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.

Brasilintime, Tivoli Theatre

May 6th, 2008 by

Taking it’s cue from the DVD documentary of the same name, Brasilintime is based on the coming together of world class hip-hop DJs and the Brazilian drummers who inspire them and who they have probably sampled. Brasilintime bridges the gap between generations and disciplines in a touring live showcase format; essentially an extended jam in front of an audience.

Crystal Castles, Andrew’s Lane Theatre

April 23rd, 2008 by

The last time Crystal Castles were in Dublin, the chiptune dance duo left a sour taste in many a mouth after they played a 30 minute set in Kennedys. If this was to occur again last night, at €15 a pop, the audience would be paying 50 cent a minute.

Foals, The Academy, Dublin

April 21st, 2008 by

Attention Klaxons! Listen up Hadouken!, Does it Offend You Yeah?, Youthmovies, The Enemy, The Pigeon Detectives. This is how to put on a show.

State @ SXSW 2008 – Day Four

March 16th, 2008 by

Next SXSW, State plans to split itself into at least three people. ‘Getting the hang of it’ is bittersweet: you have the element of pride in your achievement when you’ve finally mastered your way around the downtown venues, can judge the distances between them and plan an effective assault on the evening’s entertainment; the downside is that you get the feeling you’ve missed so much during the learning process, if only you could spool back with the knowledge you have now.

State @ SXSW 2008 – Day Three

March 16th, 2008 by

Today was the day that State remembered to eat. For all that people rave about the amount of ‘choice’ available in America, and legendary status of this country’s gargantuan portions, Austin is a city where you really have to search for a decent breakfast.