NO ENCORE #140 | Say It Again, Julian

Legitimate rock royalty makes an appearance this week, as Dave pulls up a pew alongside the inimitable Julian Casablancas. There’s also a surprise album, a song to redefine the break-up anthem, and Daithí’s deep dive into the world of semi-cyborg internet pop sensations. Yeah, it’s been quite the seven days…

ACT ONE: Colm is afforded the welcome deserved by a man turning up for one show a month, and the rock’n’roll extravaganza that is U2 at 3Arena gets the critical once-over.

ACT TWO: You know him from The Strokes, The Voidz, and now, as Dave Hanratty’s mate. Complete with fancy production values, it’s an interview with  Julian Casablancas.

ACT THREE: Spice Girls. Scuzz. Sprockets. And The Riptide Movement cleaning coastal regions. Seriously, what a time to be alive. It’s the news!

ACT FOUR: He’s one of raps brightest stars – and this week shared one of the year’s least expected albums. Vince Staples caught us off guard with FM, but are the lads tuned into the same frequency?

ACT FIVE: Ariana Grande made all manner of headlines this weekend. David Gray did not. They both make the Song of the Week cut though, complete with experimental post-rock, android pop, and a posthumous release – don’t ever say the lads are predictable…

EXIT MUSIC: Subplots, ‘To A Fault’