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SATURDAY7

SHAME Whe­lan’ s Dublin 8 pm ¤13( sold out) whe­lanslive.com “Bri­tain’s most ex­cit­ing new band” is a claim that has been is­sued since the Fab Four emerged from The Cav­ern in Liver­pool all those years ago. The over-ex­cite­ment of us sim­ple folk in the me­dia is partly to blame, of course, but now and again a band pops up to make you think there is some truth in such dec­la­ra­tions af­ter all. South Lon­don’s Shame is one – ear­lier this year they re­leased their debut al­bum, Songs of Praise, which rat­tles along at a fair pace with a bold col­lec­tion of snippy punk/pop. It’s re­ally good, ex­cit­ing; ar­gu­men­ta­tive, too, so for that alone the band is worth see­ing. By the way, an­other “Bri­tain’s most ex­cit­ing new band” vis­its Dublin this week – see Fri­day’s high­lights for Goat Girl. TCL LEBOOM The But­ton Fac­tory, Dublin( sold out) ¤14.35tick­et­mas­ter.ie Le Boom are the ul­ti­mate party band so this late-night gig in the But­ton Fac­tory is the per­fect time to get ac­quainted with the Le Boom Two; Christy Leech and Aimie Mallon. Tak­ing your car­dio work­outs into con­sid­er­a­tion, the Dublin-based band make mu­sic to sweat to and by drum­ming on empty Ab­so­lut vodka bot­tles and work­ing in catchy pop cho­ruses over lay­ered loops, their elec­tropop and indie fu­sion is high-en­ergy and mighty craic. LB WYVERNLINGO Live at St Luke’ s, Cork ¤20 liveat­stlukes.com We’re still re­cov­er­ing from the Beast from the East but at least Wyvern Lingo’s Cork gig has a sec­ond chance. With all tick­ets pur­chased for the orig­i­nal date (March 3) valid for this show, you can still get your fix from the Bray wim­min. With lilt­ing har­monies, per­fect pitches and badass sen­ti­ments, their debut al­bum is a se­lec­tion box of pop and R&B treats. Don’t miss out on see­ing one of Ire­land’s bright­est groups. LB

SUN­DAY 8

AILIE Whe­lans,Dublin¤10/¤12 whe­lanslive.com Like a phoenix from the snow, Ailie has resched­uled her Paddy’s week­end gig for April 8 and all tick­ets from the orig­i­nal gig are valid for this one. The Leitrim singer-song­writer will be per­form­ing in the main room Whe­lan’s for the very first time. On her debut al­bum West to the Even­ing Sun, her ac­cent and her knack for sto­ry­telling power through on folk­tronic tunes, mak­ing for a hyp­notic lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Sup­port on the night comes from Kil­lar­ney act Junior Brother. LB

