Two Door Cinema Club – Trinity College, Dublin

July 13th, 2017 by

Shortly after the release of 2010 debut Tourist History, you could barely move for the blasting of Two Door Cinema Club. The Bangor trio’s debut album made little sense on many levels: full of almost flippantly fast pop-rock singles, it was perfect quick-fire advertising fodder, released on a label based in France that had dedicated […]

James Vincent McMorrow – Trinity College, Dublin

July 13th, 2017 by

Centre stage on the Trinity Sports grounds tonight, in every sense of the expression, stands James Vincent McMorrow. The man of the spine-chilling falsetto, the golden thread that winds down through each song and weaves in and out of genres with absolute ease. The five piece band kick off the set with a scintillating ‘Red […]

Coldplay – Croke Park, Dublin

July 10th, 2017 by

“We just want to thank everyone for being here”. Yadda yadda. Chris Martin is sat at his piano in the middle of Croke Park, offering what seems to be the usual platitudes to some 80,000 people. Sure he’s reminiscing about Coldplay coming here in their early days and playing to virtually nobody, but it’s the […]

Sad13 – Whelan’s, Dublin

July 8th, 2017 by

When Sadie Dupuis released Slugger last year, it was a continuation of a productive creative period, through two Speedy Ortiz records (Major Arcana into Foil Deer) and the creation of an outlet for a slight tweak musically, with a focus on a pop aesthetic, made manifest by a greater dependence on keyboards and synths over […]

Kamasi Washington – National Concert Hall, Dublin

July 3rd, 2017 by

It’s not everyday a performer with Kamasi Washington’s presence breezes into town.  Since the release of his debut album two short years ago,  he has toured far and wide, wowing audiences with his stellar live act.  Almost a year ago to the day I was lucky enough to catch Kamasi playing to a whopping 6000 […]

Kings of Leon – 3Arena, Dublin

July 3rd, 2017 by

“Ya’ll don’t sound like a Sunday night crowd,” Caleb Followill announces in his Southern drawl about half way through the second of his band’s three nights at the 3 Arena. The man has a point. The atmosphere inside the venue is as boozy and loose limbed as any Nashville dive bar or honky-tonk in the […]

Green Day — RHK, Dublin

July 3rd, 2017 by

Having been around for nigh-on thirty years now, Green Day have completely mastered the art of crowd-pleasing. They arrive onstage to chorus of deafening explosions and pyrotechnics which shatter the veil of serenity normally found among the RHK surroundings. Billie Joe Armstrong is hyper and boyish as ever as he welcomes us all to join […]

Body & Soul ’17

June 30th, 2017 by

Music festivals at their core, are usually quite chaotic things when you really stop and think about it. You bring together a group of people, some young, some old and put together a line-up consisting of everything from hardcore trap rappers to seasoned DJs playing retro deep house for hours on end. Now, this isn’t […]

Phil Collins — Aviva Stadium, Dublin

June 30th, 2017 by

Phil Collins’ self-imposed exile has ended and despite what a great many wisened heads will tell you, he has a lot to offer. Once a figure of sustained ridicule over everything from his tax affairs to his fabled divorce fax, the flow of ire quickly bled into his musical output but you can take that […]

Walking On Cars – Live at the Marquee, Cork

June 29th, 2017 by

It’s a dark, dreary evening in Cork and the long road leading to the Marquee is covered in sullen looking parents and teenagers scrambling to avoid the rain. Once inside the tent, the support arrives en-queue with our arrival. Having escaped the gloominess outside, we’re eager to hear something to lift the spirits. Not so lucky […]

Elbow – Live at the Marquee, Cork

June 28th, 2017 by

We’ve arrived at the Marquee and there’s only a handful of people stage side. The lead singer of the support band is timidly introducing their second song. The tracks are surprising, never really revealing themselves immediately; changing form – from slow melodic introductions, interlaced with dream-pop vibes – into grunge-rock crescendos. As the set continues, […]

The Avalanches – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

June 23rd, 2017 by

Late review – The Avalanches were incredible at the 2001 Witnness Festival. Swapping instruments on every song, beating the crap out of each other and sounding absolutely nothing like they did on record, the six piece’s performance still ranks as one of the most memorable I’ve seen at any Irish festival. A lot of water […]

Elton John – Live at the Marquee, Cork

June 23rd, 2017 by

“I remember when rock was young”, that’s how it goes right? It’s not just a lyric we’ll hear on this balmy evening resting beside Cork City Marina, it’s a statement that Elton John (and the large majority of his audience tonight) can attest to with conviction. At 70 years of age, Elton has brought his […]

Justin Bieber – RDS, Dublin

June 23rd, 2017 by

Such is the scrutiny that surrounds a pop star like Justin Bieber that you suspect heading off on a globe trotting tour provides, a healthy deposit in his bank balance aside, an opportunity to escape the madness and live in a protective bubble for a while – surrounded by an inner circle and never in […]