St Vincent – Dublin

February 24th, 2014 by

Was there ever even the possibility that this show would be anything less than brilliant? Last time St Vincent graced these shores, she and David Byrne basically won Electric Picnic, with a set that saw her go toe-to-toe with one of the undisputedly great frontmen, and effortlessly stay on par with him at every step. […]

Bill Callahan – Dublin

February 4th, 2014 by

Sure, it’s not uncommon for a support act to set the proverbial tone for the headliner, but how many can give them historical context? While the crowd wait for the artist formerly known as Smog and his sparse, gorgeous variety of disassembled Americana, Cath and Phil Tyler perform some of the rootsiest American folk you’ll […]

The Gaslight Anthem – The B-Sides

January 29th, 2014 by

There’s something perfectly fitting about the decidedly antiquated the Gaslight Anthem releasing something as antiquated as a B-sides collection. Frontman Brian Fallon’s lyrics always have been obsessed with those things largely confined to pop culture history: cool jazz, idols of the early silver screen, and women with lives so irresponsibly led that they need Brian […]

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags

January 7th, 2014 by

Well, here it is. Two decades after forever cementing his place in the history of rock with Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Stephen Malkmus has finally made the album every fan of his has secretly yearned for. Wig Out At Jag Bags sees him jettisoning all his commitments to irony, hyper-cryptic lyricism and wilfully clumsy […]

Pixies – Dublin

November 20th, 2013 by

It’s the reunion they once thought would never happen, now becoming the reunion that may never end. As they approach the tenth anniversary of their first comeback shows, this tour has a twist to it, as the Pixies are finally stepping off the nostalgia circuit and becoming a living entity once more. With a single, […]

Death Grips – Government Plates

November 18th, 2013 by

If you had to capture the essence of Death Grips appeal in one word, you couldn’t do much better than vulgarity. The Sacramento, CA experimental hip-hop troupe’s music is a truly unpleasant experience at times, forcibly welding industrial force and punk fury to barked lyrics and exaltations of power, violence and mania, yet all the […]

Waxahatchee – Dublin

October 29th, 2013 by

It’s a family affair this Bank Holiday Saturday in the Workman’s Club. Tonight’s acts are the projects of Katie and Allison Crutchfield, twin sisters from the great state of Alabama. Having played together since their teens in the Ackleys and the wonderfully named P.S Eliot, the two have gone their separate ways over the last […]

No Age – An Object

August 20th, 2013 by

Since their breakout moment on 2008’s masterful Nouns, California duo No Age have held the curious distinction of being the most accessible experimental rock act around. Bridging the gap between anthemic punk songcraft and a devotional exploration of ambient noise has been their speciality, but on An Object, their third studio album proper, they’ve taken […]

Cloud Nothings – Dublin

August 14th, 2013 by

Gaze at your Doc Martens’ and prepare to debate the merits of Twin Peaks and Loveless, because it’s 1991 again, folks. With the release of their revelatory Attack on Memory last year, tonight’s headliners made a decisive break with their earlier work, trading in woozy power pop for fierce, scuzzy, angst-riddled post-punk that recalled the […]

Tanlines – Mixed Emotions

March 23rd, 2012 by

With the creeping normalisation of blog-propelled firework careers monopolising our ever-excitable music press, Tanlines‘ slow rise is a refreshing yarn. The Brooklyn duo’s components are themselves anything but fresh faces. Eric Emm was a member of Don Caballero in the late ‘90s and has since produced for the likes of !!! and Professor Murder, his […]

Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral

February 9th, 2012 by

So after years spent in the no-man’s land of collaborations, co-signs and guest appearances, the baritone voiced bluesman Mark Lanegan has repatriated to his troubled existence as a solo performer. Since his days with cult heroes (or more accurately, grunge also-rans) Screaming Trees, Lanegan has carved a narrow niche for himself with the sometimes winning […]

Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory

February 3rd, 2012 by

It’s sad when the lofty statements around an album distort how it’s perceived. Cloud Nothings’ main man Dylan Baldi has been keen to big up Attack On Memory as a declaration of opposition to the current norm of passive, lackadaisical reverb drenched indie, the title targeted squarely at its rampant nostalgia. But upon hearing it, […]

M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming

October 20th, 2011 by

The concept of a double album in this digital age may feel slightly redundant, but if there’s anyone up to the task, it would be the revivalist Anthony Gonzalez aka M83. Clocking in at 70 minutes, the safe bet is that it’s Anthony Gonzalez’s method of signalling his desires for the record. A double album […]

Neon Indian – Era Extraña

October 11th, 2011 by

Alan Palomo’s debut as Neon Indian, 2009’s Psychic Chasms was not first and foremost a smart album or an emotionally resonant one. Above all things, it was an album with a strong sense of fun. It was a collection of quirky, fuzzy tracks full of intentionally cheap, eccentric sound effects, with lyrics that told stories […]