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Published on October 31st, 2010 | by Will


Culch.ie Calling Cards – Gigs – November 1 – 7 2010


Champ is the second full length album from Toronto’s Tokyo Police Club. They first hit their stride back in 2006 when, straight out of high school, their hyperactive mini-album A Lesson in Crime came from nowhere to prove one of the year’s most refreshing releases. The surprise success of A Lesson in Crime led to relentless touring through the entirety of 2006/07, with appearances anywhere and everywhere, taking in festivals from Coachella to Glastonbury, two TV appearances Letterman and, bizarrely, an appearance on an episode of Desperate Housewives. They are gearing up again to play The Academy, Dublin on Friday 5 November.

Following a one-off MTV show with Arcade Fire in Spain, The Temper Trap head across the Atlantic for headline shows in the US and a prestigious three-date support slot with The Pixies in Mexico, before returning to Australia to end a second whirlwind year on their homeland festival circuit. In between, the Melbourne four-piece play a string of dates in the UK and Ireland in late October including two night at Dublin’s Tripod venue on Sunday 31 October and Monday 1 November.

LadyDoll are an alternative rock band, who are going from county to county supporting their third single “Punchbag” and their debut album, ‘The Knife Thrower and His Wife’. Along the way they’ve gotten national radio coverage, and a live TV performance on RTE2’s The Café, Recently LadyDoll won the much sought after Jack Daniels JD Set, beating off stiff competition from some of Ireland’s best up and coming bands, as well as impressing the panel of judges, including Tim Burgess of The Charlatans. LadyDoll’s music would be most suitably classified under the genre of ‘Dark Rock’ infused with pop undertones. They play Thursday 4 November in Auntie Annies, Belfast and Friday 5 November in The Weavers, Drogheda.

Bill Coleman has a new album out and channelled his inner Bosco for the artwork (Time lapse video of painting the covers and all the other bits explained). He’s supporting the album (and maybe the art) with a tour of Ireland namely…
Thursday 4 November – Mutant Cabaret, The Roundy (Upstairs), Castle Street, Cork
Saturday 6 November – Triskel/Plugd Records, Caroline Street, Cork
Thursday 18 November – Boyles, Slane

Limerick trio We Should Be Dead release a new single “Breathe In” on 22 October and have just released this video to accompany it. It’s taken from their current album Dreamstate.

The band will be playing around the country over the next month or so including a show at HWCH this Saturday at the Mercantile, 10.30pm.

Saturday 30 October – Bar Ritz, Castlebar
Thursday 4 November – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast
Friday 5 November – Spirit Store, Dundalk
Saturday 20 November – The Forum, Waterford
Sunday 26 December – Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick

Imagine if Quentin Tarantino had directed Cirque Du Soleil. That’s the Circus of Horrors. They bring their “Four Chapters from Hell” show to the Cork Opera House on Wednesday 3 November. Expect dare-devil flying trapeze to a vampiric crow woman suspended only by her hair, from whirlwind roller skaters to sword swallowers. All this plus pickled and bendy people, voodoo warriors, knife throwers and an almighty cast of 26 of the wildest, weirdest but most of all greatest performers on earth.

The Wicklow based ambient instrumental rock group, God Is An Astronaut, hit the road across Ireland this November for a string of live dates in support of their new album “Age of the Fifth Sun”. Special guests are the US post rock outfit Caspian. Having a band of this stature join them is testament to their phenomenal popularity across the world. Live dates are:
Wednesday 3 November – Dolans, Limerick
Thursday 4 November – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Friday 5 November – The Forum, Waterford
Saurday 6 November – The Academy, Dublin
Sunday 7 November – The Limelight, Belfast

Robert Plant is back “Band of Joy”, his first album since 2007’s six time Grammy Award winning “Raising Sand”. The album was recorded in Nashville, co-produced by Plant and Nashville guitarist Buddy Miller. “Buddy’s integral to this album, you can hear his taste all over the instrumentation,” enthuses Plant. “Buddy’s zone is beautiful, with a lot of reflections going back into mid-Fifties rockabilly, the singing fishermen and all the great country stuff, along with the soul and R&B from Memphis.” As well as Miller, the Band of Joy is made up of multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, who provides the mandolin, guitar, accordion, pedal, lap steel and banjo lines, country singer-songwriter Patty Griffin who adds the main vocal foils to Plant’s lead parts, while Byron House plays bass and percussion comes from Marco Giovino. To support “Band of Joy” he’s on tour and comes to Ireland to play The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, on Monday 1 November.

