Irish gigs round-up: May 19-25


Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 15.05.20SEU JORGE: Vicar Street, Dublin, Wednesday, €40
It’s been a year and a half since David Bowie died, so thankfully the mawkish tributes and overblown covers are drying up, to return once a year on his anniversary.

But Brazilian samba revivalist Seu Jorge is always a welcome addition to any Bowie playlist, singalong or YouTube rabbit hole.

Securing hipster immortality by appearing in Wes Anderson’s Life Aquatic with his acoustic covers, he has a tender take on Bowie’s classics.

He only tackles the 70s glam numbers, so you’ll know every song, even if you can’t follow the Portuguese translations.

 

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THE BEACH BOYS, SSE Arena, Belfast, tomorrow, €44-50, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, Sunday, €58.50-71.50
I’ll PROBABLY get battered around the head by musos for saying this, but this version of the Beach Boys might actually sound better live than head Boy Brian Wilson’s live show that’s been doing the rounds for the last decade or so.

Without chief songwriter and figurehead Brian and his late brother Dennis, founding member Mike Love, veteran Bruce Johnson and hired hands will tear through 50-odd years of surf-rock, rock’n’roll and mini psychedelic pop symphonies like a sleek cover band.

But without the melancholy and faint tragedy of a still hanging-in-there Brian, it’ll probably fall short for true disciples. Still, you can’t argue with Wouldn’t It Be Nice, God Only Knows, Fun Fun, Fun (and on and on and on).   

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 15.01.45SKREAM: District 8, Dublin, tomorrow, €20
Skream aka London producer and DJ Ollie Jones will always have his name dropped in dubstep reappraisals, but he’s managed to escape that scene unscathed, even as it spiralled to the bottom in an EDM bro-vest arms race.

After branching out into poppier territory on Magnetic Man with Benga and Artwork, he embraced the mainstream with remixes for the likes of La Roux, then gatecrashed the house and techno party.

Nowadays he’s settled into the big room house and techno halls, playing cult electro, EBM and plenty of other curveballs, with a pretty high banger ratio.

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 15.06.35MORRISSEY & MARSHALL: The Sugar Club, Dublin, Thursday, €15
Irish duo Darren Morrissey and Greg Marshall are one of the most wholesome duos around, with a lightly psychedelic sound that nods to the Kinks, The Byrds and the Beatles. They make music like the last 50 years never happen, unless you count a few Oasis flourishes.

Still, that’s no bad thing for fans of classic jangly rock, and their second album We Rise, out next Friday, has plenty of that.

They’ve two full band shows next week, with the Sugar Club following a high-profile showcase at the Assembly in Camden in London.

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 15.07.58YESTIVAL: District 8, Dublin, tomorrow, €25
It’s two years since Ireland voted for marriage equality, and it looks like Yestival will be an annual party in the capital.

Tomorrow’s party is run by Mother, so you can expect an emphasis on electronic acts with an unashamed party element.

French house DJ maestro Dimitri From Paris is headlining, along with Le Galaxie live, Mother DJs, Scotty the Blue Bunny, Bourgeois & Maurice, Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat, Lockie Chapman, Timmy Matley and The She.