Teenage Fanclub – The Academy, Dublin

December 5th, 2016 by

There’s a certain kind of gig that can mobilise a specific cross section of music fans. With a cohort of devotees that have grown with the group from the early days, to late adopters (and later still). Dinosaur Jr at Vicar Street was one recent example, and so too is Teenage Fanclub, on a crisp […]

Hinds – Academy 2, Dublin

December 2nd, 2016 by

Before they had even released their debut album at the beginning of this year, Hinds put out an LP entitled Very Best of Hinds so Far, in 2015. I believe there is a phrase for this kind of behaviour; putting the cart before the horse, or this instance, female deer. (See translation of Hinds to […]

Glen Hansard – Vicar Street, Dublin

December 2nd, 2016 by

Back in September, Glen Hansard sold out Vicar Street with two solo gigs, both of which ended up in a joyous musical mess of old friends, former flames and even one elderly Spanish busker. The Dubliner can’t comprehend being in front of an audience unless he’s sharing the experience with at least a few of […]

Brian Fallon – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

December 1st, 2016 by

Dublin’s Olympia Theatre is already heaving as support act Chris Farren takes to the stage armed only with a guitar, a sample box full of tricks and an infectious level of exuberance. Enchanting the crowd with his stage presence, genre straddling cannon of songs and charismatic patter he certainly left the stage with a lot […]

Lynched – Vicar Street, Dublin

November 29th, 2016 by

Local heroes and self-styled folk miscreants, Lynched are back in their dirty auld town tonight to finish off a year which has seen their star continuing to ascend, with a sold out performance in Vicar Street. And as we face in to the soggy fag-end of music’s annus most horribilis, its makes for a pleasant change […]

Wayne Shorter – National Concert Hall, Dublin

November 26th, 2016 by

Without needing an introduction, Wayne Shorter and his quartet casually stroll onto the stage and approach their instruments.  The 83 year old settles himself on what has become a trademark high-stool that lies within easy reach of either his tenor or soprano sax stand.  No words are addressed to the crowd at the packed out […]

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival – Highlights

November 24th, 2016 by

For a number of years now, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has struggled to find the right balance between a traditional jazz programme and one that appeals to the wider public.  With it’s many venues ranging from the 800 seater Opera House, to the more intimate surrounds of the Triskel Christchurch, and the ornate Everyman […]

We Cut Corners – The Button Factory, Dublin

November 24th, 2016 by

There’s always been a sense of reservation amongst the crowd in the Button Factory whether it’s the setting or the people. It’s something that’s addressed a couple of songs in tonight as drummer Conall Breachain, one half of We Cut Corners, politely insists the audience takes one big collective step forward. The band waste little […]

Paul Simon – 3Arena, Dublin

November 24th, 2016 by

It’s incredible to think that Paul Simon is 75, and still touring. It’s not so much the age, of course: for those who know the first thing about Simon, it seems obvious that he has too much love for the music to ever stop.  It’s more that Wednesday Morning, 3am (Simon & Garfunkel’s debut) was […]

Frank Turner – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

November 21st, 2016 by

Positive Songs For Negative People, the title of Frank Turner’s latest album, is a wonderful summation of his post-Million Dead career to date. Riddled with modest malcontent, calls to arms and frustrated angst, Turner’s music, lyrically, often amounts to a (sometimes heavily personalised) insistence that the world can do better, aligned with a suspicion that […]

Danny Brown – The Academy, Dublin

November 19th, 2016 by

Danny Brown has performed in Ireland more times in the past three years than almost any other international rapper. His live show has come leaps and bounds since his last headline outing in the same venue almost three years ago, appearing more comfortable and confident than ever before. You’d think perhaps that might be because […]

David Kitt – The Sugar Club, Dublin

November 15th, 2016 by

A staple of the Irish music scene since the late 90s, it’s been a while since David Kitt’s last solo record – he’s spent the last few years immersed in other projects including recording with Tindersticks. Tonight, he’s showcasing Yous, his first solo album in seven years in The Sugar Club. The room fills up early, red velvet […]

Glass Animals – The Olympia, Dublin

November 2nd, 2016 by

Seemingly graduating through small to mid-sized venues via festival circuits Glass Animals appear at ease on-stage in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre tonight. The Oxford 4-piece whose second album has only just arrived in August of this year have a confident and obviously talent-rich collective presence so their much anticipated return to Ireland heralds their second wave […]

James Blake – the Limelight, Belfast

November 1st, 2016 by

“95% of you have been amazing.” North London electro soul muffin James Blake is addressing a boisterious, sold-out Limelight 2 crowd towards the end of a set which has been observed with an all-too-familiar irreverence. Whilst tonight’s gig is not quite in the realm of The Tallest Man on Earth’s infamous shows in this city […]