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Benjamin Magee 47 Entries
Benjamin Magee

I enjoy writing. Mostly because I like working hard and not getting paid for it.

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Stream: Blue Whale – Shortbread Fingers

Music collective Blue Whale has gained quite a name for themselves on the local and national scene. The experimental five-piece from Belfast is known for pushing the boundaries with their music, bringing questions such as “what is a song?” and…

November 5, 2018

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Stream: Hiva Ova – Souvenir

Musical three piece Hiva Ova’s latest release is a continuation of their trend in producing crisp, curious tracks. Known for their diverse sound, a delicious mixture of electronic and funk music with ghostly vocals, Souvenir is one of their best…

October 28, 2018

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Red House – Red House EP

Self-proclaimed “sharp four-piece unit” Red House release their debut EP, a three-track rock and roller that ticks all the boxes for any indie rock hopefuls. A strong guitar pedigree takes centre stage throughout, complemented by fierce vocals and lyrics brimming…

October 22, 2018

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Interview: Jonny McKee – Shizznigh

Shizznigh Promotions, one of the most prolific companies of its type in the country, is celebrating its 8th birthday this month with a gig, showcasing some of the best bands on the scene. Shizznigh has been responsible for over 600…

October 22, 2018

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Zeal – Queen Of The Rodeo EP

Zeal (fervour for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavour; enthusiastic diligence; ardour. – dictionary.com) is the pet project of one Patrick J Hodgen. Under this moniker, Hodgen’s has birthed a sound that dips its toes in country,…

October 17, 2018

Glass Wings

Watch: Glass Wings – Believe

Glass Wings is the moniker of Belfast based musician Stephen Jones, one of the rising faces in the city’s music scene. His latest single ‘Believe’ released ahead of his upcoming album launch, is now available on Spotify, to which this…

October 16, 2018

The Fugues – 11th October 2018

The Fugues Thursday 11th October 2018 – Voodoo, Belfast I’d just reached the halfway mark through Fountain Street when I began to hear them. Faint reverberations coming from an upstairs window, distant echoes of what can only be a soundcheck….

October 14, 2018

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Watch: Gnarkats – War Cry

Belfast rabble-rousing trio Gnarkats return to the “New Releases” page with their latest single ‘War Cry’. Known for their blending of alt, indie and heavy rock, the three-piece surprise with a song that contains all of the aforementioned but with…

October 11, 2018

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Interview: Saint Sapphire

I had a chance to sit down with local rock and rollers Saint Sapphire during one of their practices at the Blackstaff Mill. I went in expecting 15-minute recording, I left with just under an hours worth of material. The…

October 9, 2018

BBC Day Of Music: Across The Line – 28th September 2018

Susie Blue, Wynona BLeach, LARKS Friday 28th September – The Speakeasy, Belfast Queens’ new Speakeasy reeks of having something to prove… which it does. Say what you want about the local scene, but they have a long memory and there…

October 4, 2018

Ethan Hanna – Welcome To The Batlands

Lisburn’s own Ethan Hanna burns onto the scene with his debut album Welcome To The Batlands. Whimsical, mature and full of surprises, Hanna’s first foray into the album landscape is an accomplishment in melody. From the onset, the talent of…

September 30, 2018

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Dreamreading – Calibrate

The term ‘calibration’ conjures thoughts of precision and correction, of straight edges and pristine measurements. Ironic then, that Northern Irish quartet Dreamreading would title their EP as such, given the delicious bumps and variations that make their 16-minute debut so…

September 27, 2018

Culture Night Belfast – 21st September 2018

Auspicious does not do justice. Culture Night in Belfast, one of the biggest nights of the calendar year, completes its first decade. As my head bobs against the window on my train, however, I am drawn to the faces around…

September 25, 2018

Fox Colony EP launch – 11th September 2018

Fox Colony EP launch with support from ROE, Cherym, Sweater Cult Tuesday 11th September 2018 – Voodoo, Belfast “You’re a writer are ya? Tell ya what son.” A rapid succession of finger jabs into his chest, “You should be writin’…

September 13, 2018

Don Maple

Watch: Don Maple – Never Loved You Better

Following the success of his previous release Sweet and Sour, Belfast based troubadour Don Maple rolls out the red carpet for his latest single ‘Never Loved You Better‘, a psychedelic sonnet dedicated to enjoying the simple things when life is…

September 11, 2018