by / May 20th, 2013 /

Showtime: State’s gigs of the week, 20th-26th May

Alicia Keys, Miguel | Odyssey, Belfast (8pm, 21st May)/O2, Dublin (8pm, 22nd May) | £39.50-60/€54.65-86

One of the sexiest and most arresting voices in American pop, plus Alicia Keys.

Luke Sital-Singh | Little Museum of Dublin, Dublin (7:30pm, 22nd May) | €11.50

Up-and-coming London folkie in the unfamiliar confines of a Dublin museum.

The Whileaways | Whelan’s (upstairs), Dublin (8pm, 22nd May) | €10

Galway Americana trio launch their debut album upstairs while…

Lucky Bones | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 22nd May) | €10

…Lucky Bones launch their second effort downstairs, with support from Edisons.

Spies | Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 23rd May) | €8-10

The band launch their latest single, ‘Distant Shorelines’, and promise a good mix of old and new material.

Elder Roche | Odessa Club, Dublin (8:30pm, 23rd May) | €10

Rugged intimacy from the Dublin songwriter.

Nomeansno | Whelan’s, Dublin (7:30pm, 23rd May) | €16

Veteran Candian punks hit Wexford St.

David Kitt | Black Box, Belfast (8pm, 23rd May) | €15

The acoustic auteur continues a low-key national tour. I think I’m related to him somehow.

Todd Terje | Róisín Dubh, Galway (9pm, 23rd May)/Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 25th May) | €20.90/€15

Him with the bouncy electro tunes and the perfectly sculpted moustache.

A$AP Rocky | Academy, Dublin (8pm, 24th May) | SOLD OUT

I don’t get why Rocky and Kendrick are dressed like they’re in a Westlife video here. Not a stool in sight.

Moscow Metro | Workman’s Club, Dublin (8pm, 24th May) | €9

Indie upstarts play the quays after their double bill with Little Bear earlier in the year.

Craig Charles | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 24th May) | €13.95

Coronation Street star and former Robot Wars host is now a funk and soul DJ.

The Riptide Movement | Olympia, Dublin (7pm, 24th May and 7:30pm, 25th May) | €16.85-19.50

I still see them about busking. Lads, protect your brand.

Enemies | Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 25th May) | €10

The Embark, Embrace launch continues.

Tony Allen and Colours Afrobeat Foundation | Sugar Club, Dublin (7:30pm, 25th May) | €21.50

Afrobeat legend and Good, the Bad & the Queen drummer Allen is joined by Ireland’s best in the genre for one night only.

Haim | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 25th May) | SOLD OUT

They’re so hot right now.

Widowspeak | Workman’s Club, Dublin (8pm, 25th May) | €12

No widow’s peaks here. No hair styling of any sort, in fact. Hirsute band, sound like a country & western Cults.

Andrew Weatherall | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 25th May) | €17.65

Prolific, eclectic producer rocks up on Middle Abbey St for an evening with A Love from Outer Space cohort Sean Johnston.

Van Morrison | Castle Ward, Downpatrick, Co. Down (8pm, 26th May) | SOLD OUT

Mr Happy himself.

Lana Del Rey | Vicar St, Dublin (8:30pm, 26th May) | €44.05

Some morose glamour for your Sunday night.

Life Festival

Life Festival takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (24th-26th May) at Belvedere House in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Besides the likes of headliners Seth Troxler, Laurent Garnier, Modeselektor and Booka Shade, there’s a full line-up representing the best electronic and dance the Irish festival season has to offer as well as some fun anomalies. Unfortunately, Groove Armada had to cancel for medical reasons, but there is plenty to be discovered in their absence.

At the time of writing, tickets weren’t fully sold out yet. They range from €70 for a non-camping Sunday ticket to €160 for the full weekend plus camping. There are additional fees for campervans and such, and all can be bought at this address. You can see the full line-up below.

Line Up - Life Festival 2013 - An electronic music & arts festival