A six-pack of reasons why you should go see Magic Mike XXL immediately

The plot of Magic Mike XXL is so barely-there that you could fit it in one tweet and still have enough characters left to create a witty hashtag: And yet, what appears at first glance to be a flimsy thong of a movie (a … Continue reading A six-pack of reasons why you should go see Magic Mike XXL immediately

What the hell is happening with season two of True Detective? Four questions I have…

Will Colin Farrell as Ray Velcoro continue being the best thing in the show? Continue reading What the hell is happening with season two of True Detective? Four questions I have…

Concerning a Sufjan Stevens sighting, The Olympia, Dublin

Great musicians become great musicians because of one thing: innovation. Think David Bowie’s flirtation with a new musical persona; Talking Heads’ layered basslines and polyrhythmic experimentation on Remain in Light; or Tom Waits’ ability to consistently reinvent himself while staying true to his grizzly spirit. The history of artists reinventing their careers does feature some car crashes, but those that did it successfully demonstrated that it is better to embrace change than fear it. Michigan-born musician Sufjan Stevens is a perfect example of someone who is consistently innovative. With the release of his fourth album Seven Swans, in 2004, Stevens … Continue reading Concerning a Sufjan Stevens sighting, The Olympia, Dublin

Twin Shadow – Dublin date announced

A Dublin date has been announced for new kid on the block and current Sweet Oblivion fave, Twin Shadow. If you haven’t heard of this young fellow (aka George Lewis Jr) then please run to this website and have a listen to his debut album, Forget, for free. Being that I am a fan of quiffs, The Smiths, disco, teasing song lyrics that are on the right side of obtuse and videos that are deliberately grainy and just a little grimy, then, naturally, it so follows that I think Twin Shadow is rather wonderful. There’s something about the spooky, slightly … Continue reading Twin Shadow – Dublin date announced

Groom’s Golden Age

One of the best things about moving to a new city is finding new music – discovering bands that may not be well known (yet) in your previous home town, or bands that simply haven’t fallen onto your radar. When I moved to Dublin two years ago, Groom were one of the bands I was really looking forward to seeing, not least because they were mentioned a lot on the Thumped forum and I was curious to experience what they were like live. I think the first performance by Groom that I saw was in the Lower Deck, a quirky … Continue reading Groom’s Golden Age