Travis | Olympia, Dublin (7:30pm, 21st October) | €27.50
The Scottish indie veterans make their comeback after five years. Faux hawks not included.
A Night for Elliot Smith | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 21st October) | €10
Irish artists remember the fallen American singer-songwriter.
Airbourne | Limelight, Belfast (8pm, 21st October)/Olympia, Dublin (7:30pm, 22nd October) | £22.50/€25
Aussie hard rockers destroy some brain cells.
Local Natives | Limelight, Belfast (7pm, 22nd October)/Olympia, Dublin (7pm, 24th October) | £17/€22.90-24.90
Superior indie from the Hummingbird band making their Irish return after appearances at Whelan’s and Longitude this year.
Chic | Vicar St, Dublin (7:30pm, 22nd October)/Ulster Hall, Belfast (7pm, 23rd October)/Big Top, Limerick (7pm, 25th October)/Radisson, Galway (10:30pm, 27th October) | €38.50-43.50/£31.50-33/€42.05/€39.05
Nile Rodgers and company ride that second wind of their’s around the country.
When Saints Go Machine, Olubenga, Come On Live Long | Button Factory, Dublin (8pm, 23rd October) | €14
Copenhagen electronic/indie, Metronomy’s bassist and one of Ireland’s better bands all come together for Body & Soul this week.
Primal Scream | Limelight, Belfast (8pm, 23rd and 24th October)/Leisureland, Galway (9pm, 26th October)/Olympia, Dublin (7:30pm, 27th October) | £32.50/SOLD OUT/€38.05/€34-39.50
Bobby G takes in this fair isle and break out the hits.
Agnes Obel | Vicar St, Dublin (8:30pm, 23rd October) | €22
Haunting Danish singer-songwriter comes over off the back of Aventine.
RSAG | Cyprus Avenue, Cork (9pm, 23rd October) | €6.30
Jeremy Hickey continues to do his one-man band/visual artist thing.
Tindersticks | Vicar St, Dublin (7pm, 24th October) | €33.50
The Nottingham indie band celebrate 21 years together.
Biggles Flys Again | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 24th October) | €8
Lo-fi pop with a twee tinge.
Mick Flannery & Casey Black | Grand Hotel, Waterford (8pm, 24th October) | €21.90
The Nashville wordsmith gets some help from the Red to Blue singer.
Bastille | Olympia, Dublin (7pm, 25th October)/Ulster Hall, Belfast (7pm, 26th October) | €26.40/€19.50
‘Pompeii’ chart-toppers take a step up to some larger venues.
Drenge | Limelight 2, Belfast (7pm, 25th October)/Academy 2, Dublin (7:30pm, 26th October) | £14/€13.50
Sheffield noise duo, revered by their local MP.
Ghostpoet | Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 25th October) | €16.30
Mr Ejimiwe celebrates Some Say I So I Say Light with his first non-festival Irish date of the year.
Sam Amidon | Whelan’s, Dublin (7:30pm, 25th October) | €16
Beth Orton’s husband brings his softly-softly acoustic folk to Wexford St.
Therapy? | Cyprus Avenue, Cork (7:30pm, 25th October) | €27.90
The north’s alt metal veterans of choice.
Kormac | Cyprus Avenue, Cork (11pm, 25th October) | €11.75
The producer performs another of his celebrated A/V shows.
God Is an Astronaut | Academy, Dublin (7pm, 26th October) | €22.50
Wicklow’s premier post-rock/motorik act. Not a hard title to claim, but it is their’s all the same.
Efterklang | Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 26th October) | €20
More spectral Danish indie.
Waxahatchee | Workman’s Club, Dublin (8pm, 26th October) | €10.50
Straight outta 1991.
Hot 8 Brass Band | Sugar Club, Dublin (7:30pm, 27th October) | €17.35
Three times in a year? The N’awlins troupe must really love the Sugar Club.
Russian Circles, Chelsea Wolfe | Button Factory, Dublin (8pm, 27th October) | €17
The Sargent House signees and collaborators bring their dark energy to Temple Bar.
Washed Out | Button Factory, Dublin (Midnight, 27th/28th October) | €20
Ernest Greene shows off Paracosm at this late night show.
Sligo Live | Knocknarea Arena, Sligo (25th-27th October) | €25 (Friday)/€36.50 (Saturday)/€24 (Sunday)/€99 (weekend ticket)
Midlake, Villagers and Imelda May all take the trip to the west this weekend.
The Beatyard | Various venues, Dublin (21st-28th October)
A lot of the gigs being organised under the Beatyard umbrella have been mentioned above, but there’s plenty more to be seen as Bodytonic tries to take over Dublin city centre. Raekwon cancelled, sorry about that.
Main image by Ste Murray