Sea Sessions – Bundoran

July 2nd, 2010 by

Now in its third year Sea Sessions continues to grow as a festival that offers top class surf during the day and eclectic musical acts as the sun sets in the evening. The last few years has seen a steady growth in surf festivals, a concept that began in 2007 with Kilkee’s Cois Farraige. This […]

Cathy Davey – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

May 17th, 2010 by

Tonight’s Olympia show comes on the back of a remarkable week for Cathy Davey. The date falls in the middle of an Irish tour in support of her third album The Nameless, which went straight into the Irish charts at number one when released last week. Cathy’s previous albums, her 2004 debut Something Ilk and […]

Delorentos – The Academy, Dublin

March 30th, 2010 by

Delorentos released their second album You Can Make Sound last October and saw it go straight into the Irish charts at number 2. It was the band’s first release on their own Delorecords label and catchy lead single -Secret’ was a reminder to fans just why the North Co. Dublin quartet are so popular here. […]

Wild Beasts – The Academy, Dublin

March 29th, 2010 by

Writing about Wild Beasts is a difficult task. A band like no other, they are impossible to place into any sort of identifiable genre. The four piece stand apart from most modern bands and defy the stereotypical sound you expect to hear from a young white British band and tonight in The Academy their eccentricities […]

Jamie T – The Academy, Dublin

February 12th, 2010 by

Whilst Jamie T’s first album pigeonholed him as a mish mash of Billy Bragg and Mike Skinner, the South London songsmith surprised everyone when he made an impressive leap forward in September with his accomplished and diverse second long player, Kings & Queens. Preceded by two well received EPs, the album also received critical acclaim […]

The Ambience Affair – Whelan’s, Dublin

January 26th, 2010 by

The Ambience Affair are a duo comprised of guitarist/vocalist Jamie Clarke and drummer Marc Gallagher, they have recently embarked on a short jaunt around Ireland to launch their new EP, Patterns. The band showed first showed their quality on debut EP Fragile Things, which was a promising taster of what they could produce. Patterns, their […]

The XX – Tripod, Dublin

December 21st, 2009 by

Tonight’s Tripod show is the last of what’s been an incredible and eventful year for South London’s The XX. The band released their self titled debut to critical acclaim, have played a string of sold out shows (tonight’s venue was upgraded due to demand) and recently lost a member when keyboardist Baria Qureshi left the […]

We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls

August 14th, 2009 by

Good timing can prove crucial when releasing a first album and Edinburgh’s We Were Promised Jetpacks couldn’t have timed the release of their debut LP These Four Walls much better. In the post-breakthrough hiatus of Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad, indie aficionados have been pining for another tartan-clad troupe upon which to pin their […]

St. Vincent – Actor

June 25th, 2009 by

The 26 year old Brooklyn singer-songwriter Annie Clark, who records under the name St. Vincent, cut her teeth as a live performer with the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens before recording her debut album Marry Me in 2007. The album’s tuneful, precise pop songs delivered in a breathy near-whisper received critical acclaim and contained hints […]

The Rakes – Klang

March 26th, 2009 by

It’s been five years since London band The Rakes burst onto the music scene, armed with a catalogue of short, sharp post-punk tunes. Indeed, their debut, Capture/Release, was one of 2005’s musical highlights and it seemed they were destined for very big things, which never materialised. Their second album, Ten New Messages received a decidedly […]

Sholi – Sholi

March 2nd, 2009 by

A listener first stumbling upon Sholi looking to grasp for similar artists in an attempt to contextualise their elusive sound might mistake the band for their California neighbours Deerhoof. This comparison is not too far off the mark; perhaps as Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier recorded this Bay Area band’s debut. The album opens with a […]