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Celina Murphy

Celina Murphy was discovered in 1987 when an ageing Vincent Price spotted her from the moon. In 2008, she climbed aboard the Good Ship Hot Press, but due to an unfortunate administrative boo-boo, little is known of her whereabouts in the interim. These days, she enjoys lending her occasionally poisonous pen to reviewing music on opposite ends of the pop spectrum, from the most underground new Irish acts to the biggest, greasiest superstars on the face of her home planet. Among her most treasured professional moments are the time Usher called her “Sweetie”, the time Seasick Steve called her “Darling” and the time Beyoncé called her “Home girl” (this has yet to happen).




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Track: Rob Kelly - Kel Terrible

2013-09-11 00:00:00


Interview: Original Synth: Hotpress meets Maighread

2013-09-09 00:00:00


Our friends across the pond will have trouble wrapping their tongues around her moniker, but luckily for Limerick-born, London-based diva Maighread, her party-starting electro pop jams speak for themselves.

Album: Roaring Twenties Review

2013-09-04 00:00:00


They Are Twentysomething, Hear Them Roar

Reports: 10 Unmissable Non-Music EP Events

2013-08-27 00:00:00


Celina Murphy Previews 10 Unmissable Non-Music Treats At Electric Picnic 2013...

Album: To The Prequel Review

2013-08-27 00:00:00


Wait, What Year Is This?

Live: Castlepalooza Review

2013-08-15 00:00:00


Our thoughts on Castlepalooza...

Track: Black Skinhead

2013-07-31 00:00:00


Track: Nothing Comes To Nothing

2013-07-31 00:00:00


Track: Billions

2013-07-31 00:00:00


Track: Burn

2013-07-31 00:00:00


Track: I Cry

2013-07-31 00:00:00


Track: Gun

2013-07-31 00:00:00


Track: Because Of You

2013-07-31 00:00:00


Track: Broken English EP

2013-07-31 00:00:00


Interview: Hot Press Meets Bastille

2013-07-30 00:00:00


But wait... they’ve got a massive headline show at Indiependence to get through first! Fresh from making festival history at Glastonbury, indie rockers Bastille open up to Celina Murphy about birthdays, hot sauce and David Lynch...

Live: Justin Timberlake, Phoenix Park

2013-07-22 00:00:00


A rump-shaking, arm-swaying, hit-packed set finds Justin moonwalking into Irish hearts...

Track: Patchwork Quilt

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: Arroway

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: The Golden Section

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: The Motion

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: It's Just Not Cricket

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: You Know You Like It

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: Little Wolf

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: Bring The Noize

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: Do I Wanna Know?

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: Broken

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: A Chiller in Our Midst

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: You Know You Like It

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: Little Wolf

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: Bring The Noize

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: Do I Wanna Know?

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: Broken

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Track: A Chiller In Our Midst

2013-07-17 00:00:00


Album: Kanye West: Yeezus

2013-07-11 00:00:00


Earning his croissants...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Disclosure

2013-07-11 00:00:00


Flaunting a triumphant mix of pop, garage and deep house, two baby-faced brothers from Surrey are challenging electronic music stereotypes – and landing oodles of chart hits while they’re at it! Celina Murphy catches up with the older half of brother act Disclosure...

Album: The Last Sound: Rainbow Xplode

2013-06-28 00:00:00


A proudly trippy LP where the accessible meets the obscure...

Interview: Hot Press meets Nanu Nanu

2013-06-21 00:00:00


As far as we can tell, planet-hopping extra terrestrial duo Nanu Nanu are alone in the alien pop genre, but in debut album Unit 1, they have a very good reason to set up shop here on earth...

Album: FIRST LISTEN! Kanye West - Yeezus

2013-06-19 00:00:00


Get this man a croissant! The razor-tongued king of controversy has created one of the most fascinating hip hop LPs of the year...

Track: Dear John

2013-06-19 00:00:00


Track: Flashing Lights

2013-06-19 00:00:00


Track: Spiders

2013-06-19 00:00:00


Track: The Love EP

2013-06-19 00:00:00


Track: 13 'Til Infinity

2013-06-19 00:00:00


Track: Are You Getting Enough?

2013-06-19 00:00:00


Track: Power Up

2013-06-19 00:00:00


Track: Old Ash

2013-06-19 00:00:00


Track: Fall Down

2013-06-19 00:00:00


Track: Came Back Haunted

2013-06-19 00:00:00


Track: Her Favourite Song

2013-06-19 00:00:00


Reports: Hot Press meets Young Wonder

2013-06-13 00:00:00


Of all the Cork-based music makers attracting our attention, none have generated more hype than electronic pop duo Young Wonder. Front woman Rachel Koeman opens up to Celina Murphy about the creative process – and casting her cat in a music video...

Live: Live Review: Lana Del Rey

2013-06-11 00:00:00


Celina Murphy gives her verdict on Lana Del Rey's Vicar Street performance...

Interview: Hot Press meets Miguel

2013-06-11 00:00:00


A honey-voiced R&B balladeer with serious indie credentials, LA soul man Miguel charmed fans on both ends of the pop spectrum with second album Kaleidoscope Dream, even bagging a Grammy in the process.

Interview: Interview: Solar Bears

2013-06-05 00:00:00


With majestic second album Supermigration, the multi-tasking pair behind Dublin/Wicklow outfit Solar Bears have pushed themselves to their creative limits. But as Celina Murphy hears, their unconventional sound didn’t come about by accident.

Live: Beyoncé, live at the O2, Dublin

2013-05-27 00:00:00


There is nothing, I repeat nothing, that this woman can’t do...

Interview: Hot Press meets Cat Dowling

2013-05-15 00:00:00


With debut solo album The Believer, former Alphastates frontwoman Cat Dowling earns herself a place among Ireland’s most intriguing singer-songwriters, but what’s it all about? Sorry, she’s not telling...

Interview: Hot Press meets Tieranniesaur

2013-05-09 00:00:00


Having admitted that their party-starting second album is “a bit mad”, lo-fi genre-hoppers Tieranniesaur talk punk, disco and resisting the temptation of the big red button...

Album: Solar Bears: Supermigration

2013-05-08 00:00:00


Majestic meets minimal on skillful second LP...

Album: Charli XCX: True Romance

2013-04-30 00:00:00


Never a dull moment on shapeshifting major label debut...

Reports: Hot Press meets Voice Of Ireland coach Jamelia

2013-04-30 00:00:00


As The Voice Of Ireland overtakes the 9 O’Clock News as the most watched TV show in the country, newbie coach Jamelia fills Hot Press in on her quest to find a superstar...

Album: Various: Genre Free

2013-04-24 00:00:00


Four is a magic number for new music showcase...

Track: My Love

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Our Love Comes Back

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Remix EP

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Chelsea Hotel No 2

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: IFHY

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Up In The Air

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Bad Faith

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Why Do We Think We Are

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Peacock

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Kisses Down Low

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: For You

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Put A Light On

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Tell Yer Loved Ones

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Tell Yer Loved Ones

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Tell Yer Loved Ones

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Tell Yer Loved Ones

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Track: Full Circle

2013-04-19 00:00:00


Album: Lil Wayne: I Am Not A Human Being II

2013-04-17 00:00:00


Proof that sex, drugs and guns can be boring as hell...

Live: Rams’ Pocket Radio, Runaway Go & VerseChorusVerse, live Upstairs at Whelan's

2013-04-15 00:00:00


McCauley told me earlier in the week that he sometimes wonders if music shouldn’t always be like this; freeflowing and collaborative with lots of room for spontaneity. After tonight, I have to agree...

Track: Psychonavigation

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: Light Games

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: Vitreous

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: Wishes

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: A Taste

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: Three Or Four Shoes EP

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: Michael Caine

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: Catch Me If You Can

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: Come On

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: Attracting Flies

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: Diysco

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: Attracting Flies

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: Diysco

2013-03-28 00:00:00


Track: This City

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Track: The Nightcaller

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Track: 2013

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Track: Hate This City

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Track: Entertainment

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Track: Kill Some Time

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Track: All These Things

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Track: Easy Love

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Track: Easy Love

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Track: Your Version

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Track: Your Version

2013-03-19 00:00:00


Live: One Direction, live at the O2

2013-03-15 00:00:00


As for the parents in the crowd, if they’re anything like me, they’re having a better time than they’re letting on...

Album: GI & Costello: Mary Jane

2013-03-11 00:00:00


An uneven collaboration that flirts with brilliance...

Album: Girls Names: The New Life

2013-03-11 00:00:00


Dazed but not confused...

Track: Various

2013-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Wake

2013-03-07 00:00:00


Track: The Bell

2013-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Big Jets Burning

2013-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Blue Collar Jane

2013-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Stubborn Love

2013-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Asked Her To The Dance

2013-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Retrograde

2013-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Big Things Do Remarkable

2013-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Falling

2013-03-07 00:00:00


Live: Gavin James, live at Whelan's, Dublin

2013-02-28 00:00:00


And there you have it; a show short on surprises, but big on heart... in all senses of the word...

Album: Darwin Deez: Songs For Imaginative People

2013-02-27 00:00:00


A wilder dose of high-energy pop from indie’s hipster king...

Album: Atoms For Peace : Amok

2013-02-18 00:00:00


The contents of one brilliant mind, interpreted by five

Album: This town needs guns:13.0.0.0.0

2013-02-12 00:00:00


Bold and brilliant second LP from risk-taking Brits

Interview: Hot Press meets One Direction

2013-02-12 00:00:00


There’s no arguing with 15 million record sales, 100 million YouTube views, one million DVDs shifted, 12 million Facebook likes, a combined 54 million Twitter followers (natch) and one great, juicy $50 million fortune. As the fiendishly handsome boys from One Direction prepare for a four-night date with Dublin’s O2, Mullingar lad Niall Horan opens up to Celina Murphy about his life as a 21st century Beatle....

Reports: Something Old, Something New

2013-02-12 00:00:00


Hot Press rummages through vintage rails up and down the country to find the best places to shop for pre-loved fashion.

Live: Paloma Faith

2013-02-01 00:00:00


Vicar St., Dublin

Track: Judge Jury & Executioner

2013-01-23 00:00:00


Track: Bumblebee

2013-01-23 00:00:00


Track: Kiss You

2013-01-23 00:00:00


Track: Dupe/Hold Out

2013-01-23 00:00:00


Track: Daylight

2013-01-23 00:00:00


Track: Harper Lee

2013-01-23 00:00:00


Track: Because We Can

2013-01-23 00:00:00


Track: Like A Mouse

2013-01-23 00:00:00


Track: Where Are We Now?

2013-01-23 00:00:00


Album: Heritage Centre: Alright, Check it out

2013-01-23 00:00:00


Confident debut from Ireland’s indie comeback kids

Report: A TALE OF TWO CITIES

2013-01-18 00:00:00


Hot Press previews the 9th annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival and Songwriting Convention with enchanting multi-instrumentalist Katharine Philippa.

Live: ONES TO WATCH 2013

2013-01-18 00:00:00


Whelan's / The Village, Dublin

Album: JOEY BADASS AND PRO ERA : PEEP:The aPROcalypse

2013-01-17 00:00:00


Bar-raising rap from New York’s finest new collective

Interview: IN THE LIANNE OF FIRE

2012-12-18 00:00:00


We hadn’t even heard of her 12 months ago, but thanks to a dynamite album, a Mercury Prize nomination and a collection of fans that includes some of the most revered artists of all time, we fell hard for Lianne La Havas in 2012. At the end of a truly phenomenal year, the UK soul sensation opens up to Hot Press.

Interview: ENCHANTING WAYS

2012-12-18 00:00:00


From retiring homebird to wandering nomad, Lisa Hannigan has taken a bigger leap than most in 2012, trading her Dublin home of over a decade for the bright lights of… well, everywhere. Hot Press catches up with Ireland’s indie sweetheart to talk writing, rollercoasters and living out of a suitcase.

Live: Marina & The Diamonds

2012-12-18 00:00:00


Marina & The Diamonds The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Album: Owensie: Citizens

2012-12-18 00:00:00


Punk alumnus delivers masterclass in grown-up groove

Album: Take Me Home

2012-12-21 00:00:00


Near-perfect pop from chart-conquering boy wonders...

Album: Christina Aguilera: Lotus

2012-12-05 00:00:00


Back to basics… again.

Track: Dark Room

2012-11-19 00:00:00


Interview: Kode Blue

2012-11-16 00:00:00


Thanks to a dynamite debut EP, a wonderfully weird music video and a nifty placement on the final series of Grey’s Anatomy, Swords foursome Kodaline have become the latest Irish band to go viral. words Celina Murphy

Interview: Only girl in the world

2012-11-16 00:00:00


Yes, she listens to Rihanna. But when not sparring to the sounds of a Barbadian pop princess, you can usually find boxer extraordinaire Katie Taylor turning the nation’s Olympic dreams into a reality. We all watched her dance, duck and punch her way to glory this summer, but what’s next for Ireland’s favourite sportsperson? Celina Murphy meets the woman of the moment to talk gold, God and gangsters.

Track: Y [free ep]

2012-11-15 00:00:00


Track: As A High [Free mp3]

2012-11-15 00:00:00


Track: Pulse Of Joy

2012-11-14 00:00:00


Track: Mountain Sound

2012-11-14 00:00:00


Track: Portis

2012-11-14 00:00:00


Track: Lover Of The Light

2012-11-14 00:00:00


Track: Chasm

2012-11-14 00:00:00


Track: Looking Hot

2012-11-14 00:00:00


Track: Heal

2012-11-14 00:00:00


Album: Example: The Evolution of Man

2012-11-13 00:00:00


Rock meets pop on genre-mashing fourth album

Album: Kylie Minogue: The Abbey Road Sessions

2012-11-13 00:00:00


Casual fans need not apply

Album: The Sleep Of Reason

2012-11-07 00:00:00


Intelligent, thoughtful mayhem

Live: Jennifer Lopez, live at the O2

2012-11-05 00:00:00


Superficial indulgence of the highest calibre...

Live: Guinness Jazz Festival

2012-11-02 00:00:00


Celina Murphy samples the delights in the People's Republic...

Track: Never Forget [free mp3]

2012-11-02 00:00:00


Track: Jump Start

2012-11-02 00:00:00


Track: Walk On By

2012-11-02 00:00:00


Track: Been Away Too Long

2012-11-02 00:00:00


Track: They Pay For Love

2012-11-02 00:00:00


Live: Diamonds

2012-11-02 00:00:00


Live: MMOTHS, live at the Button Factory

2012-11-02 00:00:00


Striking melodies, contorting rhythms and a woozy mash-up of visuals..

Track: Gold & Silver

2012-11-01 00:00:00


Track: Doom & Gloom

2012-11-01 00:00:00


Track: Something New

2012-11-01 00:00:00


Track: Cruel

2012-11-01 00:00:00


Bassy, string-led anti-love song from ex-Alphastates lady...

News: The Sounds Of Science

2012-11-01 00:00:00


Stem cell research, disgraced chemists and the complete destruction of the universe; it’s all on the lyrical agenda for BATS...

Album: Kiss

2012-10-25 00:00:00


Live: Cheryl

2012-10-19 00:00:00


Album: Reservoir

2012-10-18 00:00:00


Boy Meets Girl In Romantic Debut

Track: All I Want [music video]

2012-10-17 00:00:00


Track: I Wanna Be In Love

2012-10-17 00:00:00


Track: TV

2012-10-17 00:00:00


Track: Luminous

2012-10-17 00:00:00


Track: Miss Atomic Bomb

2012-10-17 00:00:00


Track: This Is A Conversation

2012-10-17 00:00:00


Track: Wrath Of God

2012-10-17 00:00:00


Track: Ride

2012-10-17 00:00:00


Track: More Quickly

2012-10-17 00:00:00


Live: Electric Picnic review: Saturday

2012-09-10 00:00:00


Delorentos, Wild Beasts and The Roots...

Interview: Loose Woman

2012-10-02 00:00:00


Boasting sales of 16 million albums, 18 million singles and counting, Canadian chameleon Nelly Furtado dominated pop in the noughties with her highly-marketable, shapeshifting sound. Now, after a six-year absence from chats and yet another trip to the drawing board, she's back. Celina Murphy finds out how on-stage meltdown helped the Grammy-winning singer get her groove back.

Interview: The XX

2012-10-02 00:00:00


Prizes, plaudits and celebrity fans; no band could be more adored right now than The xx, but in spite of their success, these three Londoners remain reluctant to let anyone into their über-exclusive club. As their long-awaited second album hits the shelves, the band’s beatmaker, Jamie Smith, survives a grilling from Celina Murphy.

Live: Two Door Cinema Club

2012-10-02 00:00:00


The Academy, Dublin

Interview: Gentlemen Of The Road

2012-10-02 00:00:00


With their hotly-anticipated second album in the bag, folk pop phenomenon Mumford And Sons are finally back doing what they do best; stomping about on stage in a banjo-fuelled musical fury. Ahead of a mysterious Irish gig on Arthur’s Day, Marcus Mumford opens up to Celina Murphy.

Album: House Of Cosy Cushions

2012-10-02 00:00:00


Dutch-Irish experimentalists serve up emotional rollercoaster

Interview: Making An Example Of Himself

2012-10-02 00:00:00


Conquering the charts is one thing, but for maestro beatmaker Example, who reached his lifelong goal of scoring a No. 1 album last year, staying on top is another matter entirely. Ahead of a very special Arthur’s Day visit, Elliot Gleave talks chart success with Celina Murphy.

Interview: Risky Business

2012-09-13 00:00:00


They celebrate their tenth birthday in 2013, by which time we’ll have heard a whopping seven new albums from Limerick’s favourite DIY label. Celina Murphy meets the man behind Out On A Limb Records.

Interview: Back To The Bloc

2012-09-13 00:00:00


Between solo records, fooling the press and penning his first novel, it’s a wonder that Kele Okereke had the time to reform Bloc Party, who with their fourth album, have just cemented their status as one of Britain’s finest guitar bands. With the record in question riding high in the charts, the frontman opens up to Celina Murphy about splitting up, getting back together and everything in between.

Interview: Hot To Trot

2012-09-11 00:00:00


Record label closure hasn’t stopped post-punk trio Jogging from becoming one of the most talked-about Irish bands of 2012. Darren Craig opens up to Celina Murphy about the making of their courageous second album.

Album: Two Door Cinema Club: Beacon

2012-09-10 00:00:00


Soul-baring second album contains countless hits-in-waiting

Interview: Queasy Does It

2012-09-04 00:00:00


Thanks to slacker pop anthems like ‘Get Sick’ and ‘Turn Away’, this Dublin foursome have squirmed and spazzed their way into many an indie lover’s heart, and all without the use of a single synth. Celina Murphy finds out how, in less than a year, Bouts have created one of Ireland’s favourite lo-fi live experiences.

Album: Jessie Ware: Devotion

2012-09-04 00:00:00


An effortlessly glamorous debut with real heart

Album: Plan B Ill Manors

2012-08-29 00:00:00


Spotless Tales Of Broken Britain

News: Playing The Field

2012-08-28 00:00:00


We know, we know, you came for the music. But it’s all the other stuff that’ll have you coming back year after year! Celina Murphy previews 10 unmissable non-music treats at Electric Picnic 2012.

Interview: Boys Will Be Boys

2012-08-28 00:00:00


Between charming our pants off with their last album, Build a rocket boys!, performing at the London 2012 closing ceremony to an estimated global audience of 750 million, and releasing their long-awaited B-sides collection, art-rock titans elbow simply couldn’t be in a better position to steal the show at this year’s Electric Picnic.

Album: Various

2012-08-27 00:00:00


23 happy pills, without the nasty side effects

Reports: Word Of The South

2012-08-27 00:00:00


Team Hot Press and its culture-hungry travel squadron are on the road again. Next stop; the wonderful South-West.

Interview: Kim Of All She Surveys

2012-08-23 00:00:00


As Katie Kim prepared for her recent Kilkenny Arts Festival performace, she told Celina Murphy why 2012 has been her busiest year yet.

Album: R Kelly - Write Me Back

2012-08-23 00:00:00


Tasteful triumph from controversial King of throw down

Track: Bones

2012-08-23 00:00:00


Album: Trespassing

2012-08-23 00:00:00


American Idol Alumni's second album is more glossy than glam.

Track: La La Land [music video]

2012-08-09 00:00:00


Track: Fly To Me

2012-08-09 00:00:00


Track: Octopus

2012-08-09 00:00:00


Track: Human Elevator

2012-08-09 00:00:00


Track: The Attic

2012-08-09 00:00:00


Track: Oldest Friend

2012-08-09 00:00:00


Track: Sleep Alone

2012-08-09 00:00:00


Track: Under The Sun

2012-08-09 00:00:00


Track: Household Goods

2012-08-09 00:00:00


Track: Take Me Home

2012-08-09 00:00:00


Album: Is Your Love Big Enough?

2012-07-31 00:00:00


A star is born... but not the one you were expecting

Track: Kokomo [free ep]

2012-07-25 00:00:00


Track: Settle Down

2012-07-25 00:00:00


Track: Creo Beast

2012-07-25 00:00:00


Track: Runaways

2012-07-25 00:00:00


Track: Turn Up The Radio

2012-07-25 00:00:00


Track: White Light

2012-07-25 00:00:00


Track: Andy

2012-07-25 00:00:00


Track: They Call

2012-07-25 00:00:00


Track: Thinkin’ Bout You

2012-07-25 00:00:00


Track: Judge [free ep]

2012-07-12 00:00:00


Track: Written Songs

2012-07-12 00:00:00


Track: Belongings

2012-07-12 00:00:00


Track: Identify

2012-07-12 00:00:00


Track: Good Time

2012-07-12 00:00:00


Track: Devil On Your Back

2012-07-12 00:00:00


Track: Widlest Moments

2012-07-12 00:00:00


Track: Roll The Dice

2012-07-12 00:00:00


Track: Baby Come Home

2012-07-12 00:00:00


Track: The Nightcaller

2012-07-12 00:00:00


Album: Young Love

2012-07-06 00:00:00


De-quiffed and ready for romance

Album: A Million Lights

2012-07-05 00:00:00


Third and best copycat effort from Girl Aloud

Reports: In The Presence Of Greatness

2012-07-03 00:00:00


There was Bob, Bono – and the biggest little rock star of them all. Celina Murphy reports from Electric Burma.

