Little Barrie's is a sound that travels and, what's more, is appreciated in the US which remains a nation of musical fusion with rock'n'roll to the core the staple that informs Americans' musical tastes.
All those guitars and keys. Who needs the fuss? We Cut Corners, a two-piece from Dublin consisting of drummer/ vocalist Conall Ó Breacháin and guitarist/ vocalist John Duignan, have got rid.
Jon (Domhall Gleeson) dreams of Dylan-like lyrics as he strolls along suburban streets but this young wannabe musician's inspiration stops well before the end of the first line - he just doesn't have it.
The Lay's Global Stage was a covered indoor space with comfy tiered benches for around 400 people... We'd be back to headline this same stage on the Saturday night, for what would prove to be, not just the best gig of our trip, but one of the most rewarding of my entire time performing live.
The essential story is not pop's greatest enigma: a man confesses a murder to his mother, vainly pleads poverty in a trial and ends up resigned to his fate. But questions remain: who did he kill and why?
Such is our love for the annual procession of weirdness that the 'Eurovision party' is actually a thing now. As a lover of Eurovision, here are the three golden rules that I follow when watching Eurovision. You should follow them too if you want to have the correct kind of fun.
Eurovision officially kicks off on Tuesday 6 May at 8pm UK time from Copenhagen with the first semi-final. To help you through the semis and Saturday's Grand Final, I've picked my ones to watch below...
I met lead singer Wil Wagner and drummer Chris Cowburn before their set outside The Fighting Cocks in Kingston. It's a mainstay on the punk circuit, a dingy pub and basement live room that's taken its fair share of beatings.
To me Primavera is one of the most prestigious festivals in the world and to be invited to play not only once but twice (we might play Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters in full on the Saturday) over the whole weekend is a real privilege. I don't think I'll ever get used to seeing our name on the same bill as bands such as Arcade Fire.
Flo and Beth are both young singers who first came to know each other when they sang together with Alfie Boe.
Our music video making journey with Dave Aspinall began in 2007. After having made a few well-budgeted videos for early singles from our debut Raise The Alarm, we were asked to produce a modestly-budgeted accompaniment to a b-side of our next release by our label.
Step forward Nicola Roberts - who shot to fame as one-fifth of Girls Aloud. Don't be fooled by the former candy-coated girlband persona - this savvy red-head is revved up and ready to go.
The DMCs have been going for 29 years now and as well as being the longest running, are also the biggest, best, and most respected DJ competition out there for all serious scratch and turntabalist DJs like myself.
The ability to create a vibe for an entire room to dance and let go is such an incredible way to connect with music and share your connection with other people. In particular the ability to build and mix a playlist to extreme heights and then drop a beat and see the whole crowd go nuts is just amazing.
All I know I wanted to build something from and give something to this city. 'Hylas' became the name of my album. It's a story about a boy who's trying to find water on an island and gets seduced by water nymphs. In the end they drown him and he becomes one of them. The nymphs as a metaphor for Berlin, this record became my ode to this wonderful phoenix.
They are precision engineered. If western pop is expertly produced but ultimately soulless tat, Babymetal are a cross between a Ferrari and a black panther; the whole project has been very carefully thought out and every component, from the musicians, choreography, costumes, song writing, has been crafted to perfection.