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Lyle Carlos Garces or LCG as he's better known is originally from Cebu City, Philippines but has made Dublin his home for many years now. He is a hip hop and spoken word artist who strongly believes in cultures integrating which is evident on his brilliant brand new single "Freedom". It's got the top quality hip hop that he is notorious for and it's also got a really cool jazz vibe just to up the funk levels. It's good to have LCG back making music and hopefully it won't be another 4 year wait for the next one.
On Sunday 2nd August, RTÉ will be broadcasting a brand new documentary about Richie Malone who is a guitarist from Dublin. Richie joined the legendary English band Status Quo back in 2016 after the death of his idol Rick Parfitt. Richie is the former frontman for Dublin rock band RAID and was a huge Status Quo fan thanks to his dad. In the documentary he will discuss going from listening to them in his house to performing across the world with them on huge stages such as Hyde Park and the 3Arena. The documentary will also feature interviews with Richie's friends and former band members, his Status Quo mega fan Dad and Quo's bassist Rhino.
The documentary is called Rockin' All Over The World and will air at 8pm on Sunday 2nd August on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra and then on podcast. The documentary was produced by award winning Scottish radio producer Heather MacLeod who has produced many radio documentaries and interviewed some of the biggest names in the music business.
Seminal 80's-90's rock pop band Something Happens made their way to Dundalk Gaol for a gig on Saturday night. Frontman Tom Dunne's first words were "this is not a regular show, it's the story of Something happens". From then they brought the Dundalk audience on a journey spanning their whole career with many stories and anecdotes along the way.
They began with their first ever song "Burn Clear" followed by Billy Bragg's "A New England".
"Give It Away" then onto "Forget Georgia" which Larry Gogan championed. The show element of the gig kicks in as founding member and drummer Eamonn Ryan left the band which was recreated by walking up the stairs only to be beckoned back by a pleading Tom Dunne and the audience.
A cover of Abba's "Take A Chance" led into Madonna's "Borderline" followed by "Beach" and a story of how they sold out by playing the Trinity Ball and were signed by Virgi…
Benjamyn is an electronic music producer based in Dublin. He categorises his music as being surf house which is a term he coined himself. He started out making acoustic folk to indie rock music before settling into his current style. His previous singles have been played on national radio stations and received praise from many top publications. His new single Sea Of Uncertainty was released on July 24th. About the song, Benjamyn says "I want listeners not only to feel understood in this complex emotional state - but also to feel inspired to let go and live free from that fear."
Sea Of Uncertainty is utterly brilliant from start to finish. The chilled out indie dance vibes make you feel like you are gently floating on the sea but one thing that is for certain is that this song is one of the best I've heard this year. It's refreshing and deeply cool. I'm now a firm believer in surf house music. Outstanding.