Jeff Lynne’s ELO – 3Arena, Dublin

May 10th, 2016 by

For so long the very notion of ELO was sniggered at behind hands, the bizarre butt of music snobs’ jokes with one journalist for trend-setting fashion mag The Face opining in the late ’90s that if you wanted to clear a room at a party just play Fleetwood Mac’s crazed Tusk or ‘anything by ELO’. […]

Mac Miller – The Academy, Dublin

May 3rd, 2016 by

Mac Miller’s live show has been pretty well documented before now. He released a live album off the back of the release of his 2013 album Watching Movies With The Sound Off. The live recording featured the Internet on band duties and was a much more intimate affair than what we’re getting in the Academy […]

Bell X1 – Vicar St, Dublin

April 26th, 2016 by

Hoping to counter gravity Bell X1 emerge with The Upswing Tour. Tonight is a teaser of new material held on their as-yet-unreleased seventh album. Lights bounce off the 3D Bell X1 sign fixed to the back wall, while bits of drum-kits, keyboards and wires litter the stage. The band stroll onto the sold-out Vicar Street stage […]

The Slow Readers Club – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

April 25th, 2016 by

It’s fair to say that The Workman’s Club pick their live acts well. Obviously limited in their selection (in terms of star power) due to its relative size, the club’s management have a great knack of booking exciting, up-and-coming bands whose sound perfectly complements the venue’s enclosed acoustics. Thankfully, Manchester Indie-electro rockers Slow Readers Club […]

Explosions in the Sky – Vicar St, Dublin

April 25th, 2016 by

Explosions in the Sky are possibly at that juncture in their career where they might be questioning ‘where to now?’ for their next album. After six studio albums and a handful of film soundtracks, the instrumental group need to both assuage their fans and keep detractors at bay. Yet, the Texan four-piece have always been […]

Kimya Dawson – The Workman’s, Dublin

April 21st, 2016 by

Assembling in the Workman’s after a gloriously sunny afternoon, the first promise of imminent summer, was a beaming crowd awaiting to see the equally resplendent Kimya Dawson. As the venue fills to a nearly full capacity, a youthfulness throughout the crowd is surprisingly notable. Alarming due to the fact that Dawson has been making music longer […]

Swim Deep w/ Black Honey – Shapes, London

April 14th, 2016 by

If fashion comes in cycles then so does the desire to embrace trends of the past. Wandering into this converted warehouse in the wilds of the once industrial and now artistically reinvented Hackney Week, you could be mistaken for thinking you had walked into a grimy student venue in the mid-90s. This feeling of reminiscence […]

Moderat – Vicar St, Dublin

April 8th, 2016 by

The plan agreed over a decade ago by German DJs Gernot Bronsert and Sebastien Szary (Modeselektor) and electronic solo artist Sascha Ring (a.k.a Apparat) to collaborate together as Moderat is continuing to pay rich dividends in 2016. The new album, simply titled III, sees them refine and recalibrate their sound, resulting in a consistency throughout that […]

Muse – 3Arena, Dublin

April 7th, 2016 by

Muse came with but one intention – to conquer; to slay all in their path. They proved that on the evening before they played Dublin’s 3Arena when they took on Cabinteely XI in Kilbogget Park, with the Chris Wolstenholme-led Muse football team beating the local side by a marginal 9-8. “We will be victorious” they […]

Lucius – The Academy, Dublin

April 6th, 2016 by

It takes a very special talent to walk on stage and completely forget what country you are in yet still win over the crowd. If, like most people, you find the tired process of telling crowds that they are the ‘best ever’ as welcome as a kick on the chin you will love it when […]

Girl Band – Vicar St, Dublin

April 4th, 2016 by

“They’re so sexy” roars a man in a Harrington jacket before he launches himself into one of the mini circles of death that have cropped up. He’s right – Girl Band have just tramped in the side entrance and open with ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage’ with a drum like a jackhammer. Their […]

At The Drive-In – Vicar Street, Dublin

March 29th, 2016 by

For a city currently under siege from talk of rebellions and insurrections, it took At The Drive-In to show what a latter-day Rising looks like. “This is a re-ignition,” brayed top-heavy frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala halfway through the set as a mush of sweaty bodies panted with euphoria on the floor of Vicar St. Part of […]

Battles – The Button Factory, Dublin

March 26th, 2016 by

Battles’ last appearance on Irish soil was to an excited audience at dusk, in a tent at Electric Picnic last year. Probably not the first act you would think of as a “festival band”, the trio were one of the highlights of the weekend with anyone there (including myself) citing their performance as one to remember. With […]

Tricot – Hangar, Dublin

March 25th, 2016 by

For their first trip to Dublin, Tricot are received by an adoring half-full room at Hangar; by the night’s close, the Japanese math-rock/pop band will tear through a set that’s explosively energetic – tight as any touring seasoned band – and more than anything else, fun. Before the enjoyable chaos of Tricot, though, Irish four-piece Yonen will have their first […]