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!