The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock – Hangar, Dublin

November 25th, 2015 by


It’s a hard sell, a musical retelling of an event that happened 102 years ago. The centenary missed, what ever hoopla and interest that was drummed up over the Lockout in 2013 has long since dissipated, surely 1916 is now the prize. There are obvious connections between the struggles of the early union movement and […]

U2 – 3Arena, Dublin

November 24th, 2015 by

U2 by Mark Earley

We’re not quite prepared for the sense of occasion that gathers in the run up to the first U2 home-city show of a tour. Normally reticent people are spilling their love for the band, clubs sneak some old Perfecto remixes onto dance floors and a palpable sense of anticipation and excitement exists around the city. […]

All Tvvins – The Academy, Dublin

November 24th, 2015 by


Since the release of their first song two years ago, Conor Adams and Lar Kaye’s collaboration All Tvvins has attracted a lot of attention. With both of their previous band’s winding down (Kaye’s Adebisi Shank and Adams’ Cast Of Cheers) the duo experimented with an electronic, alternative sound that somehow also stayed grounded to poppy […]

The Man from Moogaga – Cobblestone, Dublin

November 23rd, 2015 by

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It’s a cold hoor of a night in the Capital as I navigate past the post-hurricane Barney flotsam and debris blowing around Smithfield; brushing past the late evening commuters, the early Friday night revellers, the homeless and the hopeless as I make for the warm maternal embrace of the Cobblestone to catch Aindrias de Staic’s […]

Iceland Airwaves 2015 – Part 1

November 23rd, 2015 by


Beginning at the end might put some perspective on the Iceland Airwaves experience. It is SO hard to get yourself on that flight home. The tractor beam of both the festival experience, and the country itself, pulls at your heartstrings and does not want to let you go. Lost nights, fresh anecdotes and new pals […]

Paul Weller — The Olympia, Dublin

November 20th, 2015 by

Paul Weller live at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on 13 March 2015 presenting the new album Saturn Patterns - Taken form the artist's website

With a back catalogue stretching back as far as the 70’s you can always depend on Paul Weller to be innovative with his set. Sharply dressed as ever, his grey hair held back behind his ears, looking trim and tanned and seemingly unable to smile, tonight we get a thorough cross-section of his career but […]

Kurt Vile & The Violators – Vicar Street, Dublin

November 17th, 2015 by

Kurt Vile, Vicar St By Leah Carroll_12

Tonight feels different. When we last met Kurt Vile, there was a somewhat detached air about the hirsute guitar maestro and erstwhile Warrior on Drugs. This heavily subscribed Vicar St show sees him joined by threepiece backing band the Violators, whose fraternal presence appears to temper the 35-year-old’s more curtained tendencies. They also help make […]

Stiff Little Fingers – The Academy, Dublin

November 17th, 2015 by


How can you fail when you have ‘Suspect Device’ in your arsenal? How can you fail when you have ‘Alternative Ulster’, when you have ‘Wasted Life’, when you have ‘At The Edge’? The answer is you can’t. Stiff Little Fingers could walk these songs through a gig in their sleep and still leave a blitzed […]

Dessa – The Mercantile, Dublin

November 16th, 2015 by

dessa live

If Dessa is experiencing a degree of culture shock, you wouldn’t blame her. Part of the Doomtree collective, she’s rightly acclaimed in alternative hip-hop circles both in those terms and as a solo artist. Yet here she is, on her Irish debut, in a small venue next door to a room where a bunch of […]

John Grant – Vicar Street, Dublin

November 16th, 2015 by

John Grant for State by Mark Earley (1 of 1)

What is it with John Grant? For someone who makes such ostensibly uncommercial music, he’s become quite the player on these shores. A top three album and two packed nights at Vicar Street, swiftly followed by the announcement of an Iveagh Gardens return for next summer, prove that Grant has a special place in Irish […]

Joey Bada$$ – The Academy, Dublin

November 15th, 2015 by


Joey Bada$$ loves the ‘90s, that much has been evident since he dropped his first mixtape – appropriately titled 1999 – three years ago. A lot has been made of the young MC’s supposed debt to the greats of hip-hop’s second golden age and it’s true that if you listen closely it isn’t difficult to […]

Metropolis, Sunday – RDS, Dublin

November 13th, 2015 by

Chic, Metropolis Festival, By Leah Carroll_5

An interview with Howard Marks in the conversation room provides a cheerful introduction and the perfect way to ease yourself into the proceedings of Metropolis day 2. Despite being 70 years old and diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer, Marks’ quick wit and enthusiasm has not suffered – he regales the conversation hall with stories of […]

Metropolis, Saturday – RDS, Dublin

November 11th, 2015 by

The Roots, Metropolis Festival, By Leah Carroll_8

A festival in Ireland during Winter may not seem like the brightest idea, but being within the safe and warm confines of the RDS makes you wonder why this hasn’t been done more regularly. Metropolis is a safe haven in the middle of a cold November weekend. Every stage is indoors aside from the spectacle […]

The Waterboys – Vicar Street, Dublin

November 10th, 2015 by


Tonight, Mike Scott and the ever evolving line-up that is The Waterboys complete their run of shows in Dublin’s Vicar Street. Currently touring Modern Blues, the band have spent most of 2015 on the road, on a tour that has taken them across the United States and mainland Europe. The remainder of the year will […]