by / March 11th, 2013 /

Showtime! State’s gigs of the week

Girls Aloud | Odyssey, Belfast (6:30pm, 13th-14th March)/O2, Dublin (6:30pm, 16th March) | €38-146.50/€44.05-176

Ah, what a relief. They’re back once more to celebrate their 10th anniversary in all their shimmering glory. Scheduled date at The O2, Dublin on Sunday, 17th March has been cancelled.

Little Bear and Moscow Metro | Whelan’s (Upstairs), Dublin (8pm, 13th March) | €6

A mid-week double bill of indie up-and-comers. Downbeat and introspective.

Eoin Glackin | Workman’s Club (8pm, 14th March) | €8

You can always get a pint and a bit of conversation upstairs.

Jacques Greene | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 14th March) | €12

Junior Spesh welcomes Jacques Greene and then surrender themselves to his warm and woozy electronic loveliness.

Carrie Underwood | Olympia, Dublin (7:30pm, 14th March)/Waterfront Hall, Belfast (7:30pm, 15th March) | €49.65-54.65/€38-41.50

The proto-Taylor Swift and former American Idol winner rocks up on Dame St for the evening before heading north of the border.

Willy Mason | Whelan’s (8pm, 14th March)/Limelight 2, Belfast (7pm, 15th February) | SOLD OUT/€14.50

Former acoustic wunderkind with vague notions of rebellion is all grown up now, and has the facial hair/jaundiced appearance to prove it.

Eels | Limelight, Belfast (8pm, 14th March)/Olympia, Dublin (8pm, 15th-16th March) | €33/€35-36.50

E and friends do the rounds in support of Wonderful, Glorious. Can’t help but feel that title is a subliminal nudge to the reviewers out there.

Villagers | Seapoint Leisure Centre, Salthill, Co. Galway (8pm, 14th March)/Dolans Warehouse, Limerick (8pm, 15th March)/Empire Music Hall, Belfast (8:30pm, 16th March)| €24.90/SOLD OUT/SOLD OUT/€25.60

Conor O’Brien and some beardy gentlemen start out on an extended national tour, culminating in two sold-out dates at the Olympia next week. A victory lap in honour of {Awayland}.

Just No | Whelan’s (Upstairs), Dublin (8pm, 15th March) | €5

Dapper southside youngsters launch their latest single.

Ben UFO and Scratcha DVA | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 15th March) | €12

Mount Kimbie collaborator and Hyperdub signee headline MUD, with support from Frankie Grimes, Subrewind DJs and Yaga Yaga Vybz. Beware of them there Ides of March.

Le Galaxie | Róisín Dubh, Galway (9pm, 15th March) Button Factory, Dublin (9pm, 17th March) | €10/€15

Le Galaxie se produira au Róisín Dubh le 15 Mars et à la Button Factory jour de la Saint-Patrick. Merci, Google Translate. Ta mère.

Plutonic Dust | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (8pm, 16th March) | €5

Disco isn’t dead, it’s just sequestered in a small basement in central Dublin.

Third Smoke | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (8pm, 16th March) | €7

Meanwhile, the newly-launched Merge Promotions present this indie four-piece from Dundalk. The smoking area is out the front; you can have as many as you like.

Collider No. 7: Cheap Freaks | Auntie Annie’s, Belfast (9pm, 16th March) | £6

The Penny Dreadfuls and the Goundlings round out the bill behind the Dublin punk act.

Private Underground Residence | Cyprus Avenue (9pm, 16th March) | €7.30

I think that’s what you, me and Kevin McCloud might call a ‘bomb shelter’. Album launch for the Cork alt-metallers, support from Ginola.

2manydjs | Mandela Hall, Belfast (9:30pm, 16th March) | £22

The Soulwax lads have been awfully quiet in recent years, but Queen’s SU have snagged them anyway.

Lerosa | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 16th March) | €12

Irish-Italian producer (and probable lapsed Catholic) Lerosa is going to woo the revelers on the night shift. Sparse, supple grooves.

Van Morrison | Europa Hotel, Belfast (6pm, 16-17th March) | £135-175

Mr Happy is here to take your cash and belch Astral Weeks this Paddy’s Day weekend.

Hot 8 Brass Band | Dolans Warehouse, Limerick (9pm, 16th March)/Sugar Club, Dublin (7pm, 17th March) | €17.35/€20.90

Jazz collective leave N’awlins for Limerick, and then to Dublin to join in the festivities. Should be wild: Mardi Gras on St Patrick’s Day.

Erol Alkan | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (12pm, 17th March) | €22

Superstar DJ Erol Alkan is at the top of a massive bill assembled by POGO. 20+ acts in four rooms, over 14 hours. Epic.

Bombay Bicycle Club, Jape, Cast of Cheers | Academy, Dublin (7:45pm, 17th March) | SOLD OUT

Indie kids to the left. Jape also play the Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast on Friday, 15th March.

Frontier Ruckus | Whelan’s, Dublin (9pm, 17th March) | €15

Rootsy, brass-tinged Michigan troupe present a calmer alternative for your Paddy’s Day night.