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Independent Music

09 JUN 2016

Scenery Acoustic Session

Dave McConnell and Stephen Whiteman of Scenery recently sat down with me to talk about the band’s exponential growth over the last 12 months and where the next year can... Read On »
06 JUN 2016

Local Band Profile - Scenery

Scenery didn't take long to propel themselves into Derry’s musical hierarchy (if it still exists), too often great bands from this City have passed us by due to their lack... Read On »
25 MAY 2016

Cleaning One's Precious Records

We vinyl junkies love to troll digital and CD users about their compressed, tainted audio quality. What we don't admit is dealing with skipping, scratches, dust collecting on our needles... Read On »
23 MAY 2016

The Mighty Stef’s Final Derry Gig

The deep Dublin tones of The Stef’s vocals have echoed around Sandino’s back-room venue for the last 10 years. The most prominently toured Dublin band in the dizzying heights of... Read On »
12 MAY 2016

A Beginner's Guide to Lathe Cutting Your Own Record

A lathe cutting 101 for the curious and resourceful.Words: Caolán Austin & Sarah Minihan (Smalltown America Studio)Lathe-cutting recordings has been around for a very long time, as long as the... Read On »
09 MAY 2016

Derry's Jazz and Big Band Festival 2016

Derry can sometimes feel like a glum place when remembering the magnitude of live acts and events which the city hosted in 2013. From Elvis Costello to the London Symphony... Read On »
05 MAY 2016

Review of the Parquet Court's Human Performance

A metronome like 4/4 beat which never alters, guitars strummed like an elastic band, bass licks that could fit in with Madness or the Rolling Stones and disgusted, disinterested vocals... Read On »
04 MAY 2016

The Quirkiest Vinyl Releases

This week, you may have seen that Mondo are releasing a “Liquid Vinyl Record,” it's a elusive, exclusive 75 copy edition of James Horner’s Aliens soundtrack. Stunningly weird, the release... Read On »
02 MAY 2016

Best Record Turntables on a Budget

We all want the best fidelity from our records, unlike a CD player, perfecting the sound of your records takes a little more love and patience. If it's an issue... Read On »
25 APR 2016

Record Store Day 2016

On April 18, masses of vinyl collectors, enthusiasts, newbies and resellers descended on Foyle Street in Derry for their local record shop’s celebration of Record Store Day 2016. Cool Discs... Read On »
21 APR 2016

Music Streaming is Boosting Vinyl Sales

In the lead up to and following Record Store Day, there are always countless articles, radio and tv packages, polls, vox pops and general discussion about vinyl. This year, however,... Read On »
18 APR 2016

Our Pick of RSD 2016 Releases

Regardless of whether you’re for or against Record Store Day, proudly pointing out to your fellow vinyl fans that the event either boosts the sales of independent record stores or... Read On »
14 APR 2016

Audiophile Vinyl Quality Is Going HD

Modern entertainment has become all about quality. Rather snobbishly, I now find it hard to watch a film or television which isn't in 1080 or 720p. Much in the same... Read On »
13 APR 2016

Records to love in April

Despite the endless loss of music legends in 2016 the balance of the musical spectrum has provided us with so many excellent albums already, new and known acts have been... Read On »
11 APR 2016

The Heritage of your Family Record Player

Everyone’s love and taste of music is instilled by the ones they love, family and friends. My love of vinyl was passed from my Mother and Father, like most of... Read On »
06 APR 2016

Sullivan & Gold's Ben Robinson picks his favourite records

Comforting, emotional and soothing, Sullivan & Gold’s indie folk sensibilities have earned the group the tag of “the perfect soundtrack to falling in or out of love.”Having released a live... Read On »
04 APR 2016

Preview of Stephen’s McCauley’s Desert Island Discs

Stephen McCauley is at the forefront of the new generation of BBC music journalists. With a daytime show to cater for everyone, his own Electric Mainline reaching it’s 10 year... Read On »
17 FEB 2016

Releases to Love in February & March

The Coral - In Between After five years residing in the ‘where are they now’ file, The Coral have hit the festival line ups and album preorder charts of 2016... Read On »
11 FEB 2016

Best Releases Of January 2016

In an explosive month of releases, kicked off by the late, Thin White Duke’s ★ we look at some of the excellent releases of January.Villagers - Where Have You Been... Read On »
21 JAN 2016

The Long Awaited and Expected Return of the Vinyl Record

From those of us that are older, never losing faith, to the kids who, once unearthing their parent’s records, never buying another digital album, there are many of us that... Read On »
20 JAN 2016

We Count Down Our Favourite Beatles Artwork.

The Beatles have finally given in to the fact that, for the first time since their release, they are no longer selling physical copies (CD or Vinyl) at the volume... Read On »