Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!

December 5th, 2016 by

A couple of months ago, a listening party/live show was held to debut Awaken, My Love! to fans at Joshua Tree National Park in California. No social media and the discouragement of phone use in general meant that every detail about the event was kept hush hush aside from a few pictures that were released […]

Danny Brown – The Academy, Dublin

November 19th, 2016 by

Danny Brown has performed in Ireland more times in the past three years than almost any other international rapper. His live show has come leaps and bounds since his last headline outing in the same venue almost three years ago, appearing more comfortable and confident than ever before. You’d think perhaps that might be because […]

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

November 19th, 2016 by

A couple of months ago, the likelihood of A Tribe Called Quest ever making new music together seemed  slim to none. Even before the untimely death of Phife Dawg in late March of this year, tensions seemed to still be bubbling under the surface between certain absent members during interviews and appearances to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album. It obviously came as a huge shock […]

Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition

October 4th, 2016 by

Danny Brown brings something to hip hop music that no one else could and that’s true variety. He is already well known for his unique delivery and ability to rap on pretty much any beat. This new album, Atrocity Exhibition, is equally as challenging as what he has released before, but the main focus is […]

Flatbush Zombies – the Academy, Dublin

September 22nd, 2016 by

Flatbush Zombies never shy away from professing their love of wrestling. While there are no blatantly obvious references to the WWE in their live show, at least to the untrained eye, the huge amounts of showmanship on display clearly draw from that world to some degree. Their hour-long set is nothing short of a spectacle […]

De La Soul – and the Anonymous Nobody

September 10th, 2016 by

De La Soul occupy a strange place in hip hop. No one can take away the illustrious career and worldwide influence they have had. However, their transition to the digital era has been bumpy – to say the least. Being one of the groups that revolutionised sampling might sound great, but they have been punished in […]

Prophets of Rage – The Party’s Over

August 24th, 2016 by

Supergroups can really go either way. They can be unnecessary groupings, made only out of greed and lack of interest in individual projects. However, every once in a while one comes along and blows that theory completely out of the water. Prophets of Rage consists of three members of Rage Against The Machine, B-Real from Cypress […]

Schoolboy Q – Blank Face

July 12th, 2016 by

On first listen, it’s clear that Blank Face might not be exactly what everyone wanted from TDE’s second in command. The opening guitar riff, (yes you read that right) immediately differentiates this project from his last release Oxymoron, a darker and foreboding album that brought Schoolboy Q’s career to new heights. While the subject matter and […]

Big Sean..”My shows are fuckin’ hype”

June 19th, 2016 by

Perhaps the only signee of G.O.O.D Music to get his deal by rapping for Kanye West on the side of the street, Detroit’s Big Sean is an artist who has been making huge waves stateside for a number of years now. He has worked with a who’s who of major players in the music industry […]

De La Soul – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

June 18th, 2016 by

Hare Squead open proceedings in the Olympia Theatre oozing with confidence and style. Their show has evolved into a well oiled machine with varied styles of delivery which makes for an amazingly consistent and entertaining set that never slacks in any department. There’s dancing and energy by the bucketload from each member of the group […]

Forbidden Fruit, Friday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 7th, 2016 by

In recent years, Friday has worked as Forbidden Fruit’s way of gently easing everybody going, and the local residents, into the proceedings and madness that will follow for the next two nights. With a slightly later starting time and a slightly lighter lineup than the Saturday and Sunday, the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham […]

Skepta – Konnichiwa

May 7th, 2016 by

The man at forefront of the current UK grime scene, Skepta has taken his time to release this album. His last project, Blacklisted, opened up new avenues of fame for the emcee and in the four years since its release, he has been honing his craft for a newer, larger audience. The result of this […]

Mac Miller – The Academy, Dublin

May 3rd, 2016 by

Mac Miller’s live show has been pretty well documented before now. He released a live album off the back of the release of his 2013 album Watching Movies With The Sound Off. The live recording featured the Internet on band duties and was a much more intimate affair than what we’re getting in the Academy […]

Metropolis, Sunday – RDS, Dublin

November 13th, 2015 by

An interview with Howard Marks in the conversation room provides a cheerful introduction and the perfect way to ease yourself into the proceedings of Metropolis day 2. Despite being 70 years old and diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer, Marks’ quick wit and enthusiasm has not suffered – he regales the conversation hall with stories of […]