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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - ED POWER -

Our crit­i­cal picks of the best to see and do this week­end and be­yond


Pep­per Can­is­ter Church, Dublin ¤15 from At the heart of the new is col­lab­o­ra­tion; it sparks dif­fer­ent thoughts, en­gen­ders ad­ven­ture, re­moves the com­fort-zone cloak. When it works, it seizes the mu­tual trans­fer­ence and con­nec­tion of ideas, pack­ages them to­gether, and presents them to an open-minded au­di­ence. One such col­lab­o­ra­tion is this: in­die artist Katie Kim and Lankum’s Radie Peat team up to de­liver a range of themed songs, both orig­i­nal and cov­ers, that touch on the nev­erend­ing source of in­trigue that is the hu­man con­di­tion. This event is part of a se­ries of col­lab­o­ra­tive shows pre­sented this week in Dublin by Mu­sicTown (See Gig of the Week on page 17). TCL


The Choco­late Fac­tory, Dublin ¤16.34 As part of Mu­sictown 2018, Grayscale will be host­ing a live au­dio visual show that will in­clude per­for­mances from Vi­sion­ist, the Lon­don-based ex­per­i­men­tal com­poser and pro­ducer Louis Car­nell, who will be ac­com­pa­nied by the Por­tuguese au­dio visual artist Pe­dro Maia. When the duo col­lab­o­rate, their live show blends vis­ceral el­e­ments of chaos and ab­sur­dity, mak­ing for some­thing a pul­sat­ing au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence aided by dis­turb­ing yet beau­ti­ful im­ages. LB


The S SE Arena, Belfast £27.50 Lon­don-based pian­ist and mu­sic pro­ducer Tokio My­ers is a fine ex­am­ple of the tal­ent that shows such as Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent can some­times dis­cover in be­tween the ar­mies of chil­dren in dance groups and per­form­ing dogs. My­ers won the show in 2017, im­press­ing UK vot­ers by lay­er­ing up com­plex synths and sam­ple pads to com­pete with his live clas­si­cal piano play­ing. His mu­sic is big and dra­matic and it comes with a stun­ning visual dis­play that en­hances the over­all thrilling im­pact. LB


The Sound house, Eden Quay 8 pm ¤13.35 tick­et­mas­ Five years ago, Bris­tol-based singer-song­writer Fenne Lily re­leased a song called Top to Toe. The song isn’t, she said, “about heart­break in the usual sense of the word; it’s more a sense of los­ing what I held close and not un­der­stand­ing how I felt about peo­ple mov­ing on and chang­ing, es­pe­cially my­self.” Smart words from a song­writer in­flu­enced not just by con­tem­po­rary mu­si­cians such as Laura Mar­ling, Sharon Van Et­ten, and Kurt Vile but also by the likes of Vel­vet Un­der­ground and Joni Mitchell. Her de­but al­bum, On Hold, was re­leased last week, and if you’re in search of in­die-pop with a crunchy base and a few left-of-cen­tre sur­prises in the lyric depart­ment, then you’ve found it. TCL


3 Arena Dublin 8 pm ¤49.50( sold out) tick­et­mas­ What’s a for­mer One Di­rec­tion dude to do? In much the same way as his erst­while boy band col­league and friend Niall Ho­ran did at the same venue last month, Harry Styles will be plug­ging one hugely suc­cess­ful solo al­bum (of­fi­cial run­ning time of 40 min­utes). Fac­tor in a few 1D tunes (in­clud­ing If I Could Fly and What Makes You Beau­ti­ful), a cou­ple of new-ish songs (Medicine, Anna )anda cover (Fleet­wood Mac’s The Chain), and you have a mix’n’match show con­structed specif­i­cally for the fans. Pre­pare for scream­ing. Lash­ings and lash­ing of it. TCL


