Going Out Guide
HOT PICK Angry noughties rockers Papa Roach play The Academy tonight. Go on. You know the disenfranchised 14-year-old in you wants to head along – if only to spite your parents. www.theacademydublin.com
Saturday December 7
* Tommy Tiernan's latest material isn't quite as achingly brilliant as the stuff that helped him make his name but he remains one of Ireland's premier comedians for a good reason. He's in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal, tonight.
* By 2008, the singer-songwriter market in Ireland was so saturated that the mere sight of a guitar would conjure images of mopey lyrics delivered over a bland chord structure by Damien Rice wannabes.
It was going to take something special to make us pay attention to this genre all over again and that's exactly what we got in Mick Flannery. The 30-year-old plays The Olympia tonight. www.olympia.ie
* Remember the (utterly brilliant) video of the Trinity Orchestra performing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon? And remember the lead vocalist who managed to almost improve upon Gilmour's vocal masterwork? Well, that was none other than Hozier, who has proved himself this year's most welcome addition to the Irish musical scene primarily through his signature tune, Take Me To Church. Now it's his turn to take us to church – the Pepper Canister Church, that is – where he plays tonight and tomorrow. www.hozier.com
* PINS are four Manchester girls who know how to make post-punk sound shimmery and fresh. They've been on our radar for about 18 months now, but their popularity has really begun to explode in the last few weeks. Catch them at the Róisín Dubh tonight. www.roisindubh.net
Sunday December 8
* Other Voices wraps up tonight in Dingle with sets from David Arnold, Asgeir, Agnes Obel and the unmissable John Grant. It's all being streamed live on the website, so don't fret if you can't get your hands on tickets. www.othervoices.ie
* We're coming to the part of the year where you can't turn your head without seeing an old-timey Christmas fair with mulled wine being sold from wooden stalls. Cork Christmas Celebration goes a step further, transporting half of the city centre into a winter wonderland. www.corkchristmascelebration.com
Monday December 9
* As most people know by now, Ross Noble doesn't script his shows. That's because you couldn't possibly commit oddities to paper. The hilarious Geordie plays the Olympia tonight.
* Is it panto season? Oh yes, it is. Cork's Everyman Palace have opted for an old classic this year, with Jack and the Beanstalk running at the venue until January. Watch these pages for more panto info over the coming weeks.www.everymanpalace.com
Tuesday December 10
* The Coronas are a love-them-or-hate-them band – and if you happen to fall into the former category, you can see Danny and the boys at the Olympia tonight. www.olympia.ie
* The bafflingly successful Mrs Brown kicks off a six-show run at The O2 tonight. With the film coming out next year, and the BBC show constantly upping its numbers, you simply have to doff your hat to Brendan O'Carroll for his ... no, sorry, I can't do it. www.theo2.ie
Wednesday December 11
* David Gray's appeal may have worn increasingly thin with every soundalike tune he released after around 2004 – but the quality of his early material, from Sell Sell Sell and White Ladder in particular, will make tonight's show in the Róisín Dubh worth a look.
Thursday December 12
* Declan O'Rourke may not carry the same clout as he did when he burst into the Irish scene with Since Kyabram back in 2004 but he can still draw the crowds, and his show at Vicar Street tonight should be quite special.
* The fantastic Yurodny jazz ensemble are at Dolans in Limerick tonight, delivering exhilarating eastern sounds to the venue as a part of Limerick Jazz 2013.
* Acoustic hip-hop is one of those genres that needs to be heard – and heard well – to be believed. Original Rudeboys nail it, and the end result is something that's quite unlike any other pop band currently doing the rounds in Ireland. They play the Olympia tonight.
Film of the Week
Wistful, beautifully photographed and very funny, Alexander Payne's follow-up to The Descendants stars Bruce Dern as a frail but single-minded old man. Will Forte, June Squibb and Stacy Keach co-star in this moving black and white elegy to smalltown America.