The Take

Crit­i­cal picks for the week ahead

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - PATRICK FREYNE -



Whe­lan’ s Up­stairs Dublin 7.30 pm ¤12 whe­ Derry band The Wood Burn­ing Savages have been mak­ing a dis­tinct mark since the re­lease of their de­but al­bum, Sta­bil­ity, ear­lier this year. It takes some do­ing to make hard rock come across as any­thing more than throw­ing the right shapes, but the band’s creative am­bi­tions are aligned with a po­lit­i­cally-charged lyri­cal edge that’s se­cond to none. The Wood Burn­ing Savages also play Gal­way’s Róisín Dubh on Satur­day, Novem­ber 17th. TCL


TheFu mb ally S ta­bles, Dublin ¤16 tick­ At this BYOB event, Chris Brokaw, Adrian Crow­ley and Brian Mooney are gen­er­ously shar­ing the head­line ti­tle. Amer­i­can ses­sion mu­si­cian Brokaw has ac­com­pa­nied the likes of Thurston Moore, Steve Wynn, Evan Dando and Johnny Depp and Crow­ley’s Dark Eyed Mes­sen­ger is one of 2017’s strong­est Irish re­leases. Mooney’s name might be fa­mil­iar to some as a reg­u­lar theatre sound de­signer or as the founder of the Trust Me I’m A Thief la­bel (Jape, Red­neck Man­i­festo). LB


The Grand So­cial, Dublin ¤15 tick­et­mas­ By day, At­lanta gal Mattiel Brown is an ad de­signer and il­lus­tra­tor for the mar­ket­ing plat­form MailChimp and by night, she’s a fully fledged rock star. Her de­but self-ti­tled al­bum, re­leased in July, is full of old school swag­ger – think some­where be­tween Patti Smith and The Black Keys but still very much her­self – and she de­liv­ers songs such as White of Their Eyes with a punch and a kick. One to keep an eye on. LB


Olympia Theatre Dublin 7pm ¤35.50 tick­et­mas­ Aus­tralian singer-song­writer Court­ney Bar­nett has taken a while to fil­ter out from her home­land, but where there are will and wit, there’s a way. If her de­but EP, I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Fer­ris, stayed res­o­lutely un­der the radar, then her de­but al­bum, 2015’s equally neatly-ti­tled

Some­times I Sit and Think, and Some­times I Just Sit, pro­pelled her from Syd­ney to Seat­tle and back again. This year’s fol­low-up al­bum,

Tell Me How You Re­ally Feel, fur­ther strength­ened Bar­nett’s cause as a song­writer of depth and range. And the mu­sic? Think ef­fort­lessly re­laxed gui­tar-fu­elled rock with hints of Hole and nods to Pave­ment. Yep – that good. TCL


Acade­myDublin8p­m¤23.50 tick­et­mas­ If there has ever been an ex­ten­sion of the ‘an­gry from Tun­bridge Wells’ con­tin­gent then this punk rock group might well be it. Bri­tish punk driven by garage/blues riffs, Slaves (Lau­rie Vin­cent, Isaac Hol­man) haven’t yet al­lowed the grass to grow un­der their feet. Three al­bums in so many years (Mer­cury Mu­sic Prize-nom­i­nated 2015 de­but, Are You Sat­is­fied, 2016’s Take Con­trol, this sum­mer’s Acts of Fear and Love) have pitched the group into an area where cross­over ap­peal is im­mi­nent. Spe­cial guests are Aus­tralian punk band Amyl & the Snif­fers, and an­other ‘an­gry from Tun­bridge Wells’ band, Lady Bird. Think loud. Think harsh. Think ex­cit­ing. TCL


Vic ar St Dublin 7.30 pm ¤28 tick­et­mas­ The former lead gui­tarist of The War on Drugs is do­ing very nicely, thanks for ask­ing – but then so would you if you had been smart enough to not put all of your eggs in one bas­ket. From the get-go, Kurt Vile (any moniker re­sem­blance to a well-known Ger­man com­poser is en­tirely co­in­ci­den­tal) has aligned solo work with band/col­lab­o­ra­tive du­ties, and so as The War on Drugs re­leased their first al­bum in 2008 (Wagonwheel Blues) so Vile is­sued his solo de­but, Con­stant

