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May 04 2015

Popgroup

where Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when 8pm

how much €21.50

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The Pop Group

The seventies were hard - miners' strikes, electricity outages, and apparently, loads and loads of spitting. This seems to have generated one of the most exciting periods in music though, with the dawn of punk. The Pop Group were a formative influence on bands such as Nick Cave's The Birthday Party and Sonic Youth, and considering this is their first time in Ireland, you should probably go and see this Bristolian case study in musical longevity with recent releases being literally worshipped by the mafia-lite that is Pitchfork. To put it into context, three full decades elapsed between their second and third albums, and still, with punky, poppy, jazzy vibes, you won't really know what's going on, but you will enjoy it. Please don't gob all over them though - it's 2015, darling. / Kate Coleman

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May 04 2015

Packshot

where Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when 7:30pm

how much €20

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Purity Ring

Purity Ring’s music is like a steady flow of rain dropping into a vast, wild ocean. But the ocean is not the one you know, it is that of a distant, sonically-driven dimension in which oceans are made of synths and rain of electronic drums. Dancing through this world is Megan James, whose childlike vocals sound far too innocent for the content of heartbreak turned physical ache that she delves into; ’I cried all night awake, I cried ‘til my body ache’. It all may sound a little intense, but paired with bandmate Corin Roddick’s intricate production it adds up to make powerful, resonant pop music. These two are pioneers in this particular synth-pop world, seeing many similar bands(see CHVRCHES) garner success in their wake. When they’re not chillin’ with Danny Brown they’re hard on the grind on tour, and if fan videos shot on Nokia 3210s are anything to go by, their live shows have the perfect aesthetics to match their otherworldly sound. / Ben Allen

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May 05 2015

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where Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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Get Up And Go

Killian Scott and Peter Coonan (second mention in Le Cool this week, ooOooh) play Coilin and Alex, two friends who finished college a little bit too long ago and haven’t been up to much since. Coilin is a struggling comedian, a bit too complacent, and wearing one of those suit jackets that has a hoodie sewn into it, but happy enough. Alex is a musician (and failed employee of the Screen Cinema) who is just a frustratingly awful guy. Within the first few minutes, his girlfriend tells him she’s pregnant, so he decides he needs to move to London. By 1pm that day. And he gets worse. The comedy follows the pair as they wind their way around familiar Dublin hangouts, trying to track down enough money to “get Alex started” for his new life in the UK. They aren’t very lovable, but they’re realistic. / Olivia Rutter

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May 06 2015

Staves

where Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
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when 7:30pm

how much €25

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The Staves

Dear Staves, I think I’m in love. I know it sounds crazy; it all happened so quickly! Maybe it was the impeccable 3-part harmonies, maybe it was the beautiful instrumentation. Either way, I’ve fallen hard. My friends think I’m nuts, but they just don’t understand. They haven’t heard the new album yet. They don’t know how you’ve built upon and perfected a gorgeous, raw folk sound without overcomplicating things or losing the strength of your identity. I know you have a date in Dublin on Wednesday, but I was thinking maybe if the weather is nice during the day we could go for a picnic in Stephen’s green and talk about nature (I know you like that kind of stuff). I don’t even mind if Justin Vernon of Bon Iver isn’t there with you - you’re perfect just the way you are! Forever yours, Ben Allen

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