So far this year I have been to 8 gigs: The New Mendicants, Moderat, St. Vincent, Neneh Cherry, Chvrches, Nina Persson, Doom, Kurt Vile. The rest of April isn’t looking that promising for new shows but if I get a chance I might chck out King Khan and The Shrines in Whelans on Easter Saturday and / or the new configuration of Yuck in the Workamns on 30th April.
But May will be here soon and that is a different story altogether. I already have tickets purchased for 9 shows that month and there are a few more that also look worthwhile but I don’t want to overdo it. So here is The Lions Share guide to early summer gig May-hem:
Eyedress Whelan’s (Upstairs) Thursday 1st May (Tickets: €13)
Idris Vicuña’s brings his electropop-stylings and distinctive high-register voice to Dublin. A great way to start the month and the bank holiday weekend. It will be interesting to see if the crows is more hipster or Filipino ex-pat. If you haven’t already download Eyedress' excellent free mixtape 'Hearing Colors’
MØ The Academy Saturday 3rd May (Tickets €17.35)
After some festival slots and an AlunaGeorge support last year Karen Marie Ørsted finally makes her Dublin headlining debut in support of excellent ‘No Mytholgies to Follow’ album. Based on the couple of times I’ve seen her already the 2 months deferral of the show should be worth the delay.
Fat White Family The Workmans Club Tuesday 6th May (Tickets €13)
I have to admit I haven’t got a ticket for the Fat White Family show yet and have only given their debut album ‘Champagne Holocaust' a couple of listens. But based on what I have read & heard this should be worth a punt or even €13.
Dum Dum Girls & Crocodiles Button Factory Sat 10th May (Tickets: €18.50)
Dee Dee Penny finally brings her Dum Dum Girls back to Dublin. This time with husband, Brandon Welchez’s band, Crocodiles supporting. If you haven’t heard it yet check out DDGs excellent thrid album ‘Too True’.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Whelans Sunday 11th May (Tickets: €22)
The last, and only time I saw the JSBE play way supporting the Beastie Boys in the RDS in 1995. So 19 years later I have the chance to check them out in the much more intimate surroundings of Whelans with Dublin’s finest September Girls in support.
Jimi Goodwin Whelans Monday 12th May (Tickets €18)
I have always has a soft spot for Doves and frontman Jumi Goodwin is a large part of that. His debut solo album ‘Odludek' is well worth a listen so an goign to be in Whelan's on 12th to see if he can cut it live.
Neutral Milk Hotel Vicar Street Friday 16th May (Tickets: Sold Out)
The Neutral Milk Hotel reunion tour makes its way to Dublin on 16th May. Unfortunately it went on sale & quickly sold out while I was away so I’ll be missing out on Jeff Mangum off-kilter masterpieces.
Mutual Benefit The Workmans Club Mon 19th May (Tickets: €14)
Another show I don’t have a ticket for yet but one I would be lining up for in any other month. Most recent album ‘Love’s Crushing Diamond' highlightes their alt-county stylings. If that is your things be sure to head to the Workmans Club on 19th.
Speedy Ortiz Workmans Club Tuesday 20th May 14 (Tickets: €13)
Like eveyone else I was completely won over by the stellar indie rock on Massachusetts four piece Speedy Ortiz’s last album ‘Major Arcana’. Recent EP ‘Real Hair’ has only confirmed that their debut Dublin show is a must see. Support on the night comes from Dublin garage posters Squarehead.
Hospitality Whelans Saturday 24th May (Tickets: €12)
I only started listening to Hospitality a couple of month back when the gig was announced. If catchy left-filed indie pop is your thing you could do a lot worse than spending your Saturday night in Whelans come the 24th. My Sad Captains support and are well worth arriving early for.
Camera Obscura Vicar Street Monday 26 May (Tickets: €20)
Nobody does catchy / twee indie-po better than Camera Obscura. Last years album ‘Desire Lines' was proof of that if needed. It is about 5 years since I last saw them plat (In Andrews Lane Theatre which was a gid venue for a while) so I am really looking forward to catching up wiht Traceyanne & Co.
Glasser Button Factory Tuesday 27 May (Tickets: €15)
I didn’t really give Glasser’s s second album ‘Interiors’ the attention it deserved when it came out last year. Luckily notice of their return to Dublin gave me plenty of reason to reevaluate its subtle electronic depths. When I saw them in Crawdaddy back in 2011 Cameron Mesirow was a superstar in the making. Hopefully the bigger stage in the Button Factory will bring this out even more. If Real Estate are more your thing the are playing Whelans the same night.
Soft Metals Whelans (Upstairs) Thursday 29th May (Tickets: €10)
Arguably the gig I am most looking forward too for the month is LA based him/her electronic duo Soft Metals, who are finishing their European tour in Ireland, with their second last show upstairs in Whelan’s on 29th.
The Dudley Corporation The Workmans Club Saturday 31st May (Tickets: €10)
Last, but my no means least, Dublin’s own The Dudley Corporation have a rare live outing in The Workmans Club on Saturday 31st May.