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Sounds from a Green World May 14th

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This week we managed to squeeze 22 tracks of the finest Irish music into our little show and it is certainly 90 minutes jam packed with Irish goodness.

Opening up the show we have Fangclub who have just released the mighty Bullet Head EP and who played Dolans on Friday in support of The Academic. We also have brand new music from Otherkin, The Young Folk, Niamh Crowther and Cut Once.

We’ve more tracks from the 8radio.com Irish Album of the Month, the brilliant “Learning to Growl” from Overhead, The Albatross and our Past Glories album is the vastly under-rated “Butterfly Effect” by Sack.

Each week Sounds from a Green World is available for the reader's of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com apps for iOS for Android devices or visit 8radio.com to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

 

Little Green Cars - Live at the Big Top

A balmy summer evening and the Milk Market is again transformed into the innovative venue that is Limerick's Big Top.

Kicking off proceedings is Cathy Davey a lady whose live appearances have been scarce in the past few years (save for her guest appearances in various guises at Electric Picnic) but she shows no sign of any rustiness as she keeps the early revellers entertained.

She kicks off with 'Reuben' and there are plenty of her other hits on offer along with a couple of new songs. What I'd forgotten about Davey is the dark undercurrent in many of her songs that's hidden by the sweetness of her delivery - she even mentions that one of the songs is about killing someone and burying them in the forest and just to emphasis the point makes the fantastic 'Mr. Kill' one of the set highlights.

Although she worries about her gurning being to obvious in the setting sun there's no doubt that Davey has the crowd in the palm of her hand delivering a glorious one-two of 'Moving' and 'Sing For Your Supper' to finish off her set promising a return with a new album later in the year.

Then its time for the main course and it's brilliant to see the development of Little Green Cars since their very first appearance in the city. After two albums and endless touring they are very much the consummate live band with their playing now matching the excellence of the wonderful harmonies that first brought them to the attention of the music world.

It's a set that features a tracks from their latest album 'Ephemera' and although not all the crowd maybe familiar with all these new tunes the intensity of delivery by the band demands their attention.

'The Song They Play Every Night' and 'Good Woman Do' feature early in the set, we're then treated to a lovely piece of poetry by Stevie which goes someway to explaining their recent promo pictures before they launch into a brilliant rendition of 'Harper Lee'.

Then its time for Kay O'Rourke to take centre stage, she might be understated in terms of stage presence but her voice is mesmerising and holds the crowd in thrall on the likes of 'You vs Me' and especially during the highlight of the entire evening 'Ok Ok Ok'.

Stevie who takes the role of onstage MC recounts a profound story of some who they met on tour in the US who's loss of a very close friend fills the song 'The John Wayne' with huge meaning and an emotionally charged performance.

Finishing the show with 'My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me', 'Easier Day' and a brief but exemplary encore Little Green Cars bring their latest Limerick appearance to a close leaving many a happy face in the departing crowd.

Photo Credit - Munster Business

Sounds from a Green World May 7th

It's almost impossible to keep up with the amount of quality musical releases coming out of this island these days but that's what we try to do on Sounds from a Green World on 8radio.com every week.

We've the first release by Limerick band in exile whenyoung (formerly Sisters), along with cracking new singles from Funeral Suits, BARQ and September Girls.

Our Past Glories album comes from Cathy Davey who plays Live at the Big Top this Friday and we also have music from Little Green Cars who top the bill.

And if that wasn't enough we have music from our new Album of the Month - the epic "Learning to Growl" from Overhead, The Albatross and a superb collaboration from Naive Ted and Windings who will be playing the Kasbah Social Club on May 21st.

Each week Sounds from a Green World is available for the reader's of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com apps for iOS for Android devices or visit 8radio.com to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

Little Green Cars - Ephemera

Little Green Cars seem like they have been around an age whilst still sounding like fresh kids on the block. It’s been about 4 years since their first tentative demos appeared online and even in their formative years they were already showing the talent that has seen a stellar rise for the band.

“Absolute Zero” solidified that early promise with a string of catchy singles showcasing their musical talents with their fantastic harmonies launching them on what seemed like an endless tour of the globe as word spread of Little Green Cars far and wide.

And so to the sophomore album, the ditch on which many a band have fallen but no fear for the faithful fans of Little Green Cars who deliver an album that builds on their debut effort whilst displaying a knowing maturity.

“Ephemera” is certainly no “Absolute Zero Part Two” as bar “Clare de Lune” and “The Party” there are no obvious ear-worm singles but that’s not necessarily a bad thing “Ephemera” is an album that almost forces you to be listened to in it’s entirety (something that’s more and more a challenge in this day of digital downloads).

