Uzi & Ari, Ballroom of Romance, The Lower Deck

January 24th, 2009 by

The Lower Deck is a quality boozer. A world where aul’ regulars, students, couriers, GAA buffs and indie geeks collide. The place has a fair share of characters. Some of those characters spill down stairs to the basement, which admittedly, is not the best laid out venue in the Dublin. The stage is at the […]

We Have Band, Dublin Duck Dispensary – Crawdaddy, Dublin

January 19th, 2009 by

The last couple of weeks have seen, it has to be said, something of a January drought when it comes to interesting gigs, as we gear up the anticipation of oncoming new-year releases. Support act Dublin Duck Dispensary do little to funnel away that feeling of gloom with a disappointing, if thankfully short, opening set […]

Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire, Whelan’s, Dublin

January 19th, 2009 by

‘I wanted to use the Union Jack as a backdrop but I was told that wouldn’t go down very well’¦I wonder why’¦?’, Childish sighs, ever the contrary devil before launching into another rib-rattling garage gem. Like his fellow grumpy old stalwart Mark E. Smith, Mr. Childish has been at this racket for an awfully long […]

Other Voices, Dingle

January 14th, 2009 by

If hot cakes had been baked by the fair hand of Elvis himself and embedded with solid gold flecks, they’d hardly have sold out faster than the tickets on offer for each of this year’s Other Voices: Songs From A Room gigs. Even those with an innate talent in fastest-finger-first were left bitterly disappointed as […]

Photos: Coldplay, The O2, Dublin

December 22nd, 2008 by

With just a couple of days to Christmas, Coldplay became one of the first bands to play Dublin’s newly revamped Point Depot. The venue’s rechristening under the corporate banner of the O2 should have been a sign that Coldplay too, are now a huge corporate entity. Having easily sold out two nights in the O2 […]

Photos: Kings of Leon, The O2, Dublin

December 22nd, 2008 by

Kings of Leon officially opened the O2 on Friday night and by all accounts, the band, the set and the venue were all highly praised. The State review team weren’t present as we were locked in a DJ Battle Royale at our Christmas Party with Fight Like Apes and Super Extra Bonus Party which went […]

Dandy Warhols, Tripod, Dublin

December 19th, 2008 by

After an Oasis-inspired but impressive set from Dublin-based support act The Brothers Movement the quietly psychedelic spectacle that is the Dandy Warhols took to the stage at Tripod, looking their boho-rock best and ready to teach the would-be indie kids a thing or two. A typically downbeat start gave little away, and even the killer […]

Lykke Li, Store Vega, Copenhagen

December 15th, 2008 by

We were so smitten with Lykke Li in 2008 we had to have another listen to her in concert. Here is our final Lykke live 2008 review. Proving a long time theory wrong, apparently a good gig CAN be great without a beer. With a mere cola, and our equally sober mate Johan for company, […]

Photos: Phantom First Friday – Director, A Lazarus Soul

December 8th, 2008 by

Friday saw Phantom’s first night in the much larger than Andrew’s Lane venue of Tripod for their monthly live music night. Playing on the night was a much underappreciated A Lazarus Soul (a friend of ours will attest that the band have one of the best Irish lyricists around in Brian Brannigan). Making their first […]

Ladytron, Tripod, Dublin

December 2nd, 2008 by

This is Ladytron’s second Dublin concert this year, with their last appearance being a quite magnificent performance at the same venue back in May. While tonight’s show hasn’t sold out, there’s still a healthy crowd assembled and waiting patiently as support act Asobi Seksu wail their way through a rather lengthy set. The Liverpudlian quartet […]

Beach House, Whelan’s, Dublin

December 1st, 2008 by

Following a short but electrifying set from Jana Hunter (thank God for American weird folk music), Beach House took the stage for a scrappy opening to -Gila’, thanks to Alex Skully’s guitar slowly sliding out of tune. Indeed, the entire gig was bedevilled with mic feedback and instrument problems and there seemed to be a […]

Live: Foals, The Ambassador, Dublin

November 28th, 2008 by

After a year of extensive touring it’s with assured confidence and art-house arrogance that Foals start the show with the clanging instrumental ‘XXXX’, attacking with a wall of sound. Performing their pre-album singles and tracks from debut Antidotes, the five-piece from Oxford play these complex angular math rock numbers with an epic ferocity that had […]

Photos: Lykke Li, The Button Factory, Dublin

November 25th, 2008 by

Last night, Lykke Li made her second Irish appearance, this time in the much larger environs of The Button Factory. Dressed all in black and looking like a member of the Black Crowes (or indeed a black crow). While touring has obviously have affected her of late (see her “I’m everything and nothing at the […]

Wolf Parade, Lille Vega, Copenhagen

November 24th, 2008 by

Ahead of their Dublin date this Saturday, Simon Roche got a sneak peek at the Montreal band’s stupendous live show. What have we done to deserve such riches in 2008? Barely enough time to come down after Mercury Rev’s glorious theatre the night before, we are back in Vega for the Montreal four-piece, who claim […]