The Olympia, Dublin ¤49.90 tick et mas­ Also Tues­day

Dry your eyes, mate be­cause af­ter a seven-year break from per­form­ing live, The Streets are back and they’re bring­ing a great­est hits tour with them. Even though Mike Skinner de­clared that The Streets were dead in 2011, The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light tour will see him re­visit the songs that sound­tracked your lairy and geezer garage-lov­ing youth, from the glo­ri­ous 2002’s Orig­i­nal Pi­rate Ma­te­rial up to 2011’s Com­put­ers and Blues. Get in. LB


The Abbey Theatre, Dublin 7.30pm ¤32 Abbey The at Also Wed­nes­day North of Eng­land’s The Un­thanks have al­ways been keen to mix things up. As a unit that ex­plores the broader pos­si­bil­i­ties of folk mu­sic, their record­ing ca­reer is lit­tered with di­ver­sion and cross-pol­li­na­tion. From col­lab­o­rat­ing with Or­bital and Por­tishead’s Adrian Ut­ley and vis­it­ing Africa with Da­mon Al­barn to lin­ing up along­side Martin Hayes and reimag­in­ing the work of Robert Wy­att, The Un­thanks have thrown down the gaunt­let when it comes to fu­sion. And here’s an­other one: they run through their back cat­a­logue (with side­bars, no doubt) in the com­pany of the Orches­tra of Ire­land, con­ducted by Charles Hazel­wood. Style, tra­di­tion, sto­ry­telling – three, two one. (As part of Mu­sicTown.) TCL


Olympia theatre Dublin 8 pm ¤30.90 tick et mas­ Also Thurs­day, Dublin, same venue; Fri­day Ul­ster Hall Belfast 8pm£28ul­ster­ Some­times, it makes sense for a mu­si­cian to have a long-haul men­tal­ity. Take, for ex­am­ple, US song­writer and per­former Nathaniel Rateliff. The St Louis, Mis­souri-born mu­si­cian kicked off his mu­sic ca­reer in 2002, but it wasn’t an ap­pear­ance on Later… with Jools Hol­land in 2011 that his early prom­ise gained mo­men­tum. From 2013’s solo work Fall­ing Faster Than You Can Run, and then 2015’s self-ti­tled (band) al­bum, Rateliff has surged ahead in the soul/ rock game with no small com­po­sure. His most re­cent al­bum, Tear­ing at the Seams, con­tin­ues the man’s dili­gent re­work­ing of Van Mor­ri­son and Stax/Mus­cle Shoals’ grooves. TCL


The Abbey Theatre, Dublin 7.30pm ¤30 An­other night of cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tion, as part of Mu­sicTown, sees Ir­ish band Lit­tle Green Cars per­form a bunch of songs (from their two stu­dio al­bums, 2012’s Ab­so­lute Zero and 2016’s Ephe­mera, as well as pre­view­ing new tracks from their forth­com­ing al­bum) to a back­drop of work by Devon-born visual artist An­drew Vick­ery. It amounts to a dif­fer­ent but mu­tu­ally em­pa­thetic show com­bin­ing mu­sic that is in­flu­enced by vary­ing shades of the hu­man con­di­tion and art (small paint­ings pho­tographed onto 35mm slides) that rep­re­sents, says Vick­ery “very par­tic­u­lar mo­ments of en­gage­ment with the em­pha­sis on the feel­ing of the ex­pe­ri­ence.” TCL


Green Room at the Academy, Dublin ¤13.85 the academy dublin. com

As one of the acts named in BBC Mu­sic Sound of 2018’s long list, Not3s has had a pretty good year so far, with his de­but sin­gle Ad­di­son Lee going vi­ral. The Hack­ney-born rap­per is the up-and-com­ing name in the Lon­don grime scene and by draw­ing on his Nige­rian her­itage and work­ing in el­e­ments of Ja­maican dance­hall mu­sic, he’s nailed a very dis­tinc­tive and chart-friendly sound for him­self. This gig is over-14s. LB


