Queens of the Stone Age returned to Ireland having made the step up to ‘arena’ shows. The O2 can make for an oddly sterile experience. After a full on body search prior to entry, we were treated to support act Sweethead’s shouty seventies- style glam rock.
It’s fair to say that the concert didn’t quite work, despite Lanegan’s charisma and some pleasing musical moments, there was a distracting lack of focus to the night.
Tindersticks: the band that supports itself. Stuart Staples and co played two sets on a busy Thursday night in Vicar Street. The first set was a more stripped-down set but after a disorientating…
Playing solo with just guitar and vocals, there was a fear that his often sensitive songs would be lost in the large venue. It turned out there was nothing to worry about.
Though the poor attendance prevented the night from truly igniting, for those who WERE there, Hubbert delivered a fine performance.
A nicely packed Button Factory welcomed Gruff Rhys and his Neon Neon project to Dublin for what transpired as a gig of two halves.
From the point of view of space, Whelans was clearly inadequate for a band with 10+ albums. However the no-frills nature of the venue matched Low’s music perfectly.
Whelans recently conducted its own Sunday service, welcoming the return of not one but two giants of 1980s US hardcore: Thurston Moore and Mike Watt (formerly of the Minutemen). Watt’s latest band, the…
As for the main event? Neil Young and Crazy Horse played for a good two hours, consisting of thirteen songs.
We grabbed a quick word with Kevin Murphy afterwards, he mentioned that their next album would be released “at the end of the summer”. By the sounds of the new material aired, it should be worth looking out for.