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Shauna Rahman

Shauna Rahman has written 10 posts for solo-magazine.com

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 […]

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 […]

Hit the road Jack

Shauna Rahman takes in the Jack Daniel’s experience at the recent launch of The JD Set, which encourages unsigned bands to perform live and win a variety of career launching prizes. Jack Daniel’s competition for unsigned bands in Ireland, The JD Set, was officially launched recently by Hugh Cornwell, formerly of The Stranglers, in Crawdaddy […]

To kill a mockingbird

Shauna Rahman looks back at the highly-awaited The Killers/Bloc Party concert, which was hardly a Carlsberg moment. “Mockingbirds are a group of New World passerine birds from the Mimidae family,” according to Wikipedia. “They are best known for the habit of mimicking the songs of other birds, often loudly and in rapid succession”. This is […]

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 […]

Autumn/winter gigs

Solo’s top music slots to help you through those colder months… August Thursday, August 21: Bloc Party supporting the Killers in Marley Park (or as I like to put it – The Killers supporting Bloc Party). September Friday, Saturday, Sunday – September 5, 6 and 7: Cois Farraige. Check out indie rock at its best […]

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 […]