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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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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: 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...

Album: Album Review: Not Dark Yet, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer

2017-09-07 10:30:00

Inspired covers from sibling country duo.

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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