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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Derrick Dalton Tribute Night

IT has been two years since Derrick Dalton, of the bands Hey Paulette, Mexican Pets, and latterly Crumb, passed away. A tribute night in memory of Derrick will take place on September 29th in Whelans, Dublin, featuring Thread Pulls, Dinah Brand, Richer Than Astronauts, and Little Beauties. The event not only marks the second anniversary of his premature…

of Montreal do Michael Jackson

It’s not easy to cover a Michael Jackson song without sounding like a bad karaoke band – it’s even harder to do a Michael Jackson medley without sounding like you’re short on ideas and full of beer. But the glitter-shorts-wearing, eyeliner-loving, freak-funk-bassline-adoring of Montreal are just the band to tackle a Michael Jackson medley and…

Sweet Oblivion – listen to the latest show

Thanks Soundcloud! Sweet Oblivion 9 September Teen Girl Fantasy – Cheaters – 7am (Forthcoming album) Matthew Dear – Soil to Seed (new track) Tiga – You Gonna Want Me – Sexor PVT (formerly Pivot) – Window – Church-With-No-Magic Don’t have the album? Sign up to the mailing list here http://warp.net/records/pvt/ to get a free download,…