Despite growing up in the same Essex village Stanford Le Hope, Dan le Sac and Scroobius Pip‘s paths had barely crossed before they shared a Christmas season working at the Lakeside branch of HMV.  After a brief creative courtship – sharing Myspace links and remixes – their very first collaboration struck gold. Hot off the CDR burner, their first song Thou Shalt Always Kill was sent to XFM’s John Kennedy in demo form and within 24 hours Kennedy had played the track on his show. Pip swiftly set up a myspace page with their solitary track… “Suddenly it went crazy – everyone was emailing the track to other people, so the only thing to do was borrow £200 and make a video.” That video has now chalked up 2.5million views on youtube and the single’s hastily arranged release on Lex cracked the Top 40.

Shunning the inevitable major label overtures, Messrs le sac and Pip opted to sign to Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best label, ensuring that their critically acclaimed debut album became one of the leading independent releases of 2008. Released in May ’08, Angles arrived just twelve months after the first fruits of their partnership had hit the airwaves. The duo’s welcome but unexpected rise, saw them working on tracks for their debut in the back of Pip’s Toyota Space Wagon, in between the growing list of festival, TV and radio engagements. That this ad-hoc germination should produce such a cohesive and thought provoking work, is testament to dan le sac’s production work and the enduring appeal of Pip’s word play.

They play Ireland on:
Dublin – The Workman’s Club, Thursday 4 and Friday 5 November
Cork – Cypress Avenue, Saturday 6 November
Galway – Kellys, Sunday 7 November

Paramore are Live at the O2, Dublin with B.o.B. as their special guest on Saturday 6 November. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. B.o.B. is currently enjoying success with his debut album B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray which features two UK number 1 singles Nothin On You and Airplanes, featuring Paramore’s own Hayley Williams. Paramore’s third album brand new eyes went straight to the top of the Irish charts on its release last September. The record also went to number one in the UK and Australia and topped the US Billboard Alternative and Rock Albums charts reaching Gold status.

Tap-dancing hipster troubadour Darwin Deez will re-release his single ‘Constellations’ this week, ahead of a series of Irish dates in Galway, Cork and Dublin.
Sunday 7 November – The Roisin Dublin, Galway
Monday 8 November – Cypress Avenue, Cork
Tuesday 9 November – The Academy 2, Dublin


The Stone Roses Experience are widely regarded as the most accurate tribute to The Stone Roses. Sell out shows all over the UK and Ireland have shown the popularity of the Stone Roses music is still as fresh today as it was back in the late 80’s. The band focus on bringing the authentic live sound of the Roses to audiences who never had the pleasure of seeing the original band, using the original instruments as closely as possible and tweaking that desired classic Roses tone. They are Dublin bound for a Midnight at The Academy gig on Friday 10 December.

Feeder return to  The Academy on Saturday 5 February 2011 after selling out the venue in August. Originally formed in 1992 in Wales but the present line-up came together in London in 1995 when South Walians Grant Nicholas and Jon Lee decamped to London and found bassist Taka Hirose (from Tokyo) in the musicians ads Loot.

The Hold Steady was born out of some loose talk in Craig Finn’s Boreum Hill apartment in 2002. The concept was to start a straight rock band, with low aspirations. Just local shows, no touring, and most likely, no real records. They practiced for a while and then played our their show in January 2003 at North Six, in Williamsburg. The show went well. Now on their fifth album Heaven Is Whenever, The Hold Steady continue to gain attention from international audiences and media earning more praise as each record is release and each show is played. They play The Academy, Dublin on Thursday 10 February.

The Kerrang! Relentless Energy Tour returns to Dublin’s Academy venue with headline act Good Charlotte who will be joined on tour by Four Year Strong and Framing Hanley on Friday 4th February which is sold out, so a new date, Thursday 3 February now on the list.

