• Four revellers happy to be out of the spirit-dampening storm, the boys are back on the NO ENCORE beat once again. They're not alone, either, as Conall and John of We Cut Corners drop by to discuss their new album Imposters. Elsewhere there's a massive Irish album to discuss, some blasts from the past with new tracks, and Colm almost dying from a fit of laughter - let's crack on...

    ACT ONE: Kevin Sharkey's bid bites the dust, the economic pressures of music in Dublin are illustrated once again, and the fourteen horsemen of the popocalypse are on the ride - it's the news...

    ACT TWO: Two men who make Dave Grohl seem like a galloping bell-end, the We Cut Corners boys pull up a seat to chat new album, old habits, and what they'd play on The O.C. if The Bait Shop came calling/it was 2005.

    ACT THREE: The lads sink their teeth into a record bound to cause a splash - but has Conor O'Brien produced another masterstroke as Villagers return with The Art Of Pretending To Swim?

    ACT FOUR: Remember The Ting Tings? Yes?! Well you're going to bloody love Songs of the Week then. Also, for the record, featuring Smashing Pumpkins, Health, All Tvvins, and "Avril Lavigne".

    EXIT MUSIC: Roisin Murphy, 'Jacuzzi Rollercoaster'

  • Joyous scenes in NO ENCORE HQ as the status quo officially changes forevermore.

    And then the Hozier video takes centre stage and it all gets a bit upsetting.

    Elsewhere, the great David Kitt drops by for an in-depth chat as he releases his brand new Like Lightning EP - out now on All City Records - and the boys pour cold water all over The Blaze.

    ACT ONE: Yet another big announcement.

    ACT TWO: Hozier is back and everyone's lost the run of themselves. Including him.

    ACT THREE: The news section finds the team reflecting on the sad and sudden passing of Mac Miller, Paramore make a progressive stance and Fall Out Boy come under righteous fire.

    ACT FOUR: David Kitt in conversation talking his latest work, New Jackson and his plans for the future as Dublin continues to become a difficult place for artists to prosper.

    ACT FIVE: Podcast favourites The Blaze have dropped debut album Dancehall. Gotta be great, right?

    ACT SIX: Songs of the Week with Rostam, Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa and Kanye West.

    EXIT MUSIC: David Kitt - 'Your Blues'

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  • Back in the cosy confines of NO ENCORE Towers - complete with Craig for good measure - the boys are back in business. From plagued planes and useless eulogies to the rise of the Swedish far right, there's plenty to discuss so let's get crackin'...

    ACT ONE: Vanilla Ice struggles to keep his cool, Aretha Franklin's funeral gets weird, and Paul McCartney gets deep - it's the news!

    ACT TWO: Big Red Machine, the nebulous project from Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, has finally taken the form of an album. The question, though, is whether it's any good.

    ACT THREE: THEY'RE BACK! Yes, if you've spent the past few years thinking "gosh, it's a bit quiet without Razorlight around" then boy are you going to enjoy our songs of the week. Thom Yorke, Yak, and Bun B's collab with Run The Jewels also feature - but that hardly matters really, does it?

    EXIT MUSIC: We Cut Corners, 'Laughing Maniacally'

  • With more pep in their step than could reasonably be expected after two days of relentless hijinks, our brave NO ENCORE boys kicked off Sunday’s programme at the Ah Hear stage, right at the heart of Electric Picnic.

    Dave, Colm and supersub Daithí – with a cameo from the wonderful MayKay –  manned the mics for a joyfully raucous episode that was declared best podcast of the weekend by The Irish Times, and that’s the paper of record, don’t ya know…

    ACT ONE: The weekend’s proceedings are pored over in the company of late arrival MayKay – from the vivacity of Versatile to the B.O.R.E. of N.E.R.D.

    ACT TWO: Colm arrives from news from afar; an Ed Sheeran alteration, a Michael Jackson impersonation, a Metallica libation, and more for good measure…

    ACT THREE: The rule is run over the new releases of the week. Fall Out Boy turn the clock back, Muse look to the future, and Soulé reaffirms that she’s very much of the now – Liam Payne and Nao also chip in with their latest efforts.

