Watch S.I.L’s Broken Glass (Video)

The boys at S.I.L. released their debut video and new single, Broken Glass, earlier this month. Following a Fundit campaign back in 2012, their long-awaited album Red Horizon is out this month, landing on iTunes around 25 June. Download the single for free via SoundCloud for now.

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John Blek & The Rats: The Barman, The Barfly & Me

Check out the new video from John Blek & The Rats for end-of-the-night tune that is The Barman, The Barfly & Me taken from their debut full length player, Leave Your Love At The Door. Nice job from Barra Vernon on putting the whole thing together.

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Audio Fires: All Of The Way Acoustic

The Audio Fires boys have been buys of late and off the back of the full single release of All Of The Way, they got together as a three-piece in the Heritage Council in Kilkenny to record this acoustic version of said single.

They’re up next this coming Saturday in Captain America’s in Dublin, then it’s back on home soil for a show at Billy Byrne’s in Kilkenny on 24 May. They’ll be back in Dublin in June with a gig at the Button Factory on 13 June before playing The Grand Social three days later.

Take a look, then find more at

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Lake Isle: Steel Rails

Mark Dougherty, Shawn Smith, Andy Foster, Chris Micca and Owen Burd are Lake Isle, the band borrowing their name from the WB Yeats poem, The Lake Isle of Innisfree. This track (gorgeous track with a somewhat crazy video) marks the opening of their debut full player, Winter Lights, which is due for release on 30 June.

Check them out online here or via Bandcamp where you can preorder the album from just US$7.

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Neon Wolf – I Can’t Speak For You

The new single from Neon Wolf drops in a few hours and I Can’t Speak For You ticks so many boxes with a very Arcade Fire-type feel to the whole thing. Leo Pearson is the man again behind the recording. I’ve seen each of the band play in various guises over the years but they’ve hit a real mark and quality of sound with Neon Wolf. Long may it continue.

Grab it here via iTunes, check the video above or via SoundCloud below.

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Roots Weekend: Hurray For The Riff Raff

The 16th annual Kilkenny Roots Festival gets underway today. There’s a whole host of big names coming to town including Hurray For The Riff Raff, John Grant, Ha Ha Tonka, Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, The Deep Dark Woods, Dead Flamingoes, John Murry, Ed Romanoff, Phosphorescent, The Lost Brothers and more.

And that’s just the ticketed shows.

There’s over 60 free gigs in some of Kilkenny’s finest venues and bars and you’ll get the full listings at

Hurray For The Riff Raff have sold out all of their shows ahead of the opening of the festival, but if you haven’t a ticket for them, break out the beers and take in the full live session above.

See you on the trail…

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Hey Anna – Dance Until Three

Hey Anna

The summer is seemingly upon us, time to get back in the swing of things and a grand way to do just that is this summer-sounding indie-pop gem from New York-based Hey Anna. The band comprises three sisters Kaite, Anna and Erin Rauch-Sasseen crossing vocals / keys / guitar and bass with friends Andrew Smolin (lead guitar) and Matthew Langner (drums) completing the lineup.

Check them out on Bandcamp here and grab their five track Hey Anna EP featuring Blackout, Love Love Baby, Light, Once Again and Tiny Kiss under the name your price banner.

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Watch: REPLETE’s Wait For You (Official Video)

The EP has been released and now there’s a video to match. Filmed and edited only last week, Wait For You is the accompanying visual track to the audio delight of the same name from Kilkenny’s REPLETE (aka Pete Lawlor).

The video features local actors Eddie Murphy who relives a car crash of a night with fellow reveller Connie Walsh. Filmed on location in Kilkenny, the video was produced by Mycrofilms, with John Morton directing, Alan Slattery editing and Ross Costigan on camera.

Grab more from REPLETE here or follow @replete_music on the Tweet machine.

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Stereo Mixtape Podcast #004

Stereo Mixtape #004

A day later than planned and a dollar shorter in the week (or something like that), Stereo Mixtape Podcast #004 has landed with another helping of fresh tunes from Ireland, the US, Australia and more countries inbetween. When I started podcasting solo in 2007, Playlist Mix ran for four editions before parking for near on six months, Indie Switch (2011) made it to the third podcast, so I consider the fourth show a pretty strong marker.

Good thing then that I can be sure of #005 hitting the web in good time this coming weekend.

  1. 00:01:48 – Freeze-TagTwice
  2. 00:07:13 – Way YesGet Healed
  3. 00:11:50 – Dark ColourThe Games Are Killing Us
  4. 00:17:57 – PolytypeCyclone
  5. 00:20:56 – WampireThe Hearse
  6. 00:26:40 – JubilantsAntics (Dublin Aunts Remix)
  7. 00:30:57 – MonocleChances Glide
  8. 00:35:48 – John Blek & The RatsHand On My Heart
  9. 00:40:17 – The ScenesGet Set Go
  10. 00:44:02 – The Crayon SetNumber One Fan
  11. 00:49:25 – Dublin AuntsHeartbreak Reputation (LNTG Found A Groove Mix)

As mentioned on the podcast – grab the free Dublin Aunts remix sets here on SoundCloud.

Don’t forget that if you want to get involved, get your tracks heard, share your news or chat about your music, drop an email to or find me on Twitter via @kenmcguire or @stereomixtape. You can also post a link over on the Stereo Mixtape Facebook page and start the conversation there.

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John Blek & The Rats: Hand On My Heart

Hand On My Heart is one of 12 tracks you’ll find on Leave Your Love At The Door, the new album from John Blek & The Rats, due out this coming May bank holiday weekend. If you haven’t seen or heard of this Cork-based six-piece before, you’re in for a real treat.

They return to Kilkenny on Sunday 5 May as part of the 2013 Kilkenny Roots Festival (Rhythm & Roots Festival), playing Sunday afternoon in Billy Byrne’s at 3.30pm and Sunday night in Cleere’s at 10pm. Both gigs are free of charge.

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