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The Soundtrack: Banal and Mediocre

21 June 2016

by James Fleming People have always liked what’s bad for them: excess, junk food, heroin. It tastes better and feels better and it’s all presented in a more immediately satisfying package. “Banal and Mediocre.” That’s what Bill Hicks called it. This package is brightly coloured and catchier than the plague, it comes pre-packed in under […]

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12 Dublin Bars to Form Hospitality Supergroup

4 February 2016

12 of Dublin’s most beloved haunts are set to merge to form Ireland’s largest hospitality group – the Mercantile Group. The nightspots involved in the merger -led by Frank Gkeeson – will include: The George, Whelan’s, Cafe en Siene, as well as nine other venues. A spokeperson has told Newstalk that there will be no […]

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Interview: X-Factor’s Alien Uncovered

15 November 2015

Tonight, Monica Michael and Max Stone were the latest pair of casualties of this year’s X-Factor. The two Britons failed to impress the public with lackluster renditions of famous movie numbers. Way back when, during week one of the ITV talent show, Alien Uncovered were sailing in an all-too similar boat; the girl group garnered the […]

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#NewMusicFriday: Coldplay, East, Goulding, House

6 November 2015

Coldplay – Adventures of a Lifetime  After too long teasing new music, Coldplay have revealed the first track from forthcoming album, A Head Full of Dreams, due for release on December 4th. The track entitled Adventures Of A Lifetime is refreshingly upbeat after their last pile of emo – 2014’s Ghost Stories. Can anyone else hear some Irish trad influences […]

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New Music Monday: The Black Eyed Peas Debut ‘Yesterday’

20 July 2015

Well we haven’t seen these guys in quite a few years – except for’s appearances on the Voice UK – but we did miss their funky brand of electronic dance/hip hop, including Will’s apologetically rhyming lyrics. The Black Eyed Peas – sans ‘Fergalicious’ – are back with their newest track, the nostalgic number ‘Yesterday’. […]

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