Irish gigs of the week

Woweembeem presents AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA, FARAH ELLE, FAKOLI & PAPA LOU: Sugar Club, Dublin, Thursday 16th (€13)
Woweembeem is a Dublin-based crew who run “parties and podcasts promoting Afrobeat, reggae, Latin & rare grooves”, running their first
official night in the capital.

And what a first headliner in Awesome Tapes From Africa (pictured) — who does exactly what he says on the poster.

Blogger Brian Shimkovitz is an ethnomusicologist and blogger who has a trove of hundreds of African tapes to download from his site, largely picked up on his travels. He DJs with the cassettes as well — so that’s something you don’t see every weekend.

He’s joined by Farah Elle (video below), who plays Middle Eastern-tinged bluesy-pop, Fakoli exploring African rhythms and Dublin DJ Papa Lou, who’s behind Woweembeen’s latest podcast — which is another belter.


MR SCRUFF: Button Factory, Dublin, tonight, Friday 10th (20)
Manchester crate-digging king Mr Scruff plays at least one or two Irish gigs a year — shows where you’re bamboozled by his eclectic sets or Shazamming the whole time to go hunting for tracks later.

Tonight expect this one to be an epic run — he’s taking over the whole night with no warm-up, five hours behind the decks.

His own productions on albums like Trouser Jazz and Keep It Unreal are on the jazzy electronica and hip-hop side, but expect anything from jungle to garage, disco, house, dub, reggae and quirky soundtracks.


F FESTIVAL: Various venues, Dublin, tomorrow, Saturday 11th
There’s no point losing the midweek momentum after International Women’s Day and Strike 4 Repeal — carry it over into the weekend with this female-fronted festival in various venues around Dublin.

A few stand-out gigs tomorrow are Hvmmingbyrd, Laoise, Kevyn, Pillow Queens, Ruth at The Mercantile; Sylk, Caz9, Elly D and El Grey at The Generator, and Plutonic Dust Live at the Grand Social for the closing party.

And after all the head-wreckers asking, “When’s International Men’s Day?” (it’s on November 19), if anyone asks where the lad-only festivals are, you won’t get barred for throwing your pint in their face.


ONRA presents Chinoiseries III Live: Sugar Club, Dublin, tomorrow, Saturday 11th (12.50)
Paris-based producer and self-professed J Dilla disciple Onra is presenting the third part of his Chinoiseries trilogy, released on Dublin label All City.

As before, it’s 30-odd instrumental hip-hop cuts, sampled and crafted from old Chinese vinyls he’s picked up on his Asian travels.


HAMILTON LEITHAUSER: The Workman’s Club, Dublin, Sunday 12th (SOLD OUT)
If you watch Hamilton Leithauser with the sound down, he looks like he’s singing to save his life, his body and face contorting like he’s singing for the vilest grindcore band on Earth.

Funny then that he’s the sometime
frontman of The Walkmen and doesn’t stray too far from their earnest raspy-voiced indie-rock in this solo venture.

The solo record with Rostam Batmanglij is a slower, more acoustic affair with nothing as epic as The Walkmen’s The Rat, but it still backs an emotional punch, and the tiny Workman’s room will lap it up.