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January 29 2015

Binkbeats

where The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when 8pm

how much €17.50

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Binkbeats

When people think of a one man band, it's usually not the same thing as Binkbeats. Far from a weird middle aged man in dungarees playing polka tunes in a public park, Binkbeats takes the idea of a one man band into breathtaking new territory. A graduate of classical percussion of the Royal Conservatory at the Hague, Binkbeats approach to his covers are straight out of the mind of a percussive genius. Deconstructed to it's basic parts Binkbeats takes most of the music you know and love and recreates it with a plethora of odds and ends. Watching the track performed live is closer to watching a performance art piece rather than a live show. Each sound is created with a different instrument, ranging from the mundane to the eclectic. There's so much going on it's hard to tear your eyes away from it. Watching Binkbeats play is like watching an alchemist at work, turning thumb harps and bit's of tinfoil into Dilla and Aphex twin beats. / Jack Broughan

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January 29 2015

Getfolked

where The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when 8pm

how much Free

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gig

Get Folked

How things have changed. What was once a city brim full of guitar carrying, lumberjack shirt wearing, life weary young men armed with nothing but 6 strings of broken heartedness and a story to tell, is now a city of backward hat hawking, laptop toting, controller button pushing, flashing light loving producers who are hell bent on wearing the rubber off the new pair of Air Max you got for Christmas by making you dance from one end of Tuesday right through until Sunday tea time with barely a stop for a decent line of Ketamine. But fear not, Acoustic Dublin is not dead and gone - Get Folked is a new monthly night which aims to put the best of local folk talent on the lovely Loft stage of The Grand Social and kicks off with the wonderful Let’s Set Sail and more. Electronic music? Get Folked. / Emmet Condon

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January 29 2015

Slowskies

where The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
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when 8pm

how much €5

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gig

Slow Skies

Irish music blog Golden Plec will be celebrating the first issue of its flesh-and-blood paper magazine at Workman’s tonight with the super-dreamy line up of Slow Skies, Staring at Lakes and Aoife Underwater. Slow Skies (aka Karen Sheridan and Conal Herron) will be joined live by Micheal Quinn and Brian Dillion from MeltyBrains?. Their alt-pop sound is built around Sheridan’s captivating voice, reminiscent of Björk or Australian folk chanteuse Julia Stone. Oft compared to the XX in the past, they’ve amped up their sound in their new ‘Keepsake’ EP, citing influences like Jon Hopkins, Sigur Ros, Talyor McFerrin and Foals. The results have been called "slow burning", "dynamic" and "otherworldly". Plus one of their new tracks talks has a (slightly morbid) snow-theme, so it’s kind of like our own Dublin Snowpocalypse. Sorry Brooklyn. / Olivia Rutter.

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January 29 2015

Sweeneysmen

where St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 21 Patrick's Close, Dublin 8
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when Doors 8pm

how much €35.99

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concert

Sweeney's Men

Before Planxty, before De Dannan, there was Sweeney’s Men. I wish I could just point their music at you and walk away. Download from mind to mind the perfect moment in folk music that was their one and only album. Borne out of years travelling from fleadhs to sessions in the Neptune Rowing Club, to the houses of old collectors of obscure folk songs, Andy Irvine, Johnny Moynihan and Terry Woods created a seminal, bewitching album with their 1968 release. It’s raw, it’s real and the authenticity of the songs means they resonate with us across the centuries of their existence. In a rare reunion, they're playing tonight at the Temple Bar TradFest, rarer still for the fact that they're all hitting 70. If you do nothing else this week for your ears, listen to their album: the jewel in the crown of folk. / Alex Calder

