And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Academy, Dublin – May 15th
One of the best band names in recent memory, still plying their noise-infused trade.
Battles / Chrome Roof / Redneck Manifesto – Vicar St, Dublin – May 15th
The big one this week in terms of the sound of the underground, given a nice domestic touch by the re-emergence of the Rednecks.
Ghostface Killah – Tivoli, Dublin – May 15th
Yet another high profile hip-hop show hits these shores, as always could go either way but Ghostface has pedigree.
The National – Olympia, Dublin – May 15th
Last of the three night run for recent State interviewees. You suspect that this will be the last time in such intimate surroundings.
Adele – Vicar St, Dublin – May 16th
With the beginning of year hype fading away, Adele has to prove that she has the personality to pull off shows of this size.
Kimya Dawson – Crawdaddy, Dublin – May 16th
Pre-Juno she was just another quirky American lo-fi songwriter who’s songs had no choruses. Post-Juno, well nothing much has changed but more people are interested.
Oppenheimer – Savoy, Cork – May 16th, Roisin Dubh, Galway – May 17th, Empire Music Hall, Belfast – May 18th
Burgeoning success overseas has kept Oppenheimer out of sight of late, so make the most of these three dates before they hit the UK with Bob Mould.
We Should Be Dead – Roisin Dubh, Galway – May 16th
Spiky girl powered punk pop from Limerick.
Anti-Flag – Academy, Dublin – May 17th, Spring & Airbrake, Belfast – May 18th
That rarest of things, a US punk band with a political ideology instead of an obsession with toilet jokes make an equally rare visit.
Jason Ringenberg – Wexford Arts Centre – May 17th
As much responsible for the whole alt-country thing as anyone thanks to his old band the Scorchers, Jason Ringenberg can also be found performing as children’s entertainer Farmer Jason. There’s a work ethic for you.
The Osmonds – Odyssey Arena, Belfast – May 18th
Donny! Marie! Jimmy! Some bloke called Alan! How can you resist?
Caribou and Born Ruffians – Whelans, Dublin – 18th May
A third visit in the last twelve months from Dan Snaith’s band still plugging their rather fantastic Andorra album. The premier appearance from Born Ruffians should be worth the admission alone.
Alphabeat – Whelans, Dublin – May 19th, Speakeasy, Belfast – May 20th
A pop band who write their own songs and play their own instruments? That way lies madness, surely. Blame the Danes.
Animal Collective and Atlas Sound – Tripod, Dublin – May 19th.
Panda Bear and his animal friends return, this time promising a full show.
Broken Social Scene – Vicar St, Dublin – May 20th
Now SOLD OUT, this is being billed as a three hour transcendental experience. Will Kevin Drew hug the audience again?