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SATURDAY15 HOZIER

Olympia The­atre Dublin 7pm ¤34.50 (sold out) tick­et­mas­ter.ie; also Sun­day/Mon­day,samev­enue; Wednesday,Ul­sterHal­lBelfast8pm £30 (sold out) ul­ster­hall.co.uk; Thurs­day,INEC,Kil­lar­neyCoKerry 8pm¤34.50(sold­out)inec.ie You can sense that things are ramp­ing up for An­drew Hozier-Byrne, the quiet-spo­ken mu­si­cian from Co Wick­low. A few months ago, he played a se­ries of in­ti­mate shows at Dublin’s Academy, yet these, too, are also small by com­par­i­son with the shows he will in­evitably be play­ing in Ire­land next year. With a new al­bum on the way in the first half of 2019, ex­pect these sold-out gigs to re­spect his de­but al­bum while also mark­ing the ap­pear­ance of new songs. Old, new, bor­rowed, blue – the man (the very tall man) is a class act, but whether the new tunes will snag the at­ten­tion as much as the old ones re­main to be seen. TCL

THEACADEMIC

Vicar St Dublin 7.30pm ¤25 (sold out) tick­et­mas­ter.ieAl­soSun­day,same venue(sold­out) This year started with a nice big bang for this West­meath band, whose de­but, Tales from the Back­seat, out­lined per­haps typ­i­cal first al­bum con­cerns about grow­ing up, fall­ing in lust, and fum­bling around with the ob­ject of your de­sire in the back seats of cars. With a highly at­tuned pop sen­si­bil­ity, as well as a smart ap­proach to vi­su­als (as their Bear Claws - Live Looper Ver­sion video proves), The Aca­demic con­clude 2018 with two well-de­served sold-out gigs. Next year? Big­ger, bolder, bet­ter, we are in no doubt. For now, how­ever, see them up close and per­sonal in a venue they call their spir­i­tual home. TCL

HUNEE AT DISCOTEKKEN

TheBut­tonFac­tory,Dublin¤11.62 -¤25.55 but­ton­fac­tory.ie The Ber­lin-based DJ Hunee claims to take in­spi­ra­tion from folk who “live it to the max, to the bone” so it’s a per­fect pair­ing for him to join the Discotekken crew for this night as that’s ex­actly how they live. With his di­verse taste in mu­sic, you will find your­self bop­ping away to disco clas­sics, un­known tunes from afar and old school Italo disco songs. Discotekken’s own Papa Lou will also be spin­ning tunes on the night. LB

THEBLADES

Acade­myDublin8pm¤30 tick­et­mas­ter.ie Of course, age shall not wither them, and that’s partly be­cause when­ever you hear a Blades song on the ra­dio – or any­where else for that mat­ter – its qual­ity is still sec­ond to none. Nos­tal­gia be damned – the likes of Hot For You, Down­mar­ket, The Bride Wore White, and a few more be­sides, con­tinue to bear all the hallmarks of clas­sic pop songs. Lat­terly, as fans are only too aware, the Dublin veter­ans have re­leased new mu­sic, some of which is as good as any from their 1980s glory days. Not just rest­ing on their lau­rels, then? We like that. TCL

SUNDAY16 SALVATIONSUNDAYCHRISTMAS SPE­CIAL

The Bernard Shaw, Dublin Adm free the­bernard­shaw.com Ev­ery Sun­day in the Shaw, Mercy & Sal­va­tion have thrown Sal­va­tion Sundays, play­ing their favourite reg­gae, dance­hall and dub mu­sic as a res­cue rem­edy for any­one that went hard on Satur­day night. For their fi­nal Sal­va­tion Sun­day of the year, they’re throw­ing a Christ­mas party and they’ll be tak­ing turns all night play­ing roots and dance­hall songs, with some added Christ­mas reg­gae songs, be­cause why the hell not? Christ­mas reg­gae hap­pens but once a year after all. LB

WEDNESDAY19 WORD UP XMAS MIR­A­CLE

The Sound House, Eden Quay, Dublin 1 7.30pm ¤15 thewi­l­ey­fox.ie/the­sound­house There is no doubt that Ir­ish ur­ban mu­sic is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an up­swing in pop­u­lar­ity and aware­ness, but it isn’t just R&B, rap, and hip-hop that is fast be­com­ing the mu­sic of choice for many peo­ple, it is also the sup­pli­ers of spo­ken word, hip-hop’s some­what more sub­tle cousin. Pre­sented by Word Up, this par­tic­u­lar Christ­mas Mir­a­cle fea­tures a mix of word­smiths and vibe mer­chants, in­clud­ing Su­perSilly, Jyel­lowl, Se­quence, Felispeaks, Natalya O’Flaherty, Max Zanga (one half of noted hip-hop out­fit Tebi Rex), Lo­cal Boy, and Sick Nan­ley. TCL

