Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ryan Adams & the Shining live at the Cork Opera House 03/03/2015 Review

 
This was to be my fifth time witnessing Mr. Ryan live and was delighted to be finally seeing him playing in Cork. The other three occasions he played the city always didn't work out for me so it was great to just head down the road for an hour and a half and get to such a great gig. We arrived into the opera house just as the support act Natalie Prass was in full flow , It took me a few minutes to realise that in the corner was Ryan on electric guitar and also fellow band member Daniel Clarke on keys. She played a really nice set and will be sure to check out her brand new album just out in January.

After a short wait and a shuffle to pretty much standing in the front row on came Ryan and the Shining to blast out the tour front runner 'Gimme Something Good' . I must admit at this point my dislike of the shining and its purely on the basis of being absolutely spoilt from the Cardinals. I guess that nothing will ever match 2008's gig in the Ambassador in Dublin when the Cardinals were in full flight. The harmonies and that tight knit feeling will never be replaced . I also keep hearing the new live stuff yearning for Jon Graboff's steel guitar parts. That said listening to the live performances of late the band are certainly growing in sound and I was looking forward to hearing a band sound from Ryan after the last two gigs I witnessed have been solo outings (Olympia, Dublin 2012 & Glasgow in 2011) .

Throughout the first two tracks Ryan was indicating to the sound board of issues and after a few songs stopped up and tried to sort it out. He let us know that their were issues with his monitor and jokingly described it like coming to work to find your desk glued to the ceiling. He also said he wrecked his voice during Dirty Rain and there was definitely a croaky element to the vocals throughout. I hope he wasn't walking around Cork that day in the denim jacket and t-shirt but most likely he was considering we don't see much else from his wardrobe :)


After seven songs with the band he decided it best to just play solo to save his voice , We were treated to fourteen intimate acoustic tracks with super crowd interactions and a very laid back vibe as he flicked through his song book picking random gems from his catalogue . Hilariously choosing to cover Bryan Adams' Run to You , the now classic improvised Mr.Cat and covering Patrick Swayze's She's like the Wind. He then dragged the band back on stage to close the night with the crowd favourite Come Pick Me Up . All in all a great night , looking forward to Ryan coming back to Ireland again soon hopefully.

For previous reviews & a History of Ryan's Irish Tour Dates click here

Set List:
Gimme Something Good (w/Band)
Let it Ride (w/Band)
Stay with Me (w/Band)
Dirty rain (w/Band)
Dear Chicago (w/Band)
House not for Sale (w/Band)
Everybody knows (w/Band)

Winding Wheel
Why do they Leave
New York, New York
Two
Trouble
La Cienega Just Smiled
Kim
Let go
If I am a Stranger
Run to You (Bryan Adams )
Mr. Cat Improv
Carolina (w/Natalie Prass)
Friends She's like the Wind (Patrick Swayze) (w/Natalie Prass)

Come Pick Me Up (w/Band)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Albums Worth Checking out in Feb 2015

Bob Dylan - Shadows In The Night
Jape - This Chemical Sea
Gemma Hayes – Bones + Longing
The Phantom Band – Fears Trending
The Charlatans – Modern Nature
Belle & Sebastian - Girls in Peacetime want to dance

Monday, December 29, 2014

Top Ten Albums of 2014 from Indielimerick


Another busy crazy year draws to a close, As you might have noticed the blog has been very quiet this year due to being very busy with work and also busy with our band 'Randolf & the Crokers' . We finally released our debut single Hangin' on the 12th of December and our debut video on the 18th of December (Check it out here) .
Very little gig reviews this year but I did attend some super gigs such as the Arctic Monkeys in Marley Park , The Pigtown Fling in the Crescent Hall , Fox Jaw releasing their album in Dolans , The Lost Brother album tour in Dolans and have yet to get around to posting about them but will when I have time.
Below are a few albums I really enjoyed over the year and kept coming back to, would love to hear what you enjoyed so be sure to leave a comment. Hope you have a great 2015 Cheers!