    EXIT MUSIC: The Blaze - 'FACES'

  • It's the last NO ENCORE before the festival hiatus is shattered and there's a superstar guest on board in the form of the quite excellent Saint Sister.

    Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty release their long-awaited debut album on October 5, with a headline show in the Olympia Theatre the following week. Don't miss out.

    ACT ONE: A busy preamble.

    ACT TWO: Saint Sister in conversation.

    ACT THREE: MTV VMAs, Nicki Minaj defending her honour, Lana Del Rey in political hot water and a trio of strange tales; it's the news.

    ACT FOUR: Ariana Grande is back and poised to make a major statement with Sweetener. Does she?

    ACT FIVE: Songs of the Week ft. Disclosure, Soft Cell, Lost Under Heaven, Wild Nothing and We Were Promised Jetpacks.

    EXIT MUSIC: Saint Sister - 'Twin Peaks'

  • NO ENCORE returns on a two-man power trip as Dave and Colm hold the music world to ransom.

    There's another big announcement, a special guest who brought his guitar for company, and a metric ton of news and songs to battle through...

    ACT ONE: The festival hiatus is over.

    ACT TWO: Lots of news.

    ACT THREE: Reborn troubadour A. Smyth invades the studio for some chat and a tune.

    ACT FOUR: Jake Shears has gone for the self-titled approach with his debut album. Does the music itself have more imagination?

    ACT FIVE: Songs of the Week with Big Red Machine, Cloud Nothings, Cat Power, RuthAnne and Pale Waves.

    EXIT MUSIC: A. Smyth | 'Second Moon'

  • Greetings.

    NO ENCORE returns with almost as much TV and movie talk as music talk, so maybe we need to look at what this podcast actually is. For now, dive on in to a packed and lively hour...

    ACT ONE: Cinema trips, drunken escapades and a reminder that we are back in The Workman's Club on Sunday October 14 as part of the Dublin Podcast Festival.

    ACT TWO: A wild news agenda featuring a terrible song's rebirth, the generous grocery ways of Ludacris and Mozza's manager massacring an already-dead publication.

    ACT THREE: A deep dive into Travis Scott's Astroworld.

    ACT FOUR: Songs of the Week with The Dodos, Jape, Aphex Twin, You Me At Six and Matthew Dear.

    EXIT MUSIC: Eoin O'Neill - 'Woe Mine'

  • That's where we'll be.

    For now, NO ENCORE is studio-bound for another deep dive into the music world.

    ACT ONE: An announcement.

    ACT TWO: David Kitt's lament, financial joy for Calvin Harris, label struggles for Sky Ferreira, an important Quincy Jones update and the majestic versatility of Disturbed.

    ACT THREE: All Saints are back with new album Testament. The boys testify accordingly.

    ACT FOUR: SOTW with Robyn, Enrique Iglesias, Tom Morello, Miguel and Anna Calvi.

    EXIT MUSIC: Spies - 'Ho Chi Minh'

  • NO ENCORE is back back back as the boy Daithí returns to talk up his new double A-side singles, which are both excellent and you should go check them out.

    First up, the latest edition of the most raucous music show in all the land...

    ACT ONE: The demise of Eamon Dunphy, the joy of Mission: Impossible and the tender heart of Daithí O'Dronai.

    ACT TWO: News as Dave rages against the celebrity priesthood, ticket touts find their days numbered, and the Mercury Prize nominations are unveiled.

    ACT THREE: The Internet's Hive Mind is our album of the week.

    ACT FOUR: Songs of the Week with Zayn, The 1975, Pond, The Prodigy and Fucked Up.

    EXIT MUSIC: Daithí ft. Paul Noonan - 'Take The Wheel'

  • NO ENCORE reunited as Colm finally returns from his travels to tell us all about Paul Simon in the form of a gig review and a Listening Guide.

    But first, the boys bid a tearful farewell to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Dave shares a tale of strip club remorse and Kanye West finds an unlikely ally.

    ACT ONE: Your standard preamble, for the most part.

    ACT TWO: News with Pussy Riot's latest protest, some fresh mental health perspective, Craig on Kanye, and some booze news, Get the Spotify playlist here.

    ACT THREE: Paul Simon has enjoyed a long career, and now he faces the ultimate test - the famous NO ENCORE Listening Guide.

