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From Bad to worse, we got chatting in the office about the first records (or in the case of us 90s babies, tapes/CDs) we bought. They were largely very uncool.

From Now 35, to Mel and Kim, right through to a double CD of Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits, the member of our posse who wrangled Michael Jackson's Bad for Christmas is the only one who can admit to their purchase without wincing a little. We mean, Whitney Houston is cool and all, but a double CD is a little try-hard, non?

Record Store Day makes you look back with anger or lostalgia, to that since-scratched copy of Definitely Maybe, or maybe to the crush you had on the beardy, dirty t-shirted guy/funky mulleted gal in your local record store. If you were a regular, sometimes they'd pick out the stuff they thought you'd like, or give you mini-lectures on why Riot Grrrl > K-Pop.

It was another time, a time of Nick Hornby novels, unembarrassing band Ts and lots and lots of little badges. Luckily, stats are showing that record sales are on the up. You gotta remember records aren't just for Record Store Day, they're for a lifetime of alphabetising and colour-coding.

Who's flirting at the DJ booth? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, or Amy

"It has to be a circuituous walk..." - Annie West
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April 17 2014


where
The Back Loft, La Catedral Art Studios, 7-11 St Augustine St, Dublin 8


when
7.30pm

how much
€5 - €8

concert
Karmacloud

Karmacloud a folk trio that formed in Berklee in Boston (aka best music school in the world) made up of 3 songwriters from Ireland, Holland, and Denmark. Their Irish link is a certain Dan Forde, who's previously played in Slow Skies and wrote the music for Collapsing Horse's wonderful Monster Clock - he's really a sickeningly talented musician, so expect a Karmacloud to descend on the Back Loft as they Peter, Paul and Mary the folk out of harmonies, and create a magical, triangle-clang of peaceful, forest melancholy. It's camp-forest fires, and candlelit ghost stories in the form of a lo-fi trio. Spine-tingling and dream-catching, it's a gig you will not forget. It will haunt you in the best way possible. / Sarah O'Neill

 

April 17 2014


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
8pm

how much
€20

dj set
Madlib

Madlib playing on Holy Thursday just couldn’t be more appropriate. As one of the Gods of hip-hop production, his army of devoted worshippers will surely be giving mass the middle finger and skipping Father Bernie’s best sermon in lieu of heading to Choice Cuts’ latest selection. Fans of the late, great J Dilla will already be more than aware of Madlib’s status and catalogue, not to mention his powerhouse pairing project with Dilla, known as Jaylib. Further collaborations with MF Doom and Talib Kweli, along with production credits on 73 albums (almost half entirely by himself) cement his place amongst, quite simply, the smaller community of hip-hop artists actually worth listening to – no bullshit, no gimmicks, just beautiful beats such as Distant Land, Solitude, Flowers and much more. Drop in and let this Holy Thursday be your awakening! / Philip Notaro

 

April 17 2014


where
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
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when
6.30pm

how much
Free

talk
Antony Cronin

On the shelves of self-respecting, borderline faking it, intellectuals sits a copy of Anthony Cronin's Samuel Beckett - The Last Modernist. Its spine may remain supple, if intact, but it's there. Hovering near his two fat ladies stage of life, this is an opportunity to witness a once towering figure in the arts. As a poet, novelist, biographer and critic, Cronin remains one of the few bridges who can recollect the antics of Kavanagh and Behan. As one of Charlie Haughey's advisors and a poet laureate of sorts along with Paul Durcan to our de facto government  - The Sunday Independent - Cronin has done the state some service. His autobiography Dead As Doornails is a vivid and delightful insight into the complexity of the Irishman chroniciling the "excess of drink, the shortage of sex, the insecurity and begrudgery, the painful limitations of cultural life..." / Zach Joyce

   
 

April 18 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8:15pm

how much
€12/€10

comedy
Eleanor Tiernan & Chris Kent

The last time I saw Eleanor live she was on warm up duties for an all-male, Australian burlesque troupe on what proved to be an extremely colorful evening at the Dublin Fringe. She has since cemented her creation, Irish Pictorial Weekly's intrepid court reporter Ursula McCarthy, as an unlikely national sweetheart. So spot-on was her delivery that many from outside our fair isle, including Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore, mistook the comedy sketch for a real news item. But we get jokes, right guys? For jokes aplenty there will be in the Project, with able support from Corkonian comic Chris Kent. With a keen eye for the sublimely ridiculous in Irish life and wider human behavior, Eleanor's conversational style lures you into a false sense of security before the punchline leaves you laughing at yourself as much as the joke itself. / Kate McEvoy

