A look at the best gigs taking place in Ireland over the next seven days – 8th to 14th May.
The Aftermath – Spirit Store, Dundalk (8th), Lantern Bar, Meath (9th)
Straight out of Mullingar – via Leeds – in support of debut album Friendlier Up Here.
The Fall – Festival Marquee, Belfast (8th)
The godfather of northern grumpiness continues to tour the 437th line up of The Fall
The Orb – Academy, Dublin (8th), Festival Marquee, Belfast (9th)
Yes, still going and still ambient.
Vincent Vincent & The Villans – Crawdaddy, Dublin (9th), Roisin Dubh, Galway (10th)
Quiffs, turned up jeans and do wop harmonies – tonight we’re going to party like its 1959.
Ham Sandwich – The Grill, Donegal (10th)
Sort of writes itself really.
Jonathan Richman – Whelans, Dublin (10th)
Altogether now…. -1,2,3,4,5,6′.
Operator Please – Limelight, Belfast (10th)
Schools out for the junior Gossip, Australian division.
Robotnik – Upstairs at Whelans, Dublin (10th)
One man and his box of tricks celebrates his album release.
Wiley – Button Factory, Dublin (10th)
Wiley scarpered off the shooting from the set of the video for ‘Wearing my Rolex’ because he’s afraid of foxes. The technical term for it is vulpophobia. So there.
Carbon/Silicon – Village, Dublin (11th)
Mick Jones and Tony James’ surprisingly engaging techno punk rolls into town.
New Bloods – The Whiskey, Cork (11th), Pavillion, Belfast (12th), The Boom Boom Room (13th)
Shouty US punk with added fiddle.
Backstreet Boys – Odyssey, Belfast (12th)
Boys to (old) men. If Take That can do it….
Dinosaur Jr – Academy, Dublin (12th), Spring and Airbrake, Belfast (13th)
Relive the late eighties with J Mascis and Murph.
Black Mountain – The Button Factory, Dublin (13th)
Canadians! Surprised? These psychedelic rockers featured on the Spiderman 3 soundtrack. Fancy.
Saul Williams – The Button Factory, Dublin (12th), Cyprus Avenue, Cork (13th)
Saul will be adorning himself in warpaint and gold leaf to become his latest incarnation Niggy Tardust.
The Octopus Project, Duchess Says – The Sugar Club, Dublin (13th)
Great line-up here. The former are Texans full of indie-electro goodness while the latter are punky Canadians with dollops of synth.
Yeasayer – Whelans (13th)
All Hour Cymbals was one of the better albums of the last eight months but rumours abound that their live show is hit and miss.
The National – Olympia Theatre (13th, 14th, 15th)
Brooklyn quintet capitalise on their immense Irish popularity with a three night residency. Two Gallants support.