Saturday 19 August 2017

Meteor Ireland Music Awards Yeasayer Hayseed Dixie Xiu Xiu, The Maccabees/Two Door Cinema Club Seasick Steve Carlene Carter Holly Williams Air

RDS, Dublin, tonight (€40)

Ireland's answer to the Brit Awards sees the (not so) great and good vying for a host of prizes. Among those playing on the night are Florence and the Machine and Dizzee Rascal ,as well as homegrown talents Bell X1 and The Script, plus the ubiquitous Westlife.

Yeasayer

Academy, Dublin, tonight (€16)

The esoteric Brooklynites (above) celebrate the release of their second album, Odd Blood, a more pop-oriented offering than their acclaimed debut, All Hour Cymbals.

Hayseed Dixie

Tripod, Dublin, Saturday (€17)

If listening to bluegrass versions of AC/DC songs float your boat then look no further than these jesters. Rest assured, they also write their own material with the just-released album Killer Grass boasting seven original compositions.

Xiu Xiu,

Whelan's, Dublin, Saturday (€15)

The hugely prolific Californian indie experimentalists release their seventh long player, the unforgettably titled Dear God, I Hate Myself tonight.

The Maccabees/Two Door Cinema Club

Academy, Dublin, Sunday (€25)

The NME Shockwaves tour sees a rejuvenated Maccabees tour their Wall of Arms album, while rising Northern Irish stars Two Door Cinema Club will show what all the hype is about. The latter release their debut album next Friday -- and it's a cracker.

Seasick Steve

Vicar Street, Dublin, Monday and Tuesday (€28/34)

The American bluesman (below) only came to international prominence while in his mid-60s, thanks to a memorable appearance on Later With Jools Holland four years ago, but he hasn't looked back since, releasing several albums celebrating a happy, if down-at-heel, life.

Carlene Carter

Whelan's, Dublin, Tuesday (€21)

June Carter's daughter will be keeping the family tradition alive at this intimate show, even if she has struggled to emerge from the shadows of her famous mother and stepfather, Johnny Cash.

Holly Williams

Whelan's, Dublin, Wednesday (€19.75)

Another scion of country music royalty plays Whelan's this week. Holly is the granddaughter of the legendary Hank Williams and daughter of the less celebrated Hank Jr. She's on the road to promote her latest album, Here with You.

Air

Olympia, Dublin, Wednesday (€49.20)

Although they may no longer enjoy the profile they had with 1998's Moon Safari album, Parisian duo Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel continue to release superior ambient albums. Their latest, Love 2, was released last summer.

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