Album: Believe

2012-06-28 00:00:00


Didn’t think the world needed a raunchy Donny Osmond? Think again.

Interview: Ties Family

2012-06-26 00:00:00


Having charmed the noise-thirsty population of Ireland with their debut album Chariot, The Cast Of Cheers are back with a writhing, zigzagging new record. As Adams, Adams, Higgins and Curran prepare to unleash their first “proper album” on the world, they let Celina Murphy in on a few of their family secrets.

Track: Blue Notes

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Track: Lullaby

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Track: Under-Estimate The Girl

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Track: Bottle Rockets

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Track: National Anthem

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Track: The Don

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Track: Life Is Cheap

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Track: Brightest Lights

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Track: Problem

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Track: Goin' In

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Track: Fall Far

2012-06-22 00:00:00


Interview: Grace Under Fire

2012-06-22 00:00:00


All-too-often dismissed as a retro-styled ditz, 26-year-old diva-in-training Paloma Faith is one of the sharpest crayons currently gracing the pop chart box. As her second album Fall To Grace hits the shelves, she opens up to Celina Murphy about celebrity deaths, online confessions and finding someone who speaks her language.

Album: Looking 4 Myself

2012-06-21 00:00:00


R&B smoothie’s career-topping 7th album is full of pleasant surprises

Interview: Their Tide Has Come

2012-06-20 00:00:00


On first listen, disco pop four-piece This Club seem like the happiest band in Dublin. But there’s something sinister lurking beneath the surface. Ahead of their hugely anticipated slot at Sea Sessions they talk to Celina Murphy

Live: Jay-Z & Kanye West, Live At The O2

2012-06-15 00:00:00


Where the fuck do they go from here?

Travel: 12 Step Planet: London

2012-06-15 00:00:00


We’ve all hopped across the pond for a getaway at one stage, but how much do we really know about the UK capital? As Olympics fever takes hold, 12 Step Planet visits some of London's best new and enduring pit-stops.

Track: Lucky One [free mp3]

2012-06-13 00:00:00


Track: Irishman

2012-06-13 00:00:00


Track: Scars

2012-06-13 00:00:00


Track: Walk Me Home

2012-06-13 00:00:00


Track: Forget Me Knots

2012-06-13 00:00:00


Track: No Church In The Wild

2012-06-13 00:00:00


Track: Wait

2012-06-13 00:00:00


Track: This Is Love

2012-06-13 00:00:00


Track: Too Close

2012-06-13 00:00:00


Interview: Toby Kaar's Guide To Cork

2012-06-12 00:00:00


We could have given you the low-down on Ireland’s fastest-growing cultural hub ourselves, but it wouldn’t have been half as entertaining as this lively virtual tour, courtesy of the Rebel city’s favourite beatmaker, Toby Kaar. The UK-born, Cork-raised electronic whiz kindly agreed to give us some invaluable advice on where to eat, where to drink and where to carve and grind (it’s a skateboarding thing!)

Reports: Lee's The One

2012-06-11 00:00:00


Every year, Hot Press devotes an issue to celebrating the city of Cork. Why? Because it’s great, like. Without further ado, here’s our humble guide to some of the best music venues, festivals and cultural hotspots the Rebel County has to offer.

Album: Fall To Grace

2012-06-06 00:00:00


A hit-and-miss affair from an analogue girl living in a digital world

Album: Family

2012-06-05 00:00:00


A thrilling new adventure from Ireland’s noisiest prodigal sons

Live: Laura Sheeran, Live At Whelan's

2012-06-05 00:00:00


Sheeran has a personality to match her songs – she shows this by giddily tripping over her words, making the audience chuckle and generally being completely adorable.

Interview: That'll Be The Day!

2012-05-30 00:00:00


It’s true what they say; it’s a long way to Tipperary, especially when you’ve come via LA, Wembley Arena and the top of the charts. After five years as the green-eyed Irish beauty in heart-stealing pop phenomenon The Saturdays, Una Healy is plotting a homecoming gig in her old haunt of Thurles… and she’s bringing the other five (yes, five!) Saturdays with her.

Interview: Eat, Blink And Be Merry

2012-05-30 00:00:00


It’s been a preposterous 20 years since pop punk behemoths Blink-182 came into being, but after two decades of break-ups, bust-ups and full frontal nudity, the Californian trio are heading out on one of the biggest tours of their career. Ahead of an especially momentous show in Dublin’s O2, Celina Murphy sits down with bass and vox man Mark Hoppus.

Track: Went Away

2012-05-30 00:00:00


Track: Breath Of Life

2012-05-30 00:00:00


Track: Let's Do It

2012-05-30 00:00:00


Track: Islands

2012-05-30 00:00:00


Interview: Angling For Success

2012-05-30 00:00:00


It’s mere weeks until whimsical pop duo We Cut Corners take to the stage at the second annual Forbidden Fruit spectacular, so Hot Press thought it was about time we caught up with the role-swapping pair to talk festival tactics, new material, and striking it lucky.

Live: SBTRKT, Live At The Academy

2012-05-28 00:00:00


There’s no reason why can’t think while we boogie.

Interview: In Jed we trust

2012-05-24 00:00:00


Although it may seem like the unstoppable Grimes brothers do nothing more than make mischief, the not-so-terrible twosome are actually expert multi-taskers, balancing Eurovision hopes, charity work and TV shows with being co-presidents of Jedward Inc. With just weeks to go until Eurovision 2012, Celina Murphy hops aboard the John and Edward bandwagon.

Live: Katie Kim, Live At The Unitarian Church

2012-05-22 00:00:00


One girl dreamily tells me that she nearly fell asleep during the show, but, she insists, in a good way. I know how she feels.

Album: Pink friday: roman reloaded

2012-05-18 00:00:00


How do you solve a problem like Nicki?

Album: Wake up to the waves

2012-05-18 00:00:00


One part familiar to two parts fresh

Track: Sexy Rouge [free mp3]

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Track: Pop Etc [free mixtape]

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Track: Ghost Wop Tape

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Track: Feel Safe

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Track: Celestine

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Track: Get Here

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Track: Where Have You Been

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Track: Into The Asylum

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Track: Avalanche

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Track: Thirteen

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Track: Payphone

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Track: Here We Go

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Track: 110%

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Interview: Rolling With The D

2012-05-03 00:00:00


Celina Murphy tracked down Jack Black and Kyle Gass to talk about the pair's long-awaited third album Rize Of The Fenix.

Track: The Fallen [free track]

2012-05-02 00:00:00


Track: Imprint [free EP]

2012-05-02 00:00:00


Track: Outta Control

2012-05-02 00:00:00


Track: Spitfire

2012-05-02 00:00:00


Track: May/Outcast Cats

2012-05-02 00:00:00


Track: Hidden Highways EP

2012-05-02 00:00:00


Track: Punch Of A Friend

2012-05-02 00:00:00


Track: Laserlight

2012-05-02 00:00:00


Track: Call My Name

2012-05-02 00:00:00


Track: Yeah Yeah

2012-05-02 00:00:00


Track: Turn Away [music video]

2012-04-18 00:00:00


Track: Wonky [music video]

2012-04-18 00:00:00


Track: Chasing The Sun

2012-04-18 00:00:00


Track: A Song I Wrote For You

2012-04-18 00:00:00


Track: Electric

2012-04-18 00:00:00


Track: I Used To Have It All

2012-04-18 00:00:00


Track: New York

2012-04-18 00:00:00


Track: 30 Days

2012-04-18 00:00:00


Track: Barbara

2012-04-18 00:00:00


Track: In My Head

2012-04-18 00:00:00


Track: Orange

2012-04-18 00:00:00


Interview: Rolling With The D

2012-04-13 00:00:00


On their long, long, long-awaited third album Rize Of The Fenix, valiant comedy rockers TENACIOUSD spectacularly announce a new contingency plan; to become the "best fucking band in the world", and, you know, finally score a top 40 hit. Celina Murphy tracked down Jack Black and Kyle Gassto see just how serious they are about leaving Arcade Fire in the dust.

Interview: Join The Club

2012-04-11 00:00:00


They knock out a critically-adored album every year, they pack out venues from Texas to Toyko, and, just in case you need any more convincing, One Direction are fans; the unsinkable Bombay Bicycle Club chat to Hot Press about the perils of fame.

Album: MDNA

2012-04-10 00:00:00


Less agony, more ecstasy

Track: Ekki Mukk [music video]

2012-04-04 00:00:00


News: Boyfriend

2012-04-04 00:00:00


Track: North Side Gal

2012-04-04 00:00:00


Track: Dots

2012-04-04 00:00:00


Track: The War Outside Our Door

2012-04-04 00:00:00


News: All The Way To Lemkin

2012-04-04 00:00:00


News: Traveller's Chant

2012-04-04 00:00:00


Track: Young

2012-04-04 00:00:00


Track: Climax

2012-04-04 00:00:00


Interview: Smooth Operator

2012-04-02 00:00:00


A chart staple for half a decade, certified heartbreaker James Morrison has five million reasons to brag about his success, but as Hot Press finds out, you’re more likely to find him plotting a camping trip with his pals.

Album: Bedroom Hero

2012-03-29 00:00:00


Just another singer-songwriter, and proud of it

Interview: A Harlot's Life

2012-03-26 00:00:00


We’re loath to call them the thinking man’s Arcade Fire, but there’s no denying that grandiose Aussie rockers The Jezabels have the book smarts to back up their swooning sound.

News: FIRST LISTEN: Madonna's MDNA

2012-03-21 00:00:00


A track-by-track guide to the Material Girl's typically self-obsessed and oddly pious club smasher.

Track: Flesh

2012-03-20 00:00:00


Track: Dominos

2012-03-20 00:00:00


Track: In The Sargasso

2012-03-20 00:00:00


Track: Ill Manors

2012-03-20 00:00:00


Track: Theives In The Gallery

2012-03-20 00:00:00


Track: Paper Over Cracks

2012-03-20 00:00:00


Track: Satellite People

2012-03-20 00:00:00


Track: Because Of You

2012-03-20 00:00:00


Track: Toll Free

2012-03-20 00:00:00


Track: Tapes & Money

2012-03-20 00:00:00


Track: Talk That Talk

2012-03-20 00:00:00


Track: 212

2012-03-20 00:00:00


Track: Running

2012-03-20 00:00:00


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2012-03-20 00:00:00


Album: Barton Hollow

2012-03-13 00:00:00


Sweet And Sombre Debut From Fame-Bound Nashville Duo

Live: Florence And The Machine

2012-03-08 00:00:00


Track: Lily (free mp3)

2012-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Do Ya Thing (Free mp3)

2012-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Safe And Sound

2012-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Starships

2012-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Make Love

2012-03-07 00:00:00


Track: 1+2

2012-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Out Of The Game

2012-03-07 00:00:00


Track: Get Sick

2012-03-07 00:00:00


Interview: Men At Work

2012-03-06 00:00:00


When Channel 4 announced it was commissioning a musical sitcom from side-splitting rap duo The Rubberbandits, the Irish response was unanimous; What took the bastards so long?

Interview: If I Were A Richie Man

2012-03-05 00:00:00


As he prepares for a performance at the The Music Show and a career-changing move to Sweden, Jape’s Richie Egan sits down with Celina Murphy to demonstrate his remarkable jacket-puppetry skills... and talk a little bit about music, too.

Interview: To The Marrow Born.

2012-02-28 00:00:00


Enjoying comparisons with The White Stripes and currently opening for the Black Keys, Band Of Skulls are thriving in the supposedly-crumbling genre of guitar music.

Live: tUnE-yArDs

2012-02-27 00:00:00


Track: Family (Jape remix)

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: It's Getting Dark Again

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: Hot Brains Terror

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: I Will Always Love You

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: Wasteland

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: Honest Lies

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: Niggas In Paris

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: In Your Head

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: Waterline

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: Buried Alive

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: Buried Alive

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: Pawn

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: Bright Lights

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: Sign Your Release

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Track: Bad Girls

2012-02-21 00:00:00


Interview: Heed The Call

2012-02-21 00:00:00


They’re tight as hell and their A/V show is like nothing you’ve seen before; it’s about bloody time that Alarmist headed out on an Irish tour. The instrumental foursome tell Hot Press all about finding their sound and hitting the road.

Interview: Taking Back Sandé

2012-02-17 00:00:00


A pianist, a cellist, a Brit award-winner, Simon Cowell’s favourite songwriter, a damn good singer and, nearly, a doctor; 24 year-old Emeli Sandé is racking up titles so fast, this article will probably be hideously obsolete by the time Hot Press hits the shelves. Before she gets the chance to add fighter pilot to her CV, the UK’s biggest overachiever shares tales of her bumpy rise to fame.

Interview: A Jolly Good Sport

2012-02-13 00:00:00


As one fifth of The Spice Girls, Melanie C had already sold 55 million records by the time she was 24, not to mention the 12 million she flogged afterwards as a solo artist. These days, things are a teensy bit harder, but the artist formerly known as Sporty reckons girl power is still alive and well

Album: Born To Die

2012-02-09 00:00:00


More college dropout than beautiful dark twisted fantasy

Track: HCI Music [music video]

2012-02-09 00:00:00


Track: Quesadillas [ep]

2012-02-09 00:00:00


Track: Default [music video]

2012-02-09 00:00:00


Track: In Loneliness Lives Love

2012-02-09 00:00:00


Track: Slave To The Music

2012-02-09 00:00:00


Track: Indie Love Song

2012-02-09 00:00:00


Track: Shady Love

2012-02-08 00:00:00


Track: Wasteland

2012-02-08 00:00:00


Track: Sorry For Party Rocking

2012-02-08 00:00:00


Track: Future Ex-Wife

2012-02-08 00:00:00


Track: Black, White And Blue

2012-02-08 00:00:00


Track: Family

2012-02-08 00:00:00


Interview: Flower Of The Mountain

2012-02-08 00:00:00


With a name like Shaefri, this 18 year-old Mayo lass was hardly destined to be an IT consultant, but, luckily, as her debut EP Venture demonstrates, she’s a perfect fit for the pop charts. words Celina Murphy

Album: Django Django

2012-02-01 00:00:00


Scottish/Irish art rockers usher in the new psychedelic.

Live: Ones To Watch 2012

2012-01-31 00:00:00


The idea behind Whelan’s Ones To Watch festival strikes me as being so flamboyantly clever. The value is big (acts you know and acts you don’t, all working hard to be remembered) and the cost is low (€5 or €10).

Interview: 808s And Heartbreak

2012-01-26 00:00:00


As one of thousands of aspiring singers waiting tables in LA, Philadelphia girl Christina Perri didn’t stand much of a chance of being discovered, but one YouTube clip and three minutes of television later, she was one of the biggest-selling new artists of the year.

Live: Red Bull Bedroom Jam Launch

2012-01-26 00:00:00


The Minutes are exactly the type of act Red Bull will be hoping to find with the competition.

Interview: What Katie Did Next

2012-01-25 00:00:00


Waterford songsmith Katie Kim charmed us with her debut album Twelve. With the release of her 20-track follow-up Cover And Flood, we’re ready to be swept off our feet all over again.

Track: All In The Dark

2012-01-25 00:00:00


Track: Sine And Moon

2012-01-25 00:00:00


Track: Freestyle

2012-01-25 00:00:00


Track: In The Fight For Love

2012-01-24 00:00:00


Track: Shake Skin

2012-01-24 00:00:00


Track: My Valentine

2012-01-24 00:00:00


Track: Home Again

2012-01-24 00:00:00


Track: In The End

2012-01-24 00:00:00


Track: Wolves

2012-01-24 00:00:00


Track: Kiss The Stars

2012-01-24 00:00:00


Track: Take Care

2012-01-24 00:00:00


Album: Lazerians

2012-01-19 00:00:00


A cheerful bounty of genre-hopping electronica.

Interview: Shake, Rattle & Roll

2012-01-18 00:00:00


In 2011, stars didn’t come much bigger than Adele and Bon Iver. Now meet a band who’ve already got both artists in their fan club. The Alabama Shakes are a soulful blues and rock outfit from – you guessed it! – Alabama, who’ve already earned themselves a devoted following, despite forgoing every pop trend in the book.

Interview: Rude Girl

2012-01-16 00:00:00


Making Rihanna “Rated R” Fenty look like Taylor Swift is no easy task, but the brilliantly foul-mouthed rapper Azealia Banks managed it with the deliciously obscene ‘212’. The 21 year-old Harlemite tells Celina Murphy all about fancying Paul Banks – and why that Nickelodeon audition never worked out.

Album: Lonely Are The Brave

2012-01-12 00:00:00


A rule-breaking, shapeshifting braid of hip hop and soul.

Report: The 50 Irish Acts You Have To Hear

2012-01-12 00:00:00


Hot Press picks the homegrown noisemakers who are just too good to let slip under the radar. We’ve left out those who’ve arguably already made it such as Maverick Sabre and Two Door Cinema Club. Instead we’ve focused on the newcomers who may not yet be in the limelight but from whom you’ll be hearing lots in 2012!

Track: SCKRPNCH

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: Carraroe

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: The Coolest Ginger Ever

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: You Da One

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: Born To Die

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: Venture

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: Isaac The Alchemist

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: Antlers

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: A Few Honest Words

2012-01-11 00:00:00


Track: Borders Big

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: Eight Letters

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: Pelican

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: Domino

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: Hey Hey Papa Joe

2012-01-11 00:00:00


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Track: Forget

2012-01-11 00:00:00


One to remember

Interview: Something For The Weekend

2012-01-09 00:00:00


The last six months have brought some cracking singles, a raucous reception at Oxegen, a club-ready new album and – the top equivalent of Mecca – their very own arena tour. No wonder The Saturdays are a little bit more sparkly-eyed than usual. Hot Press catches up with Tipperary lass Una Healy to talk about topping the charts in 2011, breaking America and the special present she'll be getting in between.

Interview: Power To The People

2012-01-04 00:00:00


It took no time at all for music lovers worldwide to take a shining to indietronica trio Foster The People, but it may never have happened if the LA rockers hadn’t posted the anthemic ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ online as a free download. Mark Foster tells Celina Murphy all about making it big, avoiding the one-hit-wonder pothole, and remembering the little guy.

Album: On Your Radar

2011-12-12 00:00:00


By George, they've got it!

Interview: Where The Wild Things Are

2011-12-12 00:00:00


Pop rock is getting a pretty bad rap these days, but that hasn’t stopped Dublin foursome The Brilliant Things from taking on the charts with their ambitious self-titled debut album.

Album: Battleground

2011-12-09 00:00:00


Welcome to boy band elite.

Interview: Cut To The Chase

2011-12-09 00:00:00


Celina Murphy meets the UK’s hottest production duo Chase And Status to discuss making dreams come true, putting Rihanna on the backburner and what happened when hundreds of Tom Jones fans turned up at their show.

Live: Little Dragon at the Button Factory

2011-12-05 00:00:00


On the off chance that you fear dreamy Scandinavian trip pop, I'd say it's about time you got all worked up about Gothenburg quintet Little Dragon, who, after a decade of relative obscurity, are about to become downright unavoidable.

Album: Lioness: The Hidden Treasures

2011-12-01 00:00:00


You could call it her difficult third album.

Track: My Rifle, My Pony and Me

2011-11-29 00:00:00


Track: California Birds

2011-11-29 00:00:00


News: Wow Oh Wow

2011-11-29 00:00:00


Track: Noelle's Burden

2011-11-29 00:00:00


Track: Dogs Run In Packs

2011-11-29 00:00:00


Track: Mexico

2011-11-29 00:00:00


Track: Sievehead

2011-11-29 00:00:00


Track: Foreign Correspondent

2011-11-29 00:00:00


Track: Still Speeding

2011-11-29 00:00:00


Track: Oo Song

2011-11-29 00:00:00


Track: Scale It Back

2011-11-29 00:00:00


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Interview: Mechanics Of The Heart

2011-11-29 00:00:00


She’s a muse, a role model and a style icon all in one, but how much do we really know about indie’s favourite frontwoman? Florence Welch opens up to Hot Press about chilling with Karl Lagerfeld, wowing the crowds at the Grammys, and why the best day of her life is just around the corner.

Album: Closer To You

2011-11-24 00:00:00


Dreamy third record is The Coronas' best yet.

Album: Glimmerers

2011-11-23 00:00:00


Enchanting second album from Dublin alt. rockers.

Interview: Like A Barat Out Of Hell

2011-11-23 00:00:00


We’ve watched Libertines legend Carl Barât do some crazy things over the years, but joining the cast of a French opera has got to be his most shocking career move yet.

Interview: Ryder On The Storm

2011-11-22 00:00:00


As lead guitarist with The Coral, he helped pave the way for bands like the Arctic Monkeys and The Zutons, but these days, music is taking Bill Ryder-Jones in a totally new direction.

Track: Girl Panic (music video)

2011-11-17 00:00:00


Track: My Heart Takes Over

2011-11-17 00:00:00


Track: Your Way Or Not At All

2011-11-17 00:00:00


Track: Otamendi

2011-11-17 00:00:00


Track: Local Superhero

2011-11-17 00:00:00


Live: Red Hot Chili Peppers

2011-11-17 00:00:00


Album: Serious About Men

2011-11-17 00:00:00


Slicker than a pair of plastic tits.

Track: Like Smoke

2011-11-16 00:00:00


Track: Take A Chance On Me

2011-11-16 00:00:00


Track: Everything Ends

2011-11-16 00:00:00


Track: Stars In My Eyes

2011-11-16 00:00:00


Track: Care Bear

2011-11-16 00:00:00


Track: Elephants And Time

2011-11-16 00:00:00


Interview: Seeing Red

2011-11-14 00:00:00


He’s the success story of the year and not even your humble Hot Press know-it-alls predicted it – scruffy song and guitar man Ed Sheeran may have just signed his first record deal six months ago, but he’s already shifted a million singles, with album sales not far behind. Celina Murphy meets the 20 year-old folk-rapper to talk fans, Lego and sneaking into Beyoncé’s album launch.

