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 […]

John Carpenter – Vicar Street, Dublin

October 28th, 2016 by

He may have only made one movie in the past fifteen years, yet John Carpenter feels as relevant today as he did during his run of unseen prolificacy in the late 70s and through into the 80s. Netflix’s Stranger Things has undoubtedly been one of the cultural landmarks of 2016, and while it mined Spielberg […]

We Are Scientists – The Opium Rooms, Dublin

October 28th, 2016 by

In the eleven years since the release of the record that brought We Are Scientists to prominence, With Love and Squalor, Keith Murray, Chris Cain and a variety of drummers and additional musicians have been always welcome, if infrequent visitors to these shores. This was once more very much the case, as the Opium Rooms […]

Cate Le Bon – The Workman’s, Dublin

October 24th, 2016 by

There are some innovative musicians that create albums that are so unassumingly intricate and unusual that you worry about how the recorded version will translate as a live show. The songs become so familiar to your ear that it seems almost impossible to envisage them being easily recreated, especially in a scenario of unpredictability. I […]

Polica – The Button Factory, Dublin

October 19th, 2016 by

Polica’s quite brilliant debut album Give You The Ghost heralded something new and indefinable when it arrived in 2012. It was a woozy, immediately arresting brew of soulful electronica topped off with front-woman Channy Leaneagh’s pleasingly stylised vocals. It rightly garnered a significant amount of attention for the Minneapolis four-piece and its lyrics and moods […]

Katie Kim – Unitarian Church, Dublin

October 18th, 2016 by

The soft light throws forty foot shadows along the interior church wall. Window glass reflects the orange hue. But otherwise, all is dark. We sit in pews. Our backs to the unused organ, which – like the father – observes the scene, unobserved. Hands are clasped in prayer. Torch light scatters up the walls, and […]