Latest Articles by Colm Russell
Hot Press’ resident Britpop obsessive Colm Russell has been down the front every time Blur have played in Ireland.
More shouty rock and party anthems from the valleys.
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.
Super Extra Bonus Party seem to have curtailed much of the contrived lunacy that has often undermined their live shows.
It’s not quite the “midpoint between The Strokes and Amy Winehouse” they’re pitching, rather an updated version of ‘Jimmy Mack’ with guitars.
Fiddy's gang go over the old routine one too often
Folk songstress plays the field on beguiling seventh album
Tepid piano-pop from American soul singer
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.
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.
Impressive full length debut from enchanting Seattle-ites
Unconvincing and dull - best consumed in small doses
Overly slick soul grooves from Warp’s very own Jay Kay
Third album of rich melodic pop from monosyllabic Corkonians
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
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.
Ultimately, this is less a fully-formed debut than the tentative first few steps of a promising artist still finding her way.
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.
Mixed debut from promising Anglo-Irish quartet, The Aftermath
The recent BudRising festival reached a spectacular climax as THE STREETS returned from an 18 month hiatus to rock Dublins Docklands
The Kinetiks, Hot Sprockets, The Infomatics, Gorbachov, The Parks
For his third record Mark Geary swapped New York for Kerry and set out to channel his love for Arcade Fire and Radiohead.
We report from the live Vodafone Bright New Sounds final in Tripod, Dublin.
Pure fun and antics for Republic of Loose
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.
Second album proper from Aussie disco-pop trio.
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.
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.
US production whiz hires SFA mainman, perfect pastiche synth-pop ensues
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.
"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."
"If not entirely out of gas, Green certainly seems to be having trouble shifting gear."
"...a revivalist demeanour, a telepathic tightness, and a stunning lead vocalist capable of consistently impeccable delivery."
"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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