“Seduction is when the invitation is better than the party itself”, Annie Clark — otherwise known by her stage moniker St. Vincent — says, looking deadpan at her out-of-shot interviewer. Though to believe blithely that Clark said this is flawed; … Continue reading MASSEDUCTION – Album Review
●●●●○ No strangers to the Irish rock scene, Otherkin give us electrifying rock ‘n’ roll in their debut album OK. These raucous Dubliners have been impressing audiences since 2014, with their punchy songs and energetic live performances, but now we … Continue reading Otherkin is More Than “OK” Otherkin aren’t inventing anything new in terms of sound, but what they have created is an album full of catchy garage rock that will have you stamping your foot and yelling at the top of your lungs.
●●●●● “Aromanticism/aromantic – having no interest or desire for romantic relationships.” It seems to be an intentional irony, then, that Moses Sumney’s debut release celebrates the value of solitude with an album drenched in the traditional signifiers of love. From … Continue reading Moses Sumney’s “Aromanticism” – Review Moses Sumney’s debut release celebrates the value of solitude with an album drenched in the traditional signifiers of love.
Dublin five-piece band Meltybrains? headlined the Bowery in Rathmines this Friday as part of the pub’s Oktoberfest series of gigs. The combination of a very trendy young crowd, the pirate ship décor and the dirndl-dressed staff made for quite an … Continue reading Meltybrains? Live at The Bowery
Ibeyi’s sophomore record, Ash, retains the essential Afro-Cuban influences of their debut while foraying into experimental electronic territory. Overtly political and intensely personal lyrics allow the sisters to confront themes of race and womanhood, relying heavily on motifs and repetition. … Continue reading Coming Back Stronger: Ibeyi’s Sophomore Album Strong in its vulnerability and brazen in its declarations, “Ash” defies the boundaries of established genres, and proves that all of this can be done to the backdrop of commanding drum lines.
Cut Copy’s latest bleepy bloopy synth fusion represents a lack of progress for the band, who have seemed to settle for what is a largely unforgettable musical style. Haiku From Zero is an unadventurous collection of songs which maintains a certain … Continue reading Cut Copy’s “Haiku From Zero” bleepy bloopy synth / disappointing, generic / forgettable songs
The Killers, a band impossible not to love. I first saw The Killers headlining Tennents Vital Festival in Belfast in the summer of 2014. Originally going to see supporting act Bastille, I couldn’t help but describe The Killers set as … Continue reading The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful review A return to form?
Last Friday, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra opened their new season at the National Concert Hall with an evening that encapsulates what we can expect in the months to come. Led by the new principal guest conductor of the season, … Continue reading A New Season with the NSO The RTE National Symphony Orchestra give a glimpse of what to expect in the forthcoming months with their season opening at the NCH last Friday.
I had never been to The Bowery before this Monday evening just past. Rathmines hasn’t been a regular haunt for me since my first year Halls days when Toast occupied its place near the Swan Centre. Apparently, the bar has … Continue reading Oktoberfest begins at The Bowery An eclectic week of live music at the Rathmines pub
You got through Freshers’ weekend flitting around each others’ apartments, but now that you’ve started to get a gang together, it’s your turn to host. You’ve been trying to gauge the vibes music-wise at other gaffs, but it’s been carnage … Continue reading Music For . . . Your Hall’s Prinks’ Playlist Getting the perfect pre-drinks vibe can be a toughie.
I had never been to The Bowery before last night. Rathmines hasn’t been a regular haunt for me since my first year Halls days when Toast occupied its place near the Swan Centre. Apparently, the bar has been in … Continue reading Oktoberfest at the Bowery If the opening night is anything to go by, expect an eclectic week of live music at the Rathmines pub.
●●●○○ The National’s most recent offering Sleep Well Beast follows after Trouble Will Find Me, which was a puzzling record. It continued their unbroken streak of critical acclaim, appearing on multiple “Albums of the Year” lists as well as earning … Continue reading The National: “Sleep Well Beast” – Review “Sleep Well Beast,” while garnering so far the same critical acclaim as any other The National record, continues what is a downward trajectory.