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Pat Carty

A veritable Thomas Young de notre temps, Carty holds two, count them - one, two - masters degrees, one in science and one in the liberal arts, which form a fetching wall hang in his penthouse bathroom. He was head hunted by Hot Press from The Watchtower, for whom he wrote a popular advice column for nearly two decades. Despite his firm belief that popular music should have ceased trading around the time Van Halen fired Dave Lee Roth and The Clash fired Mick Jones, he will listen to anything for money and/or hard liquor. If he doesn’t know the answer, he can make it up for you cheap.

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Interview: Arcade Fire: On controversial marketing campaigns and legendary Irish appearances

2018-07-16 10:58:00

Will Butler of rock behemoths Arcade Fire on the controversial marketing campaign for Everything Now, that legendary ‘05 Electric Picnic appearance, why the band aren’t as dark as Radiohead, and how he’s hoping to effect social change through his “Disco Town Halls”. Heavy lifting: Pat Carty.

Live: Paul Simon Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour, with James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt at the R.D.S.

2018-07-14 12:14:00

Mellow Gold: Top-Flight Troubadouring As Rhymin' Simon Bids Ireland A Fond Adieu, Ably Assisted By A Stellar Supporting Cast. Boy With The Bubbles: Pat Carty.

Album: Album Review: Gavin Glass, Opus Pocus

2018-07-13 12:37:00

'Art Of Glass - Local Hero Returns With A Winning Change Of Direction.

Album: Album Review: Buddy Guy, The Blues Is Alive And Well

2018-07-10 16:11:00

Last Man Standing Still Cookin'!

Album: Album Review: John Coltrane, Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album

2018-07-09 17:33:00

Delayed 'Trane finally arrives.

Live: Queen & Adam Lambert, The Boomtown Rats, and The Darkness at Marlay Park

2018-07-09 14:09:00

They Still Rule. A Rockin' Day Out In Rathfarnham. In The Lap Of The Gods: Pat Carty

Live: The The at The Iveagh Gardens

2018-07-08 12:43:00

Matt Johnson's Mob Please A Packed Park. Our Man With The Sun Tan: Pat Carty.

News: Springsteen Releases Legendary Roxy '78 Show

2018-07-07 10:40:00

Long Sought After FM Broadcast Is The Latest Addition To The Boss' Live Archive

Live: Kris Kristofferson at The Olympia Theatre

2018-06-30 13:01:00

The Master Songwriter Gracefully Offers A Dignified Adieu, And Leaves Pat Carty On The Floor.

Video: WATCH: David Keenan at The Hot Press Speakeasy, Forbidden Fruit 2018

2018-06-28 15:07:00

During Forbidden Fruit Festival in June, Irish singer songwriter David Keenan was talking to Pat Carty at the Hot Press Speakeasy tent.

Live: Roger Waters: Us + Them, The 3Arena

2018-06-28 12:24:00

A Highly Politicised Visual Extravaganza Is Enough To Convince Even A Non-Believer Like Pat Carty On The Second Night Of Waters' Stop At North Wall Quay

Live: Elvis Costello & The Imposters at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

2018-06-24 13:26:00

The Costello Show Rolls Into Grand Canal Square. Blinded By The Light: Pat Carty

Interview: The Hot Sprockets let loose as they talk about new album Dream Mover

2018-06-18 14:28:00

Irish rockers The Hot Sprockets discuss their cracking new album Dream Mover, being inspired by Fela Kuti, and the Repeal referendum. Interview: Pat Carty

Album: Album Review: The Darkness 'Live At Hammersmith'

2018-06-15 14:24:00

News Justin! British rockers The Darkness release their first live-album!

Album: Album Review: Rebellion Rises, Ziggy Marley

2018-06-12 11:19:00

Ziggy Sunburst.

Album: As Long As I Have You, Roger Daltrey

2018-06-06 14:35:00

Roger Mór.

Album: Almost Home, Blind Boys Of Alabama

2017-08-23 11:49:00

Blind Faith

Live: Forbidden Fruit 2018: Monday

2018-06-05 11:15:00

Fontaines DC and David Keenan take home the medals on a beautiful closing day in Kilmainham. Running around: Pat Carty.

Live: Bryan Adams at the 3Arena

2018-05-22 11:12:00

Canada's Chart Conqueror Gets His Hits Out For An Adoring Crowd. Pat Carty was front row centre.