MONDAY9

JESSICALEAMAYFIELD Whe­lan’sDublin7.30pm¤18 whe­lanslive.com Blend­ing plain­tive coun­try with aus­tere rock, Ohio-born Jes­sica Lea May­field was ini­tially part of her fam­ily blue­grass band One Way Rider – be­fore she was a teenager, she was play­ing gui­tar and writ­ing songs. Be­fore she was 20, she had re­leased her debut al­bum, White Lies, and was writ­ing and record­ing the fol­low-up, With Blas­phemy So Heart­felt. That al­bum was pro­duced by Black Keys’ Dan Auer­bach, who had been in­tro­duced to May­field through her hard-to-source debut, and who had been cap­ti­vated by her ex­pres­sive song­writ­ing style. Said style has changed over the past ten years from raw to rau­cous, but none is so deeply per­sonal as the songs on last year’s fourth al­bum, Sorry is Gone, which doc­u­mented the sep­a­ra­tion from her abu­sive hus­band. TCL FIVEGRANDSTEREO Grand So­cial Dublin 7.30 pm ¤9 the­grand­so­cial.ie Also Wed Kas­bah So­cial Club Lim­er­ick 8 pm ¤6 do lans.ie What’s wrong with a whip-smart band that makes a the­atri­cal con­cept al­bum of “darkly hu­mor­ous” songs about grubby sex, dirty money and pin­ing for the one and only David Bowie? Not much, let us tell you. Fronted by Dubliner Chris Sin­gle­ton, UK-based Five Grand Stereo makes a rare-as-hen’s-teeth visit to Ire­land for these two shows. The ticket ad­mis­sion price is as cheap as prover­bial chips, while the qual­ity is up there with the best of frisky art-pop. Most of the set will be culled from the band’s very fine debut, Sex and Money, which this pa­per re­cently de­scribed as “a thrill ride for the head”. TCL LAOISE Up­stairs inWh el ans, Dublin ¤10 whe­lanslive.com Fresh from sup­port­ing Wyvern Lingo down in Cork, Laoise is the al­ter­na­tive pop star that Ire­land needs. The Gal­way gal’s voice takes a soul­ful turn over rolling synths and R&B beats and her lat­est sin­gle Bother, which starts off with a whis­per and drums up to a roar, is a cool slice of what LAOISE has to of­fer. This is so­phis­ti­cated pop at its very best and it won’t be long be­fore she out­grows the up­stairs venue in Whe­lan’s. LB

WEDNESDAY11

BRYDE Mon­roe’ s Bar Gal way 9 pm ¤10 mon­roes.ie;al­soThurs­dayKas­bah So­cial Club Lim­er­ick 8 pm ¤10 dolans.ie;Fri­dayWhe­lan’sUp­stairs Dublin 7.30 pm¤15wh el ans live. com Welsh singer-song­writer Sarah How­ells has cho­sen to present her lat­est batch of solo song­writ­ing un­der the moniker of Bryde. A mem­ber of the indie-folk duo Pa­per Aero­planes (cur­rently on hia­tus), How­ells has ad­mit­ted that Bryde veers to­wards the darker and di­rectly as­sertive side of her cre­ative out­put. It seems that mu­sic with­out a col­lab­o­ra­tive as­pect

has al­lowed her to give much more of her­self than be­fore. Think Lon­don Gram­mar and PJ Har­vey to a sprin­kling of sparse gui­tar and pur­pose­ful lyrics. TCL

THURS­DAY 12

DELORENTOS RóisínDubh Gal way 9 pm 416/¤14 roisin­dubh.net;al­soFri­day;Whe­lan’s Dublin 7.30 pm ¤15( sold out) whe­lanslive.com Where have they been, these bold Choice Mu­sic Prize-win­ning mu­si­cians? Well, it seems Deloren­tros were in ru­ral Spain over two years ago record­ing an al­bum, but didn’t like the re­sults so they ripped them up and started again. Scrap­ping new ma­te­rial (aka The Vine­yard Al­bum )is al­ways a tough de­ci­sion, but this band has al­ways worked from a base­line of painstak­ing hon­esty. The forth­com­ing fifth al­bum, True Sur­ren­der ,is re­leased on April 27. In the mean­time, you can view these gigs as equal parts cathar­sis and show­case for a band it’s al­ways good to have on your side. Sup­port act on both nights is Brass Phan­toms. TCL