The Pogues Farewell Christmas Tour 2010 hits The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 December as well as Saturday 11 December in the INEC Killarney. Formed in 1982, The Pogues scored a string of hit albums combining traditional Irish folk with a punk sprit, embodied by their notorious frontman Shane MacGowan. MacGowan quit the group in 1991 and while the rest of the group carried on briefly, (with ex-Clash man Joe Strummer occasionally providing vocals) they eventually disbanded in 1995.  They reunited with MacGowan in 2001 for a UK tour and headlined the London Fleadh the following year. Following this success the band embarked on regular worldwide tours selling out venues from Dublin to New York to great critical acclaim.

Delorentos are putting a big countrywide tour in place in support of their new single “Sanctuary” from “You Can Make Sound”. Their provisional list (there’s more to be announced) is:

Friday 26 November –  Limerick, Dolans
Saturday 27 November – Waterford, Traffik @ The Forum
Saturday 4 December – Carrick On Shannon, The Cartown Club
Wednesday 8 December –Cork, The Old Oak
Friday 10 December Tipperary, Barcode
Saturday 11 December –Galway, Roisin Dubh
Thursday 16 December – Dublin, Workmans Club
Saturday 18 December – Westport, Walshes
Sunday 19 December – Derry, Masons

Dublin based pop songwriter Ivan St John has been quietly plying his trade over the last number of years. Ivan St John has simply been playing and writing and recording and playing and writing and recording. Having grown-up in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, Ivan has been cocooned in music since he was eight, inspired by the juxtaposition of listening to Paul Simon and Queen on the way to school and then singing Allegri’s Miserere in the evening. Fast forward twelve years and Ivan St John prepares to release his debut LP, Up To Snuff.

Very much of the bedroom producer generation, and in the bedroom is very much where his debut album was conceived. Nonetheless, to finish the job he took the plunge and headed to a ‘real’ studio. And where better than Steve Albini’s celebrated Chicago hangout Electrical Audio. “Making the album in Electrical Audio was going to be a vastly different experience. You definitely get a sense of it being the studio of a guy who understands exactly what he wants from it and the gear at our disposal was unbelievable.” Rob Bochnik, one of the Electrical Audio founders, manned the controls on Up to Snuff:”I’d say to Rob, “Do you reckon he’d have this or that?” He’d wander off and return a while later with what I asked for, plus a bunch of alternatives. It was unreal. The studio is connected to Steve’s house and we could pan out in his living room. He had a billiards table and the biggest VHS collection you’ve ever seen.”

Ivan St John Live:
Friday 12 November 4pm – HMV, Limerick
Saturday 13 November 4pm – Third Wave Music, Sligo / 8pm – McGarrigles, Sligo
Thursday 18 November 18 6pm – Tower Records, Dublin / 9pm – The Stables, Mullingar
Tuesday 23 November 9pm – The Old Oak, Cork
Thursday 25 November 9pm – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Friday 26 November 9pm – Dolans, Limerick
Saturday 4 December 4 8pm – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

And to give you an idea what to expect, here is a video of his

Eliza Doolittle has announced details of her first Dublin headline show. The over 14s event will take place at The Academy on Saturday 18 December. (Please note: This is an over 14s show. No alcohol will be served.) Eliza Doolittle was born in Camden, north London 21 years ago. Informed by the stresses of modern city life, teenage aggro, classic pop, old soul and the appeal of simple, strong melodies built from clanking percussion and jazzy licks, Eliza’s eponymous debut album is bursting at the seams with life and enthusiasm.

Rising from the punk rock hotbed of Florida in 2003, Josh Woodard (bass), Alex Shellnutt (drums), Neil Westfall (guitar), Jeremy McKinnon (vocals) and Tom Denney (guitar) formed A Day to Remember, crafting a blend of the music they loved into a niche of their own. Their sound combined the punk-pop of Blink-182 and New Found Glory with brutal hardcore beatdowns. Their debut on Indianola records sold 8,000 copies with little promotion, and attracted the attention of Victory Records, who signed them in 2006. “When we first got signed, our goal wasn’t to blow up or even sell a ton of records,” recalls bassist Josh Woodward. “All we wanted to do was stay on tour, and play to as many kids as possible.” The result exceeded even their expectations, as the infectious, explosive energy of their live shows helped them organically grow a fan base that multiplied each time they played. With the release of their breakthrough album For Those Who Have Heart, they went global. In the two short years after its release in early 2007, the band grew from a small band with a dedicated local fan-base into a worldwide phenomenon, gaining the respect and adoration from their peers as much as their fans. They play one night at The Academy on Saturday 29 January 2011.

