Sun Kil Moon – Vicar Street, Dublin

December 6th, 2017 by

There’s a moment about twenty minutes into Sun Kil Moon’s three-hour show at Dublin’s Vicar Street when Mark Kozelek has his first whinge of the evening. After expressing his deep hatred of The Edge’s guitar playing, he goes on to berate U2 and bands like them for taking classic albums out on tour. Instead, Kozelek […]

Depeche Mode – 3Arena, Dublin

November 22nd, 2017 by

In many respects, Depeche Mode are somewhat of an anomaly. While their peers from their formative era have simply called it a day or dissolved into indefinite hiatus, Depeche Mode, since their formation in 1980, have managed to remain creatively relevant without fully embracing the mainstream. Moreover, internal tensions and drug and alcohol problems (frontman […]

God Is An Astronaut – Button Factory, Dublin

November 20th, 2017 by

While enjoying a significant following internationally, especially in Eastern Europe and Russia, God Is An Astronaut are a band that have always operated somewhat under the radar in their native land, Ireland. Their brand of broodingly emotive, minor-key ‘post-rock’ has never sat easily alongside the ephemeral singer-songwriters and hipster electro-acts that have come and gone […]

Donny McCaslin – NCH, Dublin

October 28th, 2017 by

Imagine you’re playing with your band in a jazz bar in Greenwich Village, as you have done for many years previous, when a reclusive cultural icon rocks up to your show and – so impressed is he by the musicianship skills on display – he announces that he’d like to use your group to play […]

Hans Zimmer – 3Arena, Dublin

June 17th, 2017 by

In Terrence Malick’s existential anti-war epic The Thin Red Line, a pivotal scene featured US soldiers slowly impinging upon an invisible enemy, unequipped to deal with what was confronting them. It was a study of chaos and vulnerability, with the theme of the movie – the utter futility and grim banality of war – distilled […]

Ride – the Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 27th, 2017 by

When My Bloody Valentine re-emerged in 2008 to play a series of acclaimed shows and festivals, it appeared to have sparked a resurgence of interest in the shoegaze scene they inadvertently spawned in the late 80s. Since then, other stalwarts of the scene such as Swervedriver, Lush and Slowdive have all resumed touring and recording […]

Polica – The Button Factory, Dublin

October 19th, 2016 by

Polica’s quite brilliant debut album Give You The Ghost heralded something new and indefinable when it arrived in 2012. It was a woozy, immediately arresting brew of soulful electronica topped off with front-woman Channy Leaneagh’s pleasingly stylised vocals. It rightly garnered a significant amount of attention for the Minneapolis four-piece and its lyrics and moods […]

Jean-Michel Jarre – 3Arena, Dublin

October 13th, 2016 by

When Giorgio Moroder contributed a spoken-word track to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, there was a sense that the Parisian duo were repaying a debt to an artist they believed had been somewhat overlooked. Moroder was one of a slew of French, Italian and German musicians whose pioneering work in the 1970s still resonates with […]

Richard Hawley – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

July 28th, 2016 by

When the Arctic Monkeys won the Mercury Music Prize in 2006, they sportingly declared that fellow nominee Richard Hawley should have won. “Call the police”, they said. “Richard Hawley’s been robbed!”. Yet, the bequiffed Englishman has always seemed like the perennial underdog, a status he appears comfortable with. After all, his music often chronicles the […]

Minor Victories..”We should be supporting artists”

July 6th, 2016 by

In a windowless room in a disused army barracks in Mullingar, Minor Victories – a band made up of members of Mogwai, Editors and recently reformed ’90s shoegazers Slowdive – are coming to the end of an afternoon’s rehearsal. They are in the Westmeath town refining a live set for their slot that night at […]

Neil Young – 3Arena, Dublin

June 13th, 2016 by

Out of all the old guard of rock legends – Dylan, McCartney, Rolling Stones et al – Neil Young stands apart as the one that STILL feels like he always has something to prove. While the aforementioned’s careers have stalled in a kind of creative inertia brought on by advancing years and untold wealth, Young, […]

Explosions in the Sky – Vicar St, Dublin

April 25th, 2016 by

Explosions in the Sky are possibly at that juncture in their career where they might be questioning ‘where to now?’ for their next album. After six studio albums and a handful of film soundtracks, the instrumental group need to both assuage their fans and keep detractors at bay. Yet, the Texan four-piece have always been […]

Moderat – Vicar St, Dublin

April 8th, 2016 by

The plan agreed over a decade ago by German DJs Gernot Bronsert and Sebastien Szary (Modeselektor) and electronic solo artist Sascha Ring (a.k.a Apparat) to collaborate together as Moderat is continuing to pay rich dividends in 2016. The new album, simply titled III, sees them refine and recalibrate their sound, resulting in a consistency throughout that […]

Karl Hyde of Underworld..”Long may it last”

March 26th, 2016 by

The brand new album from Underworld Barbara, Barbara, We Face A Shining Future feels like a surprise. In the intervening years since their 2010 opus, Barking, the long-standing duo of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have immersed themselves in other projects: Hyde recorded a solo album Edgeland and made two albums with his friend Brian […]