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Harry Styles Releases Late Night Talking Music Video

And We’ll Be Late Night Watching All Summer Long

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Harry Styles woke up Wednesday and decided to put us all in a place we’ve only dreamt about: in bed with him. That’s right: Harry just released the music video for Late Night Talking, the second single from his album: Harry’s House.

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Get Your Irish On With This St Patrick’s Day Playlist

Skip the shamrocks - Hit play on this playlist

Green beer is passé, trite, and even embarrassing. So is any kind of headgear featuring glittery shamrocks.

This Saint Patrick’s Day it’s time to shake things up musically. We put on our thinking caps – sans shamrocks – and compiled a Paddy’s Day Playlist with 10 tunes that's sure to please connoisseurs of Irish-inflected music.

Sheila Chandra - Speaking in Tongues II (live at World In The Park 1992)

Of Indian and Irish descent, Chandra fused eastern and western musical traditions. Initially, with the group Monsoon and then in a distinguished solo career, which was sadly brought to an end by a rare illness called Burning Mouth Syndrome. Fortunately, Chandra recorded extensively, and we have fantastic recordings like “Speaking in Tongues II” to enjoy.

Rónán Ó Snodaigh – Cad eile le rá | Live by the Sea (2016)

Ó Snodaigh is a diamond in the rough, a wild and wooly percussionist and singer/songwriter who can drive a crowd wild with the sheer force of his personality. This is a fine example of his skill as a bodhrán player, and please note he’s singing in Irish.

SOAK – B a noBody

Bridie Monds-Watson, better known as Soak – a combination of “Soul” and “Folk” – hails from Northern Ireland. Dreamy, contemplative, flecked with darker tones of sorrow, their music has struck a chord with fans around the world.

John McCormack – The Rose of Tralee

McCormack (1884-1945) was at home in the opera and on the concert stage. He’s best remembered today for his renditions of Irish folk songs and popular tunes. Admittedly, the material is old-fashioned and sentimental, but McCormack’s depth of feeling renders such distinctions moot.

Susan McKeown – No Jericho (Live - 2012)

Grammy Award-winning, Dublin-born McKeown is a first-class singer equally at home with contemporary and traditional material – just as she divides her time between Ireland and the States. This self-penned number is a lovely intro to a luminous musical presence.

The Dubliners – The Wild Rover

The original bad boys of Irish Trad music. They may look like your great-granda but they partied like the business. The Pogues would be nowhere without them. The Dubliners are the band that launched a thousand pints...

Sinead O'Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U (Live)

O’Connor’s public wrestling with personal demons tends to overshadow her music. Which is a shame because, at her best, she’s a powerful and transformative singer. Nothing Compares 2 U was written and composed by Prince and helped catapult Sinead to international superstardom when it was released in January 1990.

The Pogues – A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day

You knew these lads were going to show up, right? Shane MacGowan is the poet laureate of the guttersnipes. But we’d rather focus on the group’s less raucous side, epitomized by their erstwhile bass player Cait O’Riordan’s version of this traditional number.

Elvis Costello and the Voice Squad – Full Force Gale

Costello – ne Declan Patrick McManus – and friends cover this number written by mystic & bard Van Morrison. They slow it down, use no instruments...and make vocal magic.

Hozier – Jackie and Wilson

Andrew John Hozier-Byrne and friends record under the first part of his surname. Whatever you call him, this boy from Bray struck it big in 2013 with “Take Me to Church.” Those with a taste for great riffs coupled with idiosyncratic lyrics will relish Jackie and Wilson.

There it is, friends. However you celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, do it safely. And let some music lift you into the mystic.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!


10 Songs to Add to Your Holiday Playlists

Give your Yuletide playlist a reboot with these 10 holiday songs

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Confess: you’re as sick of Silver Bells and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as I am. Every mall and coffee shop has been cranking out the same old songs since we trashed our Halloween pumpkins – and ate the rest of the candy. A change is needed. It’s wayyyyy past time to reboot the nation’s holiday playlist.

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With traditional in-person concerts on pause until further notice, music fans are scrambling to get their dose of live music.

Thankfully, Netflix boasts an impressive roster of not only musicals, but music documentaries that are just as educational as they are enthralling. Whether your tastes veer towards classic rock legends or modern-day hip-hop ringleaders, there's a documentary for you hidden in the depths of Netflix's catalog.

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Happy Non-Binary Week: 9 Non-Binary and Genderqueer Indie Musicians You Need to Know

Celebrate Non-Binary Week 2021 with these musicians we love.

It's Non-Binary Week, dedicated to those who don't fit within the traditional gender binary.

This week in mid-July has been defined as "a week by, for, and about non-binary people," dedicated to uplifting and celebrating them. It's an extension of Non-Binary People's Day, typically celebrated on July 14.

Though genders outside of the male-female binary have existed in a number of ancient cultures, terms like "non-binary" and "genderqueer" were first used in the 1990s. Since then, many people have come out as non-binary — whatever that means for them. Some non-binary people still use the pronouns they were assigned at birth, while others might prefer "they/them" or other neutral pronouns.

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Music played a huge role during the #EndSARS protests of October 2020 in Nigeria. Across protest grounds, music boosted the morale of the crowds, inspiring the masses to demand changes in Nigerian policing.

A video posted on Twitter of a man, later identified as Joshua Ambrose, being thrown out of a moving vehicle by SARS (or Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigerian police force) officers in Ughelli, a rural town in southern Nigeria, prompted the protests after it went viral.The now-defunct SARS — created to combat the widespread robbery and kidnappings of the 80s — had become notorious for harassing, brutalizing, and extorting young Nigerians for their appearance or for the gadgets they carried, sometimes even profiling them as internet fraudsters.

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