Category : Music Reviews

Happy Out – Is, Was, Wasn’t

Much has been made of this post-rock trio from Letterkenny. A popular spawning point for some of Irelands most underrated underground acts (see Sheerbuzz), the latest act to ride the wave anti-establishment post-genrefication is Happy Out. With a cult following spurred…

February 23, 2020

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Amanda St John – The Muscle Shoals Sessions

It’s no small enterprise to self-fund an album, let alone record said album in the venerable FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Home to Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Jerry Reed, Etta James, Wilson Pickett (among others) at various stages, that…

February 23, 2020

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Anna’s Number – 1st February 2020

Little over a week ago, Matty Burke got onstage in a bustling Black Box with little fuss. It was Anna’s Number’s now annual showcase with their frontman (Burke) supporting in what was to become his first show playing original music….

February 20, 2020

Output Belfast – 13th February 2020

A bustling, fruitful year on in NI music since last year’s Output guaranteed that this year’s would be unmissable. Though much of it, sadly, is to be missed. With twelve venues, forty-eight bands, and one evening, such is the nature…

February 16, 2020

Hand Models – 7th February 2020

Having not made the short trip to the Ormeau Road’s Pavilion in what feels like an age, a new beginning at the venue seemed as good a time as any for a return. Founded by our very own Addison Paterson…

February 9, 2020

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Queen Bonobo – Light Shadow Boom Boom

Derry should consider itself rather lucky to be the credited home of experimental soul music artist Queen Bonobo, or, as she is more casually known, Maya Goldblum. She is quite the worldwide artist; currently basing herself in Idaho for the…

February 3, 2020

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Runabay – Between The Lines

Runabay mesmerise their audience with the sounds of the guitar, bass, percussion all blending together and of course those harmonies. Ever since we first discovered them through our Kickstart competition, we have been genuinely excited to hear what they are…

January 2, 2020

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Sugarwolf – 21st December 2019

Sugarwolf are an energetic alt-rock band based in Belfast who has recently been crowned one of Ireland’s most exciting rock bands. Their recent single ‘Scared of the Dark’ has brought much anticipation for their Derry show alongside local talents such…

January 2, 2020

More Than Conquerors – 19th December 2019

More Than Conquerors return to Belfast’s Limelight for a special one-off performance. Their first show since breaking up in 2015, both expectations and energies were high for all in attendance. Scottish indie rock trio Fatherson open the evening with a…

January 2, 2020

New Pagans – 22nd December 2019

Christmas came early a handful of Sundays ago in Belfast’s alt-rock bar Voodoo. With a line-up that kept on giving, New Pagans hosted the Christmas party of the season, bringing a spectacular year of gigs and releases to a close…

December 30, 2019

Junior Brother: 22nd December 2019

It was a Sunday, slap bang in winter and on the cusp of Christmas, and while the people of Northern Ireland either cosied by the fire or rushed to immerse themselves in the religious experience of the annual markets, Junior…

December 29, 2019

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Kitt Philippa – Human

Its been six years since singer-songwriter Kitt Philippa announced themselves in Belfast. For many, it’s been a long six years of anticipation, in hopes of a debut album to arrive. But when themes such as theirs are considered – the relationship between…

December 28, 2019

Careerist – Weird Hill

Careerist have taken their time to get here. Despite earning a reputation as one of the most exciting talents in Belfast under the Hot Cops moniker, they took some away. After the best part of a year, they returned and…

December 19, 2019

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THVS – Fevers

What THVS lack in vowels, they make up for with unbridled rage and sonic aggression. Fans of the growing hardcore scene in Northern Ireland need no introduction to the heavy pop three piece, who have been thrashing and screaming their…

December 10, 2019

Pale Lanterns – Old Animals

In a music scene with a very high standard and its fair share of brilliant indie folk bands it can be hard to set yourself your apart and bring something different to the table. However, this doesn’t seem to be…

December 4, 2019