Games Review: Rocksmith (on XBox 360)


My first draft of this review was a huge long post giving details of all the features, what I liked and what I didn’t. But really it boils down to this…. If you want to learn to play guitar, go buy yourself a basic electric guitar and a copy of Rocksmith on Xbox 360, it’s cheaper than most guitar lessons and you’ll be playing tunes in no time. If you want to pretend to play a guitar then grab yourself a copy of Guitar Hero or Rockband, but why go to the effort of learning to play a plastic guitar when Rocksmith makes learning real guitar as easy and fun? Yeah I could pick holes in the included tracklist, it’s easy when there’s no Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Metallica, Satriani, Vai, ZZ TOP or Guns ‘n’ Roses included. Yup, the “No Stairway” rule is very much … There’s more

Competition: SOUTH would like to see you!

Kilkenny band SOUTH have very kindly invited two of’s readers plus a friend each to come to their gig on Friday night (tomorrow) as a guest of the band, upstairs in Whelans. I’ve already put up a series of posts this past week about the band and the making of their debut album ‘Insula‘ which is being launched on Friday. Ross Costigan documented the recording of the album on video, which he released in episodes One, Two and Three. You can check out some of the SOUTH songs on their MySpace page. If you’d like to go see the lads at the launch of their album, just let us know in comments and we’ll choose two lucky people tomorrow morning to go with a friend, tomorrow night, upstairs in Whelan’s of Wexford Street

South, ‘The Making of Insula’ Episode Three

You’ve already seen Episode One and Episode Two, now you can watch the third and final Episode of ‘The Making of Insula’. Don’t forget that South will be in Whelan’s this Friday night, 31 July along with fellow Kilkenny group The Lions Mane to release their respective albums. If you like what you have seen and heard in these three videos then go along to Whelan’s (upstairs) on Friday and listen to the real thing, tickets are only €8. Bargain

South, ‘The Making of Insula’ Episode Two

Last Friday I posted up Episode One in a three part mini-series about Kilkenny grunge band South and the making of their upcoming debut album, Insula. Now you can enjoy Episode Two, see a little more of the guys and hear more of their music: You can read more of Ross’s insights into the filming of this episode on his blog here. And if you want to see the guys live in action, they’ll be launching ‘Insula’ with a gig  in Whelans on 31 July, tickets are €8.

Grunge band, SOUTH and ‘The Making of Insula’

Kilkenny grunge band, South are due to release their first album ‘Insula’ on Friday next week, 31 July in Whelans. South came together in June 2008, and went on to win the Hype Entertainment Battle Of The Bands just three months later. Following the competition the band underwent a line-up change; founding members Thomas Donoghue (Guitar/Vocals) and Ken Farrell (Bass) were joined by Alan Dawson (Drums/Vocals). The trio spent several months writing and rehearsing material for their debut album which was recorded in the Mill Studios in April 2009 as part of their Battle Of The Bands winnings. They were joined in the studio by film maker/photographer Ross Costigan, who shot and produced the three part mini-series ‘The Making of Insula’. No stranger to the Kilkenny film making scene, Ross recently directed four episodes of Mycrofilm’s webcom ‘Vultures’. South have a great sound going on, I could listen to the … There’s more