The Last Shadow Puppets – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

May 27th, 2016 by

The Last Shadow Puppets, Olympia by Leah Carroll_17

It’s amazing what a couple of years in Los Angeles can do to two nice young English boys. When The Last Shadow Puppets first arrived on the scene in 2008 among the final throes of Monkey-mania, it was hard not to find Alex Turner and Miles Kane’s double act charming. Their baroque pop songs were […]

The Undertones – Academy, Dublin

May 23rd, 2016 by


Seminal Derry punks The Undertones play a busy Academy in Dublin tonight, rampaging through a hugely entertaining ninety minute set that’s rapturously received by an audience that run the gamut from dedicated fans from as far back to 1976, to a collection gathered across the intervening forty years.  Fronted by Paul McLoone since reforming in […]

State’s Faces of May – Whelan’s, Dublin

May 16th, 2016 by

Beauty Sleep, Faces of May

Saturday night saw us return to Whelan’s and their perfectly formed upstairs venue for our Faces of May show, featuring one returning act and one so fresh that this is their second ever gig. Here To Help You Out have been on the State radar for a while but have been absent of late. There […]

HamsandwicH – The Academy, Dublin

May 16th, 2016 by

HamsandwicH at the Academy, Dublin by Mark Earley

The second leg of HamsandwicH’s stand at the Dublin venue where they perhaps came of age as a headline act can only be described as a night of televisual imagery and action. It’s an evening that brings you back to the ’80s, then to 2011/2012 and at one stage, makes a brief pitstop at the present day. […]

Hot Cops – Bello Bar, Dublin

May 14th, 2016 by


It’s the kind of gig that when the band finish the crowd look around seeking faces to exchange elated glances, impressed by the performance that has been enjoyed from start to finish.  Then, as you leave the venue inexhaustible with energy and despite the almost impairing buzz in your ears from the band’s ferocity, you plug […]

Jeff Lynne’s ELO – 3Arena, Dublin

May 10th, 2016 by


For so long the very notion of ELO was sniggered at behind hands, the bizarre butt of music snobs’ jokes with one journalist for trend-setting fashion mag The Face opining in the late ’90s that if you wanted to clear a room at a party just play Fleetwood Mac’s crazed Tusk or ‘anything by ELO’. […]

Mac Miller – The Academy, Dublin

May 3rd, 2016 by

Mac Miller, The Academy Dublin by Leah Carroll_15

Mac Miller’s live show has been pretty well documented before now. He released a live album off the back of the release of his 2013 album Watching Movies With The Sound Off. The live recording featured the Internet on band duties and was a much more intimate affair than what we’re getting in the Academy […]

Bell X1 – Vicar St, Dublin

April 26th, 2016 by


Hoping to counter gravity Bell X1 emerge with The Upswing Tour. Tonight is a teaser of new material held on their as-yet-unreleased seventh album. Lights bounce off the 3D Bell X1 sign fixed to the back wall, while bits of drum-kits, keyboards and wires litter the stage. The band stroll onto the sold-out Vicar Street stage […]

The Slow Readers Club – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

April 25th, 2016 by


It’s fair to say that The Workman’s Club pick their live acts well. Obviously limited in their selection (in terms of star power) due to its relative size, the club’s management have a great knack of booking exciting, up-and-coming bands whose sound perfectly complements the venue’s enclosed acoustics. Thankfully, Manchester Indie-electro rockers Slow Readers Club […]

Explosions in the Sky – Vicar St, Dublin

April 25th, 2016 by

Explosions In The Sky

Explosions in the Sky are possibly at that juncture in their career where they might be questioning ‘where to now?’ for their next album. After six studio albums and a handful of film soundtracks, the instrumental group need to both assuage their fans and keep detractors at bay. Yet, the Texan four-piece have always been […]

Kimya Dawson – The Workman’s, Dublin

April 21st, 2016 by


Assembling in the Workman’s after a gloriously sunny afternoon, the first promise of imminent summer, was a beaming crowd awaiting to see the equally resplendent Kimya Dawson. As the venue fills to a nearly full capacity, a youthfulness throughout the crowd is surprisingly notable. Alarming due to the fact that Dawson has been making music longer […]

Swim Deep w/ Black Honey – Shapes, London

April 14th, 2016 by


If fashion comes in cycles then so does the desire to embrace trends of the past. Wandering into this converted warehouse in the wilds of the once industrial and now artistically reinvented Hackney Week, you could be mistaken for thinking you had walked into a grimy student venue in the mid-90s. This feeling of reminiscence […]

Moderat – Vicar St, Dublin

April 8th, 2016 by

Moderat, Vicar St, by Leah Carroll_1

The plan agreed over a decade ago by German DJs Gernot Bronsert and Sebastien Szary (Modeselektor) and electronic solo artist Sascha Ring (a.k.a Apparat) to collaborate together as Moderat is continuing to pay rich dividends in 2016. The new album, simply titled III, sees them refine and recalibrate their sound, resulting in a consistency throughout that […]

Muse – 3Arena, Dublin

April 7th, 2016 by

Muse, 3Arena by Olga Kuzmenko-18

Muse came with but one intention – to conquer; to slay all in their path. They proved that on the evening before they played Dublin’s 3Arena when they took on Cabinteely XI in Kilbogget Park, with the Chris Wolstenholme-led Muse football team beating the local side by a marginal 9-8. “We will be victorious” they […]