Calvin Harris The Scottish DJ has injected humour back into dance. His debut album, I Created Disco, offers brash and fun party music, although the purists have little love for his jokey brand of electroclash.
Harris can also boast one of the most memorable singles of the year in Acceptable In The 80s. He's had a busy 2007 to date -- as well as promoting his own record, he has been producing some tracks for Kylie Minogue's new studio album, Kylie X, which is due to be released in late November.
Support comes courtesy of one of Dublin's more eclectic talents, Jape. Known to his mother as Richie Egan, the V2 signee's songs have been covered by David Kitt and the Raconteurs. Tickets are free but are only available at www. becksfusions.com. Calvin Harris, Meeting House Square, Dublin, Sunday, September 16 (free)
THIS fine local outfit have delivered one of the year's top domestic albums, Unexpected Falls, but can they turn critical acclaim into sales? Gigs like this should help. Dry County, Roisin Dubh, Galway, tonight
The Monaghan band, who have just released their excellent debut, Achieving Vagueness (see review page 26), bring their sounds to Leeside. After a couple of years promising much, the band led by Paul Finn have finally delivered -- and it's been worth the wait. The Flaws, Cyprus Avenue, Cork, tonight (e 9.80)
Here's a treat for discerning music fans. Seasick Steve -- said by many to be "the greatest living hobo bluesman" -- and Scotland's King Creosote, one of fringe-folk's most critically adored artists, have joined forces for a special double bill in the capital's loveliest venue. Seasick Steve and King Creosote, Spiegeltent, Dublin, Tuesday, September 18, (€17.50)
One of Dublin's most promising up-and-coming new bands (though cleverly avoiding the wearying next-big-thing tag), The Kybosh have been pretty busy on the local and national gig front this summer.
Here they take their guitar-rock to the city's best subterranean venue in the heaving heart of Temple Bar. n The Kybosh, the Hub, Dublin, Thursday, September 20