Hit­maker. Hav­ing left that band some years ago, Vile’s solo work (and the qual­ity of it) has con­tin­ued apace, so it’s no sur­prise at all to see him grad­u­ate to a venue this size. Spe­cial guests are singer Meg Baird and harpist Mary Lattimore, who pro­mote their new col­lab­o­ra­tive al­bum,

Ghost Forests. TCL


TheA­cademy,Dublin¤25.40 tick­et­mas­ter.ieAl­soThurs­day

As far as EP ti­tles go, Jax Jones’s

Snacks is pretty apt. On his de­but EP, the Lon­don DJ and pro­ducer called in big names such as Demi Lo­vato, St­ef­flon Don, RAYE, Ma­bel and MNEK to add vo­cals to his EDM-pop and house hits. Re­li­able chart gold since 2016, any­thing he at­taches his name to guar­an­tees a spot in the top 20 and with that run of suc­cess, it’s no sur­prise that both gigs are to­tally sold out. Boo. LB


Live at the Big Top, Lim­er­ick ¤50 tick­et­mas­

There’s a point where nos­tal­gia tips over to the shock­ing rev­e­la­tion that time favours no one... un­less you’re Nelly. The rap­per from St Louis’s de­but al­bum Coun­try Gram­mar turned 18 this sum­mer and even though he hasn’t re­leased a new al­bum in five years, he’s a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Ire­land, leav­ing sold-out gigs in his wake. On top of his Lim­er­ick ap­pear­ance, he’s play­ing Gal­way’s Leisure­land on Novem­ber 15th (¤49.65), with meet and greets go­ing for ¤100. LB



Róisín Dubh Gal­way 9pm Adm free roisin­;al­soFri­day,Fred Zep­pelins, Cork 9 pm ¤12 Lim­er­ick’s The Hitchers go back quite a way – to the mid-late 1990s, in fact, when a cou­ple of al­bums and some EPs were cham­pi­oned by BBC DJ, John Peel. That cham­pi­oning con­tin­ues with cur­rent BBC DJ (and former mu­sic writer) Steve La­macq, whose cu­rated al­bum, Steve La­macq’s Lost 90s, fea­tures the band’s tune Stra­chan (amidst other ‘lost’ songs by the likes of Ride, Elas­tica, Suede, and Corner­shop). To cel­e­brate, The Hitchers em­bark on a rare mini-tour of the na­tion, cul­mi­nat­ing with a home­town gig this Satur­day, Novem­ber 17th, in Dolan’s Ware­house. TCL


Kenny’ s L ah inch, Co. Clare ¤10 tick­ets on­the­door

Cork singer-song­writer and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Clare Sands has made no se­cret of her love for Co Clare’s beaches on her 2016 al­bum Join Me

at the Ta­ble, so the peo­ple of Lahinch should wel­come her with open arms.

Usu­ally known for fus­ing jazz, folk and tra­di­tional Irish mu­sic, her lat­est sin­gle Dance x3 is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Na­van com­poser Jimmy Smyth. In­spired by a re­cent trip to Ha­vana, it’s a song de­signed to get you mov­ing. LB


Olympia Theatre Dublin 8 pm ¤26( sol­dO­lympia Theatre Dublin 8 pm ¤26( sol­dO­lympia Theatre Dublin 8 pm ¤26( sold out)tick­et­mas­;al­soFri­day,same out) tick et; also Fri­day, same­out) tick et; also Fri­day, same venue venue venue A name such as James Gabriel Keogh might not trip off the tongue, but a com­pacted moniker such as Vance Joy (which Keogh took from a char­ac­ter in Peter Carey’s 1981 de­but novel Bliss) Bliss) Bliss) could do the trick. Not for­get­ting the trickle of Irish blood flow­ing through his veins, this Aus­tralian singer-song­writer has been pack­ing them in for the past five years with ca­reer-launch­ing indie-pop songs Rip­tide, Rip­tide, Rip­tide, Mess Mess Mess is is is Mine, Mine, Mine,