Fight Like Apes will play their biggest headline show so far when they headline Dublin’s Tripod on Saturday 27 November. FLA are riding high on the success of their second album ‘The Body Of Christ And The Legs Of Tina Turner’; charting at # 1 in the Irish digital charts and # 3 in the physical charts, outstripping all competition on download. Conscious of their growing legion of followers, the band have listened to fan feedback and are delighted to confirm that for the very first time, the balcony of the Tripod venue will be set aside for FLA supporters of all ages.

Following a sell out and acclaimed run in December 2009 “Here Come The Girls” returns for a turbocharged run across Ireland and the UK, just in time for Christmas 2010. The brainchild of Lulu, this year’s show welcomes back pop diva and star of Channel 5’s  Don’t Stop Believing, Anastacia, and introduces British soul singer and star of M People, Heather Small to the sisterhood. Such has the success been for Here Come The Girls that the producers are in talks with European and North American promoters to take the show oversees in 2011. They will be playing live from The O2, Dublin on Sunday 12 December and the Odyssey Arena, Belfast on Monday 13 December.

We Are Scientists are back with their album “Barbara” described as one of the New York originating band’s finest work in their ten years. Longtime We Are Scientists listeners will hear a record that resembles debut With Love & Squalor in its tendency to sound like three guys playing and singing and drinking and, very occasionally, cussing. Recent converts will appreciate the continuation of melodic and lyrical trends begun on Record 2, Brain Thrust Mastery. They play The Academy on Monday 29 November.

Imelda May, born in Dublin and raised in the Liberties, may be an unknown name to some, but to many she is already a superstar. She is unmistakable both in her music (a fusion of surf guitars, blues and rockabilly that wouldn’t be out of place in a David Lynch film)  and her style, with a solitary curl and shock of blonde in her jet black hair. In Ireland her début album ‘Love Tattoo’ has gone 4x Times Platinum. She has shared a stage with U2, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, Scissor Sisters, Lionel Richie and, most recently, the first lady of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson. Will Imelda May take over the world? Well, its yet to happen, but the rockabilly queen will take over The Olympia, Dublin on Wednesday 15, Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 December.

Katherine Jenkins has performed for The Queen, The Pope and The Prime Minister. From her breakout in 2003 where she signed the biggest ever classical deal, 30 year old Katherine has become the premiere ambassador of bringing classical music to a mainstream audience. She is cherished as one of Britain’s favourite singers, equally at home performing in her homeland Wales, or performing on The X Factor. Katherine Jenkins and her orchestra will perform live in concert at The O2, Dublin on 28th May and The Odyssey Arena, Belfast on 29th May 2011.

Also Playing

Thursday 4 November
We Should Be Dead – Auntie Annies

Tuesday 2 November
New Amusement, Old Oak

Saturday 6 November
Bill Coleman – Triskel/Plugd, (all ages show 4.30pm)

Tuesday 2 November
Tiger Cooke, The Ruby Sessions, Doyle’s
Gentle Tuesdays, with The Mighty Stef & Friends, First Floor The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay

Wednesday 3 November
Darrell Scott, The Sugar Club, Dublin. Doors 7.30pm
Bahh Band, The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay

Thursday 4 November
Harmonic Series: Dan Le Sac v Scroobius Pip, The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay

Friday 5 November
Harmonic Series: Dan Le Sac v Scroobius Pip, The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay

Saturday 6 November
Harmonic Series: Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay

Sunday 7 November
The Waterboys present An Appointment with Mr. Yeats, Grand Canal Theatre
Swap Til you Drop The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Doors 1.30pm

Friday 5 November
We Should Be Dead – Spirit Store

Monday 1 November
Bipolar Empire, Roisin Dubh

Saturday 6 November
Windings, Dolans

Friday 5 November
The Waterboys present An Appointment with Mr. Yeats, Wexford Opera House, Doors 7pm

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