Electric Picnic ’12: 5 to see….post rock

August 30th, 2012 by

With Oxegen off the festival schedule for at least one summer, there was a danger the Electric Picnic line-up would lose some of its more heavy and experimental acts in favour of the usual stadium fodder. Thankfully, that appears not to be the case, with Texan post rock juggernaut Explosions in the Sky leading a […]

Brian Setzer – Dublin

August 15th, 2011 by

A scan of the Vicar St. floor revealed an impressive variety of age and gender, from teenage girls to 70-year-old men. It’s hard to think of a recent concert in Dublin that could have brought together so diverse a demographic spread and no other show could have delivered such a staggering amount of quiffs. Even […]

Prince – Malahide Castle, Dublin

August 3rd, 2011 by

The grounds of Malahide Castle weren’t so much bathed in purple on Saturday night as they were lightly speckled with maroon: if nothing else, you won’t see a larger gathering of Galway GAA shirts in a Dublin park this summer. Prince’s first visit to Ireland in nine years, following the last-minute cancellation of his Croke […]

Villagers, Beach House – Marlay Park, Dublin

July 27th, 2011 by

The Irish summer’s Murphy-like tendency to throw up the worst weather at the most inopportune moment led to the calculated gamble of hosting this summer’s Marlay Park concert series under cover of a marquee tent. With the sun splitting the rocks all day on Saturday, it’s only natural that many would forego the pleasures of […]

The Whatmans – Fire Up The Masses

July 21st, 2011 by

The Whatmans started out as a covers band in Navan before making the leap to original music, and their humble beginnings are clearly evident on their debut release, Fire Up the Masses. Each of the album’s 10 tracks sounds familiar, from the John Squire-like guitar melodies that populate just about every track to the quintessential […]

Beyoncé – 4

July 8th, 2011 by

If ever there were a conclusive argument against the focus group approach to making pop music, it’s laid bare with ‘Run the World (Girls),’ the first single from Beyoncé’s handily-titled fourth album, 4. In theory, the single should have been a surefire hit: it borrows the irresistible dancehall beat and hook from Major Lazer’s ‘Pon […]

Fucked Up – David Comes To Life

June 20th, 2011 by

There is a tendency within rock music circles to unquestioningly applaud the creation of a concept album, a sort of goodwill that doesn’t quote seem to translate when an artist attempts a disco crossover or a duet with Fergie. 45 years on from Sgt. Pepper, the rock concept record is still considered a uniquely ambitious […]

Jessie J – Who You Are

April 13th, 2011 by

Eyebrows were raised and re-raised in January when Essex singer-songwriter Jessie J landed the top spot on BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll. While the poll is more an educated guess than a sound bet – previous winners included such underwhelming talents as The Bravery and Mika – it was still unusual that it should be […]

Gogol Bordello / ASIWYFA – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 23rd, 2011 by

It’s always a big event when Gogol Bordello roll into town. The transatlantic folk punks – whose membership is derived from seven different countries, centering on New York City, with mainman Eugene Hutz hailing from Ukraine – tend to skip these shores on their rare trips across the pond. One performance at Oxegen (in 2007) […]

Noah And The Whale – Last Night On Earth

March 21st, 2011 by

Outside the realms of hardcore punk and hip hop, band names are rarely supposed to be taken literally. So it’s not terribly surprising to learn that Noah and the Whale aren’t exactly the trans-species minstrel duo their title might suggest. What is surprising is that – at least for a band consisting primarily of humans […]

Bruno Mars – Doo Wops & Hooligans

January 31st, 2011 by

Though his debut album is only now seeing light this side of the Atlantic (Doo Wops & Hooligans was released stateside in October), fellow Gleeks will by now be well aware of omnipresent Hawaiian pop mercenary Bruno Mars. Doowops’s lead single ‘Just the Way You Are’ and album track ‘Marry You’ were the showcase tunes […]

The Mighty Stef – TMS and The Baptists

December 13th, 2010 by

Dubliner Stefan Murphy, better known as The Mighty Stef, could hardly have timed the release of his latest single with any more precision. ‘We Want Blood,’ the lead track from his third album TMS & the Baptists, dropped in mid-November, just as Europe and the markets finally called time on the government’s attempted recovery. That […]

My Chemical Romance – Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

November 24th, 2010 by

There has always been an element of melodramatic theatre in My Chemical Romance’s music – their very first album opened with a rickety recording of the Spanish classical piece ‘Romanza’ – but it only became readily apparent to most with the release of The Black Parade in 2006. The sprawling, macabre-themed concept record was recorded […]