Flicks On ‘Flix – Miracle Mile

A ringing phone must be answered. A conceit put forward most famously in Joel Schumacher’s Phone Booth but one that is as old as Alexander Graham Bell really. It is also at the heart of this eighties gem, Miracle Mile. Anthony Edwards stars as Harry, just a man living his life in L.A, falling in love with a girl named Julie and discovering the world is ending in seventy minutes. Yes, upon answering a ringing payphone Harry is informed by someone claiming to be a soldier that the clock has begun to tick and nuclear war will break out in seventy minutes.
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Live In Concert – The Gaslight Anthem, Olympia Theatre, 2010

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Back in 09 a buddy pointed out a band to me in Rolling Stone. They were from New Jersey, they played in a punk rock fashion and one of their songs directly lifted/referenced Bruce Springsteen lyrics. ‘Nuff said, I was interested. What followed from there was me well and truly developing an obsession with Gaslight that has remained solid to today, and with them playing here in a few months what better time than now to look back at when I first saw them.

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Live In Concert – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slane Castle, 2003

This one stings a little. Eleven years ago, I attended one of the greatest gigs I ever have. In the ensuing years everytime I’ve seen this band they’ve taken a further dip in quality, yet for now I’m still able to cling to that one amazing evening all those years ago, just. To me, the Chilis never made it past the departure of John Frusciante and the years leading up to his departure didn’t help their live show. Phoenix Park 04, Oxegen 06, Croke Park 12. A series of diminishing returns compounded by a terrible last album. But anyway, I digress for the millionth time. Continue reading Live In Concert – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slane Castle, 2003

Live In Concert – Tom Waits, The Ratcellar, 2008

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August 1st, 2008 was the day I went to a gig I thought I never would. The elusive Tom Waits was out on tour, and he was spending 3 nights in Dublin. With a marquee erected in Phoenix Park, the fabled Ratcellar, he would bring his unique carnival madness to Dublin’s fair city for one weekend only. Continue reading Live In Concert – Tom Waits, The Ratcellar, 2008

More Than Just A Melody

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I’ve always loved music. Listening, singing, playing; it’s always been there. We listen to music for a multitude of reasons. To sing, to dance, to pick us up and even sometimes to bring us down. It stirs emotion, to those who allow it, above and beyond things we’ve ever previously experienced.
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