Live: The Minutes - Hello, Hello, They're Back Again

2018-05-19 13:56:00

Arses Kicked and Hangovers Cured. Pat Carty gives thanks and praises for the return of The Mighty Minutes, Upstairs in Whelan's.

Album: Album Review: 44/876, Sting & Shaggy

2018-05-17 12:18:00

Wrong Number. Not Irie. At all. But at least there are no lutes.

News: The Rolling Stones, An Appreciation

2018-05-16 15:26:00

Horrendous Stones pub bore Pat Carty offers his considered and balanced opinion on the merits of the young Dartford hopefuls who are in town for a low-key gig this week, and "curates" a couple of playlists to get us in the mood before we get down in Drumcondra.

Album: Album Review: Last Man Standing, Willie Nelson

2018-05-16 15:08:00

Another Twelve Inches of Willie.

Album: Album Review: The Prodigal Son, Ry Cooder

2018-05-14 12:58:00

Bring out the fattened calf!

Album: Album Review: Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing), Derek Smalls

2018-05-09 23:06:00

Spinal Tap On Final Lap: Pat Carty receives a late night phone call from The World’s Greatest Rock Journalist - Samuel J. Snort Esq. - concerning their mutual friend

Interview: Manic Street Preachers: On politics, Brexit and their new album Resistance Is Futile

2018-05-09 10:26:00

At the top of the charts with their provocative new album Resistance Is Futile, the Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire sounds off on the tumultuous state of international politics and the malign influence of social media on political debate.

Live: U2: eXPERIENCE Trumps iNNOCENCE in Tulsa

2018-05-03 11:10:00

On the opening night of the eXPERIENCE & iNNOCENCE 2018 tour, U2 sprang a number of surprises. Well, what did you expect from the biggest, and most ambitious, rock band in the world? Our man in Tulsa: Pat Carty

News: The Edge Talks eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE

2018-05-02 17:00:00

U2's eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour opens in Tulsa later tonight. The Edge spoke briefly to Hot Press about it.

Album: Album Review: Dream Mover, The Hot Sprockets

2018-04-25 15:35:00

Good Time Merchants Get It Right. Dream Brother: Pat Carty.

Interview: Wall That You Can't Leave Behind

2018-04-22 11:27:00

Joe and Steve Wall discuss The Stunning's Twice Around The World remake/remodel, and life back on the road, and back in the day. Interview: Pat Carty.

Live: Live: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at The Olympia

2018-04-19 12:18:00

Pat Carty Reports From A Rousing Roots Revival

Album: Album Review: From The Fires, Greta Van Fleet

2018-04-18 17:31:00

American rockers who've possibly heard of Led Zeppelin.

News: Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'!!

2018-04-08 11:42:00

What is the hot, round thing in the sky??

Album: Album Review: Boarding House Reach, Jack White

2018-04-06 17:15:00

Reach exceeds grasp.

Album: Album Review: Tearing At The Seams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

2018-04-05 10:38:00

Roots rock heroes deliver the goods.

Album: Album Review: Whatever It Takes, The James Hunter Six

2018-03-28 19:24:00

Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's 1959

News: Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

2018-03-17 11:13:00

In honour of that celebrated snake charmer of old, Pat "Pádraig Gluaisteán Tae" Carty, pictured above, left, "curates" an Irish playlist.

Album: Album Review: Rare Birds, Jonathan Wilson

2018-03-14 15:58:00

Ahead of Wilson's headline Whelan's show this Thursday night, Pat Carty ties a rope around his waist and wades in

Interview: Wild Boys: "They think we’re walking down war-torn streets still”

2018-03-05 14:27:00

One of the most highly, er, touted Irish bands of the moment, Northern punks TOUTS discuss their blistering live shows, supporting rock icons Paul Weller and Liam Gallagher, having vibrators thrown at them onstage, and their quest for world domination. Informant: Pat Carty

Live: A Celebration of Sgt Pepper with The Bootleg Beatles & The UCD Symphony Orchestra at The Bord Gais Theatre

2018-02-26 19:10:00

A Splendid Time Is Guaranteed For All: Notorious Beatles Barroom Bore Pat Carty Hotwires The Hot Press DeLorean Back To 1967

Album: Album Review: Temet, Imarhan

2018-02-23 11:24:00


Album: Wyvern Lingo, Wyvern Lingo

2018-02-22 15:37:00

Long Awaited Debut From The Bray-Based Three-Piece Is R&B With A Loudly Beating Heart. Dragon Talk Deciphering: Pat Carty

Report: Me Auld Flowers

2018-02-21 20:00:00

Ahead of their return to Vicar St. this Thursday, Hot Press' resident caimiléir uafásach Pat Carty, pictured here standing in a hole beside Liam and Fiachna, looks back on Hothouse Flowers' last two Dublin shows

Album: Album Review: Walk Between Worlds, Simple Minds

2018-02-13 14:35:00

Scotch curate's egg.

