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 […]

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry – St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin

January 30th, 2017 by

No better way to end a week mired in the political actions of the greatest misogynist known to modern times than to experience the message of equality, compassion and solidarity delivered by Billy Bragg and Joe Henry in Dublin on Saturday night. The duo remind us that – whatever may come –  there is a […]

DAVIIS – Whelan’s, Dublin

January 24th, 2017 by

Whelan’s upper deck is nicely wedged for the launch of Davis’ debut EP Simple Words, Complex World tonight. Intent on giving punters serious bang for their buck, three acts are deployed to warm up the slowly multiplying crowd. Oh Joy’s melodic garage pop – akin to some of The Cribs more lo-fi material – a particular highlight. […]

Fight Like Apes – Whelan’s, Dublin

December 15th, 2016 by

2006 was a different country when it came to Irish music. Noteworthy albums came from Cathy Davey, The Frames, Adrian Crowley, Dry County, Director, Snow Patrol, Humanzi and Royseven. Turn and JJ72 split up. And Fight Like Apes were born. Ten years later and it’s become the norm for homegrown bands who step outside of […]

Other Voices 2016 – Dingle, Co. Kerry

December 14th, 2016 by

It’s a dreamland event at Christmas, and almost a Santa’s grotto for grown-ups who like music. On arrival, Dingle is festooned in lights. The weather is kind for December and the glow from the cafes, restaurants and, of course, pubs is as inviting as it gets. Visionary actions by a few locals and a few […]

Wyvern Lingo – Button Factory, Dublin

December 8th, 2016 by

From Fomo-ing radio presenters to plodding pals scouring southern skies for the heart of Saturday night, they all get in touch cajoling for a lift down to romp with King Philip in the mythical land of Othervoiceinia. “You can see Wyvern Lingo any time,” one beseeches as I mull over a last-minute expedition down the […]

Passenger – Waterfront Hall, Belfast

December 7th, 2016 by

“It’s such an honour to be here, I’m going to play you a bunch of sad songs,” said Gregory Alan Isakov, the singer-songwriter opening for Passenger last Sunday evening in Belfast. When all is said and done though, it seems that both artists who held the stage that night have a penchant for the miserable. […]

Super Furry Animals — The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

December 6th, 2016 by

If you are a Super Furry Animals fan and were present in the Olympia tonight what you just saw was two albums’ worth of weird, visceral, beautiful SFA madness, standard enough. What struck that elusive, most resonant psychedelic chord was that the majority of tonight’s highlights come in the form of songs rarely ever played […]

Primal Scream – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

December 5th, 2016 by

If a nuclear bomb was dropped tomorrow there’d only be cockroaches and Primal Scream left standing. Since Bobby Gillespie vacated the Jesus and Mary Chain drum stool to front his own disparate gang of soul survivors, Primal Scream have gone through many members, shape shifting in and out of countless genres. Some hits, some misses […]