Oxegen 2010 Announced


Oxegen 2010 Announced

2 Comments 23 February 2010

This year’s Oxegen Festival has been announced, with Eminem, Muse and Jay-Z as headliners. The lineup is as follows:

Eminem, Muse, Jay-Z, Black Eyed Peas, Kasabian, The Prodigy, Florence & The Machine, Paolo Nutini, Faithless, Stereophonic, David Guetta, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, John Mayer, Hot Chip, Calvin Harris, Newton Faulkner, Gossip, The Temper Trap, Empire of the Sun, Goldfrapp, La Roux, Wolfmother, Rise Against, The Coral, Broken Social Scene, Ellie Goulding, Two Door Cinema Club, Armand Van Helden, Steve Angello, Simian Mobile Disco, Erol Alkan, Steve Aoki, A-Trak, Aeroplane

While there’s loads there to keep a wide range of music fans happy, there will no doubt be some dismayed folks who wanted to see Vampire Weekend / Hot Chip playing at Electric Picnic instead. As Oxegen continues to dwarf it’s more high-brow rival, MCD have shown time and time again that they’ve got the pull to get pretty much anyone they want to play.

So if you want to see Broken Social Scene air their new album this summer, stop complaining and dig out your wellies –  a lot of the event’s past problems have been ironed out, and unless you’re allergic to the youth of today you’re going to miss out on some great bands.

Just be glad it’s not Kings of Leon yet again (looks like Slane for them). Change is good.

At Last An Atlas – From Which We Were Raised

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At Last An Atlas – From Which We Were Raised

1 Comment 09 February 2010

From Which We Were Raised is the first full album from Dubliner Greg O’Brien, who takes us through his memoirs equipped with guitar, drum machines, synth and organ sounds.

It’s an endearing mix of folk and electronica, O’Brien’s almost-spoken vocals are full of melancholy, spread over stark programmed beats reminiscent of the likes of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (but with added ambiance). At times the meandering narratives and loops get a bit monotonous, but highlights like Separate Rooms and New Year’s Sky help to vary the of pace, full of melody and atmosphere.

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It’s an intimate collection of songs, full of honesty and charm – the electronic tones pointing the songs in an interesting direction far from the singer-songwriter cliches that once seemed dime-a-dozen among local solo acts.

From Which We Were Raised is out now on indie label Slow Loris. Road Records are including a bonus four track CD with the album (limited to the first 100 copies).

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New Rival Schools album in June

0 Comments 08 February 2010

In 2001, Rival Schools released their debut album United By Fate, toured the world (including a stop in Ireland at the Witnness festival) and won over critics and fans alike. Then they split up.

A second album (referred to as the Lost Album) later leaked online; a collection of near completion but shelved by the breakup of the band, never to see the light of day…

In the years since, the band members have carried on in different projects and solo releases, leaving behind a little cult following and some great songs – until recently.

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Tobacco – Fucked Up Friends

0 Comments 06 February 2010

TobaccoThis album has been out a couple of years now, but it’s only recently I got into Tobacco (via his main project Black Moth Super Rainbow) and got hooked. Like movies and their sequels, it’s rare that a side project proves to be far more interesting than the flagship act, but that’s just what happens on Fucked Up Friends.

There’s still plenty of similarities to BMSR’s synthy psychedelia, fuzzy melodies whizz and whir through odd (and frequently eerie) tracks with effect-laden vocals; but where BMSR often follow a fairly pedestrian pace, Fucked Up Friends is bursting at the seems with edgy hip hop beats and harsh electro pulses.

It’s an abrasive, exciting and sometimes confusing mix. Psychedelic hip hop? As weird a concept as that may look in writing, it actually works out really well.

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0 Comments 04 February 2010

Let the Electric Picnic guessing game begin!

Bestival 2010 (The Isle of Wight festival which is on a week before EP) has come out with its first line up announcement. Given how close Bestival and EP are in terms of location/date, Bestival is worth keeping an eye on for the acts that could be visiting Stradbally this summer.

Last year the two festivals shared the likes of MGMT, Fleet Foxes, Bat For Lashes (even though she was a no show at EP),  2manydjs, Florence and the Machine, Passion Pit and more. As always though, this is speculation – plenty of acts announced for Bestival 2009 did not make the EP billing.

