Local Natives - The Village

Local Natives – The Village – Photos

I had felt bad about being unable to attend Local Natives‘ previous gigs in Ireland, sure I had missed out on something wonderful. It’s still entirely possible that I did, but during Monday’s gig in The Village, when the band thanked the fans for bringing them there “after that awful Academy 2 thing…” I began … Continue reading

M.I.A. - Tripod

M.I.A. – Tripod – Photos

She made it. That’s one thing that rates this gig above M.I.A.’s other attempted Dublin gigs. Despite having finally managed to schedule a Dublin show without cancelling, there was less excitement about the event than one might imagine. A mixture of the poor ticket sales (due to an off-putting price tag) and the less than … Continue reading

The Cat Empire - Academy

The Cat Empire – Academy – Photos

During the summer I caught up with The Cat Empire in Calgary and got the chance to interview keyboardist Ollie McGill. That interview went up on State last week ahead of their first ever gig in Ireland, which took place last Friday night. My review of the gig can also be found on State and … Continue reading

Alan Butler - I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant

Mental Debris

Alan Butler. He’s a strange one. Difficult to be around. Difficult to describe without using obscenities. Though at times his art can be fairly harrowing to experience too, it is almost always worth the effort. ‘I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realise that what … Continue reading

HWCH 2010 - Grand Pocket Orchestra

HWCH 2010 – Saturday – Photos

    Having been unable or unfit to enjoy the sideshow attractions that HWCH has to offer on the first two days, I started early on Saturday by sampling the HWCH & The City free gigs and the panel discussions. I thought the “Futuregazing” panel was really entertaining and it remained surprisingly focused on the … Continue reading

HWCH 2010 - Futures Apart

HWCH 2010 – Friday – Photos

    With the biggest home game of Ireland’s current qualifying campaign getting underway down the road at the Aviva around the same time as the first bands are tuning up at day two of HWCH, allegiances are questioned and friendships torn apart. Me, I’ve got my Ireland jersey on and intend to view as … Continue reading

HWCH 2010 - Sleep Thieves

HWCH 2010 – Thursday – Photos

  HWCH 2010 – Sleep Thieves So it began. The 2010 Hard Working Class Heroes festival, notable mainly for its notable absentees, began presenting their showcase of the new breed while I was still at home. That didn’t matter though, I had a list and it started at 8pm and, by god, I was going … Continue reading

The Commitments – Reunion Tour Announcement

    Jimmy Rabbitte’s merry band of chancers, The Commitments, are getting back together for a handful of live shows next year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the best-loved Irish films of all time. Today, the original cast/members (well, most of them at least) gathered in Dublin’s Liberty Hall to announce their … Continue reading


Hard Working Class Heroes 2010 – Preview

It’s that time of year again. The Hard Working Class Heroes festival returns for another year with a whole host of new ideas and changes that should make this a great year. One of the big changes is that this year the 3-night jamboree kicks off on Thursday night rather than Friday, meaning that there’ll … Continue reading

Culture Night Dublin 2010

Kultyar Nyt

You must surely have noticed this year’s mightily improved poster design and realised Culture Night is almost upon us again. Sure, it’s not perfect, but it’s getting there. It’s spreading to more and more towns and counties around the country this year and if you’re unfortunate enough to live in one of those places, you … Continue reading

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    "You wouldn't steal a handbag." Piracy is a crime, you know. All mp3 links are included as delicious appetisers to each band. If you like them, buy the main course. Most photos are my own, others are credited. If you like them, throw money at me or some other photographer you like.