BEAK>, Limelight 2, Belfast, tonight, Friday 31st (£18.50).
With Geoff Barrow’s other band Portishead missing an album since 2008 and with no immediate plans to tour, he’s once again on the road with BEAK>, for some sleek krautrock analogue electronics.
Too many bands use krautrock as a cheap shortcut to credibility, but BEAK> don’t just tick off the drones, motorik no-frills drumming and abstract vocal lines of Neu!, Can and Cluster. Like Broadcast, Stereolab and various Ghost Box Records artists, there’s a nerviness and discord on their that keeps you on your toes.
NO SPILL BLOOD + JOGGING + HORSE, Bello Bar, Dublin, tonight, Friday 31st, (€10)
Three of Ireland’s best cult heavy bands are teaming up for an intense triple header in the Bello Bar, which will be a sweatbox before the first set.
Dublin act No Spill Blood (pictured) seem to be on this page every time they play a gig, after releasing one of the best albums in recent years, Heavy Electricity – a twisted, frazzled blast of distorted synths.
Dublin act Jogging are playing their first gig in ages, bringing the frantic math-rock, while Cork hardcore act Horse may just tip the scales in the heaviness stakes on the night.
THE BLADES, Whelan’s, Dublin, tonight, Friday 31st (€28)
The Blades were an Irish new wave tale of nearlys and what ifs – but even if they didn’t do a Boomtown Rats or a U2, they remain a much-loved cult act.
Paul Cleary (pictured) and co emerged in 1977 with three-chord crackers like hot For You, with a bigger nod to the joyous exuberance of the Undertones rather than the filth and fury and sloganeering of The Clash, Sex Pistols and Stiff Little Fingers.
The Dubliners called it a day in the mid-80s but after a live reunion they’re back in earnest with their new album Modernised – with the vinyl edition launched in Whelan’s tonight.
EN VOGUE, Vicar Street, Dublin, Thursday 6th €35
It’ll be a proper throwback Thursday next week with the return of En Vogue, the “original funky divas”.
The California love-makin’, heartbreakin’, soul-shakin’ trio are about to release a comeback album of sorts – their first since 2004. Electric Cafe may share its name with a Kraftwerk album, but don’t expect any refined teutonic austerity from the trio responsible for R&B funk stompers like Free Your Mind, My Lovin’ and Whatta Man – as well as the sing from the rooftops ballad Don’t Go.
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- Published in Irish Daily Star