Album: Album: Tales From The Back Seat - The Academic

2018-02-07 18:39:00

Young Hopefuls Prove Themselves Fully Qualified. RSA Examiner: Pat Carty

Album: Album Review: Between Two Shores, Glen Hansard

2018-01-30 17:05:00

The Sea Of Love

Live: TradFest Folk Gala: Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer / Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro / I Draw Slow

2018-01-29 13:28:00

A Soulful, Emotional Close to TradFest 2018. Report: Pat Carty

Interview: Alison's Starting To Happen

2018-01-13 11:06:00

Comedian Alison Spittle celebrates the debut of her acclaimed sitcom, Nowhere Fast, and the Worrier Princess stand-up show, which lands in Dublin's Vicar Street tonight. Interview: Pat Carty

Live: David Keenan & Friends Beguile Whelan's

2018-01-08 22:22:00

A Celebratory Night Of Songs And Stories from David Keenan, Harry Hoban and the Brothers Kane, Junior Brother, and Stephen Murphy. Hiding In The Corner: Pat Carty

Album: Album Review: The Rolling Stones, On Air

2018-01-02 16:56:00

The Man Come On The Radio, He's Telling Me More And More...

Reports: U2 On Screen

2018-01-02 13:44:00

U2 have always been hugely aware of the potential of live films to spread the gospel. As a result, they've made some of the finest ever concert movies. Square eyes: Pat Carty

Live: Square Pegs/Joey Gavin/Jesse John Heffernan at The Sugar Club

2018-01-02 12:28:00

Pat Carty rouses himself to attend the Sugar Club Holiday Bash

Track: The Greatest Christmas Record Of Them All?

2017-12-24 11:28:00

Pat Carty, pictured here with a close personal friend at the legendary Hot Press Christmas ding-dong, speculates on an alternate hypothesis vis-à-vis the eternal question.

Album: Album Review: Seafoam Green, Topanga Mansion

2017-12-22 16:33:00

The Irish Harmony & Musical Companion

News: St. Joe Strummer Celebrated On The 15th Anniversary Of His Passing

2017-12-22 14:23:00

Hard as it is to believe, today marks the 15th anniversary of The Clash Frontman's death. Clash Jam Wallop, The Dubtones, and Trouble Pilgrims pay tribute in the Grand Social

News: Unreleased Led Zeppelin Material Promised For 2018

2017-12-22 12:27:00

The sound of the ground beneath the barrel being scraped? Jimmy Page offers more New Old.

Live: The Strypes Pull Off A Christmas Cracker In Whelan's

2017-12-22 11:27:00

A Seasonal Arse Kicking, Care of Cavan's Own Boyz II Men. Holiday Cheerer: Pat Carty

Live: Glen Hansard treats Vicar St. to Springsteen-esque three hour - and the rest! - thriller

2017-12-18 14:43:00

Presenting the Glen Hansard Soul Orchestra. Converted: Pat Carty

Interview: Pugwash Main Man Discusses His Stunning New Record Silverlake And His Plans For 2018

2017-12-18 11:47:00

Pugwash's Thomas Walsh is back with another gorgeous collection of sparkling guitar pop, Silverlake. He talks about the album’s creation and where he's going next.

Interview: The Darkness' Justin Hawkins': On making rock, past excesses, and drawing the line

2017-12-18 11:14:00

Sex, drugs and rock and roll are all unsurprisingly on the agenda as Justin Hawkins, frontman of pomp-rock gods The Darkness, reflects on past excesses. “I miss being able to drive my boob chariot into arenas,” he tells Pat Carty, who also recalls the great rock prop disasters we have known.

