Not Monsters – Sharpshooter

November 7th, 2016 by

As you’ll be aware, there’s some sort of political event happening across the Atlantic tomorrow and to mark the occasion Not Monsters have decided to reimagine the Trump vs Clinton contest as a fight to the death on Dollymount beach. It’s all a bit ugly, but then again you couldn’t pick a better soundtrack.

Kool AD, Julia Jacklin, Atmosphere & More

November 6th, 2016 by

“Am I good enough?” There’s a part in Martin Scorsese’s short film Life Lessons, when Rosanna Arquette’s character (a young painter, struggling to establish her career in New York) asks Nick Nolte (a revered artist who is obsessed with Arquette’s character) if he thinks whether or not she is any good at painting and if he […]

Oh Pep!

November 4th, 2016 by

Who are you and where are you from? Pepi from Oh Pep! from Melbourne, Australia. Who are your favourite artists from home? Big Smoke, Rowena Wise. Check them out. What’s it really like touring? Gig. Van. Hotel. Van. Repeat. What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play? Anywhere in Ireland, of course! (actually). What’s your ideal festival […]

Donal Lunny..”There were a lot of songs that hadn’t been sung for centuries”

November 2nd, 2016 by

Even with the hyperbolic machine in overdrive it would be impossible to overstate the importance of Planxty to Irish traditional music. They spearheaded a renaissance in the ’70s that reignited the public’s interest in traditional music that resonates to this day. The four piece consisting of Andy Irvine, Liam O’Flynn, Donal Lunny (far right) and […]

The Shins, Blood Orange, Wilco & more

October 30th, 2016 by

Growing up and still to this day, Halloween is my favourite time of the year. I equate my fondness for the day with a collection of my most vivid and immediate memories that happened on or around celebrating Halloween. For example, there was a particular supermarket (now, under new ownership) that instantly reminds me of […]

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2016

October 26th, 2016 by

Justin Kauflin (The Everyman Theatre, 8pm, Friday 28th) Having lost his sight at the age of eleven to a retinal disease, music took on new depths and meaning for this gifted young pianist. His compositions infuse the traditional trio set up with a modern twist, with heartfelt and melodic passages woven subtly into the fabric […]

Jack O’Rourke

October 25th, 2016 by

Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?  Cork has so many great bands and songwriters. I love Mick Flannery’s writing. His edgier new stuff is great, but for me if you sit down anyone at a piano and a guitar and they can break your heart with a ballad, that’s real talent – without […]

Rozi Plain, The Courteeners, Horse Thief, Tom Chaplin..

October 25th, 2016 by

A veritable slew of recent announcements, all covering different tastes, all in one place. Happy planning, folks! Shine Belfast: 21st Birthday feat. Skream, Butch, Psycatron & Scuba – Mandela Hall, Belfast – 29 October Celebrating their 21st Birthday at Queen’s University SU, Shine Belfast are bringing Skream, Butch, Psycatron & Scuba for a night of techno, house and […]

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 […]

Tanjier – Trip

October 22nd, 2016 by

Tanjier have been impressing for some time now with their idiosyncratic take on electronica-infused alt-pop, and latest single ‘Trip’ is no exception. Accompanied by a bizarre, cerebral video, the track conjures the likes of Depeche Mode via Pet Shop Boys, and fizzes with unusual synth patterns and angular percussive lines – a line frequently toed […]

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 […]

Justin Kauflin..”there’s this sort of neat lineage going on”

October 18th, 2016 by

A couple of years ago you may have caught a documentary about the late great trumpeter, Clark Terry entitled Keep On Keepin’ On.  The film was shot over the course of Terry’s final years as he mentored a gifted young pianist named Justin Kauflin. Kauflin had studied classical music as a child but switched to […]

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, […]