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Sussed: Albums of 2017

February 22, 2017

Despite being a year that most people would prefer to forget, when it comes to music releases, 2016 was lit. Kanye’s Life of Pablo, Queen B’s Lemonade, Bowie’s Blackstar, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, The Rolling Stones’

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Sussed: Afrobeat

February 8, 2017

The birth of Afrobeat happened almost a decade after West African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana gained their independence from British rule in the 60’s. During a time where freedom and hope for future

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The power of pop as protest

February 8, 2017

The protest song is exciting, irreverent, and powerful, putting into words our frustration with inequalities of all description. For as long as pop has existed, there has been a subsection of righteous, rage-fuelled songwriters who

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What now after What.CD?

November 30, 2016

Last week saw the closure of the infamous music and file sharing site What.CD making them part of the club of fallen piracy giants like Napster, Kickass Torrents and the original Pirate Bay. In a

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“The End” for Black Sabbath

November 30, 2016

Black Sabbath. The words are like a hunting horn for any seasoned heavy metal fan. A 50-year-career marked by legendary music, solid friendship and innumerable vices is finally drawing to a close. After spending almost half

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Sussed: Christmas club guide

November 30, 2016

As another festive season rolls around, and people dust off their decorations, excitement mounts for two very different groups of people. While children everywhere refine and redraft their letters to Santa, Dublin’s revellers and clubbers are

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Do you know Fangclub?

November 16, 2016

Appropriately for a band fronted by a man called Steven King, I catch up with Fangclub at Universal Ireland head offices just before Halloween. They’re on a short break between two legs of their UK

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Review: Metropolis 2016

November 16, 2016

There it sits, under a crescent moon, Leinster blue spotlights glinting off each individual mirror – the world’s largest disco ball, in the courtyard of the RDS – a signifier of the weekend to come.

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Scenery – Japan’s greatest contribution to Jazz

November 16, 2016

Grandiose statements require grandiose substantiation, and as such it’s a rare day that I would take such a concept to task. Though it is of little debate as to whether Mr. Ryo Fukui’s 1976 debut

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Review: Sleaford Mods at Vicar Street

November 5, 2016

Close to 1,000 spent their Thursday night at Vicar Street being hypnotised by a 45 year old ex-social welfare adviser repeatedly slapping his own head and unloading half a century of inequality, class division and

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Sussed: Metropolis 2016

November 3, 2016

Ireland’s biggest winter festival returns to the RDS after a stellar debut outing. Chic, Hot Chip and Le Galaxie were the highlights of a serious couple of days’ dancing in Donnybrook last year – but

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Review: American Football – American Football

October 26, 2016

Opening with a track entitled ‘Where Are We Now’ seems pretty apt considering that this is the first LP American Football has released this century. Though their sophomore offering is still self-titled, the album is

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Did Bob Dylan deserve the Nobel Prize for Literature?

October 26, 2016

Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. “Wait, literature?” I hear you say. That’s right. The Swedish Academy has awarded him “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

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Review: Death Grips at the Academy

October 17, 2016

It’s a long flight of stairs up to the Academy’s main room and on this night, getting close to Samhain, it felt like a liminal space, a passageway between the relative sanity of the street