THANKS BROTHER – 5 APRIL – THE WORKMAN’S CLUB

What’s in a name?  For this Dublin-based duo, their name was derived (after much deliberation) from Peter Dinklage’s blasé response when one of the members approached him to express his love for Game of Thrones. However, this humble origin story doesn’t quite match their powerful sound which layers Róisín O’s fiery vocals over a rich and atmospheric soundscape. Even though they’re a fairly new band, the experiences of both members in previous musical careers has brought a maturity to their style that exceeds the handful of songs they’ve released so far.  

Tickets from €14.50

Check it out if you like: CHVRCHES, Metric, MS MR

BEAR’S DEN – 10 APRIL – THE ACADEMY

Bear’s Den may have moved away from the folksiness of their earliest music since the departure of the banjo player from the band, but even with the introduction of synths and drum loops they stay true to the emotional core that has characterised their music since the very beginning. Still a band of sensitive folk-singers at heart, their time on the festival circuit has allowed them to develop a huge, stadium-filling sound, allowing them shine especially in their live performances. Plus, sometimes the banjo makes a reappearance for their most popular songs.    

Tickets from €24

Check it out if you like: Ben Howard, Mumford and Sons, Frightened Rabbit