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James Blake’s fourth al­bum As­sume Form is in­formed by love and hap­pi­ness, in con­trast to his pre­vi­ous tex­tured elec­tronic mu­sic that some­times let the dark­ness en­velop it. I’ll Come Too is an un­abashed love song, that for­gets the mun­dane de­tails where Blake just wants to fol­low his heart and lover across oceans. NIALL BYRNE

pub­lic alike – high plac­ings in mu­sic charts around the world were aided by re­views that ranged from “spark­ingly re­fresh­ing” (Guardian) to “the per­fect pop al­bum for the In­sta­gram­era of self-dis­cov­ery” (Ir­ish Times). Kiyoko makes her Ir­ish head­line de­but with th­ese two sold-out shows. Lucky are those who have a ticket. TCL


3 Arena Dublin 6.30 pm ¤59 tick­et­mas­ter.ie There was a time when Ozzy Os­bourne was rightly re­garded as a leg­end in heavy metal cir­cles due to his piv­otal part in the for­ma­tion of Black Sab­bath and, there­fore, the

in­ven­tion of heavy metal The in­flu­ence of the UK Mid­lands shouldn’t be un­der­es­ti­mated: cheer­less, heavy-lid­ded druggy riffs, and some of the best mu­sic of the late 1960s/early 1970s. In­flu­ence alone, how­ever, can­not com­pen­sate for the de­cline in qual­ity of Os­bourne’s solo ca­reer, which has lately stum­bled al­most as er­rat­i­cally as the man him­self. Nos­tal­gia says those Black Sab­bath songs sound pretty damned good from here – ev­ery­thing else says be­ware. Sup­port is Ju­das Priest. TCL


But­tonFac­to­ryDublin7.30pm¤20 (sold­out)but­ton­fac­tory.ie;also Thurs­day, Jan­uary 31st, The Lime­light Belfast 6.30pm £19.80 (sold out) lime­light­belfast.com Word-of-mouth buzz was so loud for this Saskatchew­an, Canada, folk/ blue­grass group that their Dublin gig had to be up­graded from Whe­lan’s to the But­ton Fac­tory. The pos­si­ble rea­son for such an in­crease in ca­pac­ity is that The Dead South add to their folk-grass mix a hefty in­flu­ence of alt.rock and punk. Which makes sense, when you take into ac­count that their banjo player, Colton Craw­ford, and man­dolin player, Scott Pringle, were once mem­bers of a grunge band. TCL


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The year so far (I know, I know) has been kind enough to de­liver what is surely go­ing to be on those far­away end-of-year best al­bums of 2019 lists:

Bare, the de­but al­bum by Done­gal­raised Rosie Car­ney. In her early 20s, Car­ney has been writ­ing songs since be­fore her teens, so she knows the score by this point. A fraught time spent un­der the wings of a ma­jor record la­bel taught her valu­able lessons about in­de­pen­dence, and such un­der­stand­ing (as well as touch­ing on more per­sonal mat­ters) is borne out in the songs. A voice that blends Joni Mitchell with Laura Mar­ling ef­fort­lessly aids the lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, so this launch gig for her al­bum (“a gor­geous song cy­cle that runs the whole gamut of life, love and loss” opined the Ir­ish Times re­viewer last week) will most as­suredly be a spe­cial one. TCL


Olympia The­atre Dublin 7pm ¤31.50 tick­et­mas­ter.ie;al­soFri­day,Fe­bru­ary 1st, The Lime­light Belfast 7pm £25 (sold­out)lime­light­belfast.com Not ev­ery group can get away with re­leas­ing themed al­bums (2013’s

In­form-Ed­u­cate-En­ter­tain fo­cuses on the first ex­pe­di­tion to Mount Ever­est; 2015’s The Race for Space on US/Soviet power bat­tles for moon land­ings; 2017’s Ev­ery Val­ley on the min­ing in­dus­try in Wales), but Lon­don’s Pub­lic Ser­vice Broad­cast­ing do just that by be­ing very, very smart about it. Their out­put, largely in­stru­men­tal in­ter­plays be­tween elec­tron­ics and gui­tar/drums, works bet­ter in a live set­ting due to the use of archive footage and pub­lic in­for­ma­tion films. Cere­bral, en­thralling, and in­for­ma­tive at the same time? Beam us up, Scotty. TCL


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As one mu­sic venue in Dublin closes, an­other gets its wings. The Big Ro­mance, run by the Hid­den Agenda team, opened on Par­nell Street in Novem­ber and while it’s not a full time mu­sic venue, it’s a vinyl bar that wel­comes in dif­fer­ent guest DJs to set the tone for the rest of the night, and come Jan­uary 31st, that tone will go from trop­i­cal disco to deep down and bassy. Join Bub­blegum and say good­bye to Dry Jan­uary in one go. LB



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Enough about Scot­tish mu­si­cian Mal­colm Mid­dle­ton once hav­ing been in a band (Arab Strap) that called it­self af­ter a sex aid. While the band ap­pears to be on an ex­tended hia­tus, Mid­dle­ton (de­spite say­ing 10 years ago that he felt he had done all he could do in terms of song­writ­ing) is by no means tak­ing time off. His lat­est al­bum – last year’s Ba­nanas – con­tin­ues prag­matic themes that have run through his work, with songs such as Love is a Mo­men­tary Lapse in Self-Loathing and Man Up, Man Down con­fronting (and con­nect­ing with) the hu­man con­di­tion. Mid­dle­ton also plays Róisín Dubh, Gal­way, on Sun­day. Fe­bru­ary 3rd. TCL


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Cork DJ and pro­ducer ELLLL (Ellen King) has got a cou­ple of things to cel­e­brate. Firstly, she has named her forth­com­ing EP Fe­breeze and that alone is wor­thy of ap­plause. Sec­ondly, it’s be­ing re­leased on Dublin’s First Sec­ond La­bel and with the help of All City, they’re throw­ing a party to wel­come it into the world. Fe­breeze is avail­able to pre-order and down­load as dig­i­tal and vinyl on first­sec­ond­la­bel.band­camp.com. G’wan. Sup­port the parish. LB


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In a full Elec­tric takeover, mu­sic pro­mot­ers Shivers are try­ing to get us set up for spring on this blessed St Brid­get’s Day. On the rooftop bar, Ber­lin DJ Paramida will guide you along with house, trance and disco tune as the Ber­lin-based Aus­tralian DJ Kris Baha will make his Ir­ish de­but down­stairs with dark­ened and in­dus­trial syn­th­pop. A spe­cial guest for the main floor is soon to be an­nounced. Will it be St Brid­get? No. It won’t. LB

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