Capital Capers and Elsewhere Escapades (April 4th-April 10th)

Michael Gira

Another busy bank holiday weekend approaches with seminal New York outfit Swans' Michael Gira paying a solo visit to the Button Factory later tonight. Could be incredible. Could be not so incredible. Gira's unpredictability serves as part of the charm though doesn't it?

A collection of bands gather on Thomas Street with one of those being hotly-tipped Dublin quartet Girl Band who play The Thomas House.

Thursday will see new kids on the block Little Green Cars take advantage of their recent stint on RTE's Other Voices with an appearance in The Workman's Club on Wellington Quay.

The absence of venues open on Friday means there are quite a few options on the previous night with synth samurai Gretta Gunn (Pygmalion) and The Jimmy Cake (The Grand Social) both booked to create a bit of Good Friday-eve electro excitement.

Beyond The Bookshelf's micro music festival returns again in 2012 with Duke Special, Si Schroeder and The Pale all performing in The New Theatre in Temple Bar across the three nights (5th, 6th & 7th)

Saturday has disco-loving post-punk rockers Logikparty officially unveiling the frantically fantastic Oh Cults!, their debut album now streaming over on Nialler9, in Whelan's while Dark Room Notes have similar ideas in Twisted Pepper, launching their own eponymous record, Dark Room Notes.

Other gigs worth a visit include: the latest edition of Retro Revival Club with September Girls, Suzie's Ashes, The #1s and more; Habitat For Humanity Night with Alarmist, Overhead, The Albatross and Crayonsmith (both Saturday); legend Patti Smith with Sam Shephard in Abbey Theatre who will present a combination of readings and music on Monday.

Last but not least Mr. Andrew WK takes his metal musings out on The Academy on Tuesday night.


Wednesday, April 4th
- Michael Gira in the Button Factory
- Wet Nuns in The Academy

- Allen Stone in The Workman's Club
- James McCartney in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- Gatibu in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- Silent Front, Love Among The Mannequins, Ginola and Girl Band in The Thomas House

Thursday, April 5th
- Little Green Cars in The Workman's Club

- Lie Ins album fundraiser with Groom, Ginnels and Big Monster Love in The Stag's Head (basement)
- The Jimmy Cake in The Grand Social
- The Kanyu Tree in Whelan's
- Thursdayz featuring The Targets and more in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- Holy Thursday with Blind Tiger Collective, Fish Rave and more in Twisted Pepper
- Beyond The Bookshelf: Micro Music Festival featuring Duke Special and more in The New Theatre
- Gretta Gunn in Pygmalion

Friday, April 6th
- Architects in The Academy
- Beyond The Bookshelf: Micro Music Festival featuring Si Schroeder and more in The New Theatre

Saturday, April 7th
- Logikparty (album launch) and Bantum in Whelan's

- Dave Mulligan in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- Beyond The Bookshelf: Micro Music Festival featuring The Pale and more in The New Theatre
- Funzo in The Workman's Club
- Dark Room Notes (album launch) in Twisted Pepper
- Suzies Ashes, Dead School, September Girls and more in Sweeney's Bar

- She's a Beauty (EP launch) in The Grand Social
- Habitat for Humanity Night with Overhead The Albatross, Alarmist and Crayonsmith in The Village

Sunday, April 8th
- John Digweed in The Academy
- The Lazy Habits in Whelan's (Midnight -Upstairs)
- Surgeon in Twisted Pepper
- The Urges, The September Girls, Girl Band and more in The Workman's Club

Monday, April 9th
- Tom Hingley (ex-Inspiral Carpets) in The Workman's Club
- Sam Shepard and Patti Smith in Abbey Theatre
- Twin Atlantic in The Academy

Tuesday, April 10th
- Honningbarna in Whelan's
- The Kartels, I Am a Crash and Hyper Giants in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- Andrew WK in The Academy

Elsewhere around the country

Not too much happening elsewhere but still there is a superb array of Irish band's continuing their gruelling tour schedules including the recently interviewed The Ambience Affair, indie pop-babies Bouts, hardcore henchmen Axis Of and Wexford folkie The Man Whom.

In saying that, there are about two dozen heavy rocklords descending upon Dolan's Warehouse (Limerick) for an all-dayer.

Thursday, April 5th
- The Ambience Affair in Róisín Dubh (Galway)
- Bouts and Logikparty in Bourke's Bar (Limerick)
- Axis Of and Empty Lungs in The Blind Pig (Limerick)

Saturday, April 7th
- R.S.A.G. in Róisín Dubh (Galway)
- Ian Doyle/The Man Whom in The Bridgebrook Arms, Thomastown (Kilkenny)

Sunday, April 8th
- Siege of Limerick featuring Altar of Plagues, Stuka Squadron, Fat Actress and mental amounts more in Dolan's (Limerick) (12pm-close)
- The Riptide Movement in Swan Lane (Meath)

Tuesday, April 10th
- Jericho and The Rusty Fixtures in The Office Bar (Limerick)

Click here for Cork weekly gig guide