by / April 22nd, 2013 /

Showtime: State’s gigs of the week, 22nd-28th April

A Hawk and a Hacksaw | Workman’s Club (8pm, 23rd April) | €14.35

The closest we’ll ever come to a two-person production of Fiddler on the Roof? Gira-approved folk with plenty of accordion to go around.

Duke Special | Empire, Belfast (7:30pm, 24th April) | £15

Those trademark dreadlocks and heavily kohled eyes will be making a return to the Belfast stage this week, and with a full band for the first time since 2008.

Birds of Chicago | Whelan’s (Upstairs), Dublin (8pm, 24th April)/Clonmel World Music, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (8pm, 25th April)/Róisín Dubh, Galway (9pm, 27th April) | €14.35/€15/€15

For any budding ornithologists out there, this harmony-loving acousitc duo are ready to leave their Chi Town nest and head across the Atlantic for a few days.

Chelsea Wolfe | Sugar Club, Dublin (8pm, 24th April)/Auntie Annie’s, Belfast (8pm, 25th April) | €13/£11.75

‘Hauntingly beautiful’ is a phase I have little time for, but I’m sure you could apply it to Ms Wolfe here without forcing me into an exaggerated eyeroll.

The Hard Ground | Workman’s Club, Dublin (8pm, 25th April) | €8

Cork’s answer to Gunnar and Scarlett. Look it up.

KXP | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 25th April) | €12.50

Arty enough to be written about by The Quietus, tuneful enough that you might still want to listen to them.

Solar Bears | Button Facotry, Dublin (8pm, 26th April) | €12

The Dublin/Wicklow duo take time to give Supermigration a proper send off.

Fingersmith | Cyrpus Avenue, Cork (8pm, 26th April) | €6.30

Crunching hard rockers with a sideline in digital carpentry. They make fingers, is what I’m getting at; they’re not assembling digital appliances – we have machines and child/underpaid factory workers for that.

King Charles | Stiff Kitten, Belfast (8pm, 26th April)/Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 27th April) | £11.25/€13

Outlandish, Adam Ant-aping pop musician who apparently takes up the dress of King Charles. I or II, you decide. He certainly doesn’t look like III, anyway.

Disclosure | Limelight, Belfast (9pm, 26th April) | €18

It’s shit when talented people are younger than you.

Egyptian Lover | Sugar Club, Dublin (11pm, 26th April) | €14.85

The below video is pure hilarity up until the lyric “I’m kinda crazy, just like my dad”. Egyptian Lover is far from being just a vapid cassanova with great hair, he’s got some battle scars too.

Passenger | Mandela Hall, Belfast (7pm, 27th and 28th April)/Vicar St, Dublin (8:30pm, 29th April) | £9.50/£9.50/€12

Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, Passenger. These things tend to happen in threes.

Trócaire Live | Grand Social (5pm, 27th April) | €10

Mini festival for a good cause, featuring Irish and African talent, and it goes all night.

Kíla | Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 27th April) | €17.35

Trad titans in Temple Bar.

SBTRKT | Stiff Kitten, Belfast (10pm, 27th April) | €18

Aaron Foulds dons the mask once more and gets back into his soulful brand of dubstep and electronica.

Juan Atkins, Gerry Read | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 27th April) | €18.65

Veteran American producer and young British upstart: the odd couple of niche techno will be in the Pepper this Saturday. What a treat!

Art Department | Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 27th April) | €20

Mournful deep house from Candian pair Kenny Glasgow and Johnny White.

Big Country | Academy, Dublin (7pm, 27th April)| Limelight, Belfast (8pm, 28th April) | €28.50/£24.50

Scottish veterans realise Ireland’s actually pretty small and they’ll be able to hit two cities and play two gigs within 24 hours, sweet!

One Republic | Limelight, Belast (7pm, 28th April) | €27.50-117.50

Ryan Tedder takes a break from rolling in money for an evening to give his band mates some work.

Kinky Friedman | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 28th April) | €28

Dude christened himself Kinky, I think that’s all you need (and maybe even want) to know.