Key Notes - an Irish music blog by Steven O'Rourke

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A journey to the centre of the alternative music scene.
By Steven O'Rourke on Thursday, November 12, 2009

As of today, Key Notes will be no more.  In his final blog, Steve explains why he has to kill off his alter-ego.

By Steven O'Rourke on Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Key Notes takes a look back at his first Marathon and asks for more donations

By Steven O'Rourke on Thursday, October 15, 2009

Key Notes takes a look at the full schedule for Hard Working Class Heroes 2009 and gives every stalker in the country the chance to follow him around for 3 days!

By Steven O'Rourke on Monday, October 12, 2009

Key Notes' favourites, Dark Room Notes, have just announced a deal with Berlin/London based BBE

By Steven O'Rourke on Friday, October 09, 2009

Key Notes takes a look at the music industry's active involvement in Hard Working Class Heroes 2009

By Steven O'Rourke on Tuesday, October 06, 2009

 A blog of random items to make up for not being here for a while.

By Steven O'Rourke on Thursday, September 24, 2009

Key Notes laments the demise of the Future Kings of Spain

By Steven O'Rourke on Monday, September 21, 2009

Key Notes is very excited to hear that Villagers will be performing as part of the 2009 edition of Hard Working Class Heroes.

By Steven O'Rourke on Thursday, September 10, 2009

Well, hopefully not, but as Key Notes turns 27 he takes a morbid look at the number of musicians who have shuffled off their mortal coil at such a relatively young age.

By Steven O'Rourke on Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The winner of the 2009 Mercury Prize has been announced.

By Steven O'Rourke on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The line-up of Irish bands for Hard Working Class Heroes 2009 has been announced, and it's a pretty impressive list.

By Steven O'Rourke on Friday, August 14, 2009

Key Notes argues that we should do our best to save the physical album.

By Steven O'Rourke on Tuesday, August 11, 2009

 Cois Fharraige returns to Co. Clare for its third year.

By Steven O'Rourke on Friday, August 07, 2009

Key Notes pays tribute to John Hughes, a man who appeared to direct every movie (that wasn't Star Wars) he watched as a teenager.  WARNING: This blog contains some strong language.

By Steven O'Rourke on Tuesday, August 04, 2009

In this new series, Key Notes takes a light-hearted look at the type of people who attend Irish indie gigs.  This first edition looks at scenesters, the Vince Noir of the Irish indie scene.

By Steven O'Rourke on Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The line-up for Castlepalooza, Ireland's premier boutique Music and Arts Festival, has been announced and Key Notes is hear to guide you through the August Bank Holiday weekend in Charleville Castle, Tullamore.

By Steven O'Rourke on Wednesday, July 22, 2009
By Steven O'Rourke on Friday, July 17, 2009

This is an unusual blog for Key Notes as it has very little to do with music.  On October 26 Key Notes will run the Lifestyle Sports/Adidas Dublin City Marathon to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.  This is where you come in!

By Steven O'Rourke on Thursday, July 16, 2009

Technical difficulties (not being able to find the cable that charges the laptop!) means that Key Notes' review of Oxegen 2009 comes to you 24 hours late.

By Steven O'Rourke on Thursday, July 09, 2009

After being the first publication in the world to review Oxegen 2008, CLUAS will go much more than one step further this year.  For the first time ever, CLUAS readers can look forward to up to the minute reviews, festival diaries and the most in-depth coverage of Oxegen 2009 available online.

By Steven O'Rourke on Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Three parts Irish, one part Canadian, The Angel Pier kicked off 2009 with a storming show to a packed Whelan's showcasing songs from their debut album which will be released later this year.  In this edition of Key Note Speaker, Mark Colbert, drummer with The Angel Pier, takes time out from promoting the band's new single, Align The Seas.

The Angel PierFavourite Songs from the Past Year Halfway Home - TV on The Radio

Favourite Song Ever This changes daily.

Favourite Angel Pier Song Align the Seas, which happens to be coming out as a single in the very near future (July...
By Steven O'Rourke on Friday, July 03, 2009

Key Notes attended the launch of Hard Working Class Heroes '09 on Wednesday evening and was very impressed by what he saw (and ate)!

By Steven O'Rourke on Thursday, July 02, 2009

Key Notes, in association with Word of Mouth, has a double pass to give away for Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters front man Mark Kozelek when he brings his songwriting talent to Andrew's Lane Theatre on July 23.

By Steven O'Rourke on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

With just over two weeks to go until Oxegen 2009 starts, Key Notes has a very simple message for festival goers and it's a lesson he learned over 10 years in the Scouts; be prepared.