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Album In Review: In A Poem Unlimited – U.S. Girls

Meg Remy’s U.S. Girls project has been a cathartic vehicle for performer and listener alike since her first album over 10 years ago. Lyrically, Remy has vented about society’s ills since the beginning but for her latest release, she invited…

Choice Music Prize Preview

The thirteenth renewal of the Choice Music Prize takes place at Vicar Street on March 8. Across  the ten nominees for Album of the Year, there is a healthy equipoise of genres. It has a mixture of seasoned performers and…

The Dark Side of the Moon: 45 Years On

Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon has successfully gone down in history as one of the greatest albums of all time. It celebrates its 45th birthday on March 1 and its psychedelic influence has gone on to definitively…

Album In Review: No Dogs Allowed

In the midst of doing some research for this review, in order to find some context for the record, it dawned on me that it would be completely needless. No Dogs Allowed exists in its own world of relentless charm and charisma,…

Gig In Review: Gus Dapperton at The Workmans Club

The dream-pop sensation, Gus Dapperton, is stirring a lot of talk about his music. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Warwick, New York has been releasing singles and short EP’s since May 2016, and on February 1st burst onto the stage of…

An Interview With: Wyvern Lingo

In the seaside town of Bray, Co. Wicklow, there is a buzzing music scene at the moment. The latest act to emerge from this scene is Wyvern Lingo – a trio consisting of Karen Cowley (keyboard and vocals), Caoimhe Barry…

Dolores O’Riordan: A Life That Defied Expectations

In essence, the Cranberries were a band that defied expectations. They emerged when Britpop was the zeitgeist in Britain and the same could be said for grunge in America. The Irish quartet didn’t fit the mould of either of those…

Album In Review: M A N I A – Fall Out Boy

Mania is an album that is trying to be too many things. You can almost hear the struggle between the band and their music in every song, as they try to retain some semblance of authenticity while also producing music…

Unpacking Ownership and Music

I recently read two great pieces about cultural appropriation that reminded me of a minor music news story from last year, Kenan Malik in the New York Times and Briahna Joy Gray’s response of sorts for Current Affairs. 2016’s second…

The Best Albums Of 2017

Winter is upon us and the end of 2017 is nigh so it;s time to round up the year’s finest music releases. Unlike its predecessor, 2017 didn’t have purple patches where a superabundance of great albums would drop suddenly. However,…

Album In Review: Younger Now – Miley Cyrus

Any 90s baby knows the name Miley Cyrus and in recent years an eye roll has accompanied the mere mention of her name. Her ‘angry artist lashes out at her former Disney image’ act will go down in history as…

The Rise of SoundCloud Rappers

A colossal stream of rappers have been hitting the big time in recent years, coming at us left right and centre with contemporary and innovative music; so much so that other genres such as rock have a hard time keeping…