Day and Night's Weekly Going-out Guide
Music, cinema, theatre and dance highlights for the week ahead
Pick of the week
James Vincent McMorrow at the National Concert Hall, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th February
Check out the man of the moment play hits past and present before his summer festival turns
Breath of fresh air
Anna Calvi hasn’t disappointed us with the recent follow-up to her debut selftitled album; One Breath is a gem, and you can catch her live in Vicar Street tomorrow night. www.vicarstreet.com
The mighty blues
Few other acts in Ireland have nailed the blues revival with as much authenticity as The Mighty Stef — so kick off your weekend with their show in Whelan’s tonight. www.whelanslive.com
Friday January 31
The son of a white European father and a black mother, South African comedian Trevor Noah is in a very good position to take a cutting look at race relations in his home country. His show, The Racist Live, is on in Vicar Street tonight. www.vicarstreet.com
* Lapland Odyssey is a madcap Finnish comedy, in which three friends set out on a journey of several hundred miles in order to get a digital television adapter in the middle of the night. Naturally they get themselves into all sorts of scrapes along the way – but if this sounds like a cringetastic remake of Road Trip, don't worry. It's brilliantly executed, clever and genuinely funny. Catch it tonight in the Town Hall Theatre, Galway. www.tht.ie
* Anamanaguchi take hipster music to new levels, blasting out all their high-energy pop tunes using the soundboard of a NES and a Game Boy from the 80s. It's entertaining, but it might be a bit much over the course of an entire set. Dublin's Academy 2 tonight. www.vicarstreet.com
Saturday February 1
* Emo rockers Mayday Parade will be at The Academy tonight, proving that all is not lost within that genre – amid all the pop punk clichés, these guys manage to wrangle out a few decent tunes. www.theacademydublin.com
Sunday February 2
* You might also know Bill Callahan as Smog, the lo-fi maestro who recorded his early material on a four-track player in his own home – and currently creates some very intricate and beautiful pieces using the simplest of musical structures. You can catch his wonderful voice and his incredible guitar work tonight at the Olympia. www.olympia.ie
Monday February 3
* Whatever you do, don't go to Happy Days tonight in Galway's Town Hall Theatre expecting to see the Fonz and Richie Cunningham hanging out in Arnold's diner. Instead, you'll get the third part of Beckett's Human Condition trio, which also contains Endgame and Waiting For Godot, presenting a bleak but humorous look at life as we think we know it. www.tht.ie
* Okay, so he may not be the most likeable guy in pop, but X Factor winner James Arthur has a decent voice on him. Whether that makes it worth going to see him tonight at the Olympia or tomorrow at Cork Opera House is an entirely different question. www.olympia.ie
Tuesday February 4
* Anyone who witnessed the rollicking set from Foals at last year's Longitude – or indeed, anyone who has ever seen them on stage – will already have their tickets sorted for the band's shows in the Olympia, tonight and tomorrow. www.olympia.ie
* Speaking of Longitude, the recent line-up announcement for this year's festival saw James Vincent McMorrow given pride of place. But why wait until July when you can see him at the National Concert Hall both tonight and tomorrow? www.nch.ie
* Little Matador is the new project from Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly, who's decided to step into the limelight and stick out some material of his own. The resulting self-titled album has a real edge, bearing all the hallmarks of an album made by someone who got fed up of the Snow Patrol approach. You can catch them tonight at the Róisín Dubh. www.roisindubh.net
* The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe strips back the glamour and perfection we've come to associate with the Hollywood icon, and shows us Norma Jean as she really was. Elton Townsend Jones's show has been lauded by critics, and it's on in An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, tonight. www.angrianan.com
Wednesday February 5
* The idea of a Jason Byrne sitcom produced by the BBC might strike fear into the hearts of anyone who's seen Mrs Brown's Boys – after all, here's a guy who has never quite transferred his wonderful stage talent on to the screen with any great success. But you can catch him in his natural stand-up habitat as he plays the Róisín Dubh. www.roisindubh.net
Thursday February 6
* The dreadlocked Newton Faulkner is at the Olympia tonight, followed by shows tomorrow at Cork Opera House and on Saturday at Seapoint in Galway. www.roisindubh.net
Film of the Week: Out of the Furnace
This moody thriller from Scott Cooper stars Christian Bale as Russell Baze, a Pennsylvania steelworker whose life is coming apart at the seams. His dad's dying, the economy's tanking, and when his younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) takes up bare-knuckle boxing, Russell is drawn into a deadly battle with a criminal called DeGroat.
CLUB SCENE with Eamon Sweeney
The Wright Venue, Airside Quarter, Swords, Co Dublin, tonight (€15/€20)
Dutch electro house duo Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf have been taking the world by storm in recent years as BlasterJaxx. Karl Mc, Gordon Johnston and Nathan Dwyer will be warming up for the flying Dutchmen.
Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street. Galway, tonight (€5)
Affectionately known as 'Galway's own dadhouse deviants,' the dance veterans make an eagerly anticipated return to the Róisín Dubh stage to perform some deep and dirty house and succulently sleazy disco.
The Savoy, Patrick Street, Cork, tonight (€25)
This British DJ has already been nominated for a Grammy and had a few dance floor smashes, but he's set to sky rocket this year with the release of his debut album. Catch him while you can.
FOALS DJ SET
The Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1, Wednesday (€8/€10)
Foals stole the show at Longitude last summer and Oxford's hottest newish band are back for two nights of live action in the Olympia. Fans who don't want to go home can enjoy their DJ skills at this official after show.