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Cluas Gigs of the Fortnight

The best gigs across Ireland during the period 16 to 29 October 2006...

Gig of the fortnight is........ Final Fantasy

Where and When?
Roisin Dubh, Galway - 28th October
Whelan's, Dublin - 29th October

Why? Not many acts are named as our gig of the fortnight twice (the only other one to have achieved this feat is Sufjan Stevens and he's pretty special) but after the astonishing debut Irish performance Owen Pallett gave in Whelan's back in May he more than deserves to get our top spot a second time.

It didn't make many waves upon it's release but the first Final Fantasy album "Final Fantasy has a good home" was one of the finest albums released in 2005 and this year's 'He Poos Clouds' managed to surpass it with ease. This is not one to miss; one man, his violin and a loop pedal playing the most impossibly gorgeous chamber-pop (and the occasionally Mariah Carey cover), what more could you want?

And in case we're late getting the next edition up he's in playing in Belfast on the night after the Dublin gig.
Best of the Rest
The Pipettes
Who?
Sparklehorse

Where and When?
Empire Music Hall, Belfast - 16th October

Since forming under the Sparklehorse moniker in 1995 Mark Linkous and whoever he has felt like playing with (which has included PJ Harvey, Nina Persson and Tom Waits) have been producing some wonderful lo-fi indie pop over the course of 4 albums including this year's "Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain".

Support comes from the excellent Crayonsmith.


Who?
Sunn ) ) ) )

Where and When?
Black Box, Belfast - 16th October
Crawdaddy, Dublin - 17th October
Richards Bar, Galway - 19th October
Cyprus Avenue, Cork - 20th October

Be afraid, be very, very afraid.

Who?
The New York Dolls

Where and When?
The Village, Dublin - 20th October

It's not strictly accurate to say that glam pioneers/unlikely Morrissey inspiration The New York Dolls are playing the Village this October seeing as 60% of the dudes in the picture to the right of this text are no longer with us (66.6% of those died due to rock related activities) but hey reunions are all the rage these days and they may have learned how to play their instruments in the 3 decades since they first formed.

Men that age shouldn't still look that androgynous.


Who?
Director

Where and When?
TBMC, Dublin - 19th October
The Music Factory, Carlow - 20th October
TF Royal, Castlebar - 21st October

With their debut album 'We thrive on big cities' having just been released Director are embarking on a short tour in support of it.

Uncharitable people (such as myself) would say that they sound a whole lot like Editors at times. Then again uncharitable people probably don't get how good a single 'Reconnect' was, and according to the guy I met last night it was 'very very good'.


Who?
Ryan Adams And The Cardinals

Where and When?
Mandela Hall, Belfast - 21st October
Olympia, Dublin - 22nd October
The Savoy, Cork - 23rd October
The Black Box, Galway - 24th October

OK, we all know the usual big criticism about Ryan Adams and his lack of quality control but when he gets it right does he get it right.

This is Adam's most extensive Irish tour in god know how long, possibly ever and he's bringing his Cardinals along for the ride with him so expect an emphasis on his country-sounding material.

Also this fortnight:
The Go! Team
Olympia, Dublin - 23rd October
Mandela Hall, Belfast - 24th October
Black Box, Galway - 25th October
Lambchop
Vicar Street, Dublin - 26th October
Phoenix
Spirit, Dublin - 23rd October
David Kitt
Roisin Dubh, Galway - 20th October
Whelan's, Dublin - 21st&22nd October
Dolans, Limerick - 24th October
Cyprus Avenue, Cork - 25th&26th October
Spirit Store, Dundalk - 28th October
Empire, Belfast - 29th October

CLUAS 'Gigs of the Fortnight' is compiled and edited by the CLUAS listings editor, Ian Wright.
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