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 […]

Preoccupations – Preoccupations

October 5th, 2016 by

Nine tracks stitched together by an amalgam of glassy synths, spidery guitar lines, the distinctive vocals of Matt Flegel and above all a relentless intensity, Preoccupations is a record indebted to an array of post punk influences, but rises above mere pastiche by virtue of the great sense of urgency and impassioned delivery. There are […]

Wilco – Schmilco

September 26th, 2016 by

Wilco’s tenth studio album is their fifth long player with their present six piece line-up, and notably their second record in just over a year, following the surprise release last summer of Star Wars. A rich period of creativity led to the band opting to block their output into a ‘louder and harder’ category (Star […]

Angel Olsen – My Woman

September 21st, 2016 by

Angel Olsen released one of 2014’s defining records in Burn Your Fire For No Witness, fusing scuzzy alt rock and muted heartbreakers to great effect. Occasionally, oddly vocally reminiscent of Roy Orbison, there’s an arresting directness to My Woman that is sure to be instantly recognisable from last time out. And yet, Olsen draws a line […]

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

September 16th, 2016 by

We approach the sixteenth record from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with a degree of trepidation, three years removed from 2013’s brash, vibrant and energetic Push The Sky Away. While Skeleton Tree largely works as a tonal progression; based as it is heavily on the glitchy loops of Warren Ellis, in reality all has […]

Teenage Fanclub – Here

September 9th, 2016 by

Teenage Fanclub’s latest LP, Here is also their first record in six years and comes twenty six years removed from debut Catholic Education. The Teenage Fanclub of the twenty first century is one that deals in sure things; an equal delegation of song writing responsibilities (four songs apiece for Norman Blake, Gerard Love and Raymond […]

Dinosaur Jr. – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

August 21st, 2016 by

J, Lou and Murph return with their first record since 2012’s I Bet on Sky, and Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not underlines the cohesion and collective strength developed over a run of four records post reformation. What is most notable is that this era of Dinosaur Jr. is now the longest lasting. For […]

John Grant – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

July 13th, 2016 by

John Grant has been playing shows in Ireland on an ever increasing scale since launching his solo career back in 2010. Tonight, he takes to the grandest stage yet at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, as he continues to tour behind last October’s Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. While thoughts in advance drift to what was an […]

Deerhoof – The Magic

July 2nd, 2016 by

Almost twenty years on from their debut and sixteen full length records down the line, Deerhoof bring us The Magic, a fifteen track LP recorded over seven days in an abandoned office space deep in the New Mexico desert. And it’s a giddy rush of a record, fifteen tracks of quality, variety and pure joy. […]

Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

May 24th, 2016 by

The prodigious Will Toledo returns with the thirteenth record he has released as Car Seat Headrest. What’s different this time out is that at the grand old age of 23, Toledo has opted to enter a ‘proper’ studio and record with a full band and designate a producer. In the process, he seeks to make […]