Sometimes in life, your career in music just sort of...happens. At least, that's the case for OTR, who started out as an aerospace engineer while creating tracks in the meantime. After leaving his job, his music quickly began to manifest into something much bigger when, in 2020, he released his debut album, Lost At Midnight.
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A Moment With quinnie

On her new album, flounder, and what's next

Finding a once-in-a-lifetime talent like quinnie is borderline impossible. The singer-songwriter extraordinaire is known for her deep connection to nature and all things that come from the Earth. Grounded in all the best ways possible, quinnie brings the same indie flare that music titans like Joni Mitchell graced us with.

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Harry Styles

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As someone who cried hysterically when One Direction didn’t win the X Factor UK in 2010, my teenage self could never have imagined that 13 years later, I’d see Harry Styles headlining at Slane Castle, one of Ireland's most iconic concert venues!

With a capacity of 80,000, Slane Castle has hosted the greatest legends in music history – David Bowie, Queen, U2, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, Metallica and Madonna to name a few. But, needless to say, online critics voiced their grievances that a young ex-boy band member was being added to the list.

“Harry Styles playing Slane Castle! Is personally an insult to the big acts that have played there such as The Stones, Oasis, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen etc!”
“I guess I won’t be making the pilgrimage next year so. Rumour mill had me believe that AC/DC or Pearl Jam were going to play which would be a more fitting act for the iconic venue.”

However, these nay-sayers shut up when Harry Styles sold out The Slane in a mere 17 minutes, taking the record for booking out the entire gig so quickly.

Fast-forward to a year after securing our tickets. Saturday, 10th June, 2023 arrived, the day I’d finally see Harry IRL. The line-up included Mitch Rowland (Harry’s guitarist) who kicked things off at 2:30 PM, followed by Irish DJ Annie Mac, and the final support act was Inhaler – whose lead singer is the son of Bono in U2.

While the haters were wrong about Hazza’s qualifications to play Slane, they were right about one thing – the grueling pilgrimage to the venue. AKA a 45-minute hike on the narrow, windy, uphill roads of Slane village. (Tip for future Slane-concert-goers: wear comfy footwear.)

Despite the pilgrimage (that I’d no clue I’d signed up for) my excitement grew the closer we got to the massive – and massively impressive – castle. We missed the first two support acts, but we also missed getting drenched with rain so I didn’t mind. To be honest, I was mostly just thrilled to be ticking a Slane Castle concert off my bucket list!

We arrived just in time to catch Inhaler singing their hit It Won't Always Be Like This. I’d never seen 80,000 people in one place before – it was beyond amazing. The crowd was teeming with women in feathers, couples dancing, and families with dads in pink cowboy hats.

Once Inhaler finished up, you could feel the tension from the crowd – Harry would be appearing at any second. It was truly exhilarating.

Approaching the concert date, I saw myself as a casual Harry Styles fan. I’d listen to him occasionally and enjoyed his hits. But the instant Harry’s charisma met the stage, I was immediately transported back to the 16-year-old screaming fan-girl I once was.

Harry opened with Daydreaming, bursting with energy, and the crowd went wild. He charmed everyone by welcoming them in Irish. And he didn’t butcher it like most Brits usually do – impressive!

He played a string of his hits; Golden, Adore You, Keep Driving, Daylight, She, and Little Freak. He was strutting around the stage, then working the crowd by revealing a story about once getting headbutted in Tallaght.

He continued his show-stopping performance with Matilda, Satellite, and one of my favourites, Late Night Talking. Styles then got 80,000 people to sing Happy Birthday to a random Rachel close to the stage, who had caught his attention with a simple sign.

Harry’s set went on to include: Cinema, Music for a Sushi Restaurant (with the “YMCA” intro), and Treat People With Kindness. Then came the throwback of a lifetime, What Makes You Beautiful (with “Best Song Ever” intro) – a definite highlight for me. Grapejuice, Watermelon Sugar, and Fine Line followed. As this spectacular performance wound down, Harry wished the crowd good night, telling us to get home safe. We knew this wasn’t the last of Our Harry, though.

Moments later, he burst back onto the stage, along with the intro to Sign of the Times – while fireworks exploded in the background for dramatic effect. This was followed by Medicine, and his biggest track by far, As It Was. He closed the night off with Kiwi. His firework-filled encore did not disappoint, it was the stuff of goosebumps.

@elladuffy23 sign of the times with fireworks will go down in history 🪩🍒 #slane #hslotslane #hslot #harrystyles #signofthetimes #slanecastle ♬ original sound - Ella Duffy

As you can imagine, 80,000 people trekking through Slane Village – population 1500 – is less than ideal. It took us over an hour to get back to the car park, and another hour before the car arrived to pick us up.

Considering I spent more time trying to get to and from the gig than I did singing along with the audience, I’d be hesitant to attend another Slane Castle concert – unless I have accommodation close by. No regrets though – Harry’s performance was a once-in-a-lifetime extravaganza that I’ll never forget.


He's Country's Next Big Thing. Here's Why...

His latest single "Neon Fools" is sexy, melancholic, and has us all thirsty for what he has coming in 2020

Adam Doleac is the name on everyone's lips in Nashville.

