2009 April



Swearing allegiance to the flag

28th April 2009

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 places...


The company of an anonymous stranger

28th April 2009

James Porteous 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 overwhelmingly complementary about the place. Bizarre, considering the reputation for beauty and spectacle that Cirque du Soleil ...


Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz! – Interscope

28th April 2009

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 Karen O; surely the most credible female figure in rock, Alison Mosshart aside. Up until now, ...


Metric – Fantasties – Last Gang

28th April 2009

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 their melodies took the road less travelled, there was room to be amazed by the balancing ...


Irate day for Pirate Bay

28th April 2009

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 fine unless they can argue for a retrial. The site itself is still running, though I ...


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

28th April 2009

Neil Cowan 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 glockenspiel solo, but when the amps are turned down and the electric guitars are packed away, the ...


Deeds of the Swedes

28th April 2009

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 twee pop, and unlike the recent surge of Swedish pop artists, has remained largely uncovered by ...


Family Band values

28th April 2009

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 recreational? It’s a difficult question to answer really. We’ve been doing the group for a long ...


Noise off with Noisettes

28th April 2009

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 dimly lit dressing room in ABC2. The atmosphere is just as warm inside though, lead singer ...


Observe and Report (Dir. Jody Hill)

28th April 2009

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 of Bizarro World version of Paul Blart: Mall Cop — in which Rogen plays Ronnie Barnhardt, ...