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Essential gigs

By Patric Baird

Published 14/12/2007

The boys from Oppenheimer are back in town and they're playing not one, but two, gigs in Belfast's Spring & Airbrake tomorrow - an all-ages matinee performance at 3pm, followed by the big gig tomorrow night in the Ormeau avenue venue.

Rocky and Shaun released their double A-side debut single, Breakfast in NYC/Truth or Dare, last summer to rave reviews and have recently come back from supporting They Might Be Giants on their US tour.

Supporting the duo for their homecoming gig will be Neo Supervital, Steer Clear, We Are Knives and Strictly Hardcore Dancing.

The musos behind SO:NI (Sounds of Northern Ireland) are throwing a Christmas bash in Lavery's Bunker, Belfast, tonight, with a headline appearance from local rockers Pay*ola.

All eyes and ears will be focused on Pay*ola, who'll be promoting their recently-released EP, 77 Miles, but get there early to catch supporting acts Sparks Fly, the new outfit of Indigo Fury frontman Rory Lavelle, and Superfreakz.

Co Down singer-songwriter Brendan Monaghan will be teaming up with fiddle-player Niall McClean at The Ivy, in Newtownards, tonight, at the Peninsula Acoustic Music Club.

Fans will be able to hear some of Brendan's new material, taken from his forthcoming album, Look No Further, which is due for release early next year.

Powerful, melodic, intense, exciting, professional and quite, quite brilliant - just some of the tributes that can be laid at the collective feet of Lisburn band Hoax, who'll be playing Lavery's Bunker bar, Belfast, on December 27.

The four-piece indie rock outfit, who have been on the go since 2003, put on a mesmerising live show, with songs such as On My Side and Stella guaranteed to get the crowd going.

With a dynamic delivery from lead singer Mark Enderby and solid musicianship from the other three guys in the band, this is down-and-dirty guitar rock at its finest.

You can hear traces of fellow-countrymen Ash and Snow Patrol in the music, as well as golden-era Manics, as well as hard rock and metal acts such as Mama's Boys and even Thin Lizzy.

Indie rockers Kowalski take to the stage of Belfast's Limelight club next Thursday, along with The Cutaways and And So I Watch You From Afar, for Two Step's pre-Christmas outing.

Belfast Telegraph

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