 

April 18 2014


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
7.30pm

how much
€16.50

gig
King Khan and The Shrines

King Khan, the psychedelic guru of soul funk garage is back and his highness is preaching a musical revolution. A chaotic career has seen him at the helm of fistfuls of musical ensembles, from the early nineties posse the Spaceshits to the 2009 gospel conglomerate The Almighty Defenders, each phase rammed with a myriad of influences resulting in today’s cataclysmic showman. A grassroots movement for indigenous Indians in his native Canada, the beauty of perseverance that surges through gospel music and the work of Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky have all informed his most event offering, the gut lurching bass and squealing guitars ever present throughout the tracks. From the man whose buttocks have been immortalised on film thrust into Lindsay Lohan’s glazed yet horrified face, expect mania upon entering the kingdom. / Sophie Donaldson

   
 

April 18 2014


where
Hobarts Café, 55 Ranelagh Road Dublin 6.

when
From 7:30/8pm

how much
€25


SaltLick

We've known these guys for a long time now, going back to the days when we were each slinging produce from three different corners of the Temple Bar Food Market. They also blew our minds with food they catered for a couple of parties we attended. Now regular civilians can get in on the act. Every Friday and Saturday the boys transform Hobart's Cafe in Ranelagh into something a bit special. The concept will change on a monthly basis, this time it's tacos. Book via Twitter (uh-huh) - €25 buys you three courses. The menu is short and to the point, the point being frequently thrilling mouthfuls of inventive, flavour-driven food. I would do time for another crack at the deep-fried bacon, ditto the desserts. You've probably 'done' pop-ups before. None of them were this good. No pressure gents… / Mr & Mrs Stevens 

 

April 18 2014


where
Moxie Studio, Pembroke Row D2
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when
11pm

how much
€10.80

market
Nuit Blanche: Supernatural

In Sweden and parts of Finland at this time of year children traditionally dress up as Easter witches, paint scarlet circles on their cheeks and wear gloriously gaudy coloured scarves on their heads in a kind of mini-hallowe'en. I like to think our Scandi friends would appreciate where Hunt and Gather were going with their Good Friday supernatural themed party. The architects of 'All fur no knickers', the 'Enchanted banquet' and the Bill Murray (!!!) exhibit are assembling a delightfully macabre evening of wicked pleasures. Excessive headdresses and ghoulish glee are the name of the game. Stumble from a resplendent light projection to a dizzying aerial performance and end up drunk shopping in 'The Great Exchange' - an animated indoor night market. BYO-Broom. / Sharon Love 

   
 

April 19 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10:30pm

how much
€12/€10

gig
Anthony Naples

Anthony Naples's debut, Mad Disrespect, took him straight out of a Brooklyn loft party and onto international dancefloors, backed by Four Tet from the first time the track was ever played. After bopping quietly along to his fair share of Mister Saturday Night shindigs, the recent drop-out sent the hosts a track and was gripped by international fame before he even had time to set up a SoundCloud. The two years since have seen him range from woozy, slumpy, piano-driven experiments like Pueblo from El Portal to rude and rough-hewn thumpers like P O T – but he's never once lost danceability. He released the latter on his own label, Proibito, a Brooklyn-bred disseminator of what might yet emerge as the definitive NY sound for the years to come; so get a look-in while he's still green. An oomph-tastic set awaits you. / Heather Keane

 

April 19 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
3pm - late

how much
Free before 8pm; €8 after

gig
Elastic Witch Closing Party

For the past three years, Elastic Witch has inhabited a space in The Twisted Pepper and become a regular haunt for the city's musos and vinyl enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the time has come for Elastic Witch to mount its broomstick and bid us adieu. Not before having a farewell party, though. To coincide with Record Day, the store is having a shindig with the likes of Jape. I Am The Cosmos, Squarehead, Girls Names and more dropping by to sing them out. Punters will also be able to get their bop on to DJ sets from Forza Italo, David Kitt (New Jackson) and others.There will be drinks, cocktails, coffees and, most importantly, records on sale. The store is aiming to sell as much stock as possible, so put your haggling cap on and rock on down to show your love and support for one of the last of a dying breed. / Amy O'Connor

 