The harmonies are still there in all their glory however its interesting to see that Faye takes the share of the vocal heavy lifting as she leads on the majority of tracks after the opening one-two of “The Song They Play Every Night” and “You vs Me” which sees Stevie on leading man duty.

If there is a theme running through the album its one of regret and longing which is alluded to in the album’s title; but that’s not to say the album is a downer, far from it as the ever developing musical talent of a band high on confidence shines through and holds you spellbound despite the emotive nature of the album.

Notable highlights for me are “Easier Day”,  the aforementioned “Clare de Lune” and “Good Women Do” which might be the most un-Little Green Cars track to date.

On “Ephemera” Little Green Cars make the myth of the difficult second album seem irrelevant and its a record that will see them travelling to far off places for sometime to come.

Why not enjoy hearing many of the tracks from “Ephemera” live when Little Green Cars play Live at the Big Top this Friday, May 13th with support from the wonderful Cathy Davey.

 

Sounds from a Green World

Another week and another collection of great Irish tunes including the very first taste from the new Windings album which they will be showcasing at their Seoda Shows gig in the Kasbah Social Club on May 21st.

We also feature brand new singles from Roisin Murphy, Penrose, I Am Niamh and Limerick's finest sons Bleeding Heart Pigeons.

Our Past Glories album is a real classic from Phil Lynott and our "Music They Like" choice was selected by Limerick producer Kevin Walsh, and is a fantastic remix featuring Lisa Hannigan who's sold out show takes place in the Belltable in June.

Each week Sounds from a Green World is available for the reader's of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com apps for iOS for Android devices or visit 8radio.com to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

 

 

 

 

Sounds from a Green World

Every week on 8radio.com John Loftus brings you the very best in new Irish music with many of the artists coming to Dolans featured.

This week we bring you the latest tracks from Wolff, Silences and a glorious tune from Sample Answer. We also feature D.A.R.K. (fronted by Limerick's own Dolores O'Riordan) who play Upstairs on May 13th and Little Green Cars who make a return to Limerick on the very same night when Seoda Shows hosts Live at the Big Top.

Our "Music They Like" selection was chosen by Diane from Swords and is a classic from frequent visitor to Dolans - Jape. Our Past Glories album is a perfect soundtrack to the recent onset of sunny weather - "We're Smiling" from Ann Scott. And if that's not enough we have more tracks from our Irish Album of the Month, "Scan the Blue" from recent visitors to Dolans exmagician and a proper banger of a tune from King Kong Company who bring their own brand of musical madness to the Warehouse on April 29th.

Each week Sounds from a Green World is available for the reader's of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com apps for iOS for Android devices or visit 8radio.com to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

Lofty Reviews - Slow Riot & Fonda Live at the Kasbah Social Club

Saturday night in Dolan’s Kasbah Social Club and it’s time for some deep, dark, moody music courtesy of a couple of local bands on the rise - Fonda & Slow Riot.

Up first it’s Fonda who since I saw them last have changed their bass player and look like they’ve added a swanky new moustache to the line-up too (drummer Patrick Bourke looking resplendent with his new look).

The changed line-up seems to have resulted in a more relaxed, looser approach on stage by the band however the music is still as engaging as ever. Particular highlights of the set are “Plastic Lemonade”, “Social Services” with a searing version of “Waltzing” closing proceedings Bourke’s epic drumming driving matters to a powerful conclusion.

Then it’s time for the main act Slow Riot who have shown great development in their studio releases since their debut single “City of Culture”. Right from the off the first thing that hits you is the noise that this 3 piece generate as they launch into the aforementioned track with a full-on acerbic assault and without pausing for breath segue straight into “Cooper’s Dream”. During these early songs they veer perilously close to overwhelming their superb sound, with Niall Clancy’s vocals in particular sometimes drowned in the cacophony.

There’s a brand new song (Found Nothing?) which is a welcome change of pace with its alternating rhythms, and judging by the reaction of the audience, a real crowd pleaser. We’re then treated to another musical one-two as the band effortlessly shift from the epic finale of “Adele” into one of their latest releases “Awake for Days”.

“Demons” is the penultimate offering on tonight’s playlist and is a perfect example of why Slow Riot have the potential to be a real force on the Irish music scene and beyond, striking the right balance between their sonic assault tendencies and obvious musical talent.

Immediately they reemphasise the point as they close the night with current single “Trophy Wife” which showcases Slow Riot at their very best; its a near perfect post-punk powerhouse with all elements of the band in perfect sync. 

