Out with the old, in with the new . . . on a stage near you

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - Jim Car­roll on mu­sic

Ev­ery year, as the Christ­mas hus­tle be­gins, mu­sic cov­er­age finds it­self head­ing in two dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent direc­tions.

There’s the look back at the year that was, with end­less lists of al­bums, gigs and tracks (and yes, The Ticket will be par­tak­ing in this ex­er­cise). Then, there’s the look ahead at the year to come, with an ef­fort to high­light and pre­dict the acts who’ll make a splash in the next 12 months or so (also guilty as charged).

In many ways, the lat­ter ac­tiv­ity has been ac­cel­er­ated by the an­nual BBC Sound Of . . . poll across the wa­ter. Sadly, this par­tic­u­lar poll has be­come hope­lessly com­pro­mised in re­cent years by record la­bels suc­cess­fully lob­by­ing judges for votes for their pri­or­ity acts.

As a re­sult, the se­lec­tions tend to be stale and pre­dictable with too many dull indie bands mak­ing the cut. It would be great, for ex­am­ple, to see more pop, un­der­ground and hip-hop in the fi­nal shake-up, but that’s un­likely to hap­pen.

How­ever, the poll does give a timely em­pha­sis to new mu­sic and acts as the old year gives way to the new. It’s a chance for all in­volved to cham­pion the new acts they dig and boost their pro­file.

With this in mind, On the Record has de­cided to se­lect a cou­ple of new acts we think peo­ple are go­ing to dig in 2013 and put them to­gether on the same bill.

On The Record Presents 2013 will fea­ture For­rests, Katharine Philippa, Wife and Rosie Car­ney play­ing at Dublin’s Twisted Pep­per on De­cem­ber 22nd. Both Wife and Rosie Car­ney are pro­filed be­low on this page, while For­rests and Katharine Philippa have fea­tured on OTR in the re­cent past. More acts may be added so stay

tuned.

OTR live: Katharine Philippa

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