Swearing allegiance to the flag

Tom Bonnick speaks to the director and stars of In the Loop about Washington motorcades, being too clever for success, and finding comedy in unexpected…

The company of an anonymous stranger

Hearing the interior of the SECC described as anything other than a monstrous collection of ironwork is a fairly uncommon event. Yet the man sitting beside me, Sean McKeown, Artistic Coordinator of Quidam, has just been…

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz! – Interscope

Tom Bonnick Since their 2003 debut album Fever to Tell, Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been carving out a formidable – albeit niche – position within the art-punk rock canon, largely propelled by the powerfully magnetic presence of lead singer…

Metric – Fantasties – Last Gang

Oisín Kealy The four years between ‘Live It Out’ and this new, self-released album have seen a change come over the Canadian quartet. The production here is tighter than ever, but their music plays it safer than before. When…

Irate day for Pirate Bay

Oisín Kealy In the latest blow to file sharers, a guilty verdict has been returned on the case against notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay, the four cofounders now facing a year in prison and a £2.4 million pound…

Frightened Rabbit – The Captain’s Rest – 31/03/2009

Attending an acoustic show can be a frustrating experience. All too often, bands use the occasion to pander to their self-indulgent tendencies; think string quartets and overly earnest Leonard Cohen covers. Everyone loves a cheeky wee…

Deeds of the Swedes

Catriona Reilly Whenever Swedish music is mentioned, a ubiquitous reference to ABBA seems to follow, but our Nordic friends have more to offer us than 70s euro cheese. One genre which has been rapidly gaining popularity in Sweden is…

Family Band values

Oisín Kealy meets Broken Family Band’s Steve Adams A lot is made about the fact that you all have jobs outside of the band, do you think that adds to the longevity of the band, that it’s kept as…

Noise off with Noisettes

Oisín Kealy meets the indie-rock trio turned overnight sensations It is probably the sunniest day we have had at this point since the calendar turned 09, so it seems a shame to have to leave the light for a…

Observe and Report (Dir. Jody Hill)

Tom Bonnick I suppose it’s inevitable that eventually Seth Rogen would tire of playing the same lovable stoner goofball in each of his tri-monthly releases. Caveats aside, Pineapple Express didn’t prepare anyone for Observe and Report — a sort…