I Have A Tribe, Blink 182, Andy Shauf & more

October 23rd, 2016 by

On the bus home the other evening I voluntarily checked out mentally by switching on to the lives of others via social media. It was a visual journey I instantly regretted. Detailed close ups of faces describing the need to get their eyebrows tended to, or showcasing an array of designer handbags and captioning it […]

Aesop Rock, Danny Brown, Ab-Soul & More

October 16th, 2016 by

This week I went to a gig that reminded me how infectious and giddying live music is even if you don’t have an in-depth knowledge of the band’s discography. Death Grips, the inimitable experimental industrial hip hop trio from California, played in Belfast and Dublin over the last few days to bring their May release, […]

Bon Iver, The Weeknd, Drugdealer & More

October 2nd, 2016 by

“OMG! I’ve a jittering case of FOMO RN cos YOLO. Bae, it’s BYOB 4 the Netflix’n’Chill sesh. BRB. K, G2G. TTYL.”* There are a few reasons why it scares me that this is how a large portion of people are speaking to one another, presently. Shortcuts are no longer exclusive to finding the most time […]

Devendra Banhart – Ape in Pink Marble

September 30th, 2016 by

“Hello, is that you? Come right in, take a seat.” When Devendra Banhart extends an invitation your way you should accept it. He is unpredictable, witty and charming and he conveys this throughout his music. His body of work has grown and vastly diversified since the release of his debut, Rejoicing in the Hands, twelve […]

Dirty Projectors, Japanese Breakfast, No Monster Club & More

September 25th, 2016 by

I love doing things on my own. The enjoyment of reading a book or making notes with a pint of Guinness in your own company is blissful, particularly if you frequent an establishment with a regular, slightly eccentric and elderly clientele. I do this at least once a week. Recently, on one of my solo […]

Matt Berry – The Small Hours

September 24th, 2016 by

Matt Berry is a very funny man. He has been involved in the creation, writing and embodiment of some of Channel 4’s most laughed at and loved sitcoms of recent years such as The IT Crowd, Snuff Box and Toast of London. In these roles he typically portrays an outlandishly misogynistic and authoritative figure with […]

M.I.A. – A.I.M.

September 19th, 2016 by

“Whose world is this? This world is mine, so bring it on.” M.I.A. is an artist that has never shied away from defiantly promoting a position of activism through her music. AIM is Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam’s fifth, and reportedly her final album. The message conveyed throughout the songs is one of the experience of being […]

Radiohead, The White Stripes, Whitney & More

September 18th, 2016 by

So many of the videos I watched that came out this week opened with the name of both the band and song title emblazoned by oversized type, making a grand introduction. Bizarrely, this happened consecutively with at least three music videos and it turned it into a game by the fifth or sixth instance – […]

Nick Cave, ANOHNI, Hanley Bonar & More

September 11th, 2016 by

On the first day of primary school I cried my eyes out. The principal picked me up and asked me what my favourite dinner was. I brushed away the curls that were pasted to the tear tracks on my rosy cheeks and with a sniffle I composed myself to answer earnestly, “Fish fingers.” I also […]

LCD Soundsystem, SFA, Bat For Lashes & More

September 2nd, 2016 by

“Going to Picnic?” There are a few things that really irritate me beyond believe. One of the annoyances at the top of my list is being asked in March whether or not I plan to polish off my wellies (that I don’t own) and head down to Electric Picnic. Shockingly, I’ve never been to the […]

The Avalanches, DJ Shadow, Angel Olsen & more

August 28th, 2016 by

Growing up, I used to get really excited about a few certain annual occurrences. Naturally, my birthday was the one thing I enjoyed and anticipated more than anything but because that falls in February I would be left with a void and excruciating wait to Christmas. However, once I had blown out my candles the […]

Warpaint – NCH, Dublin

August 27th, 2016 by

When you’ve held a band with a certain indefinable affection your expectations are elevated with unattainable visions of perfection if the opportunity arises to see them live. Warpaint were that band for me, and have been for quite some time. The combination of hefty, layered arrangements, shouty vocals heard alongside their softer lullaby-like compositions was something that […]

Frank Ocean, Lisa Hannigan, Will Butler & More

August 21st, 2016 by

Frank Ocean generated a lot of headlines and conversation surrounding the details of the inevitable release of his second album. The release date was pushed back at least fifteen times, he announced a date for fans to expect Boys Don’t Cry, which was then renamed Blonde, and nothing arrived. Fans were devastated and furious with […]