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With a Universal deal behind them, a cracker of a new album released in the form of Le Club in the last fortnight, Le Galaxie arrive in Kilkenny (my home base) for the album launch night this coming Friday.

Set Theatre is the venue with doors opening at 9.30pm and tickets priced at €13.50, available online or on the door on the night. Nialler9 will be setting the tone with a pre-show DJ set.

I’ll be chatting to the band on The Frequency on KCLR this coming Thursday night after 8pm to find out more about the new album and how things are going for them before they hit Kilkenny.

Grab a download via iTunes or pop to your nearest record shop and grab the real deal.

Electric Picnic have announced a pretty solid lineup for 4-6 September this year, with bills topped by Florence & The Machine and Underworld with loads more acts to be announced yet.

Tickets are selling with usual festival discounts in place if you’ve been to Electric Picnic before – the more festivals you’ve been to, the cheaper your tickets.

According to the Irish Times, campervan, family weekend and family campervan tickets are already all snapped up. Me? I’ve my eye on something a little fancier than my Dunnes Stores tent

Who’s Playing Electric Picnic?

Florence & The Machine, Underworld, Manic Street Preachers, Róisín Murphy, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Belle & Sebastian, The War On Drugs,George Ezra, Future Islands, Jurassic 5, Chvrches, Ride, Jon Hopkins, Battles, My Morning Jacket, Jessie Ware, Django Django, Low, Pond, Tourist, Metz, Girl Band, Kwabs, Låpsley, Alvvays, Marika Hackman, Jack Garratt, Wvyern Lingo ,Circa Waves, Hinds, Shura, Ben Khan, Curtis Harding, Aquilo and Little May.

Ballad Of The Might I is taken from Chasing Yesterday, the latest release from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. They’re destined for a show at the 3Arena, Dublin, tomorrow with a set that should mix the bigger tracks from his last two albums along with a number of Oasis classics.

Whatever the setlist, I’ll be there, with Black Rivers also on the bill.

In all its technicolour glory, rejoice in the latest video offering for Hozier, this is Someone New, currently doing the rounds on many an A list for radio rotation. Outside of the man himself, the video also features Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games, Game Of Thrones).

The two disc special edition has pretty much been a fixture in my car radio since its own release last September.

Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez

If you’ve been following the blog from its launch on 1 February then you won’t have missed out on any of the tracks picked as Record Of The Day. If you have, however, on dropped in now, then enjoy this playlist of videos – 28 in total – that make up those songs chosen as Record Of The Day for February 2015.

It’s been a slow and easy start to proceedings around here. You can also catch up on daily links via Twitter at @betterforsound and pop a like on the Better For Sound Facebook page here.

Kingston, pictured live at Set Theatre. Photo: Ken McGuire
Kingston, pictured live at Set Theatre. Photo: Ken McGuire

The first chunk of the lineup for this year’s Knockanstockan Independent Music & Arts Festival (for its full title) has been released and there’s 8 fine acts heading to Blessington Lakes on 24 & 25 July.

Bettine McMahon spilled the beans to James Hendicott yesterday seven names released including Kilkenny’s Kingston, Bitch Falcon, Contour, Cult Called Man, Leo Drezden, Rebecca Collins and Dubliners Red Enemy.

I may be somewhat biased but of the acts announced thus far, I could recommend catching Kingston enough. They had a blast at Electric Picnic last year and two appearances at Set Theatre in Kilkenny last year (New Years Eve party included) really cemented their energy and infectious enthusiasm – both on stage and in your ears. Only hitting college age,

Early bird tickets go on sale next Friday priced €65 with full price tickets following at €80 plus booking fee. Campervan tickets will be priced €35 plus booking fee.

Leaf Off / The Cave is the latest release from José González, taken from the Vestiges & Claws Album (available to order now). Of the CDs I pick up by post in the station (postal details here), this has been one of the more enjoyable that’s been sent through in a while. I won’t claim to being the greatest of JG fans but I’ll happily listen to his tunes all day long and Leaf Off / The Cave is no different. The video, directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson is a treat too – stick with it for the break at 5.20 or so to get a feel for the in-room sound.

Vestiges & Claws is the first studio album from José González in seven years and dropped last week via Peacefrog.

Irish dates are yet to be announced but he will be playing sold out shows in The Scala, London, on 11/12 March along with a headline show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 28 May.

SecondFrame Films (video) and Shota Kotake (Illustrations) linked up for this brand new stop-go animated feature for Gypsy Rebel Rabble‘s Future Kid.

The band launched their latest album Over Under at a Whelan’s (Dublin) show on 17 January, which was also the final show for founding member and bassist Tim Fernley. As such the band are taking it handy on the gig front for a while.

Grab the album here on Bandcamp.

Idyllic Valley is the upbeat and folksy release from Ross Breen, the video released at the end of January by the hand of Simon O’Neill. Irish theatre goers may recognise Smock Alley in Dublin as providing some of the backdrop.

Don King Rongavilla is the one pulling off all the swish moves in the spotlight too. Breen released his self-produced debut When I Met The Devil back in 2011 and this new single is a followup to last year’s release, Nobody’s Perfect. Following the single, there’s another album in the wings too – keep an eye out for New Born Vibrancy with updates at RossBreen.com.

I’ve already featured the free download of O Emperor’s Switchblade but a few days ago the band released the official animated video.

The story and animation comes courtesy of Paul Savage with Switchblade available on the band’s new EP, Lizard, coming Monday week. You can next catch the band live on 9 April at Cyprus Avenue (Cork) followed by a show at the Workman’s in Dublin on 16 May.

Update: You can grab the Lizard EP here.

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With a Universal deal behind them, a cracker of a new album released in the form of Le Club in the last fortnight, Le...
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Electric Picnic have announced a pretty solid lineup for 4-6 September this year, with bills topped by Florence & The Machine and Underworld with...
Kingston, pictured live at Set Theatre. Photo: Ken McGuire

The first chunk of the lineup for this year's Knockanstockan Independent Music & Arts Festival (for its full title) has been released and there's...