Author Archives: Elaine

About Elaine

Elaine first became obsessed with music at the tender age of three, when Santa brought her a copy of The Bangles’ Different Light and a Fisher-Price tape recorder. Throughout the years, her obsession grew and her tastes developed, leading her to begin her very own blog where she regularly rants about everything she loves about music. Rarities, B-Sides & Other Stuff features everything from interviews and gig reviews, to features on Elaine’s favourite musical acts, including Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Ryan Adams, among hundreds of others. When Elaine's not ranting about music on her blog, she likes to go to gigs, run down the stock level in pubs all around Ireland and lie in the dark with her iPod on shuffle. Elaine currently lives in Limerick but dreams of someday relocating to a California-based Volkswagen camper van.

Nothing But The Girl(s): Hold Your Breath

For all you Nothing But The Girl(s) readers out there (all two of you…), here’s some details of releases by female singer-songwriters that I am most looking forward to this year. Gemma Hayes Advertisements

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Nothing But The Girl(s): A Lil’ Bit of Country

A few 4fortyfour readers made contact with me over the last couple of weeks asking if I could feature some ladies of the country music persuasion on my feature Nothing But The Girl(s). I first assumed this was as a … Continue reading

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Nothing But The Girl(s): Reader Recommended #1

In my first post for Nothing But The Girl(s), I mentioned that if any readers of 4fortyfour would like to have a particular female singer-songwriter or female-fronted band featured here, to email on their thoughts on to me. Here are … Continue reading

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Nothing But The Girl(s): The Ladies of 2010

Seeing as we’re still in January (just) and the nominees for this year’s Choice Music Prize were announced exactly a fortnight ago, I thought it might be a good idea to include a run-down of my favourite album releases by … Continue reading

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Nothing But The Girl(s): An Interview with Smoke Fairies

Celebrating the female voice in music. Smoke Fairies are Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies, a folk-blues duo hailing from London, who in September of last year released their debut album, Through Low Light and Trees. The band, who took their … Continue reading

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Nothing But The Girl(s): A New Feature for 4FortyFour

For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with seeking out new female singer-songwriters and female-fronted bands. It started when I was only a tot, when I was given a copy of The Bangles Different Light for … Continue reading

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At Home with The Calvinists

People will always talk about a band’s “big break”. Music fans will often trawl through online search engines and magazine or newspaper articles eager to uncover the story of the significant moment in time when a band’s talent finally began … Continue reading

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