Iceland Airwaves 2017

December 12th, 2017 by

There were many reasons not to go back to Iceland for our 13th Airwaves festival. The heady climbing cost of everything in the country — riding on the back of a massive tourist economy — hits the pockets from almost every conceivable angle. The level of acts have been curtailed so no-one really exists at […]

Robert Plant – Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin

December 9th, 2017 by

I will not lie, even an auld, well-seasoned, salty seadog like myself finds himself all giddy and in a skittish tizzy at the prospect of tonight’s performance. It’s not every night that you get a chance to be entertained by one of the Twentieth Century’s defining artists. Weak knees knock and butterflies flutter at the […]

Sun Kil Moon – Vicar Street, Dublin

December 6th, 2017 by

There’s a moment about twenty minutes into Sun Kil Moon’s three-hour show at Dublin’s Vicar Street when Mark Kozelek has his first whinge of the evening. After expressing his deep hatred of The Edge’s guitar playing, he goes on to berate U2 and bands like them for taking classic albums out on tour. Instead, Kozelek […]

Richard Dawson – Black Box, Belfast

December 3rd, 2017 by

“Everybody keep your eye on this mic stand,” says Richard Dawson, half stern-faced, half-giggled, as he gestures towards the offending article that’s innocently standing on stage in the Black Box. “It might transmogrify,” he enlightens us. And with a sense of bumble he launches into his first song of the show, ‘We Shepherds are the […]

Queens of the Stone Age – 3Arena, Dublin

November 30th, 2017 by

8.45pm in Dublin’s old Point Theatre, it’s that magical part of the night when the audience, having rushed the bars one last time, begin to occupy prime real estate for the evening. A swell of bodies amasses front and centre, the air crackling with anticipation. The PA music ebbs away, cheers and screams bounce off […]

Mac DeMarco – Vicar Street, Dublin

November 27th, 2017 by

There is a sense of wonderful unpredictability that one gets at a Mac DeMarco show. The Canadian singer-songwriter appears to have studied at the Iggy Pop School of stage performance and his antics at previous shows are the stuff of music blog dreams (his set at this year’s Primavera a particular highlight). Tonight’s show doesn’t […]

Cigarettes After Sex – Academy, Dublin

November 22nd, 2017 by

Nobody wants to admit they like slow melancholic dream pop accompanied by projected images of beautiful crying women and arthouse black and whites of snowy New York apartments. But they’re lying. Cigarettes after Sex, touring their debut self-titled album in Dublin on Friday night, provide exactly that, and go down a treat. Lead singer of […]

Depeche Mode – 3Arena, Dublin

November 22nd, 2017 by

In many respects, Depeche Mode are somewhat of an anomaly. While their peers from their formative era have simply called it a day or dissolved into indefinite hiatus, Depeche Mode, since their formation in 1980, have managed to remain creatively relevant without fully embracing the mainstream. Moreover, internal tensions and drug and alcohol problems (frontman […]

God Is An Astronaut – Button Factory, Dublin

November 20th, 2017 by

While enjoying a significant following internationally, especially in Eastern Europe and Russia, God Is An Astronaut are a band that have always operated somewhat under the radar in their native land, Ireland. Their brand of broodingly emotive, minor-key ‘post-rock’ has never sat easily alongside the ephemeral singer-songwriters and hipster electro-acts that have come and gone […]

Sunday, Metropolis 2017 – RDS, Dublin

November 3rd, 2017 by

Sunday gets off to a cracking start with Le Boom over on the Bulmers Live Stage. The duo have been steadily building momentum over the past year or so and the confidence with which they command the stage is testament to a summer spent honing their craft on the festival circuit. ‘What We Do’, their […]

Chic ft Nile Rodgers – 3Arena, Dublin

November 2nd, 2017 by

First three songs, no flash – the rule that guides the world of music photography. Going by it, Chic must be a shooter’s dream – not for the chance to snap Nile Rodgers in his trademark white hat looking like a disco pope, or for the opportunity to capture vocalist Kimberly Davis’ latest diva dress. […]

Donny McCaslin – NCH, Dublin

October 28th, 2017 by

Imagine you’re playing with your band in a jazz bar in Greenwich Village, as you have done for many years previous, when a reclusive cultural icon rocks up to your show and – so impressed is he by the musicianship skills on display – he announces that he’d like to use your group to play […]

St Vincent – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

October 25th, 2017 by

“It feels like the end of an action movie,” Annie Clark declares to a packed-out Olympia during the third act of her show. She means it as straightforward piece of social commentary, but it’s a phrase that used to be applicable to St Vincent’s live shows. From 2014 to 2015 the Digital Witness tour gained […]

The Horrors – Tivoli Theatre, Dublin

October 21st, 2017 by

Hot on the heels of the release of their fifth record, V, The Horrors return to Dublin, one day removed from the postponement of a Belfast show due to the impact of Storm Ophelia, one of multiple shows that fell victim to the inclement weather across the island on Monday. V has been greeted with […]