Focus on: Stop/Run

It never fails to amaze me how many people are creating beautiful, challenging and eye-opening music in Ireland. And in turn, it never fails to amaze me how many people get up off their arses and put on unusual gigs, or unique events, simply with the aim of bringing new sounds to people and exploring the realms of music and performance. There’s a real feeling in the air these days when it comes to Irish music events that if you can imagine it, it is possible. And this is being exploited in a wonderful way by those who call Ireland’s … Continue reading Focus on: Stop/Run

Concerning a Sufjan Stevens sighting, The Olympia, Dublin

Great musicians become great musicians because of one thing: innovation. Think David Bowie’s flirtation with a new musical persona; Talking Heads’ layered basslines and polyrhythmic experimentation on Remain in Light; or Tom Waits’ ability to consistently reinvent himself while staying true to his grizzly spirit. The history of artists reinventing their careers does feature some car crashes, but those that did it successfully demonstrated that it is better to embrace change than fear it. Michigan-born musician Sufjan Stevens is a perfect example of someone who is consistently innovative. With the release of his fourth album Seven Swans, in 2004, Stevens … Continue reading Concerning a Sufjan Stevens sighting, The Olympia, Dublin

Black Sun – Cork’s ‘weirdo’ music event is back

This Monday sees another of the weird and wonderful Black Sun gigs taking place in Cork city. Conceived by Vicky Langan and Paul Hegarty, Black Sun is a night quite like none other – a gathering of unusual, weirdo and avant-garde musicians who will perform in the historic Pavilion venue. This month, the gig will take place on 6 December to deliver the grand finale to the city’s ArtTrail festival, and will star snuff-jazz legends Borbetomagus and more. Says Vicky: “Black Sun is a space where the adventurous can gather, whatever their musical preference, to find something new, strange and … Continue reading Black Sun – Cork’s ‘weirdo’ music event is back

Twin Shadow – Dublin date announced

A Dublin date has been announced for new kid on the block and current Sweet Oblivion fave, Twin Shadow. If you haven’t heard of this young fellow (aka George Lewis Jr) then please run to this website and have a listen to his debut album, Forget, for free. Being that I am a fan of quiffs, The Smiths, disco, teasing song lyrics that are on the right side of obtuse and videos that are deliberately grainy and just a little grimy, then, naturally, it so follows that I think Twin Shadow is rather wonderful. There’s something about the spooky, slightly … Continue reading Twin Shadow – Dublin date announced

Ben Sims plays Cork – win tickets

House/Techno fans listen up – more gig news from Cork, and once again from independent promoters: Ben Sims (Theory, Hardgroove- UK) will play Friday 3rd December at The Pavilion, Cork City, Ireland, supported by gig promoter and DJ/producer Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico, Subject Detroit). Ben Sims is known as the ‘3 deck master’, ‘the human ableton’ and ‘the machine’. He got his first pair of decks at 10 years old and began DJing as a teenager. Fast forward 15 years to find him as one of the UK’s biggest techno exports and a much in-demand producer. Ben has been involved … Continue reading Ben Sims plays Cork – win tickets

Pal Joey to play the Pavilion

More Cork news: one of the city’s club nights, House is a Home, is bringing the esteemed house DJ Pal Joey to the Pavilion venue on December 4th. Sean Galvin and Shane Linehan, who run House is a Home, are two serious record collectors and DJs who are well known in the Cork scene, and they’re clearly determined to bring great house music and producers to the city. They explain: Pal Joey (aka Joseph Longo) came up in the heady days of New York street culture, amidst B-boying, boom boxes and an unusually entrepreneurial spirit of beat-making. Working at Vinylmania, … Continue reading Pal Joey to play the Pavilion

Interview: Darwin Deez

Darwin Deez plays the Academy 2 in Dublin tonight, and played Cork last night.  So in honour of his visit, here’s a recent interview I did with him for the Evening Echo.  Nope, I didn’t ask about his hair… The Evolution of Darwin Deez By Aoife Barry WHAT would music be without Darwin Deez, the New York City-based, mop-haired, skinny-jean-wearing, pop-music-analyzing quirky indie kid? Trust me, it would be very boring indeed. Since he brought his neon-bright guitar-based pop to the world’s ears just one year ago, he has been an instant hit thanks to his honest lyrics and unique … Continue reading Interview: Darwin Deez