THE TICKET GIG OF THE WEEK
Is Conor J O’Brien the Katie Taylor of the Irish music scene? He knocked out all contenders with his debut record, and now he’s added electro grooves and a band with rock’n’roll chops to the mix. That “difficult” second album is shaping up superbly, and he had the good grace to be humbled by a heartfelt hometown crowd. There will be few future opportunities to see Villagers on stages this small – get a ringside seat while you still can.