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Gig Guide: 2nd December – 8th December

Written by on 01/12/2019


Tamino


Of Belgian, Egyptian and Lebanese heritage, the 21-year-old musician Tamino’s British debut single is a song of such startling, visceral, sit-up-and-listen power, it is as if the singer has arrived, out of nowhere, fully formed. Habibi (Arabic for “my love” or “beloved”) is one of those songs that makes a mockery of questions of era and genre. Aptly, from a musician whose upbringing and trans-nationality elude narrow questions of provenance and pigeonholes, it is at once ancient and modern, conjuring, in its portrayal of a love that is majestic but doomed, the romantic decadence of Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet and the scorched-earth, ripped-from-the-heart poetry of Nick Cave.

Musically, it is, like so much pop today, all over the place, uncategorisable, gloriously impervious to considerations of style, fashion and commerce. In that sense, it is totally now.

 

2nd December – 7.30pm
The Button Factory
€15

Info – aikenpromotions.ie


Young Dolph & Key Glock


Adolph Thornton, Jr., better known by his stage name Young Dolph, is an American rapper. In February 2016, Dolph released his debut studio album, King of Memphis, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Upcoming rapper Key Glock is from southern Memphis, Tennessee. His debut mixtape “Glock Season” created quite the buzz and brought him into the limelight. Another exceptional project “Glock Bond,” released in early 2018, featured one of his biggest hit to date; “Russian Cream.”

 

2nd December – 7pm
The Academy
€25

Info – thelist.ie


Jake Curran Quartet


The Jake Curran Quartet play Arthur’s for you on the 2nd of December. The night will feature original tunes of this nature with heavy improvisation throughout. Join Jake Curran on the guitar, Adam Taylor on the bass, Luke Dunford on the Keys and Cian Hanley on the Drums.

Don’t miss them return to Dublin!

2nd December – 8pm
Arthur’s Pub
€10

Info – jazzireland.ie


Sion Hill


Irish artist Sion Hill is proving that Niall Horan and Bressie aren’t the only musical talent to come out of Mullingar.  Singer-songwriter Nathan Johnston began writing and recording music in his teens and started playing with various bands in bars and coffeehouses across Dublin.

He moved to Berlin in 2016, adopting the name ‘Sion Hill’, as a homage to his Irish roots. Now living in London, his new single “Fuel Kids”, released via Warner Music Germany, has already been featured on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday UK’ and ‘A Perfect Day’ playlists!

 

3rd December – 7.30pm
The Sugar Club
€13

Info – aikenpromotions.ie


Aldous Harding


Following her spectacular performance at Iveagh Gardens, Aldous Harding announces her return to Dublin. She will perform her biggest headline show at Vicar Street!

Aldous Harding is finishing her third studio album. The upcoming release reunites her with John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) with whom she worked on the acclaimed Party. Released in 2017, this second album catapulted Harding onto the world stage, featuring on numerous end-of-year polls and was named Rough Trade Shops’ Album of the Year.

 

3rd December – 7.30pm
Vicar Street
€25

Info – aikenpromotions.ie


Man Forever plus Magic Pockets


Following the release of his sophomore album with Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien) Biting Through earlier this year, visionary composer and multi-instrumentalist John Colpitts (Kid Millions, Oneida) has announced a string of European tour dates for his Man Forever project this December. Performing solo, Colpitts will be premiering a new show that investigates his recent experience of being involved in a traumatic car accident.

Magic Pockets is the solo project of Ruadhan O Meara (of synth metalists No Spill Blood ) working with synths, organs and samples his work spans from the minimal to the expansive, evoking Tangerine Dream, Oneohtrix Point Never, Richard pinhas, etc..

 

3rd December – 8pm
Upstairs in Whelan’s
€12

Info – whelanslive.ie


Boye & Colours AfroBeat


Launched originally as Colours Afrobeat Foundation – ‘Boye PapaGee (Gboyega Akerele) is a Belgian/Nigerian (Yoruba) born drummer/percussionist, saxophonist, singer/song-writer, musical director/producer, cultural envoy and custodian, overseer and keeper of authentic, genuine Afrobeat in Ireland; he is the founder and leader of Colours Afrobeat a 12-piece Band, Ireland’s first and foremost multicultural Afrobeat band that premiered before a sold out audience at the Drogheda Arts Centre.

Do not miss this now ten piece band playing original Afro Beat Music lead by composer Gboyega Papagee Akerele! Check out their music at Arthur’s Pub!