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January 30 2015

Digitalbiscuit

where The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when Until Friday 30th

how much €66.50 - €150.00

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Digital Biscuit

If you were intrigued by the excellent shot-for-shot Dublinized Soprano’s intro that’s been making the rounds lately, you may already know that this year’s three day international film and technology conference will feature the famous family’s real Godfather, creator David Chase. Digital Biscuit kicks off with a screening of Inherent Vice, and then is dotted with masterclasses and talks by expert speakers from the likes of Amelie, Harry Potter, and The Tudors. There will also be goodies to screw with your mind such as a Taste Perception Experiment created by the Irish Film Board and Oxford University. Or, if you really want to creep yourself out, there will be Black Mirror-esque live demonstrations of Oculus Rift virtual reality film, The Doghouse, where you join others in experiencing a short scene about a family meal though the eyes of one of the dinner guests. And then Jon Hamm gets you to admit to murder. / Olivia Rutter

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January 30 2015

End

where The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
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when 7:30pm

how much €15/€12

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The End

A beautifully passionate yet bleak enactment of one man’s final journey. Marcus Lamb, our storyteller for the evening, quietly forges an intimate relationship with his audience at The New Theatre. Narrating us along his wanderings through the vaguely familiar landscapes of his native town and countryside, he is met with kindness, cruelty and indifference. Stories that appear unbelievable often are; exposing the helplessness of a worn-out man, removed from a safe environment and spewed out onto the streets to fend for himself. Only if he decides to go on that is. Masked by the sharp wit of Beckett’s prose, sits a sorrow that interrupts our quiet laughs and makes us wonder where our compassion lies. Lamb compels us to consider the fragile and durable nature of the human spirit in this flawlessly executed hour-long performance. / Julieanne McMahon

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January 30 2015

Maxcooper

where Opium Rooms, Liberty Lane, behind Whelan's, Dublin 2.

when 10pm

how much €12

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gig

Max Cooper

Human, Max Cooper's debut album, was released last year. With maturity, Cooper's love of minimalist, ethereal compositions is unapologetically brightening the canvas of his scientific scapes. His conceptual focus has developed from functionally good club tracks to a beautifully immersive representation of the human condition. This gradual development serves to strengthen Cooper's exquisite ability to feed human emotion. Euphoria and mournful reflection can become hot and sweaty in the listener's brain at the drop of a hat. This seemless juggling of feelings through detailed, calculated and challenging creations is what makes Cooper an exceptional producer. One day, he is bound to break restrictions to fulfill his creative potential, but for now he is still in touch with his club roots and this we shall enjoy. / Warren McCarthy

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January 31 2015

Thefield

where Hangar, Andrew's Theatre, Andrew's Lane, Dublin 2.

when 10:30pm

how much €15

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gig

The Field

“It’s dance music Jim, but not as we know it”, is what Spock might say if he heard The Field’s tunes pumping out of the Enterprise’s (futuristic?) speaker system. I’ll admit this is an unlikely scenario (we all know Spock is more of a hip-hop guy) but where else does Axel Willner’s otherworldly music belong? Since adopting his pasture-friendly moniker, the Swedish producer has released four albums of glistening minimal techno on the awesome Kompakt label along with remixes of the highest order for acts such as Annie, Thom Yorke, Battles and Wild Beasts. Unfolding luxuriously over modified samples and deep wells of loops, Willner is all about the build that never drops, creating a fuzzy, ecstatic, repetitive bliss. What a way to end the month. / Brian Keane

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January 31 2015

Popicalisland

where Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when 3:30pm - late

how much €5

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Popical Island Birthday Bash

Music collective Popical Island are five years old, and they’re having a bash to celebrate! Join some of Ireland’s most exciting and best-dressed upcoming bands for an all-day gig upstairs in Whelan’s. The hooley will feature performances from garage pop trios Squarehead and Oh Boland, indie rockers The Run Ons, and surf pop gods Me and My Dog, as well as some folksy solo offerings from Grand Pocket Orchestra’s lead singer, Paddy Hanna (to name but a few). Expect exquisite tuneage, impromptu dance-offs, terrible jokes delivered by self-indulgent frontmen, and new friendships forged in the queue for the loos. Most importantly, expect mad craic, because those Popical Islanders know how to throw a party. / Kayla Walsh

