George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic – Vicar St, Dublin

May 19th, 2017 by

The last time we had the pleasure of the company of this multi-instrumental, all-singing all-grooving hydra it was as night fell over Dunlaoire’s Beatyard festival in 2016. George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic’s blend of funk, soul, pop, hip-hop and all-out metal was well-served by the balmy sea air and festival atmosphere on that occasion, but […]


Pixies – Head Carrier

October 3rd, 2016 by

Back in 1971, The Band rumbled out of rock history with a triumphant swansong during which Robbie Robertson skewered his, Rick Danko’s and Richard Manuel’s ramshackle attempt at an old standard with a shake of a the head and a grin to the interviewer: “It’s not like it used to be.” The original line-up then […]


Bruce Springsteen – Croke Park, Dublin

May 30th, 2016 by

Bruce Springsteen has always managed to straddle that line between superstar and man in the street with more success than most in his class; a boy done good who can do no wrong. More than once tonight he brings to mind Joe Strummer – a spokesman for the everyman, just a folk hero with an […]


Wire – Nocturnal Koreans

May 5th, 2016 by

Wire seem at pains to distance Nocturnal Koreans from its eponymous 2015 predecessor. Wire was fantastic; a band firing on all creative cylinders and a signal that their best work was nowhere near over – and this is the band who released Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154 in three shorts bursts at the beginning […]


Muse – 3Arena, Dublin

April 7th, 2016 by

Muse came with but one intention – to conquer; to slay all in their path. They proved that on the evening before they played Dublin’s 3Arena when they took on Cabinteely XI in Kilbogget Park, with the Chris Wolstenholme-led Muse football team beating the local side by a marginal 9-8. “We will be victorious” they […]


Stiff Little Fingers – The Academy, Dublin

November 17th, 2015 by

How can you fail when you have ‘Suspect Device’ in your arsenal? How can you fail when you have ‘Alternative Ulster’, when you have ‘Wasted Life’, when you have ‘At The Edge’? The answer is you can’t. Stiff Little Fingers could walk these songs through a gig in their sleep and still leave a blitzed […]


Johnny Marr – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

October 19th, 2015 by

From another mouth, he’s right, it would sound like bullshit, but when Johnny Marr tells us that this is the gig they’ve been most looking forward to on this tour you take him at face value. And at certain points of tonight’s set – particularly those that take us back to Marr’s ‘80s band – […]


Yo La Tengo – National Concert Hall, Dublin

October 17th, 2015 by

If any band were going to miss a scheduled start time due to a backstage discussion about past members of Jefferson Starship, then Yo La Tengo fit the profile. Now fourteen albums into a thirty year career, Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have proven one of the more musically literate bands of their […]


Viet Cong – Workmans Club, Dublin

May 14th, 2015 by

Womens Christmas aren’t short of modesty when it comes to their songs. Their first EP was titled Tremendous, and the ensuing debut album, Too Rich For Our Blood, lived up to that prophetic moniker. Sleater Kinney’s triumphant Vicar Street show in March was the trio’s previous warm-up slot, but things are more condensed tonight, with […]


Built To Spill – Untethered Moon

April 23rd, 2015 by

It’s just not in Doug Martsch’s nature to do things on a small scale. On their eighth album, and their first since 2009’s There Is No Enemy, Built To Spill announce their return with an aural big bang. A big, wavering guitar chord just under a minute and a half into opener ‘All Our Songs’ […]


Wire – Wire

April 16th, 2015 by

There are certain bands that have always stood out on their own. Wire formed in 1976 and in the ensuing years released three of the era’s finest and most durable records in Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154. After disbanding in 1980, a subsequent mid-eighties reformation saw them through to ’92 (their most prolific recording […]


Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

March 23rd, 2015 by

Heads were turned when Courtney Barnett ambled amiably on to people’s radars with her breakthrough song ‘Avant Gardener’ and its quotidian recounting of a panic attack. Since then the slacker tag has been one that seems intent on attaching itself to Barnett, with her laid back, almost spoken word singing style and penchant for flannel. […]


Thurston Moore – The Best Day

October 21st, 2014 by

The ubiquity of Thurston Moore’s presence on the alternative music scene over the last thirty years is such that it’s almost a surprise that The Best Day is only his fourth solo album. That’s not to say that Moore hasn’t been busy since Sonic Youth disbanded – quite the contrary; with a slew of collaborations […]


Johnny Marr – Playland

October 10th, 2014 by

Johnny Marr is enjoying a renewed vigour since his tenure with The Cribs and Modest Mouse in the latter part of the last decade. Judging by Playland, his second solo album proper, it seems Marr may end up enjoying it more than the rest of us. Since The Smiths disbanded after having defined indie music […]