FRI­DAY 13

COLUMBIA MILLS But­ton Fac­tory Dublin 7.30 pm ¤15 but­ton­fac­tory.ie Re­leas­ing their debut al­bum, A Safe Dis­tance to Watch, so late last year (Novem­ber) may have scup­pered the chances of it ap­pear­ing on var­i­ous best-of lists, but the record is one of the few un­leashed in 2017 that truly got away. If the al­bum is a doozie in the rel­a­tive com­fort of ears and head­phones, then live is where it – and the band – takes off. For­get about short bursts of pop songs, too – Columbia Mills take more durable routes to mu­sic that em­brace propul­sive beats and as­sured touches. Sup­port acts in­clude Orchid Col­lec­tive, and Out­sider, both of which you are ad­vised to check out. TCL CRAZYTOWN The Bow­ery, Dublin ¤15 the bo we ry.ie If the lyrics “Come my lady/Come come my lady/You’re my but­ter­fly, sugar baby” don’t send a chill down your spine, then the early noughties craze of rap rock by-passed you. You dodged a bul­let there. Crazy Town are back. Well, in a way they never left be­cause they kept on mak­ing mu­sic even though the rest of the world moved on. If you’re will­ing to hand over 15 quid for one song, then this is the gig for you. LB EVEBELLE Project Arts Cen­tre Dublin 8 pm ¤10 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie It all be­gan for Dublin-born, Done­gal-raised singer-song­writer Eve Belle when she held an Ar­gos gui­tar in her hands at the age of 10: search­ing out tunes by ear, teach­ing her­self chords, jot­ting down lyrics, record­ing her songs on an iPod Nano, and then – slowly, ap­pre­hen­sively – putting her mu­sic out on Sound­cloud. Things started to re­ally move, how­ever, when Cold­play shared on its so­cial me­dia plat­forms a video clip of Eve per­form­ing a cover of the band’s Vi­o­let Hill. Now signed to Ruby­works, the singer-song­writer (and TCD stu­dent) is en­gaged in co-writ­ing with some high-end tune­smiths. That Ar­gos gui­tar has long been con­signed to his­tory, and the words “watch this space” seem ap­pro­pri­ate. TCL GOAT GIRL Grand So­cial Dublin 7.30 pm ¤12.50 the­grand­so­cial.ie It has hap­pened be­fore, a mu­sic act signed to a pres­ti­gious indie la­bel (Rough Trade) be­fore it so much as re­leased a song into the great wide world, but for Lon­don’s Goat Girl this was just one small step to con­sol­i­dat­ing a fem­i­nist stance. That stance, stated the all-fe­male band, was part of its re­ac­tion against testos­terone-driven rock band gang men­tal­ity. Ar­riv­ing in Ire­land a week af­ter the re­lease of their self-ti­tled debut al­bum (19 tracks across 40 min­utes gives The Ra­mones a good run for their money), Goat Girl’s blend of garage, punk, goth and coun­try runs in tan­dem with a keen po­lit­i­cal sen­si­bil­ity. The band im­pressed in a sup­port slot last year, but this is their debut Ir­ish head­line show. TCL ITTAKESAVILLAGE Trabol­gan Hol­i­day Vil­lage, White Gate, East Cork 2 pm Week­end ad­mis­sion/ac­com­mo­da­tion from ¤275.ittakesavillage.fm Hi-Di-Hi, any­one? A strictly over-21s only mu­sic/arts fes­ti­val in a hol­i­day home en­clo­sure has never hap­pened be­fore in Ire­land, so how this pans out will be most in­struc­tive, not least to the event’s pro­mot­ers. It’s a good idea, how­ever, to utilise Trabol­gan’s on-site self-cater­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion (over 70 houses/apart­ments) and fully ser­viced camper­van pitches (35), as well as its fam­ily-fun entertainment of swim­ming pool, go-kart­ing track, bowl­ing al­leys, and much more. Add to this is the (mostly) Ir­ish line-up, which across three nights fea­tures the likes of Lankum, Ta­los, Bitch Fal­con, Al­tered Hours (Fri­day), Su­per Silly, Le Boom, Donal Di­neen, Ban­tum (Sat­ur­day), Martin Hayes, Saint Sis­ter, Sea­mus Fog­a­rty (Sun­day). Runs un­til Sun­day April 15. TCL

Jes­sica Lea May­field, Whe­lan’s, Dublin, Monday Five Grand Stereo, Grand So­cial Dublin, Tues­day; Kas­bah So­cial Club Lim­er­ick, Wed­nes­day

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