Cigarettes After Sex – Academy, Dublin

November 22nd, 2017 by

Nobody wants to admit they like slow melancholic dream pop accompanied by projected images of beautiful crying women and arthouse black and whites of snowy New York apartments. But they’re lying. Cigarettes after Sex, touring their debut self-titled album in Dublin on Friday night, provide exactly that, and go down a treat. Lead singer of […]

Ryan Adams – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

September 13th, 2017 by

Two years ago Ryan Adams blew the roof off Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. Then, touring his eponymously-titled 2014 album, the band belted out new songs and a host of rocking hits from over the past two decades. The eclectic repertoire sung out by our favourite rock-geek was well received, and while at that time State’s Ken […]

Bob Dylan – 3Arena, Dublin

May 15th, 2017 by

Things have changed for Bob Dylan. This current branch of the Never Ending Tour – endlessly moving since 1988 – is the first since his award of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. He and his five man band are definitely enjoying it in Dublin tonight. Having attended Dylan gigs twice during the past fifteen […]

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry – St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin

January 30th, 2017 by

No better way to end a week mired in the political actions of the greatest misogynist known to modern times than to experience the message of equality, compassion and solidarity delivered by Billy Bragg and Joe Henry in Dublin on Saturday night. The duo remind us that – whatever may come –  there is a […]

Ireland’s greatest ever punk track?

December 17th, 2016 by

Between 2002 and 2009 a band unknown in most circles blistered through the Irish underground scene with riotous gigs and a number of punk-pop stand-outs like ‘Silence in Conversation‘ (81,000 hits on YouTube) and ‘Taken Away in a Car’. Over the decades, quality Irish punk tunes have included The Undertones’ pop-punk classic ‘Teenage Kicks’, SLF’s less-than-stiff […]

Katie Kim – Unitarian Church, Dublin

October 18th, 2016 by

The soft light throws forty foot shadows along the interior church wall. Window glass reflects the orange hue. But otherwise, all is dark. We sit in pews. Our backs to the unused organ, which – like the father – observes the scene, unobserved. Hands are clasped in prayer. Torch light scatters up the walls, and […]

Conor O’Malley – Song for the Others

May 4th, 2016 by

Irish artist Conor O’Malley needs to be celebrated. Having performed across the Dublin and London scenes for over 15 years, he is a well accomplished soundsmith and lyricist, composing beautiful pieces of folk balladry absolutely littered with depictions of urban observation which we hopelessly ignore in our daily lives. This latest single ‘Song for the […]

M Ward – More Rain

March 18th, 2016 by

Portland rain hits heavy and hard. It is Pacific and wet. It is daylong and grey. It hurtles along street gutters and drips from conifers. The rain slips off wet-leaf steps and puddles alleyways. In Portland locals shelter in brewery pubs, sip on strong local beer, and drink coffee at Powell’s City of Books where […]