Album: How Do You Do

2011-11-11 00:00:00


Terrific second album from modern day love machine.

Interview: Break The Bank

2011-11-11 00:00:00


Her foul-mouthed rhymes and fearless attitude make Nicki Minaj look like Taylor Swift, so it’s no surprise that in a few short months, she’s wrapped every discerning music blogger around her little finger. Celina Murphy gets an earful of Azealia Banks.

Album: Stronger

2011-11-08 00:00:00


The pop-rock equivalent of keying your ex-boyfriend’s car

Interview: Girl, Interrupted

2011-11-08 00:00:00


In a turnaround that not even the most savvy pop commentators saw coming, Nicola Roberts has done a musical 180°, going from Girls Aloud wallflower to the coolest pop star in Britain in just a matter of months. Celina Murphy hops aboard Team Ginge.

Live: Best Of IMRO Showcase Tour

2011-11-07 00:00:00


A total of 12 go-getting acts will take to the stage before the night is through...

Live: Britney Spears

2011-11-07 00:00:00


Inside the O2, the fans are still screaming.

Track: Freehands [Free mp3]

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Track: WIDTS

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Track: Ba Ba Ching [Free mp3]

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Track: Bouts [Free EP]

2011-11-02 00:00:00


News: Love Out Loud [Free EP]

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Track: V [Free EP]

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Track: Did We Ever Really Try?

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Track: Mistletoe

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Track: Cat And Mouse

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Track: With Ur Love

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Track: Wow Oh Wow

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Track: Conspiracy

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Track: Standing On The Edge

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Track: Ink Jar

2011-11-02 00:00:00


Interview: Green Machine

2011-10-28 00:00:00


It reads like the spec of some terrible Hollywood screenplay; troubled young rapper cheats death to become a chart-topping sensation. But Stephen Manderson, aka Professor Green is yet to have his sweeping, orchestral climax.

Interview: Tree Of A Kind

2011-10-28 00:00:00


Love, brotherhood and Japanese robots; you’ll find it all on the debut album by Galway’s answer to Maroon 5. Celina Murphy meets radio-hogging family band The Kanyu Tree

Album: S.A.D.

2011-10-28 00:00:00


Sweet, hold the sour.

Reports: The Ultimate Bank Holiday Weekend

2011-10-28 00:00:00


Just because it’s the spooky season doesn’t mean you have to spend your Halloween doling out discount candy to every miniature troll, witch and Charlie Sheen that comes a-knocking. There’s a colossal amount of stuff happening around the country this October Bank Holiday weekend, and because we reckon you deserve a bit of a break, Hot Press have done all the donkey work for you! We’ve selected the best gigs, festivals and events to help you get the most out of your three days of labourless bliss. Your ultimate Bank Holiday weekend starts here...

Live: Britney Spears, live at the O2

2011-10-26 00:00:00


It's Britney, bitch!

Track: Hurricane (Music video)

2011-10-19 00:00:00


Track: Gypsy Blood (Free mp3)

2011-10-19 00:00:00


Track: Truth Of Your Lies

2011-10-19 00:00:00


Track: Hangover

2011-10-19 00:00:00


Track: What Do You Take Me For

2011-10-19 00:00:00


Track: Addicted To Progress

2011-10-19 00:00:00


Track: Lose Your Mind

2011-10-19 00:00:00


Interview: Subterfuge For Thought

2011-10-19 00:00:00


We knew we were in for a great show when we turned up at Spies’ single launch back in April, but we sure as hell didn’t bank on bumping into Morrissey at the merch stand. Celina Murphy tracks down guitarist Neil Dexter to find out how a bunch of teenagers caught the eye of rock’s most discerning frontman.

Track: The Softest Touch

2011-10-19 00:00:00


Album: Lovestrong

2011-10-19 00:00:00


Songs for schemin' lovers.

Album: +

2011-10-19 00:00:00


A tale of two Sheerans

Album: Kinshasa One Two

2011-10-14 00:00:00


Plenty of good vibrations from Damon Albarn’s umpteenth side project.

Album: Biophilia

2011-10-12 00:00:00


Sparse beauty from the icelandic queen of avant-garde.

Interview: Out Of Africa

2011-10-11 00:00:00


Kinshasa One Two might seem like just another of Damon Albarn’s side-projects, but for the Congolese musicians who play on the record, it’s a rare chance to have their music heard overseas. Celina Murphy meets two of the LP’s producers, Kasabian collaborator Dan The Automator and XL Records boss Richard Russell.

Track: Hot Thought (Free mp3)

2011-10-06 00:00:00


Track: East Of Jacksonville

2011-10-06 00:00:00


Track: I Need

2011-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Killerman

2011-10-06 00:00:00


Track: The View

2011-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Alligator

2011-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Shake It Out

2011-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Two Enemies

2011-10-06 00:00:00


Track: We Found Love

2011-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Why I Love You

2011-10-06 00:00:00


Interview: The Staines Massive Strikes Back

2011-10-03 00:00:00


Once hailed as the voice of a generation, it’s taken Staines rockers Hard-Fi three albums to learn how to keep their egos in check. Celina Murphy sits down with Richard Archer to talk fame, guns and the power of positivity.

Interview: Paint It Blacc

2011-10-03 00:00:00


With timeless throwback number ‘I Need A Dollar’, Californian neo-soulster Aloe Blacc proved that you don’t need David Guetta and a Soft Cell sample to make it big on the radio. Ahead of his Irish live debut, the honey-voiced singer opens up to Celina Murphy about leaving rap behind...

Interview: Rated EG

2011-10-03 00:00:00


He was lucky to shift 100 copies of his debut single, but these days, Elliot Gleave will stop at nothing to get a number one album. London rapper-turned-chart-topping dance mogul Example talks to Celina Murphy about fame, collaborating with Faithless and how Kurt Cobain inspired the lyrics on his new album.

Album: Confidants

2011-10-03 00:00:00


A theatrical blend of genre-spanning pop.

Interview: Dead on arrival

2011-09-29 00:00:00


Their debut album was an experimental foray into ballsy freaktronica, but on stage Cork trio Zombie Computer really let their eccentricities out. Celina Murphy quizzes the Regional Winners – South about recording, gigging and working with a Motown legend.

Interview: Vulpine Howl

2011-09-29 00:00:00


It was bare-faced pluck that earned Limerick foursome Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters a place in the Play On The Day finals last week. Now, Celina Murphy catches up with the spirited doom rockers to talk fans, photo shoots and life on the dark side.

Album: Burials

2011-09-26 00:00:00


Not for girls.

News: Arthur's Day, Olympia live review

2011-09-23 00:00:00


Scissor Sisters, Aloe Blacc and Ed Sheeran do their thing...

Track: Eternally (Live session)

2011-09-22 00:00:00


Track: Believe (Free mp3)

2011-09-22 00:00:00


Track: Sweet Light

2011-09-22 00:00:00


Track: Got Me Burnin'

2011-09-22 00:00:00


Track: Daft Quotes

2011-09-22 00:00:00


Track: Fly

2011-09-22 00:00:00


Track: Louis

2011-09-22 00:00:00


Track: Papi

2011-09-22 00:00:00


Track: The Leopard

2011-09-22 00:00:00


Track: No Regrets

2011-09-22 00:00:00


Track: Animals

2011-09-21 00:00:00


Track: This Winding Sheet

2011-09-21 00:00:00


Track: Video Games

2011-09-21 00:00:00


Interview: A leap of faith

2011-09-14 00:00:00


With a glossy mane of shocking red hair, a certain fashion- hungry torch singer was an obvious choice to headline this year's Arthur's Day celebrations, but, as Celina Murphy finds out, there's more to Paloma Faith than a cartoonish sense of style. With a second album on the way, the 26 year- old crooner talks to Hot Press about hooking up with Chaka Khan, Prince and the mysterious MF Doom. Plus, why she can't wait to drape herself across a piano in a dingy Dublin pub (before you ask, yes, she will take requests!).

Track: Dia Dhuit (music video)

2011-09-09 00:00:00


Live: Electric Picnic- Interpol Review

2011-09-08 00:00:00


interpol.ep.sept/02/2011

Track: Woods (free mp3)

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Track: She's Hot

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Track: What The Water Gave Me

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Track: Sweet Upon The Vine

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Track: All Falls Down

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Track: Fall Creek Boys Choir

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Track: Drinkin' With The Devil

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Track: Cheers (Drink To That)

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Track: Something To Say

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Track: Lucky Day

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Track: Get Up

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Track: Norgaard

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Interview: FOR FAWKES’ SAKE!

2011-09-02 00:00:00


Paul Staines’ poisonous pen has made him one of the most influential men in Britain, but don’t worry if you don’t recognise the name. Known by his alias Guido Fawkes, Staines is currently preparing for an appearance at this year’s Electric Picnic. Celina Murphy speaks to the man behind the UK’s most sensational political blog.

Interview: The gross with THE MOST

2011-09-02 00:00:00


If you’ve heard anything by London/New Jersey/Hiroshima rockers Yuck, you’ll know that they’re ‘90s alt. rock revivalists who wear their influences on their sleeves. Celina Murphy catches up with guitarist Max Bloom to talk touring, recording and why they’re determined to kill it at this year’s Electric Picnic.

Album: Only Count The Sunny Hours

2011-09-01 00:00:00


Sweet ‘n’ Low.

Interview: The gross with the most

2011-08-31 00:00:00


If you’ve heard anything by London/New Jersey/Hiroshima rockers Yuck, you’ll know that they’re ‘90s alt. rock revivalists who wear their influences on their sleeves. Celina Murphy catches up with guitarist Max Bloom to talk touring, recording and why they’re determined to kill it at this year’s Electric Picnic.

Interview: For Fawkes' sake

2011-08-30 00:00:00


Paul Staines’ poisonous pen has made him one of the most influential men in Britain, but don’t worry if you don’t recognise the name. Known by his alias Guido Fawkes, Staines is currently preparing for an appearance at this year’s Electric Picnic. Celina Murphy speaks to the man behind the UK’s most sensational political blog.

Album: Yeah Nothing

2011-08-30 00:00:00


Shake, rattle and rolling to the top of the lo-fi ladder.

Interview: Girls with soul

2011-08-26 00:00:00


Wonderland on tears, Perez and chart success.

Interview: First cults are the deepest

2011-08-26 00:00:00


Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion may not be the first Stateside duo to put their knowledge of ‘60s girl groups to work, but they might just be the most exciting. Celina Murphy meets one half of jangle pop outfit Cults.

Album: Killer Sounds

2011-08-25 00:00:00


Disjointed third effort from Staines rockers.

Album: Victory

2011-08-25 00:00:00


Too fun to hate.

Interview: Once You Pop, You Can't Stop

2011-08-24 00:00:00


The Wanted on fans, reality TV and Irish charm.

Track: You And I

2011-08-24 00:00:00


Track: The Cinema Bell

2011-08-24 00:00:00


Track: Road Runner

2011-08-24 00:00:00


Interview: Purple Reign

2011-08-23 00:00:00


He’s one of the greatest performers on the face of this funky earth and he’s about to touch down in Dublin for his first Irish show in nearly a decade. Celina Murphy talks to the people who know and revere him, including drummer John Blackwell – the man Prince himself describes as The Best In The World.

Track: Miracle Worker

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Track: Forever Or Never

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Track: Who's Laughing Now?

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Interview: Future Of The Left

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Don’t let the name fool you – there’s absolutely nothing chichi about Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Celina Murphy talks to the Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter about leaving the major labels behind.

Track: Junk

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Track: White City

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Track: Vitamin Saturday

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Track: Florida (music video)

2011-08-11 00:00:00


Track: Da Zu (Kid)

2011-08-11 00:00:00


Track: Get To France

2011-08-11 00:00:00


Track: Models

2011-08-11 00:00:00


Track: They Say

2011-08-11 00:00:00


Track: All About Tonight

2011-08-11 00:00:00


Track: Otis

2011-08-11 00:00:00


Track: Mora Minn

2011-08-11 00:00:00


Track: I'm Getting Ready

2011-08-11 00:00:00


Track: All My Love

2011-08-11 00:00:00


Track: Money

2011-08-11 00:00:00


Let’s get fiscal

Album: Year Of The Wolf

2011-08-10 00:00:00


Swoonworthy fourth album aims for loftier sound

Album: All Of You

2011-07-29 00:00:00


Harmless third record from Taylor Swift soundalike.

Interview: The Life Galactic

2011-07-25 00:00:00


With an album title like Laserdisc Nights II, you’d be right in assuming that Dublin foursome Le Galaxie aren’t your average po-faced electronic band. Celina Murphy meets Michael Pope and Dave McGloughlin to talk robots, porn dungeons, the moon and the bizarre debut LP that connects all three.

Album: Golden Syrup

2011-07-15 00:00:00


All Warmed Up.

Track: Bloom (Disney remix)

2011-07-13 00:00:00


Track: Sunsets

2011-07-13 00:00:00


Track: Champagne Showers

2011-07-13 00:00:00


Track: Our Game

2011-07-13 00:00:00


Track: See No More

2011-07-13 00:00:00


Track: Crystalline

2011-07-13 00:00:00


Track: Poison

2011-07-13 00:00:00


Track: Bed Of Nails

2011-07-13 00:00:00


Track: Where's Your Money

2011-07-13 00:00:00


Track: Shuffle

2011-07-13 00:00:00


Interview: Eastern Promise

2011-07-13 00:00:00


They’re far from being their own biggest fans, so it’s a good thing that Aussie folk-rockers The Middle East already have a hefty following both at home and abroad. As their kind-of, sort-of debut album hits the shelves, Celina Murphy meets co-songwriters Rohin Jones and Jordan Ireland.

Live: Review of Saturday at Oxegen

2011-07-12 00:00:00


Saturday saw performances from The Arctic Monkeys, Paolo Nutini, Two Door Cinema Club and The Vaccines do their thing...

Live: Adebisi Shank, Heathers and O Emperor live at Whelan's

2011-07-01 00:00:00


Heathers appear dauntless, beguiling, and brimming with soul

Live: The Body and Soul Gathering

2011-07-01 00:00:00


Lisa Hannigan offers a typically delicate performance

Album: Planet Pit

2011-07-01 00:00:00


Something for the DJs

Track: Wooly Wolly Gong

2011-06-27 00:00:00


Track: Bad Behaviour

2011-06-27 00:00:00


Track: Lippy Kids

2011-06-27 00:00:00


Track: Let Me Go

2011-06-27 00:00:00


Track: I'm Into You

2011-06-27 00:00:00


Track: Sail Away To The Sea

2011-06-27 00:00:00


Track: Six Shades of Blue

2011-06-27 00:00:00


Track: Dog Rough Dancing

2011-06-27 00:00:00


Track: Lost At Sea

2011-06-27 00:00:00


Track: Beautiful Tonight

2011-06-27 00:00:00


Track: Spaceship

2011-06-27 00:00:00


Track: I Wanna Go

2011-06-27 00:00:00


Frontlines: Feeling phantastic

2011-06-24 00:00:00


Celina Murphy catches up with the Phantom 105.2 morning team as they spin another eclectic set of top indie tunes...

Interview: Keeping it reel

2011-06-24 00:00:00


Since last we met hook-wielding pop-rock wizards Two Door Cinema Club, they've taken America by storm, bagged the prestigious Choice Prize and flogged the 100,000th copy of their scintillating debut album Tourist History. As a summer of festival dates stretches ahead, Celina Murphy catches up with the busiest boys in Irish rock to talk awards, headline slots and get the skinny on album number two.

Interview: Chat of the land

2011-06-22 00:00:00


From warming up audiences at Friday Night With Jonathan Ross to drawing in excess of two million viewers for his own off-the-wall chat show, being a consummate chatty man has paid off for the unmistakable Alan Carr. Celina Murphy meets the Dorset lad to talk nerves, destiny and boozing with Kylie.

Album: 4

2011-06-21 00:00:00


A 4-dimensional triumph

Live: Ellie Goulding

2011-06-17 00:00:00


The 24-year-old mixes charming hoots with storming howls on 'Human'

Live: Forbidden Fruit - Sunday

2011-06-16 00:00:00


Scroobius Pip and dans le sac deliver a crowd stirrer of a set

Track: Hands Of Fire [Free mp3]

2011-06-15 00:00:00


Track: On Gangs [Video mash-up]

2011-06-15 00:00:00


Track: Alligator Sky

2011-06-15 00:00:00


Track: You Got It Wrong

2011-06-15 00:00:00


Track: Colour

2011-06-14 00:00:00


Track: Sparrow And The Wolf

2011-06-14 00:00:00


Track: Speaking In Tongues

2011-06-14 00:00:00


Track: Speaking In Tongues

2011-06-14 00:00:00


Track: You Do

2011-06-14 00:00:00


Track: Little Shocks

2011-06-14 00:00:00


Track: Beat Of My Drum

2011-06-14 00:00:00


Track: Firstnameunknown

2011-06-14 00:00:00


Track: Let It All Go Home

2011-06-14 00:00:00


Interview: Nice guys do win

2011-06-14 00:00:00


Despite selling four million albums and being drooled over by a goodly part of the world’s female population, Paolo Nutini remains one of the most affable, down-to-earth stars around. Ahead of his headline show at this year’s Oxegen Festival, Celina Murphy catches up with the Scottish heartthrob to talk awards, heroes, illegal downloading, Red Bull Jagerbombs – and his new musical direction.

Interview: The Monster Ball

2011-06-10 00:00:00


We preview Scotland's RockNess festival with Two Door Cinema Club

Album: Silver Lining

2011-06-10 00:00:00


'80s nostalgia never sounded so good

Album: Downtown

2011-06-10 00:00:00


A magical mess of a record

Album: Popical Island Compilation #2

2011-06-09 00:00:00


Shiny happy people crank out even more stellar garage pop

Interview: A pirate's life

2011-06-09 00:00:00


We’ve heard their frenetic acoustic rock at festivals, in 10,000-seater venues and back in the day, on Grafton Street, but 2011 marks the first time we’ll encounter Rodrigo Y Gabriela on the big screen. Celina Murphy speaks to Rodrigo Sanchez about their role in the upcoming big-budget swashbuckler Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Report: Rebel Yell

2011-06-07 00:00:00


Celina Murphy, with a little help from Toby Kaar, peers into the positively buzzing Cork music scene.

Album: Born This Way

2011-06-03 00:00:00


A troubled step in the journey of an icon

Album: Limerence

2011-06-02 00:00:00


Slicker than slickness itself

Album: Love?

2011-06-02 00:00:00


By Guetta, she’s got it!

Album: I Remember Me

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Call her Miss Hudson

Comedy: Laughing All The Way To The Bank

2011-06-01 00:00:00


When The First Interstate Bank honoured a junk mail cheque that Patrick Combs deposited into his account, it changed the course of his life forever...

Track: Stones Throw Podcast 66

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Track: Redemption Days

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Track: The Devil And Me

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Track: Glad You Came

2011-06-01 00:00:00


News: F.O.O.

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Track: Inhale-Exhale

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Track: 17 x 70

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Track: Drug

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Track: Notorious

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Track: Family Tree

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Interview: Pills, Ills and Bellyaches

2011-05-31 00:00:00


After a few years out of the limelight, Liverpudlian indie-rockers The Wombats are back and sitting pretty at No. 3 in the UK album charts. But, they tell Celina Murphy, all those big, booming choruses haven’t come easy...

Album: Gangs

2011-05-31 00:00:00


Norn noisemeisters weigh in with blinder of a second record...

News: Make Mine A Stubble

2011-05-31 00:00:00


He’s one of the most talented beatmakers in the world, but with his debut album finally on the shelves, Beardyman is moving away from beatboxing and into more challenging musical territory.

Live: Ryan Sheridan at Whelan's

2011-05-20 00:00:00


The singer has yet to tap into his (clearly colossal) fount of talent and leave the busker behind...

Live: Kitty, Daisy and Lewis

2011-05-19 00:00:00


Pop music isn't used to acts like this – but it could really do with some of their energy!

Track: Versions (Free album)

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Track: IOU/softly (Free mp3)

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Track: Great Fall (Free mp3)

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Track: Ice Cream (Music Video)

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Track: I Am A Leaf

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Track: California King Bed

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Track: Love Love

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Track: The Fool

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Track: Tick Tock

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Track: Still Got Tonight

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Track: Waiting

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Track: It's OK To Be Normal

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Track: A Chore

2011-05-17 00:00:00


Interview: Rockin' the gaff

2011-05-16 00:00:00


Bell X1 paid a house call to superfan Sinéad Loughman in order to find out what the hell that cryptic cabbage business was all about. Read on...

Album: I Want That You Are Always Happy

2011-05-13 00:00:00


Jesus ain't never heard a prayer like this

Album: Transition

2011-05-11 00:00:00


Cocksure follow-up puts UK rapper ahead of his peers

News: Looney Tunes

2011-05-11 00:00:00


Don’t let the kooky punctuation fool you – armed with a ukelele, a looping machine and an unstoppable vocal, an experimental New England duo have just created one of the most thrilling albums of the year. Celina Murphy catches up with the quirk-happy mastermind behind tUnE-yArDs, to talk rejecting lo-fi, rebelling against pop, and performing with Yoko.

