The Horrors – Tivoli Theatre, Dublin

October 21st, 2017 by

Hot on the heels of the release of their fifth record, V, The Horrors return to Dublin, one day removed from the postponement of a Belfast show due to the impact of Storm Ophelia, one of multiple shows that fell victim to the inclement weather across the island on Monday. V has been greeted with […]

LCD Soundsystem – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

October 2nd, 2017 by

It’s a dank, miserable Wednesday in late September and the imminent transition from autumn to winter hangs heavy in the air. This is certainly alleviated by having one of the golden tickets for the hottest residency in town, as LCD Soundsystem take over the Olympia Theatre for three nights, hot on the heels of the […]

METZ – Strange Peace

September 29th, 2017 by

Strange Peace is the third record from Canadian trio Metz, prodigious both in a live setting and in recorded output. Theirs has traditionally been a harsh, abrasive noise, but now on their third LP, they have begun to show signs of allowing some cracks of light into proceedings. Recorded live to tape with Steve Albini, […]

Frankie Cosmos – Whelan’s, Dublin

August 14th, 2017 by

Wednesday night in Whelan’s main room and there’s an indie pop triple header to really whet the appetite on display. Frankie Cosmos arrive into town with Trust Fund and local favourites Squarehead in tow. An excellent opening solo set from Ellis Jones of the aforementioned Trust Fund sets the bar high. Whelan’s is close to […]

Belle and Sebastian – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

July 24th, 2017 by

A Thursday night summer outdoor show is an opportunity for a good time, contingent on a number of factors. There’s the setting (impeccable), the weather (hanging in there), the performer (mostly excellent back catalogue spanning two decades) and (perhaps most importantly) the will of the artist to indulge the gathered masses with their set selection. […]

Sad13 – Whelan’s, Dublin

July 8th, 2017 by

When Sadie Dupuis released Slugger last year, it was a continuation of a productive creative period, through two Speedy Ortiz records (Major Arcana into Foil Deer) and the creation of an outlet for a slight tweak musically, with a focus on a pop aesthetic, made manifest by a greater dependence on keyboards and synths over […]

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe

July 3rd, 2017 by

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are attacking 2017 with real vigour, and have just released their second LP of the calendar year, the tremendous if confounding Murder of the Universe. A chaotic blend of garage rock tripping into quasi Black Sabbath territory, fused with a truly bonkers prog inclination, theirs is a live show […]

Angel Olsen – Vicar St, Dublin

May 25th, 2017 by

Night one of a three-date Irish tour for one of the most acclaimed singer songwriters operating today sees Angel Olsen take to the Vicar Street stage before a large, if not quite sold-out crowd.  Tonight’s support is Tim Darcy, better known as singer and guitarist in Ought, but here in his solo guise, following on […]

Gorillaz – Humanz

May 10th, 2017 by

In interviews prior to release, Damon Albarn outlined the three tenets for Humanz; ‘’pain, joy, urgency”, stating that he briefed collaborators that they were to make a party record about “the world going nuts.’’ Oddly, given the nature of this brief, this is an at times muddy record, struggling under the weight of the stellar […]

Listen to two new tracks from LCD Soundsystem

May 5th, 2017 by

The initial release from the first new LCD Soundsystem LP since 2010’s This is Happening has emerged with little warning, ahead of a much-anticipated Saturday Night Live performance tomorrow, 6 May. Preceded by a lengthy, informative statement from James Murphy, explaining the status of the new record and touring plans, this is a knockout return […]

PWR BTTM – The Workman’s, Dublin

April 12th, 2017 by

PWR BTTM’s debut show on Irish shores is a Monday night sell-out at the Workman’s Club. A buzz has slowly been building around the New York duo’s maiden trip making for an array of desperate pleas for last minute tickets wallpapering Twitter throughout the day. Dealing in brash, bold and sometimes chaotic music, the pair […]

Run The Jewels – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

April 5th, 2017 by

Over three records of ever increasing scale, Run The Jewels have returned to play shows in Dublin on a regular basis. Christmas Eve 2016 saw RTJ3 unleashed into the world – the gift no one was expecting – and now Killer Mike and El-P return to Dublin to yet another sold-out room, and another rabid […]

Cat Power – Vicar St, Dublin

March 20th, 2017 by

Vicar Street on the eve of St Patrick’s Day was in many ways an unorthodox setting for a solo show from one of the most critically acclaimed, if flawed, songwriters of recent times. A shelter from the madness on surrounding streets, a simple set up alternating between electric guitar and piano is the scene as […]

Tim Darcy – Saturday Night

March 6th, 2017 by

Recorded over a six-month time frame parallel to Ought’s sophomore LP sessions,  Tim Darcy’s solo debut Saturday Night has the air of a side project to some extent, but manages to harness the vitality Darcy brings to proceedings with the day job, imbued with a sense of moments stolen and seized. This is not your archetypal […]