TUESDAY MARCH 21ST:
Tunesday @ Mr. Bradley’s (9.30, free)
At last – a regular filler for the early-week slot of the gig guide. While it’s a crying shame the newly-outfitted Bradley’s is no longer amenable to the harsh/leftfield sounds that established its reputation, any residency for Cork artists is a good one. Tonight: bluegrass from Professor Horse and the Wildmen.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 22ND:
CIT Battle of the Bands @ Cyprus Avenue (8pm, €2)
Four more young acts battle it out for a spot in the finals and a lash at recording/cash prizes from CIT Music Society and sponsors.
3 Will Tour @ Sirius Arts Centre, Cóbh (8pm, €10)
Innovative, 21-date tour of “independent Ireland” passes through Cobh. Paula Cox, Paul Creane and The Man Whom play new material and collaborate across each other’s work.
Rave in the Cave @ An Spailpín Fánach (8.30pm, €8)
New outfit ACE turns the upstairs of the mercurial South Main St. venue into a literal cave, apparently, providing midweek house and techno for those what wants it.
THURSDAY MARCH 23RD:
Solace @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €10)
Recently-founded house/techno night continues its establishment with a “raceday special”, featuring Chaz and Shee from Limerick night Touch of Techno.
Warsaw Radio @ Crane Lane Theatre (11.30pm, free)
Indie four-piece return from recording/writing hiatus to tour new single After Eve. Support from Paul Murray & Night House.
FRIDAY MARCH 24TH:
Little Hours @ Cyprus Avenue (8pm, €12.50)
The brothers McCloskey travel from their hometown of Killybegs in Donegal, the inspiration for new record ‘Water’, and hit Cork along the way. Support from Stephanie Rainey.
Sounds of Revolution @ An Spailpín Fánach (8pm, €5)
The antithesis of safe, cool clubbing to say the least, with ska, dub and jungle at the forefront. All proceeds to Artists in Action, to benefit mobile kitchens in Greek refugee camps.
Marlene Enright & Caoilian Sherlock @ The White Horse, Ballincollig (8.30pm, €12)
Continuing the tour for new album Placemats and Second Cuts, The Hard Ground vocalist visits Ballincollig folk outpost The White Horse. Quarter Block Party/Shaker Hymn man Caoilian Sherlock supports.
Dim the Lights! @ Gulpd Cafe (9pm, free)
Gilbert Steele and Paul O’Driscoll bring the funk, soul, italo, disco and other twisted boogie material for their newly relaunched night downstairs in the Triskel.
3 Will Tour @ Levis’ of Ballydehob (9pm, PTH)
Merakindie-booked mega-tour of Irish small venues and vintage shops continues, making its way to Ballydehob.
SATURDAY MARCH 25TH:
Strange Attractor @ Connolly’s of Leap (8pm, €10)
Nine-piece pop/funk outfit takes to the stage under the Hammers for a video shoot. Bus available from the city, more details at the link above.
Marc Copland @ Triskel Christchurch (8pm, €27.50)
Veteran, world-travelled jazz ivory-tinkler takes in the Christchurch as part of a warm-up run of dates before a new album this winter.
Marlene Enright @ The Mariner, Bantry (9pm, free)
The tour continues for sultry-voiced singer Marlene Enright, with support on this night from Screenreader guitarist Brian Casey.
MALL GRAB @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €16)
22-year-old Newcastle house upstart passes through Cyprus Avenue. Comes with the seal of approval from Four Tet among others.
SUNDAY MARCH 26TH:
Sunday Times @ The Bowery (7pm, €10)
This month, the residents are joined on the Bowery rooftop by Chilena record slinger Shanti Celeste (NTS Radio/Idle Hands/Peach Discs).
Clang Sayne @ Gulpd Cafe (8pm, €8/€6 unwaged)
Art-folk sounds, rooted in Wexford, formed in London, given life by a full band/collective, and presented with visuals from legendary DJ Dónal Dineen.
The New Irish Jazz Orchestra @ Cork School of Music (8pm, €19.20)
The leading outlet for new jazz talent in Ireland, the NIJO blends the works of contemporary Irish composers with big-band standards.