Live: James Vincent McMorrow

2011-05-05 00:00:00


Live @ Pepper Canister Church, Dublin

Track: Gone

2011-05-04 00:00:00


Track: Motivation

2011-05-04 00:00:00


Track: Fox Eyes On Georgia

2011-05-04 00:00:00


Track: Judas

2011-05-04 00:00:00


Track: Back Into Your Arms

2011-05-04 00:00:00


Track: Be With You

2011-05-04 00:00:00


Track: Mr. Icarus

2011-05-04 00:00:00


Track: Colours

2011-05-04 00:00:00


Track: Colour Fade

2011-05-04 00:00:00


Album: whokill

2011-05-03 00:00:00


An experiment worth hearing

Fashion: What Lies Beneath

2011-04-29 00:00:00


There was a time when underwear was exclusively a thing of function, designed to keep your unmentionables in place, and lay a discreet foundation for the dress, skirt or petticoat that was to go on top. But ever since Jean Paul Gaultier started playing around with the idea of underwear as outerwear (most notably with the the infamous cone bra he created for Madonna's 1990 Blonde Ambition tour), everyone from Rihanna to Lily Allen has been itching to expose their undergarments to the world. This month, Brown Thomas Dublin hosted the Irish final of the Triumph Inspiration Awards, a competition celebrating women's fascination with all things small and lacy. Leading lingerie brand Triumph asked students from Dublin's Griffith College and The Limerick School Of Art And Design to create a unique lingerie showpiece. Here's what they came up with...

Album: My Heart Hung

2011-04-28 00:00:00


Folk poppers bring the charm in spite of ropey production

Interview: The Big Gang Theory

2011-04-27 00:00:00


In just under six years, Northern Ireland’s noisiest and most inspiring export, And So I Watch You From Afar have done it all – and they’ve got the scars to prove it. As they prepare for the release of second album Gangs, Celina Murphy probes guitarist Tony Wright about the glorious sound that made Zane Lowe lose his shit live on air.

Live: Jessie J

2011-04-21 00:00:00


Live @ The Academy, Dublin

Interview: Goody Two-Shoos

2011-04-21 00:00:00


They’re not the slightest bit cool, yet their mini-album Rescue Room has stormed the iTunes chart in its first week, landing The Shoos a sweet little spot in the Irish Top 10. Celina Murphy meets the Dublin rock quartet to find out why following trends is the last thing on their minds...

Track: Yeah

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: Midnight Midnight

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: In Your Eyes

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: Shadow Fucking

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: Bird In A Cage

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: S&M

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: Coco Et Moi

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: Porcupines And Balloons

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: Listen To Your Love

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: It's A Wonderful Lie

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: Helplessness Blues

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: Jenny Kelly

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: Embury Greenway

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: Forceful Mercies

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Track: Barricade

2011-04-20 00:00:00


Interview: Smooth Operator

2011-04-19 00:00:00


Over the course of 17 sweat-soaked years, R&B lover boy Usher has sold 65 million records, bringing him in at number 21 on billboard's list of the most successful artists of all time. Celina Murphy goes backstage with the seven-time Grammy winner to talk breaking ground - and breaking hearts.

Album: Rescue Room

2011-04-15 00:00:00


Dublin quartett finds home in mid-tempo soft rock

Album: Killer Love

2011-04-13 00:00:00


Say it ain't so, Sting!

Interview: The Good Brooke

2011-04-12 00:00:00


Taylor Swift’s a fan, but don’t expect platinum-selling New Zealander Brooke Fraser to force a bible, a steel guitar or a curling iron down your throat.

Live: The JD Set

2011-04-11 00:00:00


Live @ The Button Factory, Dublin

Interview: Out Of The Dark

2011-04-11 00:00:00


Jay-Z, Rick Rubin and Jarvis Cocker have all vied for her attention, but in spite of the hype, epic songstress Clare Maguire has managed to hold onto her mysterious profile.

Live: Kylie

2011-04-08 00:00:00


Live @ The O2, Dublin

Live: Katy Perry

2011-04-07 00:00:00


Live @ The O2, Dublin

Interview: Dance The Devil

2011-04-06 00:00:00


Their new LP Abandoned Road plays out like an eerie Coen brothers flick, complete with chilling climax. Celina Murphy meets sinister rockers Tarantella Fall to learn more about the shady character who inspired their debut album.

Track: Summer [Free mp3]

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Track: My Friend Marx

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Track: Sedalia

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Track: We The People

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Track: The Story Of Us

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Track: My Side

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Track: Look What You've Done

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Track: Girls Fall Like Dominoes

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Track: The Quay Wall

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Track: Longing To Belong

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Track: Embrace

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Track: Owl Speak

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Track: The Glorious Land

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Live: Two Door Cinema Club

2011-04-05 00:00:00


Live @ The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Frontlines: Morning Glory

2011-04-04 00:00:00


After just six months on the air in a brand new format, 98fm’s The Morning Crew is the number one breakfast show in the capital. Celina Murphy meets presenters Aidan Power and Claire Solan to learn the secret to the show’s success.

Album: Ginnels

2011-03-31 00:00:00


Happily and unashamedly insane

Album: Who You Are

2011-03-31 00:00:00


Staying true to yourself and other cliches

Album: Thank You, Happy Birthday

2011-03-30 00:00:00


Angsty britrock straight outta fried chicken country

Report: The Cape I'm In

2011-03-29 00:00:00


With mere days to go until the JD Set, Celina Murphy crashes the rehearsal room to see how Neil Hannon and cohorts Cathy Davey, Richie Egan and Romeo Stodart plan to recreate the giddy Afropop of Vampire Weekend.

Live: THe Script

2011-03-25 00:00:00


Live @ The O2, Dublin

Album: Femme Fatale

2011-03-24 00:00:00


If I said she had a wonderful album, would you hold it against me?

Track: Sparticles [Free EP]

2011-03-23 00:00:00


News: Party Rock Anthem

2011-03-23 00:00:00


Track: The Firepit

2011-03-23 00:00:00


Track: Masquerade

2011-03-23 00:00:00


Track: Prussian Blushes

2011-03-23 00:00:00


Track: Ready To Go

2011-03-23 00:00:00


Track: The Busker

2011-03-23 00:00:00


Track: On The Floor

2011-03-23 00:00:00


Track: Albatross

2011-03-23 00:00:00


Track: Long Way Down

2011-03-23 00:00:00


Track: Transition

2011-03-23 00:00:00


Track: Lady Luck

2011-03-23 00:00:00


Interview: Deadly Buzz

2011-03-23 00:00:00


With their debut album currently ripping open the ear canals of all who feast upon it, noise-rockers Hands Up Who Wants To Die could well be Dublin’s most ferocious band. Celina Murphy catches up with the Richter Collective foursome to talk buffalo, bomb shelters and Katy Perry.

Interview: Heart Of Glas

2011-03-23 00:00:00


SINCE THEY LAST CRASH-LANDED ONTO IRISH SHORES, SCOTTISH BAD BOYS GLASVEGAS HAVE SHED A DRUMMER, NEARLY LOST A FRONTMAN AND SPENT FOUR SUNNY MONTHS IN SANTA MONICA. CELINA MURPHY CATCHES UP WITH GUITARIST RAB ALLAN TO TALK BUST-UPS, PISS-UPS AND PINCHING OASIS’ ROADIES.

Live: Plan B

2011-03-18 00:00:00


Live @ The Olympia, Dublin

Album: You Say, We Say

2011-03-18 00:00:00


Pop-Heavy Second Outing From Dublin Rockers

Interview: Expect The Unexpected

2011-03-18 00:00:00


He’s yet to collaborate with Nicki Minaj and he didn’t grace a single Ones To Watch list this year, so what’s newcomer Jamie Lawson doing at the top of the iTunes chart? The Plymouth-born singer tells Celina Murphy how one song transformed his career.

Album: I Done A Album

2011-03-16 00:00:00


Thoroughly Batty Debut From Champion Beatboxer

Track: Lipstick

2011-03-09 00:00:00


Track: You're So Right

2011-03-09 00:00:00


Track: The Holy Water

2011-03-09 00:00:00


Track: No Hands

2011-03-09 00:00:00


Track: Light Shape Sound

2011-03-09 00:00:00


Track: Tony, Don't You Worry

2011-03-09 00:00:00


Track: Price Tag

2011-03-09 00:00:00


Track: The City

2011-03-09 00:00:00


Track: Velcro

2011-03-09 00:00:00


Reports: Bard To The Bone

2011-03-09 00:00:00


It’s not the most common of cocktails: pole-dancing, Shakespeare and moody electronica. But try telling that to enterprising Corkonians Exit: Pursued By A Bear. Celina Murphy meets vocalist Tadhg Hickey to talks synths, soundtracks and strippers.

Track: Midnight Enchilada

2011-03-09 00:00:00


Album: Light After Dark

2011-03-02 00:00:00


A Return To Power Pop

Album: Wounded Rhymes

2011-03-02 00:00:00


Triumphant Return For Former Indie-Pop Sweetheart.

Interview: Park Life

2011-02-28 00:00:00


Their bank-robbin’, gun-totin’, rum-swillin’ antics have gotten them into many a fix since they first hit our screens a decade ago, but are Canadian TV sensations Trailer Park Boys ready for their most boozed-up audience yet?

Live: Joan As Policewoman

2011-02-25 00:00:00


Live At The Button Factory, Dublin

Live: British Sea Power

2011-02-25 00:00:00


Live At The Academy, Dublin

Track: Chow Bell (Free EP)

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Track: Bizness (Free mp3)

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Track: Head Screwed On

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Track: I Need A Doctor

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Track: Don't Hold Your Breath

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Track: Wake Up

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Track: Wake Up

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Track: Perfection

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Track: Strangers

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Track: Not A Love Song

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Track: Born This Way

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Track: Past, Present and Future

2011-02-23 00:00:00


Interview: Dude Where's My Kaar?

2011-02-23 00:00:00


He has yet to release an album, you won’t remember him from Electric Picnic and he can’t really play an instrument. So why does Cork-based electro whizkid Toby Kaar have our hearts all aflutter?

Interview: Starting Afresh

2011-02-22 00:00:00


You may recognise this baby-faced entrepreneur as one of the mainstays of the independent Irish music scene, but Dylan Haskins is now hoping to bring his D.I.Y. attitude to Dáil Éireann.

Album: The P Affection

2011-02-21 00:00:00


Talkin' Bout Good Vibrations

Album: Buffalo, buffalo, buffalo, Buffalo

2011-02-16 00:00:00


A quick and glorious death

Album: Exit : Pursued By A Bear

2011-02-15 00:00:00


Sextremely loud and incredibly trippy

Interview: The First Day Of Winter

2011-02-15 00:00:00


As their sixth studio album hits the shelves, The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy talks REM, Obama and ‘fesses up to trespassing on a spot of Irish rock history.

Live: CW Stoneking

2011-02-11 00:00:00


Live at Workman's Club, Dublin

Track: EP2 (Free EP)

2011-02-09 00:00:00


Track: H.A.M.

2011-02-09 00:00:00


Track: State of Affairs

2011-02-09 00:00:00


Track: Austere

2011-02-09 00:00:00


Track: Thread The Needle

2011-02-09 00:00:00


Track: The Last Dance

2011-02-09 00:00:00


Track: Price Tag

2011-02-09 00:00:00


Track: Goldstar

2011-02-09 00:00:00


Track: The Roller

2011-02-09 00:00:00


Track: Jenny Kelly

2011-02-09 00:00:00


Track: Hold It Against Me

2011-02-09 00:00:00


Interview: The Shape Of Things To Come

2011-02-09 00:00:00


They spent 2010 writing, recording and hot-footing it around the country with fellow Nordies Two Door Cinema Club. Celina Murphy meets unstoppable Belfast trio Not Squares

Album: My Friend Marx

2011-02-07 00:00:00


Solid debut from waterford strummer

Album: Aliens

2011-02-03 00:00:00


Unplugged bliss from seasoned hard rocker.

Live: CW Stoneking, live at the Workman's Club, Dublin

2011-02-02 00:00:00


Stoneking's devotion to his craft puts every other revivalist and throwbacker to shame...

Album: James Blake

2011-01-27 00:00:00


Astounding debut from dubstep whiz kid...

Track: Wet (Music Video)

2011-01-26 00:00:00


Track: Guides (Free album)

2011-01-26 00:00:00


Track: Tonight I'm Fucking You

2011-01-26 00:00:00


Track: Inside Out

2011-01-26 00:00:00


Track: Buffalo

2011-01-26 00:00:00


Track: The Magic

2011-01-26 00:00:00


Track: Star

2011-01-26 00:00:00


Track: Neat Little Rows

2011-01-26 00:00:00


Track: Say it Ain't So

2011-01-26 00:00:00


Track: Stop My Eyes

2011-01-26 00:00:00


Track: Ants

2011-01-26 00:00:00


Track: L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N

2011-01-26 00:00:00


Live: Ne-Yo: Live at the 02

2011-01-24 00:00:00


Ne-Yo is an R’n’B act with serious style and serious vocal ability

Interview: Sea-ing Is Believing

2011-01-17 00:00:00


A critics’ fave who’ve managed to avoid overexposure, the all-conquering British Sea Power are about to release album number five and miraculously, they’re still keeping us guessing. Celina Murphy tracks down the captain of the ship to talk islands, isolation and why they’re going all pop on us.

Interview: Plait Of The Land

2011-01-17 00:00:00


You’ll probably “awh” and “ah” several times while reading this interview, but don’t underestimate Montreal quartet Braids for a moment. Celina Murphy meets the atmospheric indie poppers with serious musical bravado.

Album: Doo-Woops and Hooligans

2011-01-17 00:00:00


More hit than miss from chart-busting Smeezington

Live: Shakira: Live at the 02

2011-01-14 00:00:00


She’s crazy, but they like it.

Live: Villagers: Live at Vicar Street

2011-01-14 00:00:00


From Jools to jackals, Mercury to magazine lists, 2010 has left Conor O’Brien’s Villagers in very good shape.

Travel: 12 Step Planet - Brooklyn

2011-01-13 00:00:00


When The National told us at Christmas that the streets of Brooklyn are paved with hipster bands, Celina Murphy thought she’d better get her ass over there.

Track: Hold My Hand

2011-01-12 00:00:00


Track: Winter Rose

2011-01-12 00:00:00


Track: Trial By Fire

2011-01-12 00:00:00


Track: John Mellor

2011-01-12 00:00:00


Track: Bigger Than Us

2011-01-12 00:00:00


Track: Decoded

2011-01-12 00:00:00


Track: Higher

2011-01-12 00:00:00


Track: Salt in Your Eye

2011-01-12 00:00:00


Track: All of the Lights

2011-01-12 00:00:00


Live: JANELLE MONÁE LIVE AT TRIPOD

2010-12-14 00:00:00


Thank God they still make 'em like Monáe...

Frontlines: There are 85 billion reasons to go. But..

2010-12-13 00:00:00


Celina Murphy on why she’s not leaving Ireland (just yet…)

Interview: A winding light

2010-12-13 00:00:00


After the demise of critically lauded rock duo Giveamanakick last year, Limerick lad Steve Ryan has been able to give folky side-project WINDINGS his full attention. Celina Murphy meets the man behind the ‘Kick to talk meeting his idol and moving on.

Live: Jägermeister Freezer Sessions, Dublin

2010-12-03 00:00:00


With The Mighty Stef, Maud in Cahoots, Ham Sandwich and Kid Karate

Track: Early (Free EP)

2010-12-02 00:00:00


Track: We Are Losers (Free EP)

2010-12-02 00:00:00


Track: Body Rock (Music Video)

2010-12-02 00:00:00


Track: We Want Blood

2010-12-02 00:00:00


Track: Not In Love

2010-12-02 00:00:00


Track: Seven

2010-12-02 00:00:00


Track: Pray

2010-12-02 00:00:00


Track: Bigger Than Us

2010-12-02 00:00:00


Track: Building a Wasteland

2010-12-01 00:00:00


Album: Bright Lights

2010-12-01 00:00:00


Starry-eyed reissue brings better tidings

Album: Back To Scratch

2010-12-01 00:00:00


Church goer barely scratches the surface

Track: Try

2010-12-01 00:00:00


Album: Marriage

2010-09-06 00:00:00


Enchanting alt. pop from a badly drawn boy

Album: The Ice Cream

2010-09-06 00:00:00


Bizarre debut manages to be both gritty and twee

Track: Girls

2010-12-01 00:00:00


Track: What's My Name?

2010-12-01 00:00:00


Album: Perch Patchwork

2010-09-06 00:00:00


Sugary experimental folk from Chicago math rockers

Track: Run to the Roof

2010-12-01 00:00:00


Album: Dreamstate

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Fiercely poppy second effort from Limerick No Doubt soundalikes

Album: Knockanstockan

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Stellar compilation from itty bitty boutique festival

Album: Brothers

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Eighth time's the charm for blues-rock duo

Album: Need You Now

2010-06-15 00:00:00


More generic country from puzzlingly successful Stateside trio

Album: Raincloud Free

2010-11-29 00:00:00


Perky, commercial debut from Shannonside rockers

Interview: Amusing Grace

2010-11-29 00:00:00


Fresh from a slot at this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes Festival, NEW AMUSEMENT tell Celina Murphy about recording their debut album, opening for Vampire Weekend and why they’re bringing the accordion back!

Album: Yeah OK

2010-11-29 00:00:00


All-conquering nonsense

Album: Messy Little Raindrops

2010-11-25 00:00:00


Even Will.I.Am can't make her interesting

Live: Chromeo, live at Tripod

2010-11-19 00:00:00


The slickest, dopest, flyest party of the year...

Track: Jungle (Music Video)

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Track: Right Thru Me

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Track: The Minute I Saw It

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Track: Ghetto Stars

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Track: All For Gold

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Track: Only The Young

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Track: Future Kings

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Track: Girls

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Track: Night Is Young

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Track: Closing Doors

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Track: Oh, Santa!

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Album: Battery Power

2010-11-17 00:00:00


God bless disco

Track: Oh-Oh

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Track: Push Me Under

2010-11-17 00:00:00


Interview: Strands Of Time

2010-11-15 00:00:00


He’s worked on albums by Adrian Crowley, Vyvienne Long and Babybeef, but now it’s time for engineering whiz STEPHEN SHANNON to take centre stage. On the night of his inaugural performance with electronic outfit Strands, he sits down with Celina Murphy to talk recording, Dutch courage and how his children helped influence the best album of his career.

Album: She Was Coloured In

2010-11-08 00:00:00


Warptronica you can set your watch to

Album: Haunted Light

2010-11-08 00:00:00


Surreal, but loving it

Track: Derezzed (Music Video)

2010-11-04 00:00:00


Track: Live at HWCH

2010-11-04 00:00:00


Track: Get Some (Free mp3)

2010-11-04 00:00:00


Track: Autumn (Free Download)

2010-11-04 00:00:00


Album: Strands

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Production whiz turns out gorgeously freaky debut

Interview: Talking Pictures

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Bangor-boys-done-good TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB have managed to squeeze a career's worth of touring and promo into the last six months – which has seen them meet Prince Charles, sell-out two nights in London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, flog the 50,000th copy of debut album Tourist History and, for one Cinema Clubber, get the album art tattooed on his chest! Celina Murphy meets the busiest boys in indie to talk magnums and milestones.

Interview: Royal Flush

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Nearly two years after trippy single ‘Po’ won over the nation’s affections, alt. folk fivesome O EMPEROR have just released their debut album. But just how did Waterford’s laziest cover band morph into one of the most exciting acts in the country? Celina Murphy meets Paul Savage and Brendan Fennessy to talk touring, Dad Rock and earning their Wings.

Interview: Wild Thing

2010-11-03 00:00:00


He’s neither a chef nor a member of the Felidae family, but TIGER COOKE is a man with a lot on his mind. As his second album hits the shelves, Celina Murphy catches up with the Dublin lad to talk Elvis, horse tranquilisers and the perils of social networking.

Track: Heartbreaker (Free mp3)

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Track: Poison

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Track: Hypnotize You

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Track: So Young

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Track: Blue Skies

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Track: There You Stand

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Track: Fall Into Me

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Track: Miss Lead

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Track: Second Chance

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Album: The Lost And Found

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Enthusiastic but flawed debut

Track: Limit To Your Love

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Track: Heart

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Live: Hard Working Class Heroes 1

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Hard Working Class Heroes festival at various venues around Dublin

Album: It's Never Night

2010-11-02 00:00:00


Giveamanakick veteran serves up enchanting debut

Interview: Rubber Up

2010-11-02 00:00:00


A handful of rather genius potty-mouthed rap tunes has earned Limerick outfit Rubberbandits over half a million hits on YouTube. Now Celina Murphy meets the Galway Comedy Festival-bound duo to talk... well, a load of bollocks, actually

Interview: The Man Means Business

2010-11-02 00:00:00


We know him best as the slick production whiz who, armed with a brass section, a gang of celebrity guests and a handful of someone else’s songs, became a household name back in 2007. So why has MARK RONSON ditched the covers and the horns on his new album? Celina Murphy meets the best-connected man in music as he steps away from the trumpet and up to the microphone.

Album: Abandon

2010-11-02 00:00:00


Doom is best from stargazing Dublin-based twosome

Interview: Sew Far, So Good

2010-11-02 00:00:00


At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking a group of rockers had mislaid their rhythm section, but Dublin duo Thread Pulls produce a ruckus that most bands can only dream about. Celina Murphy meets the Osaka signings to talk touring, trumpets and tearing up the stage

Interview: Ain't Life Grand

2010-11-01 00:00:00


Their album The Ice Cream became an unexpected candidate for homegrown debut of the year when it landed in our laps last month; now, Celina Murphy meets mad scientists GRAND POCKET ORCHESTRA to talk noise-making, the dreaded “wacky” label and why one member of the band went on a three-year musical fast.

Interview: Going Buck Wild

2010-11-01 00:00:00


With a mockumentary set in the fictional hamlet of Castletown, four Mayo comedians have become an unlikely internet sensation and scored themselves a slot on RTÉ’s Autumn schedule. Celina Murphy meets the all-fightin’, all-drinkin’ cast of HARDY BUCKS to talk choons, dating and pissing while they walk.

Album: My Captain

2010-11-01 00:00:00


Too much of a good thing from Dublin foursome

Live: Lady GaGa, Live at the O2

2010-10-27 00:00:00


"Tonight, my religion is Dublin!" GaGa hollers during 'Poker Face', and I believe her...

