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VIDEO: New Portals Opening Doors, Live at WNYU

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By Kevin Hannon, Staff Writer

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Mike and Ruth Aicken are a husband-and-wife musical duo from Belfast, Northern Ireland. As the lead singer-songwriters in alt-folk band The Jepettos, the Aickens have achieved popular as well as critical success. They garnered over 10 million streams on Spotify and have shared stages with the likes of the Foo Fighters and The Black Keys. The Aickens, alongside drummer Daniel Laird, are back with a new name and an even newer sound as the electropop band New Portals. Even though the band is only a year old, it has already enjoyed considerable acclaim, having been named a New Band of the Week by The Guardian and receiving glowing reviews in The Irish Times, Hot Press and Nialler9. In addition, it has received airplay on BBC Radio 1, courtesy of DJs Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, and on its home station of BBC Radio Ulster, as well as recently being playlisted in Starbucks and H&M.

Check out New Portals playing a couple songs live at WNYU.

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