    ACT FOUR: Songs of the Week with Norah Jones, Mary J. Blige, Suede, Ciara and Animal Collective.

    EXIT MUSIC: Æ MAK - 'Love Flush'

  • NO ENCORE returns to set the music world to rights.

    There's a birthday, a guest co-host, arguably too much football chatter for a music podcast, and the new album from Deafheaven up for review so let's get right to it...

    ACT ONE: A difficult gig and the WORLD CUP.

    ACT TWO: Lots of news including Stormzy's new venture, Rage Against the Machine's latest battle and the delirious joy of Justin Bieber.

    ACT THREE: Deafheaven's Ordinary Corrupt Human Love in review.

    ACT FOUR: Songs of the Week with Childish Gambino, RAYE, Christine and the Queens, Justin Timberlake and John Grant.

    EXIT MUSIC: Will de Burca - 'Electric Light'

  • NO ENCORE is a man down as Colm flounces off to hang out with his impending in-laws.

    That leaves Dave and Craig to welcome the returning Fionnuala Jones, she of Daily Edge, Goldenplec and hailing from The Big Town with a Hill fame.

    On this week's agenda; the new Drake album and why it's such an intimidating proposition, some World Cup and Love Island chatter, and the hottest studio there ever was.

    ACT ONE: Preamble in the form of TV reviews for some reason.

    ACT TWO: The news looks at Fyre Festival, an outlandish Mark Hoppus claim and a collection of accounts from musicians detailing their struggles with the industry and its effect on their well-being.

    ACT THREE: The gang enter the void to take on Drake and his colossal Scorpion.

    ACT FOUR: Songs of the Week with The Blaze, Charli XCX, James Vincent McMorrow, Orbital and the artist formerly known as East India Youth.

    EXIT MUSIC: Carlo Magliocco - 'Mark The Map'

  • The studio is almost literally on fire as Dave and Daithi touch down following a European jaunt and just make the podcast in time to explore another wild week in music.

    NO ENCORE wouldn't be complete without Craig or Colm, either, so it's good that they're present, also.

    On the agenda; Nine Inch Nails live report and album review, Childish Gambino under fire, Nick Cave weirdness, Drake excessiveness, Kanye Kanye-ness and general podcast wackiness.

    ACT ONE: The usual preamble catch-up of the boys and their respective lives.

    ACT TWO: News, and plenty of it.

    ACT THREE: Nine Inch Nails, their live prowess and Bad Witch reviewed.

    ACT FOUR: Songs of the Week with OneRepublic, Code Orange, Gorillaz, Chic and the union of Sheryl Crow and Annie Clark. No, not St. Vincent. Annie Clark.

    EXIT MUSIC: Proper Micro NV - 'Dot Dot Dot'

  • Dave, Colm and Craig are back once again and getting used to this whole 'all three guys present for the same episode' schtick, so maybe that'll catch on if we're very lucky.

    A packed episode of NO ENCORE takes a look at the huge and highly grim news story that rocked the music world and beyond. Meanwhile, the boys sidestep two major album releases to shine a light on one of the most inventive and daring pop records of the year.

    ACT ONE: Reviews of gigs that Dave didn't attend.

    ACT TWO: The death of XXXTentacion and a most contentious fallout, YouTube makes waves, drill music is targeted once again and Akon looks to clean up his act.

    ACT THREE: SOPHIE's debut album is here, and with it the NO ENCORE verdict.

    ACT FOUR: Songs of the Week with Paul McCartney, The Mountain Goats, Jay Rock, SZA, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Garth Brooks. Yes, him.

    EXIT MUSIC: Rushes - 'Wave'

  • NO ENCORE returns to its sole OG Trio format for the first time in two months somehow, as Craig wraps up his hectic college run, Colm keeps time like a boss and Dave gets excited about the World Cup.

    On the pod this week; a sad and sudden passing, an important new album from Kanye West and Kid Cudi, a typically wild news agenda and a handful of hot new tunes to assess.

    ACT ONE: Craig Fitzpatrick, now officially a Master.

    ACT TWO: Nile Rodgers remembered, Ariana Grande celebrated, Jeremy Corbyn embarrassed, 30-year-olds questioned and Eminem under fire.

    ACT THREE: Kids See Ghosts sometimes.

