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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 […]

Take That and partaaaay!

Review coming soon after Solo goes to see the boys in Croke Park on June 13….

The ’80s are back with Ladyhawke

The Academy, February 5, 2009 It all started over an idle Tuesday lunch with a friend in the Dandelion in Dublin 2. Having bent the ears off my lunch buddy (by moaning about how my social life had become an unchanging snore fest) I was invited to attend a Ladyhawke gig at the Academy. Raging […]

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 […]

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 […]