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 […]

Death Grips – The Academy, Dublin

October 15th, 2016 by

The atmosphere is unnerving as soon as you walk through the door. Opting for an hour of ominous screeches in lieu of a traditional supporting act, the grinding drones are having the desired effect – tension is building to a point where it feels as though chaos will be a formality. Wading into the crowd, […]

Jean-Michel Jarre – 3Arena, Dublin

October 13th, 2016 by

When Giorgio Moroder contributed a spoken-word track to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, there was a sense that the Parisian duo were repaying a debt to an artist they believed had been somewhat overlooked. Moroder was one of a slew of French, Italian and German musicians whose pioneering work in the 1970s still resonates with […]

Jamie T – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

September 29th, 2016 by

Jamie T fans could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief when his fourth album Trick landed on shelves this past week. Prior to the release of 2014’s Carry on the Grudge, London’s street urchin poet laureate had been on indie rock’s missing person list for the guts of five years, with some questioning […]

Flatbush Zombies – the Academy, Dublin

September 22nd, 2016 by

Flatbush Zombies never shy away from professing their love of wrestling. While there are no blatantly obvious references to the WWE in their live show, at least to the untrained eye, the huge amounts of showmanship on display clearly draw from that world to some degree. Their hour-long set is nothing short of a spectacle […]

The Headhunters – The Sugar Club, Dublin

September 22nd, 2016 by

In 1973 Herbie Hancock assembled a team of musicians for his jazz-funk crossover album Head Hunters. That band adopted the album’s title as their own stage name, and since then the band have performed together with a litany of collaborators and guest musicians. Hancock left the band in the 70s but original members Bill Summers […]

Lloyd Cole – The Empire, Belfast

September 2nd, 2016 by

I feel somehow like I, if not Belfast, has some amends to make to Lloyd Cole. The last time I saw him perform in the city was as part of a festival I was involved with. It could have gone better. There’d been a (ahem) “clerical error”, which meant that Lloyd had elected to do his […]

Warpaint – NCH, Dublin

August 27th, 2016 by

When you’ve held a band with a certain indefinable affection your expectations are elevated with unattainable visions of perfection if the opportunity arises to see them live. Warpaint were that band for me, and have been for quite some time. The combination of hefty, layered arrangements, shouty vocals heard alongside their softer lullaby-like compositions was something that […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor — Vicar Street, Dublin

August 26th, 2016 by

While the hum from the stage widens into disparate but slightly threatening constituent parts, Godspeed You! Black Emperor assemble in front of a nearly-packed Vicar Street and a mesmerising display of analogous projector images. Eight or nine songs later there is a palpable sense of disarray coming from some of the crowd; presumably it is […]