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

HWCH 2010 – Thursday – Photos

HWCH 2010 - Sleep Thieves

  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 Antlers – Academy – Review

The Antlers

When I was small I had a teddy bear called Yogi. He didn’t look anything like his famous namesake, but I wasn’t all that creative with naming things like that. My budgie was called Budgie. Anyway, I looked after Yogi and occasionally worried about his well-being too much. Peter Silberman reminds me of my Yogi … Continue reading

Wolf Parade – Vicar Street – Photos

Wolf Parade - Vicar Street

Arriving into Vicar Street after being slightly delayed I caught the prolonged final tune from support band Joensuu 1685. Apparently their previous songs were quite normal but this last one was absolutely mentalcakes©. The band hung lifelessly still while banging out a never-ending thudding beat and droning synth while the scattered crowd looked on calmly, … Continue reading

Cathy Davey: Album, Gig, Competition

Cathy Davey - HWCH '07

That up there is Cathy Davey v2.0 performing in 2007. With the arrival last Friday of her third album The Nameless, we have witnessed the launch of v3.0. Each stage of progression and accompanying album has brought a different side of her into the music and this latest effort is no different, in that… it’s … Continue reading

EP09: A Would-Be Tweet Review

You can fuck off if you think I had the money/battery/sanity to be sending Twitter updates from Electric Picnic all weekend. I normally lose the majority of my mind for at least 72 hours down in Stradbally every year and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna try to wrap my brain around 140 characters worth … 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.