Live: Lissie live at the Academy 2

2010-10-22 00:00:00


Barefoot and gorgeous, Lissie looks every bit the California girl on the night of her inaugural Irish show

Track: Two Trees

2010-10-21 00:00:00


Track: Let Go

2010-10-21 00:00:00


Track: ChamPain

2010-10-21 00:00:00


Track: Don Quixote

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: Dance With You

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: Dog

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: 99

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: No Love

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: Andrew's Pride

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: White Blank Page

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: The Creatures Down Below

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: U Smile

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: Winter's Glow

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: Well, Well, Well

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: Even Keel

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: Quicker

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Track: Zulu Sound

2010-10-20 00:00:00


Live: Grand Pocket Orchestra, live at Whelan's

2010-10-11 00:00:00


Our headliners Grand Pocket Orchestra, if you didn’t already know, are a mad scientist of a band. Pulling out the xylophone and the melodica almost as frequently as the guitar, they resemble a great many things, one of them being a group of Toymaster employees hepped up on caffeine pills.

Track: Zeus (Free EP)

2010-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Best Behaviour

2010-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Animals

2010-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Bloodless

2010-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Real Thing

2010-10-06 00:00:00


Track: One in a Million

2010-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Out of Reach

2010-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Close Your Eyes

2010-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Sick Day (All A Joke)

2010-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Forever and a Day

2010-10-06 00:00:00


I'm not in the habit of heaping praise on David 'I'm not even going to pretend I'm doing any mixing up here' Guetta, so let's get it over and done with - he's done a mighty fine job with that Kelly Rowland girl. While I've long suspected their previous collaborations to be responsible for Mary Bale dumping that cat in a wheely bin, this time 'round, the Great European Thump (not to be confused with the Great American Songbook) compliments Rowland's trademark honeyed vocals beautifully. As the song title suggests, the lyrics are rife with cliché, but that hardly matters when a tune calls to mind the ever-fabulous Chaka Khan.

Track: Highgate Hill

2010-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Movement

2010-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Donegal

2010-10-06 00:00:00


Track: Do What You Feel

2010-09-23 00:00:00


Track: Elegantly Wasted

2010-09-23 00:00:00


Track: The Man

2010-09-23 00:00:00


Track: Part Of You

2010-09-23 00:00:00


Track: Olivia

2010-09-22 00:00:00


Track: Mine

2010-09-22 00:00:00


News: Tempomanic

2010-09-22 00:00:00


Track: The Bike Song

2010-09-22 00:00:00


Track: Party Girl

2010-09-22 00:00:00


Track: Only Girl (In The World)

2010-09-22 00:00:00


Track: Welcome Home

2010-09-22 00:00:00


Interview: Robyn in the hood

2010-09-09 00:00:00


She’s the nordic cyber-babe who has put the cool back into chart pop. En route to Electric Picnic, ROBYN chats about HER R'n'B roots, touring with Kelis and working with the almighty Snoop Dogg.

Reports: Field of Dreams

2010-09-02 00:00:00


10 essential non-musical delights at this year’s Electric Picnic

News: Not to be missed

2010-09-02 00:00:00


The Electric Picnic line-up is packed with great things. Celina Murphy selects ten acts that just have to be seen.

Interview: If You Can Get It

2010-09-01 00:00:00


Celina Murphy meets the biggest enigma in Irish rock to talk bust-ups, break downs and the assorted mechanical creatures that grace their wonderful second album...

Track: Contact Sports

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: Fleetwood (Music Video)

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: Poached Eggs (Free mp3)

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: Misery

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: Tasteless Joke

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: Hang With Me

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: New York City

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: Better Days

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: The Sellout

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: Sink Your Teeth In

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: Mayhem

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: Bang Bang

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: Love Is Bland

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Track: Hot-N-Fun

2010-08-25 00:00:00


Interview: If You Can Get It

2010-08-23 00:00:00


They're a cut above. The sharpest blade in the drawer. A dagger straight to the heart of rock mediocrity. Sorry for all the knife puns... but then Adebisi Shank are our favourite post-rock crew named after a form of slashing weapon popular among prison inmates...

Album: The body of christ the legs of tina turner

2010-08-19 00:00:00


A blood-curdling mad scientist of a record

Album: Lazarus

2010-08-19 00:00:00


Half brilliant, half laughable solo debut from Gym Class Heroes front man

Album: Method to the madness

2010-08-19 00:00:00


Ambitious and refreshing fourth outing from British grime cadet

Live: Castlepalooza Festival

2010-08-12 00:00:00


This little gem has raised the Irish festival bar exceptionally high

Track: Repercussions (Free MP3)

2010-08-12 00:00:00


News: Machines 2 (Live Session)

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Track: Night and Day

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Track: Sleepless

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Track: Jigsaw

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Track: They Don't Mean Anything

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Track: Believe

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Track: Stuck

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Track: Mr. Slim

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Track: Painkillers

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Track: One Step Behind

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Track: Murder Weapon

2010-08-12 00:00:00


Live: The Holy Roman Army and The Cast Of Cheers, live at The Bleeding Horse

2010-07-30 00:00:00


The winners' moody electronica veers from smooth to spiky, while still always retaining an atmospheric groove

Reports: Afar is born

2010-07-29 00:00:00


Officially the North’s noisiest export, AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR exceeded all expectations in 2009 by breaking out of their instrumental niche and scoring themselves a Choice Prize nomination and a headline date at the historic Ulster Hall. Catch up with the Knockanstockan and Indiependence-bound post-rockers on a very special day in the history of ASIWYFA.

Track: Skippin' Town (Live Session)

2010-07-28 00:00:00


In case you missed them giving the performance of the weekend over on the Red Bull Academy Stage, some nice soul has posted a selection of high definition videos of Brooklyn's finest The Drums as they kicked festival ass at Oxegen. Here be album track 'Skippin' Town', which shows front boy Jonathan Pierce's catlike howl and unparalleled dance moves off to thrilling effect. Now, if only we didn’t have to wait 'til December 1 for their Academy show…

Track: Magazine (Free mp3)

2010-07-28 00:00:00


From the tune factory that is Dublin indie label Popical Island (other bands to look out for on PI include Squarehead, Land Lovers and So Cow) comes 'Magazine' and 'Constitution Hill', two free tracks by sunny Dubliners the Yeh Deadlies. 'Magazine' recalls the toe-tapping alt. pop of Those Dancing Days while 'Constitution Hill' is a quirky, multi-layered ditty - a bargain at zero euros and zero cents. Get it here: yehdeadlies.bandcamp.com

Track: Memory Of A Free Festival (Free mp3)

2010-07-28 00:00:00


From upcoming David Bowie tribute album We Were So Turned On, L.A. power poppers Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros tackle 'Memory Of A Free Festival'. Sharpe and Co. keep company with the likes of Duran Duran ('Boys Keep Swinging'), Carla Bruni ('Absolute Beginners'), Devendra Banhart’s Megapuss ('Sound + Vision') and Chairlift ('Always Crashing In The Same Car') on a two-disc compilation due on October 11. All profits going to War Child. Get it here: www.myoldkentuckyblog.com/?p=7039

Track: 99 Problems (But a Shank Ain't One) (Free mp3)

2010-07-28 00:00:00


Right now you're probably thinking, "What in the name of Kiki Dee is this?" To put you out of your misery it's not unfortunately the greatest collaboration of all time. What it is, however, is a genius mash-up of the Shank's 'Oyasumi' and the Jigga man's ever so slightly more singable '99 Problems', coming to us via the ever-fertile mind of Super Extra Bonus Party's Gavin Elsted. The perfect way to gear up for the release of This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank on August 20.

Track: Mumbai Cells (Live Session)

2010-07-28 00:00:00


Appearing on Bobby Friction's legendary show on the BBC Asian network, Darren 'Beardyman' Foreman was given a pretty tough task - to cover a remix of whopper Indian dance tune 'Mumbai Cells' by Shiva Soundsystem in real-time with no pre-prepared samples or laptop gimmicks. Armed with four Korg Kaoss Pads and about a million other boxes with lights on them, Beardyman - a sneakily gifted vocalist - pulls it all off without breaking a sweat. Head-spinning stuff, and a surefire appetite whet for the beat boxer's mysterious upcoming album.

Track: Why Baby Why

2010-07-28 00:00:00


Back with a new album and sounding as smoky as ever, Luán Parle readies the release of her second album with 'Why Baby Why' - a hopelessly catchy dollop of smooth and sassy honky-tonk.

Track: Oh No!

2010-07-28 00:00:00


I can't say I'm overly happy to watch Maria Diamandis morph slowly into Katy Perry but the hugely poppy 'Oh No!' is, at the very least, an irresistible step in the wrong direction - not least because the accompanying music video ironically echoes Marina's idea that "Real life has no appeal". Best of all, the Welsh lass has resisted the vocoder monster for another four minutes. Maz, you’ve got another candy-coloured hit on your hands.

Track: I Like

2010-07-28 00:00:00


"I like your nose, I like your hair/I like you clothed, I like you bare", Neil Hannon coos on 'I Like'. To spell it out for you; the XX, it ain't. Still, the second single from Bang Goes The Knighthood is one of the simplest and sweetest love songs ever to be penned on these fair isles. Pared-down pop of Monkees-era wonderment. Gorgeous.

Track: All The Small Things

2010-07-28 00:00:00


This mindless pop punk ditty first came at us in 2000 through the medium of a trio of naked Californians called Blink 182, so it's quite a surprise actually that its horrendous 'Na na na na' hook suits the boys from Lucan down to the ground. Look, just be glad they’re not covering 'Hallelujah'…

Track: Enemies/Romeo

2010-07-28 00:00:00


This double A-side from Dubliners The Looks debuts a band who are clearly very well-educated in the anatomy of a top notch indie tune. The happily bitter 'Enemies' sees them in particularly sharp-tongued form ("It's okay we're enemies/Cause you got me in for free"), while on scuzzy drum-led anthem 'Romeo' Alec Hughes' orgasmic refrain will jump and shake your bones in all the right places.

Track: We Used To Wait

2010-07-28 00:00:00


The first single from Arcade Fire's upcoming third record, 'We Used To Wait' sees the Montreal collective sounding as emotional and epic as ever. An instant stadium rock classic, even if it shows little progression from Neon Bible.

Track: Blue Eyes

2010-07-28 00:00:00


An accompanying press release notes that Drogheda/Dundalk foursome The Curtain Thieves are not The Coronas, which was really a frightful waste of someone's time as the scruffy-haired Dubliners could never have pulled off a radio-friendly spazz guitar solo like this one. 'Blue Eyes' is taken from the Curtain Thieves' EP Crappy White Boy Music (yep, that’s pretty much the best EP title we've heard in a decade), on which you’ll also find cool jazz breaks, furious punk beats and absolutely no haberdashery references.

Track: Let's Go Surfing

2010-07-28 00:00:00


If you've got a musical bone in your skeleton, chances are you've been whistling this irresistible new wave anthem for the last seven months. Written on the day of Obama's inauguration (lyric check; "Remember when I was so very hopeless?/Darling, he’s gonna make it all better"), 'Let's Go Surfing' is the one truly blissful moment on The Drums' eponymous debut and - who are we kidding? - with a hook like that, it's probably going to make it to the top of most Choon Of The Year lists.

Track: I Can Still Remember

2010-07-28 00:00:00


A seemingly endless parade of instruments fuels the furiously confident 'I Can Still Remember'. However, it's the frontman’s baritone that really steals the show.

Track: Crossfire

2010-07-28 00:00:00


Virtually indistinguishable from The Killers, 'Crossfire' hardly marks an experimental turn for Flowers. But the Vegas man's first foray into solo-dom has a seriously catchy melody, not to mention a couple of show-stopping, crotch-grabbing high notes.

Track: The Armada Song & Winding: Old Like J (split single)

2010-07-28 00:00:00


Proving there's more to the Midwest than sea stacks and karst formations, Clare singer-songwriter Vertigo Smyth has paired up with Limerick acoustic fivesome Windings to release this marvelously charming split single. 'Old Like J' is a woozy, delicate lament in the Wilco tradition while Smyth's tropical ditty is a perfect slice of summertime indie.

Track: Lord Help My Poor Soul

2010-07-28 00:00:00


A soaring, plummeting electrifying (and electric!) epic, 'Lord Help My Poor Soul' rings sweetly of Blood On The Tracks-era Dylan and marks Fionn Regan out as one of the finest song-shapers of our generation. With a trickling vocal this heartbreaking, expect Zach Braff to be all over it like cheese on a cracker.

Track: Goni/Cinnte (Free EP)

2010-07-22 00:00:00


We were downright mesmerised by the sampling wonderment flowing from the hands of local folktronica duo NouveauNoise at the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival launch this month, so it's with sheer delight that we learn that they’re allowing beat lovers everywhere to have one-seventh of their spectacular debut outing Paraphrase Accolade for bubcus. 'Goni' and 'Cinnte' are two equally lovely nuggets of funky, synth-led fantasy, from two men of seemingly unlimited vision. A nouveau noise indeed. Get it: here

Track: 4th Of July - Calvin Harris Remix (Free MP3)

2010-07-22 00:00:00


I wouldn't usually endorse any tune that combines the wizardry of Calvin Harris with breakneck chipmunk vocals, but the hit-maker's done well to improve on Kelis' '4th Of July'. The mix kicks off without a bang (last fireworks joke, I promise...) but it's worth sticking with it. The irritating thumps soon build to a hugely satisfying funky breakdown. Listen up GaGa: this is what you sound like in my wildest dreams. Get it here: http://tinyurl.com/3yuso42

Track: Tonight, Tonight (Free Download)

2010-07-22 00:00:00


I know what you're thinking, but Passion Pit's version of Smashing Pumpkins' classic 'Tonight, Tonight' is no gratuitous fan-boy cover. You don't have to take it from me. Billy Corgan was so pleased when he heard the Massachusetts outfit's treatment, he dragged himself away from Jessica Simpson long enough to tweet "I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Passion Pit's version of my song 'Tonight, Tonight'." PP front man Michael Angelakos sounds like he ingested more oestrogen pills than ever before on this track, but his girlie squealings suit the sublime, otherworldly arrangement perfectly. Get it

Track: Teenage Elders (Free Album)

2010-07-22 00:00:00


Boy genius Aidan Wall has followed in the footsteps of the likes of fellow Dubliners The Cast Of Cheers by making his clangy and emotive debut record free to download from bandcamp.com. You can catch HP's full review of Teenage Elders elsewhere in this issue, but if anything's ever deserved a double mention, it's this stunning lo-fi treasure. Get it here: http://hipsteryouth.bandcamp.com/

Track: The Hole In The Boat

2010-07-22 00:00:00


With ghostly rhythms, sashaying horns and some typically possessed growling, 'The Hole In The Boat' is textbook Jerry Fish. Guest vocals come from the ever-lovely Imelda May, whose deliciously feverish whooping takes proceedings to a spooky new level.

Track: Rearrange

2010-07-22 00:00:00


If you're in the market for pained, atmospheric rock, you'll find no finer a maker of the stuff than Kevin Connolly AKA Herm. 'Rearrange' is a dark, uncomfortable kind of love song, but all the more enchanting for its slightly erratic essence. Throw in lyrics like "I got to thinking that you/ You only think about you/ And all the things that you do/ Bird shit on my statue…" and the boy's got himself a perfect score.

Track: Echoes

2010-07-22 00:00:00


All right, here it goes: 'Echoes' boasts a killer guitar solo that's going to sound phenomenal live. That's good. Fancy fretwork aside, Klaxons have played it very, very safe with this, their first single since the explosive 'It's Not Over Yet'. That’s bad. The album art for their sophomore record Surfing The Void boasts a bizarre picture of a human astronaut with a cat's head. That's good. I've already forgotten what this song sounds like. That's bad.

Track: Hoo Ha Henry

2010-07-22 00:00:00


A snappy first taster of the kind of glorious punk we can expect from the as-yet-untitled second Fight Like Apes long player, the marvellous 'Hoo Ha Henry' sees front lady extraordinaire MayKay in tiptop vocal form. Soon-to-be a FLApes classic. You just watch.

Track: Beautiful Monster

2010-07-22 00:00:00


I'm pretty sure the automated R'n'B hit machine only has two settings these days: 'Spiky Dance Remix' and 'Off'. Now that smooth operator Ne-Yo's gone all Guetta on us, who am I meant to look to for slick, moon-walkable beats? 'Beautiful Monster' does have one thing going for it, though, and that’s a 30-year-old male, autocrooning these words to his tempestuous lady friend: "I'm turned on and scared of you…" You getting all this, Dostoyevsky?

Track: Did Trouble Me

2010-07-22 00:00:00


'Did Trouble Me' is taken from the Welsh stallion's upcoming religiously-minded album Praise And Blame, which Island vice-pres David Sharpe has already slated, saying of his new signee that he was furious to have "paid for a Mercedes" and ended up with a "hearse." Way to kick a pensioner when he's down. Still, the 70-year-old proves he's a sex bomb with a heart (and a banjo!) on this gospel-infused number. Tom Waits he ain't, but the drawl's in the right place.

Track: Missing You

2010-07-22 00:00:00


If they didn't have such soft-looking hair, it'd be pretty easy to hate The Saturdays (see appendix A: dull, hookless pop, cliched lyrics and - dare I turn my attentions to the world of physical performance – massively lame dance numbers). As usual, on their latest outing 'Missing You', the astonishing Vanessa White sounds positively wonderful; everyone else sounds like a vocodery mess. Approach with caution.

Track: Hold On

2010-07-22 00:00:00


Frantic Jack frontman Daragh Fitzgerald's wheezing vocals are a dead ringer for Chad Kroeger's gravelly (and ever so slightly more famous) falsetto. Luckily, that’s where the similarities end for this Offaly fivesome. They've dodged a bullet with 'Hold On' - a growlsome rock ditty that, thankfully, doesn't feel the need to crack out tired tales of tight jeans and loose women.

Track: Bring Out The Light

2010-07-22 00:00:00


A simple, bittersweet Americana jive, 'Bring Out The Light' doesn't break a lot of ground, but a stomping great chorus and a happily raspy vocal has certainly whetted our appetites for Laois lad Dave Morrissey's forthcoming debut album.

Track: In My System

2010-07-22 00:00:00


Judging by the video for 'In My System', the Tinchiest man in rap is hoping to make up for monotonous last single 'Gangsta' (which peaked at a disappointing but appropriate No. 67 in the UK charts) by swanning about the Caribbean ordering motorcyclists to do wheelies in the sand, pining for a lady who… erm… grabbed his soul and generally looking really, really out of place. Not that any of this matters on planet Stryder - a place where it seems uninspired Clubland twaddle earns the Londoner as many bronzed beach lovelies as he can fit in his wingspan. Star In The Hood my eye.

Track: Airport

2010-07-22 00:00:00


Purveyors of breathy trip-pop for about three years now, dreamy Swedish/Irish duo Kill Krinkle Club are finally ready to make their mark on the fertile Dublin electronic scene. 'Airport', the first single from forthcoming album Abandon, showcases Justin Commins and Elina Bergman's irresistible vocal alloy to charming effect, backed up by some proudly messy blips and a fabulously jerky hook.

Video: 3OH!3 @ Oxegen

2010-07-21 00:00:00


We talk with the sexy Boulder boys

Video: Saw Doctors @ Oxegen

2010-07-20 00:00:00


The lads meet up with Hot Press for a laugh before their Oxegen performance.

Live: Raging Bull

2010-07-16 00:00:00


The acts on The Red Bull Academy Stage gave us wings and we're still flying!

Track: Looking Up (Free MP3)

2010-07-01 00:00:00


Electric Picnic-bound gospel rockers Eels have kindly given fans a preview from their upcoming album Tomorrow Morning, their third record in a trilogy of concept albums. Mark Everett's crotch-grabbing screeching is worth the price of your email address alone, but vintage-minded production, spry handclaps and giddy tambourine all add to 'Looking Up's free-wheeling charm. Get it here: www.eelstheband.com

Track: Turn Off The Lights (Free MP3)

2010-07-01 00:00:00


Galway-based new wave foursome and Hot Press Jaegermeister Freezer Sessions alumni Disconnect 4 follow their ferocious Modern Love EP with guitar-led anthem 'Turn Off The Lights', which you can score for nada on tune-sharing website SoundCloud. The new single is a particularly urgent one, but the strain in Leon Butler's creaky vocals only add to the charm.

Track: Counterpoint (Free MP3)

2010-07-01 00:00:00


This month, our favourite New Order tribute act have come up with an all-new gimmick for spreading their lo-fi rocktronica, i.e. requesting you to connect your Facebook or Twitter account to theirs and share the Delphic name with a mate before helping yourself to their electronic bounty. A four-track EP includes the extra-terrestrially blissful 'Counterpoint' (taken from the wonderful Acolyte album), an acoustic version of nervy previous single Doubt', an extended version of 'This Momentary' and new track 'Wake'. Bargain. Get it here: www.delphic.cc/counterpoint

Track: The Way I Are (Music Video)

2010-07-01 00:00:00


Dublin soulsters Giraffes have been playing vibey little shows around the city for about 12 months now, but, much to my chagrin, have yet to release any recorded material. Lead crooner Pats O'Leary is undeniably Ireland's answer to Paolo Nutini and this jazzy reworking of a 2007 Timbaland classic is one of the funkiest sounds currently flowing from the northside of Dublin. Expect to have this one on repeat for the next week.

Track: If It Ain't Broke Break It (Live Session)

2010-07-01 00:00:00


We have to admit to shedding a wee tear of pride when news of And So I Watch You From Afar's support slot wit Them Crooked Vultures reached HP (hand-picked by John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl and Josh Homme? Not too shabby for a bunch of instrumentally minded Lagan-siders eh?) This fantasticallly put together live video shows the frantic foursome on their first night supporting TCV in Amsterdam and if this clip's anything to go by, Hommey & co. had a very tough act to follow. Holy crap! We knew they were good, but we never expected to be floored through the medium of YouTube.

