Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011

August 18th, 2017 by

Author: Lizzy Goodman Publisher: Faber & Faber RRP: €22.99 When LCD Soundsystem wind-up three furiously over-subscribed comeback shows in Dublin’s Olympia theatre at the end of September, a nearby venue will stage an “I Didn’t Get a Ticket Party”. Six and half years on from James Murphy’s spectacular mic drop in Madison Square Garden, even […]

At The Drive In – in•ter a•li•a

May 4th, 2017 by

Balk all you like at the idea of holding art up against an over-arching political backdrop but what is the alternative? A blinkered stupor where we take music into our cortex, decide if its frequencies chime with our emotional synapses and give a sluggish, digitally-numbed shrug of approval? Sixteen years after blasting Fred Durst to […]

Wyvern Lingo – Button Factory, Dublin

December 8th, 2016 by

From Fomo-ing radio presenters to plodding pals scouring southern skies for the heart of Saturday night, they all get in touch cajoling for a lift down to romp with King Philip in the mythical land of Othervoiceinia. “You can see Wyvern Lingo any time,” one beseeches as I mull over a last-minute expedition down the […]

White Denim – Whelan’s, Dublin

August 18th, 2016 by

Globules of sweat have erupted on my brow. I’m standing in a glacial queue to enter Whelan’s on the last night of summer. From inside, the burnt-sugar groove of ‘Sweet Life Ruiner’ wafts out between the gaps in the shuffling ticketholders. Wyvern Lingo are opening proceedings tonight, which given everyone’s giddiness about the headliners’ return […]

In Two Minds: The Duality of All Tvvins

August 8th, 2016 by

If Kubrick had choreographed it, it wouldn’t surprise you. A top-floor studio with windows at opposite ends. Perched on each sill and enjoying the Luas dings, gull croaks and exhaust fumes of Dublin city centre are Conor Adams and Lar Kaye. They turn and greet me with uncanny symmetry. All Tvvins haven’t done an excessive […]

Sylvia Patterson – I’m Not with the Band

July 5th, 2016 by

Title: I’m Not with the Band Author: Sylvia Patterson Publisher: Sphere RRP: €23.99 A time may come when we will have to sit down the fandom of the future and explain to them that access to an act’s sphere of reference or identity once came via a thing called “the music press”. Before social media […]

At The Drive-In – Vicar Street, Dublin

March 29th, 2016 by

For a city currently under siege from talk of rebellions and insurrections, it took At The Drive-In to show what a latter-day Rising looks like. “This is a re-ignition,” brayed top-heavy frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala halfway through the set as a mush of sweaty bodies panted with euphoria on the floor of Vicar St. Part of […]

2016 Choice Music Prize

March 11th, 2016 by

Bodies are suddenly flinging themselves at Pete Murphy up on the Vicar St circle balcony. Slaps hit the publicist’s back as he chokes in disbelief. Bridie Monds-Watson is wincing delightedly up at the lectern where just seconds previously a gracious Adam Clayton had done the honours of announcing Before We Forgot How To Dream as […]

The Gloaming: Space, Time and the Science of Play

February 23rd, 2016 by

A sense of timing does not necessarily equate to a handle on time itself. Or so you’d first think talking to two fifths of The Gloaming. Vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird and hardanger d’amore supremo Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh snuggle on a couch like brothers reunited after years apart. It’s only been six weeks, I point out. […]

The Danish Girl

January 3rd, 2016 by

Director: Tom Hooper Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander and Ben Whishaw Certificate: 15a Running Time: 119 minutes Release Date: January 1st Fine an actor as Eddie Redmayne is (he bagged the Oscar for Best Actor last Spring for his body-warping turn in The Theory of Everything), there are only so many times that one can […]

Kurt Vile & The Violators – Vicar Street, Dublin

November 17th, 2015 by

Tonight feels different. When we last met Kurt Vile, there was a somewhat detached air about the hirsute guitar maestro and erstwhile Warrior on Drugs. This heavily subscribed Vicar St show sees him joined by threepiece backing band the Violators, whose fraternal presence appears to temper the 35-year-old’s more curtained tendencies. They also help make […]

Pugwash – Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)

November 9th, 2015 by

I once berated Jenn Gannon for not liking Pugwash, arguing that you might as well say you don’t like puppies. My point was that enjoying a band whose blood type is Pop Perfection should be about as effortless as smiling at shots of a Labrador pup bounding through knots of bog roll. With the US […]

Physical Graffiti – 40 years, Seven Outtakes and One Crafty Manager

October 27th, 2015 by

We have Peter Grant to thank for Physical Graffiti. After a knackering US tour in late 1973, a tired and emotional, not to mention family-starved, John Paul Jones announced he was retreating to Winchester Cathedral to become a choirmaster. It was a plot to escape the excesses and endurances of being one quarter of the […]

Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie

September 22nd, 2015 by

Having a song called ‘Heckle The Frames’ might be an indication of Girl Band’s attitude to “serious music”. Similarly, when you manage to piece apart the frantic yelps and adolescent wails of frontman Dara Kiely you might register mentions of Nutella, corn on the cob and garlic cheese chips. “Kids today,” you might harrumph, but […]