Category : Music Reviews

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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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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

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Wilfie – Miners Gold

Wilfie Gilbert has been known on the local music scene from quite some time. However, it is only recently that he has been catapulted to the forefront. Taking the plunge and becoming a full-time musician at 53 shows to have…

November 19, 2019

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The Divine Comedy – Office Politics

Just when we thought we’d heard it all from Neil Hannon, he surprises us with another curveball. The king of quirk is back. And he’s at his creative and colourful best. Office Politics is a unique offering. The twelfth album…

October 20, 2019

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Start At The End – Contrast

Adam Miles of experimental death metal band Disconnect works quietly in the background under the name Start at the End to make retro-sounding dream pop. His recently released Contrast EP provides just that, a stark juxtaposition to Miles’ other musical…

October 20, 2019

Swimming Tapes – Morningside

Swimming Tapes debut album, ‘Morningside’, opens with the dreamy ‘Passing Ships’. The track envelopes the spirit of lazy summer love, filled with warm tones and a solid beat that allows room to catch the drift of the poetic lyrics. Catchy…

August 6, 2019

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No Matter – Excess Baggage

Pop punk is a funny old genre. It’s been bastardised by so many awful bands that it’s easy to forget just how invigorating it was first time around. The best bands of the genre write (or wrote) songs that were…

July 29, 2019

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Axecatcher – Second Hand Grief

Limavady hardcore merchants Axecatcher make a bold, defiant musical statement with their fourth EP release ‘Second Hand Grief’. Appearances at high-profile festivals such as Stendhal and Monsters of Rot are small reminders of how hard this band works to make…

July 2, 2019

Beauty Sleep – Be Kind

In 2015 Ryan McGroarty and Cheylene Murphy formed Beauty Sleep, joining up with Aimee Williamson and releasing first single ‘The Dark’ the following year. A reworked version of that very first single opens up their own debut album Be Kind….

June 28, 2019

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Dandelion Tea – Thank the Rocks for Catching Me

Dandelion Tea return on their newest EP, remaining as elusive as ever. A band known for actively avoiding genre specifications like the plague, their newest releases can go from artsy pop to indie rock to gritty and dark in the…

June 3, 2019

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The Crossfire Hurricanes – Break Through The Sky

In his infamous speech at the 2014 Brit Awards, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner took it upon himself to fight the corner for rock n’ roll, dropping the mic as he proclaimed that although “it seems like it’s faded away…

May 24, 2019