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January 31 2015

Ibojan

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when See irishbaroqueorchestra.com

how much See irishbaroqueorchestra.com

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concert

Irish Baroque Orchestra

It's (very) late January and that means the return of the Irish Baroque Orchestra's Masterworks series. This year’s focus is on members of the Bach family. A matinee concert tomorrow afternoon focuses on Johann Sebastian, the patriarch of the Bach musical dynasty. This Saturday concert features works by two of his sons: William Friedemann Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach - known as the Berlin Bach. Both of these composers dealt with the considerable legacy of their father in different ways. They bridged the baroque style of JS Bach with that of of the classical and romantic periods that followed. Works featured include the Quartet for flute, viola, harpsichord and cello in G major, WQ95/H.539 and Sinfonia for Strings no. 6 in E major, WQ182/6 (both by CPE Bach). WF Bach’s Concerto for harpsichord in E minor is also on the programme. / Des FitzGerald

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February 01 2015

Exmachina

where Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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Ex-Machina

Imagine you knew everything there was to know about colour. Now imagine if for your entire life you had lived in a monochrome room and all the contents within the room were monochrome including you. If you suddenly stepped outside, would you learn something knew? Can experience genuinely bring something knew to knowledge? We’ve had a few decades now of dodgy films tackling the philosophical side of AI – remember the bearded dude in the Matrix sequels? No? Lucky you…Alex Garland looks like he’s finally delivered one worth watching. What does it mean to be human? Why do we fear our robotic offspring? Can Domnhall Gleeson still fancy a girl who is missing the back of her head? Ex Machina may answer some of these questions. / David Cadwallader

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February 02 2015

Inherentvice

where Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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Inherent Vice

Even the the screen is sweltering and humidly fuzzy in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, a dozy detective story with more twists and turns than the maze in the Goblet of Fire. A drug-heavy piece narrated by a harmless stoner-private eye is spiked with humour from an on-form Josh Brolin, sadly deep-throating frozen bananas, and Owen Wilson, who is his Hans character from Zoolander if he had gotten a little hooked on the golden brown, and left his Jenna Malone half-toothless and holding the baby. With a strong ensemble cast also including Reese Witherspoon, Katherine Waterston, Joanna Newsom, and Maya Rudolph, you may come for the Phoenix, but you stay for the gags. / Kate Coleman

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February 03 2015

Surprise

where MARTCADE, 46 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland
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when 7pm

how much €5, BYOB

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MART's Surprise Cinema Club

I truly love going to the cinema. I love the camaraderie of it: hearing one lone laugh join yours at some acquired-taste humour, having your own spontaneous urge to applaud at the final credits (ironically or genuinely) matched by some strangers sitting nearby. There’s a community element to it. Also, velvety seats. When I heard that Mart’s Surprise Cinema Club was making a return to the MARTCADE, I was frankly giddy with glee. Because what is better than a film? A surprise film. And what is better than a cinema? A BYOB cinema. The clever people behind the Surprise Cinema Club are giving away hints to those who would prefer to know in advance what film will be screened on their Facebook Page . However, I for one will assiduously avoid all spoilers, buy my ticket, fill my hipflask, and relax in front of that silver screen. / Alison Treacy

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February 04 2015

Leperchip

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

how much €15/€12

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theatre

Leper + Chip

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February 04 2015

Midland

where National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
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when Regular opening hours

how much Free

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Midland- Lár Tíre: Cycling the MGWR from Past to Present

At its peak in the 1920s, rail transport covered 3,500 km of Ireland. Currently there is less than half that amount, especially around the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Artist Pamela De Brí decided to cycle the 1,000 km route of the former Midland and Great Western Railway (MGWR) to see what had happened to the old stations, intending initially to shadow the photographs railway enthusiast James O’Dea took between 1937 and 1977. The project evolved when she began meeting the people who now lived and worked in the old stations, and who provided an oral history to supplement her artwork. She documented her trip through photographs, video clips and notebooks that she kept on the way, and has ended up with a beautiful and thought-provoking peek in to the past. / Olivia Rutter

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