Sunday, Metropolis 2017 – RDS, Dublin

November 3rd, 2017 by

Sunday gets off to a cracking start with Le Boom over on the Bulmers Live Stage. The duo have been steadily building momentum over the past year or so and the confidence with which they command the stage is testament to a summer spent honing their craft on the festival circuit. ‘What We Do’, their […]

Chic ft Nile Rodgers – 3Arena, Dublin

November 2nd, 2017 by

First three songs, no flash – the rule that guides the world of music photography. Going by it, Chic must be a shooter’s dream – not for the chance to snap Nile Rodgers in his trademark white hat looking like a disco pope, or for the opportunity to capture vocalist Kimberly Davis’ latest diva dress. […]

Donny McCaslin – NCH, Dublin

October 28th, 2017 by

Imagine you’re playing with your band in a jazz bar in Greenwich Village, as you have done for many years previous, when a reclusive cultural icon rocks up to your show and – so impressed is he by the musicianship skills on display – he announces that he’d like to use your group to play […]

St Vincent – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

October 25th, 2017 by

“It feels like the end of an action movie,” Annie Clark declares to a packed-out Olympia during the third act of her show. She means it as straightforward piece of social commentary, but it’s a phrase that used to be applicable to St Vincent’s live shows. From 2014 to 2015 the Digital Witness tour gained […]

The Horrors – Tivoli Theatre, Dublin

October 21st, 2017 by

Hot on the heels of the release of their fifth record, V, The Horrors return to Dublin, one day removed from the postponement of a Belfast show due to the impact of Storm Ophelia, one of multiple shows that fell victim to the inclement weather across the island on Monday. V has been greeted with […]

Twitch x Hessle Audio – Mandela Hall, Belfast

October 18th, 2017 by

The Hessle Audio gang have come a long way since bumping into each other in a queue outside London’s Plastic People. A mutual fascination with dubstep was the foundation for David Kennedy (Pearson Sound), Ben Thomson (Ben UFO) and Kevin McAuley’s (Pangaea) cross-pollinated imprint. A decade on and Hessle Audio finds itself at the forefront […]

The Ocelots – Unitarian Church, Dublin

October 16th, 2017 by

Wexford brothers, Ashley and Brandon Watson, otherwise known as The Ocelots, launch their new EP to an attentive crowd at the Unitarian Church. Starting out as buskers, the band have successfully transitioned into stage performers as they have progressed to playing festivals and venues across Ireland and abroad. With fellow travelling busker Michael Brinkworth on […]

The Drums – Whelan’s, Dublin

October 8th, 2017 by

If the kids don’t like rock’n’roll anymore, no one told the youthful front row at tonight’s gig in Whelan’s. As Jonny Pierce pirouettes across the stage, his adoring fans stretch their hands in the hopes of glancing the frontman and now sole fulltime member of the Drums. As the singer will echo later during a short interlude, […]

LCD Soundsystem – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

October 2nd, 2017 by

It’s a dank, miserable Wednesday in late September and the imminent transition from autumn to winter hangs heavy in the air. This is certainly alleviated by having one of the golden tickets for the hottest residency in town, as LCD Soundsystem take over the Olympia Theatre for three nights, hot on the heels of the […]

Electric Picnic 2017

September 14th, 2017 by

Few festivals have the power to unite quite like Electric Picnic. While the rest of the Irish festival landscape is divided by its own particular cultural or geographical niches, EP is the one gathering where you will find representatives of every Irish archetype existing in perfect harmony. From the battle-ravaged hippies speaking with misty eyed […]

Ryan Adams – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

September 13th, 2017 by

Two years ago Ryan Adams blew the roof off Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. Then, touring his eponymously-titled 2014 album, the band belted out new songs and a host of rocking hits from over the past two decades. The eclectic repertoire sung out by our favourite rock-geek was well received, and while at that time State’s Ken […]

David Gray – National Concert Hall, Dublin

September 8th, 2017 by

David Gray has been a favourite of the Irish public since the early nineties. Long before his native England recognised his talents Gray made his bread here in Ireland before he went on to butter it worldwide following the release of the juggernaut that was White Ladder. We took him as one of our own, […]

Jayda G – Inside Moves, Belfast

September 5th, 2017 by

Y’know what’s weird? People criticising a DJ for dancing behind the decks. I just don’t understand it. Have we become so dismally depressed as a society that we actually feel we have the right to criticise someone for having fun? I see comments flag up all the time criticising Nina Kraviz’s moves, and as Vancouver-bred […]

Frankie Cosmos – Whelan’s, Dublin

August 14th, 2017 by

Wednesday night in Whelan’s main room and there’s an indie pop triple header to really whet the appetite on display. Frankie Cosmos arrive into town with Trust Fund and local favourites Squarehead in tow. An excellent opening solo set from Ellis Jones of the aforementioned Trust Fund sets the bar high. Whelan’s is close to […]