Live: The Blades Take The Academy

2017-12-15 13:46:00

Paul Cleary's Mod Mob Deliver The Christmas Goods. Dad Dancing: Pat Carty

News: Radio Free Europe: In-depth REM Profile Set For RTE Radio One

2017-12-14 15:46:00

80's Rock Saviours Are Sweeney's Men In Brilliant New Radio Documentary

News: Cathy Davey Leads The Charge for Whelan's Charity Do

2017-12-13 12:58:00

In aid of her own My Lovely Horse Rescue Charity, Cathy Davey and a host of heads perform this Friday in Whelan's

Album: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Who Built the Moon?

2017-12-09 10:52:00

Plod Free Platter From Gallagher, Snr.

News: Bono & The Edge sit down with shock jock Howard Stern on SiriusXM

2017-12-06 11:28:00

Forty years covered in fifty plus minutes - From Fighting on stage in front of Talking Heads to Songs Of Experience

Live: Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters with Seth Lakeman at The Bord Gáis Theatre

2017-12-04 14:38:00

The Redoubtable Mr. Robert Plant Brings His Magical Musical Caravan To Town. Stowaway: Pat Carty

Live: Live: Songhoy Blues at The Button Factory

2017-11-26 13:07:00

'World Music' In The Truest Sense of the Words. Pat Carty Reports.

Live: Queens Of The Stone Age at the 3Arena

2017-11-25 13:40:00

“A Monumental Racket”: Pat Carty is granted an audience with rock royalty

Album: Tinariwen Elwan

2017-02-27 17:55:00

Mali Hands Make Tight Work

News: The Songs of Experience Countdown: Hot Press writers share their favourite U2 experiences

2017-11-21 11:09:00

10 Hot Press writers share their favourite U2 moments as we get set for the release of Songs of Experience on December 1. Up first: Pat Carty takes us back to a beautiful day in Slane, 2001.

Album: Album Review: Lucinda Williams, This Sweet Old World

2017-11-15 17:18:00


Album: Album Review: All American Made, Margo Price

2017-11-14 11:46:00

The Price is right...

Album: Album Review: Los Paradiso, Los Paradiso

2017-11-02 16:34:00

Well seasoned pros lay out their wares.

Live: Liam Gallagher, The Strypes and TOUTS - Samhain Festival - Weston Airport

2017-10-30 10:49:00

Liam Gallagher gets the finger out, as The Strypes and TOUTS snap at his heels. Hangar-on: Pat Carty

Live: Steely Dan at the 3Arena

2017-10-29 13:23:00

Last man standing Donald Fagen brings the 'Dan to Dublin. Pat Carty reports.

News: Tom Petty Tribute for Dublin's Grand Social

2017-10-24 12:55:00

Great and good Dublin musical talent come together to pay tribute to the late Heartbreaker

Report: The Full Tom Petty Tribute: Into The Great Wide Open

2017-10-23 13:02:00

Music recently lost another iconic rock and roll figure with the sad passing of Tom Petty. As well as being one of the great American songwriters, Petty’s extraordinary life and times also encompassed record company wrangles, divorce, drug problems, a mid-career slump and an eventual triumphant resurgence. Tribute: Pat Carty

Album: Album Review: Sky Trails, David Crosby

2017-10-17 15:28:00

Rock icon still going strong.

Live: The Darkness at The Academy

2017-10-15 16:17:00

Pat Carty attains rock nirvana in twenty seconds, and wakes up with his head in a sling

Live: Whole Lotta Zepp Present Houses Of The Holy Live At The Sugar Club

2017-10-14 18:30:00

Pat Carty returns to his natural habitat, the early seventies, with Whole Lotta Zepp

Album: Album Review: Robert Plant, Carry Fire

2017-10-13 12:40:00

Bob's yer Uncle

News: Tom Hingley, formerly of The Inspiral Carpets, Plays The Underground This Sunday

2017-10-12 14:24:00

The Carpet man, who isn't called Des Kelly, comes to town.

Live: Live Report: Neil Diamond Brings 50th Anniversary Tour To Dublin

2017-10-11 17:21:00

Pat Carty has a good time with the mighty Neil Diamond at the 3Arena

Album: Album Review: The Darkness, Pinewood Smile

2017-10-10 15:04:00

'Art Of Darkness

Album: Album Review: Hitchhiker, Neil Young

2017-10-02 17:06:00

Young man blues...

Reports: A Tribute To Walter Becker - The Man Didn't Give A Fuck

2017-09-26 15:08:00

As one half of Steely Dan, Walter Becker helped to create what is among the most potent musical legacies of the past fifty years. Walter’s dime dancing may be through, leaving a gap where once rode a titan. But for Donald Fagen, the show must go on. With the help of ace Steely Dan stylist Greg Boland, we pay tribute.

