Crazy In Love — Anton Yelchin Interview

Crazy In Love — Anton Yelchin Interview

Anton Yelchin may be “cynical” about fame, but following the acclaim of his latest movie, Like Crazy, the Russian-born 22-year-old actor may just have to get used to it. He talks to Steve Cummins about improvisation, paranoia and his parents, Olympic athletes, who were forced to flee Russia upon his birth. Anton...Read More
Jeff Buckley — The Irish Connection

Jeff Buckley — The Irish Connection

Earlier this month, Jeff Buckley would have turned 45 had he still been alive. A phenomenal talent, with a name like Buckley it was obvious there was an Irish connection there. And, delving into his past, I became aware just how deep his connection with Ireland was — from  gigs at the...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...Read More
Evanna Lynch: A Brief Spell

Evanna Lynch: A Brief Spell

Plucked out of thousands to star in the Harry Potter movies, Evanna Lynch’s story is the stuff of fairytales. I was commissioned by New York-based magazine Nylon to write a profile piece on her looking at where she was at that period in her life. I met Evanna the day...Read More
Left High and Dry At The Pool

Left High and Dry At The Pool

A few years ago the new Irish primary school physical education curriculum listed an aquatics strand as key to helping decrease rising child obesity rates. However, how many Irish primary schools have access to a swimming pool? Left High and Dry At The Pool Originally published in The Irish Times...Read More
Pete Doherty: What A Bloody Shambles

Pete Doherty: What A Bloody Shambles

Heroin, stage invasions, captured by a band and whisked off on their tour bus — this is perhaps the closest I came to experiencing the rock ‘n’ roll myth. Normally your average music interview is quite a sedate affair — not so with Pete Doherty. Following a raucous show in...Read More
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30 Years Ago — Punk hits Ireland

30 Years Ago — Punk hits Ireland

On May 27, 2007 Punk hit 30. But while the story of its impact in the UK and the US is well known, just how did Ireland take to that most pivotal of all music movements? Commissioned by the Irish Independent, I talked to some of those who were there. Go Ahead Punk, Make My... Read more
The Pride of Parnell Street

The Pride of Parnell Street

The Pride Of Parnell Street Originally published on RTE.ie Gritty and often deeply moving, Sebastian Barry’s new play is a superb warts-and-all love story that touches on a slice of Dublin life in the midst of change and which is told utilising the great Irish tradition of storytelling-based theatre. Set in September 1999, on the cusp... Read more
No Country For Old Men

No Country For Old Men

Rightly predicting that this film would secure the 2008 Best Picture Oscar, this review was written for the RTE website. During my year and a half with the site I reviewed movies for the site on a weekly basis and many more can be found by browsing the film archives of the RTE Entertainment site.... Read more
Britney's Message To Dublin — I Love You UK!

Britney’s Message To Dublin — I Love You UK!

Britney Spears is coming to Dublin to play The O2 in October…. and she’s already endearing herself to Irish fans! As per her promoter’s just released press release: “Spears has prepared an extraordinary show that promises to be her greatest ever, and reaches Ireland on October 24th when she plays Dublin’s O2. She will be... Read more

On The Stereo – Richmond Fontaine

Originally published on State.ie Richmond Fontaine – ‘I Fell Into Painting Houses In Phoenix, Arizona’ There are few modern American writers out there to match Richmond Fontaine’s Willy Vlautin. As a musician, those in love with Americana will find much to love in Vlautin’s lyrics of the losers, boozers and gamblers of blue collar America.... Read more

Rory and the Island – Colours

Love the summer sunshine vibe of this tune. Can’t but put you in a good mood. New single from Rory Gallagher, he of The Revs fame. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark... Read more
The View — Live at The Academy, Dublin

The View — Live at The Academy, Dublin

FIVE years on and three albums in, you couldn’t claim that The View have set the world alight. Scurrying on to the scene in 2006 amid chants of “The View, The View, The View are on fire,” the Scottish four-piece have tended to implode rather than sparkle as tales of drug abuse and an underwhelming second album filtered from... Read more

Now playing — what’s on the stereo

Rome (Jack White, Danger Mouse, Daniel Luppi) Speaking of Jack White — Swedish duo First Aid Kit’s debut on White’s Third Man Records Caribou are back on the stereo. What a track. LCD Soundsystem — Live Alone (Franz Ferdinand cover) Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers... Read more

Should you burn your records?

Just read a piece by NME journo Rick Martin about how he doesn’t care about physical formats of music and it has riled me. He’s so far wide in missing the point that there’s little point in me pointing out the holes in his article. Just go read it here. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this... Read more

Dumb pop star moments

The NME is great at turning it’s photo galleries into nice little features, and they’ve struck gold again. Some hilarious outbursts in their ‘25 dumb things pop stars have said’ gallery. My favourite is Liam Gallaghers’ “I’m not frightened by [extra-terrestrial life]. I’m as smart as them. Probably thick as fuck, aren’t they? Big goggly-eyed... Read more

Goodbye LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy and Co’s final gig, live from New York’s Madison Square Garden, on Saturday night was absolutely stunning. In some ways, great as it would be to see LCD again, I hope there’s no reunion and he leaves it at that. Here’s the whole epic, near four-hour, set. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post... Read more

The Frames — For The Birds live in Dublin

If there is a famous Glen Hansard quote, than it’s probably his comment around the turn of the last decade that The Frames are a band destined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It was a sentiment that drew to mind last night as their three-hour ‘For The Birds’ show came to a... Read more