Carrie and Lowell: 5 Years On

  Julie Landers writes on how Sufjan Stevens’s inimitable album—and art—reflects death, grief and family At the end of this month, Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie and Lowell will turn 5 years old. Throughout his career, Stevens has proved himself time and time again to be an intuitive and breathtakingly honest musician who has ceaselessly challenged himself and the soundscapes he works upon. His projects have taken … Continue reading Carrie and Lowell: 5 Years On

Motley’s Ones To Watch 2020

Whether it be an artist doing something new with the medium or a group destined for fame, check out Motley’s take on who to watch for 2020, writes Niamh Browne. Alex Gough: Cork’s own (well, sort of) and recent Motley cover star, Alex Gough is set to go from strength this year. Ireland’s hip-hop scene is having a moment, from Rejjie Snow to Soulé to … Continue reading Motley’s Ones To Watch 2020

Separation Anxiety: An Interview With Ghostking Is Dead

Ghostking Is Dead is alive and well, and talks to Cathal Donovan O’Neill about doing it for the 021   Being 21 in Cork isn’t easy. Rents are rising, so is crime – and if you’re trying to make a career in the arts it can feel like the city is out to get you. But there’s just some inexorable magic to the city that … Continue reading Separation Anxiety: An Interview With Ghostking Is Dead

Craicin’ On

Motley Music Editor Cathal interviewed Craic Boi Mental to find what makes the West Cork rapper a cult smash 2019 was a banner year for Ireland’s self-proclaimed greatest pop star. Craic Boi Mental (he prefers to remain unnamed) has gone from releasing comedy songs like ‘Polos Is Life’ and ‘Polos Is Still Life’ on YouTube to selling out Workman’s, Dublin’s most infamous hipster gaff. All … Continue reading Craicin’ On

TPM Smash Kino Gig

  The recently redecorated Kino was the perfect venue for a gig where every member of the audience had a cartilage piercing and looked like they studied graphic design. TPM is a hip-hop sibling duo from Dundalk. The Hendy brothers perform lively and lewd hip-hop which I would most certainly not be comfortable singing with my brother, but Charles and Andrew seem unfazed. The buzz … Continue reading TPM Smash Kino Gig

BBC Introducing Live Showcase.

Carly Fitzgerald gives the low down on the BBC Introducing Live Showcase, held during November last BBC holds a weekend-long showcase every year, this time it took place at Tobacco Dock in London. The event fuses masterclasses, workshops, talks, performances and interviews together to create the perfect event for anyone interested in the creative industry. I attended the Thursday of the event and started the … Continue reading BBC Introducing Live Showcase.