A collection of websites and resources that musicians and bands alike will find useful. is one of Ireland's longest running music websites with gig news, reviews, competitions and podcasts. They have been running for 8 years and try to cover any bands playing in Ireland or news about Irish bands. So for the latest in Irish gig news click the link to visit.

Music Review Unsigned reviews music from unsigned acts all around the world and offers a platform to promote unsigned musicians through their brand new MRU TV channel. 'Unsigned' artists can submit their CDs for review - see website for further details.

With the recent news that Myspace has had to lay off nearly half of its workforce and with artists in ever greater numbers turning to Facebook, has Myspace finally lost its way?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years you will be aware of the behemoth that Facebook has become. However, as a musician you might not be aware of the potential for your band. Traditionally Myspace has been the social media platform of choice for the up and coming U2s among us, but things have shifted somewhat and now is the time to consider using Facebook as well. We know that Facebook is not nearly as musician friendly as Myspace so why bother?

Simple, Facebook is now nearly double the size of Myspace so with all those people on there it's time to get your band up there too! Setting up a Facebook Band Page (formerly called Fan Pages) to promote your act is not as straight forward as Myspace but there…

Its that time of year again when the annual winners and losers are announced by New Musical Express in the UK. Can there be any surprises in store for us?

We understand that Cheryl Cole is in the firing line to receive one of the least sought after music medals in the industry. Over 500,000 people voted her album Messy Little Raindrops to be the worst release of the year, even though it did well in the album charts. Interestingly, she will be up against Justin Bieber in this category while JLS and the Jonas Brothers will battle it out in the bands section. Expected to do well are Arcade Fire who are well supported and the Foals, both of whom have secured 4 nominations each. For best British band we will expect to see the likes of Artic Monkeys, Kasabian and Muse feature highly.

The alternative awards present some interesting debate, for example the 'best and worst dressed'? This year…