April 19 2014


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
11pm

how much
Free

club night
T/A/S/T/E

As the tastes of (Tangle) Twisters and Calippos begin to melt their way through the sunny cosmos to reach your excited tongue, let the tastes of T/A/S/T/E welcome you into their ice-pop coloured, cosmic musical world. Born at the beginning of the year, T/A/S/T/E's whopping stellar vibes have explored the MURO Mini-Fest and some magically memorable Mabos nights to return, pumped with tune fuel, to the place of their birth. From stomping disco ditties to floating house breakdowns, the sets focus on the spirit of each occasion, functioning as a potion for the perfect night. With tunes to be heard, dances to be danced and humans to be hugged, these nights are as much about the moment as they are about the music - building a cosmic community of astronomic buzz. / Warren McCarthy

 

April 19 2014


where
Outhouse Theatre, 105 Capel St. D8
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when
12pm-6pm

how much
Free

festival
Record Store Gay

Remember when record stores were an identity-defining waste of wanton adolescent time? We loitered in the company of peers filled with bittersweet delayed gratification, allocating that precious allowance money each week. Now iTuners and Spotify-ers do it solitary like amidst a virtual clique of avatared followers. International Record Store Day is here to rescue all those Proustian moments. OUTHOUSE will be celebrating it with a mini music festival, poster exhibition and pop up music shop in their 3rd Record Store Gay festival. Live bands such as Le Galaxie, Kate’s Party, I Heart The Monster Hero, Patrick Kelleher, French Bird, The Late David Turpin, Gar Cox, Veda Beaux Reves, Lo Fires bring relief from the downloads. Also a great way to donate to diversity and the serious matter of giving some real peer support. / Elish Bul-Godley

   
 

April 20 2014


where
The Liquor Rooms, 7 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
2pm

how much
€25

event
The Underground Brunch Club

The Sunday activity of choice for many and the Rolls Royce of meals in my opinion-Brunch and I share a great love. A love that rivals that of Biddy and Miley, Portia and Ellen and Kanye and Kanye! It is something of an institution in Dublin that often brings together like-minded Saturday night carousers who partied a little too hearty the night before and offers a safe haven for those who share the Fear and an acceptance that a burger, French toast and beer will be consumed in the same meal. So if epic food, Sunday blues-quenching cocktails and amazing entertainment tops your brunching criteria head to The Liquor Rooms for the third coming of The Underground Brunch Club. Whether you use brunch as a verb or a noun, it’s time to join the club! / Claire Mullane

 

April 20 2014


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
11pm

how much
€15/€12/€10

gig
Legowelt

Ah Bank Holidays. Three day weekends just seem more civilised way of managing our collective time. You can basically front load your fun times on Friday and Saturday safe in the knowledge that Sunday night and more importantly Monday morning await you fear free and clear as a freshly made gin and tonic. Unless Legowelt turns up on the Sunday evening that is. The Dutch producer is one of the finest purveyors of that thing they call Techno on this planet so my advice is, stay in all weekend in a dark soothing cave of nothingness in preparation for having your ears and senses battered into a joyous frenzy on the day that God surely put him on this earth to play on. Either that or embrace the roll over of all roll overs and keep the dream alive in glorious fashion - it’s Easter weekend and Monday matters not. Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat. / Emmet Condon

   
 

April 20 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
4pm

how much
€15/€13

gig
Rub-A-Dublin Reggae Festival

Ditch the lethargic, overconsumption of Easter eggs this Sunday in favour of some all-day raucous reggae fun. Rub-A-Dublin Reggae Festival is back for its second stint and will host some of Ireland’s finest, along with some top U.K. acts such as General Levy and Trojan Sound System (check out their cover of Liquidator for one of those ‘ah I know that song’ tunes. Starting from 4pm til close, the Irie vibes will be kept fuelled by the ‘Propa Bickle’ Jamaican street food stall, which is already enough of a reason to go, no? Yes! The customary rice ‘n’ peas will be on offer, along with jerk chicken, jerk beef, jerk sausage and jerk burgers… JERK EVERYTHING MAN! Also, why not drop into the cinema room where essential Jamaican viewing such as Marley and Countryman will be showing. So fuck your Easter eggs in the bin and get down to this. / Philip Notaro

 

April 20 2014


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€15

gig
Chet Faker

There's a certain sense of danger in riding the crest of a wave of notoriety after being one of the more memorable vocalists on a prolific record. Call it the Disclosure/Sam Smith effect. Like the latter, Chet Faker has since been carefully crafting the perception of what Chet Faker is, after becoming the soundtrack to drinking cans at the Barge on Flume in 2012. Since the pair reunited on the double-billed Lockjaw EP, we've seen a transition toward a more introspective Faker over more mellow beats. This is the rich man's OneRepublic, a series of duets with only voice, save single Melt. Laid back vibes to soothe the rest of Easter's excess. Win Tickets / Connor Clarke

   
 

April 21 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
We Are The Best!

