A head for heights

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LA ROUX The Academy, Dublin Thurs 9pm ¤17.50 01-8779999 As we come to the close of the year, 2009’s list of hotly tipped pop stars isn’t looking as ex­cit­ing or in­ter­est­ing as it did in Jan­uary. Back then, it was Lit­tle Boots-this and Gary Go-that, and look what hap­pened to them via poorly re­ceived al­bums and fail­ure to en­gage with the pub­lic.

How­ever, La Roux (aka Elly Jack­son) not only caught a wave of pop­u­lar­ity but hopped on top of it, nab­bing a Mer­cury Prize nom­i­na­tion for the elec­tro-pop duo’s self-ti­tled al­bum as well as tak­ing up cov­eted space in pop charts around the world. And it doesn’t seem as if La Roux’s suc­cess had any­thing to do with some­thing as vari­able and un­scripted an en­tity as luck.

Her vir­tu­ally in­escapable hit songs (co-writ­ten by Jack­son and Ben Lang­maid), such as In for the Kill,

Bul­let­proof and As If By Magic are mini-mas­ter­classes in pop song­writ­ing, as much in thrall to 1980s elec­tro acts such as Hu­man League and Blanc­mange as to a strong Noughties sen­si­bil­ity. Classy pop gig of the week, no ques­tion. TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

can’T see ThaT? caTch This

Dig­i­tal­ism (Mi­ike Snow and Ma­rina & the Di­a­monds), Thurs­day, Car­low

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