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.