by / January 14th, 2013 /

Showtime! State’s gigs of the week and ticket giveaways

Kendrick Lamar – Vicar St., Dublin (8:30pm, 14th January) – SOLD OUT

“I pray my dick gets big as the Spire” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but K. Dot’s coming to Dublin anyway.

Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott – Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin (6pm, 15th and 16th January) – €39.50-49.50

Christy’s back in town for a couple of nights just in case you forgot the words to ‘Lisdoonvarna’. Wexford’s Declan Sinnott comes along for the ride.

Arlo Guthrie – Black Box, Belfast (8:30pm, 16th January) / Button Factory, Dublin (8pm, 17th January) / McGrory’s of Culdaff, Culdaff, Co. Donegal (8pm, 19th January) – €22.50/€30.40/€30.40

Namesake of both the latest Ben Affleck thriller and Dylan’s idol makes the rounds. Oh, Arlo – my mistake.

Sorcha Richardson – Upstairs at Whelan’s (8pm, 18th January) – €7

21-year-old, New York-based, up-and-coming singer-songwriter and State Face of 2013 tries to transcend “Irish Bon Iver” hype.

Rebekka Karijord – The Workman’s Club, Dublin (8pm, 18th January) – €12

Songstress extends rich lineage of contemporary Swedish indie music, with hostile, primal augmentations. (See below to win tickets).

Boys Noize – The Limelight, Belfast (10:30pm, 18th January) – €18

German, noise-making boy escapes student union ents circuit purgatory.

Oneman – The Twisted Pepper (10:30pm, 18th January) – €12/€10 for Bodytonic members

The Rinse FM favourite is sure to mix an eclectic range of tunes at MUD this week.

Aeon – Cyprus Avenue, Cork (9pm, 18th January) / The Pint, Dublin (7pm, 19th January) / Voodoo, Belfast (7pm, 20th January) – €15.85/€16/€12

Swedish death-metallers take a whistlestop of our fair nation to melt faces, burst eardrums and whatnot.

Two Door Cinema Club – The Limelight, Belfast (7pm, 18th January) / The O2, Dublin (6:30pm, 19th January) – €22.50/€28

Cherubic Alex Trimble and co. play a small gig and then a very big gig as part of a triumphant homecoming. The Cast of Cheers and Jape provide support in Dublin. Unlucky, Belfast.

Thurston Moore with John Moloney – Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 19th January) – €16.50

The former Mr Kim Gordon/Sonic Youth frontman works out his mid-life and post-divorce issues with loud guitars, in front of hundreds of strangers.

Mulatu Astatke – The Sugar Club, Dublin (7:30pm, 19th January) – €25.40

This week’s token Jazz act. We’re like the Mercury Prize judging panel, circa 2005.

Deetron – The Stiff Kitten, Belfast (10pm, 19th January) – €9

The former Sam Geiser brings his brand of Swiss techno to the north.

Nathan Fake – The Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 19th January) – €15/€12 for Bodytonic members

Some relaxing, ambient techno to get you in the mood for the walk to the night bus at 3am.

Paul Banks (pictured) – The Academy, Dublin (7:30pm, 20th January) – €30

“Play ‘Stella Is a Diver and She’s Always Down’ and fuck off!”, they’ll scream, or maybe not. That chant’s a bit clunky. “Play ‘C’mere’ and fuck off!” Yeah, that’s better. (See below to win tickets).

Paloma Faith – Ulster Hall, Belfast (8pm, 20th January) – €22-25

Glamourous, melodramatic chart pop hits the Ulster Hall, which will then explode in a mushroom cloud of sequins and glitter.

Toro y Moi – The Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 20th January) – €16

Chazwick Bundick? That’s not seriously his name. I call bullshit on that. Tyler-endorsed chillwave.

Out to Lunch Arts Festival, Belfast (until 27th January) – Prices vary

Sigur Rós documentaries, afrobeat ensembles, stand-up comedy and dramatisations of the fall of the Beatles all have a place at this year’s Out to Lunch festival. Mmoths, Daughter and one Thurston Moore also make appearances.

We have tickets for the Paul Banks and Rebekka Karijord shows to giveaway. To enter just email us at by 6pm on Thursday, stating your gig of choice.