Jim Carroll

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New Music – Powers, Laurie Shaw, Weaves

New arrivals from New York, The Wirral/Kerry/Cork and Toronto


Thu, Nov 5, 2015, 14:00


Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe who’ve caught our attention. Please feel free to share tips below or check out all past New Music selections here.


New York-based duo Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru have been on a hot songwriting streak since they started working together in 2013 and their work has found its ways into the mainstream via Kylie Minogue, Icona Pop and Selma Gomez. Under their own steam as Powers, they’re producing bright, vibrant, funky, smart electronic pop which comes with hooks galore. Check out current track “Hot” below for a taste of what real Powers sound like.

Laurie Shaw

Laurie Shaw hails from The Wirral outside Liverpool but moved to Kerry as a youngster and is currently based in Cork. He has been on a prolific run when it comes to his music, claiming around 50 albums recorded and released to date. It’s certainly a good way to gauge Shaw’s growth as a songwriter and musician with some of his influences proving to be more longstanding than others, while you can also discern his own voice coming through on latest album “My Girlfriend The Klansman” below. The best of these try-outs will no doubt form part of a forthcoming release for FIFA


Toronto’s Weaves featured in many post-CMJ despatches with the band’s bright, savvy, disctinctive indie tunes like “Tick” showing a band growing in prowess and pitch with every passing show. They’re also turning their influences (some Broken Social Scene here, some Pixies there) upsidedown and insideout to produce a sound which is curious, infectious and quite dazzling.