on the West Coast, rappers from the boroughs of New York…