Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rock to Bialystock Final Showdown 26/04/2011

Last night in dolans they hosted the final of the Bialystock band competition. The winner will be flown to Poland to play a festival called Juwenalia 2011 in the summer. The competition was very hard fought throughout the heats seeing 3 amazing bands land into the final :
Dirty Diamonds, Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters and Protobaby fought it out to see who would progress to Poland.
Local band Protobaby were named the winners in a serious mix of three great bands, Good on ye lads , enjoy the trip!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Music Snippets #31 - Animal Beats

Hail From :
Band Members :
Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar - John McDonnell
Vocals and Lead Guitar - Daniel Clarke
Drums/Keyboards/vocals - Conor McCarthy
Bass - Paul McCarthy
One of the great bands in the big pool of Limerick talent at the moment. This young four piece have been gigging quite a bit now and have been making great waves. There is a great energetic sound to this pop rock act, The lads have just released their self titled debut EP and its a sign of great things to come from this local band, Keep an eye on these guys!

Rock to Bialystok Heat 3 19/04/2011 Review

Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters and Dirty Diamonds were the victors from Heat 1 and 2 so tonight would see another band progress to the final being held next Tuesday on the 24th of April.
Here's a run down of the performances :
First up were Futurism, A very young band full of energy and a great in you face sound.They played a very fast paced set and all credit to them they have a great sound, Worth a look out for when they are playing live again but just not my cup of tea.
Set: (Some not played)
The Endless Fight
Now It's All Black
Holes in Her Hands
No Click
Murder of you and I
Lies in Wait
Cardinals End

Next up were Birdthistle, I saw these guys live a couple of months ago. They have very unique sound, Like the cover band Free Beer have taken to writing orginal rock tracks. Traditional Irish music with a rock and roll twist. The played a fine set and always enjoyable as they seems to be having a great time on stage everytime. The lads have a single launch of "let it all go home" on the 27th of May in Dolans, Worth checking it out.
Time Laughs
Let it All Go Home
Festival of Lights
Winding the Clock

Last up were Protobaby. The played a blistering set at an incredible speed, The set in my opnion blew the other two bands out of the water and it was obvious who would take the win. Congrats to the the lads and best of luck in the final next week. Fair play to Futurism and Birdthistle for a great night of music.
See you Tuesday for the final.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Rock to Bialystok from Dolans

Rock to Bialystok is a band competition being held in Dolans in Limerick to find out who will play the an opening spot at JUWENALIA ROCK FESTIVAL 2011 on May 20th. in Bialystok, northeastern Poland.
Two heats have already taken place in dolans :
Heat 1 – 05th AprilFox Jaw Bounty Hunters
Leading Army's
Sticky Fingers

The winners being the excellent Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters
Heat 2 – 12th April
Dead Red Light
Dirty Diamonds

Dirt Diamonds claimed the win in the second heat.
The Third and final heat is on tomorrow night the 19th with three excellent bands including indielimerick favourite protobaby.
Heat 3 – 19th April

Its sure to be an excellent night of music and already looking forward to the final!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Record Store Day 2011

Its record store day tomorrow the 16th of April, so whats going on in limerick? Heres a run down:

Out on a limb records are doing an in-store DJ set in HMV on Cruises St. Dj on the day will be Steve from local band windings, there will be some give aways on the day too

The new Limerick record shop "Beats Working", will be celebrating Record Store day with some very collectable vinyl in stock, drop in for a look! Open for business from 10am with live Djs instore from 12pm-6pm. British Techno Dj/Producer Perc will be instore and playing from 4pm-6pm finishing with a questions and answers style talk!! Go down foxes bow for a look!

Especially for record store day Josh Ritter has released a CD/DVD of his irish performance in the Iveagh Gardens, The cd will be available at all his live shows this year but for Record Store Day he has given some to past venues including our very own Dolans.Well worth going down and buying a copy of this limited edition release!

Limerick Live 2011 Line Up

Following on from the announcement of Limerick Live 2011 here. The line has been confirmed, Arthurs quay park is finally getting some use on the 30th of April. Some great bands thrown in the mix plus Dolans continues the party that night hosting Local band Windings and a Indielimerick favourite Funeral Suits! Pity it all clashes with this

Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters Unveil New Single

The excellent Limerick band Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters have brought out yet another teaser for their long awaited album due out in May. The lads have made the new single "Hatch Sixteen" available as a free download here . Well worth checking these guys out live, They have a string of dates lined up which includes a spot at the Loft (Locke Bar) on the 29th of April.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fred Leaving My Empire Free Stream

Ahead of its release this Friday the good people of FRED are streaming their album in full. The lads will play the Belltable on the 27th of this month. Its one not to be missed!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

O Emperor Live at Dolans, Limerick 08/04/2011 Review

Set List:
All Worked Out
Dont Mind Me
Catch 22
We Were young
Taloned Air
Don QuiaoteFat Lady
Only Comes to Pass
Some Small Matter

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Limerick Milk Market Gigs

Last month saw the closure of two great music venues in the city. Baker place a hive of alternative gigging and the magnificant St.Johns Church/Daghdha dance hall, where so many unreal gigs were played over the last few years. Maybe the church might see gigs in the future and maybe Baker place is set to re open at some stage with a bit of luck and money but for now the alternative is the Milk Market.
Dolans are transforming the market into a giging arena on the 30th of April and welcoming Irish act The Coronas to give its music outing. The Coronas are a great live band and are extremly popular with the young and old, its sure to be a great occasion.
There are plans a foot for several gigs to take place here and I for one look forward to sampling this new venue. This is a great addition to the music scene in Limerick.

For tickets to the first Milk Market gig check out dolans here :

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Limerick Live is back for 2011

After a great outing last year, Limerick Live is back. The free street event in association with the companies above will take place on the 30th of April. Crusies St. I presume will be the venue again this year as there is very little information as of yet. O Emperor played a great set last year (Review and vids here) The Flaws look like the will be playing a set this year, Keep an eye here for more info.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Albums Worth Listening to in April 2011

  • Exit: Pursued By A Bear - Exit: Pursued By A Bear Great suggestion from a reader last month!
  • Stephen Young & The Union - Wilderness Machine Info on these lads here
  • Ron Sexsmith – Long Player Late Bloomer
  • Fred - Leaving My Empire
  • The Unthanks - Last These guys play Dolans on the 11th of April, Great album
  • Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
  • Bellx1 - Bloodless Coup
  • The Pigeon Detectives - Up, Guards And At 'Em!

As always suggestions more than welcome!