The Drums – Whelan’s, Dublin

October 8th, 2017 by

If the kids don’t like rock’n’roll anymore, no one told the youthful front row at tonight’s gig in Whelan’s. As Jonny Pierce pirouettes across the stage, his adoring fans stretch their hands in the hopes of glancing the frontman and now sole fulltime member of the Drums. As the singer will echo later during a short interlude, […]

Kings of Leon – 3Arena, Dublin

July 3rd, 2017 by

“Ya’ll don’t sound like a Sunday night crowd,” Caleb Followill announces in his Southern drawl about half way through the second of his band’s three nights at the 3 Arena. The man has a point. The atmosphere inside the venue is as boozy and loose limbed as any Nashville dive bar or honky-tonk in the […]

Hamilton Leithauser – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

March 19th, 2017 by

The Workman’s Club is humming tonight. Hamilton Leithauser has a fan base with more than a few diehards in their ranks and considering he has only visited these shores on a handful occasions, they have good reason to be excited. Coming off the back of his excellent ‘I Had a Dream That You Were Mine’, […]

Bonobo – Vicar Street, Dublin

March 3rd, 2017 by

Even before Simon Green and his band have taken to the stage, there’s a sense that those who have gathered here in a sold out Vicar St are in for a treat tonight. Since making the decision to trade in his one-man-band status and enlisting a group of musicians with the chops to bring his […]

The Edge of Seventeen

December 1st, 2016 by

Director: Kelly Fremon Craig Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Blake Jenner, Woody Harrelson Certificate: 15a Running Time: 99 minutes Release Date: 28th November There has been a sneaking suspicion in recent years that teen movies have been getting a little too grown up for their own good. Earnestness has been creeping in in place of awkwardness and […]

Death Grips – The Academy, Dublin

October 15th, 2016 by

The atmosphere is unnerving as soon as you walk through the door. Opting for an hour of ominous screeches in lieu of a traditional supporting act, the grinding drones are having the desired effect – tension is building to a point where it feels as though chaos will be a formality. Wading into the crowd, […]

Jamie T – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

September 29th, 2016 by

Jamie T fans could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief when his fourth album Trick landed on shelves this past week. Prior to the release of 2014’s Carry on the Grudge, London’s street urchin poet laureate had been on indie rock’s missing person list for the guts of five years, with some questioning […]

The Young Offenders

September 14th, 2016 by

Director: Peter Foott Cast: Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, PJ Gallagher Certificate: 15a Running Time: 83min Release Date: September 16th For too long, Irish cinema has been synonymous with the sort of bleak realist dramas more likely to provoke an existential crisis than a belly laugh. Winning comedies have been few and far between on these shores, […]

War Dogs

August 28th, 2016 by

Director: Todd Phillips Cast: Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper Certificate:15a Running Time: 114 minutes Release Date: August 26th During the roll out for The Wolf of Wall Street, one thing never in doubt was the fact that Jonah Hill had the time of his life making the film. In countless interviews, he gleefully recounted […]

Pixies – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

July 20th, 2016 by

Pixies have always been a band with a formidable live reputation. Those lucky enough to have caught them during their 80s heyday seem to recall the gigs with a misty eyed reverie bordering on the religious. Since their second coming a little over a decade ago, the band have been regular visitors to these shores […]

The Last Shadow Puppets – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

May 27th, 2016 by

It’s amazing what a couple of years in Los Angeles can do to two nice young English boys. When The Last Shadow Puppets first arrived on the scene in 2008 among the final throes of Monkey-mania, it was hard not to find Alex Turner and Miles Kane’s double act charming. Their baroque pop songs were […]

Joanna Newsom – The Olympia, Dublin

March 8th, 2016 by

Joanna Newsom can’t hide her delight as she takes to the Olympia Theatre stage. Irish fans are well renowned for the rowdy receptions but even by usual standards this is a warm welcome. It’s been almost five years since the Nevada native performed on these shores and this sold out Dublin crowd make sure she […]

The Gloaming — National Concert Hall, Dublin

March 2nd, 2016 by

Tonight has the air of a homecoming. There are few musical groups around who could lay claim to a venue as grandiose as the National Concert Hall as their spiritual home but this has always been a special place for the Gloaming. It was here that they performed their first ever gig almost five years […]

Lethal Dialect..”It’s a whole new experience”

December 1st, 2015 by

Lethal Dialect is a busy man as of late. In the past year since the release of his acclaimed third album 1988, Paulie Allwright has assembled a band featuring members of Kodaline and Overhead the Albatross, shared stages with the likes of Glen Hansard and Damien Dempsey and has just finished shooting his big screen debut in Cardboard Gangsters, directed by Mark O’Connor […]