The Songbook Collective – The Songbook Collective

November 23rd, 2016 by

When Paul Weller isn’t serenading the walkers and warders of Negan’s saviours on The Walking Dead he’s writing songs, which is what he’s doing now. So, no live shows. However, Weller’s latest band enjoyed the experience of playing together so much that they didn’t want it to end. They put on a couple of small […]

White Lies – Friends

November 21st, 2016 by

When their first album To Lose My Life debuted at number one in 2009, White Lies were the bright young things of the chart invading indie brigade. That same year they were on the bill, which included Elbow, supporting Coldplay in Phoenix Park, more than holding their own on the day. To Lose My Life was full […]

Brian Fallon..”I’m still going to be writing songs”

November 18th, 2016 by

A deep, rich vein of song runs through America. From blues, jazz and country to the hip-hop of today. Muddy, Buddy, Marvin, Dylan, Waits, Springsteen, Rza and Gza. Deep and rich. Brian Fallon keeps that flame lit, he has done since The Gaslight Anthem formed in 2006. The band recently decided to go on hiatus; […]

Luke Temple – A Hand Through the Cellar Door

November 16th, 2016 by

You may know Luke Temple as part of indie jingle janglers Here We Go Magic but his latest solo record A Hand Through the Cellar Door is a far cry from their output. There’s a subdued darkness cast over this record in its tone, arrangements and lyrical content which creates an unnerving but intriguing contrast […]

David Kitt – The Sugar Club, Dublin

November 15th, 2016 by

A staple of the Irish music scene since the late 90s, it’s been a while since David Kitt’s last solo record – he’s spent the last few years immersed in other projects including recording with Tindersticks. Tonight, he’s showcasing Yous, his first solo album in seven years in The Sugar Club. The room fills up early, red velvet […]

Metropolis – Thursday – RDS, Dublin

November 9th, 2016 by

In just its second year of existence Metropolis at the RDS still holds an air of mystique for Dublin’s festival goers. Being an indoor event it also shelters revellers from the unforgiving Irish weather that so often dampens the mood of even our summer festivals. Thursday night’s proceedings are technically classed as an opening party […]

Alicia Keys – Here

November 8th, 2016 by

In 2001 ‘Fallin’’ exploded Alicia Keys into the consciousness of anyone with ears stuck to their head. The single was taken from Keys’ debut record Songs in A Minor which went on to sell 12 million copies with the beautiful young ivory tinkler picking up no less than five Grammy Awards along the way. Her […]

Empire of the Sun – Two Vines

November 3rd, 2016 by

There’s something wonderfully endearing about Empire of the Sun. Their unshakable determination to explore every creative avenue in the most vibrant way possible is refreshing. Theatricality to rival the likes of Lady Gaga, even David Bowie, and the songs to back it up have seen them enjoy massive success since the turn of the decade […]

Nada Surf – Peaceful Ghosts

October 31st, 2016 by

New York based four-piece Nada Surf have just released a new live album entitled Peaceful Ghosts. Now, if you’re familiar with the band you’ll be thinking ‘Didn’t they just release a live album last year?’ and you’d be right. However, 2015’s Live at the Neptune Theatre was just a straightforward live album, Peaceful Ghosts was […]

Foreign Fields – Take Cover

October 29th, 2016 by

Released this week, Nashville based Foreign Fields’ sophomore album Take Cover sees the band make a pretty subtle but major departure from their 2012 debut Anywhere but Where I Am. On Take Cover band members Eric Hillman and Brian Holl have made a noticeable shift in lead instrument from guitar to keys while also upping […]

We Cut Corners – The Cadences of Others

October 27th, 2016 by

The Cadences of Others is the third album from We Cut Corners, John Duignan and Conall Breachain, on which the band have made a conscious effort to really push themselves creatively. This record expands way beyond the confines of the band’s initial combination of guitar and drums, incorporating sweeping orchestral arrangements with some songs built […]

The Membranes – Inner Space/Outer Space

October 26th, 2016 by

Last month we brought you an interview with the Membranes’ John Robb ahead of their show at the Clonakilty Guitar Festival, and the band have since released an album of remixes from their critically acclaimed 2015 album Dark Energy/Dark Matter. The rejigged result is entitled Inner Space/Outer Space and features remixes from some excellent artists […]

Sleaford Mods – T.C.R.

October 21st, 2016 by

Sleaford Mods’ new EP T.C.R. is out and it’s everything you’ve come to expect from James Williamson and Andrew Fearn. Sparse, basic backing tracks from Fearn and vitriolic vocals from Williamson. ‘T.C.R.’, which stands for Total Control Racing (Scalextrics to the average Irishman) opens the E.P, fittingly it races along on a frantic hi-hat with a Ramones-esque […]

We Cut Corners..”We let the songs take us wherever they did”

October 20th, 2016 by

We Cut Corners are about to release their much anticipated third record The Cadences of Others. On their first two offerings, Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards and Think Nothing they showcased a nous for tunes seldom seen in a new band, not to mention the powerful immediacy of their live shows. State caught up […]