The Strypes – Dublin

April 16th, 2014 by

The Strypes, The Academy, Dublin

Despite all its pretence of rebellion and non-conformity the beast that we all know and love as rock ‘n’ roll can, betimes, be as conservative and conformist as your local god fearing and Vatican facing church. It’s an entity not too dissimilar from the holy mother church. It may have an unholy polytheist structure with […]

Tinie Tempah – Dublin

April 15th, 2014 by


The last time Tinie Tempah played the 02 in Dublin it was 2010 and he fared as the opening act for Rihanna’s UK & Ireland tour. This was the same year in which he headlined the UCD Fresher’s Ball. Three and a half years later and time has done a lot for him. Tinie is […]

Miles Kane – Dublin

April 11th, 2014 by

Miles Kane, The Academy, Dublin

It is not often when you are waiting in the crowd to see a band/singer, that the building anticipation in the room is for what the front man will be wearing that night. But as the crowd pack in to the intimate setting of the Academy, the bets come flooding in as to what the […]

Kurt Vile – Dublin

April 9th, 2014 by

Kurt Vile, Whelan's, Dublin

There is a slight feeling that Kurt Vile has seen the error of his ways when he closes tonight’s set by mentioning that he is “so looking forward” to returning to the Whelan’s stage in 24 hours for his second sold-out Dublin show. It follows a perky pre-encore announcement of “right, two or three more […]

State Faces of April: live report

April 8th, 2014 by

Joshua Burnside, State's Faces of April, The Mercantile

The weather’s getting warmer, the evenings are getting lighter and summer is definitely on the way – seasons change but one constant is our monthly night of new Irish music at the Mercantile in Dublin. As usual we have cast our musical net wide to find the three acts but we’ve also invited two artists […]

Kraftwerk – New York

April 7th, 2014 by

Kraftwerk at the Tate Modern, February 2013

Kraftwerk have never been much fun. For nearly 45 years they have been impassively standing behind Vocodors and electronic drums, solemnly dropping efficient German beats overlaid with grim decrees about man’s increasing mesh with machine. Nevertheless they provided inspiration to a list of genre-jumping artists so long it that could fill several alternate versions of […]

Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory – Dublin

April 3rd, 2014 by


Back in medieval times swinging bells were used to notify people of fires, storms, wars and the like. A ringing of bells from the lowest to the highest note for example indicated that an attack had taken place. The use of bells in music originated in The Low Countries in the 16th century but in […]

Dean Blunt – Dublin

April 2nd, 2014 by

Dean Blunt, The Sugar Club, Dublin by Kieran Frost

Whatever it was that Dean Blunt pulled off in Dublin tonight, you can bet the entirety of your future earnings that very few people, if anybody at all, in the Sugar Club either expected or previously witnessed anything like it. It was part tongue-in-cheek performance art, part music, part blinding and deafening partial sensory gang-bang, […]

Tokyo Police Club – Dublin

April 2nd, 2014 by

Tokyo Police Club, Whelan's, Dublin

Noisy, melodic upstarts Tokyo Police Club are currently blazing a trail across Europe and this is their first gig of the tour to fall on a weekend night rather than a school night. Judging by David Monks’ joy/surprise at this fact, they’re probably (by the slightest of margins) not the draw that the packed Whelans […]

Wild Beasts – Dublin

April 2nd, 2014 by


Hayden Thorpe sips from his wine glass and waves to the crowd. Around him, the other three members of Wild Beasts resuscitate ‘End Come Too Soon’. From silent ruin, they build a wall of overwhelming noise that eventually, seamlessly feeds back into the song’s coda, to the Olympia’s delight, when Thorpe takes his place at […]

Franz Ferdinand – Dublin

March 31st, 2014 by

Franz Ferdinand – The Olympia, Dublin

Despite not having quite the same commercial clout that they once did, Franz Ferdinand are still clearly as big a live draw as ever – attracting a capacity crowd to the Olympia for the only Irish date on their current busy international tour. Sharply dressed in tailor-made monochromatic suits, they start the show as they […]

Darkside – Dublin

March 27th, 2014 by


I’m not sure about the rest of you out in Planet State but every time an artiste from the electronica genre announces that they’re coming to town but with a DJ show, rather than a live performance, a little part of me dies. Don’t’ get me wrong, I’m not dismissing the merits of watching the […]

Doom – Dublin

March 27th, 2014 by


Doom is rap’s most enigmatic character – a cult comic book supervillain whose alter-egos include a powerful sorcerer, genius inventor and a three-headed space monster. It’s funny then to see Metal Face casually ambling onto the Sugar Club stage in a check shirt and maroon cardigan, looking like he’s spent Sunday evening on the couch […]

Prefuse 73 – Dublin

March 27th, 2014 by


It’s a quieter night than usual at the Sugar Club with Choice Cuts head-honcho Mark Murphy currently on the decks, while punters sip their drinks in the comfort of the trellised, candle-lit booths. It’s unusual not to see the bar thronged and eager fans leaning against the wood-panelled aisles. Maybe that’s because Prefuse 73 has […]