Listen to a Spotify playlist of albums featured in the mag from Depeche Mode, British Sea Power, The Flaming Lips & more

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Every Friday, John Meagher reviews a selection of new release albums in Day And Night and we’ll publish a Spotify playlist of the albums (where available) so you can listen and judge for yourself.

This week’s reviews includes a positive one for Harper Simon, song of Paul, a less positive one for the Cold War Kids’ fourth album, a reasonable score for Depeche Mode’s 13th album and first in 4 years, four stars for British Sea Power’s new one about “Franciscan monks, ketamine and French female bodybuilders turned erotic movie stars” and another downhill slide for The Flaming Lips.

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In this week’s Day & Night: The Face behind The Voice…Bressie

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Out Friday with every copy of the Irish Independent.

THE FACE BEHIND THE VOICE
Bressie tells John Meagher all about his new album, the panic attacks he suffered on the set of The Voice and how it feels to turn grown women into starstruck tweens

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BLAKE EXPECTATIONS
He has recorded with Brian Eno and fallen in love all in the space of a year, so the sky is the limit for James Blake, discovers Eamon Sweeney.

THE POWER OF APLIN
After topping the charts with her haunting version of The Power of Love, Gabrielle Alpin is a lady on a mission and she won’t suffer any fools on the way.

JULIE HAWK
On nu-folk stardom, swearing on stage and why she’d quite like to annoy Morrissey.

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Listen to albums reviewed in the mag from The Strokes, Dirty Epics, Billy Bragg & Rachel Zeffira

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Every Friday, John Meagher reviews a selection of new release albums in Day And Night and we’ll publish a Spotify playlist of the albums (where available) so you can listen and judge for yourself.

This week’s reviews includes The Strokes’ Comedown Machine which John says “takes the 80s-influenced rock and synth
stylings of their last album, the under-rated Angles, and runs with them and the result is a lean collection that’s both thrilling and lacklustre,” Dirty Epics’ singer Sarah Jane Wai O’Flynn with “a fine comeback”, Billy Bragg 13th studio album which John says “while there are moments that are politicised, it’s a largely mellow work that’s driven by themes of loss, redemption and contentment” and Canadian singer and Horrors side-project Cats Eyes member Rachel Zeffira’s excellent The Deserters’

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#sxswspecial – Four new bands who impressed at SXSW

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The best new music/artist picks of the last week. As published in today’s mag. Follow Day & Night on Twitter or Facebook

#sxswspecial – Four new bands that impressed most at the SXSW music festival in Texas last weekend.

Majical Cloudz
You wouldn’t want to meet Devon Welsh down a dark alley. His piercing eyes and bald head are an intense look but then he opens his mouth and beautiful noise comes out. Teaming up with Matthew Otto for stark lyrically-deep music was a very good idea. The dark side of the soul.

Empress Of
Lorely Rodriguez’s cloudy gloopy electronic-pop is an infectious blast.The Brooklyn resident will get compared to Grimes a lot but you sense a studied history of soul and pop music in her own tracks.

Parquet Courts
If it’s guitars you want, these Brooklyn-based Texans have you covered. Their high-energy shouty post-punk harks back to classic rock but has a fresh twist. In Austin, they played Mellow Johnny’s, a bike shop owned by Lance Armstrong where his yellow jerseys still remain on display.


Watching the Danish 24-year-old Karen Marie Ørsted on stage is akin to watching a kid dance around her bedroom except those bright fun songs are hers and the voice is impeccable. The ponytail-swinging singer has the complete pop package.

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In this week’s Day & Night: Saoirse Ronan, Little Green Cars @ SXSW and more

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ANCHOR WOMAN
She may be starring in the latest film from Twilight creator, The Host, but Saoirse Ronan isn’t willing to play the fame game

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SXSW EXCLUSIVE
Niall Byrne joins Dublin band Little Green Cars as they take on the biggest music festival in the world, SXSW in Texas.

ARRESTING PAIN
When divorce cost her her husband and band, Channy Leaneagh poured her pain into new music.

HURTS’ ADAM ANDERSON
On the dark side of success, those endless Pet Shop Boys comparisons and what it feels like to shift a million records
ON THE BOX
Ian O’Doherty reviews The Big Reunion

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