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 […]


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

November 20th, 2014 by

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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

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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 […]


Lykke Li – Vicar St, Dublin

November 18th, 2014 by

Likke Li at Vicar Street by Kieran Frost

There are moments on I Never Learn, Lykke Li’s latest album, that can feel like you are being aurally flayed. It’s a collection of songs that sound so raw and painful it feels like a layer of flesh being torn away leaving exposed the bloodied sinew. They are nocturnal oaths whispered to the self on […]


Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Friday

November 17th, 2014 by

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No sooner have you gotten around to braving a small piece of minke whale than it’s suddenly Friday and you are desperately trying to hold on to some semblance of order on the carefully highlightered schedule you prepared on the plane. With some magnificent fish restaurants in Reykjavik it would be a shame to not […]


Slash – 3Arena, Dublin

November 14th, 2014 by

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Slash. Mere mention of the name conjures memories of glam metal guitar solos at their finest, and there is definitely a buzz surrounding his show at the 3Arena, that even the miserable November rain could not dampen (don’t say you didn’t see that one coming). The support act are Canadian rockers Monster Truck whose bluesy […]


Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Thursday

November 13th, 2014 by

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You can feel things pitch upwards as Thursday begins. Already there are more guitar cases and beanie caps in the hotel receptions of the city and less hiking boots and cruise-ship types on their all-inclusive Northern Lights tours. It’s a crime not to begin every day in a local outdoor pool and so starts the […]


Kylie – 3Arena, Dublin

November 11th, 2014 by

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In this harsh landscape of pop, our girls have become mean and tough to survive. The pop world is now a place where giant stars like Gaga beg to be vomited on, Beyonce samples the Challenger tragedy on ‘XO’ whilst newbies like Tove Lo wail about being high all the time. It’s a world where […]


Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Wednesday

November 8th, 2014 by

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The colour scheme of Iceland is drab. Rain on arrival only casts even more drab over the barren land and tin houses as you make your way into Reykjavik city but we’re long enough at this trip up north to know that there is colour everywhere except the exterior in a part of Scandinavia that […]


Future Islands – Vicar St., Dublin

November 5th, 2014 by

Future Islands, Vicar St, Dublin

A band chip away for years and finally make the breakthrough album, then, with a little help from five minutes of TV gold on Letterman, they are almost a household name. And as the band tour the rest of the world, Ireland has to wait its turn patiently (with State getting a sneak preview at […]


State’s Faces of November – The Mercantile, Dublin

November 4th, 2014 by

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It’s been a busy year for State in terms of live music, with a whole host of our favourite acts joining us on a monthly basis at The Mercantile. Saturday saw the last hurrah (for 2014 at any rate) and we must say we went out on a high. Florence Olivier kick us off with some […]


The Antlers – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

November 3rd, 2014 by

The Antlers – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

A textured, layered and resonant sound comes from the black and adornment free stage of the Olympia tonight and it can only be The Antlers creating it. Peter Silberman, once a solo artist as The Antlers, has been joined by multi-instrumentalists Darby Cicci and Timothy Mislock plus drummer Michael Lerner, but they sound like they’ve […]


Royal Blood – Academy, Dublin

October 29th, 2014 by

Royal Blood – The Academy, Dublin

Blink and you’ll miss it. There’s no prelude to Royal Blood’s set, as they emerge on stage with a billow of The Academy’s trademark choker smoke and the drum beat like gunfire of ‘Hole’. As the smoke fades, the image on stage bares no resemblance to the what we’ve heard – for two black-clad shy […]