Féile – The Tripp To Tipp

June 26th, 2015 by

Before the Electric Picnic, Longitude, Castlepalooza, Indiependence, Body & Soul etc, the Irish festival scene was a far emptier space. There was Witnness. Before Witnness, well before Witnness there was the on / off story of Féile. If you’re of a certain age, you have most likely consigned band names like Flowered Up, Power Of […]


The Jezabels – Dublin

May 21st, 2012 by

Inside every festival line-up – nestled amid the heavy-hitting headliners, homegrown heroes and cultish favourites – is what we’ll call the ‘hidden gem’ band. Ergo: the newish, obscure-ish act that play on a small stage at a non-descript time, that will doubtless graduate to bigger things. The act destined to be referred to as ‘oh, […]


The Unthanks – Vicar St, Dublin

April 14th, 2011 by

Last week British deputy PM Nick Clegg admitted that he regularly cries when he listens to music. Most of us have known for a long time that music has the power to reduce folk to a wibbling mess. Even so, to find yourself not just swelled of spirit but positively moist of eye at an […]


Caribou – The Button Factory, Dublin

December 12th, 2010 by

Proof positive that ‘word of mouth’ is not just a pipe-dream of marketing (mad) men: Caribou’s set at Electric Picnic’s Body & Soul Arena. As a few hundred devoted attendees quickly spread the word about Dan Snaith’s wee-hour electronic blitz, the lore seemingly became airborne. This is perhaps why tonight’s Button Factory show, moved some […]


James Vincent McMorrow – Whelan’s, Dublin

June 21st, 2010 by

Ah, the unfortunate lot of the singer-songwriter. One minute, you release a debut album packed with deliciously plaintive, heart-on-sleeve moments; the next thing, everyone has you pegged for an out and out melancholic soul. ‘People expect me to be a bit sad, but I’m not really,’ observes James McMorrow from the stage of a packed-to-the-proverbial-rafters […]



Orbital – Tripod, Dublin

November 18th, 2009 by

Orbital are one of those outfits that are a great many things to a lot of different people; ambient music with personality for those with an ear for pop. Sufficiently cerebral noodlings that appeal to those with a penchant for classical music. Punk-pop for dedicated electro fans. Anthemic, Kraftwerk-infused techno that indie kids can get […]


J Tillman – Year In The Kingdom

September 10th, 2009 by

What does a drummer use for contraception? His personality. What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians? A drummer. What do you call a beautiful woman on a drummer’s arm? A tattoo. Never let it be said that there’s a dearth of drumming jokes in the world. Sticksmen get a bad rap; correspondingly, […]


Amiina, St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny

August 10th, 2009 by

As far as live music is concerned, there are special occasions…and then there’s the divine marriage of a sublime venue and suitably magnificent act. Such are the acoustics and visual accoutrements of St. Canice’s Cathedral – the second largest in Ireland, so I’m told – that the likes of 2 Unlimited could feasibly walk in […]


Animal Collective – Tripod, Dublin

March 29th, 2009 by

There are hot tickets; oftentimes, there are molten, white flamed, scorchier-than-the-sun tickets. And then, there are the tickets for tonight’s Animal Collective gig, which cannot be found for love nor money. Indeed, while some of Dublin’s great and good have been left outside the venue in the melee, tonight’s crowd is a curious breed indeed. […]


Mogwai – Academy, Dublin

March 23rd, 2009 by

Question: what’s the quickest way to discombobulate a group of chin strokers intent on immersing themselves in a swathe of expansive post-rock? If you’re Stuart Braithwaite & co, you’ll throw a raucous, breakneck goth/metal band onto your bill for good measure. It could well be that fellow Scots Desalvo are on hand for simply warming […]


Other Voices, Dingle

January 14th, 2009 by

If hot cakes had been baked by the fair hand of Elvis himself and embedded with solid gold flecks, they’d hardly have sold out faster than the tickets on offer for each of this year’s Other Voices: Songs From A Room gigs. Even those with an innate talent in fastest-finger-first were left bitterly disappointed as […]


Angus & Julia Stone: A Book Like This

March 28th, 2008 by

The less said about Irish winters, the better. After what has felt like an eternity of cloudy, rainy and severe weather, we need all the shimmering, sun-drenched spring soundtracks that we can get our hands on.


Interview: Hot Chip

January 23rd, 2008 by

Never let it be said that Hot Chip aren’t averse to sexing up a dancefloor every once in a while: think, if you will, of the sun-drenched, sensual sheen of the breakthrough track ‘(And I Was A) Boy From School’, or the hypnotic, snake-hipped single ‘Over & Over’. However, it transpires in our exclusive Irish chat with vocalist/keyboardist Alexis Taylor that he’s very much a ‘lights out’ kind of guy.