Part two in my (hopefully) regular feature. Below are what I would consider to be the best gigs on around the country in the next seven days. Feel free to point out any I missed, and let me know how you got on at any of them too!
Thursday 15th: Rain Machine @ The Academy, Dublin. Well worth a look - Kyp Malone (of Tv on the Radio) fronts the headline act who have been lauded by critics following the release of their debut album last year. Support comes from James Vincent McMorrow both in Dublin, and a date in Belfast the night before.
Saturday 17th: Mystery Jets @ The Academy, Dublin. These guys are always highly entertaining - in particular in a live setting!
Sunday 18th: Stornoway @ The Savoy, Cork. Hotly tipped Oxford act Stornoway bring their brand of indie-folk to Ireland. They have been likened to Fleet Foxes, among others. Check out debut single Zorbing for an idea of what they are all about. They also hit the capital two days before they come south.
Sunday 18th: Cathy Davey @ McGinnity's Cellar Bar, Cavan Town. Davey continues her bare bones tour, taking in many of the locations in the country that often miss out on the bigger acts. Her new album hits stores in May, while the new single has been getting massive airplay. She might just take off this year so this could be your last chance to see her in such an intimate setting!
Tuesday 20th: LCD Soundsystem (Live) @ The Tripod, Dublin. James Murphy brings the live show to Ireland for two dates (the second is Wednesday night in the same venue) as the release of the hotly anticipated third (and final) album from LCD Soundsystem nears. These guys are essential to any party playlist - check out the classic Daft Punk Are Playing At My House or new track Drunk Girls for proof of this.
Also a special mention for the Moxegen Festival that hits O'Keeffe's, Clonmel this week from Friday to Sunday with all the best in tribute bands. Headline acts include the Kopy Kat Killers (who have actually filled in for the Killers when the real band took ill at the last minute in South America), Daft Punked, Noasis (as close to the real thing as we'll ever get now!), the Stone Roses Experience (I saw these guys at Oxegen two years ago and they are fantastic) and Fat Boy Tim.
If I was to pick one it'd be Rain Machine in the Academy. I'm a big fan of Kyp Malone's work with both Tv on the Radio and his side project and the fact that James Vincent McMorrow is in support just seals the deal for me. Two fantastic acts in one great setting for just €18.50.
One to skip... Mystery Jets really. Always fun and happy but of the bands on offer they are the ones that appeal to me the least!
Finally, Jedward continue their domination of the country with gigs absolutely everywhere, while Scouting For Girls can be seen in a number of venues too.
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