Joan As Policewoman – The Button Factory, Dublin

March 20th, 2017 by

In a dark room a diverse crowd of all ages gathers for Joan As Policewoman. Last year Joan collaborated with Benjamin Lazar Davis on the experimental album Let It Be You. An anxious crowd bubbles with excitement for their appearance, Joan and Benjamin take to the stage to a roar of applause. Without a word, […]

Hamilton Leithauser – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

March 19th, 2017 by

The Workman’s Club is humming tonight. Hamilton Leithauser has a fan base with more than a few diehards in their ranks and considering he has only visited these shores on a handful occasions, they have good reason to be excited. Coming off the back of his excellent ‘I Had a Dream That You Were Mine’, […]

The Gloaming – NCH, Dublin

March 10th, 2017 by

The eccentric pianist is positioned to the left of the stage, hunched over a glistening grand piano. To the right, the three traditional musicians sit in a circle, instruments at the ready. Centrestage is singer Iarla O Lionard, sitting upright at an ornate harmonium, marrying the contemporary and the traditional. Over the course of the […]

Rews – Whelan’s, Dublin

March 6th, 2017 by

Playing Whelan’s tonight as part of their first ever headline tour, London-based indie pop duo Rews (Shauna Tohill and Collette Williams) have been making waves over the last year with their infectiously catchy brand of punkified pop. Singles like ‘Shake, Shake’, ‘Can You Feel It?’, and ‘Miss You In The Dark’ have dented various levels […]

Bonobo – Vicar Street, Dublin

March 3rd, 2017 by

Even before Simon Green and his band have taken to the stage, there’s a sense that those who have gathered here in a sold out Vicar St are in for a treat tonight. Since making the decision to trade in his one-man-band status and enlisting a group of musicians with the chops to bring his […]

Elbow – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 3rd, 2017 by

Elbow are a band with a hefty history behind them, and twenty-five years together means that they are professionals when it comes to touring. Playing in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, a venue that’s been in use since 1879, is a suitable showcase for a band that has immense prestige and isn’t afraid to admit their […]

Pleasure Beach – Roisin Dubh, Galway

March 1st, 2017 by

Fresh out of the studio with loads of new material to show off are Belfast’s Pleasure Beach. The four piece rock outfit spent last year gracing Ireland’s radiowaves with their stadium rock hit ‘Go’ and making a solid name for themselves in venues and festivals across the country. With a small but absorbing repertoire they […]

The Divine Comedy – Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin

March 1st, 2017 by

Pitching up at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Neil Hannon with his band of merry, Napoleonic men are set for the last night of their European tour on this Sunday evening. Hannon bounds on to the stage dressed as the complex one himself as his excellent band play the bombastic overture of ‘Sweden’. Immediately, a […]

Julia Jacklin – Whelan’s Dublin

February 28th, 2017 by

As clichéd as it is to say, Don’t Let The Kids Win, by Australian musician Julia Jacklin, was one of the most accurate coming of age albums released last year. Since the record came out Jacklin has been touring steadily around Australia and Europe, returning regularly to Ireland. She played at Electric Picnic in September […]

Drake – 3Arena, Dublin

February 21st, 2017 by

“It’s a show about nothing!” goes the famous meta gag associated with Seinfeld. Though said declaration would serve as a general plot synopsis for numerous lazy writers, the truth is that the brainchild of Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld was about plenty of things, not least being a bloody brilliant run of television. For all […]

Band of Horses – Vicar St, Dublin

February 20th, 2017 by

The evening augurs well with the impressive Israel Nash serenading an already substantial crowd with his marque of tough but sweet country soul. Flanked by the very able Eric Swanson on pedal steel, they produce a nicely balanced sound, stepping through highlights in ‘Rexanimarum’, ‘Parlour Song’ and ‘LA Lately’. His full-bodied voice and the swelling […]

Conor Oberst – Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin

February 10th, 2017 by

Tonight, Conor Oberst returns to the stage of the Bord Gais Theatre, his first time on these shores since Longitude 2014. Oberst has been through the wars these last few years, a sexual assault accusation, cancelled tour dates, and hospitalisation from anxiety and exhaustion. His name was cleared after the release of 2014’s Upside Down […]

Frightened Rabbit – The Academy, Dublin

February 7th, 2017 by

It’s rare that a live performance has all the elements there for the perfect storm – a band full of energy, an audience that can’t stop screaming in delight, a beautifully orchestrated light show, and everyone being just about drunk enough to sing loudly without caring if they look foolish. Frightened Rabbit, a Scottish band […]

Munky – Whelan’s, Dublin

February 3rd, 2017 by

It is not very often that you will come across a young band in the early stages of experimenting with making music and finding their style of performing that can command attention with great urgency. Then again, not all bands currently emerging on the Irish music circuit have the sonic innovation and inherent fun that […]