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 […]


Field Report – Field Report

June 7th, 2013 by

Some shadows are particularly difficult to escape. If you happen to be a folksy troubadour with a penchant for soul-searching and you call the American Midwest home, good luck avoiding Bon Iver comparisons. If you’re Chris Porterfield, things are that little bit trickier. Field Report, the brainchild of Porterfield (and a cute anagram) is a […]


The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us Is the Killer

May 21st, 2013 by

There’s an odd little moment during One of Us Is the Killer, not long into the title track, when Billy Rymer’s drums seem to get away from him for a second. This is, of course, deliberate design, the apparent flub actually a brilliant jazz-like move, one that gains power as it recurs. Rymer’s trickery is […]


M83 – Oblivion: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

May 16th, 2013 by

These are curious times for Anthony Gonzalez and M83. Having gone from cult favourite to Grammy-nominated superstar thanks to ubiquitous surprise hit ‘Midnight City’ (still brilliant, still plain weird to hear it accompany the opening titles to Made in Chelsea), Gonzalez found himself in high demand and when the opportunity to provide the soundtrack to […]


Savages – Silence Yourself

May 15th, 2013 by

Oh to gain a peek at Savages’ DVD collection. Perhaps VHS would be more appropriate, given their scratchy aesthetic and apparent fondness for cult classics. The entirely female London quartet arrive on a wave of hype but there is calm before the storm, the first 50 seconds of Silence Yourself given over to an excerpt […]


Frank Turner – Dublin

May 14th, 2013 by

Time was, leading a Dublin crowd in a cheery sing-a-long of “There is no God” would have resulted in widespread condemnation and public order offences, but these are different days. These are shanty songs for disaffected children of all ages and Frank Turner, at long last, knows his audience like the back of his hand. […]


Enemies – Embark, Embrace

May 10th, 2013 by

Enemies

The greats don’t settle. The best songs are seldom complete works, often abandoned at a certain point. New paths are forged by those willing to wander them, regardless of destination. Do Enemies write with endings in mind? Their layered soundscapes suggest not. Always reaching that little bit further, they bloom brightly, fighting against the inevitable […]


Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

May 7th, 2013 by

Where do you stand on Vampire Weekend? For some, they’re wise beyond their years, armed with a sunny disposition, impressive skills and a fondness for ethnomusicology. To others, they’re a Bret Easton Ellis wet dream – photogenic Ivy League snobs bedecked in affluent attire, boasting encyclopaedic knowledge of world music and the ability to regurgitate […]


Sun Kil Moon & the Album Leaf – Perils from the Sea

May 2nd, 2013 by

Those familiar with Sun Kil Moon and/or the Album Leaf could be forgiven for approaching the first official collaboration between Mark Kozelek and Jimmy LaValle, with a certain amount of knowing expectation. The coupling of Kozelek’s world-weary musings and LaValle’s moody electronica seems such a natural fit on paper it’s a wonder it hasn’t happened […]


Camden Crawl Dublin – Three Trapped Tigers

May 2nd, 2013 by

Oftentimes, the flowery prose that comprises a band’s bio invites eye-rolling. The adjectives and declarations are a necessary evil, but the accuracy of such vivid descriptions is debatable. So, when you read that Three Trapped Tigers “conjure the contained intensity of their namesake”, you may scoff, but two things must be noted. First off, all […]


Overhead, the Albatross – Dublin

April 24th, 2013 by

Overhead, the Albatross

It’s the first time they’ve graced a Dublin stage in nine months and Overhead, the Albatross are raging against the dying of the light. With a strict curfew in place and the clock ticking away, fears are mounting that we’re in for something of an abrupt finish. Thankfully, cooler heads prevail and a natural – […]


Fall Out Boy – Save Rock and Roll

April 15th, 2013 by

Fall Out Boy - Save Rock and Roll

Are Fall Out Boy really so objectionable? ‘Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down’ still holds up, as do ‘Thnks fr th Mmrs’ and ‘This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race’. Guilty pleasures or not, they’re damn fine pop songs. And yet, the very name ‘Fall Out Boy’ provokes scorn. What was once a clever Simpsons gag […]


Alias Empire – Safety in Numbers

April 9th, 2013 by

Alias Empire - Safety in Numbers

Reinvention is tricky. Six years ago, a Dublin foursome by the name of Dry County impressed with a debut album that garnered critical acclaim and a Choice Music Prize nomination. Today, four is now three, Dry County is now Alias Empire and a sophomore effort that looked like it was consigned to development hell is […]