Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now

February 28th, 2017 by

Jens Lekman, the unapologetic supplier of sunshine soaked, kitchen sink pop is back with his first record since 2012, Life Will See You Now. Lekman has acknowledged the influence of Belle and Sebastian on his work, it’s an influence your acutely aware of as soon as Life Will See You Now starts. Lekman uses humour […]

Ryan Adams – Prisoner

February 22nd, 2017 by

There are few artists with as prolific or varied an output as Ryan Adams. Admirably he tends to release what he wants when he wants, literally. In 2015 he covered Taylor Swift’s 1989 album track by track. He famously duped his record company by releasing the underwhelming album Rock N Roll after they had rejected […]

The Sadies – Northern Passages

February 22nd, 2017 by

Canadian country rockers The Sadies are a peculiar animal for our native ear. Straddling alt-rock and country is no revelation, bands like…well The Band, Wilco and Nada Surf have been doing it for decades. They’ve all tended to be traditional rock bands with one foot in country’s western waters. The Sadies are more comparable to […]

Una Healy

February 20th, 2017 by

I can hear barstools now… “Your one from the Saturday’s is after releasing her own album…” “The short haired one?” “No, the Irish one.” “Nadine…?” “No! Fuck sake, that’s the Girls Aloud.” “An expert now are ye’?” “Well, I know my En Vougue from my Atomic Kitten.” “You don’t know your arse from your elbow, […]

Gypsies on the Autobahn – Born Brief

February 16th, 2017 by

For anyone with even a passing interest in the Irish music scene over the last decade or so the name Gypsies On The Autobahn is likely to ring a bell. Initially gaining exposure, including a spot on RTE’s Other Voices, as far back as eight years ago, the band became frustrated with the lack of […]

Gabriel Garzon-Montano..”My music tends to be very colourful”

February 15th, 2017 by

Delivering rainbows.. Soul music – or at least what we commonly refer to as soul music – is dead. The days of stars like Marvin Gaye, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Aretha Franklin travelling the world backed by big bands full of unionised session musicians just aren’t sustainable anymore. Soul music has eaten and regurgitated itself. […]

Fufanu – Sports

February 8th, 2017 by

Sports is the debut record from Iceland’s Fufanu. Formerly operating under the moniker of Captain Fufanu they’re a band firmly rooted in electronica. A change of name and direction – neither wholesale – sees them lean more towards alternative rock. They’ve added what bunny boss Ian McCulloch refers to as ‘twiddly guitars’ but there’s a […]

Sampha – Process

February 3rd, 2017 by

London based beat builder Sampha has been popping up in the work of some of the fore figures in the pop/hip-hop world over the last few years. Beyonce, Kayne, Drake and Solange have all enlisted his dulcet tones in the hope that some of the unique vulnerability that characterises his voice will rub off. Within […]

Go, Move, Shift! Gypsies Ready to Roll

January 31st, 2017 by

Gypsies on the Autobahn release their debut album Born Brief in late February; a record that crystalizes everything the band have done since they formed in school. We caught up with the band to get the skinny on Born Brief, musical influences and future plans for world dominance. Born Brief is a ball of frantic, […]

DAVIIS – Whelan’s, Dublin

January 24th, 2017 by

Whelan’s upper deck is nicely wedged for the launch of Davis’ debut EP Simple Words, Complex World tonight. Intent on giving punters serious bang for their buck, three acts are deployed to warm up the slowly multiplying crowd. Oh Joy’s melodic garage pop – akin to some of The Cribs more lo-fi material – a particular highlight. […]

Mick Harvey – Intoxicated Woman

January 23rd, 2017 by

Mick Harvey has been lurking in the background of independent music and film since the early 70’s. Perpetually over Nick Cave’s shoulder as a Bad Seed, matrimonial gift giver and neighbour Harvey has played sidekick on most of Cave’s monolithic body of work. He’s also scored several films including Eric Bana’s break-through role as psychopathic […]

DAVIS – Simple Words, Complex World

January 11th, 2017 by

Simple Words, Complex World is the debut EP from DAVIS. Cousins Gavin and Keith Davis decided to forgo the torturous process of choosing a catchy moniker, operating under the flag of the clan instead. Time saved allowed them to dive straight into Simple Words, Complex World a freshman release as crisply defined in idea and […]

Nine Inch Nails – Not the Actual Events

January 10th, 2017 by

Conceived in 1988, Nine Inch Nails have been through the ringer of rock and roll cliché more times than most. Enjoying massive success tacked on to the early 90’s grunge scene they have tangled with superstardom, wrestled with drugs, and operated a revolving door system for every lost and haunted musician that could stand up […]

Peter Doherty – Hamburg Demonstrations

January 3rd, 2017 by

Back in the first decade of this century there wasn’t a late-night, skinny-jeaned, shrink-wrapped in leather debauched escapade that wasn’t sound tracked by Pete(r) Doherty. Grubby fingernails scratched the walls of grubbier apartments, clothes were lost to long dark nights. All to the clumsy intricacy of his guitar playing and those feral screams that punctuated […]