Fans of Lukas Moodysson's work (Lilya 4 ever, Mammoth etc) can stop worrying. Yes, We are the Best! is a coming of age movie but it is an effortlessly charming one that never trades on easy sentimentality. The inevitable Hollywood remake will doubtless add its own saccharine flavor (sic). Adapted by the director from his wife Coco's graphic novel (Never Goodnight), the film details the attempts by three helplessly adolescent girls to form a punk band in Stockholm in 1982 (about five years late). Armed only with crap mohawks and the certainty that disco is shit, the story wrings super performances from the three young leads. This is a perceptive and sympathetic exploration of the nature of friendship amongst humans who haven't quite figured 'it' out yet. Don't ever believe that you have, just 'hate the sport'. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

April 22 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
The Sea

Adapted by John Banville from his Booker Prize winning novel of the same name (which I am fortunate enough to have a personalised signed copy of) on the surface this is a simple story of a man grieving his wife’s death in a seaside village he visited as a child but there is surprising complexity bubbling underneath. With a fantastically tortured performance from Ciarán Hinds in the main role after viewing it the first word that sprang to mind was inoffensive. It is pleasant and nice but loses a lot of the visceral impact of the book. It looks beautiful though and has some very touching moments. If you are in the mood for something slow and gentle it is perfect and worth watching for Hinds alone. / Frances Winston 

   
 

April 23 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
The Raid 2

"We've heard a lot of late about how 'TV is the new cinema'. It's been attracting the big names, big investments (HBO and Netflix) and big headlines. But in an interesting turn around, we're starting to see an equalizing of the two - more quality content on TV and more 'arty' or niche titles on the big screen. Movies such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Calvary or Bridesmaids are just as likely hit No. 1 in the cinema as the latest Marvel movie. The Raid was one such film that has made the likes of Sony rethink cinema. An intense and immersive Indonesian martial arts film with the BEST fight sequences, ever (I'm not debating this). If you missed it, 'tis on the Netflix. The Raid 2 is the subsequent follow up (imagine that) and follows Rama reaping 50 shades of hell on his corrupt police force (Gardai take note). Not for the squeamish." / Rachel Ray

 

April 23 2014


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€10

screening
Linotype: The Film

After hosting a roller disco party on the Long Mile Road, Discotekken are switching it up with this feature length documentary based around a typecasting machine. Of course, it's not just any old typecasting machine but one labelled "the eight wonder of the world" by Thomas Edison back in the day. Linotype follows in the same strand as the recent Sign Painter documentary hosted in the Sugar Club and screens as part of the new and ambitiously expanding Beatyard Festival. There's an element of intrigue and curiosity attached to such an influential object on modern society. With Jamie Murphy from the Salvage Press dusting down his Ps and Qs as he converses with some of the alumni of the printing press here, this is a screening worth typecasting for good reason. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

   
 
Live Collision

We spoke to Lynette Moran of Live Collision Festival...

I created Live Collision International Festival as a way to have an active dialogue with the city and the cultural terrain in Ireland. Live Art festivals are growing out of some of Europe's most vibrant and culturally potent cities, and Dublin is one of those cities. Live Art is becoming the art-form contemporary makers across mediums want to identify with and performance experiences for audiences are becoming more diverse and challenging.

This year, people should expect 10 Irish based artists, 10 international artists across performance, film, installation, digital performance, workshops, talks, one on one encounters, party…the list is endless. This is for the culturally curious and a curious culture, that blurs the edges of the performance space between the real and the imagined, between public and private space throughout the city. Expect the unexpected and remember that your role as the audience can activate and unlock all the possibilities. I adore Dublin and believe it is potent with a vibrant cultural scene, it's alive and the one thing i would like to see more of is great arts events that lead to great club nights.

Live Collision Festival takes place from 23rd-26th April. PHOTO: Alex Sheridan




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