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Vic ar St Dublin 7.30 pm ¤35 tick­et­mas­ Ev­ery artist has a mo­tif they use to trans­fer what is in their heads to be pre­sented to the viewer/lis­tener. Some mo­tifs are spe­cific, most are vari­a­tions, but Beach House (Vic­to­ria Le­grand and Alex Scally) suc­cess­fully man­age to morph one into the other with­out ob­vi­ous seams. Seven stu­dio al­bums (as well as a rar­i­ties and odds’n’ends col­lec­tion) re­leased in just over 10 years are also a tes­ta­ment to their self-be­lief and what the fans clearly love: a mix of shoegaze, dream pop and Nico-es­que vo­cals that rarely fails to im­press. TCL


Su­gar Club Dublin 8pm ¤20 the­sug­ar­ An­other 1980s Ir­ish band re­forms to cel­e­brate a birth­day oc­ca­sion, and this time it’s the turn of In Tua Nua, an Ir­ish suc­cess story 30 years ago when their de­but al­bum, The Long Acre, landed with a bang into the US col­lege ra­dio cir­cuit. Pre­vi­ous to this, the band had al­ready es­tab­lished them­selves as one of the coun­try’s best live acts cour­tesy of a taut blend of sleek art-pop and dy­namic tra­di­tional Ir­ish mu­sic. The band (in­clud­ing orig­i­nal mem­bers Les­lie Dow­dall, Paul Byrne, and Jack Dublin) will no doubt rip it up in the present as they have done in the past, although this time around ex­pect them to fuse un­mis­tak­able whiffs of nostal­gia with con­tem­po­rary spins. TCL


The Academy 2, Dublin ¤13.85 tick­et­mas­ 2018 is work­ing out quite nicely for Lon­don rap­per Hardy Caprio. Not only did the Croy­don 22-year-old pick up a first de­gree hon­ours in his Fi­nance and Ac­count­ing col­lege course, he’s played head­line fes­ti­val sets and has worked up a strong and ded­i­cated fan­base with more than 30 mil­lion streams on Spo­tify. His lat­est sin­gle Best Life is aptly named be­cause he’s truly liv­ing his. LB


The But­ton Fac­tory, Dublin ¤25 tick­et­mas­ In the same year that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah re­leased their fifth al­bum The Tourist, which Ir­ish Times re­viewer Lau­ren Mur­phy gave three stars, they re-re­leased 2007’s Some Loud Thun­der as a spe­cial 10th an­niver­sary edi­tion but it’s their 2005 self-ti­tled de­but al­bum that hits the nostal­gia spot for most of their fans. Orig­i­nally sched­uled for May, all tick­ets for that date (and the nostal­gia hit) are valid for this gig. LB


Whe­lan’ s Dublin 7.30 pm ¤10 whe­ There are per­haps too many solo song­writ­ers on the loose these days, but one to keep an ear out for Skywriter (aka Amy Quirke), who is cur­rently record­ing her de­but EP for re­lease early next year. Tonight sees Amy take cen­tre-stage to de­liver sin­gles The Sim­ple Method and Dirty Face as well as new tunes. Her per­for­mance is part of a pre­sen­ta­tion of up-and­com­ing in­die acts that also in­clude Munky, Third Smoke and Bod­ies. TCL


3Arena, Dublin ¤88.50 tick­et­mas­ “Would you dance if I asked you to dance? Or would you run and never look back? Would you cry if you saw me cry­ing? And would you save my soul tonight?” Ah, En­rique. Once upon a time you were in­escapable and even though you have fallen off the radar for many, you can still put on a big show in the 3Arena. Fair play. Sup­port for the King of Latin Pop (ap­par­ently) on the night comes from Tul­lam­ore’s Chas­ing Abbey. LB


But­ton Fac­tory Dublin 7.30pm ¤16.50 but­ton­fac­ Two al­bums, two vic­to­ries. Ad­mit­tedly, it took Bris­tol’s Idles more than

Swedish sis­ters Klara and Jo­hanna Söder­berg, aka First Aid Kit, Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Tues­day

Freya Rid­ings, Tivoli Theatre, Dublin, Tues­day

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