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 […]


Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound

January 31st, 2017 by

Cloud Nothings have swollen to a quartet in the unusually lengthy interim period between Here and Nowhere Else and Life Without Sound. The powerhouse trio of Baldi, bassist TJ Duke and drummer Jayson Gerycz are now joined by Chris Brown on guitar. On Life Without Sound, there’s brevity and economy where once there was often sprawling, […]


The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody

January 17th, 2017 by

In recent years, The Flaming Lips have slotted into a steady routine of a roughly four year gap between records, with an array of collaborations filling the gaps, dating back to the release of At War With The Mystics in 2006. They’ve always endeavoured to test boundaries, to try things during their Butthole Surfers indebted live […]


Teenage Fanclub – The Academy, Dublin

December 5th, 2016 by

There’s a certain kind of gig that can mobilise a specific cross section of music fans. With a cohort of devotees that have grown with the group from the early days, to late adopters (and later still). Dinosaur Jr at Vicar Street was one recent example, and so too is Teenage Fanclub, on a crisp […]


We Are Scientists – The Opium Rooms, Dublin

October 28th, 2016 by

In the eleven years since the release of the record that brought We Are Scientists to prominence, With Love and Squalor, Keith Murray, Chris Cain and a variety of drummers and additional musicians have been always welcome, if infrequent visitors to these shores. This was once more very much the case, as the Opium Rooms […]


Bon Iver – 22, A Million

October 15th, 2016 by

The more things change the more they stay the same. Though at a surface level, Justin Vernon’s third long player as Bon Iver is a further quantum leap from 2008’s For Emma, Forever Ago, at its core there are clear lines from 2011’s self-titled effort, which of itself was delineated from the intimate, recorded in […]