Chic ft Nile Rodgers – 3Arena, Dublin

November 2nd, 2017 by

First three songs, no flash – the rule that guides the world of music photography. Going by it, Chic must be a shooter’s dream – not for the chance to snap Nile Rodgers in his trademark white hat looking like a disco pope, or for the opportunity to capture vocalist Kimberly Davis’ latest diva dress. […]

St Vincent – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

October 25th, 2017 by

“It feels like the end of an action movie,” Annie Clark declares to a packed-out Olympia during the third act of her show. She means it as straightforward piece of social commentary, but it’s a phrase that used to be applicable to St Vincent’s live shows. From 2014 to 2015 the Digital Witness tour gained […]

Austra’s Katie Stelmanis…“I never really intended to talk about politics with a capital “P”

June 14th, 2017 by

“At first it was in some ways almost frustrating,” Austra’s Katie Stelmanis tells me over the phone, talking about her accidental role as a political voice.  On latest album Future Politics, Stelmanis plays the character Revolutionary Rhonda, who works against the album’s dystopian universe – a scenario that became more relevant by the time of its release […]

Talos..”I don’t see it as me, front and centre of the stage”

April 19th, 2017 by

One can feel the call of the void on the third day of Electric Picnic – a day where one’s human fragility can be all too apparent. The bookers know this, and a case of smart organisation put Talos on the Sunday afternoon slot last year. The Cork outfit’s set in the LittleBigTent briefly stayed the […]

Sinkane – Life & Livin’ It

February 15th, 2017 by

Ahmed Gallab’s grandfather once told him that he came from a nomadic family, and that’s certainly been reflected in his life. Now a Brooklynite, rubbing shoulders with the DFA set, the Sinkane frontman fled Sudan for the United States at the age of five with his college professor parents – political refugees. Having wandered musically, also, […]