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Old But Not Forgotten: On The (Re)Return Of ‘American Football’

In the time since the release of American Football’s first LP in 1999, plenty has happened. In a completely unpredictable turn of events, Mike Kinsella has had a child, breaking the aeons-long cycle of emo frontmen being cursed to remain…

UCD Symphony Orchestra: A Russian Festival At The National Concert Hall

Starting with Glinka’s ‘Overture’, the night began with a surprisingly fast and controlled start, each voice of the orchestra keeping a remarkable control at such speed, while maintaining such delicate lightness throughout. This did sadly play against them at points,…

Gig In Review: Gus Dapperton

Gus Dapperton, a 22-year old New York singer/songwriter, arrives at the intimate setting of the Button Factory dressed in a velvet hot pink Turtleneck, paired with light pink sequin overall, fuscia tinted thick rimmed shades to accent his now iconic…

In Conversation With: Fatima Osman

“This won’t ever become my career but I’m glad it’s going so well” Fatima Osman is busy. Not just law student-busy. Not just DJ-busy. Her weekdays consist of studying, going to class and working at a local prosecutor’s office. Her…

The Groupchat: The Grammys

Niall O’S: As is tradition with the Tribune, we are tackling hot topics two weeks after everyone else has forgotten about them. Nevertheless, we are here to discuss the Grammys and answer questions like do we care? Should we care?…

Art As Therapy: On Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’

Thank U, Next fell from heaven and rose to number one on the Billboard 200 on the 8th of February 2019, just under 6 months after Ariana Grande dropped Sweetner. Not only did it match Sweetner’s Billboard 200 position, but…

Busted Are Back – And We’ve Found Someone Who Cares

Busted, the classic early 2000’s pop-punk band, have returned with their fourth studio album, and the boys are back with a bang. Their latest studio album, Half Way There, released on 1st February 2019, signals a return to pop-punk for…

Revisiting Hours: Jay Reatard’s ‘Blood Visions’

Blood Visions is undoubtedly the magnum opus of the questionably named Jay Reatard, real name James Lee Lindsey Jr.. It’s subversive, experimental and devilishly catchy. His untimely death in 2009 left the thriving Memphis punk scene devoid of one of…

The Groupchat: Fandom & Stan Culture

Niall: Apologies to our readers and contributors for the hiatus but we’re back once again to talk about ‘bad’ fans; specifically, is there such a thing as a bad fan? I’ve no idea where this particular conversation may go but…

Unpacking XXXTentacion And The Exploitation Of Post-Humous Releases

January 23rd of this year saw the release of the collaborative mixtape ‘XXXTentacion Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4’. The project features frequent collaborators of XXX’s as well as recordings of the late artist himself. It was released on XXX’s would-be…

Are Airpods Completely Indefensible?

As someone who no longer identifies as a youth, I can now stand back and observe the habits and interests of current youths with a degree of objectivity. There a number of things that are popular amongst gen z that…

Big Data And Social Media Is Transforming Our Relationship With Music Fandom

I checked my phone, bleary-eyed, on the morning of December 6th. ‘Happy Spotify Wrapped day!’ my friend had written in a music appreciation group on Facebook, alongside a link to her playlist. I rushed to open my own, keen for…