Category : Music Reviews

Russian Circles – 23rd March 2017

Russian Circles with support from Cloakroom Thursday 23rd March 2017 – Empire Music Hall, Belfast Cloakroom on-stage: it’d be easy to get confused as to whether this is a gig or a controlled demolition of the Belfast Empire. “Thus is…

March 27, 2017

Ben Glover

Ben Glover – The Emigrant

There is one thing that can be said about the music scene in Northern Ireland. It is so deeply intertwined with the culture and heritage of this Isle of Ireland that I shouldn’t be surprised to come across such sterling…

March 6, 2017

Singles Club – February 2017

February may be the shortest month but my column inches remain the same and, if anything, I have as much cracking content to fit in as ever. I guess the issues to note this month are:- 1. How high the…

March 2, 2017

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Car Chase City – Captain Gravity & The Wasters

  Fans of Tenacious D may recognize the name of this spunky, alternative-pop-punk quartet from Belfast. Originally formed in 2013, their latest release, Captain Gravity & The Wasters is definitely going to take them places. Opening track ‘Zero Gravity’ has something…

February 20, 2017

Frightened Rabbit – 7th February 2017

Frightened Rabbit Tuesday 7th February 2017 – Limelight 1, Belfast It’s still relatively early in the evening when at 8.15pm Selkirk’s finest, Frightened Rabbit take to the stage at The Limelight for their first headline Belfast Show. Having released five…

February 10, 2017

Singles Club – January 2017

Happy New Year to you all. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I thought I’d at least make one relating to my wee column. My resolution was to clear the decks of all the music submitted to me…

February 7, 2017

James Vincent McMorrow – 28th January 2017

James Vincent McMorrow Saturday 28th January 2017 – Ulster Hall I am a gig goer. I love them. For me, there is nothing better than meandering off a street and into a venue big or small. Seeing the music conjured…

February 1, 2017

Independent Venue Week

Independent Week Special – 28th January 2017

Arborist, Franklyn, Our Krypton Son & Joel Harkin Saturday 28th January 2017 – Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast A simple idea, the ambitiously collaborative Independent Venue Week is a week-long celebration of grassroots music venues. Showcases nationwide let us appreciate our…

January 31, 2017

Bronagh Gallagher – Gather Your Greatness

There have been few cultural phenomenons in Ireland that are as all-encompassing as The Commitments: Alan Parker’s adaption of Roddy Doyle’s debut novel was an instant smash on it’s 1991 release, with it’s blend of razor sharp working class wit…

January 29, 2017

Axecatcher – Common Blood

I remember seeing Axecatcher live at a gig in Belfast thinking they were outstanding and extremely energetic in their performance. If you like heavy music, this is where it’s at in Northern Ireland. The band name itself is brutal. This…

January 23, 2017

Catch Band Photo

Catch – Catch EP

Britpop was an odd phenomenon, with many of the brightest and most popular British bands of the time rejecting contemporary sounds like shoegaze, grunge and acid house to instead celebrate British guitar pop of the 1960s. In fairness, it was…

January 22, 2017

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Gnarkats – Waves Collide

First appearing on our radar at the very beginning of 2016, Gnarkats initial recordings were rough around the edges but showed glimpses of inventiveness and talent. The Belfast four-piece’s progress since then shines through on new EP ‘Waves Collide’, released…

January 9, 2017

Malojian

Malojian – This Is Nowhere

2016 was a year marked by loss. Internationally, we lost some of our biggest heroes: David Bowie, Prince and Motorhead’s Lemmy. And at home, we lost some of our own local heroes – the legendary Bap Kennedy, and the tragically…

January 3, 2017

Ciaran Lavery – 19th December 2016

Ciaran Lavery, with support from Joelle Taylor Monday 19th December 2016 – The MAC, Belfast It’s been a busy year for Ciaran Lavery. Between performances at Great Escape, Latitude, even a break from the summer festival circuit to play a…

December 24, 2016

Lost Highways - Beneath the Cedars

Lost Highways – Beneath the Cedars

It took me a few listens before I could put in to words my opinion of Lost Highways, Beneath the Cedars, not my usual cup of tea is how I can best put it. Purely instrumental, I can appreciate the talented…

December 13, 2016