Barry McCormack Dublin songwriter Barry McCormack (above) has a long enough history with native his city, having documented many tales, both tall and not so, in a sequence of excellent folk albums. New album, The Tilt of the Earth, is a departure, mixing krautrock bells and art-rock whistles to his evocative lyrical narration. TECHNO Diffract Diffract bring the techno and electro noise to this end of Washtington Street with a fine gathering of homegrown names. Krayb David tops the bill, the Galway-based producer who has supported Plaid and Battles and has releases for the Cut & Paste label under his belt. There’s also support from Future Music’s Reich Joyce, Skirmish mainstay Shiv and Hames. Music – and particularly improvisation – is increasingly recognised for the role it plays in brain development, so introducing your little monsters to complex, more abstract music is likely to make them smarter, as well as cooler. Blending music and visuals, Monster Music Improv features ground-breaking vocalist Kinsella, Dublin guitarist and pedal jockey Shane Latimer, and live cartoonist Patrick Sanders.