Where to go: Gigs, clubs and family events
Niall Byrne sorts the wheat from the chaff...
Gift Grub 3 @ Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Cork Opera House, Cork (€35-€37.50)
Thursday May 1 – Saturday July 12
Mario Rosenstock returns to the stage to send up those heard on Ian Dempsey's Today FM Breakfast Show and in his RTÉ TV series. So expect "appearances" from Marty Morrissey, Donal Skehan, Vincent Browne, Miriam O'Callaghan, Keith Duffy, and of course Chelsea manager José Mourinho and Roy Keane. More audience interaction is also promised.
The Minutes @ Danny Byrne's, Mullingar / Whelan's, Dublin / Fred Zeppelin's, Cork (€7-€15)
Thursday May 15 – Saturday May 17
With the release of album number two, Live Well Change Often, the Dubliner rockers aim to capitalise on a few years during which they have built a formidable live reputation right across Europe, Russia and the US. The album's high-octane rock energy is a perfect companion to the new record from The Black Keys on your stereo and makes for an energetic, sweaty live show.
Tommy Tiernan @ Irish tour
Thursday May 15 – Saturday September 6
The Galway-based comedian's Irish tour is being billed as a World Tour of [insert county here] because he's playing venues in small places like Sneem, Adare, Bunratty and Tubbercurry. After playing a whopping 200 shows in Vicar Street over the years, it's probably a good move to bring his off-kilter humour to offbeat places.
Ben Frost @ Button Factory, Dublin / The Triskel, Cork (€20)
Thursday May 15 – Friday May 16
The Reykjavík-based Melbourne musician has released four albums of post-classical electronic music that crosses over into ambient and sound art. With new album A U R O R A, recorded in the Eastern DR Congo, Frost has removed guitar, piano, strings and natural wood instruments in favour of synthesisers, drums and metal instrumentation. The result is a discombobulating form of futuristic avant-garde industrial music. Not for the faint-hearted.
Miley Cyrus @ Odyssey Arena, Belfast / The O2, Dublin (€65-€75)
Monday May 19 – Tuesday May 20 The same disclaimer that applies to the music of Ben Frost is also applicable here but for very different reasons. You know the deal – the former Disney child star's transformation into a raunchy tongue-wagging provocateur seemed designed to usher in awkward parent/child conversations. So what to expect from her Irish shows? In London last week, she rode around on a gigantic hot dog, slid down a giant tongue, grabbed her crotch, twerked (of course), told her fans to smoke weed while dancing with a joint, spat water on the audience and called them "a bunch of f**king sluts". Right. Maybe leave the kids at home?
Dublin Gay Theatre Festival (€65-€75)
Monday May 5 – Sunday May 18 Your last few days to see what's happening in the world of gay theatre. Shows left include Civil Parting, the story of the divorce of the first gay South Africans to get legally married; Faggot (Jesus Loves Me), a human story of sexuality and faith; Two Sides Of A Coin, where three businessmen partake in beating up gay men on the street as a hobby and Margaret Thatcher: Queen Of Soho, a drag comedy musical.
Speedy Ortiz @ The Workman's Club, Dublin (€13)
Tuesday May 20 The Massachusetts rock band sound like they've taken their cues from The Breeders brand of 90s alt-rock, which is fitting as they supported the band recently. Last year's debut album Major Arcana received major props for its poetic Pavement-style delivery. That's a couple of tall indie-rock references right there but Speedy Ortiz make it their own. Support from Squarehead.
Horse Meat Disco @ Twisted Pepper, Dublin (€15, 10pm)
Sunday May 4
Before disco had its current comeback in clubs, UK DJs Horse Meat Disco were its loyal practitioners. Now in their 10th year, the DJ collective's record bags include a wide-array of disco: classic to cosmic to deep to Italo and beyond. Also playing is Berlin techno DJ Pete and residents Barry Redsettaz, Niall Dunne and Conor L.
National Drawing Day
Saturday May 17
Saturday is the day chosen to encourage young and old to pick up a pencil and draw. There are a multitude of events taking place across Ireland for all-ages in places like Farmleigh House, Collins Barracks, Muckross House, Hunt Museum, Laois Arthouse and more. See local listings for more details.
Viking Wacky Tales @ Archaeology, National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street Dublin (3pm)
Sunday May 18
When not playing with Gráda, Gerry Paul can be found playing music especially for children. For today's event Paul will be singing about our friends in the Norse. There will be tales of ancient oceans, forgotten battles and the rise and fall of the once-great Vikings. Booking required.
First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent