Crosby, Stills & Nash – Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin

September 20th, 2015 by

According to Homer J. Simpson, rock attained perfection in 1974 with the bong rattling bass of Grand Funk Railroad and their ilk. Now far be it for me to contradict that yellowest and wisest of sages but by my reckoning that zenith was reached four years earlier, in 1970 with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s […]

Kíla —Whelans, Dublin

August 28th, 2015 by

Do you remember your first time? That moment when your innocence was lost? When you stepped across that line, that Rubicon that couldn’t be uncrossed? A formative, life changing rite of passage that meant you would never be quite the same again. My moment of de-flowering found me leaning against a canteen wall out in UCD in the […]

Tony Visconti & Woody Woodmansey – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

June 28th, 2015 by

Firstly, for the uninitiated, Tony Visconti is not a nut laden biscuit that you might take with your espresso during some down-time in Rome and Woody Woodmansey is not an alliteratively named mascot for one of Ireland’s largest chain of DIY stores.  Rather, Visconti is a producer of legendary, near mythic status. He has guided […]

Beck – Kilmainham, Dublin

June 18th, 2015 by

On evenings like this it’s easy to be an outdoors music lover. Warm weather, mud free and firm footings, civilized and discerning punters, queue free bars and loos, plus two stellar names of the rock music hierarchy on the bill to entertain us in Kilmainham’s colonial splendour. That brewer of Danish dishwater doesn’t do music […]

Calexico – Olympia, Dublin

May 6th, 2015 by

May Bank Holiday Monday night and Calexico are in town stopping off for the last night of their tour in support of their latest album Edge of the Sun. They’re also fresh in the door from both a Belfast show on the Saturday night and a Sunday headline slot at Kilkenny’s Rhythm and Roots festival. […]

Echo & The Bunnymen – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

February 19th, 2015 by

Ash Wednesday night in the dirty auld town and the Olympia beckons as the lost boys and girls of yesteryear gather in its fittingly fading Victorian splendour to pay homage to the most enigmatic of the Eighties indie greats, Echo & The Bunnymen. A going concern for nigh on forty years and with a past […]

Johnny Marr – Dublin

August 12th, 2014 by

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. There’s a rift developing in the space time continuum. Somebodies been back to the future, slept with their mother, becoming their own father in the process and thereby putting the past’s future on a course that deviates from the one that we inhabit today. Well they’re the […]

Jurassic 5 – Vicar St, Dublin

June 18th, 2014 by

Regular gig goers will tell you that hip-hop shows are a precarious beast. To borrow a line or two of the American bard Longfellow from his ode about the girl with the curl, when they are good they are very good but when they are bad they are horrid. The same seasoned punters had no […]

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Dublin

May 19th, 2014 by

Dublin is still basking in its post Giro D’Italia pink glow when Jon Spencer brings his Blues Explosion to town for their first time in nine years. A hot and sweaty capacity Whelan’s crowd, nicely warmed up by the September Girls, have gathered to welcome the New York kings of garage rock. They hit the […]

Jagwar Ma – Dublin

May 19th, 2014 by

If you wanted an early clue as to which way tonight’s gig will be looking, the sound of ‘Voodoo Ray’ oozing out of the PA to the gathering bright young things and slightly duller auld codgers proves a valuable indication as Jagwar Ma set their Hacienda smiley faced stall out early. As they kick off […]

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

April 29th, 2014 by

Released 20 years to the week since Blur dropped Parklife on us, Everyday Robots is Damon Albarn’s debut solo album. For an artist with such a prolific and distinctive output what does the term solo album actually refer to? Everyday Robots is Albarn standing alone. There’s no grand concept behind this album a lá The […]

The Strypes – Dublin

April 16th, 2014 by

Despite all its pretence of rebellion and non-conformity the beast that we all know and love as rock ‘n’ roll can, betimes, be as conservative and conformist as your local god fearing and Vatican facing church. It’s an entity not too dissimilar from the holy mother church. It may have an unholy polytheist structure with […]

Darkside – Dublin

March 27th, 2014 by

I’m not sure about the rest of you out in Planet State but every time an artiste from the electronica genre announces that they’re coming to town but with a DJ show, rather than a live performance, a little part of me dies. Don’t’ get me wrong, I’m not dismissing the merits of watching the […]

Kodo – Dublin

February 25th, 2014 by

If the seminal ’80s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes taught us one thing it was that the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum. But there’s no denying that the world does indeed move to the beat. From the first moments of consciousness in the womb to the dying seconds of the soul, the […]