Capital Capers and Elsewhere Escapades May 16th-May 22nd

Sharon Van Etten
The sparkliest jewel in Jagjaguwar's glistening crown since the turn of the year, Sharon Van Etten visits Whelan's on Friday night in what could be one of those "she's big now but I got to see her when she played Whelo's" kind of moments.

2012's Tramp is one of the best records released so far this year and her appearance on Wexford Street this weekend is hands down the gig of the week.

Other highlights include that nutty jumpsuit-wearin' one man band Bob Log III in The Grand Social (tonight - Wednesday), an excellent Cork-grown double-header featuring Terror Pop (formerly Agitate The Gravel) and Saint Yorda upstairs in Whelan's (Thursday), Popicalia #15 showcasing new signings/friends Dott's EP launch in Eamonn Doran's Tavern on the Green (Friday), No Spill Blood on an action-packed night in Saint Yorda upstairs in Whelan's (Saturday) and an extraordinary night of post-classical drama in The Sugar Club with The Transcendentalists (Sunday - two shows).

Wednesday, May 16th
- The Chevin in The Academy
- Polly Barrett in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- Bob Log III in The Grand Social

Thursday, May 17th
- Estelle in the Button Factory
- Guns & Roses in The O2
- Terror Pop in Tower Records (1pm)
- Eleanor Friedberger in Whelan's
- Terror Pop and Saint Yorda in Whelan's (Upstairs)

Friday, May 18th
- Popicalia #15 with Dott (EP launch) and Tieranniesaur in Eamonn Doran's Tavern on the Green

- Shabazz Palaces in Twisted Pepper
- Tim Hecker in Unitarian Church (Stephen's Green)
- Senekah in The Workman's Club
- The Pale in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- Sharon Van Etten in Whelan's

Saturday, May 19th
- John Blek & The Rats and Twin Terrace in The Grand Social

- Michael Kiwanuka in The Academy
- Glimmermen (EP launch), The Holy Sparks and The Winters in The Cobblestone
- Bob Geldof in Vicar Street
- The Jezabels in the Button Factory
- Laura Sheeran in Whelan's
- She's A Beauty in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- No Spill Blood in Whelan's (Midnight)

Sunday, May 20th
- Carol Keogh & The City Fathers in The Stag's Head
- Scott McWatt & Band in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- Transcendentalists: Johann Johannsson, Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka in The Sugar Club (3pm - all ages)
- Transcendentalists: Johann Johannsson, Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka in The Sugar Club

Tuesday, May 22nd
- Ruby Sessions in Doyle's
- Bloody Mondays!, Rufus Coates & The Blackened Trees and Jet Set Radio in Whelan's (Upstairs)

Elsewhere around the country

Thursday, May 17th
- John Blek & The Rats in Bourke's Bar (Limerick)
- Dott (EP launch) in Róisín Dubh (Galway)

Friday, May 18th
- Franz Ferdinand in Róisín Dubh (Galway)

Saturday, May 19th
- Franz Ferdinand in Dolan's (Limerick)
- Time Is A Thief in The Piper Inn, Clonmel (Tipperary)
- We Cut Corners in The Model (Sligo)

Sunday, May 20th
- Steven Severin (Siouxsie & The Banshees) vs Vampyr in Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray (Wicklow)

Monday, May 21st
- Mark Black & The Trips in Róisín Dubh (Galway)

Tuesday, May 22nd
- Candlelight Sessions featuring TBC in The Sky & The Ground (Wexford)

*Yep you've guessed it, I forget lots! Feel free to leave a comment below to add gigs to the guide.

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