The Rise of the Internet Rapper

With their tougher than most upbringings and criminally expletive lyrics, this decade well and truly belongs to the “internet rapper”. This generation has seen an insurgence of young men and women using the internet as a pathway to fame, and I can only applaud them for it. YouTube and SoundCloud have shot these unknown youngsters…

Tackling the Touts

At every gig I’ve attended, there’s been that one infuriating social media enthusiast determined to record the entire show regardless of how it affected everyone else. Much like these heinous individuals (‘come on Barbara, are you ever going to watch that video again?’) ticket touting in the music industry seems to be an inescapable problem….

Are major labels making a comeback?

In the new-fangled internet age we live in, there’s never been more of a chance for young, up-and-coming acts to undertake a real DIY operation to get themselves heard. The heady, hedonistic days of record companies forking out massive advances to unheard bands to record an LP seems almost unimaginable in the modern scene, but…

Interview: Stevie G

Over the past five years, hip-hop has taken huge strides towards becoming the defining genre of youth worldwide. In Ireland especially, hip-hop has gone from becoming an outcasts choice to being played in clubs across the country every night, and to having people rapping along flawlessly to tracks from some of the worlds better known…

Get In The Van – Van Panther review

There’s something big bubbling in Limerick lads, and it doesn’t revolve around rugby or two boys with plastic bags over their heads. In early June, Van Panther crept out from the primordial soup of the Shannon and subtly released their latest EP, ‘Hark!’ Formed and fronted by singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Kieran Ralph, Van Panther came to be…