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It may have been rather quiet in the last few months but Dublin’s O2 still puts a lot of bums on seats. The venue was the fifth best-attended music arena globally in 2011, with ticket sales of €36.26 million, per …

Wed, Jan 18, 2012, 09:00

   

It may have been rather quiet in the last few months but Dublin’s O2 still puts a lot of bums on seats. The venue was the fifth best-attended music arena globally in 2011, with ticket sales of €36.26 million, per Pollstar.

Balam Acab AKA Alec Koone is coming to town.The kid behind last year’s evocative, memorable and rich “Wander/Wonder” album plays Dublin’s Twisted Pepper on February 11. Tickets are €12. A week later, it’s MMOTHS, Jack Colleran’s renamed buzz electronica which hits the same venue to launch his debut “Heart” EP. Tickets for this one are €8.

Smashing line-up of singers for the forthcoming album “Voice of Ages” from The Chieftains including Lisa Hannigan, The Low Anthem, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Civil Wars, The Decemberists, Imelda May and others. Hear Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon singing “Down in the Willow Garden” here.

January festival (1): The Indiependence month of gigs is now ongoing at Crawdaddy, Dublin with the Delphi and Bluestack labels hooking up next Saturday (January 21) with live sets from The Debutantes, Hush War Cry and Adultrock, with DJ sets from Go Panda Go and Sacred Animals. Quarter Inch Collective launch their “Quompilation #2″ on January 27 with Ginola, Turning Down Sex, Simon Bird, Girl Band and Cloud Castle Lake, while Popical Island are in the house the following night for the Walpurgis Family album launch. Admission to all gigs is a fiver.

The bears are coming: Hot Chip offshoot (believe me, there’s a ton of ‘em) and the pair behind the excellent “Be Strong” album, The 2 Bears play Dublin’s Button Factory on February 17. Tickets are €15 (plus TM fees) and support comes from Benoit & Sergio.

January festival (2): the Once Upon A Time Back the West weekender in Galway’s West End stars Grandmaster Flash, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Katie Kim, Kopek, The Shoos, TR-One, Stevie G and tons more playing in a rake of Galway venues from January 26 to 29. Full details here.

OTR moves to Camden: OTR is joining forces with Nialler9 to put on a show at this year’s Camden Crawl in London. The festival happens from May 4 to 6 in various Camden venues and the line-up is going to be sweet. More information to come and, for anyone who is eyeing up a trip to London for the event, early bird tickets are now on sale. Meanwhile, stay tuned for news on the Dublin Crawl.

The results of the 39th annual Pazz & Jop Poll of US critics for 2011 are now live with Tune-Yards’ “Whokill” topping the album list and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” getting the best single nod.

Jimmy Castor RIP

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