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An­der­son .Paak’s 2016 Mal­ibu al­bum was a break­through for the LA artist af­ter a cou­ple of years un­der Dr Dre’s wing. The jazz-smudged funk, soul and R&B feel of that sec­ond record re­turns on this pre­view of his forth­com­ing Ox­nard al­bum (no re­lease date but due be­fore the end of the year). It’s a song about pri­vacy on tour with a sunny vibe that fea­tures a verse from the great­est rap­per alive. NIALL BYRNE five years to come up trumps with their 2017 de­but al­bum (Bru­tal­ism) and this year’s fol­low-up (Joy as an Act of Re­sis­tance), but if the proof of the pud­ding is in the eat­ing, then these two records are bona fide yum-yum treats. Up­graded from a smaller venue due to de­mand, you’d best wear some body ar­mour for this gig – ac­cord­ing to The Line of Best Fit blog, the mu­sic is akin to “a gang of snarling, foam­ing-at-the-mouth brutes amped up on adren­a­line and rage and Buck­fast.” TCL


Olympia Theatre, Dublin ¤23.90 tick­et­mas­ On his 2018 al­bum Brighter Days, pro­ducer Sigala has worked with

some big names, in­clud­ing Ella Eyre, French Mon­tana, The Vamps, Sean Paul, Craig David and Paloma Faith, on trop­i­cal-house in­spired sin­gles that mostly sound­tracked the dump­ings, re­cou­plings and evic­tions of Love Is­land this sum­mer. Safely sched­uled on a Mon­day night, this gig will ap­peal to the tee­ni­est of the bop­pers. Un­der 14s must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. LB


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Does an in­def­i­nite hia­tus con­sti­tute a break-up? Not in the case of UK rock band, Bloc Party, who have been on this ‘hia­tus’ lark twice (2009-2011 and 2013-2016). Walk­ing away from band ac­tiv­i­ties into solo side projects don’t seem to have taken a feather out of the mem­bers, of whom singer and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Kele Ok­ereke is the best known. Bloc Party were once very pop­u­lar in Ire­land (2005 de­but al­bum Silent Alarm and 2008 fol­low-up A Week­end in the City each went top three here), which pos­si­bly ac­counts for such a niche in­die act head­lin­ing such a siz­able venue. TCL


FIRSTAIDKIT Olympia Theatre, Dublin ¤31 tick­et­mas­

With their lat­est al­bum Ru­ins re­sult­ing in a high case of swoon­ing, First Aid Kit are one of the dreami­est bands to catch live. The Swedish folk-pop sis­ter duo Klara and Jo­hanna Söder­berg drum up a dogged but res­o­lute spirit on Ru­ins, not un­like Ste­vie Nicks or Em­my­lou Harris, and it’s an al­bum that’s bound to make many end of year lists. The in­die folk group The Staves, a trio of sis­ters, are pro­vid­ing sup­port on the night. LB


DAVID BYRNE 3Are­naDublin8pm¤49.50 tick­et­mas­

For­get the vis­ual ex­trav­a­ganza of U2’s Songs of Ex­pe­ri­ence shows. Ban­ish thoughts of all of the Las Ve­gas-style dis­plays you have seen from var­i­ous pop stars in the past five years. In­stead, di­rect your at­ten­tion to 66-year-old David Byrne, once the nervy lead singer of Talk­ing Heads, and now the man in charge of his Amer­i­can Utopia stage pro­duc­tion. The stage pro­duc­tion, we hear you ask? Well, yes this is a gig that will fea­ture tracks from the afore­men­tioned al­bum, but it’s a gig that is chore­ographed to within an inch of its ju­bi­lant life and staged more like a spe­cialised piece of theatre than any­thing else. Ad­vance re­ports have bor­dered on the ver­bally or­gas­mic – you have never, ever, they say, seen any­thing like this be­fore. TCL



The last time the Lon­don singer Freya Rid­ings per­formed in Ire­land, it was the up­stairs venue in Whe­lan’s, a venue much too small for a star on the rise like her. Now she’s back in the Tivoli Theatre, a venue more suited to the size of her grow­ing au­di­ence.

Even though Lost With­out You was re­leased last year, it’s found a sec­ond lease of life in the charts this year, giv­ing ev­ery­one a sec­ond chance to catch up on her strik­ing song­writ­ing ta­lent. LB



3Are­naDublin8pm¤80.50 tick­et­mas­;al­soFri­day,SSEArena, Belfast6.30pm£85/¤77/¤68 ssearen­ There were many bands in thrall to The Bea­tles in the 1970s, but none more so than Elec­tric Light Orches­tra. Formed in 1970 by Birm­ing­ham trio Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood and Bev Be­van (at this time, still mem­bers of The Move) as a de­lib­er­ate tran­si­tion into clas­si­cally ar­ranged Beat­lesque pop mu­sic, ELO owned the charts from 1972-81 with 19 Top 20 UK hits. Now re­sid­ing in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you might say there ain’t no show like an ELO show. This may or may not be true, but the hits – well, they’ll just keep on com­i­natcha. TCL

FRIDAY26 THE VOIDZ Vi­carStDublin7.30pm¤36.50 tick­et­mas­

It is in­ter­est­ing to note that five years ago, this band had a fuller, per­haps more sign­posted ti­tle: Ju­lian Casablan­cas + the Voidz. The for­mer lead singer of The Strokes – the New York group that saved the NME from go­ing un­der for at least five years be­fore it should have – re­quired some level of sig­na­ture recog­ni­tion for his post-Strokes ex­cur­sions. That changed last year when Casablan­cas de­cided The Voidz would stand or fall by one name alone. Not­with­stand­ing two mod­er­ately suc­cess­ful al­bums (2014 de­but, Tyranny, and this year’s fol­low-up, Virtue) their progress so far seems tepid. No doubt in a live set­ting the heat will in­ten­sify. TCL


The Work­man’s Club Dublin 8pm ¤10/¤8.50 the­work­man­

Com­ing on like a fixed cross be­tween The Ban­gles and Goat Girl, Dublin­based Mon­tauk Ho­tel have been mak­ing im­pres­sive noise for al­most two years. The band (vo­cal­ist Clau­dia Verdec­chia, gui­tarist Shell Doo­ley, bassist Aoife Hester, and drum­mer Karima Dil­lon-El Toukhy) re­leased their self-ti­tled EP about 18 months ago, while this year’s sin­gle, Hands, re­ceived ac­claim from many quar­ters. Pre­pare to twist and shake. Sup­port is Belfast synth-pop trio, Beauty Sleep. TCL

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