At the Drive-in lead the Irish gigs highlighter

At The Drive-In Vicar Street, Dublin, Tuesday, €47

At The Drive-In are now over two years into their reunion tour, and it never ruined their legacy after all. When the El Paso post-hardcore act split before their biggest world tour in 2001, there were years of what-ifs and a nagging feeling of unfinished business.

Their 2000 album Relationship of Command is a defining album of the decade, and they were a force of nature live.

Thankfully, singer Cedric Bixler, guitarist Omar Rodriguez and co haven’t lost any of their batteries on live duties, and their 2017 album in•ter a•li•a was another masterstroke that saved them from any cash-grab reunion backlash.


Eels, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, tonight €45

Mark ‘E’ Everett’s self-loathing and nihilism he deploys on record initially doesn’t seem like a good idea for a lark in the park, in one of Ireland’s most picturesque outdoor venues.

Thankfully, Eels’ live show transcends expectations and his fun, self-deprecating side is teased out, along with a rock urgency and a communal drive to work through things with the audience.

After 20-odd years of indie introspection and spoken word half-raps, on his 12th album The Deconstruction, he’s still railing against a “world that’s going nuts”.

KRAFTWERK, Live at the Marquee, Cork, Wednesday, €76-86


We’re charging our batteries… Ralf Hutter and his automaton co-workers hit Cork for another special night of electronic mini-symphonies with retrofuturist 3D production values. Full preview here.


Bare In the Woods Festival, Borris House, Carlow, tonight-tomorrow 100 for the weekend, €60 Saturday pass

Back for another attempt after last year’s had to be called off, BARE has recovered and they’re being rewarded with a sunny weekender in a new home in the lush grounds of Borris House in Carlow.

It’s got one of the most wtf eclectic line-ups of the summer season, featuring hip-hop legend Obie Trice, D12 rappers Swifty & Kuniva, God Is An Astronaut, Seamus Fogarty and a DJ set from Gok Wan. Yeah, that Gok Wan.


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Published in Irish Daily Star