Fist Fist Fist Time, Time, Time, and Ge­or­gia. Ge­or­gia. Ge­or­gia. His His His lat­est lat­est lat­est al­bum, al­bum, al­bum, Na­tion Na­tion Na­tion of of of Two, Two, Two, will will will be be be heav­ily heav­ily heav­ily fea­tured fea­tured fea­tured at at at th­ese th­ese th­ese shows. shows. shows. TCL TCL TCL


The Sound House, Eden Quay, Dublin8pm¤14.35 thewi­l­ey­­sound­house Belfast singer-song­writer Gareth Dun­lop hasn’t al­ways been front-of-stage. Not­with­stand­ing sev­eral lowkey EP re­leases from 2014 on­wards, he has passed time (and dis­played sharp skills) whilst based in Nash­ville writ­ing for pub­lish­ing com­pa­nies and other artists. Al­though his songs are beloved by mu­sic su­per­vi­sors, Dun­lop’s ar­rival, of sorts, came with last year’s de­but al­bum, No. No. 79, 79, which pre­sented him as a fully formed song­writ­ing ma­chine. Solo gigs in Ire­land are rare enough, so pop along to see what all the fuss is about. TCL TCL



3Arena Dublin 8pm ¤49.50 (sold out) tick­et­mas­

Given that Mum­ford & Sons started life 10 years ago as one of a num­ber of acts in a west Lon­don com­mu­nity of as­pir­ing indie-folk mu­si­cians, they have done ex­traor­di­nar­ily well. While the likes of fel­low indie-folk hope­fuls such as Laura Mar­ling have con­tin­ued their ca­reer in a slow-but-sure way, Mum­ford & Sons sur­prised ev­ery­one (in­clud­ing them­selves, no doubt) by quickly pick­ing up Grammy Awards, Brit Awards, Ivor Novello Awards and a rake of oth­ers. Ex­pect a show lit­tered with well-known hits, of course, but also some un­fa­mil­iar tracks – their new al­bum, Delta ,is re­leased to­day. The group also per­form this Sun­day, Novem­ber 18th SSE Arena, Belfast. Sup­port act for both shows is highly rated US singer-song­writer Mag­gie Rogers. TCL


Vi­carStDubli­n7.30pm¤25 tick­et­mas­

Over the past four years, we have seen Ale­jan­dro Rose-Gar­cia grad­u­ate from play­ing a church in Din­gle to equally small stages in Dublin, and here he is again – step­ping up a notch or two to play one of the cap­i­tal’s ma­jor venues. The Amer­i­cana mu­si­cian and song­writer from Austin, Texas, is well suited to the big­ger spa­ces – his shows are fu­elled by a great on­stage pres­ence that al­ways begs the ques­tion: where on Earth does he get the en­ergy from? Shakey Graves also plays Elm­wood Hall, Belfast, Satur­day, Novem­ber 17th. Spe­cial guest for each show is Philadel­phia-based singer-song­writer Petal (aka Ki­ley Lotz). TCL



Join­ing forces for a hair-rais­ing and ass-kick­ing tour, Dublin group Bitch Fal­con and Not­ting­ham duo Hag­gard Cat are cov­er­ing the length and breadth of the UK (with bands Drones and InTech­ni­colour join­ing them for cer­tain dates) and hit­ting up Rath­mines’s The Bow­ery for the Irish leg of the tour. This gig will be Bitch Fal­con’s last night on the About to Break Tour so help give them the send off they de­serve. LB


Court­ney Bar­nett, Olympia Theatre, Dublin. Mon­day

Mum­ford & Sons, 3Arena Dublin. Fri­day

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