Film review: The Dark Knight

July 22nd, 2008 by

The second installment of the re-ignited Batman series is finally here. How does Ledger’s poignant turn as the Joker stack up to the Oscar talk? Is it all an intentional distraction away from the film? Phil Udell attended a screening to find out.

Oxegen 08 – The Ting Tings, Amy Winehouse, Alphabeat, Prodigy, The Verve

July 13th, 2008 by

Day two of Oxegen and the overwhelming feeling is of greyness. Not just in terms of the weather – only broken by the odd, ferocious shower – but also in terms of the music. The early hours are a blur of workaday rock (Powderfinger, Newton Faulkner, One Night Only), indie by numbers (Scouting For Girls, The Music, Delays) and the odd curve ball (Camile O’Sullivan).

Oxegen 08 – Ben Folds, Go! Team, Groove Armada

July 12th, 2008 by

With only his two customary cohorts huddled around him, BEN FOLDS looks rather small on the large O2 stage. The crowd here to see him are of a similar nature, but Folds manages to turn the open air space into something intimate.

Interview: Siouxsie Sioux

June 25th, 2008 by

In the intervening years since Siouxsie Sioux last made a live appearance in Ireland, her life has undergone a number of changes. The Banshees are no more, nor are the Creatures and, obviously connected, her marriage to Budgie. It is, then, in her new solo guise that she visits Dublin and Belfast next week.

State Magazine Issue 04

June 5th, 2008 by

The question of who survives in the world of music and who doesn’t is often a vexed one – and by survival we don’t mean not losing your record deal after one single, we mean literally staying alive.

Showtime May 30 – June 5

May 30th, 2008 by

A look at some of the gigs taking place in Ireland over the next seven days including Buffalo Tom / David Kitt, Bullet For My Valentine, Chumbawamba, Dirty Pretty Things, Fred and Yazoo.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – RDS, Dublin

May 26th, 2008 by

Certain things go through your mind while standing at the back of the RDS at your first Bruce Springsteen gig. Is that really Danny Devito and Ben Stiller playing guitar? Why are these people in rugby shirts taking pictures of themselves instead of watching the gig?

Show Time May 14 – 20

May 15th, 2008 by

A look at the best gigs taking place in Ireland over the next seven days including Broken Social Scene, Alphabeat, Kimya Dawson, Battles, Oppenheimer and… The Osmonds.

Review: The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing

May 14th, 2008 by

Ah the Ting Tings. There we were, all ready for them with our knives sharpened. Consider the evidence – the NME patronage, the ubiquitous boy/ girl duo format, the dodgy pop past, the iTunes ad. Everything about the Ting Tings suggests a band that we should be able to dismiss swiftly and move on.

Rachel Unthank & The Winterset – Upstairs at Whelans, Dublin

May 7th, 2008 by

While we might like to think the whole ‘he said / she said / they’ve sold out!‘ school of internet debate is restricted to the world of uber cool indie guitar bands, the truth is that it has spread much further. Of late, certain elements of the folk world have becoming quite vexed at the rise of Rachel Unthank and her cohorts The Winterset, not least their licensing deal with a major record label and the increasing amount of mainstream interest they’re garnering.

Republic of Loose – Vol IV: Johnny Pyro and the Dance of Evil

May 6th, 2008 by

There’s an old showbiz adage of always leave them wanting more. Obviously no-one has passed this onto Republic Of Loose, a band who have more in common with the old stagers then you might initially assume. After a fifteen track debut and a seventeen track follow up comes a third record, handily filling the sixteen song gap.