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‘Sparks n’ Mind’ album launch at Tower Live

Tower records, the independent Irish music store will host the launch of the new ‘Sparks n’ Mind’ charity compilation CD on Thursday, June 11. The launch is to support the Irish voluntary group Aware and will take place at the Wicklow Street store. The special event will kick off at 1pm with live music from […]

Free in-stores at Tower

Tower Records has released details of upcoming in-store gigs from now until the end of May: March 20 – The Revellions@5pm March 24 – Dun Laoghaire SE6 album launch@3pm March 26 – Cuckoo Savante@5pm March 27 – Torc@5pm April 3 – Sixteen Layers@5pm April 9 – Peakin’ Trippers@5pm April 10 – Superjimenez@5pm April 17 – […]

Go West

Shauna Rahman has a love-hate relationship with Kanye West. Although I would usually dedicate my musical writings to alternative tunes and quirky bands – à la indie-rock – my interest in Kanye West increases daily. His arrogance bewilders me. His egomaniac tendencies to go on abusive rants when he doesn’t win awards, irritates me no […]

Choosing Choice Music Prize

The Choice Music Prize will be live at Vicar St on March 4, 2009, and the Choice Music Prize shortlist for Irish Album of the Year 2008 has now been announced. The shortlist is as follows (artists listed in alphabetical order): – Fight Like Apes, ‘Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion’ […]

Award winning viral music video website arrives in London

Two years after the launch of BalconyTV Dublin (www.balconytv.ie), and one year after the launch of BalconyTV Hamburg (www.balconytv.de), BalconyTV recently announced the launch of BalconyTV London (www.balconytv.co.uk). BalconyTV, the popular site which previously featured in Solo-magazine as an essential site to visit, was created in June 2006 by three Dublin flatmates who decided to […]

Check out this joint: tribute to Elbow

English band Elbow were celebrating recently after being announced winners of this year’s Nationwide Mercury Prize. Their fourth album, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, beat 11 others to win the title at a ceremony in London in September 9. The prize champions UK music and is open to all genres of music, attracting a record 240 […]

Prim and poppier

Irish female musicians need to fill the gap, writes Shauna Rahman. Irish music is legendary, from the traditional ‘diddleyidle’ tunes to the U2 anthems. Enter a pub in another country, say where you are from and within seconds someone will mention an Irish band, song, singer-songwriter, or how many times they have seen Riverdance. Music […]

A portrait of the artist as a young man

Ask anybody and they will know someone who knows Tadhg Cooke – the singer-songwriter whose voice, talent and music is familiar to those who know him and to those who want to. And ask Tadhg Cooke, and he’ll know someone who knows you. Picture the scene: a hazy, lazy day in the Hamptons, Irish students […]

A site for sore eyes: Balcony makes Irish music look good

The Sugar Club played host last month (June 20) to Ireland’s funkiest music awards ceremony, which featured live music, ecstatic award winners and the general public who attended for the guaranteed entertainment. The Irish ‘Balcony phenomenon’ is literally bringing television to new heights and the BalconyTV Music Video Awards underlines how far the team from […]

Stars in their eyes

In a music world where ‘eclectic’, ‘indie’, and ‘the next best thing on the Irish music scene’ are common place in the typical Irish reviewer’s vocabulary, music buffs should go to a star turtle gig just to get the essence of what originality actually stands for. Shauna Rahman takes a look at another great Irish […]