Sun Kil Moon – Button Factory, Dublin

December 15th, 2014 by


It must be a somewhat perplexing year to be a Mark Kozelek fan. With the relative success of this year’s extraordinary album Benji, the former Red House Painters frontman (going under the Sun Kil Moon moniker tonight) has gone from ‘criminally underrated’ status to a singer-songwriter who, at last, is getting his just rewards on […]

Elton John – 3Arena, Dublin

December 11th, 2014 by

Elton John performs at the 3Arena by Kieran Frost

Shuffling onstage like a Faberge teddy bear enrobed in a glitzy dressing gown, his sequence encrusted frock coat festively twinkling in the darkness- it’s time to step into a Sir Elt’s Christmas. With his piano stool firmly affixed to the floor to avoid any further legs akimbo escapades like last week’s tennis tumble he launches […]

Peter Gabriel — 3Arena, Dublin

December 11th, 2014 by

Peter Gabriel, 3Arena, Dublin

At 8pm tonight Pater Gabriel walks onto an otherwise unmanned stage looking like a roadie. Head bowed, he walks to the mic a the front of the stage and one person at a time the crowd realise that this is the man they’ve paid to see rather than a tech. Slowly and forcibly the applause […]

Swans — Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

December 10th, 2014 by


“The loudest band on earth”, we’re told. It could have been anything because the utterances from the punter making vague word-shaped faces as we leave the venue are nothing but images at this point. Not quite deafened, not entirely sure my hearing will ever return. Swans are, without doubt, the loudest assault you’ll ever pay […]

Sharon Van Etten – La Maroquinere, Paris

December 3rd, 2014 by

Haim @ le Trianon, Paris, 01/03/2014

Via a fast walk through relatively sketchy neighbourhood we find La Maroquinere on a crisp Parisienne evening. From the wonderful bar with its smoker-populated courtyard we descend in to the belly, to a small, dark, square, tiered room with a low ceiling supported by wide pillars. It’s an unusual space – a mini square amphitheatre […]

Morrissey — 3Arena, Dublin

December 2nd, 2014 by


Morrissey, playing the 3arena on a miserable, cold, wet, wintry Monday Evening. Some headlines write themselves… digression aside, Morrissey is standing right in front of us in what looks like a shell-suit top with a green stripe and a pair of jeans…Sporty Casual, but somehow carries it off. He is angry but also seems sad. Maybe […]

Little Dragon — Vicar Street, Dublin

November 27th, 2014 by

Little Dragon, Vicar St, Dublin by Olga Kuzmenko

The dirty, sleazy, soulful electro-funk of Little Dragon should probably come with a health warning; such is its relentless appeal. As Dublin once again provides the location, Yukimi Nagano and band provide the noise. The wonky rhythms and electronic textures of their music is effectively an airborne drug and as the tracks come and go […]

Jennifer Evans — Whelans, Dublin

November 25th, 2014 by


Friday night in Whelans and a small, but enthusiastic crowd have piled into the venue, fresh from battling the elements outside. Cold, wet and slightly miserable, many are in need of a suitable tonic to lift their spirits ahead of the weekend. A cozy performance from Galway folk singer Saileog ní Cheannabháin takes the edge […]

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) — Vicar Steet, Dublin

November 25th, 2014 by

Most Def, Vicar St, Dublin by Mark McGuinness

If recent reports are to be believed the crowd in Vicar Street tonight can expect to wait somewhere in the region of 9159 hours between Simi Crowns‘ tour-de-force opening act and the arrival of Yasiin Bey. Thankfully, such reports are inaccurate and this goes for their less than flattering descriptions of Bey’s (the artist formerly […]

B. Dolan / warrenpeace – Workmans Club, Dublin

November 24th, 2014 by

B Dolan, Workmans Club, Dublin

Opening a new chapter in his career without long term musical partner Dan Le Sac, Scroobius Pip is back out on the road this time showcasing the wares of his Speech Development label. At the beginning of the night, however, there can be little doubt that the majority of the crowd were here for the […]

La Roux — The Academy, Dublin

November 21st, 2014 by

La Roux, The Academy, Dublin

Tonight the only show in town is La Roux. Not literally, of course. But in every other sense it’s hard to imagine a more exhilarating performance than that of Elly Jackson and her four piece band. Playing to only the second full house of their current tour, the other being London, the retro-heavy synth-pop maestros […]

Chet Faker — The Academy, Dublin

November 21st, 2014 by


There is something about mid week gigs that can really disrupt the enjoyment of a concert. People seem slightly on edge, all too aware of the responsibilities that besiege them in the morning. But on this Tuesday night, Australian native Chet Faker has somehow managed to make the crowd forget their worries with wild abandon. […]

Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Sunday plus Off-Venue best-of

November 20th, 2014 by


The fifth day. The first four fly by and Sunday, as a safety net, catches you just when the chill of the come-down is cooling your blood. There is still music out there. Pockets of off-venue locations are still delivering. The city, which is usually closed up on Sunday, is wide open and after a […]

Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Saturday

November 19th, 2014 by


We were so not looking forward to Saturday purely for the FOMO-cert of all the clashing bands this evening and on our morning layabout in the local pool we still could not decide. Plenty of time before that to enjoy the city of Reykjavik itself. Our yearly visit to our favourite record shop, 12 Tónar […]