The Strypes JRBs, Newbridge, Co Kildare 8pm ¤12 Also Sat, Donegal; Tues/Thurs, Meath Cavan’s Strypes may not yet be a major headline act, and takes some cajones to embark on a 20-date Irish tour to road test new material. Special guest throughout is The Mighty Stef.
Tony Clayton-Lea CLUB Scuba Twisted Pepper, Dublin 10.30pm ¤15/¤13 facebook.com/ OfficialScuba When Paul Rose isn’t running the canny Hotflush label, he works the switches and machines as Scuba. Albums such as Triangulation and Personality have demonstrated that the Berlin-by-way-ofBristol man is a dab hand when it comes to sculpting and shaping dark, moody, liquid thumpers as he roams deep and wide amid house and techno’s hinterland. Support from the Room19 crew.
Jim Carroll SUPERSTAR DJ
Sasha Button Factory, Dublin 11pm ¤22.50 djsasha.com Alexander Coe is the original of the superstar DJ species. His prowess as a DJ comes down to an innate abilty to tweak those big room sound-systems and send the crowds home screaming. Despite a record releasing career that hasn’t set the world alight, he remains a guaranteed big draw on the international club circuit. JC
Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin 8pm ¤24 note.ie Drummer Jeff Ballard’s day job is touring with the Brad Mehldau Trio. When he’s not doing that, he’s playing with Fairgrounds, featuring ex-Herbie Hancock guitarist Lionel Loueke, Bad Plus bassist Reid Anderson and front rank NYC pianist Kevin Hays. Ballard says his last gig in Dublin was what convinced him to keep Fairgrounds together, so it’s time for the city to give the drummer some more love. Cormac Larkin CHANTEUSE Karen Egan
Whelan’s, Dublin 8pm ¤20 Karen Egan has had quite the chequered career, whether it’s performing with the Nualas, working on radio or acting on stage or screen (in English or Finnish). Tonight sees her launch her second album, Charlatanne. Expect a gallop through a range of musical styles, and the between-song banter should be sharp as a knife. LM