Delorentos…”it’s still scary, but a little bit less than it was”

October 14th, 2014 by

October mornings rarely burn so bright but as State saunters into Tower Records, a tad bleary-eyed beneath magnificent sunlight, you appreciate the title of Delorentos‘ new record a little more. Night Becomes Light comes some eighteen months and change after the superb, critically-acclaimed, Choice Music Prize-winning Little Sparks. Their fourth album proper is an elegant […]

Kanye West & Pharrell Williams – Marlay Park

July 5th, 2014 by

Though not as extravagant as the kind that Pharrell Williams usually sports, one must doff one’s hat in his direction. There aren’t many who could get away with spending the first half of their set sweet-talking every single member of the fairer sex (the ‘girl’ count really isn’t worth keeping up with tonight) in attendance before […]

Tokyo Police Club…”we had to go big or go home”

March 25th, 2014 by

You’d be forgiven for spying a link emblazoned with “New track from Tokyo Police Club!” and thinking you knew the score. After all, the Canadians have been purveyors of smart, succinct indie-pop encounters since mini-album A Lesson in Crime burst onto the scene in 2006. The likes of ‘Cheer It On’ and ‘Nature of the […]


February 27th, 2014 by

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Corey Stoll, Lupita Nyong’o Certificate: 12A Running Time: 106 minutes Release Date: February 28th Blame Taken. We whooped and hollered when Liam Neeson, Ballymena brogue and all, cut a bloody swathe through France back in 2008 but boy, we’re paying for it now. […]

65daysofstatic – “…we trust that we’re doing this with sincerity”

January 14th, 2014 by

Tension, paranoia, doom and sporadic glimmers of hope fuel the best album of 2013. Save for an opening proclamation, Wild Light, like the vast majority of 65daysofstatic‘s oeuvre, is entirely wordless. The Sheffield instrumentalists’ sixth studio record (counting a soundtrack for the 1972 sci-fi film Silent Running released in 2011) often feels like a Choose […]

Nine Inch Nails and ASIWYFA – Belfast

August 26th, 2013 by

Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor never really went away. For Reznor, a hiatus amounted to soundtrack work, subsequent awards glory, marriage, kids, a healthy side project and the small matter of recording a new Nine Inch Nails album and rehearsing for a massive tour in clandestine fashion. With Hesitation Marks just around the corner, […]

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

August 6th, 2013 by

Director: Declan Lowney Cast: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Felicity Montagu, Sean Pertwee, Tim Key Running time: 90 minutes Certificate: 15A Release: August 7 As the fourth season of Arrested Development awkwardly demonstrated, sometimes it’s best to leave well enough alone. Alan Partridge never really went away following the conclusion of I’m Alan Partridge, proving surprisingly […]

Pet Shop Boys – Electric

July 23rd, 2013 by

The opening minute of the Pet Shop Boys’ twelfth studio album feels like the calm before the storm. It’s a patient, breath-catching moment that gives way to one of their most dynamic arrangements in years, but only when it’s good and ready to do so. Where last year’s Elysium was low-fi and ultimately scattershot, Electric […]

Halves – Boa Howl

July 5th, 2013 by

Boa Howl is a record in love with detail. It pines for the forgotten, for a more regal approach to writing and capturing. It hides in plain sight, layered with threads that only make themselves known should you choose to seek them out. Shorn of overt digital sheen, its scratches and tiny imperfections are as […]

The Curious Case of Amanda Palmer

June 27th, 2013 by

“Do me a favour. Don’t centre your entire article about ‘controversial Amanda Palmer’. Write about my music, I’d really appreciate it.” Though her tone was relatively jovial, Amanda Palmer wasn’t kidding. She has reason not to. It’s been a strange few months for the New York native. On one hand, she is currently enjoying a […]

Empire of the Sun – Ice on the Dune

June 21st, 2013 by

Kevin Smith has a pretty great Superman story. It’s a tale of Hollywood incompetence and the telling is even better than the details, proof positive that Smith’s true strengths lie behind a microphone and not a camera. One such detail, ultimately lost to the overall arc, is both amusing and depressing as Smith recalls that […]

Kanye West – Yeezus

June 17th, 2013 by

Typical. Kanye West finally, definitively declares himself a deity and all people want to talk about is French pastry. It’s a testament to the man that the mirth derived from his delivery of “Hurry up with my damn croissants!” midway through the defiant ‘I Am a God’ – emphasis placed squarely on ‘Am’ for the […]