Bestival have announced the following acts for the Isle of Wight this summer:

Dizzee Rascal / The Flaming Lips / Hot Chip / LCD Soundsystem / Gil Scott Heron / Chase & Status / Echo and the Bunnymen / Simian Mobile Disco / Delphic / Rolf Harris / Marc Almond / dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip / Ellie Goulding / Fat Freddy’s Drop / Flying Lotus / Four Tet / Kitty Daisy & Lewis / Stornoway / Tinie Tempah / Vitalic / The Cuban Brothers / Chilly Gonzales / Beardyman / Tunng / Hurts / Nathan Fake / The Gaslamp Killer / The Vegetable Orchestra / Ulrich Schnauss / The Twinkle Brothers / High Llamas / The Antlers / Archie Bronson Outfit / Beth Jeans Houghton / Mixhell / Glen Matlock / Samuel and the Dragon / The Japanese Popstars / The Lost Brothers / Hear We Go Magic / Goldhawks  / Countryside Alliance Crew / Laura J Martin / A Genuine Freakshow / Bookhouse Boys /  King Charles / Three Trapped Tigers / Worship / French Horn Rebellion / Sisters of Transistors / Spindle and Wit / Starless & Bible Black / The Boy Who Trapped The Sun / Telegraphs / Tim and Sam Band / Unicorn Kid


‘Kyuss’ tour for Dublin’s ALT

0 Comments 04 February 2010

John Garcia, frontman of cult 90’s ‘desert rock’ band Kyuss has announced a tribute tour (not a reunion) where he and some hand-picked musicians will perform requested tracks from the band’s catalogue. The Garcia Plays Kyuss tour will play Dublin’s ALT on the 28th of May.

Original band members Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri will not be involved – it looks like it’s just Garcia and hired guns. While it may seems like a bit of a cash-in, it looks like it’s the closest thing to a Kyuss reunion that we’re going to get for now… Continue Reading

More for Primavera Sound ’10


More for Primavera Sound ’10

0 Comments 02 February 2010

Europe’s best music festival continues to get even better – latest additions to the 10th anniversary edition of Primavera Sound are:

Grizzly Bear, Built to Spill, Tortoise, Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo), Thee Oh Sees, Ben Frost, BEAK>, Major Lazer, Fake Blood, Monotonix, Sian Alice Group, Seefeel, Apse, Black Math Horsemen,  and Mujeres

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What’s the first sign of Madness?

0 Comments 02 February 2010

Suggs walking down the driveway.


Anyway, Madness are the latest act to be announced for the Marquee in Cork. The ska act will play on Friday July 9 (also the first night of Oxegen), ticket details yet to be announced.

More acts due to be announced for Primavera Sound today too.

Beach House on Daytrotter


Beach House on Daytrotter

0 Comments 01 February 2010

Already shaping up to be the acclaimed act of 2010, Beach House are today’s featured band on Daytrotter; recording a four song session of material from their new record Teen Dream. What better way to welcome the start of spring?

Go here to hear the session in full.

Beach House play a sold-out show in Dublin’s Whelans on Feb 13th.


Haiti Fundraiser – Twisted Pepper, Dublin – Thursday

0 Comments 31 January 2010

Late putting this one out (sorry Aoife!) but blogger/2XM DJ Aoife ‘Sweet Oblivion’ Barry is hosting a Haiti fundraiser night this Thursday. Details for a very worthy cause below.

A fundraising gig and bake sale will take place in Dublin’s Twisted Pepper venue next week to raise money for people affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Dublin bands BATS, Hunter-Gatherer and Groom will play at the venue on Middle Abbey St on Thursday 4th February on what promises to be a fantastic night of fundraising for GOAL.

The event will kick off at 7pm when bakers begin selling their delicious homemade cakes (including vegan and gluten-free options) – with all money going to GOAL. The cake-selling will continue for the night but at 8pm the first of the three bands will take to the stage.

After the bands have finished their sets, the partying will continue upstairs in the Mezz room with DJ sets from Nialler9, Popical Island DJs and the Mary Jane Girls.

Tickets for the event can be bought on the door for €10 and there will be a raffle on the night.

To find out more, visit www.sweetoblivionloves.com or the official Facebook page

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