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Daniel Brown

Writing in Belfast as an English student and genre-magpie. Album and live reviewer inspired by our storytelling tradition and eager to meet creativity everywhere, connect with me on Twitter and we’ll talk music, gardening and bespoke caffeine dependency.

Russian Circles – 23rd March 2017

Russian Circles with support from Cloakroom Thursday 23rd March 2017 – Empire Music Hall, Belfast Cloakroom on-stage: it’d be easy to get confused as to whether this is a gig or a controlled demolition of the Belfast Empire. “Thus is…

March 27, 2017


Introducing: #84 – BDBR

Name: BDBR Hometown: West Belfast Genre: Blue Wave Line-up: Ryan Mills ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your name Everyone hides behind something, right? ▶ When did you start playing music and how would you describe your sound?…

March 23, 2017

Premiere: Ghost Office – Least Resistance

Ghost Office teased releases throughout 2016, delivering a few visceral live shows along the way – including but not limited to, yes, a Haunted House Party. Now, on the back of some studio-level production and a new line-up, Richard Bailie,…

February 2, 2017

Independent Venue Week

Independent Week Special – 28th January 2017

Arborist, Franklyn, Our Krypton Son & Joel Harkin Saturday 28th January 2017 – Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast A simple idea, the ambitiously collaborative Independent Venue Week is a week-long celebration of grassroots music venues. Showcases nationwide let us appreciate our…

January 31, 2017

Jackknifed Juggernaut

Interview: Jackknifed Juggernaut

“When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau “Itch, twitch and eat the rich.” – ‘Beehive’, Jackknifed Juggernaut We’re sitting in the living room of a student house. Wrapped up in…

January 27, 2017

Drake Music Project

‘Big Ears’ & ‘Performance Without Barriers’

Pioneering projects are ongoing helping young people with disabilities to make music with the Drake Music Project. With over two and a half decades of experience in Northern Ireland helping young people with limited gestural ability, Drake Music Project have…

January 12, 2017

Saint Sister - Photo by Aodhagán O'Flaherty

Watch: Saint Sister – Tin Man

A must-watch, must-listen from Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty, our own Saint Sister. ‘Tin Man’, released through Communion Singles Club, is deeply captivating, very appropriately coined ‘atmosfolk’ by Nialler9. Saint Sister break from the traditionally earthy trappings of the genre…

January 9, 2017


Malojian – This Is Nowhere

2016 was a year marked by loss. Internationally, we lost some of our biggest heroes: David Bowie, Prince and Motorhead’s Lemmy. And at home, we lost some of our own local heroes – the legendary Bap Kennedy, and the tragically…

January 3, 2017

Ciaran Lavery – 19th December 2016

Ciaran Lavery, with support from Joelle Taylor Monday 19th December 2016 – The MAC, Belfast It’s been a busy year for Ciaran Lavery. Between performances at Great Escape, Latitude, even a break from the summer festival circuit to play a…

December 24, 2016

Remains Of Youth

Remains Of Youth – There Is Hope Without Progress

The band left us in 2007. Now, almost a decade later, Remains of Youth have made their return with ‘There Is Hope Without Progress’, a release clearly grounded in experience, development and creative passion. The band’s return to the arena…

December 12, 2016

Death Grips – 12th October 2016

Death Grips Wednesday 12th October 2016 – Limelight, Belfast Ominous, a creeping Shepard tone plays as a large, eager crowd stares at the equipment on-stage in Limelight. The crowd’s waiting for Death Grips, visibly, and audibly, excited– as well as…

October 17, 2016

Worm Hears

Worm Hears – Live Demos

Often, listening to live recordings and demos gives the impression of missing-out. Something is lost, the energy of the live performance or the sharp, clear separation of a professional mix. These are the dimensions of the music that give us…

October 10, 2016

Born Only Yesterday EP launch – 22nd September 2016

Born Only Yesterday EP launch with WASPS, NEWT & Gone All Year Thursday 22nd September 2016 – The Eglantine, Belfast Above the Eglantine Bar, Shizznigh Promotions’ Live Free sees four bands take to the stage to celebrate the release of…

September 28, 2016

R51 – No Chill

Since the launch of their debut EP ‘Pillow Talk’ in Bar Sub to performances at Reading and Leeds Festival last year R51 have proven themselves a confident, competent and infinitely determined outfit. Blurring chart-worthy pop sensibilities with Shields-style guitar work,…

September 14, 2016

Watch: New Portals – Cage

The new video release from future pop duo New Portals is a shout for those at odds, the song’s infinitely readable, pop-chart worthy anxieties delivered as both stylish and endearing with an electronic edge. The band continue to showcase their artistic…

September 7, 2016