For its February ‘Reality Bites’ series RTE showed a documentary on Ireland’s Rappers that hurled a version of Irish rap into the laps of the licence holders countrywide. Viewing figures for it were good but not as good as a rival station repeat show on gangland Ireland. RTE also focused on the so-called working class side of things. The resulting look at “a highly creative and dedicated subculture’’ was not welcomed outright either inside or outside the portrayed community. Paul Tarpey digs deep.
From pitched battles with Gardaí to partnership with Dublin City Council, Terry Fagan, of the North Inner City Folklore Project, discusses Dublin’s long history of housing struggle in with Peg Lesson.
rabble welcomes back the kid with big hair that’s proven to be one of the world’s premier moombahtonistas and tropical bass aficionados. For those of you asking, what the hell is that? Let’s put it this way, expect some seriously wonky riddims and big ass bass to get your money maker shaking. Munchi played our first ever gig in Toners on Baggot St. Despite being plagued by 9 hour flight … Read More
A broken waiter ruminates on the least appealing thing on offer in any given restaurant – the customers.
Thirty-five years ago Dublin punk band The Radiators From Space song Television Screen, became the first punk single to make the charts anywhere in the world. With their fourth studio album due on April 30th, Sam McGrath recently caught up with the bands ever stylish, Dublin born Philip Chevron to talk about life, music and his days in The Pogues.
You might have noticed these harsh stickers appearing like a rash all over town. Shannon Duvall got to the centre of the epidemic for us.
Currently on show in the Droichead Arts Centre is an exhibition of original artworks by Gee Vaucher. Most well known for her covers and record sleeve designs for the band Crass and it’s associated label Crass Records. Thomas McCarthy legs it down memory road.
Anger is an energy. During this depression the celebrity gods are used to flog us all sorts of things, Scratch Dat Itch saw of Bono and Ali saving the world by selling us expensive bags ‘for charity’ and his anger levels went dangerously into the red.
Every now and then, when a mainstream newspaper decides they need some good news to counter the overwhelming gloom and endless, downward spiral of the economy, they turn to the arts. Barry semple is not impressed.
From cold-calling on flats – literally ringing on bells and knocking on doors and calling people on the phone. Then I found a contact who could introduce me to others. This made the process a little easier. I will not pretend that I found it easy to meet people – many were not interested in engaging with me. Some refused outright, others seemed to consider it yet when I turned up at a prearranged time to record a conversation they would not turn up or they had a change of mind or just would not answer the door or got someone else to answer the door.