THURSDAY APRIL 19TH
Gorilla Troubadour @ Fred Zeppelin’s (8pm, €5)
Dublin funk-rockers launch debut single ‘The Apple Truck’ with a gig upstairs in the red room on Parliament Street. Support from Ghostking is Dead.
Cassidy Club & Regroovanation @ The Kino (8pm, €6)
Cork indie-poppers are joined at the Kino by Meath funkers Regroovanation for a dance on Washington Street.
Strange Attractor @ The Kino (8.30pm, €8)
Cork funk-poppers launch new single ‘Ain’t That Strange’ at the Washington Street alcohol-free venue. Fiver in for students.
Pillow Queens @ DeBarra’s of Clonakilty (9pm, €7)
Dublin DIY four-piece bring their joyously angry noisy alt-pop out West to DeBarra’s.
August Wells @ Coughlan’s (9pm, €12)
Troubadours Ken Griffin and John Rauchenberger return from New York for another Irish swing off the back of new single ‘Nothing Like Love’.
FRIDAY APRIL 20TH
Mercury Rev @ Live at St. Luke’s (4pm, €30)
Following a near-immediate sellout for their evening show on the same date, American alt-rock legends perform breakout album ‘Deserter’s Songs’ in its entirety in a special matinée show.
Lisa Canny @ Cyprus Avenue (8pm, €12.50)
Mayo’s ‘hip-hop’ harpist continues a relentless string of live activity that’s seen her win All-Ireland harp and banjo titles, as well as songwriting awards in the UK.
Brigid Mae Power @ The Roundy (8.30pm, €10)
Irish singer-songwriter plays upstairs in the home of Plugd Records. Support from Anna-Mieke Bishop and Brian MacGloinn (Ye Vagabonds).
Sheesham, Lotus and Sons @ Levis’ of Ballydehob (8.30pm, pass-the-hat)
Fiddle, banjo and sousaphone trio present an old-timey take on new sounds.
Patrick Freeman @ Connolly’s of Leap (9pm, €12)
The Bonk/Old Hannah/solo folk man continues traversing the face of Ireland and creating new music. Joined under the hammers by Sam Clague and The Big Lovin’.
Tiz McNamara @ Coughlan’s (9pm, €10)
Hot off a rake of TV and radio placements, Liverpool-based singer-songwriter heads into the back room on Douglas Street.
PAWSA @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €15)
By popular demand – tech-house via the Solid Grooves group, fresh off runs at various venues in Ibiza.
SATURDAY APRIL 21ST
Record Store Day @ MusicZone, Douglas (11am, free)
A big day of one-day exclusive wax and live music instore over at Douglas Village Shopping Centre. Performing throughout the day: Transmission Club, Stephanie Rainey, John Blek, The Shaker Hymn, August Wells, Leftbank, The Elation, The Burma, Ian Whitty And The Exchange. Live broadcast from RedFM (104-106!) between 10am and 2pm.
The Pale @ Crane Lane Theatre (7.30pm, €15)
Veteran indie outfit continue cementing their legacy with gigs around the country, stopping at the Crane with a mix of new material and cult fan favourites.
Cian Finn @ Connolly’s of Leap (8pm, €15)
Galway reggae man heads under the hammers for a solo excursion after playing It Takes a Village last week.
The Names of Enemies @ Fred Zeppelin’s (8.30pm, free)
Debuting Corkonian alt-rockers start as they mean to go on, opening their gigging account with the launch of their debut album.
Paranoid @ The Poor Relation (8.30pm, €5)
The latest instalment of a brand new doom and sludge night at the Poor Relation features live sets from Corkonians Partholón and Galwegian heftmongers Ten Ton Slug, plus a similarly filthy DJ set from DJ Moss til close.
August Wells @ Levis’ of Ballydehob (8.30pm, €10)
Griffin and Rauschberger head from Douglas out to Levis’ as part of their whirlwind Cork tour.
Flexure @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €8)
Jamie Behan and Stephen Mahoney reprise their partnership for new extended-player ‘Orbit’. Launch gig to be joined by supports TBA.
SUNDAY APRIL 22ND
Vinyl Love for Repeal @ The Roundy (12pm, donations)
Six hours of non-stop tunes, all on wax, all selected by Corkonians. In order: Lisa O’Flynn, Emma Kelly, Darren Keane, Sarah Buggy, Ruth Murphy, Aisling O’Riordan, Elaine Howley, Lisa Lemur, Kelly Doherty, Shane Johnson, Stevie G, your writer. All donations go to Together4Yes.
Somadrone @ The Roundy (7pm, €6)
Dublin singer-songwriter makes a rare Leeside appearance, with support from Trick Mist.
John Blek @ Connolly’s of Leap (8pm, €10)
Leader of the Rats heads out alone to support third solo record Catharsis, written from his sickbed over a year and taking influence from British and Irish folk.
Peter Mulvey @ Coughlan’s (8pm, €12)
Wisconsin singer-songwriter takes his tales of the road back to Ireland after spells of touring here in the 1980s and 1990s.
Showhawk Duo @ Cyprus Avenue (8pm, €20)
Acoustic/classical guitar virtuosi apply their musical prowess to reinterpreting electronic tunes of all sorts, from nineties bangers to current tech-house staples.
Tiz McNamara @ Levis’ of Ballydehob (8.30pm, pass-the-hat)
Singer-songwriter continues his way around Cork venues, coming back to Levis’ having played the venue’s Secret Song fest previously.
Sunday Times! @ The Bowery (9pm, free)
Sunday Times returns to the Bowery rooftop with a residents’ party. More info at the link as it becomes available.