Ten post-Winter blues remedies at the ready...
This easily could have been a Top 20 but alas it's called the "Top 10 Dublin gigs for February" post. Rules be rules.
1. Quarter Inch Collective compilation launch Girl Band, Spilly Walker, Cloud Castle Lake and more inWhen?: Friday, 1st February
Where?: The Workman's Club
How much?: €10
Why?: Cloud Castle Lake, Spilly Walker, Girl Band, Simon Bird, Ginola, Turning Down Sex, Lemonada, Rhino Magic, Cait and Orlando, Arrow-Shower and Kathi Burke. That's less than a euro per band not including the compilation cd included in the price. Visit quarterinchcollective.wordpress.com for further details
2. Popicalia #17When?: Saturday, 2nd February
How much?: €10 (with cd)/€7 (without)
Why?: Popical Island gathering number seventeen will see Lie Ins launch Death To Lie Ins and feature guests Cave Ghosts and Oh Boland on the night. Visit here for further details
3. Martha WainwrightWhen?: 3rd & 4th February
Where?: St. Stephen's Church - The Pepper Canister
How much?: €30
Why?: Well the third is sold out so tie up those skates and get a move-on. A gig in a church is always a little special. Expect nothing less from Martha on both nights.
4. Conor Oberst/DesaparecidosWhen?: Tuesday, 5th February (solo), Thursday 7th February (Desaparecidos)
Where?: National Concert Hall/Button Factory
How much?: €26/€20
Why?: For those who have dreamt of a Conor Oberst-shaped heaven here he is, twice in a week.
5. RestWhen?: Saturday, 9th February
Where?: Whelan's (Upstairs)
How much?: €8
Why?: New record I Hold The Wolf receives the official release treatment with help from Wizards of Firetop Mountain, Ilenkus & Guilty Optics
6. Local NativesWhen?: Monday, 11th February
How much?: €19.50
Why?: Well if a golden ticket for this one is waved in front of you, grab the hand and all as it's been sold out for quite some time.
7. CalexicoWhen?: Thursday, 14th February
Where?: Olympia Theatre
How much?: €25/€27.50
Why?: Strolling in at #24 on this year's Albums of the Year list, Calexico's 9th studio album Algiers has been otherwise moving about more sub-radar climes. Always a pleasure to witness the Tucson sixsome in a live setting.
8. Ron SexsmithWhen?: Thursday, 21st February
Where?: The Academy
How much?: €25
Why?: Oh he of the golden syrupy vocal chords should never be missed, especially now his visits to this side of the Atlantic - well at least to this green isle - are becoming a little less frequent.
9. Enemies, Croupier and SpiesWhen?: Saturday, 23rd February
How much?: €8
Why?: It's been two years since awesome instrumental foursome Enemies headlined a Dublin show of their own. With the arrival of the follow-up to 2010's We've Been Talking imminent and pals Croupier and Spies along for the ride, this should be a heck of a party.
10. Arbouretum and Realistic TrainWhen?: Sunday, 24th February
How much?: €13.50
Why?: Stoner folk rock is a lazy description of Dave Heumann's Baltimore-based beast. Incredible is even lazier...but apt.
Also take note of:
1st - Maria Minerva in Whelan's (Upstairs)
9th - Dan Deacon in Whelan's
12th & 13th - Bloc Party in the Olympia Theatre
15th - Southern Tenant Folk Union in Whelan's Upstairs
16th - The Lumineers in the Olympia Theatre (Moved from Whelan's)
16th - Elastic Witch presents: Vessel (live) and Ickis Mirolo in Twisted Pepper
18th - Everything Everything in Whelan's SOLD OUT
19th - Get The Blessing in Whelan's
21st - Of Monsters and Men in the Olympia Theatre
21st - Mark Eitzel in The Workman's Club
22nd - Darkstar in the Button Factory
22nd - Ethan Johns in The Sugar Club
23rd - Mazes in The Workman's Club
24th & 27th - John Prine in Vicar Street
27th - Loch Lomond in The Workman's Club
28th - Foals in The Academy
28th - Cymbals in The Workman's Club
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