Andrew Weatherall, Wigwam, Dublin, tomorrow, €10
Veteran Dublin promoters Bodytonic reckon Andrew Weatherall is their “most-adored DJ”, and the revered selector, producer, musician, raconteur and label boss will always be hovering around the top tier.
In 30 years he has flitted between electro, techno, dub, rockabilly, post-punk and prog, with essential releases by Two Lone Swordsmen, Sabres Of Paradise and lately The Asphodells and A Love From Outer Space.
And that’s not to mention turning Primal Scream from Rolling Stone clones into unlikely acid house comedown comfort blankets with his production on Screamadelica.
Expect a mixed bag here — it could be any or all of the above, and if you’re lucky he may play the Sabres’ Smokebelch.
THE ORB, Limelight, Belfast, tonight, £17
The Orb played in mid-December in Dublin, but in case you were busy with now-forgotten Christmas jumper parties you’re getting a second chance in Belfast.
This one’s not a ‘regular’ gig either — the ambient house pioneers are performing their legendary 1991 debut album The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld in full, as well as a run-through of their new album COW! aka Chill Out World!
The two albums — and The Orb’s 12 albums in between — follow the same singular vision of dubby, proggy soundscapes, floaty ambience and just the right amount of dread and jeopardy.
The duo’s big poppy hit will always be Little Fluffy Clouds, but this’ll be more about the trip, and listening out for snippets of classics to creep in.
JOEY NEGRO, Hangar, Dublin, tomorrow, €12
DJ legend, flat cap connoisseur and all-round gent, Joey Negro will be packing a selection of rare disco, acid, house and soul-jazz outer limits for his welcome return to Dublin.
If you follow Joey Negro aka Londoner Dave Lee on social media you’ll be bombarded with an endless stream of impeccably curated house, disco, funk and soul nuggets from the last 40-50 years, with insightful posts and QI-style snatches of trivia on the artists or the era in question.
Expect similar rare gems and some of his own productions — and he’s remixed everything from underground disco classics to Grace Jones, Pet Shop boys and (ssssh) he even produced Take That’s disco hit Relight My Fire.
Out To Lunch with Intergalactic Gary, Tengu, Dublin, tomorrow, €12.50
Out To Lunch pulled off some of the best electronic music curveballs for bookings last year, and their first gig of 2017 is headed by Dutch underground legend Intergalactic Gary.
His Viewlexx label boss I-F may get the lion’s share of the praise for his cult Italo mixes and showcases but Intergalactic Gary (what a name though) works off the same joyous materials — Italo, early electro, acid and space age disco, with no breathers.
Support from Apartment Records’ Kenny Hanlon, with a no-filler 60-minute set.
CARPENTER BRUT, Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, tomorrow, €20
After inviting the mighty Perturbator to Dublin a few months ago, the Voodoo lounge has now got fellow French synthwave artist Carpenter Brut over for some more wired-up retro fetishism.
With an aesthetic that’s equal parts grindhouse horror, 80s thrash metal chic and sci-fi exploitation, Carpenter Brut creates epic, distorted synth passages that sound like imaginary soundtracks for old VHS splatter movies.
And with titles like Hang ’em All, Sexkiller On The Loose, LA Venice Bitch 80s and Obituary, your imagination doesn’t need to do too much work.
This is pure retro synth maximalism, like John Carpenter on really nasty 80s coke, and his live drummer and guitar player should really up the metal ante.
Check out the awesome video for Turbo Killer below…
Black Peaks, Limelight 2, Belfast, tomorrow, £14.50,
and Workman’s Club, Dublin, Sunday, €15
Hardcore and prog are two tough ingredients to cook up well, which is maybe why At The Drive In have been so revered in the last 15 years.
Brighton act Black Peaks are another band who’ve gone there, and haven’t let themselves down at all.
Beginning as post-rock band Shrine in 2012, they eventually picked up vocalist Will Gardner, but still kept the post-rock shimmers among the oddly timed riffs and spaced-out psychedelic passages.
Gardner dominates on their debut album Statues, channeling Cedric Bixler [ATDI], Mike Patton and Tool’s James Maynard Keenan for his melodic side, while roaring his face clean off on tracks like Hang ’em High and Say You Will.
- Original version in Irish Daily Star