SATUR­DAY 27.09.14

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET SEVEN DAYS - 3Arena, Dublin 8pm ¤31.50 3Arena.ie TCL TCL JC But­ton Fac­tory, Dublin 11pm, ¤15/¤10 JC SL Cormac Larkin Project arts Cen­tre (Cube) 7.45pm PC

ALT.ROCK Alt-J Unas­sum­ing and un­af­fected they may be, but this Leeds band (led by Joe New­man, right) con­tinue to im­press with their sec­ond al­bum, This Is All Yours, which is res­o­lutely odd but of­ten gor­geous. How­ever, is the 3Arena too big for the band’s sub­tleties? Put it this way: We pre­dict a “the­atre-style” set­ting. ROCK GANGS We like bands who dress sharp and who are sussed enough to cater for the younger fan. Dublin band Gangs per­form two gigs here – 2pm for the, er, kids, and 7pm for the slightly older kids. Of­fi­cially, the band launch their de­but EP, Back to School (which is pro­duced by Blades mem­ber Brian Fo­ley). Un­of­fi­cially? Could also be the launch of a very promis­ing ca­reer. TECHNO Truss Tom Rus­sell’s take on the hard stuff has won many con­verts over the years. In ad­di­tion to storm­ing venues like this (his pre­vi­ous visit for a Sub­ject night was a bit of a frenzy), Rus­sell’s tough techno has also won him an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence via re­leases as Truss and MPIA3 for such well-re­garded im­prints as Donor’s Minis­cule la­bel, Perc Trax, Synewave and R&S. Support tonight from long­stand­ing Dublin tech DJ and pro­ducer Su­nil Sharpe and Sub­ject’s Ea­van. HOUSE Kant Dan­ish DJ Joachim Schaarup kicks off a monthly res­i­dency tonight at the new weekly bash from the Sense & Bed­lam crews in the But­ton Fac­tory. Kant means “edge” in Dan­ish, and you can see that the Copen­hagen-based DJ and pro­ducer lives up to his name with his take on new-school house via var­i­ous mixes and re­leases for Suara and Berlin’s Kater­mukke la­bel. Support from MTA and OFF dude Josh But­ler, RTE Pulse’s Dan Stritch and Bed­lam DJs. TRA­DI­TIONAL Alan Kelly Gang Kelly has re­ha­bil­i­tated the pi­ano ac­cor­dion, drag­ging it kick­ing and scream­ing into some of the most spine-tin­gling ses­sions and con­certs, more re­cently in the company of Eddi Reader (be­low). The band’s lat­est CD, The Last Bell, chron­i­cles a col­lec­tive still in thrall of the live per­for­mance over all else. At the heart of it is Kelly’s mu­si­cian­ship. JAZZ Lim­er­ick Jazz Fes­ti­val The ex­cel­lent Dublin City Jazz Orches­tra, led by Pete Churchill, and Nigel Mooney’s storm­ing septet with guest sax­o­phon­ist Ju­lian Siegel get things swing­ing tonight. Su­per­star sax man David San­born’s trio with Ham­mond or­gan master Joey DeFrancesco are Satur­day’s head­lin­ers, with a late-night set from an all-star band led by artist-in-res­i­dence Siegel and Richie Buckley. If Th­ese Spasms Could Speak “It’s like they’re so scared to be caught star­ing, they’ll do any­thing to avoid look­ing at me,” says Robert Soft­ley in his col­lec­tion of sto­ries of dis­abled peo­ple. “It’s like I’m in­vis­i­ble to them.” Soft­ley, a Scot­tish artist with cere­bral palsy, would like to chal­lenge that with this wry and charm­ing per­for­mance, an ex­al­ta­tion of liv­ing.

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