Launch of StoryMap Dublin

StoryMap FI

    StoryMap is a new multimedia project that gives people an alternative tour of Dublin through the kind of bizarre stories you’d have to drink in Grogan’s for a few years to gather. In fairness, that’s quite possibly exactly what the people behind the site did, but they’ve gathered some quality tales from a … Continue reading

Tips: Whelan’s Ones Two Watch 2011

January is a bleak, harsh motherflipper of a month and heading into a year with a silly name like 2011 on the back of the constant barrage of bad news that was 2010 is even more miserable. Luckily, the good people at Whelan’s,, The Ticket and have put their brains together in a … Continue reading

Nominations for The Meteors 2011 Announced

Bono craves acceptance, idiots give it to him.

Yesterday it was announced that there would be no Meteor Ireland Music Awards this year due to the people what normally do them not wanting to do them. The out-pouring of grief from dedicated music fans that followed this announcement brought a tear to my eye. What are the people of Ireland supposed to do … Continue reading

Janelle Monáe – Tripod – Photos

Janelle Monáe - Tripod

I’ll by-pass all the unnecessary details about the snow-related chaos that potentially threatened the arrival of Janelle Monáe and her fans to Tripod on a Wednesday evening when Dublin once again fell to pieces. Despite all these issues, the venue was well-filled when I arrived in during support act Brian Deady. I found his style … Continue reading

State vs AU – Mercantile – Photos

Grand Pocket Orchestra - State vs AU - Mercantile

Great night in The Mercantile on Friday as a big crowd came in to get good value for their free entry and see three wonderful live acts in cosy quarters. Cloud Castle Lake kicked it all off with yet another performance of breathtaking beauty. The Lowly Knights followed with an energetic set that had the … Continue reading

Spoon – Academy – Photos

Spoon - Academy

    I was a bit worried that this gig might have turned out to be one of those awkwardly unpopulated affairs, considering the noticeable push for ticket sales in the week leading up to the event. When I arrived, O Emperor had just begun their set to a fairly standard crowd for that time … Continue reading

Local Natives – The Village – Photos

Local Natives - The Village

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 – Photos

M.I.A. - Tripod

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 – Photos

The Cat Empire - Academy

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

HWCH 2010 – Saturday – Photos

HWCH 2010 - Grand Pocket Orchestra

    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

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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.