Local Natives – Whelan’s, Dublin (7:30pm, 11th February) – SOLD OUT
Indie favourites pack out Whelan’s on the back of Hummingbird.
Bloc Party – Olympia, Dublin (7:30pm, 12th and 13th February) – €33.50-44.05
Will Kele smile? What’s Russell’s fringe like these days? If east London is a vampire, then what is central Dublin? Big questions, reticent answers.
Mojo Gogo – Loft, Grand Social, Dublin (8pm, 13th February) – FREE
The Grand Social “advise an afternoon nap in preparation” for this gig, as Mojo Gogo are “the keepers of true rock ‘n roll IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE”, whatever that means. (It’s probably sexual or to do with drugs.)
Gacy’s Threads – Limelight 2, Belfast (9pm, 13th February) – €3
Hardcore four-piece tell cupid to go fuck himself.
Calexico – Olympia, Dublin (7:30pm, 14th February) – €25-27.50
Spend Valentine’s Day in deepest Americana. Here’s a clip of Calexico playing with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James while Richard Gere as Bob Dylan watches. Blammo, that happened.
Love Jones – Sugar Club, Dublin (8pm, 14th February) – €8/€5 before 9pm/€10 for couples
It has been seven years since James Yancey passed. To mark the occasion, there will be a screening of A Suite for Ma Dukes, the live recording of Carlos Nino and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s tribute EP to the late J Dilla, as part of Love Jones, which will also feature soul and hip-hop cover band Butter.
The Heatwave – Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 14th February) – €9.50
Nothing says true love like a non-stop dancehall carnival.
Admiral Fallow – Academy 2, Dublin (7pm, 15th February) – €15
Glaswegian folk-pop group; definitely not an actual admiral, so you can forget about that invite to the naval officers’ ball.
G&G Sindikatas – Button Factory, Dublin (7pm, 15th February) – €15/€19 on the door
Lithuanian rap collective. Like Odd Future but with more offensive in-jokes about neighbouring second-world nations.
Syd Arthur – Whelan’s, Dublin (7pm, 15th February) – €5/€8
Second-generation Canterbury Scene psychedelic group, probably fans of Syd Barrett as well. That’s just hazarding a guess now; I have no evidence of that.
Black Magician – Voodoo, Belfast (8pm, 15th February) – €7
Usually, putting ‘Black’ at the beginning of your band’s name is a sure-fire way of identifying yourself as of the metal genre. Black Magician just sounds racist and a bit condescending.
Southern Tenant Folk Union – Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 15th February) – €10/€12
UK bluegrass group; the world’s most knee-slapping union and way more fun than SIPTU.
10 Days in Dublin presents Fight Like Apes and more – Workman’s Club, Dublin (8pm, 15th February) – €10
In order to raise €10,000 for this year’s 10 Days in Dublin, the festival’s organisers are putting on a number of gigs around Dublin city. This week sees Fight Like Apes doing their part for a good cause.
Ocean Colour Scene – Academy, Dublin (7:30pm, 15th, 16th and 17th February) – €29.90
Britpop also-rans stagger on for a three-day stint on Middle Abbey St.
Lee “Scratch” Perry – Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 16th February) – €22.50
76-year-old dub/reggae legend (pictured above) continues to defy authority, age and doctor’s orders.
The Lumineers – Olympia, Dublin (7:30pm, 16th February) – SOLD OUT
Have they appeared in Nashville yet? Boy, I need to catch up on that show – Connie Britton is delightful. Moved from Whelan’s; original tickets still valid.
Heritage Centre – Loft, Grand Social, Dublin (8pm, 16th February) – €8
Dublin upstarts hope to overcome terrible name. Expect to see a few confused, historically-curious tourists in attendance.
Jody Has a Hitlist – Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast (8pm, 16th February) – €11.75
And you’re on it. You’re quite far down; but still, death is eventually coming for you.
Eddi Reader – St Iberius Church, Wexford (8pm, 16th February) – €22.90
Scottish singer-songwriter thinks her upcoming gig is an ecumenical matter.
Vessel – Twisted Pepper, Dublin (8pm, 16th February) – €14.35
Bristolian TriAngle producer gets dark – he really couldn’t have picked a better venue.
Toast Office Records release party – Upstairs at Whelan’s (9pm, 16th February) – €10/FREE with guest list
Acts from the label’s latest compilation celebrate its release on Wexford St.
Breach – Stiff Kitten, Belfast (10pm, 16th February) – €9
Fun fact: Ben Westbeech is also a trained vocalist, cellist and pianist. Think about that as you absorb his electronic grooves.
Gemma Hayes – INEC, Killarney, Co. Kerry (10pm, 16th February) – €20
Cake Sale member and former Mercury nominee heads down to Kerry.
DJ Hell – Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 16th February) – €20.65
If he was really taking such a moniker seriously, DJ Hell would just blast the sound of ice being scraped from a freezer on a loop.
Moon Boots – Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 16th February) – €12/€10 cheaplist
I wish I had moon boots. That reminds me: where’s my fucking jet-pack already?! Get your shit together, supposed “future” we’re living in.
Justin Bieber – The O2, Dublin (7:30pm, 17th February) – €54.65-420
Head along to the docks for an evening and come to appreciate the fact that our world’s biggest pop star is a pixie-faced lesbian. Look how far we’ve come.
Train – Ulster Hall, Belfast (8pm, 17th February) – €24
A two-time one-hit wonder? Now that’s rare! Train should be put in a museum or something.
Larse – Lost Society, Dublin (11pm, 17th February) – €14.35
German producer brings the gigging week to a close.