Gigs: Who's playing
Vicar Street, Dublin, tonight (€40)
Frontman Rob Thomas is nowadays best known for Smooth, his 1999 collaboration with Carlos Santana. At the time the song was released, Matchbox 20 were filling stadiums. However, the group's profile has, in rock-speak, grown more selective, no matter that last year's North album debuted at number one in the US.
Konono No 1
Whelan's, Dublin, tonight (€25)
From Kinshasa in Congo, this sprawling ensemble are much beloved by devotees of progressive African music. They are certainly an eclectic prospect, combining traditional instruments such as the electric likembe with drums retrieved from a junkyard and an amplifier semi-fashioned from a car engine.
Button Factory, Dublin, tomorrow (€12)
A guitar virtuoso from the north of England with a vast YouTube following.
Grand Pocket Orchestra
Upstairs at Whelan's, Dublin, tomorrow (€5-€10)
They bridle at being designated 'quirky', but, really, is there a better adjective for these Dubliners' free-wheeling, joy-streaked sound?
Olympia, Dublin, Sunday (€22.50)
Hooking up with Janelle Monae for last summer's We Are Young, three-piece act fun. (as they like their name styled) established themselves as faces to watch in anthemic rock. It is by far their strongest moment, the rest of their songbook
reeking of watered-down Coldplay.
Sugar Club, Dublin, Sunday (€15)
A soul singer from Manchester, championed by Guy Garvey of Elbow among others.
Half Moon Theatre, Cork, Monday (€15)
She sang from beneath a landslide of fuzz on Cat's Eyes, her duet with Faris Badwan of The Horrors. Zeffira's solo debut The Deserters is more expensive, with acres of creepy coos and gauzy piano.
Unitarian Church, Dublin, Tuesday (€23)
The cult Australian strummer launches new album.
Bewley's, Dublin, Wednesday (€10)
Brooklyn-based Corkman whose songs are sturdy if never quite spectacular.
Whelan's, Dublin, Wednesday (€10)
Twenty-something Essex blues vocalist with an un-googleable name.
Whelan's, Dublin, Thursday (€15)
Sensitive indie pop splits the difference between Teenage Fanclub and Joy Division. Irresistible, if you like that sort of thing.
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