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Reports: Gaels and boys

2009-07-10 00:00:00

Hot Press’ resident Britpop obsessive Colm Russell has been down the front every time Blur have played in Ireland.

Album: This Is A Fix

2008-08-27 00:00:00

More shouty rock and party anthems from the valleys.

Live: Daniel Johnston And Friends

2008-08-25 00:00:00

It really is astonishing what a low budget independent film can do for the profile of a moderately talented musician who’s prone to recurrent bouts of delusional behavior.

Live: Rap On The Knuckle

2008-07-30 00:00:00

Super Extra Bonus Party seem to have curtailed much of the contrived lunacy that has often undermined their live shows.

Album: Fortress around my heart

2008-07-24 00:00:00

It’s not quite the “midpoint between The Strokes and Amy Winehouse” they’re pitching, rather an updated version of ‘Jimmy Mack’ with guitars.

Album: Terminate On Sight

2008-07-14 00:00:00

Fiddy's gang go over the old routine one too often

Album: Dreams Of Breathing

2008-07-14 00:00:00

Folk songstress plays the field on beguiling seventh album

Album: Little Voice

2008-06-30 00:00:00

Tepid piano-pop from American soul singer

Interview: Jersey Girl

2008-06-30 00:00:00

Anti-folk graduate and New Jersey native Nicole Atkins' debut album Neptune City is a beguiling mix of Roy Orbison, Loretta Lynn and Jenny Lewis's bangs. Just don't mention The Boss.

Interview: Sister Act

2008-06-17 00:00:00

She’s gotten hitched and given up the navel-gazing, and suddenly the world can’t get enough of her. As mainstream success looms, MARTHA WAINWRIGHT talks about marriage, familial rivalry and being asked out on a date - well, sort of - by Bob Dylan.

Album: Fleet Foxes

2008-06-12 00:00:00

Impressive full length debut from enchanting Seattle-ites

Live: Spiritualized live at Tripod in Dublin

2008-06-06 00:00:00

Unconvincing and dull - best consumed in small doses

Album: JIM

2008-05-09 00:00:00

Overly slick soul grooves from Warp’s very own Jay Kay

Album: Go God Go

2008-06-03 00:00:00

Third album of rich melodic pop from monosyllabic Corkonians

Album: In Silico

2008-06-03 00:00:00

Riff-Rock with a techno twist from Aussie drum 'n bass aficionados in a record that gives the impression that we never quite left the 90s behind

Live: MGMT, The Futureheads and CSS live at the Academy, Dublin

2008-05-22 00:00:00

The MTV Brand Spanking New Tour is a big ask. On a night when temperatures outside are soaring, it requires something pretty special to entice us indoors.

Album: Santogold

2008-05-19 00:00:00

Ultimately, this is less a fully-formed debut than the tentative first few steps of a promising artist still finding her way.

Live: IMRO best of showcase tour live at the Village, Dublin

2008-05-09 00:00:00

There’s no shortage of showcase events vying for the attention of young acts these days, but IMRO’s tried and trusted model remains refreshingly free of bells and whistles.

Album: Friendlier Up Here

2008-05-01 00:00:00

Mixed debut from promising Anglo-Irish quartet, The Aftermath

Reports: Taking It To The Streets

2008-04-28 00:00:00

The recent BudRising festival reached a spectacular climax as THE STREETS returned from an 18 month hiatus to rock Dublins Docklands

Live: IMRO Showcase Tour 2008

2008-04-28 00:00:00

The Kinetiks, Hot Sprockets, The Infomatics, Gorbachov, The Parks

Interview: Rural and the gang

2008-04-19 00:00:00

For his third record Mark Geary swapped New York for Kerry and set out to channel his love for Arcade Fire and Radiohead.

Reports: The Minutes take the top spot at Bright New Sounds

2008-04-14 00:00:00

We report from the live Vodafone Bright New Sounds final in Tripod, Dublin.

Live: Republic of Loose live at the Academy

2008-04-14 00:00:00

Pure fun and antics for Republic of Loose

Live: Republic Of Loose live at The Academy, Dublin

2008-04-11 00:00:00

Quite simply, ROL are a band who like to let the good times roll. To judge by this impressive performance, it’s an approach that’s paying dividends.

Album: In Ghost Colours

2008-04-02 00:00:00

Second album proper from Aussie disco-pop trio.

Interview: 2moro never knows

2008-04-01 00:00:00

In just two years the 2fm 2moro 2our has grown into a high-profile showcase for Ireland's best new talent. Ahead of the latest jaunt, the featured acts tell Colm Russell what it means to them.

Interview: The thrust a minute quiz

2008-04-01 00:00:00

It's eyes down and no conferring as Colm Russell asks We Are Scientists about their new album, intra-band bullying and why Alex Turner wouldn't know a hit single if it bit him in the ass.

Album: Sing When You're Gull-Winging

2008-03-25 00:00:00

US production whiz hires SFA mainman, perfect pastiche synth-pop ensues

Interview: Shooting from the lip

2008-03-25 00:00:00

CADENCE WEAPON is that rarest of talents: an old school rapper worth getting excited about. Here he talks about his love of retro pop and explains why he quit music journalism for a career behind the mic.

Live: Childline Rocks at the Academy, Dublin

2008-03-13 00:00:00

"Unlike its pop counterpart, a glowstick-fest which descends into autocue/miming hell, Childline Rocks manages to showcase a far more tasteful array of talent for precisely the same cause."

Album: Sixes & Sevens

2008-03-10 00:00:00

"If not entirely out of gas, Green certainly seems to be having trouble shifting gear."

Live: Band Of Horses at Tripod, Dublin

2008-03-03 00:00:00

"...a revivalist demeanour, a telepathic tightness, and a stunning lead vocalist capable of consistently impeccable delivery."

Album: Midnight Boom

2008-02-21 00:00:00

"Even listeners previously resistant to The Kills' studied cool may have to concede that Midnight Boom is a record of considerable energy and excitement."

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