Roi sin Dubh,G al way Adm free roisin­;al­soFri­dayBel­loBar, Dublin ¤6 bel lo bar dublin. com Pale Rivers are new enough on the scene but the Cork and Tip­per­ary­based five-piece are ones to keep an eye on. Good thing you have these two gigs as a way to check ‘em out, eh? Their lat­est sin­gle Mont­par­nasse is brood­ing and in­wards look­ing rock. Their de­but EP will be out later this year and Cork in­die-pop band The Shaker Hymn will be join­ing them on both nights. LB


The Abbey Theatre, Dublin 7.30pm ¤30 An­other su­perb evening as part of Mu­sicTown, this sees two Ir­ish bor­der town artists mix it up with an Amer­i­can singer-song­writer. The lat­ter is Cal­i­for­nian Cass McCombs, whose lyri­cal wit and sagac­ity are stitched across his al­bums, from 2003’s A to 2016’s Mangy Love. The bor­der town artists are peas from a pod, al­beit from dif­fer­ent coun­ties. Ca­van’s Lisa O’Neill is as sin­gu­lar a song­writer as they come, a re­spon­sive artist un­en­cum­bered by genre. Mon­aghan’s Pat McCabe, mean­while, is the lit­er­ary equiv­a­lent. An­other wel­come ad­di­tion is Lankum’s Ian Lynch. Ex­pect an evening of in­ter­sect­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics – words, mu­sic, songs – that run the gamut from som­bre to funny. TCL


Smock Al­ley Theatre, Dublin ¤22 smock­

Áine Cahill is gen­uinely the most ex­cit­ing pop artists to come out of Ire­land in re­cent years. The 23-year-old from Ca­van has a soul­ful voice to ri­val Adele’s and a crack­ing per­son­al­ity to ri­val none. She re­cently signed a ma­jor record­ing con­tract with Warner Mu­sic UK so she’s just on the cusp of some­thing huge and rightly so. If you haven’t al­ready dipped into her mu­sic, check out her lat­est sin­gle Di­a­monds and take it from there. LB


Whe­lan’sDublin8pm¤19 whe­

She may be viewed as the lat­est in a long line of very as­tute roots/coun­try song­writ­ers, but Ari­zona-born Court­ney Marie An­drews brings a strong hint of punk ap­proach to her work. Hav­ing spent time as a tour­ing mem­ber of Jimmy Eat World, An­drews is aware that along­side coun­try’s nar­ra­tive strengths it’s no harm to add a bit of roughage. Her 2017 break­through record, Hon­est Life, and this year’s May your

Kind­ness Re­main (“an al­bum of sus­tained emo­tional con­nec­tion that leaves you all the bet­ter for hearing it,” noted the Ir­ish Times re­view), have been praised for their grace­ful, con­fes­sional song­writ­ing that brings to mind a care­ful, nat­u­ral blend of Joni Mitchell and Lucinda Wil­liams. Sounds deadly to us. TCL


Na­tion­alCon­certHall(TheS­tu­dio) Dublin8pm¤25nch.ieAl­soSatur­day April21 Mak­ing his per­for­mance de­but in Ire­land, 81-year-old Amer­i­can min­i­mal­ist com­poser Harold Budd is widely ac­knowl­edged as the ‘God­fa­ther of am­bi­ent mu­sic’. There’s more to him than that, of course (Budd re­futes such a defin­ing la­bel), as his record­ing ca­reer proves. Col­lab­o­ra­tions with Brian Eno aside, Budd has worked with the likes of Bill Nel­son, Andy Par­tridge, Bill Laswell, John Foxx, David Syl­vian and, most no­tably, for­mer Cocteau Twins mem­ber Robin Guthrie. Per­form­ing at the NCH across two nights, Budd will pre­miere a new work in­spired by the West Cork night sky. He will be ac­com­pa­nied, suit­ably enough, by the West Cork-based Ves­per­tine Quar­tet. TCL

Court­ney Marie An­drews, Whe­lan’s Dublin , Fri­day

Tokio My­ers, SSE Arena, Belfast, tonight

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