(above: Girls Names)
You might have your plans for the weekend sorted, but you’d be gutted if you missed out on these tasty end of week shindigs. Cara has the lowdown on hip and cool things to do in Dublin this Wednesday-Friday
Blue Moon Lost Wednesday at RHA Gallery, Wednesday 26th November
Wednesday sees an unmissable event taking place in the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery. Homebeat invites you to dance the night away to Little xs For Eyes’ upbeat indie synth-pop, the experimental folktronica of Participant, funk and soul from collective Feather and Somadrone’s lush minimalism in an evening filled with pretty much everything good. DJ Sets from Sleep Thieves and The Grand Social’s T/A/S/T/E DJs complete the wonderfully well-rounded musical offering, while non-musical entertainment includes slam poetry, art displays and free hand-made screen prints. Food from COPPA Cafe and “Hog and Pop” fills hungry bellies. With three complimentary Blue Moon beers serving as the cherry on the metaphorical ice-cream, this will be an epic, creative take on a Wednesday night out. Who knows, at this rate there could be literal ice-cream too.
Buffalo Sunn, Death In The Sickroom and Garr Cleary at The Workman’s Club, Thursday 27th November
The Workman’s Club offers a great selection for pop lovers. Buffalo Sunn make suitably shimmering, warm pop songs with strong, memorable melodies, while Death In The Sickroom bang out catchy Smiths-like ditties (we also have a H&G exclusive that it is the drummer’s birthday on the night of this gig: this makes it acceptable to bring cake). Garr Cleary offers a poppy take on a more folky sound, with a great voice that makes no apologies for his strong Irish accent.
Girls Names with special guests PRINCESS and Low Tide at The Joinery, Friday 28th November
Belfast post-punk four-piece Girls Names play the intimate art space of The Joinery with support from DJ-duo Low Tide and indie rock band PRINCESS. Since their surf-rock days, Girls Names have soaked up influence from the forebears of alternative rock and indie, evident on their newer releases. The resulting sound has both the wobbling vocals of Echo and The Bunnymen and the catchy guitar riffs of Johnny Marr. Meanwhile, Low Tide’s music is reminiscent of Flying Lotus’ warm Los Angeles beats and experimental nature, while also illustrating a club-friendly pop drive. Different yet again is the kraut-inspired, noisy dream pop that is PRINCESS, who never fail to give a great live performance. Situated in the inconspicuous red-brick houses of Arbour Hill, this gig is a must-see.
Booka Brass Band at The Purty Kitchen, Dun Laoghaire, Friday 28th November
There’s no-one quite like Booka Brass Band at the moment, but that isn’t the sole reason for the success of the New Orleans style brass band. Booka Brass Band are generally just really fun, with their catchy and upbeat renditions of the pop songs that we all know and love, and the energy that results from having a big group full of such talented and excited people. Most importantly, they put on a really, really fun show. The enthusiasm of the musicians pours out into the audience, presenting a challenge for anyone who doesn’t want to dance. Definitely a gig to catch if you’ve not already experienced one.
Words: Cara Spelman