THE ERICS:   The ballots will close this week for our annual awards The Erics where there are a handful of music categories to get your teeth into, including Best Irish Band, Best Irish Album and Best Live Event so head on over to our voting page to have your voice heard.

Speaking of The Erics, you probably know by now that we're hosting a big ol' bash in The Button Factory on Thursday January 30th where you'll see extended live sets from Le Galaxie, O Emperor, Gavin James and Cave Ghosts. Tickets are moving FAST but, at time of writing, are still available here for €12.

Cave Ghosts will play The Erics in The Button Factory on January 30. Tix €12.

LIVE MUSIC:   Union J play The O2 in Dublin on Tuesday and you can still pick up tix for €36.50 at you-know-where outlets nationwide. Maroon 5 will set up shop in the same venue on Thursday, while Fun Lovin' Criminals will play a (sort of) homecoming show in The Academy on Friday.

RELEASES:   James Vincent McMorrow's second album Post Tropical is on record store shelves RIGHT NOW and it's bleedin' wonderful - as you can tell by our review. Elsewhere, Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings' Give The People What They Want are also due out.

NEWS:   Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been confirmed as playing the Super Bowl halftime show in on February 2nd. Will there be any Janet Jackson-style nipplegate controversy? Most likely not given the ultra-santised nature of television nowadays.

Your Superbowl halftime entertainment awaits...

The entire Oasis back catalogue is now available for your streaming pleasure on Spotify and other such services.

You can listen to the brand new album from the awesome Warpaint for free right now on NPR, such as this brilliant song 'Biggy'.

Kylie Minogue has announced a new single. 'Into The Blue' will be released on Friday March 13th and will be the first sample from the diminutive Aussie's new album which is set for release later this year.

Remember Embrace? Well, they've just announced their first album in over seven years. The self-titled collection will be released on 25th April.

In decidedly pre-internet sounding news, Joan Baez and Hall & Oates have announced Dublin dates. Dylan's former squeeze Baez will play three nights in Vicar Street on 24th, 25th and 27th September while Hall & Oates are set to play The Olympia on July 15th.

And, just for fun, here's what I'm listening to on Spotify at the moment: