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    Album Reviews

    Vulnicura, the eighth studio album from Bjork, is one of three new albums up for review this week. Edel Coffey and Laurence Mackin have also been listening to This Chemical Sea from Jape and Modern Nature from The Charlatans.



    Dublin band Subplots are live in studio

    Subplots are Phil Boughton and Daryl Chaney and they’re joined on drums by Daryl’s brother Ross Chaney.

    ‘Autumning’, the new album from Subplots, will be launched on Friday, 30th January, at the Workman’s Club in Dublin.

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    Jape’s new album This Chemical Sea is out this Friday and Richie Egan is with us tonight in studio ahead of its release.

    This Chemical Sea is out on Friday and Jape play The Academy in Dublin on the 19th of February, The Roisin Dubh in Galway on the 20th, The Kasbah Social Club in Limerick on the 21st and Cypress Avenue in Cork on the 22nd.



    Jim Carroll reports from the festival of new music acts, Eurosonic 2015, in Groningen, Norway. It is one of the most important music festivals in Europe. It is now one of the most important music festivals in Europe. He has been going to the festival for the last 10 years.

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    Benjamin Grosvenor

    Hailed as a prodigy in 2004 at the young age of 11 having been a finalist in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year, he was named by the Telegraph as one of the Top 10 Britons of 2012. He returns to the National Concert Hall in Dublin this Sunday as part of their International Concert Series. Benjamin joins Seán on the programme from London.

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    Album Reviews

    To discuss three new album releases are Mark Whelan and Rachel Breslin.

    They’ve been listening to the new album by Mark Ronson Uptown Special as well as the new releases from Belle and Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, and Marilyn Manson The Pale Emperor.


    Philip Hammond

    Philip Hammond is the featured composer at the RTE National Symphony Orchestra Horizons season on Jan 27th, a concert which will feature his new piano concerto, and ‘Miniatures and Modulations’ - an album of solo pieces based on songs collected by Edward Bunting. Philip joins us from Belfast to tell us more.


    Paul G Smyth

    Paul G Smyth is an improv pianist who begins a series of collaborations with other improv and free jazz musicians from around the world at the National Concert Hall

    The first in the ‘Duos’ series of collaborations will take place in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall in Dublin on January 22nd, and it will feature saxophonist Peter Brötzmann. More information on


    The Devil's Spine Band

    Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour of America, a live musical show combining Spaghetti Western, Japanese Butoh Dance and free improvisation runs this week at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre.

    They’re called ‘The Devils’ Spine Band, and Director and Composer, Trevor Knight comes into studio to discuss


    Album reviews

    Simon Maher and Róisín Dwyer review the sampler/mini album from Madonna ahead of release of “Rebel Heart”, “Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper” by Panda Bear and “Viet Cong” by Viet Cong

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