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Review: Stone Roses - All For One

Review: Stone Roses – All For One

Review of the Stone Roses' 2016 comeback single, All For One Read more
Live Review: Two Door Cinema Club at Whelan's, Dublin

Live Review: Two Door Cinema Club at Whelan’s, Dublin

Tudor Door Cinema Club (Two Door Cinema Club) Whelan’s, Dublin 11 April 2016 SO WHAT do the new songs sound like? After more than two years away from the public’s gaze, that was the question on the lips of those who didn’t quite manage to squeeze into the tight confines of Whelan’s of Wexford Street.... Read more
Shane MacGowan joins The Libertines onstage and 'falls asleep' during Dublin gig

Shane MacGowan joins The Libertines onstage and ‘falls asleep’ during Dublin gig

Recent news story for NME.com on The Libertines Dublin show - July 2015 Read more
Why ruin a band reformation with dreaded new material?

Why ruin a band reformation with dreaded new material?

The Libertines are the latest band to embark on the new material trail following a successful live reformation. Read more
Review: Forbidden Fruit, Dublin

Review: Forbidden Fruit, Dublin

Forbidden Fruit flew into life over the weekend amid pulsating sets from Maya Jane Coles, Booka Shade, Jamie xx, and Run The Jewels. Read more
Time for Slane to ditch the 'safe bet' headliners

Time for Slane to ditch the ‘safe bet’ headliners

This year’s Slane line-up is uninspiring, safe and poised to be another yawn-fest. It's time for a radical change. Read more
Live Review: The Cribs at Whelan's, Dublin

Live Review: The Cribs at Whelan’s, Dublin

Andy Lee has seldom seen nights like this. The world champion boxer only just managed to remain on his feet after 19 rounds of glorious melodic punk from the Jarman brothers, aggressively delivered amid ferocious moshing, furious pogoing and the incoming jabs of crowd surfers’ trailing legs. Read more
Live Review: Natalie Prass at Whelan's, Dublin

Live Review: Natalie Prass at Whelan’s, Dublin

High on a wave of sensational reviews, Natalie Prass kicked off a tour in support of her debut album at Whelan's in Dublin. Read more
Live review: The Lost Brothers at Electric Ballroom, London

Live review: The Lost Brothers at Electric Ballroom, London

The Lost Brothers Electric Ballroom London ★★★ (out of five) IN that boisterous hour between anticipation and deliverance it can be difficult for any support act to get a decent hearing of their wares. That the Lost Brothers manage to command the attention of an audience that have paid to hear only St Paul &... Read more

A missed opportunity – second-gen Irish should be centre-stage at Royal Albert Hall concert

Comment on the lack of second-generation Irish representatives at the concert for President Higgins at London's Royal Albert Hall... Read more
I Hope I Die Before I Get Old - Rock Star Deaths

I Hope I Die Before I Get Old – Rock Star Deaths

So it’s official, rock n’ roll can seriously damage your health. A respected scientific study, published this week in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, revealed that rock and pop stars are twice more likely to depart the world stage at an earlier age than the rest of us, with a life expectancy of... Read more
Lily Allen: What's Up Tiger Lily?

Lily Allen: What’s Up Tiger Lily?

In 2006 I sat down with and interviewed Lily Allen just as she was on the cusp of becoming one of Britain’s biggest pop stars. What was to be a 400 word piece was later elevated to a major Hot Press magazine cover story thanks to the strength of my interview. Indeed it proved one of the... Read more