Track: Commander

2010-07-01 00:00:00


After a year of slagging him to anyone who'd listen, Guetta supastar David won me over a few weeks back with the release of fabulously OTT Kelis number 'Acapella', which the Frenchman produced. 'Commander' is a definite step up from Guetta's previous Kelly Rowland collaboration and (lest we forget) massive chart hit 'When Love Takes Over', but unfortunately contains none of the vibrancy of the Kelis hit. On the upside, this tune marks the peak of Kelly Rowland's vocal talents, even if her cascading notes are primarily thanks to a sparkly Guetta box, with lots of knobs and levers on it.

Track: Better

2010-07-01 00:00:00


One of the best straight-up indie debuts to come from old Blighty in a long time, this Maccabees-esque tune is an aggressive sort of love song that wraps up wonderfully with a shock salsa flourish. Yum.

Track: Strawberry Flam

2010-07-01 00:00:00


The title makes absolutely no sense, but Mick Gleeson's ferociously barked vocals and Dermot Egan's equally sprightly skin-thumping on 'Strawberry Flam' make for a solid rock anthem all the same.

Track: Love Sounds

2010-07-01 00:00:00


If you thought debut single 'Fit For Love' was just about as vibrant and sunny as a group of electro-rockers from Kildare could get, think again. Frontman Dave Prendergast sounds particularly divine on 'Love Sounds', helped along in no small part by John Broe's hopelessly giddy guitar riffs. Irish feelgood rock at its absolute best.

Track: Schoolin'

2010-07-01 00:00:00


Manchester foursome Everything Everything graced many a Hot In 2010 list at the start of the year and while back then I wasn't convinced they weren't just a bunch of Friendly Fires clones, they've really come into their own with the hugely satisfying 'Schoolin''. Supremely camp retro-funk with a miraculous rock edge - everything (everything) I've always wanted (swoon).

Track: The Naturist

2010-07-01 00:00:00


Frontmistress Niamh Farrell sounds uncharacteristically sweet on 'The Naturist', the Kells foursome's first single from their second album, due for release in September of this year. A jangly, banjo-led affair, this track marks an exciting new place for Ham Sandwich and may just be their best tune to date.

Track: Win Some, Lose Some

2010-07-01 00:00:00


Pleasantly melodic with a '90s Americana shuffle, the debut single by Dublin foursome Zombie Cops is a confident and boisterous first alt-rock outing. File under promising.

Track: Army of Tears

2010-07-01 00:00:00


Led by a troop of ominous violinists, 'Army Of Tears' is an eerie, militant aria with more than a hint of Kate Bush oddity. Ms. Davey, you've outdone yourself. Buy.

Track: 2 Hours Later

2010-07-01 00:00:00


Dublin/Madrid collective the Garrett Wall Band have stuffed '2 Hours Later' full of feisty horns, vibey hand claps and breezy lyrics ("Two hours later, it's all over/ Was it something I said?"). Even with the bells and whistles, it still sounds like a pretty effortless upbeat rock ditty.

Track: Dead American Writers

2010-07-01 00:00:00


Comprising REM's Peter Buck, Belle And Sebastian's Richard Colburn, The Minus 5's Scott McCaughey, Grammy Award-winning Irish producer Jacknife Lee, and the already chummy trio of Troy Stewart, Iain Archer and - well, he wrote all the songs - Gary Lightbody, Tired Pony is clearly the most unfeasibly large band in rock 'n' roll history. 'Dead American Writers' is a deliberately messy affair (part Wilco, part Tammy Wynette). Thankfully, the melody's in the right place.

Track: Ship of Promises

2010-07-01 00:00:00


Another otherworldly gem from the stunning debut record that just keeps on giving, 'Ship Of Promises' is a plundering, primal folk fable that suggests there's a darker side to Conor O'Brien. Driven along by a furious drum beat, it crescendos with the howls of a choir of pained spooks and spectres. Ghostly stuff, but gorgeous nonetheless.

Track: 4th of July

2010-07-01 00:00:00


Yet another ode to her one-year-old son Knight, '4th Of July' is a piece of scintillating, shapeshifting, penetrating dance pop, and a prime example of the type of subtle genius you'll find on experimental fifth studio album Flesh Tone.

Interview: Here, there and everywhere

2010-06-30 00:00:00


It took a national ad campaign to make the nation see that there's something very special about Dubliners Ellie and Lousie MacNamara. Now that their outstanding 2008 album Here, Not There has topped the Irish indie charts, Celina Murphy catches up with HEATHERS.

Interview: A different beat

2010-06-30 00:00:00


Surf rockers THE DRUMS have been just about everywhere over the last six months but are they the coolest band on the planet or just a bunch of beach-bound copycats?

Album: We've been talking

2010-06-29 00:00:00


They've been talking, we've been swooning

Album: Bionic

2010-06-29 00:00:00


Achieving nothing by trying to achieve everything

Live: Eli Reed Live at the Academy

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Reed spits smooth tales of hard-headed women and lonely nights on the road in a frankly flawless rasp.

Live: Rihanna live at the O2

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Jest all you want, haters, but Rihanna deserves props for the spectacle. She delivered all the key components of a good live show tonight, whether it be held in The 02 or The Mercantile: confident, unwavering vocals, star quality and absolutely no synchronised dancing.

Interview: Hot Press meets... Delorentos

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Back at the top of their game after 2009’s split and well on their way to album number three, DELORENTOS are one of nine acts to contribute to the Sound Training Centre’s newest charity project, Behind Closed Doors...

Track: Psycho

2010-06-14 00:00:00


The Liberties' feistiest belle has come over all Karen O on 'Psycho' and PVC fetishists will be very happy indeed to learn she's matched Ms O's bravado with a sinister accompanying video. Watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_NkJwFucnM

Track: AM/FM

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Dance punksters !!! preview upcoming fourth studio album Strange Weather, Isn't It? with a free stream of 'AM/FM' - a chilled-out choon with just a touch of Talking Heads. The track kickstarts the new album, which drops at the end of August, and also includes such marvellous song titles as 'The Most Certain Sure' and 'Even Judas Gave Jesus A Kiss.' Listen to it here: www.chkchkchk.net

Track: Tightrope (Live Session)

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Another upstart you'll want to be keeping your eyes and ears on this year is 24-year-old Atlanta singer and snappy dresser Janelle Monae, who recalls everyone from Prince and Little Richard right up to OutKast's Andre 3000 and Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes on superb debut album The ArchAndroid - a record which is already, quite rightly, being hailed as one of the albums of the decade. Here you can watch Monae make her television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman last month, performing rolling funk anthem 'Tightrope', which she absolutely kills with equally knock-out vocals and dance moves. Believe the hype.

Track: Pumped Up Kicks

2010-06-14 00:00:00


LA foursome Foster The People are so new they don't even have a MySpace page yet. Still, with a massive choon like this one on their books, it's only a matter of time before we're hearing annoying cries of "The next MGMT!" and "2010's Passion Pit". Debut single 'Pumped Up Kicks' is so damn summery, you'll have organised at least a dozen garden barbeques before these four minutes are up. Get it before it's hot. Get it here: www.fosterthepeople.com

Track: Home (Live Session)

2010-06-14 00:00:00


With Becoming A Jackal riding high in the Irish charts, Conor O'Brien continues to make magic all over our little planet, this time in Abbesses, Paris with a nomadic, acoustic version of album track 'Home'. Beautifully shot and even more beautifully performed in the cobbled streets of the city, this is a clip to watch again and again. If you're still standing when his heartfelt lyrics sync up with the surroundings ("The flames wander throught the city... and out of the blaze appears a face") or when he hits those money notes while climbing to the top of a set of unidentified steps, you simply aren't human.

Track: Oxytocin

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Described by the Floating Sprog himself as a song about "watching someone you love having a brain hemorrhage", 'Oxytocin' sees Scottish musician Iain Campbell channel blip experts like Beck and Aphex Twin. Thankfully, for all the Chad Kroeger snarling in the vocals, it all ends in a fabulously euphoric electronic climax.

Track: A.D.D.S.U.V.

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Newcomer Uffie is a Miami-born, Hong Kong-raised, Paris-based electro artist, vocalist, rapper, entertainer, producer and songwriter. If you're still with me, she's also mega annoying. This blippy mess of a tune is somewhat saved by the ever-divine Pharrell Williams though, who spits genius lines like "You probably wanna know what planet we on/ Can't help if I see everything in neon."

Track: Only By The Night

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Dublin foursome Soundproof have been knocking about for a while now, thrilling music lovers on the Northside of the city with their winding, Doors-esque mega-riffs. 'Only By The Night' is seriously catchy stuff, helped in no small part by Neil O'Donoghue's fearless indie growl.

Track: Back in Dublin City when the Fix was In

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Dublin's got its very own hepcat in singer-songwriter Sean Millar, who showcases some of his most experimental material to date on Of The People, his 856th(ish) release in a 20-year career. On this track, tribal wood flute, a Waits-esque growl and some cleverly downtrodden lyrics ("I was told my efforts were embarrassing/People like me should move to Berlin") show why Doctor Millar is one of Ireland's shiniest diamonds in the rough.

Track: Up All Night

2010-06-14 00:00:00


There's something terribly grating about Limerick trio We Should Be Dead, from Tara Nix's Kelly Clarkson croon to the fuzzy synth hook on the second half of 'Up All Night'. Somehow all this discomfort makes for a hell of a catchy tune (don't ask me how they do it – I call it the Mika effect). Though buzzing with noise (electronic and organic) there's no OTT flashiness on this track - just pop, shaken not stirred.

Track: Kiss that Grrrl

2010-06-14 00:00:00


A cutesy tale of female jealousy, 'Kiss That Grrrl' sees Kate Nash croon about her love rival: "She's instantly more pretty and more interesting than me." Hmm... the second single from My Best Friend Is You is the blandest pop tune I've heard all year, and certainly not representative of the quirky hook-laden lite rock you can find elsewhere on the record.

Track: Template

2010-06-14 00:00:00


If previous single 'The Routine' was an anthem for the good time gal, new single 'Template' is a lament for her moodier sister. Hugely emotive stuff from the Von Shakes this time round and an altogether more interesting sound for the four Dubliners. File under "heartbreak rock".

Track: Carrying the Fire

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Rather than slapping us upside the head with an all-new sound, The Walls have gone back to basics with 'Carrying The Fire', ditching The Hives-esque rock we loved on 2005's New Dawn Breaking for a fat, old school groove. Granted, Steve Wall’s vocals aren't sounding the Mae West, but the warpy retro guitar just about makes up for the creak in the Clare native's voice.

Track: Not Afraid

2010-06-14 00:00:00


More of the same from Detroit's shadiest character, 'Not Afraid' carries a predictably unexciting melody and tired message (he's not afraid to take a stand... or something). Best leave it on the iShelf and save your iPennies for upcoming Rihanna collaboration 'Love The Way You Lie'.

Track: Neil Armsong

2010-06-14 00:00:00


There are moments of routine folk fare on Keith Mullins' half symphonic, half acoustic debut album The Great Atlantic. 'Neil Armstrong' is certainly not one of them. Inspired by an afternoon spent drawing with his niece, this track kicks off with Mullins musing, "How'd you get to be an astronaut?/Is what I'd like to ask you Neil Armstrong/As I colour you in...". A moment of perfect whimsy.

Track: Burning Hell

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Sweet, darling Tom, how I've missed your sultry, earth-moving, hip-shaking, pant-dropping drawl! This cover of John Lee Hooker's 1959 hit, recorded to celebrate Jones' 70th birthday, shows the man's still got real blues swagger, 47 years into his career. Worth getting your panties in a twist over.

Track: Take Everything

2010-06-14 00:00:00


The three members of Dublin outfit The Capitals look only a few months shy of their fifth birthdays. That's not to say these kids don't really know their stuff. Taking cues from the likes of White Denim and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 'Take Everything' creates an immediate impression and leaves bands twice (or even three or four times) their age floundering in the trio's dust. Someone give The Capitals a gold star!

Album: Revolver Soul

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Brixton growlers debut new genre of menacing disco

Album: Pulse

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Superb vocals lost in lifeless melodies

Album: American Slang

2010-06-14 00:00:00


More of the same from the New Jersey rockers

Album: Minutes

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Forceful dynamo of a record from Large and In Charge trio

Interview: Run as you are

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Jogging was born when Dublin indie-pop outfit Coldspoon Conspiracy finally called it a day. "We looked for new musicians for the bones of three years," Ronan Jackson remembers. "We auditioned about 14 people and nothing was clicking. It got to the stage where it was ridiculous. We either had to split up altogether or do something, do some gigs. Myself and Darren (Craig, guitarist) decided we'd start singing to get things back on the road again. It was a last resort at that stage. Neither of us can sing a melody. We had to kind of change things around to suit our barking! We wouldn't be 'Do Re Me' kind of singers and be able to hit a lot of notes. We're fairly rough and ready."

Interview: Navan it large

2010-06-14 00:00:00


He's received admiring glances from Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and the artist currently known as Prince. But a flirtation with a military career meant SIMON FAGAN very nearly missed out on his calling as a songwriter. Now, with his debut album hitting the shelves, the Co Meath lad is putting a decade of classical training to good use.

Track: Small Towns Make Graves

2010-06-03 00:00:00


Clearly influenced by Suede and The Stone Roses, Limerick newbies Red Dead Light aren't a particularly unique outfit but that doesn't take away from 'Small Towns Make Graves' - a well-formed rock ditty that's sure to rattle a few bones down South.

Track: Black Lemonade

2010-06-03 00:00:00


They've been keeping a relatively low profile of late but The Funeral Suits are still one of Dublin's best-loved live acts. Tiding us over until the release of their debut LP (which demos suggest will be nothing short of massive when it finally sees the light of day), 'Black Lemonade' is a grinding, guitar-led gem with a chorus to knock your socks right off. More please.

Track: Wrap Me Up

2010-06-03 00:00:00


Rough Trade's hottest new signing, 21-year-old Joe Worricker has a show-stopping set of pipes on him, which call to mind the gender ambiguity of Antony Hegarty and Nina Simone. Amid a mass of handclaps and looped hums, 'Wrap Me Up' isnt going to break any ground but still spells glorious things ahead for the Essex lad.

Track: Are You Gonna Sleep Tonight?

2010-06-03 00:00:00


Another eerie helping from DIY maestro Conor Furlong. Air-infused lullaby 'Are You Gonna Sleep Tonight?' shows the singer's quaking vocals at their oddball best.

Track: Walk Don't Walk

2010-06-03 00:00:00


Belfast electronica duo and remixers extraordinaire Skibunny have taken a chance on 'Walk Don't Walk' (from their adorably-titled LP Hugs which gets a release in September) and it's paid off - it's a worthwhile shoegazey choon with cleverly pulsating beats and a suitably huge chorus.

Track: Dancing On My Own

2010-06-03 00:00:00


'Dancing On My Own' finds Swedish pixie Robyn in da club all on her tod, re-enacting the classic sob story of a girl watching her ex- cop off with his new squeeze. Early reviews of her upcoming fifth album have been very kind indeed, but I'm not sold on this track. Our heroine aims for sweeping emotion; all I'm getting is juvenile lyrics and plodding melody. Certainly no threat to the blippy magic sounds her future tour buddy Kelis is making these days.

Track: Hearts Don't Lie

2010-06-03 00:00:00


Taken from her underwhelming second album, 'Hearts Don't Lie' is an undeniably hooky break from the banal and bizarre fare we found on Ten, and boasts some real '80s Diana Ross appeal. Could happily play along with the likes of Gloria Gaynor or Chic on any good disco dancefloor line-up.

Track: Zorbing

2010-06-03 00:00:00


Oxford folk rockers Stornoway have a stirring tune on their hands with 'Zorbing', a folky wonder complete with hollow cavemen chants and uplifting horns. Mumford and his sons had better watch their backs.

Track: Writing You Off

2010-06-03 00:00:00


Another pleasant homegrown surprise, this time from Cork's The Butterfly Graveyard, 'Writing You Off' is a stellar example of truly lovely atmospheric rock, with enough dips and peaks to still fascinate after four or five listens.

Track: Triple Trouble

2010-06-03 00:00:00


It may be the baby of Galway's Mike Smalle (ie. the man behind defunct Choice-nominated band Cane 141), but the name B-Movie Lightning isn't likely to ring any bells. Hell, it doesn't even make sense, but that's all about to change thanks to 'Triple Trouble', an accomplished piece of disco-centric dance pop that clashes minimal beats with soaring, whooping vocals.

Track: Self Machine

2010-06-03 00:00:00


Usually I'd feel bad harping on about a musician's overachieving parents. However, Coco Sumner sounds so much like her Pop, there's really nothing for it but to get it all out in the open - the girl's a 19-year-old Sting, hiked up an octave. Phew. Now don't we all feel better? Aside from the unfortunate mental image of Daddy Sumner in a mini-skirt and Dr. Martens, 'Self Machine' is a layered-up nugget of electro-pop gold, riding on a clever and rather touching premise.

Track: Tenderoni

2010-06-03 00:00:00


Before we go any further with this review, I would like to thank Google for teaching me that a Tenderoni is an underage love interest and not a type of pasta. This, the first solo release from Bloc Party man Kele Okereke, boasts freak-out electro beats, understated vocals and some killer tribal drums. Those of you inclined towards the male form, check out the accompanying D'Angelo-esque music video and thank me later.

Live: Heineken Green Spheres gig, live at the Academy

2010-05-21 00:00:00


Famed for untamed thrash guitar, Foals have discovered the merit of 'hush' en route to their sophomore record...

Live: Florence & The Machine Live at The Olympia, Dublin

2010-05-20 00:00:00


Florence Live: a gypsy, a witch and a diva

Fashion: Nightmare on Wall St

2010-05-20 00:00:00


The curious connection between fashion and evil

Track: Irritant (Free Album)

2010-05-19 00:00:00


Cork based grindcore duo I'll Eat Your Face have been knocking around for a while now, garnering infamy for their hilariously-titled craze rock (if 'Really Long Arms', 'Eyes Full Of Shit' and 'Dr. Pancake's Luxurious Ratskin Housecoat' weren't rather fantastic songs, I'd probably say they were anyway), which they've now thoughtfully piled into a 12-track album and posted up on Bandcamp for all to pillage. IEYF's debut Irritant is just that - an awesome piece of sonic mayhem to stick on when you find your insides in dire need of shaking up. Download it from: illeatyourface.bandcamp.com

Track: (Sampling Database)

2010-05-19 00:00:00


A community site for exploring and discussing the DNA of music, Whosampled.com is a genius piece of internet bounty that places thousands of sampled and covered tracks side by side. A mecca of both new music and old gems that fell between the woodwork, Whosampled.com is a really fun place to learn how tunes like GaGa's 'Poker Face' would never have existed without Boney M.'s 1977 disco non-hit 'Ma Baker' or see how 45-year-old iCrooner Richard Cleese's version of 'Shake Ya Ass' compares to Mystikal's 2000 original. They've also got a pretty nifty blog going, which counts down the likes of The 10 Most Sampled Breakbeats Of All Time or 10 Vocal Samples You've Heard A Million Times Before But Never Knew Where They Were From. Then theres the added bonus of embedded streams of pesky artists like Prince and Van Morrison. Listen at: www.whosampled.com

Track: Butterfly House

2010-05-19 00:00:00


A scary new direction for Merseyside indie legends The Coral, 'Butterfly House' has already drawn more than a few comparisons with The Byrds, as well as modern folk-rockers such as Midlake and Field Music. The shoopy rock ballad, their first release in three years, can be yours from the lads' own website for the price of your email address. Download it from: www.thecoral.co.uk

News: Counterpoint

2010-05-19 00:00:00


The extra-terrestrially blissful 'Counterpoint' is certainly a floorfiller in waiting. However, there's more to enjoy here than just an air-thumping beat. Our favourite Mancs have cleverly loaded this one up layer after layer, making for an altogether lovely freak-out tune.

Track: Let the Ground Break Through My Head

2010-05-19 00:00:00


Sweeping alt. rock of the highest order backs up all the great things we've been hearing about Dundalk fivesome Take The Money And Run. 'Let The Ground Break Through My Head' comes by way of the exceedingly peppy EP Loud.Pretty.Sad.

News: DJ (I Could Be Dancing)

2010-05-19 00:00:00


Anders SG's shoegazey vocals meld beautifully with Stine Bramsen's cheery pop croon on 'DJ (I Could Be Dancing)' whilst a Calvin Harris-esque break near the end breathes some new life into the great Danes' shtick. The chorus, I'm afraid, is distinctly 'meh', so I guess the jury is well and truly out.

Track: Black Eyes

2010-05-19 00:00:00


Moody as you like, with 'Black Eyes', Sweet Jane front lady Lydia Des Dolles evokes a happily drowsy Alison Mosshart. Set faces to po for upcoming debut album Sugar For My Soul.

Track: Love You To Life

2010-05-19 00:00:00


'Who can define infinity?' 'Is fear the air you breathe?' Mad for the questions, that Grace Jones is. The former Studio 54 queen sounds as wonderfully barmy as ever on 'Love You To Life'. That being said, something about the crystal clear production makes me pine for the the tinny '80s clangs and hisses of her earlier material.

Track: Secret History

2010-05-19 00:00:00


Ah, remember Rock 'n' Roll? Raw anger never sounded so good as on 'Secret History' - a bone-rattling, vulgar mess of a track in the very best sense (Aside: it makes us very happy indeed to hear two slightly crazed tracks clocking in at under two minutes this week.)

Track: Basketballs

2010-05-19 00:00:00


Big on glockenspiel, 'Basketballs' sees Dublin multi-instumentalists GPO take a turn towards the experimental, and pull it off with irresistible gusto. Make haste to iTunes; this one's 97 seconds of quirky bliss... only please, don't watch the stomach-churning music video.

Track: Summertime

2010-05-19 00:00:00


'Summertime' starts off as your run of the mill guitar ballad but happily changes, with an understated Simon and Garfunkel-esque flourish, into a quirky beachtime frolick. Expect something slightly left of field from Dubliner Walker's upcoming album.