Beck - Morning Phase
Interpol - El Pintor

dREA - Bravest of All
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams

The Lost Brothers - New Songs of Dawn and Dust
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Fox Jaw - Ghost's Parade
 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Albums Worth Checking out in Nov 2014

Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were
Anna Mitchell - Fall Like That'
Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
The Young Folk – The Little Battle
She & Him - Classics

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Albums Worth Checking out in October 2014

Rhob Cunningham - The Window and Day
The Coral - The Curse Of Love
Johnny Marr - Playland
John Blek - Cutting Room Floor
Neil Young - Storytone
Hozier - Hozier

Friday, September 19, 2014

Albums Worth Checking out in September 2014


The Pigtown Fling
Fox Jaw - Ghost's Parade
Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
Ethan Johns - The Reckoning
Interpol - ElPintor
The Lost Brothers - New Songs of Dawn and Dust

Friday, August 22, 2014

Albums Worth Checking out in August 2014


The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Ryan Adams - 1984
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
The Magic Numbers - Alias
Carswell & Hope - A Hunger

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Albums Worth Checking out in Jul 2014


Morrissey – World Peace Is None of Your Business
Manic Street Preachers – Futurology
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – CSNY 1974
King Creosote – From Scotland With Love
SaintSeneca - Dark Arc
Angus And Julia Stone – Angus And Julia Stone 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

dREA live at Cobblestone Joes 16/05/2014 Review


Managed to check out local band dREA launch their album in Cobblestone Joes at the start of the month. The 11 tracks 'Bravest of All' is a superb record and well worth checking out. The vocal layering and massive amount of instruments played throughout the album is simply excellent. Its an album you will constantly be going back to for another listen and hear another superb inclusion in the song structures.
Lead singer Damien Drea's voice is a deep almost Matt Berninger type vibe adding a darkness to the tracks. Had the pleasure of heading along to the acoustic launch of the album the week previous and then tonight we saw the band giving the songs welly on front of packed venue. 

Do yourself a favour and go buy the album and go check them out live, Cheers for a great night of music!!
SetList:
Bravest of All
Through the Wire
Voice on the Road
Lost in the Water
Crystals
Science
Fear
To the River
Animal
Father is a Drummer
Violence


Kasabian live at The Big Top , Limerick 16/05/2014 Review


So this years Glastonbury headliners Kasabian played down the local Milk Market recently , What a treat to have such a high profile act call in to us. The band have played in Dolans on two other occasions and love to come back to the city before hitting every festival known to man for the summer. The hard working lads have just brought out there 5th studio album "48:13" titled due to the running time.
Been to see them many festivals including last year in Marley Park, The always bring a great energy and showmanship to a gig. The party atmosphere was in full swing in the big top in limerick on the night in question and the crowd got more into as the night went on, The new tracks are very much party anthems relying heavily on dancer beats going back to their routes. They work perfect on a live setting and as we saw clearly on the night.
Waterford band O Emperor opened up proceeding , unfortunately the early start and small crowd and festival sound rig didn't really show how brilliant this band are, There latest album is a must have and do go see them live if you get a chance over the summer.
As you will see below in the set the band left a few festival classics right to the end and the tent was well and truly hopping by the end of the night. Hopefully they will be back before another string of summer dates down the line, Cheers for a great night!

Setlist:

1. Bumblebeee
2. Shoot the Runner
3. Underdog
4. Fast Fuse
5. Days Are Forgotten
6. eez-eh
7. Where Did All the Love Go?
8. Running Battle
9. Take Aim  (Snippet of "The Doberman")
10. Stevie 
11. Club Foot
12. Re‐Wired
13. Empire
14. Fire
Encore:
15. Switchblade Smiles
16. Vlad the Impaler
17. Praise You  (Fatboy Slim cover)
18. L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)


Albums Worth Checking out in June 2014


Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
Jack White - Lazaretto
Neil Young - A Letter Home  
Paul Weller – More Modern Classics
Kasabian - 38:13
The Phantom Band – Strange Friend