5 Reasons You Should Hear Oxymoron

Los Angeles rapper, Schoolboy Q, is set to release his newest album Oxymoron on the 25th of February. Here are 5 reasons why you need to hear this:

  • The production on this album is fantastic, with the beats being provided by a variety of people including, Pharrell, The Alchemist, Mike Will Made It and many more.  My personal highlight is the Alchemist-produced ‘Break The Bank’.
  • If you’re one to be enticed by features and collaborations then this album doesn’t disappoint, or go over the top either. The features include Tyler, the Creator, Kurupt, Raekwon, 2 Chainz, as well as Q’s TDE label mates Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Jay Rock. Even though there are quite a few guests, there is no doubt this is a Schoolboy Q album, as every song delivers his sound, along with his trademark adlibs.
  • We’ve been waiting a long ass time to hear this. Due to sample clearances, this album was pushed back several times and some songs such as ‘Druggys With Hoes 3’ featuring Ab Soul couldn’t make the final cut due to these issues.
  • Q is definitely confident in the record he has produced and has even come out and said that it is better than Kendrick Lamar’s album ‘Good Kid M.A.A.D City’ which only goes to show the high level of cutthroat competition within Top Dawg Entertainment.
  • My final reason that you should hear this album is that he is playing Vicar Street in May and it’s gonna be an amazing night as Q will be joined by fellow TDE signee Isiah Rashiad. Tickets from www.ticketmaster.ie

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Live at the Marquee, Cork

The Marquee in Co. Cork is hosting several huge gigs this summer. Here’s a quick rundown of everything that’s happening incase you missed it. There is definitely something for everyone.

  • Cliff Richard, June 9th €65
  • Dolly Parton, June 12th €75
  • The Coronas, June 13th €33
  • Bob Dylan, June 16th €65
  • Tom Jones, June 19th €55
  • Imelda May, June 21st €35
  • Elbow, June 24th €50
  • Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, June 25th €55
  • Jason Derulo, June 26th €45
  • Biffy Clyro, June 27th €40
  • Bryan Adams, June 28th €70
  • Pixies, June 30th €45
  • The Prodigy, July 2nd €60

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Olympia Theatre 9 February

Sunday the 9th of February a couple of my friends and I headed down to the Olympia to see Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zero’s, one of our favourite feel good bands. Alex, Jade and their cacophony of talented band mates appeared on stage just after nine o clock. Their bohemian style and demeanour pulls you in straight away, the intimate surroundings of the Olympia really suited the bands psychedelic/gospel/folk style of music.

They started the show off in a way I’ve never seen before. They allowed the crowd to pick what songs they should play first! Alex lowered the mike into the crowd and the suggestion that was heard clearest was played. Because of this the show began with ‘Man on Fire’, a song from their second album ‘Here’, in which every song is more beautiful than the last. I have been a fan of the Magnetic Zero’s since their debut album ‘Up from Below’ in 2009 but only from seeing them live did I realise how talented they are as musicians, most members playing more than one instrument.

It would be impossible to write this review without mentioning the chemistry between the two lead vocalists Alex and Jade. Throughout the performance, especially for ‘Home’ and ‘That’s What’s Up’ he playfully danced around her. It was some-what of a love-in culminating during ‘Home’ as once again the mike was given to the crowd and people shouted to their other half, confessing their undying love, maybe they got carried away in the moment but a lovely gesture all the same.

One of the most memorable parts of the night had to be when Crash (Christopher Richard), also part of the band ‘The Deadly Syndrome’, took the stage. I noticed him on stage left, playing tambourine and maracas. I found myself asking ‘why is he here?’ a question I soon came to regret. He had a voice smoother than a baby’s butt cheek, it blew me away. He sang ‘Motion Animal’ a song that truly accentuates his amazing vocal range. He was the dark horse of the night, without doubt taking everyone by surprise. I’m looking forward to hearing more from him in the near future, it will definitely be worth the listen.

The only criticism I have about this gig, a problem that seems to be trending today, is that it simply wasn’t long enough. I suppose no fan ever wants a good concert to end but the days when gigs could go on for hours are dead and gone. A set of 8-10 songs will have to suffice for those of us that enjoy live music. That being said, I highly doubt anyone left this concert without a smile on their face and an overwhelming urge to run home and listen to their discography.

Emma.

dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip, Vicar Street 15 February

The other night myself and a few friends went to see dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip in Vicar Street. It being the day after Valentine’s day we were all a bit broke so we had a few cheap drinks in a pub across the road and then ventured our way in. As soon as you walk in you see Scroobius Pip himself selling merchandise and dan le sac is strolling around between the crowd and the smoking area. It makes the whole experience feel quite personal as neither of them shy away from saying hi or taking pictures. During the support act, whose name I have unfortunately forgotten due to a couple more drinks in the venue, I even got to take a picture with dan le sac after he walked up to me and my friends to say hi, (a gentlemen to say the least.)

The opening song of the set ‘Stunner’, from their newest release Repent, Replenish, Repeat, definitely got the crowd hyped up and it was followed by ‘The Beat That My Heart Skipped’ which had everyone in the room jumping. As energetic as some of their songs are, every so often Pip sits down in a leather armchair that is on the stage to recite songs such as ‘Terminal’ and ‘You Will See Me’. I found that these songs captivated everyone in the crowd, even though we had all been jumping minutes before, the entire place hung on every word that he said as dan le sac’s excellent soundtrack played along. I say soundtrack as these are stories that he is telling, such as in Terminal, which is about a boy who meets a girl who “simply wants her last breath to be laugh”.

We were treated to a mix of older and newer songs such as ‘Gold Teeth’, ‘Get Better’, ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’, and the crowd interaction was pretty hilarious. At one point Pip even offered to do a temporary trade between Ireland and the U.K for themselves and the Rubberbandits! For me, the climax of the whole night was the end of the gig. They finished up on the classic ‘A Letter From God To Man’, and after Scroobius Pip walked off stage, dan le sac got the whole place moving with a short mix of Voodoo People by the Prodigy. I would definitely place in my top 3 gigs of all time and I know I can safely say that myself and quite a few of the people in there will be getting a ticket anytime they play in Ireland.

“DOOM, your reputation proceeds you”

Elusive rapper and producer MF DOOM, along with a live drummer,  will be playing an intimate gig in the Sugar Club on the 23rd of March. I’m personally looking forward to this more than any of the many gigs coming soon and would suggest trying to get a ticket if you can. They are €27.50 inc booking fee,

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Producer Madlib, who worked with many people including DOOM on the highly regarded Madvillainy, is set to play a DJ, also in The Sugar Club on the 17th of April.

Pusha T is set to play Vicar Street on the 9th of June. The ‘Numbers On The Boards’ rapper, who was also in the group Clipse with his brother No Malice, made quite an impression last year with his album My Name Is My Name.

Also coming soon are reviews of Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip, which was immense by the way.

Bob Dylan

It has just been announced that legendary folk singer Bob Dylan will play two dates in Ireland. One in the Marquee, Cork on the 16th of June and then the following night in the o2, Dublin.

Bob Dylan famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival (AP)

He will join other acts such as Biffy Clyro, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Dolly Parton and many others in playing the Marquee in Cork this summer.

Odd Future denied entry to New Zealand

Do we really still live in a world where people are afraid of music? Fair enough, L.A hip hop group Odd Future may appear scary on the outside due to the amount of them and their tongue in cheek lyrics, but even the smallest bit of research could have stopped their recent refusal into New Zealand. According to officials they were refused entry as they “have been deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence. In one instance, a police officer was hospitalised following a riot incited by Odd Future.

They were originally meant to be joining Eminem in New Zealand but officials have deemed them a threat. A simple google search of the group will bring up several reasons why this is the stupidest thing since they blamed Manson for Columbine. Group leader Tyler, the Creator throws an annual carnival in Los Angeles, he was given the key to the city of Boulder, Colorado and has adopted a more mature demenour than he has shown before which encourages young and old fans to always be true to themselves no matter what. He may come across as childish, loud and ignorant but it couldn’t be further from the case as it is very clear that Tyler is a genius business man.

Now we have to look at why they were refused entry. New Zealand officials believe that they may incite a riot, if not some form of violence. I can see why they think this due to some of the earlier performances such as this:

But that was 3 years ago. Everyone from the group has matured, much like their fans and performances like this are pretty much one in a million. If this was the case for every artist and band then the Sex Pistols wouldn’t have been allowed to play anywhere and Beatlemania would have been deemed ‘unsafe’. I believe that Odd Future’s manager put it best so I’ll leave it with a quote from him: “judging lyrics from “then” teenagers and not acknowledging the growth since then through life experience… while having no context or communication, is to suggest they should of never been given the chance to grow and show how talented they are.. to run.. is that the move? really?” – Christian Clancy