Gig Guide: February 2018

Helen Fitzgerald breaks down the top picks for the next month. WILD BEASTS – 15 FEB – OLYMPIA THEATREGiven the announcement of their disbandment last autumn, this may be the last opportunity to see this acclaimed British indie group. Initially bursting onto the scene nearly fifteen years ago, the four-piece are no strangers to an Irish crowd, having previously performed at Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, and Longitude. The band’s latest works, EP Punch Drunk & Trembling and full-length Boy King, have seen an unapologetic lyrical embrace of lust, virility, and mortality, achieved through relentless synth, thumping bass, and distinct vocals ranging from piercing falsetto to smooth baritone. Tickets from €28.50.Check it out if you like: Nine Inch Nails, Everything Everything, or Future Islands. CORY WONG – 23 FEB – THE SUGAR CLUBThis Minnesota guitarist honed his impressive skill and style through recording and touring with names such as Gene Simmons, Ben Rector, and most notably Vulfpeck. Wong met them at a house gig in 2012 and has frequently collaborated with them since. Following a recent crowd-funding effort to support the production of his latest album, Cory Wong and the Green Screen Band, Wong reaches Dublin with funky, eclectic sound and striking visual aesthetics in tow. Tickets from €15.Check it out if you like: Thundercat, Khruangbin, Lettuce. THE UNDERACHIEVERS – 24 FEB – GREEN ROOM AT THE ACADEMYNew York hip-hop duo the Underachievers have had a whirlwind five years, which produced three studio albums, one EP, and a further three mixtapes. The influence of producer Flying Lotus is evident in this psychedelic hip-hop act, whom he signed to his label, Brainfeeder, in 2012. Since touring with Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, and others back in 2013, the duo have further harnessed their relaxed vibe, fusing experimental hip-hop with a classic 80s New York sound. Tickets from €19.50.Check it out if you like: Vince Staples, A$AP Mob, Mick Jenkins.