Category : Music Reviews

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No Great Loss – Eternal Sleep

Across the emerald isle, hardcore has undergone a renaissance. Local scenes from north and south of the border have become amass with a vibrant array of acts pumping out killer riffs and relentless basslines in abundance. Indeed, one such band…

December 5, 2017

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Drakonis – The Great Miasma

The dictionary definition of miasma (‘an oppressive or unpleasant atmosphere which surrounds or emanates from something’) is also a pretty decent description of death/black/extreme metal; fittingly, Lisburn-based extreme metallers Drakonis have included it in the title of their upcoming release,…

December 1, 2017

Rosborough – 18th November 2017

Rosborough with support from Rebecca Mulhern Saturday 18th November 2017 – Nerve Centre, Derry Rosborough’s gig was a sold-out success in the Nerve Centre. With a debut album coming out in 2018, the Derry songwriter performed in the cosiness of…

November 22, 2017

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Les Pantalons – Anybody Dancing?

Anybody Dancing? The new EP by Belfast-based band, Les Pantalons epitomizes punk fusion with bits of alt rock, punk, and a spontaneous combustion of discordant poetry. ‘Somebody New’ best elucidates characteristic vocals bending and contorting around sharp-edged guitar riffs. Think…

November 19, 2017

Stendhal Sessions – 2nd November 2017

Stendhal Sessions: Silences, No Oil Paintings & Rosborough Thursday 2nd November 2017 – Riverside Theatre, Coleraine On Thursday 2nd November at the Riverside Theatre in Coleraine, Stendhal Festival brought together three local acts together all bringing different yet energetic sounds….

November 6, 2017

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Other Voices Belfast

Other Voices has rightly grown into one of the key events in the calendar of the music industry as musicians, managers, press, labels, A&R and of course fans pile into the small town of Dingle for one merry weekend of…

November 2, 2017

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Brigid O’Neill – ‘Touchstone’ Album Launch

Brigid O’Neill & Band – ‘Touchstone’ album launch with support from Bruce Joseph McClements. Thursday 14th September 2017 – The Black Box, Belfast Album launches are unique occasions. Sometimes they can fall flat but often they are an absolute highlight,…

November 1, 2017

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Sonja Sleator – Adams

Performances at Holywood Culture Night and across Ireland, as well providing support for local legend Kaz Hawkins at the EastSide Arts Festival, have helped to further establish Sonja Sleator as one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable singer/songwriters. October 2017, however,…

November 1, 2017

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Spectrum Festival 2017

Spectrum Festival returns for its 5th year, hosting the reunion show of A Plastic Rose. The band have a lot to live up to – their reputation as live performers in the local music scene is well known but the…

October 29, 2017

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Buffalos Bay – Living Under The Reef

Where do I begin with this band? They’re a psychedelic pop/rock five piece from Belfast and it’s safe to say they are incomparable on the scene today. Heavily influenced by artists such as The Kinks, The Beatles and early Bee…

October 24, 2017

Blackwater Conspiracy – ‘Shootin’ The Breeze’

Thanks to my enforced sabbatical from writing this Summer, I have had ‘Shootin the Breeze’ by Tyrone’s Blackwater Conspiracy for a couple of months now. This has been a blessing during a period where I was not feeling particularly blessed…

October 19, 2017

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Aidan Logan – Turbulence

Belfast song writer Aidan Logan made a name for himself last year when he was selected by Panarts Festival to spend time in Nashville singing and writing in some of the countries most iconic locations such as The Blue Bird…

October 18, 2017

And So I Watch You From Afar

And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering

Just a few days until the hugely anticipated release of And So I Watch You From Afar’s fifth studio LP The Endless Shimmering. Building 9 tracks over 9 days in snowbound Pawtucket, Rhode Island, four of Ireland’s most-acclaimed post-rockers return…

October 15, 2017

Trucker Diablo – Fighting For Everything

I am not surprised, and you will not be surprised to read, that Trucker Diablo have released another good album, to follow the three before it, two of which I have reviewed for CB and rightly gave them the Al…

October 12, 2017

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Darren Doherty – What You Do

Strabane singer songwriter/Northern Light frontman Darren Doherty earlier this year released one song a week, which have now been pieced together for his solo debut “What You Do”. One listen to opener ‘Tiny Steps’ and the listener can be left…

October 9, 2017