4th December – 8.30pm
Arthur’s Pub
€10.85

Info – eventbrite.ie


Life


Following the announcement of their highly anticipated second album ‘A Picture Of Good Health’, a second B-listing on BBC 6 Music and a blistering BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale session for Jack Saunders, Hull outfit LIFE have now shared a new video for their latest single ‘Hollow Thing’.

Check them out at The Academy on December the 4th!

4th December – 7pm
The Academy 2
€13

Info – theacademy.ie


Sing Out! Choir Christmas Concert


Our resident community choir presents a concert of familiar and not-so-familiar Christmas songs.

Featuring carols, and other festive songs from around the world, tonight’s concert will warm the heart on a cold winter’s evening, and is just the thing to kick off your Christmas season. Conductors: Mary Amond O’Brien and Jennifer McMahon.

 

4th December – 8.30pm
National Concert Hall, The Studio
Free

Info – nch.ie


We Were Promised Jetpacks


Sometimes you have to go back to basics in order to find yourself again. This is something Scottish rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks realized over the course of creating their fourth full-length album, The More I Sleep The Less I Dream.

The More I Sleep The Less I Dream contains the essence of what the band have grown into, both as artists and as people. They’ve taken their experiences, both from their ten years as a touring band and from the changes in their personal lives, and forged them into an album that represents a new phase for the band.

 

5th December – 7.30pm
The Workman’s Club
€18

Info – theworkmansclub.ie


Beoga


Most bands would have plateaued after fifteen years in the game, but Beoga isn’t most bands. Describing themselves as “new wave trad,” the past couple years saw Beoga tick off an enviable list of accomplishments from their shared bucket list.

After five albums as Beoga, their work with Ed Sheeran, and writing with Foy Vance and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, the quintet have refined their focus to finding the precise intersection between trad music and contemporary pop. Beoga recently signed to Columbia Records and are working on new music that does just that.

 

5th December – 8pm
Whelan’s
€22.50

Info – aikenpromotions.ie


Katona Twins


A six concert series of music for solo guitar, guitar duo and guitar quartet, featuring leading artists from USA, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia and Ireland!

On the 5th of December you can hear Peter & Zoltán Katona on guitars. Programme to include works by J.S. Bach, Bartók, Bernstein, Django Reinhardt, Manuel de Falla and their own compositions.

 

5th December – 7.30pm
National Concert Hall, Kevin Barry Recital Room
€17.50

Info – nch.ie


S-File + Doug Cooney


DJ and producer S-File is recognised as one of the proponents of contemporary techno. Widely associated with iconic trademarks including GND Records, S-File stays true to his roots by consistently innovating his interpretation of electronic music, integrating art with the scene. As a passionate DJ, S-File inspire his listeners with sounds both reduced and rough, balanced by surprising moments throughout his sets. Between pure Techno, banging House tracks old and new of the past 30 years.

Doug Cooney has cultivated his knowledge of Techno music over many years. Doug’s passion for this craft runs deep and his DJ sets span the full spectrum of Techno, past and present. His style and attention to detail have earned him warm up sets for many of his Techno heroes, with Dave Clarke, James Ruskin, UVB and Abstract Division to name a few. Doug brings a similarly tireless ethos to his own productions, which blend classic analogue synthesis with contemporary digital sound design.

 

6th December – 11pm
The Grand Social
€10

Info – thegrandsocial.ie


The Curly Organ


The Curly Organ (AKA Donal McConnon) is a special kind of artist/composer/producer who has for one month successfully merged his everyday experiences with record production, who regularly has conversations with strangers through a non-verbal musical binary and has developed an all-encompassing live performance making use of hand-drawn visuals and guided meditations.

Hailing from the windy-western Irish town of Galway, Donal is perhaps better known there as a key component of the nationally-loved prog-folk outfit, My Fellow Sponges. While Sponges shows are known for their spontaneous energy and genre-fusing acrobatics, The Curly Organ takes you gently by the hand and guides you calmly through a museum of human experiences (both the extreme and the banal). This singer-songwriter is eager to do more than put on a show. He aims for catharsis, both for him and his audience.

 

6th December – 9pm
Sin É
€5

Info – sin-e.ie


Alex Gough


Alex Gough is a 20 year old Drummer/Producer/Rapper and member of the influential ‘Anomaly’ collective. Hailing from Waterford, Ireland Gough is one of the most promising artists of the current thriving Irish music scene. Drumming since the age of 6, he quickly became a well-respected master of his craft and soon turned his hand to producing while also attending Cork school of music.

