Ten electric picks for Saturday
Bonnie, Beth, Benjamin and more: the acts that’ll knock your ears off
Date Reviewed: August 30th, 2014
OMAR SOULEYMAN Omar’s coming. The only Syrian wedding singer in Stradbally this weekend that we know about, Omar Souleyman and his band have found audiences far from home, for their hypnotic, mesmerising, thrilling take on Dabke folk music. See him today and then go home and check out the current album Wenu Wenu.
PORTISHEAD The band’s first Irish show in 17 years ... the main stage on a Saturday night ... the moon rising ... you get the picture. Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons, Adrian Utley and friends haven’t released an album since 2008, but this has all the makings of an unforgettable gig.
BENJAMIN BOOKER Here’s a tip for you for nothing: go see Benjamin Booker. You may not have heard of him before but trust us: you’ll be talking about this dude for weeks to come. Raised in Florida and put on the right tracks in New Orleans, the whipper-snapper’s debut album is a punky-blues album of straight-up riffs, fiery rock’n’roll and raw blues.
SBTRKT Aaron Jerome’s show with Sampha at 2012’s EP was one of the sets of that weekend, and they’ve been hard at work crafting a new album. We’ve already been treated to a few tantalising tracks. The cuttingedge minimalism of their 2011 debut album will set this tent to stunned. Here’s hoping Sampha holds a little something back for his DJ set on Sunday.
Don’t let those jangling, fine crafted musical stylings fool you – White Denim might have the cool, jazz chops but they also crank it up to 11 live, as the chaos of their show in Whelan’s earlier this year testified. Be there for guaranteed oneupmanship with the other musos in your office on Monday.
Slick electro polished with high production, and a live show that will build up a deep-night atmosphere? These were the sleeper stars at 2013’s Body and Soul. We’ll have more of the same please.
It’s the Young Turks signings first gig in the Republic. And Stradbally is buzzing with anticipation for her weird, sexy, down-tempo, future-triphop tunes. Two Weeks is one of the best tracks to come out of anywhere recently.
“... And I need you now tonight. And I need you more than ever. And if you only hold me tight. We’ll be holding on forever. And we’ll only be making it right ‘Cause we’ll never be wrong together We can take it to the end of the line ...” at the Electric Ireland Power House at 7pm today.
The number of people who pretend to have been at London Grammar’s Longitude show last year now exceeds the number of those who fake-saw The National in The Cobblestone in Smithfield. This time, be there for real, and witness a truly incredible voice. Emotional stuff.
Electronic music wizard on the rise, Montreal’s Kaytranada is a producer/DJ with the grooves to make the late-night shuffle go off with a bang.