Track: Turn It Up

2010-05-19 00:00:00


I've been known dismiss pop Gidget Pixie Lott as a stock example of a new breed of bland soulstresses on more than one occasion. And yet, vibey summer sizzler 'Turn It Up' has made me find a soft spot for the Bromley teen. I'm still not convinced she had much to do with the creation of the track. But Lottie in breezy R 'n' B mode is OK by me.

Track: Graphs

2010-05-19 00:00:00


It seems KVX, an all-girl alt.rock outfit from the People's Republic, fancy themselves as a mix between Heathers and And So I Watch You From Afar, which sounds to me like an unholy mess. As it happens, 'Graphs' proves them to be a very clever and nifty group of musicians indeed, who've fused sweet harmonies and math rock guitars into a near effortless cocktail. Oh, and there's some pretty seamless flute and violin breaks in there too. Dirty rotten overachievers.

Track: What A Beautiful Noise

2010-05-19 00:00:00


Kilkenny boy Jeremy Hickey's really been living up to his 'Rarely Seen Above Ground' acronym over the last 12 months by keeping his multi-talented head firmly out of sight. From upcoming second album Be It Right Or Wrong, 'The Roamer' is a gutsy departure for the solo sticksman who's allowed his own trembling vocals to take centre stage, steering him to an altogether mellower head-space.

Interview: Headline Act: Use Your Delusion

2010-05-19 00:00:00


Having bagged the prestigious Best Band award at Indie Week Canada, Leitrim/Limerick collective WALTER MITTY AND THE REALISTS wasted no time getting into the studio. Celina Murphy meets front boy Niall McTeigue to talk beat boxing, bromance and mistaken identity.

Album: Darwin Deez

2010-05-12 00:00:00


Magical celestial pop from a loser’s bedroom

Interview: Bombay Dreams

2010-05-12 00:00:00


Shoegazey fireballs like 'Always Like This' and 'Magnet' made them the hottest Londoners on the block last year, so why have Bombay Bicycle Club gone all downbeat on us?

Live: Friends of the Earth

2010-05-07 00:00:00


Environmental do-gooders Friends Of The Earth and promoters Turning Pirate combined forces on Earth Day, April 22 for “the mother of all gigs”.

Track: Starstrukk (live session)

2010-05-06 00:00:00


Just when you think it couldn't get any weirder than N-Dubz covering The Script on the Beeb's Live Lounge, Marina Diamandis is making over crunkcore kids 3Oh!3 with a lick of string quartet. The original 'Starstrukk' (should the spelling be insufficient warning) was a sleazy tale of power perving delivered at breakneck speed by the 3Oh!3 fellas and annoying cohort Katy Perry. While Ms. Diamandis' baritone can be just as grating, the feisty 24-year-old has got it really right on this one, transforming the tune into a gut-wrenching ballad with a flash of Kate Bush genius sorely missing from debut album The Family Jewels. Who'd have thunk the words "Tight jeans, Double D's, makes the man go whoo! whoo!" could be so heartbreaking?

Track: A Little at a Time (Strand's Remix)

2010-05-06 00:00:00


A stripped-back arrangement, clever bleeps a la Primal Scream and a distorted vocal make Dublin lads 202s' 'A Little At A Time' an undiluted electronic treat. Download it here: 202s.bandcamp.com/album/202s-virtual-7-inch-1

Track: Stylo (live session)

2010-05-06 00:00:00


Sincerest apologies for the Damon Albarn overload, but there are more than enough talent cats storming the stage for this Later With Jools Holland performance to take your mind off the busy Britpopper. Cartoon band my eye.

Track: Fool's Day (free download)

2010-05-06 00:00:00


Has it really been seven years since the last new music from Blur? 'Fools Day' is textbook Blur with a classic Coxon riff to close out the track. Even better - you can download it for free. Download it from here: www.blur.co.uk

Track: Born Free (music video)

2010-05-06 00:00:00


Making GaGa's 'Telephone' vid look like something by Doris Day, M.I.A.'s 'Born Free' music video-cum-short film is obscene, attention-seeking and ruthlessly violent, making it a perfect partner for the track itself. Ethnic cleansing, middle-aged sex and a milion other things I'm not comfortable seeing on a Wednesday afternoon get an airing in the Sri Lankan renaissance woman's vid, which has been banned by the powers that be at YouTube. I'll let you make up your own mind on the gratuitous violence, but I challenge anyone to knock French director Romain Gavras' stunning cinematography.

Track: Window Seat

2010-05-06 00:00:00


Silken fare from R'n'B maven Badu and a track that's guaranteed to please fans of 1997's Baduizm. Even better news - unfold the CD sleeve and it's a boarding pass for Amerykah Airlines!

Track: Celestica

2010-05-06 00:00:00


The glitch-pop Canadian duo are on top form with the rich and longing, if a little oddly-named 'Celestica', the first single from their oh-so-hyped second LP. Alice Glass sounds downright vulnerable. However, a throbbing house beat soon takes our minds to a dancier place.

Track: Forever and Ever Amen

2010-05-06 00:00:00


Not to be muddled up with the 1987 Randy Travis classic, The Drums' 'Forever And Ever Amen' is sweet in a kind of downbeat Ian Curtis way. But it's still not a patch on 'Let's Go Surfing' and the other whooping lovelies on the trendy young shoegazers' upcoming eponymous debut. I never thought I'd say this, but lash on Randy Travis instead.

Track: Love is a Hurricane

2010-05-06 00:00:00


Not the worst song we've ever heard from Keating and Co. Ronan handles lead vocals on 'Love Is A Hurricane'. Hardcore fans will be glad of a mildly convincing 'Rollercoaster'-era whoop.

Track: At the Indie Disco

2010-05-06 00:00:00


As you might be expecting, 'At The Indie Disco' namechecks more '80s favourites than Dave Fanning's iPod, and quite simply, no-one but Sir Hannon could pull it off, especially with twee lyrics like "She makes my heart beat the same way/As at the start of 'Blue Monday'." A confident dose of no-frills baroque and I smell a sneaky hit.

Track: Kids Like John Need A Hero (The Glorious Dead)

2010-05-05 00:00:00


Flipping and shifting tempo like the best of them, Belfast trio Strait Laces present 'Kids Like John Need A Hero (The Glorious Dead'). It's a complex and accomplished tune and, quite frankly, a total surprise. Thoughtful, but they're giving it loads - in short, these kids got moxy.

Track: Firefly

2010-05-05 00:00:00


An unfortunately named track from Dublin roots maestros Tupelo (will that pesky Owl City never take a hint?), 'Firefly' is swinging banjo led trad at its purest and best.

Track: Don't Panic/Real Friends

2010-05-05 00:00:00


Sugary vocals and catchy riffs are the very reason we fell for Talulah Does The Hula last year. 'Real Friends' is the perkier of the tracks on the double release, with dreamy guitars and all the authentic doo wop you could want.

Track: Us and the US

2010-05-05 00:00:00


A former member of The Blonde Majority, Dubliner Aoife Cleary reappeared as if from nowhere. She's now sounding like a mixture between an oestrogen injected member of Air and a vintage Madonna. Supremely catchy stuff.

Track: Miss You Much

2010-05-05 00:00:00


For those who don't know, Veda is Ireland's biggest drag superstar. This is painfully hip. 'Miss You Much' shimmers with cutting lyrics ("I get bored selling make-up to coordinated girls/Candy-coloured blush might give them a rush/But it doesn't rock my world").

Track: You've Been Released

2010-05-05 00:00:00


The musical offspring of German-born and Irish-raised Yngve Wieland, Yngve And The Innocent is officially an alt. folk diamond in the rough. Taken from the Nothing Was Delivered EP, 'You've Been Released' does well by some tinkling keys and understated vocals.

Track: You Won

2010-05-05 00:00:00


Belfast boy Sean Ormsby on vocals and guitar is joined by Fabien Pinardon (France), Marco Morelli (Spain) and Mike Walker (some unpronounceable place in Scotland). Together they form Edinburgh based Night Noise Team, a retro-pop outfit with serious funk abilities. Ormsby’s tripped out and quaky vocal gives NNT a captivating edge, this song is thoroughly delicious.

Interview: Bells Of The Ball

2010-05-05 00:00:00


An injury for all three members could have meant curtains for Kildare electro rockers Miracle Bell. Somehow they managed to come out of the studio with all their bits still in the right places. Celina Murphy meets the indestructible trio to talk fate, mannequins and Susan Sarandon’s foray into post-punk.

Album: Our Little Secrets

2010-05-04 00:00:00


Divine alt. folk debut from new troubadour on the block

Fashion: Sweet Like Candy

2010-05-04 00:00:00


When it comes to colour, you can either push the envelope with daring hues or take a more subtle approach with coy pastels.

Live: The Trinity Ball 2010

2010-04-29 00:00:00


It was swell, Trinity - just get me to bed a little earlier next year.

Album: Songs For Sooner

2010-04-27 00:00:00


More of the same from Dublin-based Aussie.

Track: Just Like Rome

2010-04-23 00:00:00


With steel guitar and timeless crooning, intimate ditty 'Just Like Rome' shows those Nashville sessions have stood to Dubliner Glass. Here be near-perfect Americana.

Track: Downtown

2010-04-23 00:00:00


No, it's not a Petula Clark cover (aw, fiddlesticks). Still, that doesn't mean you're not getting a quality track from the Stefmeister, taken from last year's splendid 100 Midnights album. The hairy rocker's in fine form on 'Downtown', with baroque pop and timeless lyrics to beat the (equally mighty) band.

Track: The Oxfam EP

2010-04-23 00:00:00


From the wonderful brains at the monthly Nighthawks club in Dublin's Cobalt Cafe, this collection of tracks proves there's more to musical comedy than record-breaking Kiwi duos. With all proceeds going directly to Oxfam, highlights include Trevor Browne's happily aloof 'Break-Up Song' and poetry from Colm Keegan, one of Dublin's best kept literary secrets.

Track: As We Enter

2010-04-23 00:00:00


Long held in high esteem in the snootiest of hip-hop circles, Nas' rep has slipped somewhat in prestige in the last decade (partly to do with naming his 2008 album after the N word, and partly with a brief marriage to funky popstress Kelis, see above). However, with the no-frills rap and powerhouse reggae union on 'As We Enter', Mr. Jones is well on his way to reclaiming his cred.

Track: One Born Every Minute

2010-04-23 00:00:00


At first, the repetitive melody on 'One Born Every Minute' plods along unspectacularly. And yet something about Babyshambles man Adam Ficek's juvenile vocals save this track from the pile marked "anti-folk cack".

Track: Pretty Girls

2010-04-23 00:00:00


DC rapper Wale has some serious post-Kanye flow going on. Sampling Motown, he's forged a distinctly swinging hip-hop debut.

Track: Devil Shoes

2010-04-23 00:00:00


Navan boys The Whatmans are known to specialise in feisty, thumping alt-rock. No surprise, then, that 'Devils Shoes' is reminiscent more of Montana than Meath. File under ballsy indie.

Track: Take It

2010-04-23 00:00:00


Mixing Irish raptronica with delicate Eastern gospel, 'Take It' has already earned Dublin lads Noise Control big props. They've drafted in British-born Shahin Badar (who you may remember as the howling minx on the Prodigy's 'Smack My Bitch Up') for some dizzying vocal acrobatics, and the result is a brave and powerful dance track.

Track: Acapella

2010-04-23 00:00:00


Humming and swooning in true Donna Summer mode, 'Acapella' shows that one-time novelty act Kelis is one of the only noughties R 'n' B darlings clever enough to hold our interest in Oh Ten. Fair play to her!

Track: The Ring

2010-04-23 00:00:00


Listening to the title-track from soul maestro Jamie Lidell's upcoming album Compass, our suspicion was that he'd moved in a more experimental direction. While 'The Ring' is not without its moments of oddball warp (is that trumpet having a seizure?), it also sees the young Brit revert to bone-shaking skyscraper soul. The result? A little bit of Stevie Wonder and a 'Little Bit Of Feel Good', all in one tune.

Track: Don't Mind Me

2010-04-23 00:00:00


'Don't Mind Me' is the standout track from the Waterford/Cork collective's Reverie EP, their first since signing to Universal. Whistle-happy keyboardist Phil Christie takes lead vocals on this melancholic ditty. Along with dreamy guitars, subtle horns and the ever-charming harmonies of his cohorts, his syrupy croon makes 'Don't Mind Me' a truly fascinating pop nugget.

Track: Open Up Your Mind

2010-04-23 00:00:00


A low-key acoustic turn for Monaghan rockers Froud, 'Open Up Your Mind' still reeks of their signature tough guy rock, only this time with (approximately) 33% more devastation. As far as we're concerned Martin O'Neill's punchy vocals trump the Nickleback bellow any day of the week.

Track: Primrose Lane

2010-04-23 00:00:00


Primrose Lane is the perfect soundtrack to the recent seasonal weather weve been enjoying. With frolicsome Beatles-inspired vocals and brilliantly tragic lyrics coming out their ears (I miss you sometimes when Im drunk and I want to go out), Id wager thered be a lot less scowling at bus stops if all music was this much fun.

Track: Don't Mind Me

2010-04-23 00:00:00


Dont Mind Me is the standout track from the Waterford/Cork collectives Reverie EP, their first since signing to Universal. Whistle-happy keyboardist Phil Christie takes lead vocals on this melancholic ditty. Along with dreamy guitars, subtle horns and the ever-charming harmonies of his cohorts, his syrupy croon makes Dont Mind Me a truly fascinating pop nugget.

Live: John Butler Trio Live at The Olympia, Dublin

2010-04-23 00:00:00


Two full hours and about a dozen guitars later, I’m exhausted and frankly, a little jaded.

Live: Wild Beasts with Villagers live at The Academy, Dublin

2010-04-21 00:00:00


It was a privilege to have them back in our midst.

Track: Breakneck Speed (free MP3)

2010-04-20 00:00:00


Your favourite Ontario spazz-rockers are back and they're following in the footsteps of pretty much every other band making music these days by releasing their first single as a free download. Headspinningly punchy EP A Lesson In Crime was a personal favourite back in 2007 (I always did like a band that could work their moniker haphazardly into their lyrics), but ironically enough 'Breakneck Speed' is miles mellower than anything weve heard from the Canadian quartet before. Dynamic in a whole new way, prepare to agree with frontman David Monk when he chants; "It's good to be back/good to be back."

Track: Live in Sydney (free EP)

2010-04-20 00:00:00


Evidenced by the deafening cheers that kick off EP opener 'Liztomania', Parisian rockers Phoenix are one of the best live acts on the planet right now, and to prove it they've released a smattering of tracks recorded at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion for bubcus! Tunes getting a live airing are exclusively taken from the phenomenal Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, including an epic 10-minute rendition of dreamy disco-fused instrumental piece 'Love Like A Sunset' and the particularly yummy 'Lasso'. Now if only we could get the talented French buggers to schedule themselves an Irish date...

Track: Bittersweet

2010-04-20 00:00:00


I feel somewhat cheated. Surely it didnt take Sophie Ellis-Bextor three years to make something no more exciting than a Kylie b-side? 'Bittersweet' has none of the disco energy of her past hits and relies on a drab trance beat. She can try, but Roisin Murphy, she ain't.

Track: Dirty Picture

2010-04-20 00:00:00


With a grinding bassline that recalls Benny Benassi's pervy hit 'Satisfaction', this track's got a pretty heavy beat going for it (if you can forgive a truly lifeless intro). Cruz I could take or leave, but the delightfully vulgar Ke$ha is a guilty pleasure for keeps.

Track: Carry Out

2010-04-20 00:00:00


Yet another totally disposable tune from Timba and and Timberlake, this time based around a handful of hackneyed Drive-Thru allusions. The only props came by way of a cowbell and triangle-heavy outro, which inspired me to download Mr. Mosly's superb 1998 album Tim's Bio: Life From Da Bassment. I advise you to forfeit 'Carry Out' and do the same.

Track: Mister Sun

2010-04-20 00:00:00


I once read that 'I Love You', signature tune of purple TV personality and all-round good guy Barney The Dinosaur was used by interrogators at Guantanamo Bay as a form of aural torture, to coerce detainees into confessing to their crimes. You might recognise the hook on FLC's 'Mister Sun' from the aforementioned prehistoric cuddlebugs popular television series and for the sake of being nice to be nice, lets say the comparisons end there.

Track: Stop For a Minute

2010-04-20 00:00:00


It seems suspiciously like Keane have taken a peek into The Script's new material with 'Stop For A Minute', taken from upcoming EP Night Train. Accompanied by Somali/Canadian rapper K'Naan (stupidly punctuated name, I know, but the man's got a damn good flow), this one reeks of charity single, (see tired lyrics like "Sometimes I wanna change everything I've ever done/Too tired to fight and yet too scared to run"). Ah well, its better than anything on the dreadful Perfect Symmetry at least.

Track: Drop the World

2010-04-20 00:00:00


It's really a shame that a massive hip-hop collaboration like this gets debuted with half of its composing team locked up in Rikers Island jail. Blip-rap melodrama 'Drop The World' is probably the best thing about Lil Wayne's seventh studio outing, Rebirth an otherwise lacklustre follow up to 2008's Grammy Award-winning (and really rather banging, actually) Tha Carter III. Mr. Carter and Em's slyly melodic rhymes meld together fantastically.

Live: Home Sessions

2010-04-20 00:00:00


To get appetites whetted for his long-awaited debut album, Conor J. O'Brien presents the Home Sessions, a trio of songs filmed in various nooks of the Dubliner's own dwelling; namely 'The Pact (I'll Be Your Fever)', 'Pieces' and current single 'Becoming A Jackal'. For newcomers to camp Villagers, this is a nice little taster for his upcoming stunner of a debut, while hardcore fans will be pleased to find out what type of washing up liquid graces the O'Brien platters.

Track: Little Red

2010-04-19 00:00:00


If anyone else tried to base a folk song on the age-old story of Little Red Riding Hood, I might be inclined to blow their house right down (whoops... wrong fairytale), but quirk factory Cathy Davey has managed to do the wolf proud. Boasting twee lyrics, gently whooping vocals and jangley production that rings of '70s-era Temptations, 'Little Red' is a veritable Motown folktale.

Album: The Great Atlantic

2010-04-19 00:00:00


Ex-Pier Nineteen man makes charming solo debut

Track: Honeyskippin'

2010-04-19 00:00:00


Messy, brash, and full of Southern soul, with 'Honeyskippin'' Dubliners The Hot Sprockets are calling to mind the kind of filthy country we used to love before the world overdosed on Kings Of Leon.

Track: One by One

2010-04-19 00:00:00


By the sounds of 'One By One', Nordy foursome The Beat Poets have epic rock flowing from every orifice. Thankfully, John Dinsmore's enviable falsetto gives the track a menacing edge.

Track: Magpie's Nest

2010-04-19 00:00:00


Gavin Mulhall's trip rock ballad 'Magpie's Nest' is certainly not short of a bit of gloom and doom but some scrappy guitar soon snaps the Dublin man out of his euphonic coma.

Fashion: Through The Looking Glass

2010-04-19 00:00:00


From the versatility of the great white shirt to cutesy sailor flannels and indie boy denims, white’s always been a go-to colour for a radical change of mood.

Album: Congratulations

2010-04-14 00:00:00


Brooklyn hit makers take a turn for the freaky

Live: IMRO Showcase live at Crawdaddy, Dublin

2010-04-13 00:00:00


Saccade, Get Me Moscow, Hello Moon and The Cast Of Cheers all make for a great night of new local music.

Live: Paloma Faith Live at Vicar Street, Dublin

2010-04-07 00:00:00


The Hackney lass croons effortlessly and assuredly from the get-go.

Interview: Don't Feel Like Danson

2010-04-07 00:00:00


Their first gig was just four weeks ago and they’re barely together five months, so why is it so important you hear The Cast Of Cheers? Celina Murphy meets the Dublin foursome whose unconventional route makes them the most exciting new things in Irish rock.

Interview: Merchant's Key

2010-04-01 00:00:00


When she began work on Leave Your Sleep in 2005, Natalie Merchant had never had a project so big on her hands. Celina Murphy meets the former 10,000 Maniacs front woman to discuss her epic fifth solo album.

Album: Chariot

2010-03-31 00:00:00


Giddy Dubliners serve up untamed instrumental rock...with vocals.

Interview: The Remains Of The Fray

2010-03-31 00:00:00


On the one hand, they’ve sold out some of the biggest venues in the UK. On the other, you probably can’t remember the names of any of their songs. Celina Murphy talks to front man Liam Fray about the paradox of The Courteeners.

Live: Mumford & Sons, Live at The Academy

2010-03-26 00:00:00


Some might feel it’s all a bit samey. But there’s no doubting that the fans lap the whole thing up.

Album: Lights

2010-03-24 00:00:00


Starry-eyed debut hits more often than misses.

Interview: Atlantic Records

2010-03-24 00:00:00


With a breezy mix of Americana and folk, Keith Mullins is a singer-songwriter with serious chops. Celina Murphy talks to the Galway man about fate, astronauts and the great Atlantic.

Interview: Living La Vida Modo

2010-03-23 00:00:00


Frontman with Newbridge duo King Modo Paul Keogh explains how two bessie mates came up trumps on their self-titled debut LP by turning to stripped-back melodic rock.

Interview: In Clane In The Membrane

2010-03-23 00:00:00


Evoking an early hybrid of The Police and The Jam, Clane rockers Planet Parade have rustled themselves up some extraordinary support slots in their short career, including opening for the almighty Passion Pit in Cork’s Savoy this very month. Celina Murphy meets mainman Michael Hopkins.

Fashion: Nude for Thought

2010-03-22 00:00:00


A look of sophisticated and understated glamour, and one that won’t leave you blending in with the wallpaper.

