My Chemical Romance have called it quits after 12 years. Speaking a blog post on their website, the emo-rockers wrote: "We've shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come to an end." Honestly, we thought they'd already broken up.
Devendra Banhart will play The Button Factory on June 26th. Banhart's newest album Maia will be released on March 12th next. Tickets for the gig go on sale at 9am on March 29th, priced at €19.90.
Queens of the Stone have released tidbits of information about their upcoming new album on their official website. Go to QOTSA.com and each time you load the page you'll hear a brief sample of new music. The album, titled Like Clockwork, is expected in June and featured collaborations with the likes of Elton John, Dave Grohl, Jake Shears and Trent Reznor.
Deerhunter will release Monomania, the follow-up to their outstanding 2010 record Halcyon Digest, on May 7th.
Raglans will headline Goldenplec.com's Coast To Coast: Tea and Toast homecoming gig in Whelan's on March 30th. The charity event, designed to raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland, will also feature performances from Shadowplay and Elaine Mai. Tickets for this excellent gig (and incredibly good case) are available for just a tenner. More details from Goldenplec.com.
The Coronas will headline the fifth Barretstown Inspirations concert at the Olympia Theatre on Thursday 11th April. Lisa Hannigan, The Strypes, The Walls, The Frank & Walters and Maud In Cahoots will also be on hand for the excellent cause. Tickets are €33 from usual outlets.
R.S.A.G. will play TrocaireLive - a celebration of the Irish charity's 40th birthday - at The Grand Social on 27th April. Tickets are available here.
The full list of Record Store Day releases can be read here.
Caitlín Nic Gabhann has just won the Traditional Album of The Year Award for 2102 on Tradconnect.com. "Three bars in and your senses are awakened, one set in and your musical imagination is captured. Caitlín Nic Gabhann has a hold of you and will not let go until 15 tracks and some 50 minutes have elapsed", read the website's review of the album. "This debut album has shifted the centre of gravity of traditional music north eastwards to Meath. It is well executed, invigorating and lively music with nothing held back by way of artistic interpretation and nothing unnecessary added that would crowd out the glorious rhythms that are created. Recording and mastering are of the highest quality and all in all it is a stunning debut. Miss it at your peril."