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

The Tallest Man on Earth – Whelan’s – Photos

The Tallest Man on Earth - Whelan's

If two loved-up Tallest Man on Earth fans had conceived a child on his last visit to Whelan’s, the little baby would be due today. As a sign of what a stand-up guy he is, Kristian Matsson returned to Dublin last night to check on the potential new-born and play a few songs. I don’t … Continue reading

Sam Amidon – Whelan’s – Photos

Samamidon - Whelan's

“Lovely stuff!” – that’s what I heard someone shout out at the end of one of Leif Vollebekk‘s songs. It was delivered with the kind of aggressively supportive tone of a football fan on the terraces. It seemed strange given Vollebekk’s gentle style of music and the calm, seated arrangement in the venue. We were … Continue reading

Girls – Whelan’s – Photos

Girls are like a throwback to a time that never existed. Each member seems to exist autonomously in a unique, fictional part of now. Last night in Whelan’s they each seemed to be having fun in their own way (besides, perhaps, the sullen, business-like bass player). Frontman Christopher Owens revelled in the occasion like a … Continue reading

Xiu Xiu – Whelan’s – Photos

Strange gig in Whelan’s on Saturday night. Decent crowd in the venue and almost all seemed devoted to the cause of the Xiu Xiu. Their set, heavy on material from their latest album Dear God, I Hate Myself, sharply turned corners to move in drastically different directions. They’ve carved a following with this sort of … Continue reading

tUnE-YaRdS – Whelans – Photos

tUnE-YaRdS returned to Dublin this weekend and got such a good response she considered moving here to live a life of fame and adoration. It was mightily different from her previous visit supporting Dirty Projectors in September. That night she walked onto a stage in front of a small crowd who had arrived early and … Continue reading

Dog Years Are Over

There were times last night when I felt like I might have been fooled into attending the filming of one of those girls-night-out Christmas party Boots ads. While The Temper Trap demonstrated the strength of the rest of their album, the Olympia slowly filled up with excited young-ish ladies dressed up for a night of … Continue reading

Homelights Festival – Sunday Photos

I’m very late in bothering to put these up here. Last Sunday, no wait, the Sunday before, was a day-long gig in Whelan’s as part of the Homelights Festival. I spent the early part of the day raiding the Flea Market and eating cookies but got down in time to catch a good bit of … Continue reading

But I guess I’m already there

Homelights is Adrian Crowley and Foggy Notions‘ new baby. Paired with the Fence Collective‘s Homegame in Fife, Scotland and Adem‘s Homefires in London, Crowley’s new venture will see all sorts of delights taking place in Whelan’s over the weekend. Taking over the bulk of the venue for 4 evenings and also Sunday afternoon, Homelights will … Continue reading

Dirty Projectors & tUnE-YaRdS – Photos

Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe my shoes were too tight, maybe it was the hyperactive young lads in front of me air-drumming all night but Dirty Projectors never really scaled any great heights for me last night. Of course, maybe it was the fact that support act tUnE-YaRdS was so enthralling that I … Continue reading

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