Lady Gaga – Joanne

October 21st, 2016 by

The tao of Gaga was her ludicrousness. There was a life-affirming joy to this woman whether shooting fire from her tits, entering the Grammys in an egg, wearing a giant Weetabix as a mask or terrifying Geri Halliwell by looking like a ghost wrapped in a doily at the Brits. She seemed to revel in […]

Jeff Lynne’s ELO – 3Arena, Dublin

May 10th, 2016 by

For so long the very notion of ELO was sniggered at behind hands, the bizarre butt of music snobs’ jokes with one journalist for trend-setting fashion mag The Face opining in the late ’90s that if you wanted to clear a room at a party just play Fleetwood Mac’s crazed Tusk or ‘anything by ELO’. […]

Prince – Pop Matters

April 22nd, 2016 by

“He’s filthy,” my Mam sneered watching him on Top of the Pops joyfully cavorting his tiny body over a woman whose face was covered by a diaphanous scarf. We were transfixed – embarrassed but curious. Growing up, Prince meant SEX. The rude word – but not in a way that we were used to, it […]

All Saints – Red Flag

April 8th, 2016 by

Pop is a neutral island. A safe landscape where, traditionally, women and gay people seek refuge, a place to be free, dancing out the pain away from prying eyes every Saturday night. There within that space the hymn was (and still is) the SAD BANGER. From ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ to ‘I Wanna Dance with […]

The Brits 2016

February 27th, 2016 by

If The Brit Awards prove anything it’s that with every passing year they move further and further away from the youth market they so desperately want to court. The Brits is now more like a corporate Christmas party for some faceless global enterprise. It’s the same bloated, balding record execs with wine breath populating the […]

Róisín Murphy – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

February 13th, 2016 by

There is a moment in Alexsandar Dragicevic’s short documentary about Róisín Murphy’s visual connection with drag queens when the lady herself chats about her performance, about ‘being in a normal, tired everyday world, being something fantastical in that’. This creative flamboyance has been intrinsically sewn into Róisín Murphy. From her surrealist turns in Moloko to […]

Years & Years – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

November 8th, 2015 by

Heavy is the head that wears the crown of song of the year.  The ubiquitous ‘King’ with its fizzy Balearic hooks and dizzying euphoric chorus took everyone from club to car to kitchen dancing throughout the seasons but pop kids are nothing if not fickle. The question being can their slender shoulders carry the weight […]

Deerhunter – The Button Factory, Dublin

November 4th, 2015 by

There is nothing quite as wonderfully disarming as when Bradford Cox cheerily wanders onto the darkened stage to a confused half-muted reception from the early assembled crowd.  Dressed almost like a wholesome camp councillor in a heavy cable knit jumper and a simple snapback, he clutches his guitar close before launching into some new Atlas […]

Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

October 12th, 2015 by

On 2013’s Monomania, Deerhunter were the essence of angular fury. The album bristled with punkish angst and manic verve, half jerky Bo Diddley blues, half sinewy No Wave guitars. It was a raw, scabrous journey that echoed the razor slash aesthetics of the more brutal tracks from Cryptograms rather than the expansive melancholy of the […]

The Lemonheads – The Academy, Dublin

October 7th, 2015 by

The ’90s are back! It’s not just Kylie Jenner in a Calvin Klein crop-top pouting into oblivion or the crew from This is England throwing some Bez-like shapes in a working men’s club. It’s not just plastic pastiche or hazy rose-.tinted memories. It’s a bizarre phase of nostalgic comebacks of the kind of stuff you […]

Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon

September 20th, 2015 by

A year ago we left Lana like a jilted lover. She had moved from that beguiling image of the ‘gangsta Nancy Sinatra’ – a souped up bubblegum caricature of a made-up Hollywood – to the  intense vodka and Xanax blues of the bruising Ultraviolence, an album infected with nicotine and nocturnal tears.  In amongst the […]


July 2nd, 2015 by

Director: Asif Kapadia Certificate: 15a Running Time: 128 minutes Release Date: July 3rd Sometimes it feels like there is nothing left to be said. The short, desperately sad life story of Amy Winehouse was mashed into every tabloid newspaper each day, rolling through the collective mind’s eye thanks to Sky News, Heat magazine, and the […]

Sleep Thieves – Grand Social, Dublin

May 28th, 2015 by

Sleep Thieves don’t just trundle on stage in that meek half embarrassed fashion-they are a band who arrives. No introductory pleasantries, no fiddling around with instruments, as the darkness envelopes the room their complete confidence flickers into life as they bravely open with a new track ‘Is This Ready?’ Their trademark pitch-black electro floods the […]

little xs for eyes – Everywhere Else

April 9th, 2015 by

If little xs for eyes’ debut album S.A.D. was a patchwork quilt made up of the daydreams of the past and fears of the future, their second offering Everywhere Else is the destination that they longed for. The grass that is always greener, a tangible future filled with something more that’s just frustratingly out of […]