IN DREAMS: David Lynch revisited, National Concert Hall, Dublin, Wednesday
David Lynch productions can’t be separated from their scores and songs — from Angelo Badalementi’s misty Twin Peaks theme to the jazz interludes and skuzzy rockabilly that oozes through his films. This celebration of Lynch-curated music fea- tures songs by Roy Orbison, David Bowie, Chris Isaak and more, with performances by Stuart Staples (Tindersticks), Jehnny Beth (Savages), Mick Harvey (ex-Bad Seeds, pictured above), Conor O’Brien, Cibo Matto, Stealing Sheep, Sophia Brous and Kirin J Callinan.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, Academy, Dublin, Tonight, & Ulster Hall, Belfast, Tomorrow
Belfast punk legends SLF don’t have much to rail about these days in the wake of their hometown’s contin- ued gentrification. But as a full-on nostalgia-fest, you can’t beat Jake Burns and co, belting out volatile street anthems like Alternative Ulster, Barbed Wire Love and Suspect Device.
TALIB KWELI, Sugar Club, Dublin, Sunday
Brooklyn legend Talib Kweli is over to Dublin just a few months after his former MC partner Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def landed for Electric Picnic. The former Black Star rapper rushed out of the traps as a politically-conscious artist who bypassed the R&B hiphop and gangsta rap of the mid-90s. With three albums out this year, including Fuck the Money, lost tracks Train of Thought and a team-up with 9th Wonder, Indie 500, he’s not slowing down any. Get there early for the documentary Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, about the legendary hip-hop radio DJ duo.
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