Think the G20 riots were bad? Check Jim Carroll’s discussion on The Ticket’s 50 best Irish music acts right now. Somewhat surprising omissions include Adebisi Shank and Gemma Hayes. Others we’d have tipped our caps to include Ian Whitty and The Exchange and Armoured Bear, both of whom play De Barra’s in Clonakilty next Thursday, April 9 for only a tenner. Bargain.
The EU has rejected ‘3 Strikes and you’re out’ policy for file-sharers.
Seeqpod.com, the popular online mp3 search engine has filed for bankruptcy, to protect itself from it’s looming multi-million dollar lawsuits at the hands of the major music labels. Whether the site itself will cease to operate remains to be seen.
David Kitt’s new album The Nightsaver is out now. Check out some of the new tracks on his Myspace. He plays Cyprus Avenue tonight, Roisin Dubh in Galway on Saturday and Dolan’s Warehouse on Sunday.
Dark Room Notes launch their debut album We Love You Dark Matter with a home-town Dublin gig in The Academy 2 on Thursday.
BITS & BOBS
Experimental musicians in Serbia are in trouble. A new law means that they must have a licence to perform, which requires (a) money and (b) approval by a government cultural board. The later poses a major problem for lots of alternative and underground musicians, whose works don’t quite fit with the traditional folk music of the country. More info here.