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Spotinews recomendation
16.04.17

Hello. Here’s another quick update. From Friday: the new album by singer-songwriter Fionn Regan. Enjoy! Fionn Regan – The Meetings of the WatersFiled under: 2017, Singer-songwriter

Clash review
28.09.16

A polished return, but also one with real depth...

The Quietus review
26.11.15

Were it my solemn duty to compile a list of the finest things we human creatures have ever created – for a time capsule, say, or a diplomatic encounter with alien species – the...

Under The Radar review
06.10.15

Girl Band by name, girl band by nature? Not this one. The Irish quartet are all male purveyors of guttural noise punk whose debut LP Holding Hands With Jamie is as searing as it...

Under The Radar review
14.04.15

While much of modern pop surrounds itself in bravado, Villagers are a curious anomaly. The Irish quintet are as honest as they come. More

Clash review
20.04.15

Impressive yet introspective return...

Spotinews recomendation
13.12.14

Hi. From last month: the intense new album by Primordial. Genre: black/pagan metal. Enjoy! (Version for AT, CH and DE here.) Primordial – Where Greater Men Have FallenFiled under...

Spotinews recomendation
28.11.14

Hello. The latest album by singer-songwriter Damien Rice was added to Spotify some weeks back. It should be available for all listeners now. Enjoy! Damien Rice – My Favourite...

Punk News review
13.11.14

For half a decade, I was a pretty big U2 fan. In 1987 I was mostly into hair-metal and was just starting to discover the Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash, but there was...

Clash review
06.10.14

A deeply impressive first step…

Spotinews recomendation
11.10.14

Good morning friends. This debut album by soul singer-songwriter Hozier is quite a success story, but I still think it’s worthy of a post. Enjoy! Hozier – HozierFiled under: 2014...

NME review
07.07.14

Chirpy debut from Derry group lacks the pop nous to succeed

The Line of Best Fit review
13.01.14

Empowering in subtle ways and life-affirming in ebullient ones, JVmcM's return is a massive lunge in the right direction.

Clash review
03.02.14

A slightly surprising departure for the Irish singer...

Spotinews recomendation
18.01.14

Howdy. The new album by folk/soul singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow is now available all over Europe. Enjoy! (Read some mostly positive reviews here.) James Vincent...

Insound review
14.01.14

On a pecan farm half a mile from the Mexican border, Post Tropical was born - a collection of sounds and ideas brought to life in rooms where the low frequencies of passing...

Clash review
06.01.14

A precocious debut album...

NME review
13.01.14

Dubliners' debut mixes Mary Chain fuzz with Ramones spirit

Spotinews recomendation
13.01.14

Hi there. It’s a new week and here is the charming debut album by September Girls. Genre: garage/noise pop. Enjoy! (Not yet added for the US. Hopefully it will be added tomorrow...

Insound review
14.10.13

Storyteller, dynamic guitar player, timeless-voiced singer, acclaimed songwriter - Declan O'Rourke is all these things and more.

NME review
02.09.13

I look forward to teens getting into cricket and ELO thanks to this magnificent oddity.

Clash review
14.08.13

These Little Green Cars exude a lorry-load of charm...

NME review
21.08.13

Expect them to be unfeasibly big

NME review
12.08.13

A Florence impression so bad it sounds like she’s trying to swallow her own voice

NME review
16.07.13

‘Hometown Girls’ is a note-perfect ’60s garage-rock replica that would have gone down well in the Cavern Club in 1963.

Insound review
09.07.13

One of Ireland's most beloved groups Bell X1 return with their 6th Studio Album Chop Chop . Recorded in Bridgeport, Connecticut with longtime National producer Peter Katis...

The Line of Best Fit review
28.06.13

Cricket's quirky tropes make it a perfect muse and motif for Thomas Walsh and Neil Hannon's musical partnership, now in its second innings.

The Quietus review
12.07.13

On paper, a band and album created around the concept of cricket has the sound of something rather niche, hardly universal, and perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek. Clearly their...

NME review
09.07.13

Love the way cricket brings out people’s most eccentric traits? Then love this.

Spotinews recomendation
13.04.13

Howdy friends. Let’s go for a change of pace with the latest album by Sir Reg. Genre: punk/rock. Enjoy! (Version for non-Scandinavian listeners here.) Sir Reg – 21st Century Loser...

NME review
12.04.13

Conor O'Brien charms us with his folky vibes

Alt Press review
07.03.13

It’s pretty meat and potatoes, subject-wise, but Duggins has penned his share of political broadsides and he’s at his best with women and alcohol. It’s nicely sequenced and has...

The Line of Best Fit review
12.01.13

An enduring record that warms the cockles in these frosty fledgling weeks of 2013.

The Quietus review
15.01.13

I'm not sure whether you've personally scooped an Ivor Novello and been tipped for a Mercury before the age of thirty, but if you have, I imagine you're tempted to keep on singing...

NME review
14.01.13

Conor J O’Brien is back with a bunch of folky anthems

The Quietus review
14.01.13

I'm not sure whether you've personally scooped an Ivor Novello and been tipped for a Mercury before the age of thirty, but if you have, I imagine you're tempted to keep on singing...

Pitchfork review
14.01.13

Conor O'Brien earned comparisons to the likes of Conor Oberst, Damien Rice, and Glen Hansard on Villagers' 2010 debut Becoming a Jackal, and they were deserved on a musical level...

BBC review
07.01.13

Quincy punks’ eighth album underlines their appeal.

Insound review
08.01.13

On their eighth full-length album, The Dropkick Murphys come out swinging: The guitars are ballsier, the gang vocals are louder, the hooks are catchier, the lyricsstop you in your...

Insound review
27.12.12

This year sees the 30th anniversary of the Pogues. The anniversary gigs in Paris featured the full band line-up: Shane MacGowan, Spider Stacey, Jem Finer, James Fearnley, Andrew...

NME review
17.12.12

A winning Interpol/Foals/Everything Everything shuffle

Spotinews recomendation
22.10.12

Good evening. This new album by Autumn Owls, a fairly recent addition to the Spotify library, was a pleasant surprise for me. Genre: indie rock. Enjoy! Autumn Owls – Between...

Insound review
06.11.12

Dublin trio's debut album expands upon the deep, rich textures and emotional depth of their critically successful first two EPs . Recorded by Brian Deck, the result is a sound...

BBC review
13.09.12

She’s a rare case of someone who actually should give up the day job.