Irish music blog The Last Mixed Tape celebrates three years of hanging around and writing about Irish music with a FREE SHOW of Irish bands featuring Limerick post-punks Slow Riot, Dublin psych-experimentalists Beach and the early ’80s indie vibe of Montauk Hotel (top and streaming above with ‘Black Dress’).
Saturday April 9: Rusangano Family, Feather, Ben Bix @ The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2 (€10)
The best live rap band in the country, Limerick’s Rusanagano Family head this bill which doubles as the album party for their second album Let The Dead Bury The Dead, which is out on Friday. MuRli and God Knows and mynameisjOhn know how to spin a party.
The American R&B trio King were chosen by none other than Prince to open for him a few of years back.
Their R&B music, as heard on their self-titled debut album in January is dreamy and soulful of soft synthesizer tones, drum pads, smudged horn sounds, handclap cloudy chords, digital bass and the girls’ lulling tones.
In a nod to the man who helped the band, there is a screening of Purple Rain (1984) beforehand.
TONIGHT, Wednesday March 9: Women Who Rock: i am niamh , Naoise Roo , Hvmmingbyrd, Rosa Nutty, Bern and Rachael Lavelle @ The Grand Social, Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (€10)
A six act-strong all-female lineup to coincide with the week of International Women’s Day featuring folk pop singer Rosa Nutty, avant-classical musician Niamh Parkinson, ambient rock from Naoise Roo and harmony-lead trio Hvmmingbyrd.
The Dublin-based singer-songwriter Rosa Nutty (above) recently released her crowdfunded debut EP Bunny, on which the sweet folk pop of Fine Print was a highlight. Friday’s show will feature Nutty and her new live band.
Saturday January 23: The Deece Series @ District 8, 135-138 Francis Street, Dublin 8 (€5, 11pm)
Kildare DJ Niall D’Arcy has been ably warming up crowds on support duties for international artists for the last number of years, in addition to co-running his own club night, Somewhere, on Wednesdays in the Workman’s Club. For this first in the series by Hidden Agenda, D’Arcy has been given the whole night to play a long set, while future nights in the series will feature sets from guests D’Arcy invites along.
Young Hearts’ annual Christmas bash has featured the likes of the Strypes, Villagers and David O’Doherty in recent years, this time around, they’ve got Land Lovers, Switzerland, The Mess Around, DJ Dandelion, Paddy Hanna, White Collar Boy, Women’s Christmas, Dónal Lunny, Mossy Nolan & Colm McGowan, Stephen James Smith, Young Hearts DJs and more guests promised. It starts at 7:15pm and goes until late. All in aid of the Simon Community.
Hard Working Class Heroes takes over seven venues for three nights (2 rooms in The Academy, The Grand Social, The Workman’s Club, The Mercantile, Hangar and Bad Bob’s) with 100 Irish bands playing (my picks are here) to fans, international delegates and local industry.
There are (free gigs in the city during the afternoon and the convention in the NDRC of panels and talks to which anyone can attend.
If you’re looking for something a little more charitable: State and Hope Promotion’sWe Shall Overcome event raises money for Simon Community with live punk and rap acts filling the bill.