IF HIS Italian heritage is anything to go by, Daniele Rustioni, new principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, will likely up the tempo and bring a splash of Mediterranean melodrama to the stage for local music lovers.
Today Myles McCormack – The Duncairn, Belfast Wild Heat, Steven McKnight Band, Psychedelanaut – The Empire, Belfast Locks – The American Bar, Belfast Cloakroom Q, Dream Reading, Folkadelic – Love & Death, Belfast Villa In France, Sleeping Outside, Sad Tomorrow etc – The Atlantic, Portrush Eleanor McEvoy – The Burnavon, Cookstown
HI EMILY, congratulations on Rituals – how does it feel to have the album out? Thank-you, it feels glorious to invite people to walk in the weird world me and the band have lovingly created, and for listeners to have a more intimate relationship with the songs.
SHE famously announced a step back from touring several years ago – only to return to America for another 'Last Call Tour' (the places she missed first time around) – but Mary Black finds it difficult to say goodbye and is still singing her way around Ireland.
Lana Del Rey Norman F***ing Rockwell! YEARS on from her breakthrough mega-hit Video Games, Del Rey now has the confidence to take a wide step away from the rest of her peers, and Norman F***ing Rockwell! is a jaunt through hazy, classic rock-inspired, ethereal, majestic, hypnotic, anthemic folky-pop, her voice floating like chiffon across each intriguing track.
Today Mclusky, New Pagans, Junk Drawer – Voodoo, Belfast Cherym – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Mim Suleiman, Orchestre des Réfugiés et Amis – Oh Yeah, Belfast The Crossfire Hurricanes, The Scarlet Cavaliers, Adam Grant Music etc – Love & Death, Belfast The Late Twos – The Atlantic, Portrush
THE song that turned Susan Boyle's life around – a jaw-dropping performance of I Dreamed a Dream belted out to a shell-shocked Britain's Got Talent audience in 2009 – will be on the set list for the Scottish star's first professional appearance in Northern Ireland later this month.
IF YOU grew up loving Nirvana during their 1990s heyday, chances are you whiled away many a Saturday afternoon trawling independent record shops for exorbitantly priced bootleg CDs – I'm thinking of you, Hector's House – featuring illicitly recorded live shows and/or rare tracks.