Tony Allen and the Colours Afrobeat Foundation – Dublin

June 6th, 2013 by

In this crazy hyperbolic rock/pop/funk/groove/Afrobeat world we call home, the label legend is oft all too easily applied to persons not deserving of the title. Tony Allen may not be a household name to yer average Joe but he is a man that is truly worthy of that title. He was the percussive lynchpin of […]

Honningbarna – Verden er Enkel

May 14th, 2013 by

If you like it fast and furious but don’t want to go to your local Cineplex flea-pit to catch the latest movie in a shitty franchise, then Honningbarna’s Verden er Enkel might be the album you’ve been looking for. On paper, Honningbarna don’t exactly sound like an anarchy-inducing prospect. They’re a five-piece that hail from […]

Alt-J – Dublin

May 7th, 2013 by

We are just a little shy of 12 months since Alt-J last played in Dublin’s fair city. Back then the likely lads from Leeds were in the Academy 2 and pimping their debut long player, An Awesome Wave. Now the boys are back in town doing a victory lap, the aforementioned album having won the […]

Ian McCulloch – Holy Ghosts

April 22nd, 2013 by

Ian McCulloch - Holy Ghosts

With Ian McCulloch, you always get a double package. In their 80s prime, he and his band, Echo and the Bunnymen, produced some of indie-pop’s most sublime moments, and Mac the Mouth was always good for filling column inches with caustic barbs aimed at his peers. Of course, in his own mind at least, he […]

Konono N° 1 – Dublin

April 15th, 2013 by

Konono N° 1

Let the annals of Dublin City read that for two hours on Friday, 12th April 2013, Whelan’s of Wexford Street was, by the power of Congolese trance, transported to downtown Kinshasa and that the inhabitants of the aforementioned music venue were possessed and bewitched by the relentless, driving, polyrhythmic pulse of Congo-tronica as cast by […]

They Might Be Giants – Nanobots

April 10th, 2013 by

They Might Be Giants - Nanobots

1982 was the year that couldn’t stop giving. It saw the birth of affordable home computing with the launch of the Commodore 64, Mickey Jay’s Thriller was released, ET pointed his bulbous-phallus-like finger homeward, Joan Jett couldn’t stop telling us about how much she loved rock ‘n’ roll and somewhere in deepest, darkest Brooklyn (via […]

Bombino – Nomad

April 8th, 2013 by

There is something inherently romantic about the music of the Tuareg people. From Saharan Africa they are part freedom fighters, part Nomadic herdsmen and part bluesmen. If you’re familiar with the most famous exponents of this music, Tinariwen, then you know what to expect. Deceptively loose sounding guitar riffs heavily tinged and steeped in the […]