Gigs of The Fortnight

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The best gigs taking place in Ireland divided up into 2 week slices.
By Ian Wright on Sun, 25 Apr 2010 03:07:59 GMT
Gig of the fortnight is...Pavement Where and When? Tripod, Dublin - 04/05

Why? A reunion that's been rumoured for years which, if the stories are true, only took so long due to one very important holdout jicking about the place for a few years.  To this gig guide's mind when it comes to 90's US indie rock bands Pavement exist in extremely rarified company along with Guided By Voices and Built To Spill and with the band's current stance being that this is a one time, one year, deal it may be the only chance to catch them in Ireland.

Also this fortnight Gil Scott Heron

Tripod, Dublin - 02/05

Rufus Wainwright

Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin - 28/04

Surfer Blood

The Acadamy, Dublin - 30/04

Florence And the Machine

Olympia, Dublin - 02 & 03/05

High Places

Upstairs At Whelans, Dublin - 05/05

O Emperor

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By Ian Wright on Sun, 21 Mar 2010 12:56:43 GMT
Gig of the fortnight is...The Redneck Manifesto Where and When?

The Stables, Mullingar - 26/03 Tripod, Dublin - 27/03 Why? The Redneck Manifesto are probably this gig guide's favourite Irish band not to have released Loveless and after a long absence (4 years since their last EP, 6 since their last album) they're back with a new album, Friendship.  The two tracks from the new album already released to the internet easily stand up against their earlier material and their deservedly great live rep means that if you can you really should get to one of these gigs.

Also this fortnight Daniel Johnston

Vicar St., Dublin - 03/04

The Unthanks

Whelans, Dublin - 28/03

Wild Beasts

Academy, Dublin -27/03

Butterfly Explosion

Whelan's, Dublin - 27/03

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By Ian Wright on Wed, 17 Feb 2010 07:43:41 GMT
Gig of the fortnight is...Xiu Xiu Where and When? Whelan's, Dublin - 20/02

Why? To be honest as a studio proposition I find Xiu Xiu to be a little difficult to get in to.  However when it comes to the live arena they're a compelling joy to behold.  I've rarely seen a band on stage that looked like they believed in what they were doing with their music more than Xiu Xiu.  Only remaining founder member Jamie Stewart and company will be visiting Ireland for the first time in a couple of years in support of their 7th original studio album Dear God, I Hate Myself.

Also this fortnight Yeasayer

The Academy, Dublin - 19/02

Vyvienne Long

Stables, Mullingar -19/02

Thatch Rahan, Mullingar -20/02

Errigle Inn, Belfast -25/02

Sugar Club, Dublin -26/02

Hockey

Spring And Airbrake, Belfast - 27/02

Acadamy, Dublin -28/02

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By Ian Wright on Tue, 02 Feb 2010 08:43:47 GMT
Gig of the fortnight is... tUnE yArDs Where and When? Whelan's, Dublin - 12/02

Why?

This gig guide doesn't care much for Dirty Projectors but the one temptation to see them last time they were in Dublin was the fact that tUnE yArDs was on the bill.  New England based Merrill Garbus' debut album, the ultra low-fi and experimental Bird Brains was released and re-released no less than 3 times last year to wildly positive notices.

Also this fortnight:

Beach House Whelan's, Dublin - 13/02 Speakeasy, Belfast - 14/02

Midlake Vicar St., Dublin - 14/02 At Last An Atlas (album...
By Ian Wright on Thu, 03 Dec 2009 15:56:36 GMT
Gig of the fortnight is... F*ck Buttons Yo La TengoWhere and When? Button Factory, Dublin - 18/12

Why? F*ck Buttons’ second album Tarot Sport is not as harsh a listen and the duo's debut. Unsurprisingly the addition of Andrew Wetherell’s production has given the band a dancey element which might mean that the more spacious environment of The Button Factory is far more suited to their current live show than the site of their most recent stand alone gig in Dublin, a cramped upstairs in Whelan’s.

Also this fortnight Dirty Three Whelan's, Dublin - 09/12

U:Mack birthday party - Battles / 65daysofstatic / The Ex / !!! (chk chk chk) DJ's & more ...
By Ian Wright on Tue, 03 Nov 2009 11:15:08 GMT
Gig of the fortnight is... Yo La Tengo Yo La TengoWhere and When? Tripod, Dublin - 05/11

Why? To be honest there's not a whole lot of truly outstanding stuff this fortnight. A lot less than in more recent Novembers anyway.  But in almost any fortnight regardless of who else was in the country Yo La Tengo's first headline gig in this country in donkey's years would be right at the top of the list.

25 years into their careers the band still sound incredibly fresh and remain hugely commited to simply making the sort of music that they feel like doing on a particular day, be it 15 minute drone pieces, grade A indie rock freakouts or gorgeous little pop tunes that wouldn't be out of place on the third VU album.

You should note, this is a no support band 2 hour long set.  So get there...
By Ian Wright on Sun, 18 Oct 2009 22:34:51 GMT
Gig of the fortnight is... Handsome Furs Handsome FursWhere and When? Spring and Airbrake, Belfast - 26/10 Acadamy, Dublin - 27/10 Cyprus Avenue, Cork - 28/10

Why? Due to the volume of their output Sunset Rubown may be the better known of the Wolf Parade side projects but Dan Boeckner's (and wife Alexei Perry's) Handsome Furs take a back seat to no band.  Second album Face Control is a fantastic collection of tunes which manages to be both cold sounding and visceral feeling at the same time.  This is the pair's first Irish gigs in a couple of years.  Support for all gigs comes from Thomas Dybdahl.

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By Ian Wright on Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:05:57 GMT
Gig of the fortnight is... Thinguma*jigsaw WilcoWhere and When? Joinery Gallery, Dublin - 06/10

Why? Gigs here by Norway's finest gothic folk duo have understandably become far less regular ever since the members of Thinguma*jigsaw stopped living here.  This will in act be the pair's first Irish gig since February and really should not be missed if possible.  Support on the night comes from Sport Murphy, Arlt and the wonderful Peter Delaney.

  Best of the rest Who? Jonathan Richman Where and When? The Village, Dublin - 06/10

There aren't many other...
By Ian Wright on Sun, 20 Sep 2009 21:04:35 GMT
Gig of the fortnight is... The Jesus Lizard Jesus LizardWhere and When? Button Factory, Dublin - 22/09

Why?

There has been a raft of 80's and 90's indie rock band reunions in recent years from the likes of bands such as The Pixies, My Bloody Valentine and just this month Pavement, all of whom in their previous, younger lives had some level of success or the likes of Mission Of Burma who never really found the audience their astonishing music deserved.  Falling more into the second category than the first is Chicago's Jesus Lizard who since getting back into the game earlier this year have thrown themselves into this whole reunion business with far more intensity than pretty much anyone else has.  Front man David Yow is still the total nutter he was a decade ago and it wouldn't...
By Ian Wright on Sun, 06 Sep 2009 16:49:46 GMT
Gig of the fortnight is... The Tallest Man On Earth WilcoWhere and When? Whelan's, Dublin - 11/08

Why?

Far more engaging and commanding on stage than a single man with an acoustic guitar has any right to be One of the genuine highlights of this year's Primavera Sound festifal and a firm fixture on the gig guide's MP3 player for the past 12 months The Tallest Man On Earth aka Swedan's Kristian Matsson is one of the most remarkable folk guitar pickers to emerge in years.  There may be some who can't get past his obvious Dylan fetish but if you're not in that number then I can't recommend this gig enough.

Best of the rest Who? Future Islands...
  

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