Eoin But­ler’s guide to down­loads, sin­gles and free au­diostreams

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BEY­ONCÉ Halo (Live at the Su­per­dome, New Or­leans)

What did we learn from the 2013 Su­per Bowl half­time show? Well, that Bey­oncé is prob­a­bly the most ac­com­plished pop per­former of her gen­er­a­tion; that she can def­i­nitely, def­i­nitely sing live; and that she could kill a man with her bare thighs. An il­lu­mi­nat­ing 10 min­utes. youtube.com

FALL OUT BOY ft 2CHAINZ

My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em

Up) Is­land More of the same pop-punk garbage from Pete Wentz & co (with a bonus John Farn­hamesque “Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-os” for good mea­sure). Their Save Rock and Roll al­bum may or may not have been recorded to raise funds for rock’n’roll. Per­son­ally, I wasn’t aware that rock’n’roll had fallen on hard times. You’d think that hav­ing a city built on you would bring in plenty of ex­tra rev­enue.

GER LANE

Straight­for­ward Love Song Star­counter Records Lim­er­ick-born, Lon­don-based singer-song­writer Ger Lane pretty much lives up to his side of the bargain on straight­for­ward love song. I say “pretty much” be­cause you have to en­ter in a code to lis­ten to it on his web­site (ger­lane.com). And I’m eas­ily con­fused.

RAY HEF­FER­NAN AND THE GRAND CANAL BAND

Amy’s An­swer Dublin singer-song­writer Ray Hef­fer­nan recorded this video, based on the le­gend of Oisín in Tir na nÓg, for Ital­ian TV. Any­one hop­ing for a Rick Wake­man-es­que cos­tume drama on ice, how­ever, will be dis­ap­pointed. Ray’s new al­bum, New Worn Dress, is due out on March 8th.

MY BLOODY VALEN­TINE

Only To­mor­row This isn’t an orig­i­nal ob­ser­va­tion, I know. But it seems that band re­u­nion ma­nia has a lit­tle to do with mu­sic, and a lot to do with nos­tal­gia for lost youth. Per­son­ally, I’m still wait­ing for Sr Pauline to get my se­nior in­fants class back to­gether and teach us the modh coin­niol­lach again for old time’s sake. A sem­i­nal moment. mybloody valen­tine.org

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