by / October 28th, 2013 /

Showtime: State’s gigs of the week, 28th October – 3rd November

Suede | Olympia, Dublin (7:30pm, 28th October) | €44.05

Reformed Britpop heroes with great hair and better cheekbones.

Primal Scream | Cork Opera House, Cork (8pm, 28th October) | €30-34

The eclectic indie veterans finish their tour in Cork.

Glen Hansard, Lisa O’Neill | Cyprus Avenue, Cork (8pm, 28th October)/ in conversation with John Kelly – Helix, Dublin (8:30pm, 31st October)/Vicar St, Dublin (7pm, 25th and 26th October) | €20/€27.64/€30

Oscar winner does the rounds with help from the beguiling Cavan artist.

Chic | Vicar St, Dublin (7:30pm, 29th-30th October) | €28.50-43.50

Two more dancefloors for Nile Rodgers and friends to conquer.

Youth Lagoon | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 31st October) | €24

Ramshackle anthemia from the enfant terrible of chillwave.

Jeru the Damaja | Sugar Club, Dublin (8pm, 31st October) | €12-15

Choice Cuts will get all 90s rap oddities on Leeson St before 2016.

Enemies, Croupier | Workman’s Club, Dublin (8pm, 31st October) | €5

Phantom hold their Halloween Ball with help from a couple of great Wicklow bands. Fancy dress, half-arsed or otherwise, is essential.

KT Tunstall | Ulster Hall, Belfast (8pm, 31st October)/ Olympia, Dublin (7:30pm, 1st November)/Róisín Dubh, Galway (8pm, 2nd November) | £26/€25.50/€22.50-25

You remember her, right? The British music industry cast aside Annie Lennox and held her up as its flagship female artist until Lily, Amy, Adele and a million others came along.

Billy Joel | O2, Dublin (8pm, 1st November) | €76-95

Get your ‘Uptown Girl’ fix here, Westlife fans.

Delorentos | Vicar St, Dublin (8pm, 1st November) | €17

Choice prize winners make their return.

Vann Music | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 1st November) | €11

The band launch their second single (below), a bellowing homage to 80s house-pop.

The Hot Sprockets, Booka Brass Band | Sugar Club, Dublin (8pm, 1st November) | €12.50

Sea Sessions hold a belated Halloween bash with the blues rockers and brass stompers.

Laura Sheeran, Owensie | Joinery, Dublin (8pm, 1st November) | €8

Eerie Galway experimentalist is the cousin of that moonfaced, chart-squatting moppet, because all Irish people actually are related.

Lloyd Cole | Vicar St, Dublin (7:30pm, 2nd November) | €25

Acoustic date for the Commotions frontman.

MMOTHS | Pavilion, Cork (9pm, 1st November)/Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 2nd November) | €12-14/€15

Jack Colleran returns to Dublin for his biggest date yet.

No Joy | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 2nd November) | €12.50

Druggy shoegaze fun.

Bicep, Signal Code | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30m, 2nd November) | €12-15

The Belfast house duo head up Pogo this week.

Machinedrum, Clu | Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 2nd November) | €15

Meanwhile, Hidden Agenda gets a shot of hyperactive electronica to the arm.

Tom Odell | Olympia, Dublin (7pm, 2nd November)/Mandela Hall, Belfast (7:30pm, 3rd November) | €26.40/£19.50

Grand pianos, melodramatic pop, floppy blonde hair – that’s about the sum of it.

Josephine | McHugh’s, Belfast (8pm, 3rd November) | £11.25

Mancunian soul songstress ends the gigging week.