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Gigs: Michael Kiwanuka & Shabazz Palaces

Not together, although that would be awesome. But both soulful singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka and wonderfully obscure hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces are coming to Cork.

Kiwanuka plays Cyprus Avenue on February 12

 

Shabazz Palaces will play the Pavillion on May 19th.

Gig: KVX bid farewell

The times they are a changin in the Cork music scene. On July 2nd The Quad bar closed its doors for the last time marking a body blow to the artists and music lovers of langerland. Just over a month later Cork stalwarts KVX will play their last gig. It may seem strange to refer to a group of 20/21 year olds as stalwarts but KVX have formed part of the fabric of the Cork scene for the past six years. For as long as I can recall going to gigs in the various venues across the city there always seemed to be some KVX representation. With guitarist Ciara heading to China this split was always kind of inevitable, I guess many of us hoped it might just mark a hiatus. Whatever happens in the future, Saturday presents us with one last chance to see Leah, Daire, Niamh, Ciara and Eimear as KVX, a chance not to be missed. Just as the Quad left us with the mother of all parties, we owe it to KVX to celebrate the great times they’ve given us over the past six years in style.

And is if THAT wasn’t enough, sher arn’t Hope is Noise, Overhead the Albatross and Agitate the Gravel performing too.

Saturday 7th, The Pavillion, doors 9.00pm, entry €3.

Gig: Why?

Time to get excited. The ultra-cool Why? are bringing their acoustic piano tour to The Button Factory on October 22. Ever since the release of the stunning LP Alopecia in 2008 this Californian hipsters have been a favourite of mine. The music is a funky blend of hip-hop with indie rock placing a heavy emphasis on percussion. And if their beautifully original sound isn’t enough to win you over, the lyrical genius of vocalist Yoni Wolf surely will. Tickets go on sale Friday morning.

Song: Former Monarchs – My Friend Has No Job

Former Monarchs are a Cork based four piece consisting of members from former favourites The Avalanche Effect and Burn Us Both. They’ve wasted little time in getting shows alongside the likes of Axis Of, &U&I and Overhead, The Albatross to name just three and are due to release their first EP this month. Here’s their current single My Friend Has No job, a Foals-esque number with a distinct punk sensibility – a proper rock tune, enough to whet the appetite for the upcoming EP.

Former Monarchs play Dublin’s Twisted Pepper on May 6th and Crane Lane in Cork on May 15th.

Gig: Gold Panda


The man behind the gorgeous LP Lucky Shiner will be playing across Ireland in June.

June 8th – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast.
June 9th – Roisin Dubh, Galway.
June 10th – The Pavillion, Cork.
June 11th – the Workman’s Club, Dublin.

Gig: Baths & Solar Bears

What’s my definition of a good night out? Well take my current favourite international act Baths, put him on stage with my favourite Irish act at the moment Solar Bears and we’re on the right track. The Workman’s Club in Dublin plays host to these electronic tricksters on the 29th of April. I’ve got my ticket, get yours at tickets.ie.

‘Tis the Season for Sleigh Bells

One of the best bits of festive cheer to come my way this December is the news that the wonderful Sleigh Bells are coming to Ireland. The experimental rock duo play Dublin’s Whelan’s on February 18th. Tickets are €16.50 plus booking fee. The New York outfit eluded many European festivals this summer their performance was the talk of Primavera 2010.

Weekly Watch

No room for homegrown acts I’m afraid as this week sees three giants from the US cross the Atlantic:

The National, Olympia Theatre Dublin, Thursday and Friday, sold out

These stylish New Yorkers always put on a show and will be blasting some of the great tunes that feature on their brilliant 2010 album High Violet.

 

Janelle Monae, Tripod Dublin, Wednesday, €28/€32

Possibly the biggest success story of 2010, Ms. Monae brings her classy brand of soul-R&B/pop to the Tripod. No doubt many of those fortunate to catch her at EP’10 will be in attendance.

 

Interpol, Olympia Dublin, Monday and Tuesday, sold out

Mixed reviews of Interpol’s latest album, but nothing can deny the quality of what has gone before.

Weekly Watch

My 3 gigs to catch round the island this week:

Foals, Olympia Dublin, tonight, €23.50

Holy Fuck, Whelans Dublin, Friday 19th, €18

C!ties Jogging & Guilty Optics, Dolans Limerick, Sunday 21st 6pm, free

Weekly Watch

You may notice that I’ve not chosen Gorrilaz as one of this weeks three recommendations. It’s not an oversight, I simply never have and never will understand the hype about them. I really tried with Plastic Beach but I’m afraid I’ve thrown the towel in on Albarn and co at this stage. Darwin Deez gets the nod for his dancing displays.

ASIWYFA, Jape, Fionn Regan and Toby Kaar, The Pavillion Cork, Fri 12th, €15 (all but Toby play Roisin Dubh on the 11th)

Hope is Noise, An Brog Cork, Wed 10th, Free

Darwin Deez, Cyprus Avenue Cork tonight 8th €10, Academy 2 Dublin tomorrow €14.50