'Drogheda Zine Fair is a new celebration of DIY publishing and counterculture collaboratively run by Rita Hynes and thirtythree.45 in association with Droichead Arts Centre on Jan 13
It's all about xSLF and Hooligan this week as Dublin street punk band Hooligan launch their record in the Thomas House on Saturday. Dutch indie popsters Personal traininer are playing Whelans with BC Camplight on Wednesday - a lovely way to spend a cheerful evening, we need some cheering up after what's been going on in Dublin's streets and Personal trainer have the ability to put that smile back on your face.
French melodic fastcore outfit Jodie Faster meets Southern California anti-ska crew Corrupt Vision on a single slab 7" out now
While the record doesn't quite convey the anarchic mess that sometimes their gigs can be and it doesn't capture Deko at its rawest spitting venom at the audience and throwing caustic remarks at professions and politicians. It does capture the melody in many of their songs and has Aoife and Deko's voice at a level that isn't competing with the instruments.
Soundtrack of the T.S.O.L. Documentary available now. Piano interpretations of classic TSOL punk songs give it all a different perspective
Friday for me will be Tom Holliston + Simon Wells in Anseo. Excitement is building up in Hope Towers for this. Simon was in Snuff and Tom was in Nomeansno- what an incredible pedigree. Close your eyes and it might be 1990 all over again. Umack have really pulled a special one for this.
Melbourne's Catholic Guilt drop their new song - one that rocks along in a melodic way with a nice crescendo and sing along rockiness throughout.
TWENTY2 was a very active live band from 1999 to 2007, playing shows & touring with many fellow hardcore melodians, The Dudes of Hazzard is now available for download and pre-order on vinyl
Costello and Steve Nieve curated a two hour set of classic songs over the past 4 decades. Nieve on keyboards, mouth organ and whatever you’re having yourself provided the perfect musical accompaniment as Elvis’s voice shone through at times. Shipbuilding had me close to tears along with beautiful versions of Veronika and She.
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