Win tickets to Fionn Regan in Vicar Street

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After the release of his second album Catacombs last month, Fionn Regan has been busy touring in the UK and Ireland. He will play Dublin’s Vicar Street on the 13th of March and we’ve got five pairs of tickets to giveaway to Irish Independent Day and Night readers.

Q: What bar is reviewed in Day & Night this week?

Find the answer in the mag today and then turn to page 17 for details on how to enter.

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Top 10 music discovery sites you should know

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We all can navigate our way around Youtube, blogs, Spotify and sites like Last.FM by now but what other sites can help you find your new favourite band? Digital looks at ten others you should know…

1. Soundcloud – It started as a highly intuitive way for bands and labels to share music with others. Thanks to its lightning fast speed and visual waveform interface, Soundcloud has become the place to catch the latest new tracks, particularly in dance and electronic circles. Try out http://player.thejackplug.com as it shows you the most popular tracks on Soundcloud.com.

2. Tuneglue – An expandable interactive spider diagram that helps you find related artists to who you search for. It’s extremely accurate and is essentially a cool visualisation of the musical landscape and its interconnectedness.

3. Grooveshark – It seems to be operating in a legal grey area but its popularity is not in question. Type in a few artists and build a streaming playlist made up of user-uploaded songs. The library is deep with plenty of remixes and full albums.

4. 14tracks.com – If underground movements and cutting-edge genres are your bag, 14tracks is perfect for you. Handpicked compilations based on themes like Scandanavian disco, cosmic soul, junglist hardcore, UK funky and loads more for about €7.50 each.

5. The Hype Machine – The daddy of the MP3 blogs. Put simply: “Every day, thousands of people around the world write about music they love, and it all ends up here.”
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Linkage: Nickelback vs a pickle, a mighty battle

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Nickelback vs. The humble pickle
A Facebook group set up to get a regular pickle more fans than staid rock bores Nickelback has succeeded! A sweet, crunch victory.
http://short.ie/nickelpickle

iTunes’ 10 billionth song downloader
Louie Sulcer, a 71 year-old country fan from Woodstock purchased the 10 billionth iTunes download. The song in question was Johnny Cash’s Guess Things Happen That Way.
http://short.ie/itunesbillion

Cringeworthy overbranding at DJ battle
Who thought that getting DJs participating in a DJ battle to play atop giant McDonalds burger boxes was a good idea?
http://short.ie/overbrand

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Band of Blogs: Aloe Blacc, The Morning Benders, Japayork, NWA – the explicit version

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The best music on the web this week.
Aloe Blacc
Channeling Bill Withers turns out to be a good idea for Aloe Blacc. His great new song, I Need A Dollar is featured as the theme song in the HBO series How To Make It Big In America.
Listen at Stones Throw

The Morning Benders
Heartbreaking indie-pop from a San Francisco band whose debut album Big Echoes was produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor and is out soon. Watch the winsome video performance of Excuses as your intro and fall in love.
Discover at Nialler9
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Sites of the Week: Frugan Living, Radiofail, Babies with Laser Eyes

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Frugan Living
A New York lady who calls herself a freegan gets all her food from grocery shop trash bags and urban hunting and gathering. Her blog details her finds and subsequent meals.
http://fruganliving.com

Radiofail
Audio recordings of presenters and guests on radio shows saying and doing things they shouldn’t be.
http://radiofail.wordpress.com

Babies with Laser Eyes
Does what it says in the title with spectacular superbaby results.
http://babieswithlasereyes.com

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