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
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
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
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
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
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