Album: Album Review: Concrete and Gold, Foo Fighters

2017-09-15 11:57:00

Hello Yellow Brick Road...

Live: Live: The Rolling Stones Take Hamburg By Storm

2017-09-11 10:11:00

Our man Pat Carty was in the heart of the action as The Rolling Stones took their European tour to Germany's capital of rock 'n' roll...

News: Rap, Poetry, Comedy and Rock: Electric Picnic Day 2 reviewed

2017-09-03 16:20:00

Pat Carty takes in the second day at Stradbally.

News: Live Review: The Psychedelic Furs at The Academy

2017-08-25 18:21:00

There are two ends to the Psychedelic Furs. You have, on one hand, the edgy new wave band that gave the world some fine singles, and their excellent first two albums, The Psychedelic Furs and Talk Talk Talk.

Album: Album Review: Poor David's Almanack, David Rawlings

2017-08-22 11:21:00

Oh brother, here art thou...

Album: Album Review: Purgatory, Tyler Childers

2017-08-21 10:32:00

Shit-kickin' heaven.

Album: Album Review: Dark Matter, Randy Newman

2017-08-04 16:58:00

Vintage effort from cult songwriter.

News: ZZ Top let rip in the Dublin 3Arena

2017-07-29 16:47:00

Our man Pat Carty was blown away by the legendary US boogie merchants last night!

Album: Album Review: Chronixx, Chronology

2017-07-24 18:23:00

Proper order.

Album: Album Review: Little Steven, Soulfire

2017-07-17 16:10:00

Little Stevie rages on.

Album: Album Review: The Strypes, Spitting Image

2017-07-12 12:43:00

Cavan a rave-up

Interview: Square It's At: An Interview With Square Pegs

2017-06-16 17:56:00

The brainchild of renowned musicians Colm Quearney and Graham Hopkins, Square Pegs' debut record is filled with electrifying R&B covers. Just don't call them a supergroup.

Album: Album Review: So You Wannabe An Outlaw, Steve Earle

2017-06-16 17:46:00

"Croaky and the bandit."

Album: Album Review: Fake Sugar, Beth Ditto

2017-06-16 17:11:00

Ex-Gossip singer struggles to find her voice.

Live: Eddie Vedder and Glen Hansard Wow Dublin

2017-06-10 20:25:00

The song was king last night at 3 Arena, when Glen Hansard and then Eddie Vedder had the crowd eating from their hands… Report: Pat Carty

Live: Live Review: Simple Minds at The Olympia Theatre

2017-06-08 14:13:00

Our man Pat Carty weighs up the return of Simple Minds.

Album: Album Review: Willie Nelson, God's Problem Child

2017-05-18 16:48:00

Admirable Nelson

Album: Album Review: Sheryl Crow, Be Myself

2017-05-16 14:09:00

Crow is back on form with made-for-radio album

Album: Album Review: A Kind Revolution, Paul Weller

2017-05-15 15:28:00

The Gospel according to Paul...

Album: Album Review: Ray Davies, Americana

2017-05-02 17:27:00

It's a shame about Ray

Live: A Tribute To Levon Helm at The Sugar Club

2017-04-25 11:20:00

Levonstock, Levon Night, Helm’s Deep, call it whatever you want, the annual celebration of the life of Band drummer, and belter of a singer, Levon Helm organised, with love, by Hot Presser Roisin Dwyer, has now reached it’s fifth year. As a night out, it’s hard to fault.

Album: Album Review, Bob Dylan, Triplicate

2017-04-17 20:49:00

It ain't really for me babe

Album: Album Review: The Black Pitts, B Movie Extra

2017-04-03 14:50:00

You can put your arms around a memory

Live: Live Review: Hothouse Flowers at Vicar Street

2017-03-14 15:24:00

Boosted by the appearance of their track 'I Can See Clearly Now' on The Grand Tour, Hothouse Flowers are in the ascendant again. Hot Press went down to Vicar Street to see the band in action.

Album: Album Review: Ryan Adams, Prisoner

2017-03-09 14:39:00

The Ryan line is open

Album: Album Review: Chuck Prophet, Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins

2017-02-20 16:04:00

Game of Two Halves from Former Green on Red Man

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