by / March 4th, 2013 /

Showtime! State’s gigs of the week

Il Sogno del Marinaio | Whelan’s (Upstairs), Dublin (8pm, 4th March) | €5-6

Some dark, gravel-voiced rock featuring Mike Watt for your Monday night.

Lianne La Havas | Olympia, Dublin (7:30pm, 5th March) | €21

The wonderfully talented – and not to mention, delectable – Ms La Havas asks the Olympia Is Your Love Big Enough?

Mama Rosin | Grand Social, Dublin (8pm, 5th March) | €8

Swiss, banjo-led garage-punk. You read that correctly; get your tickets now.

Foy Vance | Mandela Hall, Belfast (8pm, 5th March) / Portrush Playhouse Complex, Portrush, Co. Antrim (8pm, 6th March) / Sugar Club, Dublin (7:30pm, 7th March) / Cyprus Avenue, Cork (8pm, 8th March)| €16/€16/€13/€14.85

“Up to much, Foy?”
“Not really, just covering every square inch of Ireland. How about you?”
“Oh, I’m writing out the details of all your gigs this week. I should be finished in a couple of hours.”

One Direction | O2, Dublin (8pm, 5-6th and 12th-13th March) / Odyssey, Belfast (7:30pm, 7th-8th and 10th-11th March) | €40/€35.50

Alain de Botton’s mate, the non-Jedward one and the other three go on the prowl this week and next.

BATS | Limelight, Belfast (9pm, 6th March) | £3

Progressive math-rockers should really be averse to the limelight, considering their affinity with the Chiroptera.

Cyril Hahn | Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 6th March) | €8

Remixer of divalicious pop music shows off his best work in Temple Bar.

Meteor Choice Prize | Vicar St, Dublin (8pm, 7th March) | €11.95

Find out who wrestles the title for Irish album of the year from Richie Egan’s hardened grip. Here are Heathers, nominated in the album and song categories.

Lunice | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 7th March) | €22.50

One half of TNGHT. Generally sticks to less grating hip-hop instrumentals when he isn’t faffing about with trap and Hudson Mohawke. You’re a bad influence, HudMo.

Stereophonics | Waterfront Hall, Belfast (7pm, 7th March) / Olympia, Dublin (7pm, 9th March| €35/€39.05-44.05

Oh, so you’re still here. Alright.

Bloody Beetroots | Olympia, Dublin (7pm, 8th March) €25.40

Them of eurotrash electro fame.

Little Green Cars | Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 8th March) | SOLD OUT

Much buzzed-about Dublin youngsters with a taste for harmonic Americana. By all accounts, they’re on the verge of something big.

Lil Wayne | O2, Dublin (8pm, 8th March) | €45-47.95

Sure, Dwayne Carter, Jr. (pictured above) is about five years past his peak, but it’s Weezy, baby.

Laurent Garnier | Stiff Kitten (9:30pm, 8th March | €19

He’s back with another of his four-hour sets, this time in Belfast. Bring an oxygen mask and a pillow.

Falty DL and DJ 4our 5ive | Twisted Pepper (10:30pm, 8th March) |€11.95

Fidget house man fresh off the release of Hardcourage and Lil Wayne’s DJ take you from Friday night into Saturday morning.

No Spill Blood | Whelan’s, Dublin (7:30pm, 9th March) | €10

Dublin hard electro-rockers challenging your eardrums and your syntax.

Zion Train | Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 9th March) | €15

“deep tuff vibes…sounds like eek a mouse ganja smugglin” – YouTube commenter moLeOnPoT on this electronic dub act. Succinct and evocative.

Homeboy Sandman | Sugar Club, Dublin (8pm, 9th March) | €11.75

Great name … if you’re writing a villain from the hood for an illustrated children’s novel. Stones Throw rapper.

Miriam Ingram | Grand Social, Dublin (8pm, 9th March) | €10

Slow-burning orchestral melancholia on Lower Liffey St.

Rest | Róisín Dubh (Upstairs), Galway (8pm, 9th March) | €8

Prog-rocking Cork lads head out west.

Pangaea | Bunatee, Belfast (10pm, 9th March) | €9

Minimalist dubstep. Fun fact: Pangaea is the name of the super-continent that adorned the Earth before that pesky continental drift set in.

Rebekah|Stiff Kitten, Belfast (10pm, 9th March) | €9

Shine Productions present the enigmatically-named Birmingham techno DJ, Rebekah. Mystery, suspense!

Rrose | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 9th March) | €13.95

Shuffling electronic music with a widescreen edge in a basement on Lower Abbey St. Pffft, that second R is not a typo.

No Regular Play | Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 9th March) | €8/€10 on the door

Hidden Agenda welcomes this Wolf + Lamb signee, who peddles a brand of hushed, 80s-inflected house/electronica.

September Girls, Cave Ghosts, Hunk | Stag’s Head, Dublin (8:30pm, 10th March) | €8/€6 “if you’re a student, unemployed or quite old”

Second gig in Popical Island’s March residency at the Stag’s Head, all in aid of a good cause, Girls Rock Camp Ireland. Dark indie/jangle pop.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club | Limelight, Belfast (8pm, 10th March) / Academy, Dublin (7:30pm, 11th March) | €22.50/€26

Whatever happened to them (and their rock n’ roll)? Fuck that, who cares? SPREAD YA LUUUUV LIKE A FEEEVAAAARRR!