|Kimya Dawson - Cyprus Avenue (Sunday)|
April is already looking like the busiest month on the calendar so far this year with the following seven days stocked full of international and homegrown talent. 23 years on from their formation, 90's pop-rockers Reef return to the touring circuit with a Wednesday night show in Cyprus Avenue. Listen to the new single 'How I Got Over', complete with gospel choir below. Thursday then throws up a calamitous clash with Howe Gelb's Giant Sand - joined by Grandaddy's Jason Lytle - in Cyprus Avenue whilst Coughlan's Live Promotions arm brings Booka Brass Band to The Oliver Plunkett so it's a case of dusty outlaw Americana (often with a cosmic twist) versus stomping brass.
Local legends The Frank & Walters unveil latest record Songs for the Walking Wounded in Cork Opera House on Friday evening with brands new tracks such as 'Look At Us Now' set to be mixed in with classic Franks' compositions on a night that also features Rubyhorse.
Vinyl lovers will be out in force on Saturday as Record Store Day 2016 is celebrated internationally with a glut of limited edition releases. Saturday also marks Plugd Records' 5th birthday in their Triskel Arts Centre home so there'll be a whole lot of records played throughout the day culminating in a night of live music in the TDC auditorium. The Bonk, Roslyn Steer and more feature. That same evening not too far away, September Girls do their own celebrating with the release of their new album, Age of Indignation, in Cyprus Avenue.
To top the weekend off, former Moldy Peach Kimya Dawson rounds off a trio of excellent Cyprus Avenue bookings this week with a (possibly?) first ever stop off in Cork on Sunday night.
- New Cork band Not Earth featuring members of The Great Balloon Race and Hags announce surprise album launch party for Gulpd Cafe on Sunday.
Also going down around town this week:
De Barra's have made a pair of tickets to The Vespertine Quintet in Clonakilty on Sunday available. Email your name/number with a subject of VTET to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.
For a day-by-day breakdown of gigs taking place in both Cork city and county over the next three weeks see below.
Tuesday, 12th April
- Jazz Improv (9pm), Sir Jac's Bantamacs (11.30pm) in The Crane Lane Theatre
Wednesday, 13th April
- Lisa Canny in Coughlan's
- My Tribe Your Tribe (11.30pm) in The Crane Lane Theatre
- Reef in Cyprus Avenue
- Jawbone in The Oliver Plunkett
Thursday, 14th April
- Luan Parle and Clive Barnes in Coughlan's
- Orchid Collective (11.30pm) in The Crane Lane Theatre
- Giant Sand & Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) in Cyprus Avenue
- Booka Brass Band in The Oliver Plunkett
- Live Room in The Roundy
- Beverly Craven in Triskel Christchurch
Friday, 15th April
- The Frank & Walters and Rubyhorse in Cork Opera House
- Cry Monster Cry and Míde Houlihan in Coughlan's
- Duke Special (8.30pm) in The Crane Lane Theatre
- Booka Brass Band in The White Horse (Ballincollig)
- My Fellow Sponges in De Barra's (Clonakilty)
Saturday, 16th April
- Smells like Nirvana 2016 w/ Paradox (9pm), The Naildrivers (11.50pm) in The Crane Lane Theatre
- September Girls and The Sunshine Factory in Cyprus Avenue
- Record Store Day: Vinyl Love with Stevie G & Friends (all day) in Plugd Records
- Record Store Day: The Bonk, Roslyn Steer, The Barchester Chronicles and Laurie Shaw in Triskel TDC
- Booka Brass Band in Connolly's (Leap)
Sunday, 17th April
- Kimya Dawson in Cyprus Avenue
- Album launch: Not Earth in Gulpd Cafe
- The Vespertine Quintet in De Barra's (Clonakilty)
Monday, 18th April
- The Americanics in Coughlan's
If I have forgotten a show or listed a gig incorrectly feel free to let me know! Please make sure to confirm gig details with the official site in advance.