GLENHANSARD

Vi­carStDublin7.30pm¤35 tick­et­mas­ter.ie; also Thurs­day, same venue De­cem­ber shows by Glen Hansard at Dublin’s Vicar Street are as de­pend­able as Christ­mas it­self, and by this stage the song­writer has surely earned his sta­tus as Na­tional Trea­sure. Now in his late 40s, Hansard has Dublin five-piece band Sil­ver­backs are among the Ir­ish bands like Fon­taines DC, Just Mus­tard and The Mur­der Cap­i­tal who have got pub­li­ca­tions like NME and Stere­ogum won­der­ing what’s in the wa­ter here. In­spired, in both tone and a wealth of a back cat­a­logue to choose songs from, and his shows re­flect that. From solo work to col­lab­o­ra­tive (The Swell Sea­son) to songs from the band that started it all for him (The Frames), these gigs are, by rep­u­ta­tion alone, the best of the month, if not the year. TCL

SÍOMHA

Mon­roe’s,Gal­way¤12mon­roes.ie Sewing strings of folk, jazz and neo-soul to­gether, Ir­ish singer and lyrics, by the orig­i­nal New York CBGBs era and the 2015 doc­u­men­tary Danny Says about The Stooges man­ager Danny Fields, Just In The Band is a rau­cous throw­back walk­ing par­al­lel lines to The Strokes early ma­te­rial. NIALL BYRNE gui­tarist Síomha is em­bark­ing on a mini tour across Ire­land. With gigs in Dublin, West­meath and Cork al­ready ticket off her list, she’s play­ing Belfast’s Cultúr­lann Mcadam Ó Fi­aich on De­cem­ber 15th, Gal­way on De­cem­ber 19th and wrap­ping up in Dolan’s in Limerick on De­cem­ber 20th. If you need any con­vinc­ing, Vulf­peck’s Joe Dart says that her mu­sic “tran­scends bound­aries in a way I’ve never heard”. So there you have it. LB

ASH

Acade­myDublin8pm¤27 tick­et­mas­ter.ie Let’s hear it for the fortysome­things who started off in a band as teenagers and who have, 25 years later, still got the pres­ence of mind (as well as the song­writ­ing skills) to re­lease al­bums as good as 2015’s Kablammo! and this year’s Islands. While the lat­est record veers off the beaten track a bit to good ef­fect, in a live set­ting Ash still stick to the blue­print of match­ing honed pop mu­sic with a punk-rock push and shove and a flurry of V-shaped gui­tars in ev­er­green songs such as Burn Baby Burn, Oh Yeah and Shin­ing Light. TCL

THURS­DAY 20 DE­CLAN O’ROURKE

Dolan’s Ware­house Limerick 8pm ¤27 dolans.ie In the fi­nal months of 2004, Ir­ish singer-song­writer De­clan O’Rourke re­leased his de­but al­bum, Since Kyabram (the ti­tle of which re­ferred to a past life liv­ing in Aus­tralia, and his ini­tial in­ter­est in mu­sic). The al­bum, and some of its songs, no­tably Galileo (Some­one Like You), be­came so pop­u­lar that O’Rourke be­gan to dis­tance him­self from it, validly ar­gu­ing that he had other al­bums and song just as good. Most artists, how­ever, bow to the pres­sures of ac­knowl­edg­ing an­niver­saries, and so with the of­fi­cial re-re­lease of Since Kyabram (now on vinyl for the first time, and with a repack­aged CD ver­sion) sig­nalling its im­mi­nent 15th birth­day, O’Rourke has been un­der­tak­ing shows na­tion­wide. Grab a ticket, is our ad­vice. Also Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22nd, St Iberius Church, Wex­ford, and Satur­day, De­cem­ber 29th, Spirit Store, Dun­dalk, Co Louth. TCL

FRIDAY21 FON­TAINES DC

But­tonFac­to­ryDublin7.30pm ¤15/¤12.50(sold­out)but­ton­fac­tory.ie It isn’t an un­der­state­ment to say that Dublin band Fon­taines DC reach the end of 2018 in a much stronger po­si­tion than they were in 12 months ago. In­deed, they have had such a great year, and their reach has spread so far, that they are now viewed by var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions as the fig­ure­heads of New Ir­ish Punk (or what­ever it is NME calls it these days). What­ever about that – and you can be sure the band view such com­ments with a thick slice of cyn­i­cism – there’s lit­tle doubt this gig is not only a home­com­ing but also a cel­e­bra­tion of their hard work. What’s next? Amer­i­can tour dates with UK band Idles in 2019. In other words, you won’t be see­ing them un­til the sun starts to shine and warm the bones. TCL

Síomha, Mon­roe’s, Gal­way, Wednesday

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