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Ben Magee

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

Modern Rome & Buí – 10th November 2018

Modern Rome, Buí Saturday 10th November 2018 – Sunflower Bar, Belfast My brow furrows as I do a third and final scan of the landscape in front of me. Long black levers, each connected to the gossamer glow of their…

November 28, 2018

Glass Wings – Everything and Nothing

Glass Wings, other than being one of the least useful inventions of all time, is the moniker for Belfast based musician Stephen Jones. Performing in his current state since 2016, Jones’ debut album Everything And Nothing is a positive first…

November 26, 2018

VerseChorusVerse – Outro

VerseChorusVerse (VCV), either the most basic wikihow recipe ever or the musical persona of one Tony Wright. A musician by trade and a veteran of the scene, having toured extensively when younger and being a founding member of collective And…

November 19, 2018

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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