Music | Planet Parade for Whelan’s this Friday

Planet Parade went into hiding to focus on writing their début album, with the duo stating that they “really wanted to put time into the songs”.

New track, ‘You’ll Be Sorry’, along with all upcoming singles, was recorded in the bands home studio in Kildare , Ireland.

The duo released two EP’s back in 2009/2010 along with supporting the likes of Passion Pit, Wild Beasts & Ellie Goulding,

Planet Parade will play a free show in Whelan’s (Upstairs) on 24 October

Music | Slow Down Molasses release new single

Slow Down Molasses have released ‘Summer Skin’ from their upcoming album ‘Burnt Black Cars’.  The album will be released in early 2015.

The album is based on a series of photographs band member Tyson McShane’s father took while living in Paris in May 1968, during the infamous anti-capitalist protests.

The band will also tour next month, with a list of dates below.

Tour Dates

Sept. 20 – Quai Des Brumes, MONTREAL, QC (*POP Montreal)

Sept. 26 – Amigos Cantina, SASKATOON, SK (CFCE 90.5 Fundraiser)

Oct. 27 – BIME, Bilbao, Spain

Nov. 8 – Nouvelle Prague, Czech Republic

Nov. 10 – The Prince Albert, Brighton, UK

Nov. 11 – The Wheatsheaf, Oxford, UK

Nov. 13 – Bloc, Glasgow, UK

Nov. 14 – The Sebright Arms, London, UK

Nov. 28 – O’Hanlons, REGINA, SK

Nov. 29 – Amigos Cantina, SASKATOON, SK

Music | David Bronson to release new album in 2015

David Bronson will release his new album “Questions” on 19 January 2015 through Big Arc Records.

According to Bronson, there was something unusual about the album right from the start.

Each major stage of this record was pure magic. You just know it when you’re in the middle of something very special taking place. Everyone present feels it.’’ When questioned about this latest musical endeavour Bronson adds ‘’It was crucially important to me to produce something that was infinitely more current to my life, and to the much newer place my songwriting had been moving toward.’’

Watch the album trailer above.

Music | Interview: A chat with Gerry McEvoy from Band Of Friends

Ahead of their show in The Opium Rooms (The Village) on 23 October, I had a quick questions and answers session with Gerry McEvoy from the band about Rory Gallagher, how the band formed, and his favourite tracks.

RM: The story of how you all met is quite special, could you tell me a bit more about it?

First of all I’ve known Ted McKenna for a long time, since his days with “The Sensational Alex Harvey band”.  Ted joined Rory in early 1978 and we played together as Rory’s rhythm section until 1981.

I met Marcel Scherpenzeel around 2006/07, when I was invited to play at a Rory Gallagher style festival just North of Amsterdam,NL.  I was pleasantly surprised by his guitar skills, but mostly his passion.

What inspired you to create Band Of Friends?  Was it love of the music or a chance to keep Rory’s legacy alive?

Around 2006/07 I decided to go back to listening to vinyl.  I found all my Rory vinyl’s and started listening to them.

I had listened off and on to the Rory albums on CD, but listening to them in on vinyl, gave the songs a different edge,which I’d forgotten. I realised how good the songs were, and decided I would like to play them live again, with the right musicians. So I contacted both Ted and Marcel, and they agreed to give it a go.

I do believe Rory’s legacy should be kept alive, but for me it was the love of the music.

What would be your personal favourites in terms of

That’s always a difficult question to answer, there are so many favourite tracks.  I love the early stuff, from “Rory Gallagher” & “Deuce”. ‘I’m Not Awake Yet, ‘Crest of A Wave’, ‘Laundromat’.  Also after Ted joined, the songs became tougher, ‘Follow Me’, ‘Philby’.

How do you channel the influence of Rory to the on-stage performance?

I don’t think about channelling Rory’s influence on stage.  I would like to believe Rory’s energy is with us when we play.

Bands Of Friends is clearly not a tribute to Rory, but rather a celebration to working and listening to the musician.  Is there a particular way in which you prepare for your shows with that in mind?

I prefer to call it a celebration of Rory’s music as opposed to Tribute

There are many tribute bands out there, all doing a great job, but the fact that I played with Rory for 20 years and Ted close to 4 years, I believe a celebration fits better.

As far as keeping this in mind when preparing for the shows, we don’t consciously do so.  What happens on stage, regarding how we play or possibly sharing some anecdotes, just comes naturally.

How much are you looking forward to playing the recently renovated Village Venue / Opium Rooms?

Yes we are all looking forward to the gig.

We played last year and it was a belter.

Any hints for those attending the show about what to expect setlist wise?

That would be a give-away, but we’ll try and please as best we can.

Music | Charlie Simpson for The Sugar Club in November

Charlie Simpson has announced that he will embark on a solo acoustic tour in January/February 2015, with a show in The Sugar Club, Dublin.

I’m genuinely excited and a little nervous to be playing such intimate shows completely solo for the first time.” says Charlie of the tour. “When it’s this up close and personal you are completely exposed and there’s nothing to hide behind. I can’t wait.”

Starting on 24 January in Dublin, he will also play shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Brighton, London, and more.

‘Comets’ is the second single taken from  album “Long Road Home” and will be released on 24 November through NUA Entertainment and ADA.

Tickets priced at €17.50 including booking fee on sale now from Ticketmaster

Music | Watch: Owlle releases video for ‘Creed’

With comparisons to the likes of Chairlift, Lykke Li, Bat For Lashes and Grimes, it seems French artist, Owlle, is gathering acclaim from all corners of the music blog industry.

Signed to Sony in France, Owlle’s album comes out through Aztec Records on 17 November in the UK and Ireland.

The latest track to be revealed is a new video for ‘Creed’ directed by Marie Vic.  Next single ‘Fog’ is released on 27 October.

Music | Country to Country to return in 2015

unnamedFollowing shows at The O2 in London and 3Arena, Dublin last March, Country to Country is back on 7 and 8 March 2015.

Country to Country 2015 will also be heading further into Europe with additional events in Sweden at the Ericsson Globe and in Norway at Oslo Spektrum Arena on Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 March.

Country to Country 2015 will be headlined by Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum who will be joined by Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Brandy Clark, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore and more.

Ticket Information

1 day tickets priced €49.50 / €59.50 / €69.50 incl. booking fee

2 day tickets priced €89.00 / €109.00 / €129.00 incl. booking fee

Tickets on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online at

Music | Jessie Ware for The Academy in January 2015

Jessie Ware today announces a date at The Academy, Dublin on 21 January 2015.

The South-Londoner will also return to the UK capital for two nights at Brixton Academy before a European tour with support from Dornik.

Tickets priced €23.90 incl. booking fee are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets and online at

Music | Nai Harvest plan new album release for 2015

Nai Harvest have toured most of this year through the UK and Europe, packed festival shows at Tramlines, Bestival and Beacons, and a US headline tour (starting this week) and dates for Rough Trade at CMJ.

The duo have announced plans for anew album, as yet untitled, next year.

The group head into the studio in November to finish the record and will tour the UK in full around the release (Spring 2015).

Music | Chuck Ragan for The Workman’s Club

Chuck Ragan will play a headline show in The Workman’s Club Dublin on the 18 March 2015.

Ragan’s fourth studio album “Till Midnight” is out now via SideOneDummy Records. It was produced, engineered, and mixed by multi-instrumentalist Christopher Thorn of Blind Melon behind the walls of Fireside Sound and Fonogenic Studios in Los Angeles.

Tickets priced from €16.50 including booking fee are on sale now from ticketmaster.