Yo La Tengo – Dublin

December 10th, 2013 by

There can be few bands more suited to a neatly divided acoustic/electric set than long-running Hoboken trio Yo La Tengo. Throughout their career they’ve thrived on mixing expansive, distortion-drenched jams with a more mellow, classically tuneful sense of songcraft, often bridging the two by way of lilting fuzz-pop anthems like ‘Sugarcube’ and ‘From a Motel […]

Not Your Girlfriend

March 19th, 2013 by

Having been a welcome, intriguing new addition to the Galway live music/clubbing scene in the last few months, the Not Your Girlfriend club night is now expanding with a Dublin launch at the Twisted Pepper on Easter Sunday. Organisers Sarah O’Neill and Olan Stephens have taken an interactive, ‘guerrilla’ approach to their NYG nights while […]

Bantum – Legion

October 23rd, 2012 by

As a general rule, electronic producers tend to have recognisable, consistent elements to their work, with even the most innovative, restless producers often returning to certain motifs, drum sounds or rhythmic patterns. Cork-born, Dublin-based producer Bantum is a slippery character, however – over the course of four EPs in the last few years, his sound […]

The Stone Roses – Dublin

July 7th, 2012 by

Ever since The Stone Roses announced that they were burying one of the most un-buryable hatchets in music history and getting back on stage together, a certain word has cropped up at regular intervals. That word is ‘laddism’, and it’s a troublesome one. The Roses stand accused of giving birth to a movement or aesthetic […]

Forbidden Fruit – Dublin

June 8th, 2012 by

Expectations are appropriately higher for the Forbidden Fruit festival’s second time around the block: its debut was not without teething problems, but this year’s event is happily a smoother-running affair, with no repeat of the epic bar queues of 2011. The ‘no re-entry’ policy is, however, still present and correct and the cause of many […]

Laura Sheeran interview

May 14th, 2012 by

As a collaborative concern that’s as feted internationally as it is on these shores, Fovea Hex – the loose collective helmed by Banbridge-born Clodagh Simonds – has worked with a variety of unique and prestigious talents, from Brian Eno to Robert Fripp to Donal Lunny. Recent years, however, have seen a much fresher-faced talent emerge […]

My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything / Loveless / EPs 1988-1991

May 8th, 2012 by

So here they are. As great as it is to see Kevin Shields doing interviews again to promote these long-awaited releases, and as much as he may allude to record company machinations, you get the feeling he’s not overly bothered about the myths and legends that have built up around him over the years. The […]

Camden Crawl Dublin Interview: D/R/U/G/S

April 25th, 2012 by

No stranger to showcase festivals, Callum Wright’s D/R/U/G/S went some way to making their name with a set at 2010’s In The City festival in his hometown of Manchester, while their appearance at this year’s inaugural Camden Crawl Dublin follows their set at last year’s actually-in-Camden version. Wright is a relatively recent convert to electronic […]

The Dying Seconds – Glimmerers

December 1st, 2011 by

Let’s get the name-drop out of the way first: The Dying Seconds have already been the subject of some high praise from The National’s Aaron Dressner, despite their relative infancy as a band. Tthis may be their second album but it’s their first as an expanded six-piece line-up; the self-titled debut being the work of […]

Dancing with Soul and Bizarreness: Amanda Brown, 100% Silk and Not Not Fun

October 26th, 2011 by

Since it was founded in 2003 as a label with “an emphasis on community-based bands and really artful/hand-crafted releases”, Not Not Fun has become one of the most influential imprints in the American underground. Over the years the label has released records by such acts as Sun Araw, Ducktails, Pocahaunted, Robedoor, Abe Vigoda, U.S. Girls, […]

Farewell R.E.M. : Talk about the passion

September 22nd, 2011 by

When you consider that they lasted three decades, it’s not surprising that reactions to R.E.M.‘s split tend to reflect wildly different perceptions of the band. By now they’ve become ingrained in the public mind as a stadium act, in the same bracket as U2, Springsteen et al; a band for the common man; socially aware, […]

Balam Acab – Wander/Wonder

September 14th, 2011 by

Balam Acab’s full-length debut Wander/Wonder comes almost exactly a year after the release of his See Birds EP, the record that first announced his distinctive sound and served as the first ‘proper’ release on Tri Angle Records (strictly speaking it followed the Let Me Shine For You mixtape). The young producer (real name Alec Koone) […]

Warpaint – Galway

August 26th, 2011 by

Just under an hour in the company of Warpaint is enough for State to go from fairly impressed with their music to being a fully-fledged convert. Last year’s album The Fool may have been a slow-burning piece of work, but even as the smouldering hooks sunk their claws in, the record didn’t quite hold your […]

Interview with Mogwai: Travels and constants

August 22nd, 2011 by

Fifteen or so years into a distinguished career, Scottish five-piece Mogwai remain as busy as they’ve ever been. Having toured solidly all year in support of their seventh studio album Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, they’re now set to release a new EP of non-album material: namely Earth Division, which is due for […]