Certainly my first taste of Slow Riot live didn’t disappoint and if they continue to develop their live performances in the manner they have with their studio work then exciting times are ahead for them.

Sounds from a Green World

Every week on 8radio.com John Loftus brings you the very best in new Irish music with many of the artists coming to Dolans featured.

On this week's show we have fresh new tracks from Pleasure Beach, Parliament Square and September Girls. We also feature Slow Riot who launch their single in the Kasbah Social Club on April 23rd and Lisa Hannigan whose Seoda Shows gig in the Belltable sold out in minutes.

We have two more tracks from our Irish Album of the Month, "Scan the Blue" from recent visitors to Dolans exmagician. Our "Music They Like" selection is a stunning track from upcoming artist Feather which was chosen by Nigel from Bitch Falcon and our Past Glories album is from former Power of Dreams front man Craig Walker with his Franco-Irish electro project Mineral.

Each week Sounds from a Green World is available for the reader's of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com apps for iOS for Android devices or visit 8radio.com to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

Sounds from a Green World

Every week on 8radio.com John Loftus brings you the very best in new Irish music with many of the artists coming to Dolans featured.

This week's show brings you brand new tracks from The Frank & Walters, Jerry Fish and Limerick's Slow Riot who launch their single "Trophy Wife" on April 23rd in the Kasbah Social Club. We also feature Rusangano Family with "Lights On" taken from their fantastic new album "Let The Dead Bury The Dead" which they will showcase in Dolan's Warehouse on April 22nd.

Our "Music They Like" selection is a beautiful track from The Frames which was chosen by Tony Monahan from Protobaby, our Past Glories album is from Sinead O'Connor and we have more tracks from our Irish Album of the Month for April, "Scan the Blue" from exmagician who played the Kasbah Social Club recently (see the gig review below).

Each week Sounds from a Green World is available for the reader's of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com app or visit 8radio.com/listen to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

exmagician live at the Kasbah Social Club

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It’s not often that I’m in the Kasbah Social Club of a Wednesday night but last week My Empire and exmagician served up a real midweek treat.

It was my first time catching My Empire live and the best way to describe them is that if Nirvana & Queens of the Stone Age had a lovechild then it’s quite possible that My Empire would be the resultant offspring.

Delivering robust rock music with passion seems to be their mantra and they do that with aplomb despite having a drum kit with a dodgy leg or two (the kit not the drummer that is). Stand out tracks from their set are “Iggy Pop” (I’m sure the man in question would enjoy the song bearing his name) and set closer “Bring the Noise”. All in all it was a great introduction to My Empire and I’ll be definitely seeking them out again.

And so to the main course, exmagician are the new musical vehicle for Danny Todd and James Smith formerly of Cashier No. 9 who have returned re-invented, re-invigorated and clearly cutting their own path. They arrive in Limerick for the final date of their Irish tour on which they have been showcasing their excellent debut album “Scan the Blue” promising ‘no tricks and terrible jokes’.

But what they deliver is some fantastic tunes and they launch straight into the lead track from the album the rousing “Kiss That Wealth Goodbye”, a tune packed full of feelgood indie vibes.

The songs cover a multitude of themes there’s even one about a spotted rat we’re told (or is that one of the promised terrible jokes?). For the most part Danny takes on the main vocal duties relenting temporarily for his ‘hairy friend’ Jamie to take up the mantle on “Plan Retrieval” which features an excellently dizzy electronic backing track.

After a lively run of numbers they eventually slow the tempo down for the delicious “Feet Don’t Fail” which evokes a perfect lazy summer and then with Danny back on vocals we’re treated to “Smile to the Gallery” that ends with a gorgeous coda; for me the slower songs from the album really work live and you find yourself easily lost in them.

The crackin’ current single “Job Done” is as forceful and fabulous as it is on record, before we get hit with the glam rock stomp of “Wild Eyes” which certainly recalls Bowie’s “Jean Genie”.

Before we know it our hour with exmagician has almost come to an end and they leave us with “Place Your Bets” full of hypnotic guitar lines and a beautiful elongated fade out that would have you imagining the band disappearing over the horizon, hopefully to return to Dolan’s again sometime soon.

“Scan the Blue” is released by Bella Union and is available in all good record stores, online and via the Bella Union store.

Hear tracks from the album every Saturday (8am) and Wednesday (9pm) in April on Sounds from a Green World on 8radio.com

 

Protobaby - Cosmic Heart

After a change in vocalist and then a reversion to original front man Colm McGuinness Protobaby are back with the long overdue follow up to their debut album “The Spark”. 

