by / June 24th, 2013 /

Showtime: State’s gigs of the week, 24th-30th June

Azealia Banks | Limelight, Belfast (7pm, 25th June)/Academy, Dublin (7:30pm, 26th June) | £21/€22.90

Banks continues to procrastinate while making her debut album. Get back to work, woman.

Blondie | Olympia, Dublin (7:30pm, 25th June)/Waterfront, Belfast (7:30pm, 26th June) | €44.05-54.65/£38-44

Debbie Harry and some men perform the songs you know and love, plus ‘The Tide Is High’.

The xx, Mount Kimbie | Waterfront, Belfast (7:30pm, 25th June)/O2, Dublin (7:30pm, 26th June) | £26.50/€32.50-36.50

After Electric Picnic and the Olympia, the xx bring Coexist to a couple of arenas with some superior supporting acts on hand.

Simone Felice | Workman’s Club, Dublin (8pm, 25th June) | €15

American songwriter comes to the quays.

Devendra Banhart | Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 26th June) | €19.90

Freak folk veteran rolls up in support of Mala.

Alabama 3 | Mandela Hall, Belfast (8pm, 26th June)/Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 27th June) | £20/€22.50

If they don’t play this they should be locked up or are probably way too locked. RIP, James Gandolfini.

Elvis Costello | Live at the Marquee, Cork (8pm, 26th June)/The Venue, Derry (8pm, 27th June) | €33.50-160.45/£116.50

Better known to his mother as Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus. He also made an album with the Roots recently. ?uestlove’s mum is sound, though, and respects that he chose a new name for himself.

Jamie xx | Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 26th June) | €24.75

xx producer/percussionist makes a mad dash along the quays to makes his rearranged date on Curved St.

Raglans, Daithí | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 28th June) | €11.75

The band launch their new single, ‘Natives, with help from Galway’s fiddle-playing teenybopper.

BATS, Jogging, Croupier | Whelan’s (upstairs), Dublin (8pm, 28th June) | €6-8

A bill of fresh, individual Irish talent for your Friday night.

The National | Live at the Marquee, Cork (8pm, 28th June) | €35

The Trouble Will Find Me troupe bring their anthemic melancholy to Cork.

John Talabot (DJ set) | Stiff Kitten, Belfast (10pm, 28th June) | £11.25

Properly Balearic house producer. Or maybe he’s just Iberian. Fuck it, he’s Spanish and last year’s ƒIN is a properly good album.

Vatican Shadow | Cyrpus Avenue, Cork (10pm, 28th June) | €12

Otherwise known as clerical child abuse. Boom, tish – I’m here all week.

Kromestar, Dark Tantrums | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 28th June) | €10-12

Dubstep/grime producer Kromestar and Dark Tantrums will be playing back to back for three hours. Objekt was previously slated to headline and now cannot make it.

Tales of Us | Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 28th June) | €15

Berlin duo take on Hidden Agenda.

Silver Seas | Whelan’s, Dublin (8:30pm, 29th June) | €19

Proud melodic country-pop comes to Whelan’s this Saturday.

Gentleboy | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (7pm, 29th June) | €15

Trying to work out if the name is euphemistic or not. He’s probably just nice lad.

Bell X1 | National Concert Hall, Dublin (8pm, 29th June) | €25-25

The band will be premiering their sixth effort, Chop Chop, here as well as at an in-store at Tower Records on Wicklow St, Dublin and a smaller gig at De Barra’s Folk Club, Cork (both on Friday).

Not Squares, Kid Karate | Róisín Dubh, Galway (9pm, 29th June) | €5

It’s hip to be Ralph Macchio.

Function | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 29th June) | €13-15

Incubation, released earlier in the year, was the techno producer’s debut album. His first in 20 years.