Thursday, September 24, 2009


The ever-prolific Bradford Cox will bring his Atlas Sound solo project to Whelans this November 21st. Much-anticipated second album Logos is released on October 19th, and if you haven't heard the sublime 'Walkabout', his collaboration with Avey Tare (Panda Bear) of Animal Collective, then rectify that state of affairs this instant. Get it here:

Modest Mouse will play a number of dates around the country in December, including two dates in Dublin's Academy. They recently released No One's First, And You're Next, an EP collecting out-takes from the sessions for their last two studio albums. Much-lauded Scots Frightened Rabbit will provide support. Modest Mouse are also part of the mouth-watering line-up for the 10 Years Of ATP Festival in December (

4 Dec Black Box, Galway
5 Dec Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick
7 Dec Academy, Dublin
8 Dec Academy, Dublin
9 Dec Spring & Airbrake, Belfast

Ticket details have yet to be announced.

The xx will also play Irish shows in what's looking like a fantastic December for gigs (let's not forget Sonic Youth will play their first headline show in Ireland for over 10 years). The young foursome have been gathering rave reviews far and wide for their stark, darkly compelling debut album.

15 Dec Speakeasy, Belfast
16 Dec Roisin Dubh, Galway
17 Dec Pavilion, Cork
19 Dec Button Factory, Dublin

There's a mouth-watering double-bill in store on November 9th in Whelans: Japandroids and A Place to Bury Strangers. The former have released one of the finest albums of the year so far, the superb Post-Nothing. The latter have been described as the 'most ear-shatteringly loud garage/shoegaze band you'll ever hear' (The Washington Post), so bring your ear-plugs.

Coming up a lot sooner than all of the above is the visit of LA noiseniks HEALTH, whose new album Get Colour has been attracting much praise and living up to some pretty high expectations. They'll play The Village on Thursday October 1st. They're extremely loud. Earplugs might be an idea here as well.

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