With 3 brand new tracks all written and produced by Alex alongside fan favourites ‘Breakfast’ and ‘Step To Me’, 80% is the first time he showcases his incredible drumming skills on a record with huge amounts of clout. ‘INTRO’, ‘I Remember’ and ‘Dear SJ’ all have live drum’s recorded by Gough in Dublin at brand new ‘The Clinic Studios’.

 

6th December – 8pm
Upstairs in Whelan’s
€13.50

Info – whelanslive.ie


Æ MAK


Aoife McCann (Æ MAK) writes songs and becomes them. The all consuming energy of her performance enraptures the audience, primitive vocal rhythms and infectious vocal melodies sail a dark sea of electronica. As a visual artist, Æ MAK’s artistic vision comes to life in real time on stage, drawing elements of the themes and choreography from her self-directed music videos.

Distilling a range of of emotional and artistic influences, Æ MAK experiments on the border lines of pop, continuing to build and inhabit her other world. And once you visit, you’ll probably want to move there!

 

7th December – 8pm
The Button Factory
€16.45

Info – buttonfactory.ie


Acid Reign


Acid Reign are a British thrash metal band formed in 1985. The group was active until 1991, when they disbanded.

Since returning from a 24-year absence the band featuring original vocalist Howard H Smith, Pete Dee (Bass), Paul Chanter (Guitar), Marc Jackson (Drums) & Cooky (Guitar) have been busy. On the back of two new songs Plan Of The Damned (2015) and The Man Who Became Himself (2017) they hit the road both at home and throughout Europe for numerous tours and festival appearances. Including the now legendary record-breaking Headline slot of the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock 2016.

 

7th December – 7.30pm
The Grand Social
€17.50

Info – thegrandsocial.ie


Bats


Following the recent release of their first new album in 7 years, ‘Alter Nature’ you have the chance to welcome Dublin avant-rock 5-piece BATS at Lost Lane!

‘ALTER NATURE’ is a full-frontal attack to all of the senses. BATS incredibly idiosyncratic and cacophonous yet entirely rousing experimental noise-rock delves into intelligent and complex territory both lyrically and musically, but BATS understand that it need not exclude it from having a raw, rhythmic energy and a strong sense of melody.

 

7th December – 8pm
Lost Lane
€12

Info – lostlane.ie


Hot Snakes


Swami John Reis and Rick Froberg have been making noises together since high school. In 1986 it was the post-hardcore chime of Pitchfork. In 1991 it was the sprawling, multi-faceted arrangements of Drive Like Jehu. In 1999 it was the lean, mean swagger of Hot Snakes. Reis and Froberg are responsible for some of the most turbulent rock and roll of their, or any, generation.

Now, after a 14-year hiatus from the studio, Hot Snakes have kicked down the door back into our lives with their new album, Jericho Sirens, due out March 16 from Sub Pop. Do not miss them when they are playing at the Grand Social!

 

8th December – 8pm
The Grand Social
€26.50

Info – thegrandsocial.ie


Andrew Combs


Andrew Combs is a singer and songwriter whose work bridges the freedom and possibility of his visual art with the influence of classic writing and storytelling. On his new album, Ideal Man, Combs worked with producer/engineer Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker) to achieve a more raw, direct sound.

A sense of danger and violence underlies the entire record, much as it does the entire country, but it only serves to make the moments of beauty and connection here that much more poignant. Life is short and the clock is ticking. Andrew Combs doesn’t plan to waste a second!

 

8th December – 8pm
Lost Lane
€15

Info – lostlane.ie


The Paper Kites


Such artistic insight has earned The Paper Kites (which also includes vocalist Christina Lacy, guitarist Dave Powys, drummer Josh Bentley and bassist Sam Rasmussen) a loyal, organic fan base. In the eight years since they formed, what’s followed is an impressive reach of their music, with steady international touring, nearly 47 million combined YouTube views and over 260 million streams on Spotify.

Their latest album On the Corner Where You Live wafts evocatively with noir-ish saxophones, guitars, ambient traffic, even the languid sound of rain. Its levitating and bittersweet, heavy-hearted stories that are resoundingly universal.

 

8th December – 7.30pm
Whelan’s
€18

Info – aikenpromotions.ie