Theatre | Review: ‘Borstal Boy’ at The Gaiety Theatre

Borstal Boy is currently running at The Gaiety Theatre, the play based on Behan’s book/memoir and gives us both the reflective and present moments of Behan’s actions.

It begins with Behan’s involvement in IRA bombings in Liverpool, or at least attempted ones, his time in prison and in-between on-going of unrest and violence.

Production is quick and moveable, as almost every wall, bed, table have more than one use for the play.  Most of this is turned around by the cast, which features Gary Lydon, playing older Behan, and.Peter Coonan.

The play and stage set up rarely have a dull moment, there are even two or three elements of on stage movement that many would miss depending on where they were sitting.

A show that opens with a bang, not quite staunch republicanism and witty one-liners from Lydon’s character provide an interesting hour and a half.

Borstal Boy runs until 15 October 2014.

Music | Manic Street Preachers’ shows set to be memorable for fans

20 years since the release of the Manic Street Preachers third album “The Holy Bible”, the band have announced dates in December to play the album in its entirety for the very first time.

The album has never played in full, so these very special shows, rumoured and speculated about, will be great for fans.

Tickets were snapped up for the Dublin show.

8 December      GLASGOW, Barrowland

10/11 December     MANCHESTER, Albert Hall

13 December     DUBLIN, Olympia Theatre

15/16/17 December     LONDON, Roundhouse

Music | Watch: ‘Henry and Clare’ by Zoo Harmonics

Zoo Harmonics are a four-piece punk-rock powerhouse hailing from Tel Aviv, Israel. “Business in the Front… Party in the Back” is the band’s first UK release.

Recorded in Seattle at Robert Lang Studios (Nirvana, Taking Back Sunday, and Sunny Day Real Estate) and produced by John Goodmanson (Death Cab for Cutie, The Blood Brothers, and Bikini Kill); they have developed a seminal punk sound.

Above is the acoustic performance of track ‘Henry and Clare’, which has just been released.

Music | KYGO for Twisted Pepper in November

KYGO will perform at the Twisted Pepper on Abbey Street, Dublin, on 27 November 2014.

The show is part of ‘The Endless Summer’ Tour 2014 and will feature AMTRAC as special guest.

Tickets for the show are €19.90 and are available from Ticketmaster.ie and out

Music | The Jazz June reveal new album details

Indie rock outfit The Jazz June recently released details of “After The Earthquake”, their long awaited full-length on Topshelf Records.

Due out on 10 November in the UK (CD/digital/vinyl), the LP was recorded with producer Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.) at Gradwell House, with Steve Poponi (Young Statues) engineering/mixing and Dave Downham (Dowsing, Into It. Over It.) mastering.

Stream new track “edge of space” at Entertainment Weekly, see cover art and track listing below.

1. over underground
2. after the earthquake
3. with honors
4. it came back
5. edge of space
6. stuck on repeat
7. ain’t it strange
8. nothing to see here
9. short changed
10. two floors down

Music | Brian Kennedy for The Sugar Club in November

Following the release of his album “A Love Letter to Joni” in 2013 to celebrate the legendary Singer, Painter, Writer, musician Joni Mitchell’s 70th Birthday, Brian Kennedy has announced a very special night at The Sugar Club Dublin on 6 November.

A Love Letter to Joni” was produced on home soil by Billy Farrell who worked on Brian’s previous album “Voice” which was released in June 2012 and entered the Irish charts at Number 3.

Tickets for Brian Kennedy at The Sugar Club on Thursday 6 November 2014 are priced €25 and are available here.

Music | Watch: ‘Sync’ by Cloud Castle Lake

Dublin trio Cloud Castle Lake released their debut EP, “Dandelion” on last week through Happy Valley Records and was followed by a show in Whelan’s.

Their next Dublin show is at the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival on 4 October in The Button Factory.

Music | Adebisi Shank call it a day

Following an ‘emotional’ set of shows in Whelan’s last Thursday and Friday, Adebisi Shank have called it a day and just before the shows they announced the news.

For many, Adebisi were a big influence, or even just a go to act for a kick ass show.  Like many good and great bands to leave the scene they’ll be missed, but we’ll see them around in the other side projects.

Below is a statement from the band, RobMoro wishes them the best of luck with ALL TVVINS, Speed of Snakes and more.

Dear friends,

We hereby announce the end of a band called Adebisi Shank. From the three of us to all of you, thank you for coming with us on this crazy journey. To Cathy and the Sargent House crew past and present, thank you for believing in us.

Life and music moves on – Lar is making music in All Tvvins, Vin is producing/mixing, working on video games and other cool stuff as VMC Sound, and is also one half of Speed of Snakes. Mick will continue to train for his UFC career.

This Thursday and Friday in Whelans, we will play on an Irish stage for the very last time. Join us if you can. After that, we intend to honour our one existing overseas tour commitment.

To any kids starting bands we offer one piece of advice – play music you love, with people you love, for the people you love.

We saw a million faces

Vin, Lar + Mick (-_-) xxx”

Music | Girl Band sign deal with Domino Publishing

Irish four piece, Girl Band, have announced their partnership with Domino Publishing.

The band join the likes of Fat White Family, Pavement, Jon Hopkins and many, many others.  They are currently on tour in Ireland and will follow this with further Euro dates in October and later into the year.

Their début album is expected in 2015.

Tour Dates:

19 Sep – Joe Lees – Tullamore, IRE
20 Sep – Clonakilty Int Guitar Fest – IRE
26 Sep – Kasbah Social Club – Limerick, IRE
27 Sep – The Button Factory – Dublin IRE w/Cian Nugent and The Cosmos

2 Oct – Waves Festival Vienna – AU
3 Oct – Waves Festival Bratislava – SK
4 Oct – Final Club – Praha, CZ
5 Oct – Kino Šiška – Ljubljana, SL
9 Oct – Roisin Dubh – Galway, IRE
10 Oct – Spirit Store – Dundalk, IRE
16 Oct – Shapes – London, UK w/Prom
17 Oct – Night and Day Café – Manchester, UK
18 Oct – Triskel Arts Centre – Cork, IRE
31 Oct – Le Comfort Moderne – Poitiers, FR

1 Nov – Soy Festival – Nantes, FR

5-9 Nov – Iceland Airwaves, IS

Music | Scala & Kolacny Brothers for Dublin and Cork in 2015

Belgian all girl choir, Scala & Kolacny Brothers, have announced two Irish dates at Cork Opera House on 26 June and Olympia Theatre Dublin on 27 June 2015.

Comprised of the two Kolacny brothers, Steven and Stijn, and Scala, their all-girl choir. Steven plays the piano, Stijn conducts the choir.

Some of their most notable covers include: “Use Somebody” (Kings of Leon), “Everlong” (Foo Fighters), “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana), “Champagne Supernova” (Oasis), “With or Without You” (U2), “Nothing Else Matters” (Metallica),’ and more.

Tickets for The Olympia cost from €32.50 including booking fee are on sale now.