Son Volt – Notes of Blue

February 21st, 2017 by

Son Volt’s Notes of Blue testifies to a love of lesser-spotted folk and blues luminaries and esoteric open guitar tunings, shifting in tone from reflective and drifting folk bliss to scratchy, hard-scrabble blues scuzz. Led off by ‘Promise the World’ Jay Farrar’s voice masterfully inhabits the world weary but resilient tone (“Light after Darkness…that is […]


Band of Horses – Vicar St, Dublin

February 20th, 2017 by

The evening augurs well with the impressive Israel Nash serenading an already substantial crowd with his marque of tough but sweet country soul. Flanked by the very able Eric Swanson on pedal steel, they produce a nicely balanced sound, stepping through highlights in ‘Rexanimarum’, ‘Parlour Song’ and ‘LA Lately’. His full-bodied voice and the swelling […]


Tinariwen – Elwan

February 9th, 2017 by

Tuareg musical collective, Tinariwen, were formed in exile in Algeria in 1979. Refugees from the Tuareg homelands in Northern Mali, Niger and South Libya, many of the group were participants in the ongoing insurgency and only began to concentrate fully on music following a cease-fire in the mid-1990s. Coming to international prominence through headlining Festival […]


You Me At Six – Night People

January 24th, 2017 by

Who knows what discussions are had behind closed doors when a band – and its handlers and managers, labels and publishers – decides now is the time to go big or go home, step into their imperial phase, reach for that filthy stadium lucre. What sacrifices made, what secret committees convened and satanic bargains struck […]


Suede — Olympia Theatre, Dublin

February 15th, 2016 by

Tonight, Suede, in the familiarly ornate yet louche Victoriana surroundings of the Olympia theatre, depart from the script. Noted for their innovative and transgressive visual impact, Suede present a bi-polar evening opening with a full, in sequence rendition of their new album Night Thoughts and its corresponding film. Following a venue-appropriate interval, they unleash an […]