“Cosmic Heart” is certainly worth the wait with plenty of elements that fans of the band will love but enough developments in their sound to bring new followers into the Protobaby fold.

That is born out right from the off, “Fractions of Dark” is a very interesting and captivating start with a blend of acoustic guitar, stark synths and of course the wonderful baritones of McGuinness to the fore.

“Questions & Doubts” features more great keyboard work with a very baroque, ominous atmosphere which is echoed in the line “I don’t know if I want to live this life”.

If there is an out and out classic Protobaby track on the album then it has to be “Popstars” and its no surprise that it was chosen as the launch single - anthemic without having to reach out for easy hooks or choruses it sees Protobaby at their very best.

“Revolution Wanted” is probably the highlight track on the album for me, with an excellent driving bass, processed guitar and more great synths, with the vocals sitting perfectly in the mix (in an era where there’s an appalling trend to have the lead vocal dominating proceedings).

After “Charity” another excellent robust rocker the album comes to a close in a similar vein to how it began with “End of Day”, a track which with the delicate acoustic guitar of Tony Monahan evokes the mellow closing of a day perfectly.

At nine tracks “Cosmic Heart” is a lean animal of an album but one which is ultimately very satisfying and sees Protobaby return with renewed vigour.

Catch them live in the Kasbah Social Club on April 9th.

“Cosmic Heart” is available now to download, on CD and on limited edition blue vinyl through all the usual outlets and online at protobaby.bandcamp.com

Sounds from a Green World

Every week on 8radio.com John Loftus brings you the very best in new Irish music with many of the artists coming to Dolans featured.

The latest instalment features the brand new single from Limerick's Protobaby who launch their album "Cosmic Spark" on April 9th in the Kasbah Social Club and we have the first release from D.A.R.K. - Dolores O'Riordan's collaboration with Andy Rourke (ex The Smiths) and DJ Olé Koretsky who also have a show in Dolans in the coming weeks.

And if that's not enough we have a new Irish Album of the Month for April, "Scan the Blue" from exmagician who will be playing Upstairs in Dolans on April 6th.

Each week Sounds from a Green will be available for the reader's of the Dolans blog but if you like great music then why not visit 8radio.com/listen to find out how to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

 

David Bowie Tribute

David Bowie Tribute

How to pay Tribute to David Bowie?

On Friday February 5th Limerick musicians come together to mark the life and music of David Bowie. 

Windings, Fall Dogs, Sharbourne, Parliment Square, Theme Tune Boy, Siobhan O'Brien, Ronan Mitchell (Fox Jaw), Eamonn Heir, The Alvin Purple Experience, Anne & Dave (BPLO) will all perform a selection of Bowie songs and there are more than enough to remember. 

All proceeds are going to Milford Hospice.

David Bowie Album Covers


Just Announced Chic are back to Live At The Big Top November 10th. Tickets are on Sale on Friday (August 21st)

Nile Rodgers

CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers played a gig in Limerick in 2013 that will be long remembered as one of the best live shows to happen in the city. The dance music legend has written, produced or played on $2billion worth of worldwide chart hits. Formed in 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards, Chic produced some of the best known and most influential hits of the disco era, such as ‘Good Times’, ‘I Want Your Love’, ‘Everybody Dance’, ‘We are Family’ and ‘Le Freak’.
Nile Rodgers collaborated on Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ album. He co-wrote and played guitar on mega hit ‘Get Lucky’. Playing live these days, Chic include ‘Get Lucky’ and their most recent hit ‘I’ll be There’ in their set.
The Bernard Edwards bassline on ‘Good Times’ formed the basis of hip hop’s first major hit, ‘Rappers Delight’. Chic’s productions created hits for Sister Sledge, ‘We Are Family’ and ‘Lost in Music’. Chic’s collaborations with Diana Ross produced, ‘I’m Coming Out’ and ‘Upside Down’. Nile Rodgers produced and lent his funky guitar riffs to David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’, Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’ and Duran Duran’s ‘Notorious’.
A Chic live show celebrates all these hits and is the best live disco party you will ever witness in the company of the musician that inspired so many disco, house and funk classics.
Chic made their Irish debut at 2009’s Electric Picnic playing to thousands in a heaving Electric Arena. It was the gig of the festival in many opinions. Since then regular festival appearances like Galway Arts Festival and Forbidden Fruit have cemented the band’s reputation as one of the best party acts on the circuit.
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers play Live at The Big Top, Limerick Milk Market on Tuesday November 10.