UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, Whelan’s, Dublin, tomorrow
Unknown Mortal Orchestra could’ve moved this to a bigger venue as it sold out ages ago, but they’ve stuck to their guns for a two feet from the front row buzz.
The US/Kiwi psych-pop act are way more than a hipster buzz band, even if their lo-fi credentials slot perfectly into their Portland base.
Third LP Multi-Love is a sun-flared collection that hangs together with analogue keys and Prince and Stevie Wonder-style funk licks.
REFUGEE CRISIS FUNDRAISER, Sugar Club, Dublin, tomorrow
THE folk behind this event simply say they’ve got “a big line up of sound heads on board” to raise funds for the spiralling refugee crisis and raise awareness.
On the bill we have Ireland’s chief sound head with an acoustic guitar, synths or decks, David Kitt, skanking dub and jungle from Dirty Dubsters and new soul grooves from Jesse John Heffernan.
There’s also an eclectic bunch of Dublin DJ heroes including Johnny Moy, Aoife Nic Canna, DJ Scope and Mark Kavanagh. See thesugarclub.com for the full line -up.
PARADISE LOST, The Academy, Dublin, Sunday, & Limelight 2, Belfast, Monday
Doom metal legends Paradise lost have been hanging in there for years as outsiders, even during their classic 90s period with albums Gothic and Draconian Times.
Their 13th LP The Plague Within mixes moments of Neurosis-level heaviness with lofty goth touches — and a track called Beneath Broken Earth if you’re playing Doom metal song title bingo.
JACKMASTER + SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER, The Limelight, Belfast, tonight
The home of Belfast techno, Shine is throwing plenty of parties for its 20th birthday, including this one with Glasgow’s anything-goes house maestro Jackmaster, and local hero Space Dimension Controller with his sci-fi electro creations.
Original version in Irish Daily Star