St. Patrick's Day is serious business, people. It's a celebration of the Irish and all things wonderful about Irish culture. A time to unabashedly appreciate the magnificent food and everything else that makes Ireland great. A day to raise a glass to the man, Saint Patrick himself.
Who are we kidding? It's an excuse to turn our beer green and then drink it. All of it. Oh, and Jameson, too.
But we can't very well engage in all this feasting and binge drinking without listening to some music to accompany us. And since we've already given you a list of five essential Celtic rock bands, we've today decided to follow that up with a collection of our favorite Ireland-based acts from across the spectrum.
These groups range from comedy hip-hop to all types of indie, folk and pop rock. You go ahead and dive into our choices - we'll grab the the corned beef and Guinness.
Little Green Cars aren't all over the place yet, but they will be soon. There is perhaps a line to be drawn between an alt-country sound (think Nashville cowboys) and the folk-pop goodness of Mumford and Sons (think Brooklyn hipsters), and this Dublin-based quintet is toeing it. A part of the Glassnote Records family in the U.S. (home to Mumford and Sons and fellow countrymen Two Door Cinema Club), the group has shown with its debut album, Absolute Zero, that they're primed to be the next Irish breakout band.
Check out: "The John Wayne"
This indie-pop trio has been buzzing in the States for a couple years now, since the release of their dancey 2010 debut, Tourist History, but we fell even more in love with them last year when they put out a stellar follow-up, Beacon. The vibe between indie guitars and buzzing synths are more than enough to get you out of your chair.
Check out: "Sleep Alone"
Living proof that literally anything can go viral on the Internet, The RubberBandits have taken the web by storm - to the tune of 20 million-ish YouTube views. Considering the chorus of the ridiculous comedy hip-hop duo's most popular song, "Horse Outside," revolves around the hook, "F*ck your Honda Civic," we think these guys have done well for themselves. In all seriousness, they've won awards for their many pranks and videos, so get into this for a bit of a change-up on your St. Paddy's playlist.
Check out: "Horse Outside"
It seems like we all found out about Snow Patrol at the same time - "Chasing Cars." But the six-piece (yes, six-piece) pop-rock act have actually been around since 1994. They majorly changed their sound to achieve crossover appeal, but we're majorly glad they did. The group's past four records have elegantly married full-band singer/songwriter rock and straight-up pop goodness, the end result being many tracks worthy of tear-jerking soundtrack placement.
Check out: "Chasing Cars" (yes, still)
My Bloody Valentine became a band in 1983. In 2013, they release their...third full-length record. Doesn't exactly sound prolific, does it? Well, the Dublin natives don't have to be. After releasing the seminal Loveless in 1991, the group went inactive until coming back to release noise-pop masterpiece m b v this year. Pioneers of shoegaze, the four-piece might be a more challenging listen than the rest of our playlist...but also might be the band with the most loyal cult following.
Check out: "She Found Now"
This Dublin pop-rock act became an international crossover years ago, but are rising as high as ever on the back of their latest full-length, #3, and hit single "Hall of Fame" featuring will.i.am. The trio's 2008 self-titled record and 2010 follow-up, Science & Faith, set in motion a flurry of action. The band was featured on popular TV shows and frontman Danny O'Donoghue landing a spot as a coach on The Voice UK.
Check out: "Hall of Fame" ft. will.i.am