Listen | The Blades return with new single ‘Harder Times’

Irish indie-pop legends the Blades have returned with the single ‘Harder Times’, the band’s first new music in 30 years. Taken from the Blades forthcoming E.P. Smalltime (which is due for release on November), ‘Harder Times’ finds the band pick-up where they left-off three decades ago with a bombastic power-pop sound driven forward by big booming…

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Katie Laffan – Dead As Disco

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Dead As Disco, the debut three-track extended play from Dublin-based songwriter Katie Laffan. With the world of pop music feeling a little like a one-trick pony of late, Katie Laffan’s Dead As Disco E.P. is a refreshing oasis from the generic that’s big on new ideas. Walking a tightrope between quirky and irksome,…

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Listen | Gangs go synth-pop with new track ‘It’s All U’ featuring the Loraine Club

Gangs further their current major sea change in sound with the song ‘It’s All U’ featuring Dublin two-piece the Loraine Club. In what is the most clear-cut departure in sound from Gangs latest batch of D.I.Y inspired recordings, ‘It’s All U’ finds the Dublin band shedding their indie-rock roots in favor of a more synth-pop…

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Listen | Ivy Nations release debut single ‘The Mile Road’

Dublin-based indie-pop outfit Ivy Nations have released their infectiously up-tempo debut single entitled ‘The Mile Road’.  It’s hard not to break into a smile from the opening bounce of jangled guitar and vibrant melodies that emit from Ivy Nations debut single, finding their own feet in the dance-rock territory occupied by acts like Two Door…

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I Heart the Monster Hero set to headline October’s Retro Revival Club

Psych-pop outfit I Heart the Monster Hero will headline next month’s Retro Revival Club in Sweeney’s on Saturday, October 3rd.  I Heart the Monster Hero, whose debut album Rhythm & Pals featured in TLMT’s Top 20 albums of 2014, will be joined on the night by indie-pop act Me & My Dog, Derry duo Fabric and Popical Island…

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Listen | Little Xs For Eyes release new single ‘Funk Island’

Indie-pop outfit Little Xs For Eyes have released their brand new single ‘Funk Island’, taken from the group’s brilliant sophomore album Everywhere Else.  A highlight in Little Xs For Eyes recent second album, ‘Funk Island’ is a musical wonderland in terms of the sheer amount of stylistic flourishes and lush production that comprises it. From layered…

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Watch | The Winter Passing unveil music video for ‘Daisy’

Alternative-rock group the Winter Passing have released their brand new music video for the single ‘Daisy’. A bouncing piece of alternative-rock meets indie-pop, the Winter Passing’s sound plays like a meeting ground between the genres disparate outlooks on melody and rhythm, as ‘Daisy’ bounces with jangle-pop hooks and propellent grungy drum beats. Coupled with the…

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Watch | Riot Tapes return with new single ‘Hello Insanity’

Dublin based electro-rock act Riot Tapes have returned with a brand new single and video entitled ‘Hello Insanity’. A frantically paced and full-on new track from the group, ‘Hello Insanity’ (due out on August 14th) is a multi-layered tangle of growling guitars and buzzing synths that waists little time in grabbing the attention. Moving on…

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Listen | Bouts return with new track, ‘Missteps’

Dublin indie four-piece Bouts return with a brand new track ‘Missteps’, taken from the group’s forthcoming E.P. due out next year.  Infused with the band melodic indie-pop sensibilities ‘Missteps’ is a very welcome return from the Dublin band. Filled to the brim with hook after hook the song swaps and changes out catchy guitar and…

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Listen | Check out ‘Suffragette’ by the Grand Wake

Dublin based garage-pop act the Grand Wake release their latest track ‘Suffragette’, taken from the band’s upcoming debut E.P. With its surf-rock beat and screeching organ intro you could be forgiven for thinking the Grand Wake’s latest single ‘Suffragette’ is a piece of retro-pop genre blending. However, from the crunching guitars and insistent vocal it…

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