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  1. ATL's Track for the Day #24

    Wednesday 1 October 2014, 14:14

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    The Vals #24
    Wednesday 1st October, 2014
    The Vals - Quiet Part of Town

    They Say - ''Our new album 'Wildflower Way' needed something epic on track 1 to start proceedings and this track for us definitely fitted the bill. It was written and recorded quite quickly in my home studio and features lots of string instruments alongside some other weird little sounds that pop up now and again through-out. It was once described as 'The Who meets the Empire Strikes Back' and is a big live favourite for us.''

    We Say - "Standout track from huge sounding second album 'Wildflower Way'. While nodding to classic bands from the 60s and 70s, The Vals remain progressive in their own way, recognising their own marvellous ambition throughout the album while indulging in a hugely impressive standard of production"

  2. The Making of Paper Man

    Wednesday 1 October 2014, 13:41

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    The Making of Paper Man

    Paper Man talk us through the Making of their new EP 'Midfield Modern Argument'.

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  3. New Tunes Disco: Rigsy & Chris Jones Sept 2014

    Wednesday 1 October 2014, 12:55

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    Chris Jones This week music journalist Chris Jones joined Rigsy live in studio to chat through some of their favourite new tracks, plus news of an upcoming Not Squares live show.

    Tiny Magnetic Pets - Miss Telecom
    Chris: “I really like that. It’s a real sort of mixture of… 70’s Krautrocky influences with proper pop music. Lovely vintage synthesisers...”

    Femmepop – Yellow Lines
    Chris: “The jangly guitars and the lush swelling strings in the chorus of this one that I really, really like. Yeah, it’s a great tune.”
    Rigsy: “The concept of kind of lush synth-pop with a strong female vocal, that never gets old.” 

    Fiona O’Kane – I Can’t Help Myself
    Rigsy: “Cover of the Motown standard of course. It is very different to Runaway GO, much more stripped down. Ridiculously kind of sweet and cutesy which might not be to everyone’s taste but I am an absolute sucker for this type of thing.”

    So Cow – Get Down Off That Thing
    Chris: “I think it’s great - really energetic, quite wordy, quite witty garage pop… the guy just writes really good songs.”
    Rigsy: “The… sound is very appealing”

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  4. 'Output' Music Acts Announced

    Tuesday 30 September 2014, 14:31

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    Ryan Vail The musicians set to play as part of Output one-day conference on Thursday 16th October have been announced.

    The ‘Creative Belfast presents Output’ conference will run throughout the day, including discussions, workshops and networking events. In the evening the focus will turn to live music events promoting local musicians.

    In total, eleven pop-up music showcases will take place throughout the evening across Belfast.

    The line-up includes:

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  5. ATLs Track for the Day #23

    Tuesday 30 September 2014, 09:52

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    speed of snakes #23
    Tuesday 30th September, 2014
    Speed of Snakes - Backbone of Night

    They say – “We were much inspired by the work of Carl Sagan in producing this tune. It is the slowest track from our forthcoming album and lent itself well to the video realm in being quite cinematic and atmospheric. Backing vocals are by the wonderful Danielle Harrison.”

    We Say – “A difficult time for fans of the about-to-be-defunt Adebis Shank is made a little easier with an awesome track from Speed of Snakes - side project of AS's Vinny Mc Creith. Niamh Hegarty summed it up best - 'it's like the theme from knight rider meets early Nine Inch Nails'.”

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  6. The Northern Ireland Music Prize 2014 - Album shortlist announced

    Monday 29 September 2014, 20:26

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    Foy Vance The twelve albums shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2014 have been announced on Across the Line. More than 70 people, from across the NI music industry and music media, took part in the voting. The winner will be announced at the Northern Ireland Music Prize, which will take place in Mandela Hall, Belfast on 15th November.

    The albums shortlisted for this year’s Northern Ireland Music Prize are:

    Alana Henderson – Windfall
    Ed Zealous – Wired
    Little Matador – Little Matador
    Malibu Shark Attack - Malibu Shark Attack
    Mojo Fury – The Difference Between
    More Than Conquerors...

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  7. ATLs Track for the Day #22

    Friday 26 September 2014, 15:05

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    Catherine Hatt #22
    Friday 26th September, 2014
    Catherine Hatt – Green Shoes

    They say – “I like thumb pianos which aren't tuned to any key, the notes are random so each song is distinctive to the thumb piano and can't really be replicated by anything else. I had just returned from a jive dancing holiday in Barcelona so I was appreciating my feet.  They are the two key influences.  The thumb piano somehow sounds like toes. My friend Rob produces heavy rock music but he helped me record my footsteps for this.  I danced on a piece of wood in his home studio. He was always positive about my ideas and helped me start recording.  Now I self-produce and have recorded other musicians in my own studio at home.”

    We Say – “Ridiculously dinky and cute, this track had the potential to be a little much. But the tiniest hint of mischief in Catherine's voice makes it a particularly likable stand out from her recent album 'Sweetcorn'”


    Catherine Hatt will play Sunflower Bar Belfast this Sunday (28th September).

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  8. The Blackstaff Sessions - Across the Line presents Mojo Fury, Loris, The Emerald Armada and Freaks

    Thursday 25 September 2014, 15:45

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    The Emerald Armada As part of BBC Radio Ulster’s Blackstaff Sessions, Across the Line bring you a night of live music on Friday 10th October.

    Recorded live from BBC Blackstaff Studios in Belfast, the night will include performances, interviews and features with Mojo Fury, Loris, The Emerald Armada and Freak’s – all in front of a live studio audience.

    …and you could be there.

    If you would like to part of it, application for tickets is open until 12 noon on Friday 3 October, via the BBC Ticket site.

    Tickets will be allocated by random draw.

    As part of the Blackstaff Sessions Ralph McLean (9th), Colum Sands (16th ) and Linley Hamilton (17th October) will also be hosting live concerts.

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  9. ATL's Track for the Day #21

    Thursday 25 September 2014, 10:14

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    Bee Mick See

    #21
    Thursday 25th September, 2014
    Bee Mick See - We Took A Dive


    They Say – "I was born in Portland, Oregon - the hipster capital of the USA. It's a wonderful place. I moved away from this beautiful land against my will in the mid 90s. We Took a Dive tells the harrowing tale of my relocation to Belfast. It deals with the shock of emigrating to Ireland at such a young age whilst also reminiscing of all the fun things that remind me of the place I was born"

    We say – “Further proof that Bee Mick See is far from the supposed likable twit who introduced himself with a 'Laryngitis', a track about his throat infection. In reality a likable wordsmith, this new single is a strangely touching tale of a kids life going upside down due to a transatlantic relocation. It's also a fantastic mash up of hip hop, pop and rock.”



    Bee Mick See will play QUBSU (Bar Sub), Belfast this Saturday (27th September).

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  10. New Tune Disco 22nd September

    Wednesday 24 September 2014, 14:08

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    Niamh Hegarty Rigsy catches up with Niamh Hegarty to chat about some of their favourite new tracks for this week’s New Tune Disco.

    Shookra – Woman
    Niamh – “The fact they’re so confident as a live unit definitely comes across in this record. Their front woman Sinita has an unreal voice… This record is just so ridiculously catchy.”

    Speed of Snakes – Backbone of Night
    Niamh – “I love this track… It’s like the theme tune from Night Rider meets like early nine inch nails… Super Irish super group”
    Rigsy – “It’s pretty kind of creepy, in a good way”

    Plague Artists - Go
    Rigsy...

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