DEVIL’S NIGHT DISCO, District 8, Dublin, Tonight, E22.50-40.
BLOOD never flows as red as it does in the old 1970s Italian horror movies, and giallo maestro Dario Argento is getting a double-bill screening of Suspiria and Profondo Rosso tonight, with a live score by original composer Claudio Simonetti and his band Goblin.
The films are on two separate tickets, with a double-bill price of e40 that also secures entry to the late-night club that stays on theme, with black-heart live techno from The Horrorist and John Carpenter-style nervy synths from Umberto.
Intergalactic FM boss I-F (left) isn’t exactly scary, but he’s Europe’s go-to man for Italo disco, and I’ve seen him play MJ’s Thriller a few times.
Apartment Records’ Kenny Hanlon, Lunar Disko’s Barry Donovan and analogue synth act Everything Shook completes the most impeccably curated Dublin club line-up in a long time.
THE ORB + BASEMENT JAXX DJ SET, Vicar Street, Dublin, Tomorrow.
AMBIENT techno legends The Orb (right) were in Belfast a few weeks ago taking their Moonbuilding 2703 AD album to the stage, and they’re bringing their classic Sound System set up to Dublin as a follow-up.
The duo are heading up the first club night at Vicar Street in over 10 years, with Basement Jaxx a worthy second in command, playing a rare DJ set in the city. Elsewhere, spread over three rooms we’ve Billy Scurry, Lasertom live, Adultrock live, LRB, Simon F, Mark Gill, The Watsons, Geoff Miller & Hedderman, Ghost Cuts, Jeph Byrne and Cian Toner.
It’s ‘optional’ fancy dress, but don’t be a spoilsport.
GODFATHER + LIVE SCORE, National Concert Hall, Dublin, Tomorrow.
THERE’S a guy outside The Star’s office who plays the Godfather theme on pan pipes every day, and this would be the perfect prescription to cleanse all our eardrums.
We’re beyond platitudes and superlatives for Francis Ford Coppola’s Mafia masterpiece, a film destined to be in every top 10 movie list for decades yet.
Even if you know it off by heart and your head’s wrecked by the pingpong balls in the mouth Brando gags, this’ll be an amazing chance to re-engage with the movie, with Nino Rota’s classic score performed live by the RTE Concert Orchestra.
ALABAMA SHAKES, Olympia, Dublin, Tuesday & Wednesday.
IF ENDA Kenny said he liked your band you’d be mortified, but Alabama Shakes haven’t done too badly out of Barack Obama’s endorsement.
Led by lightning rod Brittany Howard channelling Janis Joplin, Robert Plant and whatever soul greats you’re having yourself, The Athens Alabama act hit blues and rock with a real freewheeling spirit.
Expect them at a bigger venue the next time round the block, or maybe high up a festival bill in 2016.
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING, Academy, Dublin, Tuesday, & Mandela Hall, Belfast, Thursday.
WITH their red bomber jackets, there’s a hint of a H&M-Kraftwerk mashup about Everything Everything, and they’ve enough art-rock leanings to stand out from other indie also-rans.
The Manchester quartet are all about high-fret guitar, electronic doodles and Jonathan Higgs’ falsetto that aims for the pop heavens without turning to cheese.
It’s the sound of a summer festival stage as we hit the dark months.
Original version in Irish Daily Star