Here’s some good news, or more accurately, a pile of good news items collected into one little post for you or your RSS feed’s digestion. Something I meant to do, rather than song/album lists of the year or decade was to list the best gigs instead. They can often be so much more fun than the album can ever be. There’s been a ton of good ‘uns over the years and already 2010 is looking like it’s got quite a few potential gems lined up. As we inch into the new year a steady drip of gig announcements brightens the horizon, with many more to come and persistent rumours yet to be confirmed. Here’s my selection of the best of the confirmed batch. Acts’ names link to MySpace for listening tests. Tickets available from Tickets.ie, WAV or the other lot.
The Low Anthem – Mon 8 Feb – Whelan’s – Last summer’s announcement finally rolls around and they roll out the bar-room blues and super sweet folk ballads.
tUnE-YaRdS – Fri 12 Feb – Whelan’s – Last year’s little album that could. Headlining Whelan’s this time, because Dirty Projectors learned she’s a hard act to follow.
Beach House – Sat 13 Feb – Whelan’s – One of the potential albums of 2010, Teen Dream, is already out there. Get booking fast!
Yeasayer – Fri 19 Feb – Academy – New album on the way and it’s sounding very good indeed.
Xiu Xiu – Sat 20 Feb – Whelan’s – From breathless, lo-fi indie to full-on, post-punk freakout. Bound to be a good one.
Girls – Mon 1 Mar – Whelan’s – Guys called Girls touring album called Album. Should be a great “Gig”.
Field Music – Friday 5 Mar – Crawdaddy – Remember that class album of luscious, inventive pop from ’07? No? Tones Of Town is excellent stuff.
Panda Bear – Fri 12 Mar – Vicar Street – Him out of Animal Collective books Vicar St for something. Expect the unexpected.
Passion Pit & Ellie Goulding – Sat 13 Mar – Olympia – Last year’s most improved students are rewarded with an upgrade to the Olympia. Support from Miss Goulding, who even deaf people confidently inform me shall be huge in the coming year.
Mumford & Sons – Thu 18 Mar – Academy – Not many at their Oxegen set and their September visit to the basement here didn’t sell out neither. Ah, but now TodayFM and the likes are playing the shit out of their epic new recordings. Gold dust etc…
Wild Beasts – Sat 27 Mar – Academy – Still not sure about their album, but if you can figure out his vocals you’d likely enjoy this date.
Daniel Johnston – Sat 3 Apr – Vicar Street – Everyone loves Daniel. Except maybe Daniel. There’s also an exhibition of his art to coincide, but I’ not sure where that’s taking place.
Laura Marling – Sat 10 Apr – Academy – I assume she can’t still be 18, but her songs are still classy and very impressive.
Whale Watching Tour (Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon & more) – Wed 21 Apr – National Concert Hall – The Bedroom Community gang throw a posh party in the NCH. I love Sam Amidon.
Efterklang – Sun 25 Apr – Whelan’s – The Danes are back! Again. This beautiful bunch are always a pleasure live.
Pavement – Tue 4 May – Tripod – Some old guys. All the nerds are mad about them. Sold out too.
Wolf Parade – Thu 20 May – Vicar Street – Wolf Parade take another, surprisingly large stab at substantial Irish recognition. On Thomas St appropriately enough.
The Antlers – Mon 24 May – Academy – Listen to Hospice. Go to this gig.
Chic – Fri 28 May – Tripod – The Chic Organisation return after completely owning last year’s Electric Picnic. This is how you put on a show.