After a year of playing to tens of thousands on tour, amassing millions of streams online, and dropping a video featuring Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph, you wouldn't believe things could get any better for the rising country superstar. Cut to one record deal with Sony Music later and rethink what you believe. Doleac is one of those artists who sets your expectations high, leaps over them, then rinses and repeats. With that in mind, get excited, because he has an early Christmas gift for the world in the form of his latest single "Neon Fools."

In a word, the song is sultry. Filtered drums, minimalist slide guitar, and piano chords holding down the melody, all while Doleac silvertones his way through a set of lyrics showcasing him at his best. He plays off his natural charm, flirty but imperturbable, and sings about an ill-advised romantic interlude under neon light. Gospel vocal accents add to the track's ethereal elusive texture, all of which is countered by Doleac's voice. He acts as a grounding point amongst the smoke and mirrors of the song. For all of "Neon Fools" misguided amorosity, he always brings us back to what is tangible: the perfection of the present moment.

It's easy to love Adam Doleac. Apart from his genuine presence and gentle demeanour, he knows how to be genre accessible without pandering. For country fans he's an in-road to a more pop sound; for pop fans, he's a perfect entry point for country. But it's more than that. Gateway appeal is one thing, staying power is another. Doleac somehow has both. He's simultaneously a one-night stand, and the guy you can bring home to your folks. It seems like a magic trick, but the more you listen to him the more you feel it. While you wait for more, you can listen to "Neon Fools" and get excited for what the New Year will hold.

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Australian indie-pop group, Boy & Bear, have become hometown heroes for a reason. They know how to work a crowd, hyping them up with their unique sound and a beat that can make anyone want to move. Over the past ten years, Boy & Bear have created beloved tracks that have solidified their place in music history...and now they're back with their fifth LP, Boy & Bear.

Boy & Bear is filled with 11 classics. With songs like "Strange World" and "Silver Moon", you can already imagine venues packed full singing along. The band is known for their stadium tours, where they play to crowds of over 65,000 in Australia and have sold out international tours multiple times in a row. Their music is perfect when played live, something any fan can attest to.

What's unique about this album is that it is wholly Boy & Bear. They self-produced it, creating most of it in their own studio, and putting their entire identity as a band into this fifth album. It's only right that it's self-titled. You can listen here:

Dave Hosking of Boy & Bear sat down with Popdust to talk about self-producing their own album, Boy & Bear, and more!

Congratulations on your fifth studio album, Boy & Bear! How did it feel different writing this album than any other one before?

Well this one was self-produced so we were really working collectively to get the songs to a good place. We also worked a lot out of our own studio next door to the main studio which allowed us to experiment with different sounds and effects. There is something nice about working locally, there’s often more time to work the songs and you really get to chip away slowly, pushing and pulling the tracks as needed.

What was the inspiration behind the album as a whole?

I think from a sonic perspective we were enjoying the connection between digital sounds and organic sounds. We used drum machines a lot more and wanted to create a hybrid between the hypnotic nature of the drum machines and the more organic elements of performance. Lyrically I think the songs are a lot about the fragility of our own minds. I’m often fascinated by this, the ability to persevere through adversity, to adapt, to dig deep in times of distress and reflect on what we are all capable of achieving.

What was your favorite memory creating your self-titled album?

I think my favourite memories are of when the song really starts to click. That moment when you hear back the final arrangement and feel a strong sense of excitement and achievement. There’s nothing better than hearing the final product come together.

You’re known for your incredible live performances, being one of Australia’s best-selling acts. What’s your favorite part about performing live?

I think performing live really is really important to us. It allows us to show our musicianship and to adapt the songs where needed to the live environment. I love the feeling of performance, the free fall that comes from losing yourself in the music in front of a big crowed. It’s pretty special.

You have a few shows coming up this summer in Australia….what can fans expect from these shows?

We’ve definitely changed the set list up from previous tours, digging deeper into the catalogue but also sharing some of the newer songs. If we get it right it will really demonstrate the vast variety between the songs and hopefully people will appreciate that.

If you had to name a few favorite tracks off the album, what would they be and why?

I really love strange world. I think the arrangement is just so solid and I’ve always loved the lyric. I think it’s a great example of where the arrangement really amplifies the story. The drums to me always felt like they were representing this real sense of determination and energy which suits the songs lyrical drive and sense of hope. I also really love Crossfire. I love playing around with my falsetto and was just super happy at where the vocal finished up. I think the end result was something super hypnotic and full of emotion.

What was it like self-producing and recording Boy & Bear?

It’s always interesting having five chefs in the kitchen (so to speak) but I think we navigated this well. We’ve learned over the years that different people in the band bring certain strengths and weaknesses and you really have to know when to speak up and when to just get out of the way of someone else’s ideas. I’m proud of the fact that we did this on our own and I think it shows what we are capable of achieving when we’re at the helm!

One thing about Brasstracks is that he can make a collaboration with just about anyone and it's a guaranteed hit. But you don't really need me to tell you that, ask his Grammy awards for songs like Chance The Rapper's "No Problems" or Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar." He's collabed with big names across all genres like Anderson .Paak, Khalid, and Mac Miller, and his recent singles are no exception.
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