Interview: Screen-Age Kicks

2010-03-19 00:00:00


Their spiky dancefloor hit ‘I Can Talk’ is fast becoming this year’s ‘A-Punk’ and they’re about to take their extraordinary live show Stateside, piggybacking with the almighty Phoenix. Given that Kanye West, Daft Punk and Wayne Coyne are already fans, where do Bangor trio Two Door Cinema Club go from here? Celina Murphy catches up with the local boys done good.

Album: Broken Bells

2010-03-16 00:00:00


Superduo serve up debut record with Mongrel Heart

Live: Local Natives live at The Academy 2

2010-03-12 00:00:00


LN's awesome Indie barbershop has been well supported all night by a hopelessly charmed crowd, who turn four and five-part harmonies into seventeen-part chants.

Live: NeYo Live at The O2, Dublin

2010-03-10 00:00:00


More Usher than Chris Brown, Ne-Yo is an R’n’B act with serious style and serious vocal ability.

Interview: Girl on the Run.

2010-03-09 00:00:00


Louth-based alternative fivesome TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN may call to mind a bunch of musical fugitives, but there’s no tracking down a band that mixes Vocoder distortion with banjo strumming.

Interview: Twelve Angry Men.

2010-03-09 00:00:00


From a chance encounter in a bar to sharing a microphone with Ollie Cole in Turn’s heyday, Dundalk fivesome REDTWELVE have pretty much seen it all.

Album: Kingdom of Ghosts

2010-03-08 00:00:00


Multi-layered spookfest from relocated Dubliners

Album: Sweet 7

2010-03-05 00:00:00


Sweet zero from Sugababe-shaped R’n’B honeybots

Interview: Ark Life

2010-03-05 00:00:00


Currently readying herself for a tour with Laura Marling, 19-year-old Alessi Laurent-Marke, aka ALESSI’S ARK, spills the beans on how founding her own ’zine resulted in her recording with Bright Eyes man Mike Mogis.

Album: Ten

2010-03-04 00:00:00


Teen soulstress takes futuristic turn for the worst.

Reports: Belles of the Bald

2010-03-03 00:00:00


Ray D’Arcy and co. take it all off as part of Today FM’s SHAVE OR DYE campaign for the Irish Cancer Society.

Live: Jamie T Live at The Academy

2010-02-26 00:00:00


“Fuck Yeah, Jamie T! A thousand times Fuck Yeah!”

Album: I Dreamed I was a Footstep in the Trail of a Murderer

2010-02-19 00:00:00


Astonishing debut from Dublin-based mystery man

News: Carry On Campesinos

2010-02-19 00:00:00


A very early leak of their third album sent the seven-piece into total disarray in December, but now that Romance Is Boring is sitting proudly on the shelves, what’s 2010 got in store for Los Campesinos?!

Album: Animal

2010-02-18 00:00:00


Proving lurid and obnoxious ain’t always a bad thing

Interview: From a Whisker to a Scream

2010-02-15 00:00:00


He reckons The Saturdays should die a slow death, but that’s getting off lightly compared to what he’s got to say about beatboxing Brit, Killa Kela...

Live: Cobra Starship Live at The Academy

2010-02-12 00:00:00


Unfortunately this trashy synth-rock works best in smaller doses.

Live: Hoarsebox, Live at Crawdaddy, Dublin

2010-02-11 00:00:00


Hoarsebox’s tunes are repetitive and occasionally drab...on the other hand, there are some remarkable harmonies and groovelicious rhythms.

Album: Acolyte

2010-02-11 00:00:00


Believe the hype – New Order for a new decade

Live: Glen Hansard & Mark Geary Live at the Cobalt Café, Dublin

2010-02-01 00:00:00


The stuff of pure imagination!

Interview: Local Heroes!

2010-01-27 00:00:00


Los Angeles kids Local Natives are as green as they come, but that’s not going to stop them from harmonising their way to the top of the alt. rock ladder.

Interview: wristy business

2010-01-19 00:00:00


It’s nearly a year since the virtuoso guitarist broke his wrist and dislocated his entire right-hand while on holiday in France but today, Newton Faulkner sounds (and looks) like one of the healthiest people I’ve ever met. “I’m just really, really, really, really glad to be back on the road,” he beams.

Interview: STAR STRANGLED BANNER

2010-01-18 00:00:00


Potty-mouthed frontman Billy Fitzgerald talks about THE DEAD FLAGS getting bigged-up by Therapy?’s Andy Cairns and fends off accusations of sexism.

Live: The XX Tripod, Dublin

2010-01-18 00:00:00


Low-key from the glum expressions to the near matching get-ups (they’re head-to-toe in black, naturally), The XX arrive on stage at the Tripod to a rowdy welcome. Or perhaps it just seems that way because the happily awkward trio are the least rowdy outfit this joint’s ever seen.

Live: Florence & The Machine The Olympia, Dublin

2010-01-18 00:00:00


Florence Welch’s mic stand is wreathed in a posy of flowers; beside her, her trusty snare, which will get a good battering later. Dressed in a flowing black dress, she bares impossibly white feet and a shock of copper hair. She’s been on stage for a few minutes now but there are still intermittent wild squeals from the depths of the crowd - cheers I haven’t heard for artists two decades in the biz, never mind kids barely two decades on the planet.

Live: White Lies Live at The Academy, Dublin

2010-01-15 00:00:00


It’s the surging, dynamic Joy Division-esque rock they’ve got down pat.

Live: The xx - Live at Tripod

2009-12-21 00:00:00


Notes are botched here and there but it’s perfectly befitting of the uncomfortable dynamic.

Interview: It's Turpin Time

2009-12-17 00:00:00


No, this isn’t an article about home decoration (insert your own DIY musician joke here). With a quietly sensational brand of blippy alt-pop DAVID TURPIN has blazed a trail through the Irish music scene. After the release of spooky sophomore album Haunted!, he chats to Celina Murphy about life, death and beyond.

Live: White Lies Live at the Academy

2009-12-10 00:00:00


A surging, dynamic Joy Division-esque rock from the London trio

Travel: 12 Step Planet: Andorra

2009-12-08 00:00:00


Live: Florence + the Machine Live at the Olympia

2009-12-08 00:00:00


A very clever girl who knows the spellbinding heights she can reach by pairing a fearless confidence with an extraordinary vulnerability.

Live: Ian Brown

2009-12-07 00:00:00


Ian Brown’s got some balls. Name his new album after one of the most iconic songs of all time? Why not?

Frontlines: Keeper of the Flame

2009-11-26 00:00:00


On a mission to become the Dita Von Teese of the fire world, NAOMI LYNCH, sister of Boyzone’s Shane, will be setting rally cars aflame at Top Gear Live. Celina Murphy meets the self-confessed adrenaline junkie

Interview: Love Thy Sabre

2009-11-26 00:00:00


When five-year-old Michael Stafford was uprooted from his life in Hackney to a new home in County Wexford, it seemed unlikely that the wee innovator would be getting nods from the Beeb and selling out shows in London’s finest hip-hop establishments at just 19 years of age. Celina Murphy hops on the MAVERICK SABRE bandwagon.

Album: The Pursuit

2009-11-25 00:00:00


Jazz maestro takes a turn towards the electro

Interview: Jazzy Star

2009-11-25 00:00:00


Since last we met jazz mangler JAMIE CULLUM, he’s gotten engaged, been nominated for a Golden Globe and become bezzie mates with Clint Eastwood, all in the space of a six-year musical hiatus. As his fourth album drops, he chats to Celina Murphy about going from Twentysomething to thirtysomething.

Interview: Saints and Sisters

2009-11-24 00:00:00


Jack White loves them, Tiesto reckons they’d be better off as electro-pop starlets and hordes of teenage girls long for them to be their big sisters; Celina Murphy tracks down Tegan Quin to she if she can’t make up her own mind about twin sister act TEGAN AND SARA (and maybe settle those pesky Irish bloodline rumours while she’s at it).

Live: Wild Beasts

2009-11-20 00:00:00


Interview: Return to the Planet of the Apes

2009-11-17 00:00:00


Following up one of the biggest dance choons of 2008 couldn’t have been an easy task for cosmically-minded production duo SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO. Maestro primate number one Jas Shaw puts it down to a little bit of crafty collaborating and a lot of vintage *nsync records.

Live: Josh Ritter

2009-11-09 00:00:00


With a year’s worth of grandiose orchestral gigs behind him, Ireland’s sweetheart and son of Idaho Josh Ritter was enveigled into celebrating Whelan’s 20th birthday with three shows in a stripped down acoustic format.

Live: Tinchy Strider

2009-11-09 00:00:00


Radiating disinterest Tinchy Stryder performs alongside an equally bored looking DJ and an only slightly more enthused MCing wing-man, all against the backdrop of a light show to rival The X Factor.

Interview: Could It Be Magick Now?

2009-11-04 00:00:00


This year over 15,000 young people took part in the Irish Youth Music Awards competition. We catch up with winners Magick Guvnors Radio Bottle to talk nerves, victory and their unusual name.

Interview: Have Album, Will Travel

2009-11-04 00:00:00


Up-and-coming songstress Lisa O’Neill tells Celina Murphy how she has been inspired by Ronnie Drew, Leonard Cohen and Charlie McGettigan.

Interview: He's In Fashion

2009-11-03 00:00:00


He’s one of the best known photographers in the world, yet blogger turned street style phenomenon SCOTT SCHUMAN is not widely recognised outside the fickle fashion bubble. On the evening of his first visit to Ireland, Celina Murphy talks to The Sartorialist about how style in the Big Smoke compares to fashion in the Big Apple.

Album: Wordshaker

2009-11-02 00:00:00


Beige second effort from multi-coloured pop starlets

Interview: Hail, Hail, Roth 'n' Roll

2009-11-02 00:00:00


He’s ginger, loves Billy Joel and used to work in an Irish bar, but that doesn’t mean Asher Roth isn’t the real hip hop deal.

Live: Hard Working Class Heroes Festival

2009-10-27 00:00:00


Academy 2. Within these pulsing walls, Heritage Centre introduce new track ‘The Boss’ by lamenting a seven week absence from the Irish stage.

Live: Editors live at The Olympia, Dublin

2009-10-23 00:00:00


One thing’s for certain; blokes really like Editors.

Interview: Stop The Clocks

2009-10-20 00:00:00


They’re the Highest Band In Ireland (a more wholesome title than it sounds) but that doesn’t mean Killarney three-piece TEN PAST SEVEN are stopping at the top. Bassist Matt Shallow chats to Celina Murphy about going instrumental, spotting their name in horror movies and serenading mountain goats.

Interview: Creatures From Outer Space

2009-10-20 00:00:00


Killarney-based instrumental foursome HELIOPAUSE say they’re keen to keep rock ‘n’ roll alive in the Kingdom. We caught up with drummer Jamie O’Donoghue to talk mountains, his instrumental icons and supporting fellow sticks man R.S.A.G.Punk, Mark Morrison with Muse and Bob Marley with TLC, they show real production potential.

Album: Colour Me Free

2009-10-20 00:00:00


Devon’s Finest makes Motown-laced return

Album: In This Light And On This Evening

2009-10-20 00:00:00


Brummie Rockers offer electro-led punch in the nose

Album: We Just Are (Live)

2009-10-19 00:00:00


Live effort seals Popstar status.

Frontlines: Popping The Cherry

2009-10-19 00:00:00


After a lengthy Facebook campaign by fans of leading man Rupert Grint, gritty Belfast-based drama Cherrybomb has finally secured a cinema release for 2010. We catch up with co-director GLENN LEYBURN to find out about the movie that the world nearly didn’t see.

Interview: Border Community

2009-10-16 00:00:00


Two years ago Carrickmacross foursome Sanzkrit were on the brink of splitting but now they’re one of the hottest acts on the local scene. Vocalist, guitarist and Monaghan man extraordinaire Dave Marron shares the inspiration behind their drastic turnaround.

Live: Health

2009-10-15 00:00:00


A great many people really like the Health album. Funnily enough, I thought I did too before my visit to the Village on Thursday night. But I have since given myself permission to throw out my copy of Get Colour because it isw nothing, nothing at all, on their live set.

Live: Speech Debelle

2009-10-14 00:00:00


There may not be a big hip hop scene here, but we are now finally getting some quality. That much was clear from the support acts at Academy 2 for the debut Irish appearance of Speech Debelle – namely Infomatics and Maverick Sabre.

Album: This City Street

2009-10-08 00:00:00


Predictable but powerful debut from Kilkenny punksters

Album: Kings and Queens

2009-10-07 00:00:00


Second effort puts radical rapper among Best of British

Live: Cois Fharraige

2009-09-28 00:00:00


Kilkee, Co. Clare

Reports: 12 Step Planet: Oslo

2009-09-28 00:00:00


How do I get there? Ryanair flies from Dublin to Torp airport for as little as e5 each way. So you’ll have no trouble finding return flights for under e50. A word of caution; saying Oslo (Torp) is a bit like saying Dublin (Borris-In-Ossory). A bus service Torpekspressen links the airport to Oslo city (about 1 hour 45 minutes away) and costs e20 for a single ticket or e35 for a return. SAS Scandinavian also flies from Dublin to the main Oslo airport (a mere 20 minute train ride from the city centre) but you’ll pay around e200 for a return ticket. A connecting flight with Aer Lingus stopping in London Heathrow works out at about the same price.

Interview: On A Cleere Day

2009-09-23 00:00:00


Once something of a child prodigy, Carlow singer-songwriter Joe Cleere now reckons he has the answer to self-promotion in the download age. He speaks to Celina Murphy about supporting The Script and passing out 10,000 free CDs in a month!

Interview: Et Jeeping dogs lie

2009-09-23 00:00:00


We’re not sure whether it’s having one of the coolest names in music or boasting a killer live show that’s got Kilkenny four-piece Myp Et Jeep where they are today. But we certainly aim to find out.

Album: Two Dancers

2009-09-23 00:00:00


Lusty and powerful second album a work of pure oddity.

Interview: His Grime Has Come

2009-09-23 00:00:00


Tinchy Stryder is the fast-talking Star In The Hood who’s pretty much dominated the charts in 2009 with a nagging brand of infectious hip hop. Hot Press caught up with the Prince Of Grime to see if we can figure out his formula for Number Ones.

Album: Igore The Ignorant

2009-09-16 00:00:00


Here’s Johnny! Marr forces Jarman brothers out of their Crib

Reports: 12 Step Planet: Krakow

2009-08-28 00:00:00


Enjoy a trip to a city celebrated for its old world charm.

Live: Carolina Liar live at the Academy

2009-08-28 00:00:00


These Carolina Liar boys are going places fast.

Interview: Smart Arses

2009-08-25 00:00:00


Running an independent label is challenging enough, but how do you operate in a town where you can count the bands and the venues on one hand? Robbie McManus tells Hot Press what motivated Athlone-based Kissmearse Records to take fledgeling local bands under their wing.

Interview: American Pastoral

2009-08-25 00:00:00


With a vivid backwoods sound that’ll leave you hungry for a campfire and a pair of old moccasins, Nevada native ALELA DIANE is Europe’s favourite adopted daughter of folk. On her sophomore visit to our shores, she talks to Celina Murphy about working with her Dad and the album she never thought she’d make.

Interview: Where the Wild Things Are

2009-08-24 00:00:00


They’re doted on across the pond by critics and fellow rock stars alike, so why haven’t you heard of the WILD BEASTS yet?

Interview: We'll Always Have Harris

2009-08-17 00:00:00


On one hand he’s pop’s most reliable hitmaker, on the other he’s an anti-social loather of celebrities. Will the real Calvin Harris please stand up?

Live: Fatboy Slim Live

2009-08-14 00:00:00


As rain clouds darken the sky, Fatboy throws out just about everything he’s got!

Interview: Make Some Noise

2009-08-10 00:00:00


Having delivered a storming set at Oxegen, pop-rock powerhouse NOISETTES confess a love for all things Irish in the Hot Press Signing Tent. Plus, they hold forth on their passion for everything from jazz to punk to heavy metal.

Interview: Kid Rock

2009-08-10 00:00:00


How does a teen four-piece go from school talent show to rubbing shoulders with The Script at Oxegen? RTE 2FM School Of Rock winners THE TRUFFLE SHUFFLES confess all to Hot Press about mitching off school, debuting in Punchestown and batting giddy schoolgirls off with a stick.

Interview: The Gospel According to the Reverend

2009-08-10 00:00:00


The most brilliantly outspoken mind in rock’n’roll, or just a mouthy Sheffielder who says mean things about Johnny Borrell? As the second REVEREND AND THE MAKERS album hits the shelves, Celina Murphy chases down the ever-intriguing Jon McClure.

Interview: Kid Rock! - The Truffle Shuffles

2009-08-04 00:00:00


Celina Murphy takes time out to hang ten with young pups The Truffle Shuffles, winners of RTÉ's School of Rock

Interview: Infomatics For The People

2009-07-21 00:00:00


Having battled their way through eight weeks of the Raw Sessions, hip hop collective and noble underdogs THE INFOMATICS were awarded the title of Sony Ericsson Artist Of The Year. We caught up with Bugs, Mr. Dero, Konchus Lingo and BOC (try saying that three times fast!) to hear how appearing on the country’s first ever rockumentary series is going to change them and indeed the face of Irish hip hop.

Live: Britney Spears live at The O2

2009-07-06 00:00:00


A great deal of the show consists of our curvy ring mistress being catapulted around the stage on some form of glittered prop while a bazaar of dancers make mischief around her.

Live: Oasis live at Slane Castle

2009-07-03 00:00:00


They’ve just pulled out a two-hour blinder of a show which, as a better man than I might put it, was nothing short of fucking biblical.

Album: Fits

2009-07-01 00:00:00


White hot rockers give two fingers to difficult second album

Album: Night Horses

2009-06-30 00:00:00


Ambitious but artful second album from Choice Music prize winners

Album: Riffs

2009-06-29 00:00:00


Catchy but headache-inducing debut from Dublin band

Live: Julie Feeney live at Crawdaddy

2009-06-19 00:00:00


Supported by a masterful eight-piece orchestra, Feeney’s vocal chords are limber and haunting. Even the eccentric ‘mmm hmms’ and ‘woo woos’ sound superb.

Interview: American Dreaming

2009-06-10 00:00:00


Touring the States is hard enough when you’re a big-name band, but when you’re a fledgeling Irish act it can be hairy explains Dudley Colley of the Dudley Corporation and how to make it big while staying small with Rob Hope of Limerick popsters Seneca

Live: Gallows live at The Academy, Dublin

2009-06-08 00:00:00


Gallows pretty much have the monopoly on quality British punk and you can see why – the songs are generally great, the energy is overwhelming and you're not gonna see this kind of conviction anywhere else or from anyone else..

Album: The Liberty of Norton Folgate

2009-05-12 00:00:00


Nutty Boys regain former glories in full

Interview: Sprocks of Ages

2009-05-06 00:00:00


From the check shirts to the bolo ties to the facial hair, Dublin blues quintet HOT SPROCKETS are a band committed to their genre. Granite-voiced lead singer Wayne Soper lets Celina Murphy in on the secret of getting fans to scale your speakers and writing skanky lyrics about hoochies.

Album: We Love You Dark Matter

2009-04-16 00:00:00


Electro-rock quartet produce healthy ten-song debut.

Frontlines: Hearing the immigrant voice

2009-04-15 00:00:00


With non-Irish nationals making up almost 12% of the country’s population, The Africa Centre and New Community Partnership are on a quest to make the immigrant voice heard in the upcoming local elections.

Live: One For The Road

2009-03-27 00:00:00


...a Road Records benefit & celebration: The Large Corporation, Adrian Crowley, Si Schroeder, The Jimmy Cake & Jape live at Andrew’s Lane Theatre, Dublin.

Live: Heathers, The Avalanche effect, Abam and Arcada live at Eamonn Doran's, Dublin

2009-03-09 00:00:00


Somewhere in this town, you can haggle yourself four quality bands for a fiver.

Interview: A fairground fairytale

2009-03-05 00:00:00


Michelle Phelan and Pete McGrane of folk-pop duo Carosel have cracked the secret to balancing love with the art of making music. And it’s not as complicated as you’d think. photos Emily Quinn

Live: Tindersticks live at Vicar St.

2008-12-09 00:00:00


Staples and co. bring mourning to a place of pure ecstasy

Live: Ryan Adams and the Cardinals live at the Ambassador

2008-12-03 00:00:00


Though dragging at times, Adams and the Cardinals put on a performance of gospel-like proportions.

Fashion: New York Doll

2008-12-01 00:00:00


Dividing her time between the States and her native Cork, energetic alt-rocker Aine Duffy has picked up a fashion trick or two from her time in the Big Apple.

Reports: Music lessons

2008-09-11 00:00:00


The college circuit has always been a lucrative one for touring acts, and a fine opportunity for students to check out the best in show, at a reasonable price.

Reports: Style on a budget

2008-09-11 00:00:00


I’m not going to sugarcoat it: as a student, the day will come when you find yourself on all fours looking under the couch for milk money.

Fashion: Zing when you're winning

2008-07-28 00:00:00


Energetic Zing frontwoman Michelle Fingleton explains why pastel isn’t in her vocabulary – and why this dress isn’t for sale.

Reports: Blowing up in public

2008-07-24 00:00:00


Ireland recently got its own music video channel - and it's all thanks to Crazy Frog!

Fashion: Dali Wags

2008-07-14 00:00:00


As front woman of up-and-coming Kilkenny quartet Dali, Deirdre Doyle knows how to achieve a rock star look on a musician’s wage.

Fashion: The GPO Team!

2008-06-30 00:00:00


As part of Grand Pocket Orchestra, the multi-talented Bronwyn Murphy-White knows how to turn heads – off stage and on.

Fashion: French Connection

2008-06-16 00:00:00


Cocky front woman of The Claws, Lauren Guillery can’t help but stand out from the crowd.

Live: Fighting With Wire live at The Hub

2008-06-09 00:00:00


Straight-up rockers prove a little too much for Temple Bar

Live: Tapes 'n' Tapes with Sons & Daughters live at Dublin's Tripod

2008-06-06 00:00:00


Tapes 'n' Tapes live up to the high-energy standard of Sons & Daughters, but only just...

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