by / February 4th, 2013 /

Showtime! State’s gigs of the week plus ticket giveaway

Conor Oberst – National Concert Hall, Dublin (8pm, 5th February) – €26

Bright Eyes man puts his finest duds on for a night at Earlsfort Terrace.

Ryan Hemsworth – Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 6th February) – €8/€6

Canadian wunderkind and remixer de rigeur making his Irish debut for Movements this week. To win a pair of tickets, email by 5pm on Tuesday.

Łąki Łan – Academy, Dublin (11pm, 6th February) – €24.90

Polish punk-funk; sure to be raucous. I guess it’ll be like when Irish comedians go to Australia and the place is just filled with expats – The Gathering for our Polish brethren.

Trey Songz – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (8pm, 7th February) – €35-38

Forgotten man of US R&B. At least he doesn’t beat women/Frank Ocean.

Gifted Presents: Seven Summits, the Dead Presidents, Nanu Nanu and more – Empire, Belfast (9pm, 7th February) – €4.60

A bill of young Irish talent hits the northern capital for one night only. Pretty cheap as well.

Lil Silva – Button Factory, Dublin (10:30pm, 7th February) – €9.50

Hyped London producer; friends with Big Gold and Dwarf Bronze.

Desapecidos – Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 7th February) / Limelight 2 (7pm, 8th February) – €20/€16

Oberst gets a couple of days off before reuniting with his punk band from aeons ago.

Gavin James – Whelan’s, Dublin (7:30pm, 8th February) – SOLD OUT

Gavin is Irish, ginger and a singer-songwriter. Defiant of national stereotypes, he is a truly mould-breaking artiste.

James Yorkston – McHugh’s Basement Bar, Belfast (8:30pm, 8th February) – €8.25

Scottish folkie and former Fence Collective man touring in support of I Was a Cat From A Book. All reports indicate that Yorkston was never a cat nor in a book, the scoundrel.

Cooly G – Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 8th February) – €13.95

High priestess of Hyperdub gets a babysitter for the evening and makes her way to Dublin.

Dead Wings Weekender – Cellar Bar, Draperstown, Co. Derry (8th and 9th February) – €11.50 (weekend ticket)

Dead Wings promotions have put a tasty line up together for their two-day festival, includes BATS.

John C. Reilly & Friends – Unitarian Church, Dublin (8pm, 9th February) – €20

Oscar-nominated comedic actor turns his hand to music in an unorthodox promotional campaign for Wreck-It Ralph, I can only assume.

Alan & the Accident – Cyprus Avenue, Cork (8:30pm, 9th February) – €6.30

No, Alan didn’t wet himself, it’s just the name of his backing band.

Boddika – Buntree, Belfast (10pm, 9th February) – €11.25

Joy O collaborator stands on his own to feet – you generally have to to reach your decks/laptop.

The Enemy – Academy, Dublin (10:30pm, 9th February) – €7.30

Band of the People, 2007. Still knocking around, 2013.

Rick Wilhite – Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 9th February) – €13.85

Veteran DJ, curator and Detroit native will be playing house, reggae and everything in between.

Laurent Garnier – Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 9th February) – €20

French techno producer is going for four hours straight, so maybe bring a book, or extra yokes.

Dan Deacon (pictured) – Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 9th February) / Black Box, Belfast (8pm, 10th February) – €18.50/€10

Definitely one of Baltimore’s better exports, but probably still behind Animal Collective, Poe and The Wire.

Jake Bugg – Mandela Hall, Belfast (8pm, 9th February) / Academy (7pm, 10th February) – SOLD OUT

Two sold-out dates for the chart-topping Nottingham upstart. The kids just love his retro acoustic shtick, yeah!

Alixander III – Wilde Bar and Venue, Dublin (11pm, 10th February) – €14.35

DJ set from the Azari & III man. Fond of roman numerals; then again, who isn’t?