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  1. Sound of Belfast 2014 programme launched

    Friday 24 October 2014, 10:40

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    Sound Of Belfast 2014 Running from 7th to 15th November 2014, there have been twenty five music events announced so far, set to take place in various venues across the city. There will music industry seminars, showcases and a host of live shows.

    Over the eight days there will be performances from Tim Wheeler, RunawayGo, Hot Cops, Hurdles and many more.

    The returning Northern Ireland Music Prize ceremony will close out the week on Saturday 15th November. Where local rock legends Therapy? will headline, playing their 1994 ‘Troublegum’ album in full. Joining them on the bill include the NI Music Prize 2014 nominated artists More Than Conquerors, Robyn G Shiels, and Sullivan & Gold.

    An online version of the full programme of events can be found here.

  2. The Making of Meb Jon Sol's ‘Southpaw Niños’

    Wednesday 22 October 2014, 11:52

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    The Making of Meb Jon Sol

    Mick McCullagh of Meb Jon Sol joined us in Across the Line HQ to talk us through the Making of… his new album ‘Southpaw Niños’.

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  3. ATL’s Track for the Day #37

    Wednesday 22 October 2014, 11:37

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    The Sass #37
    Wednesday 22 October, 2014
    The Sass – Supposed To Be A Party


    They say – “’Supposed to be' marked a new sound and direction for The Sass, as we felt we needed to write songs from the rhythm section outwards. With this track in particular we wanted a fun, upbeat song that was structurally different to any of our previous work.”

    We say – “Now here's a piece of music you could set your watch to. Fun, ballsy and wreaking of confidence, The Sass are among a slew of young bands keeping the spirit of Northern Irish punk pop alive and well.”



    The Sass will play Jamlive Studios, Belfast on 29th November, as part of their EP launch.

  4. New Tune Disco - 20th October

    Tuesday 21 October 2014, 15:27

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    Phil and Rigsy For this week’s New Tune Disco, Rigsy was joined in studio by Phil Taggart to share some of their favourite new music from both North and South of the border.

    Gaze Is Ghost - Revolvere

    Phil - “It’s got that sparseness., but it’s also like a bit of a whispy grandiose epic as well… Maybe like a pared back London Grammar… If were talking about Northern Irish acts it shares some of the more mainstream DNA of somebody like Katharine Philippa.”
    Rigsy - “I can say very confidently that I think Gaze is Ghost is better than London Grammar. I can engage with Gaze is Ghost a little...

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  5. ATL's Track for the Day #36

    Monday 20 October 2014, 15:51

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    His New Atlas #36
    Monday 20 October, 2014
    His New Atlas - Pillars

    They say - "Pillars is the second single of my EP Torn out lungs. I wrote this EP about my intimate life and upbringing, the words are tied close to me, and this song was something it took real courage to release."

    We say – “To say Eoghan O'Hagan has wisdom and songwriting ability beyond his years would be quite the ludicrous understatement given he's the same age as 'Girl from Mars' by Ash. A minimal arrangement gives his voice, full of yearning, the opportunity to truly soar. Ridiculously promising.”

  6. The Making of Best Boy Grip 'Sugar'

    Friday 17 October 2014, 16:10

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    Best Boy Grip
    Eoin O'Callaghan of Best Boy Grip popped in to Across the Line to talk us through the Making of… his new EP ‘Sugar’, a collaboration with Guillem Balague.

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  7. ATL’s Track for the Day #35

    Friday 17 October 2014, 11:16

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    Ciaran Lavery #35
    Friday 17 October, 2014
    Ciaran Lavery - Orphan


    They say -“The important thing about recording Orphan was trying to strike the balance between sanity and insanity. There's a controlled madness there that we tried to achieve. The song is liberating, it's a total expression; both empty and full at the same time.”

    We say – “It's curious listening to Ciaran Lavery's dark and gravely voice marry with a song so upbeat and a suitably quirky video makes 'Orphan' stand out even more. Put this alongside the very different but equally awesome 'Left For America' for one of the finest song pairings you'll hear all year.”



    Ciaran Lavery will play Lark & The Robin @ McGrory's, Donegal on November 13th, and The Wine Bar, Ramelton on November 14th.

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  8. New Tune Disco - 13th October

    Thursday 16 October 2014, 14:59

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    Charlene Hegarty Charlene Hegarty from Smalltown America joined Rigsy in studio to discuss some of their favourite new releases.

    Pat Dam Smyth – Set in Stone

    Charlene: “Pat Dam Smyth’s just so interesting… This track particularly I just thought was really beautiful… It’s quite nice; you can hear pedal steel and like a full string section going on. In its essence it’s a beautiful piano track.”
    Rigsy: “Delighted to revisit that track.”

    Greater Walls – Deep Water

    Rigsy: “Lots of drama, lots of unpredictable instrumentation. Lots of ideas basically. If anything this track is the straightest...

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  9. ATL’s Track for the Day #34

    Thursday 16 October 2014, 14:41

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    Greater Walls #34
    Thursday 16th October, 2014
    Greater Walls – Deep Water

    They say – “Under deep water, a place often feared, a place you go to when the world pushes you under but once you let go you realise it’s a place of freedom. When there is too much surrounding you, listen and hear angles of the water guide you but don’t let this beautiful blue abyss take over your mind, you better come back now.”

    We say – “If Ben Folds and Lorde had a son together, he'd make beautifully produced, thoughtful music like Greater Walls. Or, if we're talking local references, it'd be the spawn of Katharine Philippa and Best Boy Grip. Forced musician breeding aside, 'Deep Water' is a wonderful taster of a debut album of the same name.”

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  10. ATL's Track for the Day #33

    Wednesday 15 October 2014, 15:59

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    Katharine Philippa #33
    Wednesday 15th October, 2014
    Katharine Philippa - Home

    They say – “'Home' is as abstract and peaceful as it is blunt and unnerving. In many ways, this reflects my experience of life itself. The sea has always been a source of strange comfort to me, and so I include shore ripples, which I recorded from the little beach beside Portbalintrae one dying, summer evening. I wrote this piece when I was not well. It is cavernous, and feels a little empty; it is a longing to be elsewhere.” 

     
    We say – “An old track we've loved revisiting, as we celebrate the return of Katharine Phillipa, who's back gigging this week. Katharine's music has dropped our jaws on many occasions, and her decision to focus on her studies meant we've really missed her performing live. Lets be greedy and hope for some new music soon.”

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