Glastonbury: Diamonds, Punchups and Hip-Hop

June 30th, 2008 by

A roundup with videos of the most “controversial” Glastonbury in recent years starring Jay-Z, Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, The Verve and a fan on the receiving end of a dig from Ms. Winehouse.

Download Festival Day Three: Sunday

June 20th, 2008 by

David McLaughlin reports from the last day at UK’s ultimate rawk festival, Download at Donington Park, in Leicestershire, England. Airbourne, Voodoo Six, Haunts, August Burns Red and Valient Thorr close the festival with a bang.

Download Festival Day Two: Saturday

June 19th, 2008 by

David McLaughlin reports from the UK’s ultimate rawk festival, Download at Donington Park, in Leicestershire, England. Him, The Offspring, Ace Frehley and a host of well dodgy bands made up the lineup.

Download Festival Day One: Friday

June 17th, 2008 by

David McLaughlin reports from the UK’s ultimate rawk festival, Download at Donington Park, in Leicestershire, England. Kiss, Seether, Motorhead, Beat Union and Disturbed make up some of Friday’s line-up.

Lykke Li – The Sugar Club

June 13th, 2008 by

It was a case of bums off seats, smiles on faces last night in The Sugar Club where Swedish popstress Lykke Li cemented her potential in front of an Irish audience.

Kylie, Forum, Copenhagen, June 8th

June 9th, 2008 by

Kylie is a legend. Of course she is ‘A’ legend but she gives an impression of such damn soundness that you want to bring her over for tea, introduce her to your girlfriend and all your buddies and then play Singstar doing shots. She’d have to sing to her own songs and it’d be the most fun night you ever had it. Ahem, but back to the Forum in Copenhagen.

Foxboro Hot Tubs, L.A.

May 29th, 2008 by

“Hello, my name is the Reverend Strychnine Twitch,” the bleach-streaked, shaggy-haired frontman of the Foxboro Hot Tubs declared as he ambled his way on stage. On another day, in another year, the same singer might introduce himself as Billie Joe Armstrong, and the band he would be fronting might be Green Day.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – RDS, Dublin

May 26th, 2008 by

Certain things go through your mind while standing at the back of the RDS at your first Bruce Springsteen gig. Is that really Danny Devito and Ben Stiller playing guitar? Why are these people in rugby shirts taking pictures of themselves instead of watching the gig?

The National, Olympia Theatre

May 15th, 2008 by

Last year, The National played two dates in Dublin which marked them out from the pack. A slow-burning legion of fans culminated in those three nights to produce a palpable feeling of a band on the cusp of greatness. This week, they returned play another three nights. If the band were hoping to repeat last years’s tremendous success they would have to pull something special out of themselves.

Bell X1, Rust, Copenhagen

May 12th, 2008 by

Not an easily thrown out phrase but a fact, it IS the hottest day of the year so far in Copenhagen and the high 20’s are full of girls glistening on bikes and topless boys out jogging. The city is all parklife, lakes and white wine outside cafés.

Rachel Unthank & The Winterset – Upstairs at Whelans, Dublin

May 7th, 2008 by

While we might like to think the whole ‘he said / she said / they’ve sold out!‘ school of internet debate is restricted to the world of uber cool indie guitar bands, the truth is that it has spread much further. Of late, certain elements of the folk world have becoming quite vexed at the rise of Rachel Unthank and her cohorts The Winterset, not least their licensing deal with a major record label and the increasing amount of mainstream interest they’re garnering.