    ACT FOUR: Songs of the Week with Interpol, Spritualized, Smashing Pumpkins, We Cut Corners and Villagers.

    EXIT MUSIC: Silverbacks - 'Dunkirk'

  • Following the release of excellent new album Hungry, Paul Alwright sits down with the NO ENCORE boys for an in-depth chat.

    Paul discusses his latest record and gives an insight into his creative process, while also looking at his passion for science, his burgeoning acting career and what's next up in that department, and how he feels about his place amongst the wider rap, hip-hop and spoken word community in Dublin and beyond.

    Hungry is available now on Spotify, Apple Music and your local record store.

  • NO ENCORE returns to review a Kanye West album for the very first time, and what an album to start with.

    Elsewhere, there's live recaps of Forbidden Fruit and Nick Cave - who also gets his very own Listening Guide - some brief metal discussion, a bizarre Taylor Swift-related list and various other nonsense.

    ACT ONE: It's the preamble bit.

    ACT TWO: Happy Birthday to the most misunderstood snare drum in all of music.

    ACT THREE: Kanye West and his most divisive album to date.

    ACT FOUR: 10 tracks by Nick Cave worthy of your ears.

    ACT FIVE: Songs of the Week featuring Maroon 5, Cardi B, Charli XCX, The 1975, Esya and Gorillaz.

    EXIT MUSIC: Bicurious - 'Sleep'

  • Greetings! NO ENCORE is a house reestablished as your OG Wrecking Crew finally reconvene.

    But that's not good enough, so there's a guest onboard for company.

    On the agenda; music's most scorching beef of the moment, the new album from one Father John Misty, a live report of his Dublin visit - and Broken Social Scene's own big night out in the capital - and plenty of new songs and so on...

    ACT ONE: Couple of Monday night gigs, why not.

    ACT TWO: Making sense of Pusha T and Drake, Censorship Corner, Rita Ora and Charli XCX in hot water and a small rant about busking.

    ACT THREE: Father John Misty. God's Favourite Customer. Reviewed.

    ACT FOUR: Songs of the Week with Pusha T, Maggie Rogers, The Internet, A$AP Rocky and the strange marriage of Underworld and Iggy Pop.

    EXIT MUSIC: Galants - 'In Vain'

  • The boys are back in town as Dave returns to hosting duties and thus NO ENCORE is kinda-sorta almost complete again.

    On the agenda this week; the new Snow Patrol album, a ton of music news and new songs, and a downright strange performance from Craig.

    ACT ONE: Dave's big pop culture round-up.

    ACT TWO: Scott Hutchison remembered, important updates on Grimes, Arctic Monkeys and Chromatics, The Script do battle and arguably the best passive-aggression ever encountered on the show.

    ACT THREE: Snow Patrol return with Wildness; their first album in seven years. It's a brave, emotional journey; and that's just Dave.

    ACT FOUR: Songs of the Week ft Nine Inch Nails, Black Eyed Peas, Anderson .Paak, Disclosure and the BACKSTREET BOYS.

    EXIT MUSIC: Subplots - 'Unspeak'

  • Occasional guests are just hosts you haven’t met yet – hence roving reporter David Tapley and resident pun hun Zara Hedderman are entrusted with control of the NO ENCORE juggernaut this week. Colm is there too, mind, but he’s pretty easy going about things. A wildly divisive album takes centre stage, but there’s plenty more to talk about on this week’s rollicking ride through MusicLand…ACT ONE: Feastie Beasties, Ed's new 'stead, Whingy Lindsey and (finally) Ready Freddie – news like you’ve never heard before.ACT TWO: There’s downright anger over upright piano as Alex Turner and his Arctic Monkeys blast into a whole new orbit. The band’s new album, Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino, is certainly a giant leap – but in which direction?ACT THREE: Just a Ty Segall guy, the kind that missed the Chromatics’ style, someone who can get down with Mitski’s wild side, and with Saint Sister’s vibe. André 3000 rolled in there too, you’ve got the stars of our songs this week; S-O-T-WACT FOUR: Our Beck-spert host provides a guide to the ever-evolving Mr. Hansen, ahead of his 3Arena date – find the crack playlist right here. EXIT MUSIC: Bouts | ‘Face Up'