Lisa O’Neill

October 6th, 2017 by

A stalwart of the contemporary Irish singer-songwriter scene, Lisa O’Neill has wielded taut emotion, deft lyricism, and a methodical grasp of melody throughout her career. Latest album Pothole in the Sky affirms this with ease, and ahead of a show in Whelan’s tomorrow evening, we caught up with the Cavan native for a quick Q&A. I’ve seen few artists […]

Kate Nash – Academy, Dublin

August 1st, 2017 by

It’s been ten years since the release of Kate Nash’s first album, Made of Bricks. To celebrate, her and her band are on tour playing the whole thing from start to finish, turning the Academy into a microcosm of noughties indie pop. Transporting us back to a time when buying albums was something akin to […]

James Vincent McMorrow – Trinity College, Dublin

July 13th, 2017 by

Centre stage on the Trinity Sports grounds tonight, in every sense of the expression, stands James Vincent McMorrow. The man of the spine-chilling falsetto, the golden thread that winds down through each song and weaves in and out of genres with absolute ease. The five piece band kick off the set with a scintillating ‘Red […]

Agnes Obel – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

June 12th, 2017 by

An Agnes Obel gig is a lesson in black magic. Each element of her performance is carefully selected for its mystical properties, added in at exactly the right quantity and at precisely the right time. The result is a deeply enchanting night of music that will continue to work its sorcery through the minds of […]

Guns N’ Roses – Slane Castle, Meath

June 2nd, 2017 by

Gunshots are fired, chit-chat dissipates and the crowd stands to attention. An anticipation that has been festering for nigh on twenty-five years now hangs in the air in Slane Castle tonight. And it’s about to be ripped with the shred of electric guitars. The opening chords of ‘Its so Easy’ crawl in and Axl bounds […]

Seu Jorge – Vicar St, Dublin

May 30th, 2017 by

We are gathered in Vicar Street tonight to watch a fictional character perform the music of David Bowie entirely in Portuguese. Pele dos Santos is a character from the 2004 film The Life Aquatic, and despite the film’s box office failure (but cult success), Seu Jorge’s dreamy samba renditions of David Bowie’s music gained the […]

Woods – Love is Love

April 25th, 2017 by

Brooklyn psychedelic folk rockers Woods are back with their tenth studio album Love is Love. The album was recorded during the two month long post election hangover. Political undertones ring throughout but as the title would suggest this is less of an album borne out of rage and despair but one of defiant optimism. A […]

Samantha Crain – Whelan’s, Dublin

April 10th, 2017 by

Samantha Crain is nothing if not versatile, churning out albums as if they were selling them in Tiger. But this is no one trick pony. With six albums under her belt, her catalogue spans a range of styles and genres but her Oklahoman roots run deep and branch out from the heart of every song. […]

The Gloaming – NCH, Dublin

March 10th, 2017 by

The eccentric pianist is positioned to the left of the stage, hunched over a glistening grand piano. To the right, the three traditional musicians sit in a circle, instruments at the ready. Centrestage is singer Iarla O Lionard, sitting upright at an ornate harmonium, marrying the contemporary and the traditional. Over the course of the […]