Lon­don trio Dark­star may not be the first and they may not be the last, but there’s lit­tle doubt that their brand of wonky psy­che­delic pop is presently one of the best do­ing the rounds. Well, we say pop, but with sonic un­der­cur­rents of grime, dub­step and

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

DARK­STAR But­ton Fac­tory, Tonight 7.30pm ¤16.50 01-6709202 Cavanagh fus­ing elec­tron­ica, house, jazz and more. Guests are I Am the Cos­mos. But­ton Fac­tory 11pm 110/18 01-6709202


Mark Eitzel See Fri­day, Cork. Cleere’s The­atre 9pm 115 056-7762573 Also Sun, Gal­way


Jerry Fish Ir­ish mav­er­ick de­liv­ers punk latino, bar­rio blues, trop­i­calia and what­ever else is be­hind the bar. Birr The­atre & Arts Cen­tre 8pm 118/116 057-9122911

Sun­day 24


Lit­tle Mix See Satur­day, Dublin. Waterfront Hall 7.30pm £30/£28 048-90334455


Saucy Sun­days Weekly show­case of promis­ing Ir­ish acts. This week’s in­clude The Scenes, Ben­nett Vs Ma­tris, The Stoney Brokes, Bam­boo Party, Lights Cam­era Sun­down and Se­nakah. Grand So­cial 5pm Adm free Ar­boure­tum Psy­che­delic/drone/stoner rock in ex­cel­sis, with a pinch of elec­tro, Dark­star is clearly more than the sum of its parts.

Dark­star be­gan as a duo (James Young and Ai­den Whalley) be­fore vo­cal­ist/ song­writer James But­tery was re­cruited, af­fect­ing a change in the mu­sic that, in Whalley’s words, dis­tanced the band from “the old melodies and the melan­choly sen­ti­ment”. Their lat­est al­bum, News Fair­port Con­ven­tion. Whe­lan’s 8pm 113.50 01-4780766/ 1890-200078



The Chap­ters Dublin band flicks through its back pages. Ahem. Stags Head 8pm 18/16 01-6793701 Ham­mel on Trial See Satur­day, Cork. Note early start time. Prior to tonight’s gig, Ham­mel on Trial will be in con­ver­sa­tion with Ir­ish Times mu­sic critic Tony Clay­tonLea (er, me). Spirit Store, Dun­dalk 7.30pm 115 042-9352697

Mon­day 25


X Fac­tor Live Tour An­other year, an­other X Fac­tor tour; say hello to 2012 win­ner James Arthur, and the rest. O2 7.30pm 149.65/ 144.05/140.05 0818-719300 Also Wed/Thurs, Belfast

Tues­day 26


Cody Simp­son Teen sen­sa­tion – Mark Eitzel See Fri­day, Cork. Róisín Dubh 9pm 115 091-586540 from Nowhere (named af­ter the clas­sic utopian/sci-fi book by Wil­liam Mor­ris) is vir­tu­ally a new start for the trio, and was aptly de­scribed in The Qui­etus as “like be­ing pushed off a sky­scraper and dis­cov­er­ing wings . . . ” We like.

Ethan Johns Tonight, Dublin

Wed­nes­day 27 BELFAST


Robert Doyle & John Cathal O’Brien Co-head­line show from two up-and-coming Ir­ish singer­song­writ­ers. Sugar Club 8pm 15 01-6787188



Justin Beiber fans will know the name. Vicar St 7.30pm 117.35 0818-719390 X Fac­tor Live Tour See Mon­day, Dublin. Odyssey Arena 8pm £35.50 048-90739074 Also Thurs, Belfast

Thurs­day 28

X Fac­tor Live Tour See Mon­day, Dublin. Odyssey Arena 8pm £35.50 048-90739074 Egyp­tian Hip Hop Ac­claimed art-rock quar­tet from Manch­ester. See What’s on Your Rider?. Grand So­cial 7.30pm 114.20 01-8740090 Stray from the Path Amer­i­can hard­core punk act; think ex­cit­ing to the power of at least three. (Un­der 16s must be

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